All posts by Jess Colwill
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By on November 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

The day Dragon Age: Inquisition finished downloading, I woke up at 6:30am. I was experiencing that rare feeling that I hadn’t felt since Christmas Day as a kid — I literally couldn’t sleep for the excitement. That first day, I don’t think I even stopped playing until after dark — over 12 hours in one sitting, I am ashamed and impressed to admit. Not only was I incredibly excited, but DA:I delivered.

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Dragon Age Inquisition

By on November 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

I’m pretty primed to love Dragon Age: Inquisition, let’s be honest. I’ve loved basically every BioWare game ever since they became a thing, and when everyone else was pointing out the faults on Dragon Age 2 — and let’s face it, there were a few — I was the guy saying, “Yeah, that bit kinda sucked, but what about this bit!”

So, anything I say about the Dragon Age: Inquisition hands-on I experienced on Thursday last week should probably be taken with a heavy dose of delicious salty salt.

Omigaaaawwwd, Dragon Age: Inquisition is amaaaazing!

Seriously, though, I had about two hours to play with it — and every second was an improvement on DA2.

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Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition

By on October 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

When Icewind Dale originally released in 2000, oh my, I just about pooped my little fourteen year old pants. Having just discovered those awful Drizzt books and thinking they were just about the most amazing thing, there I was, casually browsing EB Games (or Electronics Boutique, as it was known then) my little heart stopped to see those words out here in the real world.

Icewind. Dale.

So here we are, another fourteen years later, and Beamdog have waved their enhancing wand over the ol’ Ten Towns to bring us Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition. But there are key differences you need to understand when it comes to IWD: EE, especially when comparing it to other Beamdog enhancements like Baldur’s Gate 2.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth

By on October 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Civilisation is one of those funny games that I’ll not even think about for months until one day I get a craving and I don’t leave my desk for 18 hours. Along comes Beyond Earth, so I say goodbye to my dogs and my family, install strategic caches of Doritos and Mountain Dew and settle in for the long haul.

“Civilisation: Beyond Earth?” I hear you say. “Is this just another Civ game set in space?” Well, yes and, also, no. If you’ve played any Civilisation games before, you’ll definitely find yourself in familiar territory. All the same basic mechanics are there: moving units, building your cities, researching technologies, etc. But Firaxis have done a good job of adding some exciting new elements, as well as making some of the old stuff more accessible and fun.

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Wasteland 2

By on September 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Let’s start by saying this – I’ve never played the original Wasteland. The beta key I received for Wasteland 2 came with a Steam copy of the original, so while the sequel was downloading, I fired up the original to do a little research.

…I guess it was probably good for the time. I’ve played more than my fair share of the early Ultima games that are in the same vein but well, I couldn’t really get into it. Apprehension sets in.

My second note is this – I don’t really like turn-based RPGs. I don’t know why. Just something about everyone standing stock still while someone runs past them or hits them with a sword has just never appealed to me.

Suddenly, I start to realise what I’ve got myself into. I’m going to play a game that has a huge fan following, based on nostalgia and legitimate good-times. And then I’m going to write a review hating on it because I’m basically primed to dislike it at this point.

What. Am. I. Doing.

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Bound by Flame

By on May 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

Bound by Flame is the latest RPG from developers Spiders, and is probably their boldest and darkest effort yet. Releasing just today, you play as a mercenary possessed by a flame demon who has to constantly struggle with embracing the dark powers it offers or fighting against it, which sounds like the makings of a good moral struggle — if they can pull it off.

Before you put any money down, why not see the game in action below? Jess picks up her daggers and heads off to hunt a werebeast.

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Daylight

By on May 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Jess fires up Daylight, the procedurally-generated horror/exploration game from Zombie Studios, for a trip through the bowels of an abandoned hospital.

The idea behind Daylight is that it’s different every time and you need to play a few times to get the full picture, which means lots of exposure to an incredibly tense but also sometimes tedious game environment. Take a look.

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BioShock Infinite

By on March 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’ve created this weekly segment that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet. Today it’s on Thursday, but it’s usually on Wednesday. We apologise for the inconvenience!

In this week’s issue, Steam is holding a crazy 24-hour BAFTA sale, and there are awesome bargains at Green Man and on the Humble Store.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

By and on March 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

We had the chance to check out The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt last month at a preview screening hosted by CD Projekt RED in Sydney. While we were unfortunately not allowed to go directly hands-on with the game, we did see the game being played live and came away hugely impressed by the scale and grandeur of what CDPR are planning.

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Renegade Ops

By on March 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’ve created this weekly segment that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, SEGA’s catalogue is flying out the door on Amazon and Green Man, while simulator bundles and EA games are up for grabs elsewhere.

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Half-Life 2

By on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, there are great savings to be had across both Valve and Rockstar’s catalogues, and some great deals on the Humble Store.

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Company of Heroes 2

By on February 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, GamersGate are flogging some more obscure titles, while GOG.com have some great deals on Red Faction games.

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Evolve

By and on February 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

Turtle Rock have an impressive pedigree when it comes to multiplayer PC gaming, with both Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead under their belts. For the last few years they’ve been busily working away on a new five-player title called Evolve, which pits a team of four monster hunters against another player, who controls the gigantic monster. We went hands-on with it last week in Sydney, and return to you now with some game footage and our thoughts.

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