Pavan Shamdasani

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Review | The Hong Kong Massacre video game channels John Woo with slow-motion gameplay

With its top-down perspective, balletic gunfights and pared-down, slow-motion gameplay, The Hong Kong Massacre has a nostalgic charm. It looks and feels like Hong Kong, but the action doesn’t sustain the excitement.

10 Feb 2019 - 1:40PM
The Hong Kong Massacre video game channels John Woo with slow-motion gameplay

With its top-down perspective, balletic gunfights and pared-down, slow-motion gameplay, The Hong Kong Massacre has a nostalgic charm. It looks and feels like Hong Kong, but the action doesn’t sustain the excitement.

New Year’s Eve 2018: the 11 best parties in Hong Kong – Crazy Rich Asians and James Bond-themed nights some of the highlights

See in the new year in style with the best steaks, free-flow deals, tiki disco and some very fancy dress. We have all the information you need to party all night long.

27 Dec 2018 - 9:48AM
New Year’s Eve 2018: the 11 best parties in Hong Kong – Crazy Rich Asians and James Bond-themed nights some of the highlights

See in the new year in style with the best steaks, free-flow deals, tiki disco and some very fancy dress. We have all the information you need to party all night long.

10 of the hottest Halloween parties in Hong Kong this October

From Potato Head’s Dark Disco to the Horror Circus at Armani/Prive and the secretive Dead Not Alive, this year’s line-up is better than ever.

30 Oct 2018 - 3:35PM
10 of the hottest Halloween parties in Hong Kong this October

From Potato Head’s Dark Disco to the Horror Circus at Armani/Prive and the secretive Dead Not Alive, this year’s line-up is better than ever.

Street Fighter: a look at the video game’s 31 years in the arena and the best titles in the series

It all started in 1987 as an arcade game with two fighters and simple controls. We follow the bestselling series – and its spin offs and terrible films – to the present day and its 30th anniversary release

31 May 2018 - 7:35PM
Street Fighter: a look at the video game’s 31 years in the arena and the best titles in the series

It all started in 1987 as an arcade game with two fighters and simple controls. We follow the bestselling series – and its spin offs and terrible films – to the present day and its 30th anniversary release

Six crazy and weird Japanese theme parks for an unforgettable experience

From some of the world’s most insane roller coasters to an authentic reproduction of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City – right down to the trash – these Japanese theme parks will give you a visit to remember

23 May 2018 - 7:31AM
Six crazy and weird Japanese theme parks for an unforgettable experience

From some of the world’s most insane roller coasters to an authentic reproduction of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City – right down to the trash – these Japanese theme parks will give you a visit to remember

Nine crazy places for real-life video games in Hong Kong: let battle begin

From real-life lightsabre battles to Mario Kart-style go-karting and Halo-esque futuristic shooting, Hong Kong has plenty to offer video game fans who want to get away from their screens and play for real

19 May 2018 - 7:45PM
Nine crazy places for real-life video games in Hong Kong: let battle begin

From real-life lightsabre battles to Mario Kart-style go-karting and Halo-esque futuristic shooting, Hong Kong has plenty to offer video game fans who want to get away from their screens and play for real

A nightlife guide to Hong Kong’s Art Week for an extra splash of colour with your drinks

After a day looking at artworks around town, you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy a tipple. From hotel bars to gallery bars to clubs, here are four recommended schedules for arty drinkers

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
A nightlife guide to Hong Kong’s Art Week for an extra splash of colour with your drinks

After a day looking at artworks around town, you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy a tipple. From hotel bars to gallery bars to clubs, here are four recommended schedules for arty drinkers

10 of the best China-set video games, from Overwatch to Dynasty Warriors

More games are being set in China as its domestic gaming market grows, but developers largely avoided the country in the past. We take a look back at titles that bucked the trend, starting with a little-known adventure game from 1991

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
10 of the best China-set video games, from Overwatch to Dynasty Warriors

More games are being set in China as its domestic gaming market grows, but developers largely avoided the country in the past. We take a look back at titles that bucked the trend, starting with a little-known adventure game from 1991

Developer of world’s worst video game, Hong Kong 1997, ends silence to reveal its strange genesis and beg gamers to drop it 

With little money and no programming expertise, Yoshihisa Kurosawa of Japan set out to make the worst game possible; he is mystified players have taken it so seriously that, 23, years on, they bombard his Facebook page with questions

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Developer of world’s worst video game, Hong Kong 1997, ends silence to reveal its strange genesis and beg gamers to drop it 

With little money and no programming expertise, Yoshihisa Kurosawa of Japan set out to make the worst game possible; he is mystified players have taken it so seriously that, 23, years on, they bombard his Facebook page with questions

The 10 best Star Wars video games the universe has ever seen

From the Super Star Wars trilogy to The Force Unleashed, the best first-person shooters, role-playing games, Lego-themed releases and more associated with the now-40-year-old space opera whose eighth instalment opens this week

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The 10 best Star Wars video games the universe has ever seen

