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… Ian MacLarty has changed that with his newest game simply titled ‘Ned Kelly’. It’s made in his tool Vertex Meadow — with which he also made his parody of ‘The Witness’ — which easily lets you turn any 2D image into 3D terrain that can be explored. By the looks of it, for ‘Ned Kelly’, MacLarty has focused on creating a rendition of the Australian bush as Kelly would have been familiar [although its desert colors seem closer in tone to the outback]. Most striking, however, is that you view this virtual world through a narrow slit. The idea is that you are seeing through Kelly’s eyes as he wanders in his iconic steel armor, now perhaps the most famous asset of the man as it has come to symbolize that of a flawed hero.

Chris Priestman Kill Screen

Where is that best selling video game featuring Ned Kelly? The immersive, 3D action adventure shooter with surround sound and stunning graphics? It can be done – but it will take a developer and distributor with guts, determination, and a bucket load of cash. In the meantime, we have a few dedicated creators who have touched on the story via pixels and code with various levels of success.

Matt Sophos, director of ‘Lost Planet 3’ [2013] and story lead on ‘God Of War’ [2020], at one stage showed a great interest in developing a Ned Kelly based adventure. Unfortunately, most high-end action-adventure video games cost upwards of USD$300 a minute to produce before you factor in manufacturing, distribution, and marketing.

The Action Force training camp is under siege from a giant Cobra Combat Machine built by the evil Baron Ironblood. As the Cobra looms over the camp the Action Force Recruits run to shelter from its vaporising venom and piercing laser beams. Man your positions! Defend the camp! Use missile attack canons and atomic powered energy shields to fight the deadly Cobra. Work together in a two-player game against the computer controlled Cobra – 8 hits to the eyes and pow! – the Cobra is destroyed. Or one player can control the Cobra in a head to head battle! In a three-player game two players defend the camp while the third is the Cobra. Will the Cobra trump or can Action Force destroy Baron Ironblood’s evil machine? In the two-player competitive and three player games, use paddles and a joystick.

Year: 1983
Genre: Shooter
Developer: Parker Brothers
Players: One, two or three
Platform: Atari 2600

‘Action Force’ looks far better than it plays … As a one-player game, I found that this cart doesn’t sustain much interest … It may work as a two player game.

Perry Greenberg Video Games

Note: Baron Ironblood is the leader of the Red Shadows, sworn enemies of Action Force. He wears a black Ned Kelly-style helmet with a horizontal slit for him to see out of.

Information: Wikipedia.org
Play: Free80sArcade.com

Wanted: Ned Kelly was released as an educational program for MS-DOS. It was created by Newbyte Educational Software and the aim of the program was to utilise numerous ‘clues’ to track down the outlaw Ned Kelly.

Year: 1994
Genre: Edutainment
Creator: Michael, O’Brien, John O’Brien
Developer: Newbyte Educational Software
Publisher: Ashton Scholastic
Platform: DOS

Wanted: Ned Kelly features a well resourced data base while the game play is similar to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? released by Broderbund in 1985.

Information: ObscureOldGames.com
Play: Archive.org
Download: User Manual [PDF]

Wicked-Witch-Software-logo

The Australian legend of Ned Kelly and the famous tale of its end, the last stand at Glenrowan, has been re-created on this CD-ROM. The town, people and historical events of Glenrowan have been re-built as a virtual environment. A story mode movie plays with narration depicting the key events during the last stand. The program is real-time and interactive, which means players can change the camera angle while the story plays a change of close ups, action from afar, allowing players to see through the eyes of the police or even through the eyes of Ned himself! There is also an explore mode which allows players to control Ned Kelly, tour the town as it was, and talk to the town folk as if it was 1880 again!

Year: 2002
Creator: Daniel Visser, Shayne Ford
Developer: Wicked Witch
Platform: Windows CD-ROM

While never fully developed for commercial use, portions of the game were displayed to the public as an interactive visualisation of the siege at Glenrowan during The Legend of Ned Kelly exhibition held at Southgate, Victoria in 2003.

