Friday, 20 April 2018

Win a God Of War prize pack

God Of War prize pack
Win a God Of War prize pack

To celebrate the return of Kratos, the wonderful team at PlayStation NZ is giving you the chance to score a limited edition God of War pack.

You can get yourself 1x promo game, 1x tshirt and 1x 7” Kratos figurine!

God of War is out exclusively now for PlayStation 4.

About God Of War

God Of War prize packIt is a new beginning for Kratos. 
Living as a man, outside the shadow of the gods, he seeks solitude in the unfamiliar lands of Norse mythology. 
With new purpose and his son Atreus at his side, Kratos must fight for survival as powerful forces threaten to disrupt the new life he has created.
  • A New Beginning — His vengeance against the gods of Olympus far behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same
  • Second Chances — As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn his respect, Kratos is faced with an unexpected opportunity to master the rage that has long defined him. Questioning the dark lineage he’s passed on to his son, he hopes to make amends for the shortcomings of his past
  • Midgard and Beyond — Set within the untamed forests, mountains, and realms of Norse lore, God of War features a distinctly new setting with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods
  • Vicious, Physical Combat — With an intimate, over-the-shoulder free camera that brings the action closer than ever, combat in God of War is up close, frenetic, and unflinching. Kratos’ axe —powerful, magic and multi-faceted – is a brutal weapon as well as a versatile tool for exploration

Final Deadpool 2 trailer

Final Deadpool 2 trailer

Director: David Leitch (Atomic Blonde)
Written By: Rhett Reese (Deadpool, Zombieland) & Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland)
Cast: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Morena Baccarin (Deadpool)

Synopsis: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. 

Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

Deadpool 2 hits cinemas May 16th
Deadpool 2 : Film Review




DISGAEA 1 COMPLETE COMES TO NINTENDO SWITCH™ & PLAYSTATION®4 THIS YEARNIS America is happy to announce that Disgaea 1 Complete will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this year!
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Disgaea franchise, Disgaea 1 Complete brings the original saga, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, to modern consoles with upgraded graphics and the classic gameplay that fans know and love!

About the game:
The Overlord is dead. The Netherworld is in turmoil. Time to kick some ass! Netherworld Prince Laharl awakens to fight for his throne and it’s up to him and some unlikely allies to defend what is rightfully his. Together with his devious vassal Etna, the angel trainee Flonne, and a whole cavalcade of explosive characters, Laharl will slash, shoot, and punch his way to the top. Build your squad to level 9999 and unleash crazy special skills, team attacks, and spells to deal millions of points of damage in this zany high-definition remake of an RPG classic.

Key Features: 
Feel the Wrath of Laharl! - Take control of Prince Laharl as he conquers the Netherworld to become the Overlord in this zany story of assassins, Prinnies, and robots!
Hours of Darkness! – The original Disgaea is back and better than ever! Play through the main story, or try Etna Mode with extra characters not found in the original release! Get lost in the Item World for hundreds of hours of fast-paced strategy RPG action, now in HD for the first time!
LEVEL UP, DOOD! – Level up anything from characters to items to shops, all while wearing 100-ton boxers! Things not working out in your favor? Head to the Dark Assembly, and change the laws of the Netherworld!

Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered: PS4 Review

Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered: PS4 Review

Platform: PS4
Released by Ubisoft

Back in 2014, Assassin's Creed: Rogue became one of the last of the franchise to be launched on the last gen consoles.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered: PS4 Review

Although it was the seventh installment in the franchise, it lacked the edge to be the breakthrough of the series and appeared at the time Assassin's Creed: Unity was powering up the next gen consoles and inspiring what was next for the Templars and the fight.

Centring around follows Shay Patrick Cormac, an Assassin-turned-Templar who hunts down former members of his Brotherhood after being betrayed by them. Using the usual stealth methods, Assassin's Creed: Rogue sets you on the quest during the Seven Years War to achieve Shay's aims.

While the original game paled a little next to what had been achieved with Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and hinted a lot at repetition of what had already been done, the remaster does little except upgrade the graphics and tinkers not a jot with the actual gameplay.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue Remastered: PS4 Review

Thankfully, the locations look stunning and the game's done much to improve the vistas of what's around - but it's a fairly basic remaster in that little to nothing is done to build on what made the game good and also, what made the game weak.

It may feel like it added new elements in to what went before, but given Assassin's Creed: Origins added much to the franchise in terms of story, mechanics and ideas, the remaster of Rogue seems a little unnecessary and a reminder of where the Assassin's Creed franchise sort of flounders from time to time.

