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To commemorate the console’s upcoming 30th anniversary, Sega took the opportunity to unveil its own miniature “classic edition” version of the [Mega Drive].

Known in other areas of the world as the Sega Genesis the new “Mega Drive Mini” will be developed by AtGames and arrive in Japan shortly, with the US and other countries arriving “later this year”.

There is currently no official word on pricing or what games will be included on the latest console-nostalgia-cash-in.

Source: Sega Genesis Mini (aka Mega Drive Mini) announced – Polygon

There’s no doubt that the new God of War is one of the most anticipated of the year, if not the generation. Many had concerns after it was first revealed to be in development seeing a new mechanic in your AI driven son joining Kratos on an adventure in what appeared to be a very new style of gameplay.

Fear not, because judging by the early reviews that have hit the web today the latest GoW title is a masterpiece that is repeatedly scoring full marks with outlet after outlet. Unfortunately we haven’t received an early review copy to add in our two-cents worth but here are some spoiler-free snippets from around the web…

 

Polygon’s Chris Plante – 10/10

“God of War is, in a single word, holistic. Every aspect is excellent on its own, but more importantly, it all serves and accentuates the larger vision.”

“Some die-hard fans may fear this isn’t really God of War. I suppose they’re right. It’s even better.”

 

Press Start Australia’s Shannon Grixti – 9/10

God Of War is a cinematic masterpiece that manages to reinvent and push an already fantastic series to new heights. Barring some pacing issues in its narrative, Sony Santa Monica have breathed new life into Kratos and the God of War series, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

 

IGN’s Johnathon Dornbush – 10/10

I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. But I didn’t expect it to be a thrilling journey in which every aspect of it complements the others to form what is nothing short of a masterpiece.

 

Destructoid’s Chris Carter – 10/10

God of War maintains the same bonkers-level boss fights and setpieces, all of which are presented in the stunning in-game engine that features a hell of a draw distance.

I was hanging on by a thread in what feels like nearly every battle, which speaks to the balance team’s talent on a technical level too.

 

Get excited people, God of War is available in Australia on April 20th.

ROG Zephyrus M picks up where its predecessor, ROG Zephyrus, left off — delivering mighty performance in a minute package.

Named “M” for being a more “mobility-friendly” version of the original Zephyrus laptop, the latest version is a far more practical and compact version of its widescreen big brother.

Kitted out with an impressive 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-level display powered by a GeForce GTX 1070 along with Intel’s latest Core i7-8750H CPU and 16GB of DDR4, the new slimmed down version isn’t messing around.

The GM501 also brings a significantly increased battery life, doubling its predecessor, reaching up to 5 hours whilst taking advantage of the new GPU switching technology built in.

The only downside, the smaller version, despite its custom designed cooling solution, has a downgrade in GPU going from a 1080 down to a 1070, which for some may seem like a step backwards but will hopefully mean the product is far more financially accessible.

The new ASUS ROG Zephyrus M will be available in the coming weeks starting at RRP A$3,099.

Source: ROG Zephyrus M (GM501) | Laptops | ASUS Australia

Everyone here at Insomniac Games is thrilled to announce that Marvel’s Spider-Man will launch on Friday, 7th September 2018 exclusively on PlayStation 4 consoles.

One of the most anticipated titles for 2018 finally has a release date & pricing. Expect more details about the game in June when we head to E3 to have hands on.

Various editions are available to pre-order now via select retailers and PlayStation Store, including:

  • Standard Edition – $99.95 AUD RRP
  • Digital Deluxe Edition – $114.95 AUD RRP
  • Special Edition (Steelbook) – $119.95 AUD RRP
  • Collector’s Edition – $249.95 AUD RRP

Source: Marvel’s Spider-Man releases on 7th September, Collector’s Edition revealed and more – PlayStation.Blog.Europe

PAX Aus and EB Expo, the biggest gaming shows in the southern hemisphere, are teaming up to create the ultimate celebration of games and gaming culture at PAX Aus 2018.

This partnership will bring the world-class features of EB Expo to PAX Aus and include a dedicated area for the biggest game publishers to showcase upcoming titles, developer presentations, and Australia’s biggest pop-up EB Games store.

Like a “vanishing twin” absorbed in the womb… ewwwwww.

I guess that means no more Krusty Demons motor cross action then? I actually would’ve liked to have seen one of them fly over Polly Woodside.

On the upside it means that there’ll no longer be a split and show goers can see everything at one place. For instance Activision and Call of Duty have generally favoured EB Expo but they’ll now be a part of EB’s new sub-seciton (presumably) of PAX Aus.

There’s just too much going on right now and instead of dragging you all through a bunch of little news posts here’s one bigger news post to cover them all.

