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SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Guns Up > Sony has announced a new *cue Imperial March.mp3* free-to-play game called Guns Up. The game is something of a mix between a real time strategy and tower defence with a dash of humour thrown in for good measure. It is certainly giving off a Cannon Fodder vibe, which is sure to please the old people who still know what Cannon Fodder is (i.e. me). READ MORE
MONDAY PREVIEW Battlefield: Hardline > EA won the award for the “worst kept secret in gaming 2014” with the constant leaking of info about its upcoming game Battlefield: Hardline. Trailers leaked, screenshots made it onto Twitter and we all knew it was coming. Luckily EA did manage to keep one thing under wraps for the official announcement at E3 and that was the beta going live on the day of its E3 Press conference. I have spent a good few hours with the multiplayer beta and I am pleased to say that there is quite a bit of fun to be had in this cops and robbers based spinoff. READ MORE
TUESDAY REVIEW Tropico 5 > In the fifth iteration of the cult hit Tropico series, things are refined and improved to a point that is sure to keep even the most jaded strategy fan happy. Interesting political simulation, technical and engaging city building and a healthy dose of humour make Tropico 5 a great sequel and even the perfect starting point for new players. It does suffer from a convoluted interface at times, but in the end El Presidente’s return is a fine celebration of his magnificence. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY REVIEW Watch Dogs > As one of the most hyped releases this year, Watch Dogs has inevitably failed to live up to the astronomical (and somewhat unrealistic) expectations set by its marketing team. What it does deliver is an enjoyable and content-heavy open world experience made unique through a focus on stealth in conjunction with its much-touted hacking mechanics. Tying the bundle together is a story that, while oft cliché, provides some worthwhile commentary on individual privacy rights in the digital age. READ MORE
THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Ori and the Blind Forest > Ori and the Blind Forest is a new indie platformer coming to both Xbox One and PC. The beautiful trailer shows a lush world to explore but game director Thomas Maller of Moon Studios is aiming for much more than a pretty face, telling Polygon that “I grew up playing Super Metroid and I want games like that again. I read NeoGAF and constantly read how they want games like this but it’s not being done.” READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS AEI funds four indie games > While the Australian Government is cutting back on gaming industry funding in the Federal Budget, other organisations are stepping up to support the industry that supports them. The not for profit Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) has announced four grants, totalling $110,000 to former students to make their gaming dreams a reality. READ MORE