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Review – Wipeout Omega Collection + Giveaway!

Giveaway: Thanks to PlayStation NZ for giving us a copy of this game to one of our lucky readers! To be in with a shout, just answer the following: Q: What year was the original WipE’out” game released? Answers: A) 1995 B) 1996 C) 1997 Send your entries to comps@theempire.nz …

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Preview – Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Are you wanting to play a new first-person shooter but don’t want to have to deal with jet-packs, space or perhaps you’re already over Battlefield 1? Well then here’s a game for you to check out, from the developers Tripwire Interactive and Antimatter Games comes the sequel of 2013’s Rising Storm. The …

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Preview – Agents of Mayhem

There are many different kinds of Sandbox-y, open world style games. Some, like Grand Theft Auto V, try to make the world and characters modern and believable, at least in the story. Others, like the Assassin’s Creed franchise, dig into specific areas of history as a mechanism to tell a …

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Review – Microsoft Surface book

As reviewed: Core i-5 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD, 3000×2000 resolution screen, Microsoft Surface Pen Microsoft are in the midst of their Windows 10 creator update. It’s a pretty big deal for them – they’re making some big changes under the covers of the Operating System in order to …

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News – Forza Racing Chamionship: Season 3

If you’re a bit of an armchair racer, this might be something you’re really up for. Turn 10, Microsoft, and Gfinity (an e-sports organisation) are putting together a Forza Racing Championship, using Porsche cars from their DLC, with a global reach. If that sounds like your thing, you can register …

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News – World’s Fastest Gamer

Now, I’m a bit of a Formula 1 fan, which is a bit difficult over in this part of the world. I don’t get to enjoy easy access to the races like a lot of European countries do (which is to say, without a SKY TV subscription), so I usually …

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Grinding Gear Games – NZ’s Largest Video Game Studio

Put your hand up if you knew that in the heart of West Auckland, in a building one floor below Family Planning, you would find New Zealand’s largest video game studio, Grinding Gear Games. I would but I’m typing. Founded in 2006, Grinding Gear Games (GGG) are the developers of the …

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Review – Conan Exiles (Early Access)

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Preview – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Early Release games are often fraught with peril. They offer a glimpse into the maddening design processes that games require in order to take off the rough edges. Sometimes they have considerably more rough than smooth. Sometimes they get stuck in a never-ending alpha / beta cycle that fails to …

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Are Smartwatches all that good?

So what even is the deal with Smart wearables? Ok so lets start at the beginning, as many of you know I started doing the whole gym/fitness thing a few months back. I was looking around at heart rate monitors like a fitbit or something to that effect. I had …

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