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Far Cry 3 Experience Episode 1 is out in the wild

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The taste of paradise!

Later this month Ubisoft will launch the second of its big guns for this holiday season. Whilst Ubisoft’s much anticipated Assassin’s Creed 3 currently has gamers leaping around dispatching denizens of colonial America, their next release, Far Cry 3 will take us all to an island paradise. Continue reading Far Cry 3 Experience Episode 1 is out in the wild

Retrospective: Halo 3: ODST Review

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Halo spin off!

Although I enjoyed Halo 3, I found it to be more of the same. For me, as great as the story was, the gameplay was stuck in a bygone era when the likes of Quake 2 was still the height of cool. With Halo 3:ODST, Bungie went and did something a little different.

The end of Halo 3 saw the series protagonist, Master Chief, adrift in space and so they needed a new focus for this quasi-sequel. Enter the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, voiced by Firefly favorites Nathan Fillion as squad-leader Buck, Adam Baldwin as Dutch and and Alan Tudyk as Mickey. Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer and fan favorite Nolan North also play major characters in the game. What more could you ask for? Continue reading Retrospective: Halo 3: ODST Review

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed II Black Edition unboxing

Assassin's Creed
Enter Ezio!

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my documented unboxing of the Assassin’s Creed III Freedom Edition. A few years ago I did a similar thing for the Assassin’s Creed II Black Edition which came with a rather cool statue of Ezio Auditore. The article was originally published on the Game Console pages of New Zealand’s

As a primer for my AC3 Freedom Edition unboxing I’ve reproduced the original article below.


Whilst I’ve been playing a review copy of Assassin’s Creed II for the best part of a week now (look out for my review in an upcoming issue of Game Console), I picked up my copy of the Assassin’s Creed 2 “Black Edition” on Friday. I don’t want to give too much away, but a week’s worth of AC2 was enough to get me excited about parting with $170 for the limited edition. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed II Black Edition unboxing

Star Wars, Lucasfilm and me

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The Force is strong in this one

I’m still in a state of shock. Whilst checking Twitter as I was out the door this morning I saw a tweet about Disney, Star Wars and new films. It was an agonising hour before I could check the news in more detail.

What I read blew my mind. Continue reading Star Wars, Lucasfilm and me

Assassins Creed III Day!!!

Assassin’s Creed III: now for something completely different!

Today is the day. Time to witness the bloody birth of a nation through the eyes of assassin Conner Kenway. Half-English and half-Mohawk his tale is one of revenge and divided loyalties. Get ready for Assassin’s Creed III, on sale today!

I’ll be busting open my Freedom Edition of the game later today and documenting it for an unboxing article later. Be sure to check back later.

Check out the North American launch trailer, below! Continue reading Assassins Creed III Day!!!

Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.

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Game on!

So I’ve finally finished Assassin’s Creed Revelations to the point that I can feel comfortable embarking on Assassin’s Creed III.  A review is copy coming my way, but I intend on savoring the experience this time, so expect a review…just not straight away.

Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3 are the two games that I’m actually up for purchasing on day one during the pre-Christmas release schedule. And, to that end, I’ve secured myself a copy of the posh Assassin’s Creed III Freedom Edition from my local EB Games. Expect a detailed unboxing article very soon. At the same time I’ll be dropping some cash to secure an Insane Edition of Ubisoft’s other triple-A game, Far Cry 3 which I’ll be out at the end of November. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review Dishonored, Doom 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Prometheus 3D and Avatar 3D.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown content packs are on their way

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I’m still battling my way through the alien invasion in 2K’s fantastic XCOM:Enemy Unknown. I’m also still recovering from the XCOM Sydney launch party, which I go on about here).

Whilst I never doubted them, XCOM:Enemy Unknown developers Friaxis (of Civilization fame)  have really managed to capture the essence of the old XCOM games, but without the experience feeling like a crusty beards and sandals affair. In this modern age of cookie-cutter first-person-shooters and other safe bets its nice to see a publisher try something a little different.

I’ve been enjoying myself with the game and taking my time with it. But the pressures is now on as 2K have announced not one, but two imminent DLC packs for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. He’s what they have to say (I make no apologies for this mid-week PR regurgitation): Continue reading XCOM: Enemy Unknown content packs are on their way

Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Revelations

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End of the Road for Ezio and Altair

It’s almost that time of year again. Later this month Ubisoft will release the next chapter in what must be the most intelligent video game series ever made, Assassin’s Creed III.  And this year we are in for a special treat; having concluded Ezio’s story it is time for a new protagonist and a new historic era. The first chronologically numbered Assassin’s Creed game in three years, Assassin’s Creed III, has us witness the violent birth of the United States of America thought the eyes of our conflicted half-English, half-Mohawk hero, Conner Kenway. Continue reading Retrospective: Assassin’s Creed Revelations