Nintendo streamed on of their Nintendo Directs this morning. The biggest announcement to come out of it was that beloved brawler “Super Smash Brothers” would be coming to the platform before year’s end. It was also announced an expansion to the popular Splatoon 2 is coming soon as well as Ubisoft’s “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” would be coming to Switch April 24th.

Less than 24 hours earlier Ubisoft made another announcement releasing a statement that The Division 2 would be unveiled at E3 this year. The shared world shooter set in an outbreak raddled Manhattan made itself a tent pole of the Ubisoft lineup as it’s fastest selling title to date. Whilst perhaps not reaching the successes they’d hope the game, now two years old, continues to foster a large following and I’m excited to see what the new version brings.

EA’s distribution service EA Origin has opened its doors to allow other publishers to make use of the platform. The move pits the service against PC figurehead Steam and as a part of the announcement will see popular titles such as Batman & the LEGO series from Warner Brothers make its way to the platform.

And finally Activision revealed the latest title in the long running Call of Duty series will be none other than Black Ops 4. The reveal made a bigger splash not so much because of what the game is to be about (shooting things – it’s Call of Duty that’s about all of it) but more so the face the game’s logo was four “I”s instead of the roman numeral IV. Congrats to the marketing team, you had more buzz than a Trump tweet.

And there be the vidya-games news… beep boop beep.

In a dystopian vision of our near future, Detroit is the story of three androids, three machines designed to obey, who start to feel emotions. Confronted with persecution and the violence of society, they will all have to decide who they want to be.

You’re either a fan of David Cage’s work you hate it. I don’t think there’s too much of a middle ground when you look at people’s reactions to his previous titles “Heavy Rain” and “Beyond: Two Souls“.

I had a chance to play through a sequence of Detroit: Become Human at last year’s Gamescom event and, having enjoyed the previous titles, found it to be an exciting evolution of Cage’s work.

Throughout Detroit you play as three androids, each with their own unique story and path. The first, Conor is a prototype designed to help human investigators on cases involving androids; Kara becomes a fugitive by empathizing with a little girl, united in their dream of freedom; and Markus whom will become the leader of the android revolution.

Really looking forward to its release!

Source: Quantic Dream’s neo-noir thriller Detroit: Become Human hits PS4 on 25th May – PlayStation.Blog.Europe

Featuring 75 guided tours of monuments, buildings and even people, each tour takes you down a predetermined path with interactive checkpoints. Checkpoints are narrated and even include photos of the statue you’re looking at or blueprints of the room you’re standing in. Each tour can also be accessed through the map, along with the option to fast travel to them directly.

Unfortunately I skipped over Assassin’s Creed: Origins last year but with the release of “Discovery Tour” today I’m tempted to pick it up.

The new mode turns the game into an interactive tour of ancient Egypt utilising the many intensely detailed and well crafted reproductions of real-world monuments within the game.

From all reports this educational release is great value and being enjoyed by many. What a surprising and different approach to take on an open world title. Hats of Ubisoft!

Source: Discovery Mode Turns Assassin’s Creed: Origins Into A Museum | Kotaku Australia

The FFA dipped its toe into the rapidly growing world of competitive video gaming, E-Sports, with the launch of its E-League on Thursday night. It attracted an audience reach 16 per cent higher than the average A-League match, raising questions over the direction of sports broadcasting.

While the figures and interest in esports don’t particularly surprise me there are a couple of things they sort of fail to mention…

For a start, to watch A-League games in Australia you need a Pay-TV subscription with access to Fox Sports. There’s also one game a week shown on free-to-air TV that SBS hosts but with Pay-TV numbers in the toilet they’re never going to get astronomical numbers.

The “E-League” was streamed on Twitch, where it pulled in (at one point) 138,000 simultaneous viewers.  it was also broadcast on Fox Sports but they don’t have those figures yet and are basing the 16% increase on the streaming alone.

Does this mean the A-League is dead? No, of course not. Is it a surprise? Not really.

Less than 20% of Australian households have Foxtel, a smaller subset of those have a sports package to watch the A-League. More than 80% have the Internet, and Twitch streams globally, for free, where people watch random crap all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see esports doing so well and this was an interesting event to watch. I just think the article is a bit of fluff to get more eyeballs.

Source: FFA’s E-League proves a bigger hit than A-League games

Hoyts and Gfinity will work together to build a chain of broadcast-ready esports arenas within existing Hoyts theatre locations. The idea is that, with these state of the art locations already installed and ready to go, they will be well placed to pull global touring esports events looking for a base in the Oceanic region.

The first location ear-marked is Moore Park in Sydney beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2018 for the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series.

The first of these events spans seven weeks and includes competitions for Counter Srike: GO, Street Fighter V and Rocket League.

Source: Gfinity Esports and Hoyts are building a chain of esports arenas here in Aus | The Iris