Information: WickedWitch.com

Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is set primarily in the Australian Outback at a place called Rainbow Cliffs. Ty travels across Central Australia visiting fictional locations such as Bli Bli Station, Pippy Beach, Lake Burril, and Boss Cass’ lair. One of Ty’s antagonists is Neddy the Bully, a goanna who serves as a mini-boss on the level Bridge on the River Ty. Neddy is portrayed as a simple-minded but strong character fitted with Kelly styled armour to protect his stomach and face. Apparently Neddy wears the armour to ‘hide an embarrassing tattoo on his belly.’

Year: 2002
Genre: 3D Platformer
Developer: Krome Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation 2

Information: TyGame.fandom.com

Age of Empires III portrays the European colonisation of the Americas, between approximately 1492 and 1876 AD. The game has made several innovations in the series, in particular with the addition of the ‘Home City’, which combines real-time strategy and role-playing features.

Year: 2005
Genre: Real-time Strategy
Developers: Ensemble Studios, MacSoft, Glu Mobile
Platform: Windows, Classic MacOS, N-Gage

The Wars of Liberty expansion pack introduced specialised regions including Australia. This section had two units, the Colonist who have high cost and population but are powerful, and the Native who are cheaper and weaker but have specialised abilities. The Colonist unit featured The Bushranger as a heavy infantry unit with the ‘Royal’ depicted in Kelly Gang armour.

Information: aoe3wol.fandom.com
Play: aoe3wol.com

Call of Juarez is a Western-themed first person shooter taking place in 1884. Its prequel, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood was released three years later in 2009. Both games feature Reverend Ray McCall as the protagonist. McCall [1827-1884] was hardy by nature and gained a wide reputation of being undefeatable during the 1860s. Introduced in Call of Juarez as Reverend Ray, an old gunslinger turned preacher, he was the eldest brother of William and Thomas McCall.

Year: 2006
Genre: First-person Shooter
Developer: Techland
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: Windows, Xbox 360

Ray’s preferred weapons were revolvers and shotguns, making him especially deadly in close quarter combat. He preferred to dual wield pistols, even during his time in the Confederate Army. Ray adopted a breastplate of armour which helped protect him against enemy fire. The wrap around protection was similar in design to Ned Kelly’s but was adorned with a large crucifix as an acknowledgement to his preacher days. Ray also wore a minister cloak under his signature armour while his minister collar could be seen peeking above his cuirass.

Information: CallOfJuarez.fandom.com

Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve. It is the sequel to the 1996 Team Fortress mod for Quake and its 1999 remake, Team Fortress Classic. It was released in October 2007 as part of The Orange Box video game bundle for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox 360.

Year: 2007
Genre: First-person Shooter
Developer: Valve Corporation
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Linux, MacOS

Team Fortress 2 features a number of headgear and body armour mods that mimic the costumes worn by the Kelly Gang. Workshop mod creations include Full Metal Jacket; Demoman; Bucket Ranger; The Kelly Caper; The Bendigo Bucket, etc.

Information: wiki.TeamFortress.com
Play: TeamFortress.com

Second Life is an online virtual world, developed and owned by Linden Lab and launched in June, 2003. It saw rapid growth and by 2013 it had approximately one million users. While similar to massively multiplayer online role-playing games, Linden Lab states their creation is not a game, ‘There is no manufactured conflict, no set objective’. The virtual world can be accessed freely via Linden Lab’s client software or via third-party viewers. The platform principally features 3D-based user-generated content.

Genre: Online virtual world
Designer: Philip Rosedale
Developer: Linden Lab
Platform: Windows, Linux, MacOS

You first arrive in Australia at the Shops and Docks, outside Ned’s Aussie Pub, which is in honour of Ned Kelly. There is also a huge statue of Ned in between the pub and shops. Ned’s Aussie pub is to the left, shops to the right and Ned’s statue is straight ahead, behind the silver teleport. This is also the spot where avatars come to mix and mingle.

Year: 2009
Expansion: Australia
Developer: Top Dingo

Information: TopDingo.com

Fallout: New Vegas is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. In the Three-Card Bounty quest Cook-Cook is one of the Fiend leaders that Dhatri tasks the player character with killing. Cook-Cook is a psychotic rapist, pyromaniac, chef, and leader of the Fiends living in the South Vegas ruins in 2281.

Year: 2010
Quest: Three-Card Bounty
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

With his mohawk and post-apocolypic costume Cook-Cook is a dirt encrusted copy of Wez [Mad Max 2] that wears a Ned Kelly style helmet and body armour. The characters name is a tenuous derivative of Captain James Cook. Although, with the voice actor being American and the antagonist having a basic cooking skill set, there seems to be no literal connection to Australia, only gamer lead connotations and overwhelming circumstantial evidence.

