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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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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?

    METROID DREAD is a faithful and excellent return of the series that spawned a genre

    METROID DREAD is a faithful and excellent return of the series that spawned a genre

    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 and old fashioned legacy design in parts might leave some new players scratching their heads.

    SIFTER 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 composed the Mainstream theme music.

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    • 33 min
    KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is a beautiful world, an impressive debut title that's not without it's flaws

    KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is a beautiful world, an impressive debut title that's not without it's flaws

    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

    James Morrison speaks to Adam Christou about what they loved and what left them wanting on this episode of our podcast Mainstream.

    A copy of this game was provided to SIFTER for the purposes of this review.

    SIFTER 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 composed the Mainstream theme music.

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    • 29 min
    If you don't succeed, die die again in DEATHLOOP

    If you don't succeed, die die again in DEATHLOOP

    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.

    A copy of this game was provided to SIFTER for the purposes of this review.

    SIFTER 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 composed the Mainstream theme music.

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    • 26 min
    Welcome to SIFTER, a new chapter for the team behind Pixel Sift

    Welcome to SIFTER, a new chapter for the team behind Pixel Sift

    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 that often one of the very first interviews that a developer does with the press was with us, and we’ve worked hard to highlight teams of all shapes and sizes.

    I’m really pleased to announce that today we’re starting a new chapter.

    Welcome to SIFTER.

    It’s a new consistent look and a new name, but one I think you’ll be pretty familiar with.

    That’s not the only thing with a new name, if you’ve refreshed your podcast player today you’ll notice that our interview podcast is now called Lightmap.

    It speaks to what we’re trying to achieve with this show, illuminating conversations on the creative process, a guide to what some of the most interesting and creative teams are working on , and discussions around the intersections of culture and interactive games.

    Starting with episode 181 we’ll officially be in season 2 of the show.

    Our review podcast Mainstream keeps it’s name but is sporting some new paint.

    You can follow us on social media where our handle has updated as well, we’re now sifterhq on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch and YouTube.

    We’ve revamped our website, that’s now at sifter.com.au and you can find collections of games that we’ve covered and look at all the stories, gameplay videos and head straight onto the stores to pick them up and support the teams, read news, reviews and more.

    And coming up on the 2nd of October we’re hosting a launch party, it’s called the SIFTER SHOWCASE and I want you to be a part of it head to sifter.games for more information. We’ve got a bunch of interviews with the teams behind games like Cult of The Lamb, Broken Roads, Knuckle Sandwich and Heavenly Bodies.

    It’s going to be a lot of fun so we’d love to see you there.

    We’ve said this a bit over the years, but honestly the best free thing you can do support the show is to recommend us to your friends, get them to listen to Lightmap or Mainstream or share an article or video you enjoyed.

    Here's to the next chapter, until next time have fun.

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    • 5 min
    Black Book & The Ascent

    Black Book & The Ascent

    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 Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

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

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    • 33 min
    Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector - How a small Western Australian team made on the best new 40K games

    Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector - How a small Western Australian team made on the best new 40K games

    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 of the Blood Angels Space Marine chapter in their clashes with the beastial Tyranids.

    WATCH A VIDEO VERSION THIS STORY HERE:Warhammer 40,000 Battlesector - How a small team in Western Australia made one of the best 40K games

    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 composed the Mainstream theme music.

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    • 29 min

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