The Equaliser 2: Trailer launch

The Equaliser 2: Trailer launch


Action Thriller:
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
The Equalizer 2

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle: Blu Ray Review

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle: Blu Ray Review

Positioning itself with its tongue firmly in its cheek at times, and aiming squarely at the family market, the next generation version of Jumanji is surprisingly a relatively fun, fluffy movie that builds on the original and yet somehow becomes its own beast.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle: Film Review

20 years after the game was discovered initially, it's re-discovered in a basement of a group of four teenagers confined to detention (can you say Breakfast Club?). But the game is now a video game and when the nerd, the jock, the silent beauty and the self-obsessed girl all wind up inside it by accident, it's a race against time to save Jumanji and escape...

Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle is a bit more fun than you'd expect, largely due to the Rock goofing off in the film and cocking a snook at his persona of rugged action hero.

While Jack Black's attempts to channel an Instagram obsessed teenager occasionally resort to a little bit creepy and the attempts to explain why Karen Gillan's video avatar is so skimpily clothed and behaves like a stripper at one point rankle, there's actually a reasonable pace that carries Jumanji Welcome To the Jungle along at such a pace it's almost infectious and distracts from the levity of the script.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle: Film Review

It's largely due to the core cast's chemistry, and even if the rest of what transpires is shallow, it does work well from this factor.

Adhering to the rules of video games and channeling the ethos well, Kasdan gives the film an internal logic that helps greatly (even if his villain seems a little weak in the wash). Channeling Hardcore Henry at the start and NPC elements of video games, as well as some meta moments involving cut scenes, helps it riff on its Uncharted / Indiana Jones / Jumanji vibe. (Though no points to the OTT Sony PlayStation product placement early on)

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle: Film Review

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle may not win any awards for being the greatest film of the year, but it has to be said, its pace, willingness to send up its heroes and build on Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson's Central Intelligence chemistry help it to carve out its own strong niche in the family outing market.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle does goofy well and its learning lessons may be obvious to many, but given its success at the box office and its ability to bring families to it's "You only have one life and it matters" message are nothing to be sniffed at.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom's new trailer has new dinosaur

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom's new trailer has new dinosaur

The new and final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has arrived ahead of its release in cinemas June 21.

Directed by: J.A. Bayona (The Impossible)

Written by: Derek Connolly (Kong: Skull Island), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World)

Jurassic World Fallen KingdomStarring: Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World, Black Mirror), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Thor: Ragnarok)

Synopsis: It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. 

Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. 

Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times




Solaire of Astora amiibo™ has also been pushed back

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe previously announced the release date of DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED for all platforms to be on May 25th, 2018. The release date for the Nintendo Switch™ version has now been pushed back to this winter (Australian and New Zealand season – summer in European Season). Additionally, Solaire of Astora amiibo has also been postponed to the same timeframe. The Nintendo Switch™ version of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED allows players to play it anytime and anywhere.

DARK SOULS: REMASTERED will be available on May 25th, 2018 for the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and STEAM® for PC. For more information regarding DARK SOULS: REMASTERED and other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:, or follow us on Facebook at, or   Join the conversation on Twitter at: .

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Attack on Titan 2: PS4 Review

Attack on Titan 2: PS4 Review

Platform: PS4
Released by Koei Tecmo

The hack and slash Manga is back in A.O.T.2.

The first game, released back in August 2016, was an impressive adaptation of the Manga series about a group of freedom fighters taking on a race of naked giants who had breached their walls.
Attack on Titan 2: PS4 Review

However, it was held back by some slightly problematic gameplay elements which made fighting a little more difficult than it should be, and attacking less fun than it ought to be.

And while Attack on Titan 2 improves on the gameplay and fighting elements, its desire to make you sit through unbearably long cut-scenes and also redo some things you did in the last game makes you wonder if you're still playing the first game.

Getting to choose between male or female is a good touch, and starts the game off in a way that is compelling and interesting as you get inserted into the narrative and get to know the characters from the TV series.

Once again you're hauled into your OMD (Omni-multi-directional) gear and get to fire harnesses which can propel you through the world and into the what lies ahead. But not without training - and lots of it - as well as lots of stereotyped drill instructor material.

