OXCGN’s Grand Theft Auto V Review


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OXCGN’s Grand Theft Auto V Review

The Perfect Crime?

by Daniel Geikowski

©2013 Daniel Geikowski

I enjoy the finer things in life.

Whether it’s cruising down the open highway in a convertible, boating on a luxury yacht, shopping in high-end retail stores, golfing,  or senseless murder, Grand Theft Auto V allows me to enjoy all these favoured pastimes from the comfort of my couch.

Featuring more than just stealing cars, Rockstar Games have grown and molded the Grand Theft Auto series over time, into living, breathing worlds that aren’t just a hell of a lot of fun to cause mayhem in, they also poke fun at the society we live in today using their trademark dark humour and satirical nature.

501-1280It’s no secret that every Grand Theft Auto title is one of, if not the most anticipated title in most gamers’ eyes. You only need to hear that Rockstar made $1 billion in the first three days of GTAV‘s release, to understand how popular it is. Synonymous with controversy, the media love to create news about GTA, and people who never play games know of the series.

Check out our criminal record here!

Have Fake GTAV Receipts Emerged In Hopes To Break Release Embargo?


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Have Fake GTAV Receipts Emerged In Hopes To Break Release Embargo?

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by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

GTAV Fake ReceiptUPDATE: Both receipts have been confirmed as fake receipts in an attempt to break release date. The second receipt which is stamped has an incorrect product code for the game. Please do not attempt to use these receipts to buy the game as they will not work.

As of the 14th of September, a mere 3 days before its official release September 17th release, it seems that a few random receipts of Rockstar’s highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V are making the rounds from an Australia bricks & mortar store.

The first receipt you’ll see on the right was sent to me early last night under the impression that it was a fake receipt. Due to me working at JB Hi-Fi and dealing with a lot of these receipts, I instantaneously agreed this receipt as a fake.

Anyone who has worked in retail would clearly see that any item, if available on various platforms would state under the title which platform said item was purchased on.

With games it would state whether or not it was for PC, 360, 3DS, Wii U, Ps3 etc…

As you can see on this receipt this is not the case.

The second receipt which you can see at the bottom of the page seems a little bit more legitimate.

Click to doubt whether the second receipt is fake or real

MOGA Pocket Controller Review


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MOGA Pocket Controller Review

Greatest bluetooth Android controller or greatest Android bluetooth controller?

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

ku-bigpicMOGAAnywhere, is a company you should now thank for finally bringing to us a bluetooth controller for your Android smartphone/tablet that works.

Playing games on my smartphone during any form of downtime is a great time waster, but I never really dabbled into wondering why there wasn’t a controller to go along with the likes GTA: Vice City or any twin stick shooter.

It wasn’t until PAX Australia that I decided to schedule a short presentation about the MOGA Pocket controller, get my hands on it and instantly fall in love.

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GTA V Release Date Revealed


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GTA V Release Date?

March 26, 2013

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

gta v logoIt’s safe to say that the entire gaming world is anticipating GTA V.

Rockstar has been elusive up until the last few months, finally nailing down the spring of 2013, but without informing us of a concrete date.

Today, Amazon has revealed that we could be jumping back into Los Santos a lot sooner than you think. Continue reading GTA V Release Date Revealed

OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012


OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012

All roads lead to E3

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

E3.

The one thing that makes gamers around the world go absolute batshit crazy.

Some in a good way, where announcements make gamers jump into loving bro-hugging (or the female gamer equivalent….sis-hugging….”shugging” we’ll go with) embraces, others which draw the ire of gamers everywhere.

Over the last few years, we have come to expect a few things are a given at E3; the latest Call of Duty will feature, Microsoft will draw the gaze of gamers everywhere simply by saying “Halo”, some weird and awkward guy on stage will make an ass of himself using the Kinect, and people everywhere detest Valve for announcing/demoing/talking about a game that isn’t Half Life with the number 3 attached.

However, it’s usually the announcement of the unexpected that gets gamers up and about.

It’s E3 Sequel time here

OXCGN’s Max Payne 3 Review: A Rockstar Without Remedy?


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A Rockstar Without Remedy?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

If you’re a frequent reader of OXCGN and my work, you’ll already know that one of the most important aspects of any game to me is the writing.

I’ll start off with this: I love Remedy.

Max Payne is a franchise very near and dear to my heart, and I hold Alan Wake in similar regard.

Remedy knows how to combine multiple elements into a seamless package, while topping it off with some of the best writing in the industry.

The lack of their presence in Max Payne 3 is disturbing, and until I played the game, I was extremely apprehensive.

Rockstar somehow managed to do the impossible: carry the everlasting legacy of Max into the future, and at that, under the reigns of a completely different team.

It’s Paaaaaaayne!

OXCGN’s GTA III 10 Year Anniversary Smartphone/Tablet Review


OXCGN’s GTA III 10 Year Anniversary Smartphone/Tablet Review

Another stroll through Liberty City

by : GrathiusXR

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Much like Hollywood and their need to remake every single ‘classic’ movie within the last two decades, the gaming industry follows a somewhat similar route by re-releasing titles that not only defined a genre but cemented itself as a classic in the gaming industry.

With Halo reaching the 10 year mark since being released, Microsoft/343 Studios has released Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition both in its classic Xbox graphical and revamped Halo Reach graphical glory, allowing gamers old and new to experience a console-defining shooter.

Rockstar however, instead of releasing a game that was already available across every platform, has decided to go the route of releasing GTAIII on mobile and tablets (Check out Rockstars official supported devices website to see if your device made the cut).

This allows an already amazing company to allow people who wouldn’t own a console to experience a game that has been a staple in the open sandbox genre.

But does it translate well enough to smartphones/tablets?

GTA on smartphones and tablets here

L.A. Noire Countdown: Investigating The Road To L.A. Noire: Week 6


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Investigating The Road to L.A. Noire: Week #6

by exterminat

©2011 Nicholas Laborde

L.A. Noire is less than two weeks away and anticipations are running high.

While the game doesn’t have the vast hype it most certainly deserves, it has shown evidence that it may be one of the most innovative current generation titles.

Alas, release is so close, but yet feels so far. So for now, let’s delve into yet another week of interesting noir/crime-related finds!

This time… an actual game series.

The name? Payne, Max Payne.

[Ed: Make sure you check The Collected Stories from L.A. Noire at the end of article. There’s a FULL downloadable PDF version of the e-book, What’s In A Name, down there for all our readers to enjoy. No spoilers are in the e-books]

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