Gaming Archive

Shifting seasons add spice to Forza Horizon 4

The fourth instalment of the globetrotting Horizon Festival is the series’ most ambitious effort yet. Lee Henaghan took the open world racer for a test drive ahead of its release.

Into the Breach balances small and casual with epic and emotional

Among the slew of indie games dropping on the Nintendo Switch, Into the Breach rises to the top.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider limps the trilogy to a close

This generation's Tomb Raider trilogy comes to a close - and it's with a limp, not a wild leap into the future. Sam Brooks reviews. The Tomb Raider series is the Maria Sharapova of …

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift Part Three

The gang attempt to charm a witch and get in way too deep, before facing a powerful foe and eating some delicious soup.

No Man’s Sky is finally, finally great

Occasional No Man's Sky correspondent Josh Drummond finds the infinite space-based sandbox game just got infinitely more fun.

Take notes or get left for dead: Spider-Man is a landmark triumph for gaming

Spider-Man is an unqualified triumph of a game - but the best thing about it is also the most surprising. Sam Brooks reviews.

Gaming is serious business in China, and Kiwi companies are seeing dollar signs

China is home to more than half a billion gamers – and Auckland game developer Allan Xia wants to help New Zealand’s gaming industry tap into the opportunities the market offers.

Remembering Neopets, an early 2000s internet phenomenon

Next year will mark 20 years since Neopets materialised on the World Wide Web, and with most of its former user base now in their 20s and 30s, it seems the time is ripe for a nostalgic resurgence.

14 years on, World of Warcraft keeps these Kiwis hooked

The seventh expansion of World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth hit the metaphoric shelves last week. Uther Dean talks to some of the decade-old game's most diehard Kiwi fans.

World of Warplanes: Microtransactions from the Eastern Front

Intrepid gaming explorer Adam Goodall is dragged back into the world of battle vehicles with World of Warplanes.

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift Part Two

Having won the hearts of everyone in the music department, our heroes uncover a vital clue to aid them in their quest, but tensions within the party threaten to throw them off track.

Frickin Dangerous Bro review white people things: Settlers of Catan

What is it with white people's love for the colonialist hexagonal fantasy board game Settlers of Catan?

10 new Tekken characters who’d make as much sense as The Walking Dead’s Negan

With the announcement that The Walking Dead's Negan is joining Tekken 7, it's clear that absolutely anybody can be a Tekken character.

How Insomniac is bringing Spider-Man slinging into 2018

Spider-Man is one of 2018's most hotly anticipated titles, from the critically acclaimed studio Insomniac. Adam Goodall talks to Insomniac's community director, James Stevenson.

How the Dark Souls video game series ruined my life

Sometimes it pays to focus on the dark side of gaming. Hayden Donnell shares the harrowing story of his own crippling addiction to Dark Souls.

Online felines: The wholesome goodness of cat-care simulator Furistas Cat Cafe

Dunedin-based company Runaway Play has created a new mobile game that lets you dive head first into the cat cafe phenomena. The verdict? Chill, but addictive (and very, very cute). 

The weird, the beautiful, the unfundable: A look at Kickstarter’s gaming section

Popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been a boon for video game developers for a few years now. Sam Brooks investigates the less glamourous side of the platform.

Why eSports shouldn’t be in the Olympics

eSports is rising in prominence around the world - and is set to be a one billion dollar industry by the end of the year. But should it be an Olympic sport?

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift

“Make a check to see if you have the charisma to call a school assembly.” Starring Nic Sampson, Paul Williams, Alice Snedden, Ray O’Leary, Brynley Stent, and special guest Rhiannon McCall.

The sorry state of multiplayer

Multiplayer gaming has moved from the lounge to the headset - and it's not necessarily a good thing. Jesse Dekel writes about where multiplayer gaming is now, and why she's never really enjoyed it.

A journey through the World of Tanks

You've seen the YouTube ads, you've seen the ads on your phone. But what the hell is World of Tanks? Adam Goodall went on an adventure to find out.

The big unnaturals: What’s up with breasts in video games?

If you participate in a certain dark corner of the internet, you'll know that a lot of people are talking about video game breasts – and the fight to keep them unrealistic.

Was Dirge of Cerberus an emo-drenched misfire or dark masterpiece?

Is really the much maligned Final Fantasy VII sequel/spinoff Dirge of Cerberus as bad as everyone says?

‘I hit a Corolla at 86kmph’: A non-driver learns to drive, through video games

Lots of people can't drive, including Haimona Gray. He talks to a few famous people who are similarly impaired, and gets behind the wheel in the only way he knows how: video games.