But once the training is done, the game finds a compelling enough groove as you defend your friends from attack, work in teams and generally try to save the day. It's here that AOT2 finds its groove and there's a manga-esque smoothness to being fired through the air.
Attack on Titan 2: PS4 Review

The fluidity of the flying mixed with combat works well, but it's the fact that AOT2 feels so recycled that makes it such a let down in many ways. Friendships and interactions make up the bulk of it as well, but those only hold you back from the fighting Titans that you want to do.

Ultimately, AOT2 is a mixed bag - it improves on some things, feels like a step backwards in others. It's to be hoped there's a threequel, but given that the developers have got it all right now, more needs to be done on the story to ensure there's no holding back on the very real potential of this gaming franchise and TV series.




SEGA’s most requested re-release of all time finally comes to a new generation of gamers!

Sydney, Australia – 16th April, 2018 - SEGA® Europe Ltd. is proud to announce that the pioneering epic saga Shenmue™ I & II is to be re-released for a new generation. Get ready to go on a thrilling voyage across faithful recreations of Japan and Hong Kong, China, in a timeless tale of revenge and mystery when Shenmue I & II launches on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox® One in 2018.

Since their original release, Shenmue I & II have established a passionate following and are revered as one of gaming’s greatest series of all time. These revolutionary masterpieces deliver a gripping story of retribution as Ryo Hazuki sets out to avenge his father’s death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror.

Shenmue I & II comes complete with the original feature set that defined modern gaming, including enthralling jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, and RPG elements in addition to memorable mini-games. Shenmue I & II is set within engrossing real-time open worlds that feel truly alive thanks to day-to-night cycles and weather changes, with a population of civilians who follow their own schedules.

This is the definitive version of these all-time classics and will be the best Shenmue experience to date. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernised features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, an updated user interface and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.
Shenmue I & II will be available to pre-order from Australian retailers soon, for all the latest information head over to:

Rare reveal Sea of Thieves content roadmap

Rare reveal Sea of Thieves content roadmap

New updates, new features and new challenges coming your way!

It's been just over three weeks since we launched Sea of Thieves, and a lot has happened since then! We've been listening to you all, and we know you are keen to hear how we plan to grow Sea of Thieves. As we've always said, launch is just the start, and we are going to grow and evolve the game with feedback from our community. It feels like the right time to reveal how we'll do this.
Sea of Thieves is a unique experience. As we look to add to the game, we will be very purposeful about the type of experience we want to create, and how we want this game to grow. At the same time, we have also been listening closely to everyone playing the game since launch and have been ensuring that this feeds into our content plans. When considering what to add to our plans, we always consider how we can make the most impact on the following:
  • Bringing players together in interesting ways, encouraging different types of player encounters
  • Enriching the world that players adventure in
  • Giving players new ways to play
  • Giving players a variety of goals and rewards
  • Broadening the journey to Pirate Legend and beyond

Alongside this, what's key for us is the rhythm and cadence we want to get into with Sea of Thieves. Our focus for April is to continue addressing the top feedback points, but as we move into May, our focus will shift to new content.

Our first content update, The Hungering Deep, will release in May and bring with it a new AI threat to the world. Crews will have to work together to discover and defeat this threat as part of a unique event. We will also be introducing a number of new mechanics to assist players on this adventure, and there will be unique rewards that players can earn as part of this event. Beyond this, we will begin our weekly events programme during May, where we introduce new mechanics and give players fun new ways to play with weekly events and rewards.

In the summer months, we'll debut two more content updates with Cursed Sails, which will include a new ship type, and Forsaken Shores, which will introduce players to a perilous new part of the world to explore.

Similarly to The Hungering Deep, both of these updates will also include new gameplay mechanics for players, new AI threats to challenge and new unique rewards to claim.

As we've always said, we never wanted to do anything to separate our players, so we're pleased to confirm that all content updates will be available to all our players, at no additional cost.

For more details on our plans for the coming months, and some in-depth thinking behind them, please watch the video.

With Sea of Thieves being a game that grows and evolves, we'll be listening to you, our community, throughout. As such, we'll always be looking at whether our current plans are meeting your needs. Based on feedback since launch, we have changed the priorities for both Pets and Ship Captaincy which we had previously announced as things we would look to add in the few months after launch. These are on the back burner for now whilst we add to the game in other areas. Expect our plans to continue to be fluid, but always with the goals listed above as our guiding principles.

We are hugely excited to be beginning this phase of Sea of Thieves, and seeing where the adventure takes us.

