Saints Row IV: Re-elected

Review Posted 28|Jan by
Saints Row IV: Re-elected

The Saints get a second term

Out of all the games that have been re-released on our new consoles, Saints Row IV is probably the biggest surprise. As brilliant as the game was it doesn’t really need another go-around. Its looks were never really the focus of what made the game so well received and it's hard to see what they could have added to take advantage of the new hardware.
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Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell

Review Posted 19|Jan by
Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell

Gone when the morning comes?

And so it has come to this.

What started as a clone of a more successful game - a half decent one at that - has spawned a series that has carved its own identity on the market. The outrageous farce Saints Row has become is a welcome injection of fun and comedy that the industry is craving.
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Review Posted 16|Jan by
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Take a tumble with Toad

So about a year ago Nintendo graced their struggling Wii U with Super Mario 3D World, and as expected it was critically lauded and hailed as one of the crown jewels of the console. And rightfully so because even the most jaded cynic would look silly trying to say that Nintendo don’t have a pretty good grasp on how to make a high-quality platformer.
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Elite: Dangerous

Review Posted 12|Jan by
Elite: Dangerous

The not-so final Frontier

The Milky Way is a bloody big place - small in comparison to some other galaxies, but from our limited perspective it might as well be infinite. In gaming nowhere is this more apparent than in Elite Dangerous. I've spent a few hundred hours cruising from star system to star system and I can safely say that I have seen a fraction of one percent of the simulation of our own galaxy as presented by Frontier.
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Games of the Year: Dragon Age Inquisition

Feature Posted 2|Jan by
Games of the Year: Dragon Age Inquisition

What a wonderful world

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's SPOnG regular, Shane...


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Games of the Year: Marvel Heroes 2015

Feature Posted 31|Dec by
Games of the Year: Marvel Heroes 2015

Getting newer by the week

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's Adam...


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Could the Atari Landfill Happen Today?

Opinion Posted 29|Dec by
Could the Atari Landfill Happen Today?

How doe the videogaming past point to its future?

We asked Adam Capone - a game maker, and a long time friend of SPOnG and Joypod to give us the lowdown on why thousands of copies of Atari's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial have been dug up to make a TV show to be shown via Microsoft's Xbox Live.
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Games of the Year: Threes

Feature Posted 29|Dec by
Games of the Year: Threes

Good things come in...

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's Paul...


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Games of the Year: Titanfall

Feature Posted 26|Dec by
Games of the Year: Titanfall

Plus some very honourable mentions

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. Here's Dave Turner, Joypod host and SPOnG regular...

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Games of the Year: Monument Valley

Feature Posted 24|Dec by
Games of the Year: Monument Valley

Walking on walls

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. We hassled some SPOnG contributors and pals until they wrote some words for us. Here's Gavin, one of SPOnG's founders...
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Games of the Year: Elite Dangerous

Feature Posted 22|Dec by
Games of the Year: Elite Dangerous

The cold beauty of space

It's now nearly a year since the end of last year, which means that for many whose phone operating systems use the Gregorian calendar, it's a time for reflection. Or, you know, to talk about our favourite games of 2014. We hassled some SPOnG contributors and pals until they wrote some words for us. Here's Chris O'Regan, host of the GMA-nominated Sausage Factory podcast and SPOnG regular...
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Rune Factory 4

Review Posted 19|Dec by
Rune Factory 4

Mythological, regal farming sim

Over the years I’ve played a lot of Harvest Moon games, but Rune Factory 4 is my first experience with its fantasy-based spin-off series. I’m sure the idea of farm management games has always been baffling to many gamers, but I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for them.
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Destiny: The Dark Below

Review Posted 18|Dec by
Destiny: The Dark Below

Not enough dark

Bungie has come under fire for its first expansion to the ambitious Destiny. Many have complained about the price, been disappointed to find out that the weekly Strike mission was for DLC-buyers only this week and been outraged that the new currency and armour system meant that level 30 characters had to take a few steps back before they could go forward again.
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LittleBigPlanet 3

Review Posted 16|Dec by
LittleBigPlanet 3

Sackboy brings his pals to PS4

Until recently I'd not owned a PlayStation for over ten years, meaning I've missed out on a number of exclusives, such as Uncharted, God of War and LittleBigPlanet. As seems to be the way with consoles, their exclusive platforming title ends up spawning their mascot, whether that's Mario, Sonic, Master Chief (OK, I know Halo isn't a platformer, but people seem to jump around a lot so give me a break), or in Sony's case Sackboy. So as a LittleBigPlanet virgin and the relatively recent owner of a PS4 I've been looking forward to getting my hands on Sack Thing (as he's often referred to in LBP3) and seeing what all the fuss is about.
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

Review Posted 12|Dec by
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX

Square gives Disney the royal treatment

Kingdom Hearts is a vast franchise which, sadly for most console-only gamers, has been limited to just two games, that was until last year's 1.5 HD remix which contained the final versions of three fantastic games all dollied up to look the part on last-gen consoles.

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