From the Super Star Wars trilogy to The Force Unleashed, the best first-person shooters, role-playing games, Lego-themed releases and more associated with the now-40-year-old space opera whose eighth instalment opens this week

Game review: L.A. Noire – quirky Rockstar classic is given a beautifully rendered update

This neo-noir crime thriller set in post-war Los Angeles puts players in the role of a policeman who rises through the ranks by solving crimes. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack amazing and the gameplay is engaging

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Game review: L.A. Noire – quirky Rockstar classic is given a beautifully rendered update

This neo-noir crime thriller set in post-war Los Angeles puts players in the role of a policeman who rises through the ranks by solving crimes. The visuals are stunning, the soundtrack amazing and the gameplay is engaging

10 retro game players you can buy in Hong Kong, from Pandora’s Box and knock-offs to FC Pocket

Amid the fad for retro game consoles such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic from Nintendo, we scoured the city’s Golden Computer Arcade for some alternatives

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
10 retro game players you can buy in Hong Kong, from Pandora’s Box and knock-offs to FC Pocket

Amid the fad for retro game consoles such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic from Nintendo, we scoured the city’s Golden Computer Arcade for some alternatives

The best of alternative Singapore: an insider’s guide to exciting new bars, clubs, restaurants, beers and more

The Lion City has often seemed behind the times when it comes to nightlife. But things are changing, and now there are a few hidden gems worth checking out

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The best of alternative Singapore: an insider’s guide to exciting new bars, clubs, restaurants, beers and more

The Lion City has often seemed behind the times when it comes to nightlife. But things are changing, and now there are a few hidden gems worth checking out

Retro gaming gets 21st-century boost with Analogue consoles

The Analogue Super Nt and NT mini consoles can play Nintendo and Super Nintendo’s original cartridges and output them in high definition video and audio suitable for today’s TVs. Other games systems are in the pipeline

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Retro gaming gets 21st-century boost with Analogue consoles

The Analogue Super Nt and NT mini consoles can play Nintendo and Super Nintendo’s original cartridges and output them in high definition video and audio suitable for today’s TVs. Other games systems are in the pipeline

Eight of the best Hong Kong classic video game arcades – ratings, how to find them and what to play

Xbox and PlayStation have driven Hong Kong’s video arcades underground, literally. We trawl the city’s basements (and occasionally upstairs), where games such as Virtua Tennis, Street Fighter and Rambo are still being played

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Eight of the best Hong Kong classic video game arcades – ratings, how to find them and what to play

Xbox and PlayStation have driven Hong Kong’s video arcades underground, literally. We trawl the city’s basements (and occasionally upstairs), where games such as Virtua Tennis, Street Fighter and Rambo are still being played

E-sports, indie games, cosplay: GameStart Asia in Singapore through the eyes of a first-time visitor

One of the largest gaming conventions on the continent, GameStart celebrates everything fresh and trendy in the industry. We sent our reporter there to do battle with dragons, alien beings, invisible beasts – and obsessive fans

19 Oct 2017 - 7:30PM
E-sports, indie games, cosplay: GameStart Asia in Singapore through the eyes of a first-time visitor

One of the largest gaming conventions on the continent, GameStart celebrates everything fresh and trendy in the industry. We sent our reporter there to do battle with dragons, alien beings, invisible beasts – and obsessive fans

Hong Kong-set immigrant housewife video game is a love letter to hardworking mums everywhere

Inspired by their own immigrant mothers and grandmothers, the developers of the game Oblige have created a unique experience that depicts the tedium and frustration of those who helped nurtured Hong Kong’s growth

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong-set immigrant housewife video game is a love letter to hardworking mums everywhere

Inspired by their own immigrant mothers and grandmothers, the developers of the game Oblige have created a unique experience that depicts the tedium and frustration of those who helped nurtured Hong Kong’s growth

Review | Game review: Echo pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick in a game where you kill yourself again and again

In this shooter, where Solaris meets Jorge Luis Borges, your character has to find their way out of a maze while fighting enemies that are clones of itself and copy your moves and tactics

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Game review: Echo pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick in a game where you kill yourself again and again

In this shooter, where Solaris meets Jorge Luis Borges, your character has to find their way out of a maze while fighting enemies that are clones of itself and copy your moves and tactics

The Blade Runner effect: the best eight video games that were influenced by the original film

The epitome of cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence on the entertainment world has been huge. Here are eight games that reference the sci-fi classic

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The Blade Runner effect: the best eight video games that were influenced by the original film

The epitome of cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence on the entertainment world has been huge. Here are eight games that reference the sci-fi classic

Review | Review: Project Cars 2 – now free of glitches, this racer is sure to please hardcore fans

The previous game’s bugs are fixed and there are 180 cars and more than 100 track layouts for players to choose from. Project Cars 2 is a serious step up and a must-have for true racing fans

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review: Project Cars 2 – now free of glitches, this racer is sure to please hardcore fans

The previous game’s bugs are fixed and there are 180 cars and more than 100 track layouts for players to choose from. Project Cars 2 is a serious step up and a must-have for true racing fans

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