– Joe Neate, Executive Producer

KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] Fan Event & KHIII Classic Kingdom Video

KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] Fan Event & KHIII Classic Kingdom Video

Event Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of the Hit Mobile Game with a
Special Announcement of a KINGDOM HEARTS III Tie-In

SYDNEY, 17th April 2018 –   This past weekend, over a thousand keyblade wielders gathered to attend the Dandelion Meeting, the first official North American community gathering for KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross]. Attendees celebrated the anniversary with various activities including new playable content and panel discussions with the development team.
During the panel, Franchise Director Tetsuya Nomura and KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] Producer Hironori Okayama shared their insights into the inner-workings of the beloved series. Additionally, in a special video message, KINGDOM HEARTS III Co-Director Tai Yasue revealed that the new mini-games inspired by classic Disney cartoons and 1980’s LCD games that fans were able to play at the event will also be available to play in both KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] and KINGDOM HEARTS III. 
Nomura also announced that fans will have a unique chance to become part of history in KINGDOM HEARTS III. Up to 300 players will be selected to have their KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] usernames appear in a secret location within KINGDOM HEARTS III. For more information, visit:
Other exciting announcements for the mobile game include:
  • New Player vs. Player (PvP) Mode – During the Dandelion Meeting event, players were treated to a special preview of the new asynchronous PvP mode which will launch later this year. The new PvP mode will be the first time players can battle against one another in KINGDOM HEARTS, and will require players to strategically use their best medals in turn-based combat to be victorious. The player who wins the most turns will win the battle, and be entered into a monthly PvP Leaderboard for the chance to accumulate rewards and recognition.
  • 2-year Anniversary Celebration Gifts – To commemorate the game’s second anniversary, 3,000 jewels were gifted to all players on April 7, 2018. Players were also gifted two Fantasia Mickey B medals today, which can be claimed any time within the next month.

KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store for iPhone and on Google Play for Android devices.

New in GTA Online: The Vespucci Job, Three New Vehicles, Double GTA$ Bodyguard Salaries and More

New in GTA Online: The Vespucci Job, Three New Vehicles, Double GTA$ Bodyguard Salaries and More

The battle between predator and prey is one of nature’s most stirring sights: wolf chases elk, lion chases antelope, fleet of police cruisers chase diminutive vintage car. Two teams take to the streets in The Vespucci Job: either you’re the lunatic on the run in the new Issi Classic, trying to hit every checkpoint in time - or you’re a squad car right behind and looking to blow a lot more than the doors off.
As the runner, look to take advantage of narrow alleyways and tight turns to shake the heat while they coordinate with each other to plot your demise. Play The Vespucci Job between now and April 23rd and earn Double GTA$ & RP.
Succumb to your overwhelming desire to tear some fresh holes in the asphalt with the Vapid Flash GT Sports car. This highly customizable American-engineered hatchback is now available for purchase at Legendary Motorsport.
You're no show-off. You're just a slightly quirky, totally down-to-earth person looking for a way to tell everyone how slightly quirky and totally down-to-earth you are. If you've got nothing to prove to anyone, let them know with the Weeny Issi Classic, featured in The Vespucci Job Adversary Mode and now in stock at Southern San Andreas Super Autos.
And one day, you're going to find yourself in a position where you need to stage an amphibious landing in an agile miniature helicopter with optional Machine Gun and Missile upgrades. When that day arrives, you'll be glad you picked up the Sea Sparrow chopper from Elitás Travel.
In addition to Double GTA$ and RP rewards on The Vespucci Job, Bodyguards and Associates will also earn Double GTA$ Salaries from now through April 23rd.
Login and take advantage of the following bonuses (4/20 ONLY):

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

World of Warriors: PS4 Review

World of Warriors: PS4 Review

Platform: PS4
Developed by Saber Interactive, from Mind Candy's original game

The mobile game came out in 2014 and became a massive success, and now World of Warriors has dropped onto consoles to continue the reign of terror.
World of Warriors: PS4 Review

It's a simple game that requires no story - all you do is unlock warriors and unleash them on others, be it online chums or people sat on the couch next to you.

From Romans to Vikings, Samurai to Spartans, the multiplayer brawler is cartoony in its simplicity and executed with a degree of younger minds being considered.

Arena style battles are the name of the game as you fight against others, and using heavy and light attacks, you power in between characters and fights.

There's little else to World of Warriors - and to be honest, its mobile background and bitesize playability shows in the transition to console. There's little else to do except fight, power up and unlock new warriors - and while the fun comes with mates, it's not an enduring "got to pick this up right now" kind of ethos imbued within.
World of Warriors: PS4 Review

Bitesize playability is fine, and while more fun is to be had with friends, World of Warriors makes a bit of a case for potentially thinking twice about what should be ported across.  Cutesy art stylings are all very well, but when the gameplay is so simple you're not even thinking about what you're doing, it's time to reconsider whether this is a world to dive into.

The Stolen: DVD Review

The Stolen: DVD Review

The NZ set Western has had middling success so far.

From the enigmatic Slow West to the downright average Good For Nothing, it's a genre that clearly has some legs in.

The Stolen: Film Review

Hoping to cash in on that, are Niall Johnson and writer Emily Corcoran, who've used the Canterbury coasts as their backdrop to the story of Alice Eve's Charlotte Lockton at the end of the 19th Century.
Relocating out to New Zealand with her husband and being trained to use weapons to survive in the wilds, Charlotte gets a rude awakening when they're robbed at midnight, her husband killed and her 3-month-old son kidnapped.

Receiving a ransom note 3 months later with a picture of her son, Charlotte sets out on a dangerous mission to rescue him.

Less Unforgiven, more unforgiveable, The Stolen's problems come from a patchy script, some wooden dialogue and some truly underwritten characters.

While the countryside looks great and Johnson makes great fist of the juxtaposition of both the rugged terrain and the contrast of Eve's porcelain English rose look.
But it's not enough to make parts of the film feel like a slog - even for a relatively short 90 minute run-time.

The Stolen: Film Review

The tarts-with-hearts that Charlotte journeys across town with are given the most broad-brush cursory backstories with which to work and consequently, there's little to engage with when the inevitable peril sets in.

Chiefly Stan Walker feels majorly under-utilised and predominantly bookends the film with a character that suggests there could have been much more.

Richard O'Brien's Irish barkeep is another oddity in a film which mixes so many different accents in, you can be forgiven for thinking it's not set in New Zealand.

Complete with overbearing OST that blasts out any moment and drowns its emotional edges, The Stolen feels like it's punching above its weight.

Ultimately, with an improbable twist set down in the final furlong, The Stolen's whole feeling is one of something that's betrayed the promise of its mightily impressive premise.

It's disappointing as the setting and the story idea, which could have been better propelled along by revenge and a smash-the-streotype-female lead feels more like it's been squandered.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC: XBox One Review

Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC: XBox One Review

Platform: XBox One

Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island is a reminder of why some loved the main game.
Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC: XBox One Review

And also why some found the main game a little too simple.

The expansion covers three levels and a new boss, but is based very much on the mechanics of the main game. Pulled back into the world via the Book of Ages, Lucky finds himself in  the tropical paradise of Gilly's Island.

But singer Lady Meowmalade has other plans for the paradise, and it's up to Lucky to put a kaibosh on the proposals and ensure the paradise doesn't suffer any interruptions.

Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC is a fairly simple, colourful blast of entertainment that will engage younger platformers rather than hit a wider more universal audience.

Its platform mechanics are simple, and there are the usual jumping frustrations which were found in the first game also, but it's not too challenging if you're willing to sink the time into it.
Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC: XBox One Review

It also doesn't help that the camera issues which irritated the hell of players in the first game continue in here, proving that developers maybe need to keep an eye on what their users tell them - before releasing more similarly buggy content.

All in all, Super Lucky's Tale: Gilly's Island: DLC doesn't do much to trouble the gaming world, but in terms of short playable cartoony fun that's in line with the main game, it certainly falls in line.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sweet Country: Film Review

Sweet Country: Film Review

Cast: Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Ewen Leslie, Hamilton Morris
Director: Warwick Thornton

Aussie director Warwick Thornton's Samson and Delilah was a searing commentary on the treatment (or lack thereof) of contemporary indigenous races in Australia.
Sweet Country: Film Review

Blessed with raw visceral power, that tale set the bar very high for the director - and also lit a fuse under Australian film.

So, it's a slight disappointment to report that Sweet Country doesn't quite measure up to that stunning debut, preferring to instil an at-heart Western with a large degree of unsubtlety throughout.

Set in the 1929 Northern Territories, it's the story of Sam (Hamilton Morris), an Aborigine caught up in the politics and the horrendous racism of the time.

Sent by preacher Fred Smith (a stoic, underplayed and heartfelt Sam Neill) to help a bitter, traumatised war veteran (played with seething bile by Leslie)on his cattle farm, Sam finds himself in the centre of an insufferable situation.

When conflict forces Sam's hand, he ends up on the run with his wife - and a manhunt led by Bryan Brown's Sergeant Fletcher begins.
Sweet Country: Film Review

Thornton uses time and confusion well in Sweet Country, with images from the start, middle and future of the film intersecting with current events throughout. It's a disorienting, smart move that keeps some of the ambulatory pace at bay.

Make no mistake this is a film that takes its sweet time getting to its (entirely predictable and tragic) conclusion. There's nothing wrong with that and Thornton fills the screen with great vistas and full-screen landscape shots that capture the outback at its most confrontational and testing.

Occasionally though, the lack of time and apparent time jumps prove to be a step too far, pushing the narrative where it needs to go at a pace that seems interminable to engage with.

It seethes too, with an undercurrent of hatred, of theft from countries and of darkness that men do.

"I wanted the other one, but you'll do" is one line that lingers deep afterwards, delivered with contempt and malice ahead of a venomous act the consequences of which linger long on.

But despite great controlled performances from the likes of Neill as a preacher and of Morris, a man whose face is etched with the pains and injustices of the past, Sweet Country lacks a path to conclusion that feels anything other than pre-laid out.
Sweet Country: Film Review

There's no way this can't end in tragedy, and perhaps that's Thornton's aim - to showcase the ugly brutality of life and the repugnant nature of those who've fought in wars, and the arrogance of the white man.

It's an ugly film in some ways, with racism, violence and language giving this Western a brutal truth which is hard to stomach occasionally.

Ultimately, despite Thornton's intentions to rise above its grubby gritty nature, the final feeling of Sweet Country underwhelms. Some leaps in logic and some strange time jumps rob the film of the authenticity which has gone before it.

It's to be commended for being a Western that has a different way of doing things despite a very familiar premise (manhunt, people wronged, good and evil), but Sweet Country, complete with its hammering home of politics - one character's final comments are "What is this country coming to?" isn't quite as powerful as it could - and should - be.

Its lack of subtlety robs of it the power it needs, and while the pace makes the journey's destination unfortunately not quite worth it - Samson and Delilah, with its more laid back approach to situation, conflict and resolution, packed more of the resolute punch that Thornton's follow up delivers.




New Companion App Unveiled for the First Time

Sydney, Australia - 15th April, 2018 – The eagerly awaited next chapter of the Ivalice alliance raid series is set to arrive in FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online in late May, when Patch 4.3 goes live. Titled “Under the Moonlight”, Patch 4.3 brings a wealth of new content to the critically acclaimed MMO and continues the thrilling story of the Stormblood™ expansion.
03_the Ridorana Lighthouse
Adventurers will also be able to explore a new Dungeon, take on new Trials, and can level up their crafting and gathering skills by accepting the new Namazu Beast Tribe Quests. Details on the main contents of the patch are revealed below:
  • New Main Scenario Quests – The story of Stormblood continues.
  • New Alliance Raid – The Ridorana Lighthouse.
  • New Trial – It’s a secret!
  • New Dungeon – The Swallow’s Compass.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests - The Namazu.
  • New Sidequests – The Four Lords, Doman Reconstruction and Further Hildibrand Adventures.
  • New Deep Dungeon – 100-Floor Heaven-on-High.
  • The Forbidden Land, Eureka Expansion – Pagos Expedition.
  • New Ultimate Difficulty Raid – Ultima Weapon.
  • Updates to jobs, PvP, Glamour System, Housing, Performance Actions, new more powerful gear and more.

Additionally, alongside the contents of Patch 4.3, get a first look at the outline of the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Companion App currently in development. All players that download the app will be able to enjoy benefits such as the following:

  • Chat with friends and Free Company members
  • Organise events with the Scheduler
  • Organise inventory and Armoury chest
  • Peruse the Market Board
  • Put items up for sale/purchase items
  • Register an additional favoured destination Aetheryte
An optional, Premium Plan is also available, which unlocks the following features for a monthly fee:
  • Organise Saddlebags and Retainer Inventories
  • Saddlebag capacity is doubled
  • One additional Retainer can be employed

Details of the app release date will be shared as they are confirmed.


The FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Free Trial allows new players to easily join the millions of adventurers in the realm of Eorzea™. The free trial allows anyone to access all available content up to level 35 (including the new Rival Wings PvP), create up to eight playable characters, and experience the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on playtime. New players who wish to experience the free trial may register here: All editions of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, including the FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood expansion, may be purchased through the Square Enix® Online Store here:

Related Links
Official Stormblood Site:
The Lodestone®:
Official Twitter: @FF_XIV_EN
Official Instagram: @ffxiv