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Let us be your guide, with honest analysis and critique and find out what you'll have the most fun with. Find out what the SIFTER team think about some of the best new video games around. Is this game for you?

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October 14, 2021 33 min

METROID DREAD is the first 2D sidescrolling game in the iconic series in almost 20 years, which continues directly on from the 2002 title METROID FUSION for the Gameboy Advance.

Games journalist Chantelle McColl (GamesHub, Byteside) and METROID series veteran joins Mainstream to share her thoughts on the game.

A challenging entry into the series with lots of new features, there is plenty here to love, but some challenging controls ...

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KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is the debut title from visual effects company turned game developers Ember Lab exclusive to Playstation and PC where you play as Kena a spirit guide who helps the deceased move from the physical world into the afterlife.

A beautiful unparalleled visual feast that feels like you're playing in an animated feature film and an impressive debut, KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is not without it's limitations

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Deathloop is the new immersive sim by Arkane Lyon (Dishonored, Prey) set in a stylish 1970s themed time loop where you must die and repeat the day to break a timeloop. Adam has spent hours replaying the same day over and over, and it's been enough to shift his scepticism around a genre that they didn't usually gel with. Over the top voice acting and outstanding design make for a special game for Playstation 5 and PC players...

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Hi my name is Gianni, and this week marks the sixth year that I’ve been the Executive Producer of a podcast called Pixel Sift.

In 2019 we won the Australian Podcast Award for the gaming category, and it’s still one of my proudest achievements.

In 2019 with a video game review show called Mainstream and shared our experiences with some of the bigger higher profile titles that everyone was talking about.  

What I’m most proud of is t...

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August 16, 2021 33 min

Dive into Russian folklore and the nature of the self with card battler Black Book by Morteska with Nick, and Adam explores twin stick shooter The Ascent which actually asks a few smart questions about the nature of hypercapitalist cyberpunk future by Swedish developers Neon Giant.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is our Senior Producer, Gianni Di G...

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Paul Turbett and Anthony Sweet of Perth's Black Lab Games are no strangers to big franchises, they made the critically and fan acclaimed strategy game Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock, but when the opportunity came to work on one of the biggest science fiction universes Warhammer 40,000 they leapt at the challenge.

Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector is that game, which has been released this week to rave reviews exploring the stories ...

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Nicholas jumps into new franchise Scarlet Nexus by Bandai Namco which is capital A Anime to the core and Adam needed no excuse to jump back into the remastered Bioware RPG Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is our Senior Producer, Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds compose...

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June 20, 2021 45 min

Gianni, Fiona, Adam and Nick sit down to discuss the completely online E3 2021 streamed around the world for all to enjoy. We've found our highlights and can't wait to share them with you, but why not share yours with us by visiting https://www.pixelsift.com.au/discord to join our Discord server.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is our Senio...

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Gianni jumps into the NEO-ONE for the on-rails photography adventure New Pokémon Snap that firmly ticks the nostalgia boxes, as our first Mainstream guest Games Journalist Nicholas Kennedy (JB HiFi Stack Magazine and The Big Issue) head into a spooky town full of werewolves and big lady vampires in Resident Evil Village.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch...

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May 1, 2021 29 min

Gianni relives his JRPG playing youth on his phone with the new game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker Studio in FANTASIAN, as Adam zips around riding big dogs hunting beasts in Monster Hunter Rise by Capcom out now on Nintendo Switch.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is our Senior Producer, Gianni Di Giovanni is our Exe...

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April 7, 2021 23 min

John Romero is a pinnacle of the game development industry and most people know or love his work. Titles such as Doom, Wolfenstein, Commander Keen and his newest game Empire of Sin have been delighting players for years.

Speaking as part of the XRWA conference in Western Australia, John shared lessons from his decades in the games industry, how things have changed and what he thinks about the Bethesda acquisition by Microsoft of wh...

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Ben Green is an ESL Australia shoutcaster and is one of the people behind the university Valorant tournament Red Bull Campus Clutch and he says now is the perfect time for you to get involved.

He shares what the competitive scene for Valorant is like, how it feels that esports events are coming back in person, and what he does to prepare for a match.

The Red Bull Campus Clutch is open to University teams across the countrywith onli...

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March 16, 2021 32 min

Adam is placing cards, making runs and taking risks in the retro inspire rogue-like Loop Hero and Gianni is picking up rocks building houses and trying to survive the nordic afterlife in Valheim.

Pixel Sift is produced by Mitch Loh, Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds composed the Mainstream theme music.

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February 20, 2021 25 min

Gianni tries not to get too spooked in the split-screen spirit world of  The Medium by Bloober Team and Adam collects monsters and jumps around platforms in the metroidvania styled Monster Sanctuary by Moi Rai Games

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds compose...

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December 28, 2020 33 min

Gianni, Adam, Mitch, Fiona and Daniel explore their favourite games of 2020, a year with a stack of amazing titles.

Gianni: Umurangi Generation by Tali Faulkner
Adam: Hades by Supergiant Games
Daniel: Ori and the Will of the Wisps by Moon Studios
Mitch & Fiona: Moving Out by SMG Studio

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni ...

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Gianni knows how it's going to end but fights on anyway in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Mitch finally picks up a Nintendo Switch and proceeds to play a GameCube game in Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds composed the Ma...

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November 27, 2020 41 min

Gianni faces the worst and best of the Greek mythological underworld in Hades by Supergiant Games and Adam jumps into the longboat to raid dark ages England in our first next gen review of Assassin's Creed Valhalla by Ubisoft.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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September 5, 2020 23 min

Gianni lights up for The Last Campfire, a colourful puzzler from No Man's Sky developers Hello Games and Mitch jumps rolls and curses his team mates in Fall Guys by Mediatonic.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Brian Fairbanks from Salty Dog Sounds composed the Mainstream theme music.

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August 4, 2020 30 min

Adam embraces the way of the ghost in Kurosawa inspired Ghost of Tsushima and Gianni dances up a storm on his new farm in Badgetown in Ooblets!

Thanks to Glumberland and popagenda for providing Pixel Sift with a review code for Ooblets.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Mitch Loh, Daniel Ang, Viv Thum & Adam Christou. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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A new study from New Zealand’s Massey University found that in many cases there is no reason to believe violent video games cause violent behaviour.

Senior lecturer at Massey University and lead author of the study Aaron Drummond said there has been a rise in exposure to violent video games, and that in the highest quality studies, the effect is so small that it is indistinguishable from zero.

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