Information: Fallout.fandom.com

Skyrim is the fifth main installment in The Elder Scrolls series. The game’s main story revolves around the player’s character, the Dragonborn, on their quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. The game is set 200 years after the events of Oblivion and takes place in Skyrim, the northernmost province of Tamriel. Over the course of the game, the player completes quests and develops the character by improving skills. The game continues the open-world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.

Year: 2011
Genre: Action role-playing
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Event Builds allow players to create customised playable characters using variations on exisiting armour or crafting new pieces. The Iron Tundrastrider was based on Ned Kelly’s armour but as the pieces had to adhere to Skyrim principles they were forged from steel armour [Pauldron variant] with a Dawnguard Full Helmet and Steel Plate Gauntlets and Boots. As rifles were unavailable the character carries an enhanced crossbow with explosive bolts.

Hey Lee, I just realized, we never stated this build was based off Ned Kelley, did we? … Ned Kelly? You mean the Australian gunslinger with badass armor and a cool duster Ned Kelly? … That’s the one!

Chris Diokno

Information: TheSkyForge.ning.com

Mark of the Ninja is a side-scrolling 2D action stealth video game which follows the story of a nameless ninja in the present day. The game features a themed conflict between ancient ninja tradition and modern technology. Cutscenes for the game are rendered in a Saturday-morning cartoon animation style. Corporal Kelly is the right hand man of the first main antagonist, Karajan. He is the first mini-boss encounter in Mark of the Ninja. Corporal Kelly is an armoured character who wears protection based on his historical namesake, Ned Kelly.

Year: 2012
Genre: 2D Platformer
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows

Information: MarkOfTheNinja.fandom.com

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is an action role-playing first-person shooter and the third game in the Borderlands series. The storyline focuses on Jack, an employee of the Hyperion corporation. After the company’s Helios space station is captured by a military unit known as the Lost Legion, he leads a group of four Vault Hunters on an expedition to re-gain control of Helios, defeat the Lost Legion, and find the hidden vault on Pandora’s moon Elpis.

Year: 2014
Genre: First-person Shooter
Developer: 2K Australia, Gearbox Software
Publisher: 2K Games
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

RedBelly are two bosses that appear in Crisis Scar. Red and Belly are a pair of Scav Leaders. Red wears a full-sized helmet and sits atop Belly to appear as one figure. During the battle the two separate to attack individually. The character is a hybrid of Master Blaster from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. The name RedBelly is a play on Ned Kelly while their protective covering is a nod to Ned’s armour. In an ECHO recording Red and Belly have a discussion about Belly’s missing leg armour in reference to how Ned Kelly was finally taken down during the battle at Glenrowan.

Information: Borderlands.fandom.com

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand is a first person shooter where the player takes on the role of the outlaw during Ned’s last stand against the Victorian Police. The player must survive for as long as possible armed only with a slow shooting, slow reloading revolver. Ned Kelly’s iconic armour offers significant protection and is integral to the player’s survival. The project was created by Rhys van der Waerden, Arden Beckwith, Angus Michael, Victor Arnold, and Andrew Perry over seven days for the 2013 Seven Day First-Person Game Jam [7DFPS].

Year: 2014
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Kalonica
Platform: N/A

Information: Kalonica.com

Arena of Fate was a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Crytek Black Sea. The game was announced in May 2014 and closed beta began in August 2015. It featured five-against-five battles with legendary heroes from history and fantasy. Similar to most MOBA games with a few differences such as matches having a 20-minute time limit, the game featured a ‘huge roster of famous characters’ including Robin Hood and Ned Kelly.

Year: 2014
Genre: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Developer: Creative Assembly Sofia
Publisher: Crytek
Composer: Inon Zur
Platform: Windows

Unfortunately the game’s director, Vesselin Handjiev, left Creative Assembly Sofia in 2016 then, the following year, the company was sold to Sega which seemingly cancelled the game’s development and official release.

