Review: The Last of Us Part II is great for what it means, not for what it is

The greatness of The Last of Us Part II lies not in the gameplay, but for the conversations it will start, writes Sam Brooks. Major spoilers for The Last of Us …

What a video game about a futuristic Tauranga can tell us about our present

A new first-person photography game set in a dystopian Tauranga under lockdown is the best work of Māori science-fiction this decade, writes Dan Taipua.

There and back again: The bill targeting workers’ right in the screen industry

A bill is currently being read in parliament that could radically shift employee rights in our screen and gaming industries.

Turnip for what? Two calming months of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How did this quaint village-making game become one of the biggest sellers of its generation?

Gaming Archive

Review: Dating sim legend Sakura Wars returns

Sam Brooks reviews dating sim legend Sakura Wars, which returns after 15 years with a soft reboot.

Review: The Final Fantasy VII Remake is the definitive version of Final Fantasy VII

Sam Brooks reviews the most anticipated game of the year: the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Ori and the art of the Metroidvania

Lee Henaghan previews Ori and the Will of The Wisps, the latest game to dismantle 'are video games art?' question.

Review: Dreams shows the endless bounds and limits of the gamer’s imagination

Sam Brooks reviews Media Molecule's Dreams, the game that allows you to turn your dreams into (virtual) reality.

A lifelong superfan finally gets to play the Final Fantasy VII remake

Lifelong superfan Sam Brooks got to play five hours of the Final Fantasy 7 remake ahead of its release. He reports back on how the game successfully adapts the twenty-year old classic.

While Weta gets $41m a year, the game industry gets nothing but empty words

The government is trumpeting news that gaming will be a billion dollar industry, but a leading gaming developer says he needs money, not glowing press releases.

Twenty years on, The Sims is still the safest space in town

On its 20th anniversary, Sam Brooks looks back on The Sims, the safest space for an entire generation of gamers.

The original 151 Pokémon ranked from worst to best

Sam Brooks digs into his childhood to present his magnum opus: a ranking of all 151 OG Pokémon.

Confessions of a late-in-life video game obsessive

Summer reissue: A few years ago, deep into middle age, Britta Stabenow found solace in the world of gaming. Now she's part of a passionate community: those who love, and collect, video games.

Review: Indie game Gris builds glorious beauty out of simple foundations

Sam Brooks reviews Gris, the stunning, newly updated game from Devolver Digital that gamifies and makes beautiful that one universal process: grief.

Review: Pokemon Sword and Shield finally reach the next stage of evolution

Sam Brooks reviews the latest generation of the Pokémon games which finally hits the big-ish screen.

Kojima unhinged: A response to Death Stranding

Sam Brooks reviews the most anticipated game of 2019: Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding.