Gameplanet New Zealand – video game news, previews, videos, reviews, and forums


News

YouTuber and critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain dies at 33

6
YouTuber and critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain dies at 33

Popular YouTube personality John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has died. He was 33.

The acerbic British game critic’s death was announced by his spouse Genna Bain on Twitter this morning.

John Bain rose to prominence on YouTube in 2010, after he lost his job at a financial advisory company and began making World of Warcraft videos.

He quickly branched out from Blizzard’s MMO to cover all aspects of the game industry, and was known for his commanding voice, frank style, "pro-consumer" stance, and willingness to speak his mind on all controversial topics.

Bain certainly lived up to his "Cynical Brit" moniker, and many passionate gamers no doubt saw something of themselves in him, as he spawned legion lesser imitators.

News

Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC

3
Caffeinated slide-shooter Sunset Overdrive all but confirmed for PC

It looks like colourful Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive is coming to PC.

A rating for “Sunset Overdrive PC” just popped up on the Korean Game Ratings Board website, which has an extremely reliable track record with this sort of thing.

Expect to hear more at E3.

News

Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says

1
Next PlayStation is at least three years away, Sony says

The next PlayStation console isn’t close to release, according to PlayStation CEO John Kodera.

This news comes hot on the heels of a Sony investor call in which the company said the PlayStation 4 is entering the "final phase" of its life cycle.

As Polygon reports, PlayStation CEO John Kodera told press after the call that the next PlayStation is a while away yet.

News

Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass

25
Battlefield 5: WWII, deep customisation, no premium pass

As was rumoured in March, Battlefield V will return the series to its WWII roots.

The game, which developer DICE officially unveiled this morning, will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 11 (EA Access), October 16 (Deluxe Edition early enlister access), and October 19 (Standard Edition).

DICE is promising “a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2” that features customisable soldiers, weapons, and vehicles in “the most intense, immersive Battlefield yet”.

News

Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

1
Kiwi smash brawler Grabity hits Steam next week

Award winning Kiwi smash brawler, Grabity, will be drawn into the orbit of Steam on May 31, Team Ninja Thumbs has announced.

According to the Auckland studio, Grabity has players dance the tango of death in a fast-paced, physics-based arena starring combat robots with lethal gravity guns and curiously interchangeable heads.

Translation: it’s a fast-paced, physics-based arena brawler wherein two-to-four players duke it out locally or online using gravity guns to turn nearby objects into lethal projectiles or makeshift shields in intense tactical throw-downs.

News

Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector

Labour: We're committed to growing NZ games sector

The Government is committed to growing the international profile of New Zealand’s game development sector, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran says.

Curran has just commissioned a new study that will map and explore future opportunities for New Zealand’s game development sector.

The research, led by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, will also analyse how the gaming sector can contribute to the country’s economic, educational and social prosperity.

News

We Happy Few banned in Australia

16
We Happy Few banned in Australia

Long-awaited dystopian survival title We Happy Few has been refused classification in Australia, which means the game cannot be legally sold in the country.

In New Zealand, the game received an R13 rating for "violence, drug use & offensive language".

As per the Classification Board’s website, We Happy Few been rejected under the Games 1(a) clause, which is reserved for a games that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified”.

News

Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears triumph in first Overwatch Contenders

Sydney Drop Bears have won the inaugural Overwatch Contenders Australia title, sweeping Masterminds GC 4-0 in the grand final.

You can see the grand final action over on Twitch.

Overwatch Contenders is the official path-to-pro for Overwatch in Australia and New Zealand. Competitors vie for bragging rights, the opportunity to be noticed by Overwatch League teams around the globe, and a share in more than US$150,000 of prize money worldwide.

News

Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

1
Epic pledges $100 million to Fortnite's first esports season

Epic Games is providing a US$100 million prize pool for Fortnite’s first esports season.

Yes, 100 million.

“We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game,” said Epic.

Tuesday 22 May