OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012

2012 GOTY feature

OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012

The world did not end this year 

by David Hilton

©2012 David Hilton

game of the year award smlWith all the attention on the impending Mayan apocalypse it would have been fitting to look at the state of gaming at the end of 2011 and wonder if the gaming world might also end.

While there was initially some optimism that new major next gen consoles would be announced at this year’s E3, only the Wii U actually was a next gen certainty and the limits of current gen consoles had seemingly been reached.

On top of that, gaming sequels continued to dominate game releases.

It looked like the end could be nigh for big release gaming of the AAA variety in the near future.

However the quality of this year’s titles shows that gaming is very much alive and though many studios and franchises faltered this year, more succeeded with some of the best games this gaming generation.

With a huge renaissance gaming year promised for 2013 in the form of new generation consoles, let’s look at 2012 as the last big battle of this current console generation for top gaming honours.

We gave our readers a chance in a poll to decide their 2012 Game of the Year, and the results came in with the beautiful and clever Playstation exclusive downloadable title, Journey. Now it’s our turn.


OXCGN’s Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise Review

OXCGN’s Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise Review

Grin and Bear it

by Chris Fox

©2012 Chris Fox

The year is 2002.

The Queen Mother had just popped her clogs, Eminem was still good and games like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were blowing up on the Playstation 2.

Cue the release of Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise to a feverish gaming public who are impressed with the game’s state of the art play mechanics and cutting edge graphics.

In 2002, Naughty Bear can stand shoulder to shoulder with giants such as GTA and Halo and hold its head up high. The only minor problem with this happy tale is that it isn’t 2002.

Some one should have told Behaviour Interactive.

Naughty Bear review here

OXCGN’s Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain DLC Review

OXCGN’s Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain DLC Review

Like riding a bike with no saddle

by Chris Fox

©2012 Chris Fox

Origin of Pain adds more content to everyone’s real favourite Xbox exclusive with 36 new tracks (both regular and Supercross), brand new costumes for your biker, new skill games, a new vehicle and extra track creator objects in the triple figures.

With all that value, you’d expect this hefty chunk of DLC to cost you an equally hefty figure.

Save that loans website for later; Origin of Pain will only set you back an unbelievably reasonable 400 MSP.

Why, Ubisoft, are you trying to seduce me…?

Trials revew here

Gear up, EB Expo is set to rock Sydney come October

Gear up, EB Expo is set to rock Sydney come October

The sequel is ready to set the bar higher

by : Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

It’s been almost a year since the the first EB Expo was held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and after the reveal that Sydney was to be the next city to host Australia’s biggest gaming event, the countdown to the start of the Expo on October  5th – 7th is quickly ticking down.

If you’re a casual or hardcore gamer anywhere in Australia, the EB Expo is something you won’t want to miss.

EB Expo 2012 games here

OXCGN’s Wreckateer Kinect Review

OXCGN’s Wreckateer Kinect Review

Does it catapult to great heights or sink like a cannonball?

by Chris Fox

© 2012 Chris Fox

It was no surprise that Kinect would make its presence felt with the 2012 Summer of Arcade line up and that presence is extended in the form of Wreckateer.

One of the most enjoyable activities in the video game space is destruction and destruction is the order of the day in this enjoyable little arcade title.

Goblin infested towers stretch arrogantly skyward and need to be literally knocked down a peg or two.

Step forward your avatar. It’s your job to take down these structures with a variety of airborne wrecking balls.

Wreckateer here

Gamescom 2012: OXCGN’s EA Report

OXCGN’s Gamescom Report

EA: Es ist im Spiel!

by Chris Fox

©2012 Chris Fox

OXCGN staff writer Chris Fox files his reports on Gamescon continuing with EA’s offerings.

EA, not to be outdone, opened their press conference with…

EA @ Gamescom here

OXCGN’s Deadlight XBLA Review

OXCGN’s Deadlight XBLA Review

Sleep With The Light On

by Chris Fox

© 2012 Chris Fox

Zombies. I love them. You love them.

But just like any thing that we like, too much of it can get as sickly and unbearable as any thing else.

Zombies in games, movies and any other form of geek media have been done to death (no pun intended), so what fresh meat can DeadLight bring to the table?

Well, it turns out a fair amount.

Join us, won’t you, as we turn back the clock to mid ’80s Seattle to once again face the undead, though not as we’ve known them.

Deadlight review here

OXCGN’s Mini Ninjas Adventures Kinect XBLA Review

OXCGN’s Mini Ninjas Adventures Kinect XBLA Review

You Are The Ninja

by Chris Fox

©2012 Chris Fox

Square Enix brings cutesy samurai slashing action to Kinect in the form of Mini Ninjas Adventures.

The Mini Ninjas franchise takes a different direction this time around and has the player take sole control of Hiro, the mini-est Ninja.

Through the “wonder” that is motion control, you must slash, shoot and magic your way through worlds of evil doers to prove that mini can also equal mighty.

Mini Ninjas Adventures is an enjoyable use of an hour or two, especially for young children, but sadly not much more than that.

Mini Ninja here