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Game Review: Rocket League

Game Review: Rocket League

By Bradley Winters, work experience student Rocket League is a football game but with cars, available on PC, Xbox One and PS4. The cars can be customised with bodies, liveries, paintjob, wheels, boosts, trails, goal explosions and engine audio. The game was created by Psyonix as a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battlecars, which […]

 Paul Farrell

Pikmin – “a paradise for those who like to rush through games”

Pikmin – “a paradise for those who like to rush through games”

Back in 2000 at E3, there was a tech demo shown off called Mario 128, which showcased 128 mini Mario’s running around on a circular platform to show off how many individual AI programs the Gamecube could support and even showcased platform alteration, the latter was used in Super Mario Galaxy, but I’m here to […]

 Paul Farrell

Super Mario Odyssey: First Impressions

With the Nintendo Switch nearing pre-order date, it’s time we look at the new Mario title made for the innovative console. The Super Mario Bros. are probably some of the most famous video game characters in existence and this latest instalment sees Mario moving away from the mushroom kingdom to embark on a huge open world […]

 Ryan Prentice

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

King Con’s first year in Sunderland turns out to be a success as thousands flood to see special guests at the Stadium of Light.  

    After outgrowing their previous venue in Durham, King Con was confirmed to be at the Stadium of Light this year, and spread over a weekend full of panels, competitions and more. Arriving on Saturday I was met by some of the latest and classic characters, first of all a Storm Trooper followed by […]

 Siarlot Lloyd

King Con makes a move to Sunderland after outgrowing its original Durham venue

King Con makes a move to Sunderland after outgrowing its original Durham venue

The North East has recently been experiencing a nerd culture renaissance.

While SunnyCon (an anime convention) may have helped to get the ball rolling in 2012, there is now a thriving subculture of nerdery across the Tyne and Wear region. From board game cafes to escape rooms, the current craze for superhero films and Pokémon has helped create business for Newcastle Film and Comic in March […]

 Jonathan 'Kit' Shaw

Star Fox Zero review – Taking the offensive

When I heard that there was going to be a new Star Fox game I could not jump over that Moon quick enough. I was so excited to know that my favourite video game franchise was finally coming back after 11 long years, it would finally graces our Wii U systems and I can say […]

 Paul Farrell

Seven things you didn’t know about Sonic the Hedgehog

Seven things you didn’t know about Sonic the Hedgehog

Here’s 7 of Sonic’s lesser known aspects and facts of the series. As many would say; Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the worlds most famous video game characters but a good number of people and especially some fans are a little unaware of some parts of the series. These are the 7 facts that […]

 Jonathan 'Kit' Shaw

Xenoblade Chronicles X – An epic sci-fi adventure with mechs

I love RPGs, I love mechs and what do you get if you put the two together? Xenoblade Chronicles X, Monolith Softs latest entry in the Xeno series. Ever since I saw the very first trailer I have been looking forward to this, anxiously checking back everyday for new content which only ever appeared every […]

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Pokémon celebrates 20th Anniversary, what’s next?

Pokémon celebrates 20th Anniversary, what’s next?

February marked the official 20th anniversary of Nintendo’s original Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green games. To celebrate this milestone, Nintendo & GameFreak released new 2DS Pokémon bundles including a pre-installed Yellow, Red or Blue version game depending on which version you choose. Pokémon is the second best selling game franchise, coming in just […]

 Jonathan 'Kit' Shaw

Nintendo Direct

Nintendo Direct

Much joy has arisen after the recent Nintendo Direct as it has been announced that the Generation 1 Pokemon games Red, Blue, Yellow and the Japanese only Green are being released for both the 3DS and Wii U virtual console. Originally released back in 1996 (1999 in the UK) the games were revealed to be […]