Information: MMOgames.com

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is an online tactical shooter video game which places heavy emphasis on environmental destruction and cooperation between players. Each player assumes control of an attacker or a defender in different gameplay modes such as rescuing a hostage, defusing a bomb, and taking control of an objective within a room. The title has no campaign but features a series of short, offline missions called, ‘situations’ that can be played solo.

Date: 2015
Genre: Tactical Shooter
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Director: Xavier Marquis
Designer: Daniel Drapeau
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tachanka is a Heavy Armoured Operator who comes equipped with the deployable mounted RP-46 Degtyaryov machine gun that can be used by both teammates and enemies alike. With a frontal shield to protect incoming fire at the user’s head, it can be used to anchor a position and block off corridors or doorways with sustained fire. Tachanka wears a Maska-1SCh helmet, which is striking similar to Ned Kelly’s. Online player groups have been known to wear the same protective head gear and classify themselves as the Kelly Gang.

Note: In ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ the character Julien ‘Rook’ Nizan could select the Western skin option whose armour and helmet were referred in online forums as ‘Ned Kelly’ style protection.

Information: Ubisoft.com

Bloodborne is an action role-playing game released worldwide in March 2015. Bloodborne follows the player’s character, a Hunter, through the decrepit Gothic, Victorian era–inspired city of Yharnam, whose inhabitants are afflicted with a blood-borne disease. Attempting to find the source of the plague, the player’s character unravels the city’s mysteries while fighting beasts and cosmic beings. Played from a third-person perspective, you control a customisable protagonist and the gameplay is focused on strategic weapons-based combat and exploration.

Date: 2015
Genre: Action Role-playing Game
Expansion: The Old Hunters
Developer: FromSoftware Inc.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer: Hidetaka Miyazaki
Platform: PlayStation 4

The Old Hunters begins after the player discovers an item called the ‘Eye of a Blood-Drunk Hunter’. The ‘Hunter’s Nightmare’ is where the first hunters are trapped, drunk with blood. In order to end the ‘Nightmare’ the player has to complete a number of quests including interaction with Valtr Master of The League, where you’re then awarded the One-Eyed Iron Helm. Notice anything familiar about the helmet?

Information: Bloodborne.fandom.com
View: I Want You For The League [poster]

Ned Kelly is created using the Vertex Meadow tool which transforms a 2D image into a 3D terrain that you can explore. This HTML based exploration recreates an Australian bush landscape viewed through a narrow slit representing Ned’s helmet. The developer wanted the gamer to experience a virtual world seen through Kelly’s eyes as he wanders through the bush wearing his iconic armour.

Year: 2016
Genre: First-person Adventure
Developer: Ian MacLarty
Platform: HTML

Information: IanMacLarty.com
Play: IanMacLarty.itch.io

Clockwork Empires is a steampunk and cosmic horror city-building simulation game where you take on the role of a colonial bureaucrat sent forth by the Empire to build a frontier colony. It’s up to you to ensure the success of a colony populated by ambitious overseers, brave soldiers, and oppressed labourers who work and live in workshops, mines, scientific laboratories, lavishly decorated houses, farms, chapels, and pubs. Design houses and workshops to feed the ravenous maw of industry, manage a uniquely unruly population, avoid cannibalism and monsters, and make important decisions for the glory of the Empire.

Year: 2016
Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Gaslamp Games
Publisher: Gaslamp Games
Platform: Windows, macOS

Prior to its offical release the game was in beta for a number of years. The November 2014 [v.33] update Bandit Attack On ‘Fightin’ Vicar Zedock Woodburn’s Frontier Chapel featured bandits dressed in Kelly Gang armour. These bandits were incorporated into the 2016 offical launch program. When a Bandit Raid event occurs, a bandit camp and a number of bandits will spawn some distance from the colony, and a notification icon will appear, allowing the player to select their response.

Information: ClockworkEmpires.gamepedia.com
Play: store.SteamPowered.com

As for that massive armor that’d make Ned Kelly hang up his revolvers in shame? Never existed. Purely fiction. Although some prototypes for that kind of thing were developed by Allied forces during the war, they never came to fruition due to how damned impractical they were.

Aza Hudson Well Played

Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter that emphasises teamwork. Set in the era of World War I, it is inspired by historical events. Players can make use of period weapons, including bolt-action rifles, submachine guns, automatic and semi-automatic rifles to combat opponents. When the player dies, a name appears on the screen of a real soldier, along with their birth year. Unlike its predecessors, the game features a collection of war stories, similar to an anthology.

