OXCGN’s 2012 Reader GOTY: Gamers Voted, But Will the VGAs Get it Right?


OXCGN’s 2012 Reader GOTY

Gamers voted, but will the VGAs get it right?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

For five wonderful years, OXCGN has been bringing the gaming community in Australia and abroad the best opinionated pieces in the gaming space.

This year, we decided to have two separate Game of the Year awards: one for the readers, and a second traditional one decided by our staff.

You voted, and the results are in.

Who did you pick?

And the winner is…

Halo 3 vs. Reach vs. Halo 4 Screenshot Comparison, Volume 3

Screenshot Comparison

Halo 3 vs. Reach vs. Halo 4

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

At this point, I feel as if I’m going to explode from the Halo 4 hype.

I haven’t quite felt this much excitement for a title since Halo 3 five long years ago, and Halo 4 looks to be the best title in the series yet.

While we wind down the final days until we reunite with the Master Chief and kill all of our friends, it’s time to look to the past one more time.

Here is our third and final comparison between Halo 3, Reach, and Halo 4.

Go crazy over how good Halo 4 looks here!

QuakeCon 2012: Harvey Smith Dishonored Interview

QuakeCon 2012: Dishonored Interview

Nick Sits Down With Harvey Smith

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

QuakeCon 2012 has been one of the biggest – and most interesting – years of the show to date.

During the event, Harvey Smith (co-creative director at Arkane Studios) and I sat down and had a lengthy discussion on Dishonored‘s design, development process and even all the way back to his early days working on Deus Ex.

I’m proud to say that I managed to somewhat stump him.

Harvey goes on to say that Dishonored breaks many – if not all – of the patterns you know in gaming.

Dig into Dishonored!

Team Fortress 2’s Meet The Pyro Dated

Meet The Pyro Dated

Team Fortress 2’s final Meet The Team video

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

At this time of the year, the gaming industry grounds to a screeching halt.

For one week only, the entire industry looks at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) takes place and every major publisher and developer collectively make announcements and show off new product.

Valve, similar to Rockstar and Bungie, are typically low-key at the event. Even this year, they simply have a booth and are not taking press appointments, which leads to the assumption that no major announcements will take place.

Instead, we’ve been left with one interesting tidbit that’ll undoubtedly set Team Fortress 2 fans – dare I say it – on fire.

Valve heats things up…

Assassin’s Creed III: Watch The First Official Trailer

Assassin’s Creed III: Watch The First Official Trailer

Just Revealed by Ubisoft

by exterminat

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

The clock has ticked down and Ubisoft has officially unveiled Assassin’s Creed III.

Watch the brand new first official trailer and tell us you aren’t the least bit excited!

Yes, it’s another game set in America, and yes, there is a lot more wilderness and less soaring ancient architecture, but for fans looking for something a bit different, this is it.

The American Revolution will give our new Assassin, Connor, plenty of scope to fight Templar agents, and we will finally discover what Desmond has to do to save the world from Templar world domination and/or prevent the end of the world from disaster!

Watch the video, then read all the Assassin’s Creed III details we’ve amassed from the links below.

Assassin’s Creed III: The video

GTA V Countdown Appears


Countdown Appears

by exterminat

©2011 Nicholas Laborde

At long last and in usual Rockstar subtlety, GTA V has been announced… sort of.

And a trailer is coming soon.

Rockstar, I love you.

Grant Theft Auto V here

EB Expo 2011: OXCGN’s Cosplay Photos

EB Expo 2011

OXCGN’s Cosplay Photos

by exterminat

©2011 Nicholas Laborde

EB Expo 2011 may be gone and part of history, but we at OXCGN have still got a few morsels to contribute about the event.

Unlike more professional events such as E3 and Gamescom, EB Expo was quite laid back and encouraged cosplay.

Characters from Halo to Ghostbusters were on the scene, and OXCGN tried to capture as many as possible.

If anything, marvel at the sheer amount of effort these people went through to get these costumes usable!

Check out the Cosplay here