Year: 2016
Genre: First-person shooter
Developer: EA DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

During the Avanti Savoia! campaign players assume the role of Luca Cocchiola. Donning heavy body armour Luca spearheads the assault on key Austro-Hungarian positions, capturing strongpoints, destroying an artillery gun, and thwarting an enemy aerial assault. The armour’s design was inspired by the Kelly Gang.

When Ned Kelly walked unharmed before the Victorian police rifles in his own hand-made armour he was an object-lesson to the world. If an outlaw could do it, why not a soldier? … [Kelly in his armour is] an object lesson to the world … The use of armour is possible for the protection of the vital parts of a soldier’s body, and ought to be supplied to stormers, whose business is to cross ‘no man’s land’, attack the machine-gunners, and clear the way for the infantry.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Note: While best known for his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ book series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also a doctor. During the early stages of the First World War Doyle partitioned the War Office in London for ‘Kelly Armour’ to protect the troops. While the idea was never officially adopted many families paid good money to ensure their boys went into battle with some form of armoured protection.

Information: EA.com

Ned Kelly was a renowned Australian bushranger. During Ned Kelly’s Last Stand on June 28th, 1880, police sieged Glenrowan Inn; cornering the outlaw in his final and last stand. Ned Kelly’s Last Stand … or was it? Before Ned Kelly’s title of Australian outlaw and the renowned siege at Glenrowan Inn, Ned Kelly had been stealing fruit from farmers! And he hasn’t been so sneaky about it, the farmers are angry! Play as young Ned Kelly, who wants to obtain better armour to become a legendary outlaw.

Year: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure
Publisher: Graham Cassells
Platform: iOS

Information: AppAdvice.com

Fate/Grand Order is an online, free-to-play Japanese mobile game based on Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise. The game is centred around turn-based combat where the player, who takes on the role of a ‘Master’, summons and commands powerful familiars known as ‘Servants’ to battle enemies. The story narrative is presented in a visual novel format, and each Servant has their own scenario which the player can explore.

Year: 2017
Genre: Tactical RPG
Developer: Delightwork
Publisher: Aniplex
Platform: Android, iOS

Information: Wikipedia.org
Expansion: DeviantArt.com
Play: Fate-GO.us

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online is the third entry in the Red Dead series and is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption. The story is set in 1899 in a fictionalized representation of the Western, Midwestern, and Southern United States and follows outlaw Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang. The story also follows fellow gang member John Marston, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption.

Year: 2018
Misson: Kill Them, Each And Every One
Genre: Action / Adventure
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online features the Kill Them, Each And Every One mission where the protagonists don suits of armour similar to that used by Ned Kelly and his Gang in order to attack Fort Mercer occupied by a hostile band, with the armour being referred to as ‘Australian’ by a US Marshall accompanying the players.

Information: Wikipedia.org
Walkthrough: GameWith.net
Play: RockStarGames.com

Mortal Kombat 11 is a fighting game which runs on a heavily modified version of Unreal Engine 3. Upon release, the game received generally favourable reviews, which praised the gameplay, story, graphics, and improved netcode, but it received criticism for the presence of microtransactions, and over-reliance on grinding. An expansion for the game was released in May 2020, entitled Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath and included an additional story mode, three new characters, new stages, and the return of stage fatalities and the friendship finishing move.

Date: 2019
Genre: Fighting
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Director: Ed Boon
Platform: Windows, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Erron Black is an Earthrealm mercenary gunslinger in the service of Kotal Kahn who was respondent with the Black Dragon until Kano’s betrayal. In Mortal Kombat 11, two different versions of him appear in the story mode. The game offers players unique alternate costumes to enhance their character’s look. Erron Black, with his outlaw aesthetic, has a featured alternate armoured skin. According to the game character’s designer this skin is his favourite as it ‘brings him [Erron] a bit closer to how Ned Kelly, a famous Australian outlaw looked.’

One of these concepts featured a mask [Stick ‘Em Up] which reminded me of an iconic Australian outlaw name Ned Kelly. This is how I got the idea of making a fully-armoured Ned Kelly skin for Erron Black. The quality of the final model and the fact that the Ned Kelly theme ties back to the stories from my childhood in Australia, make this skin one of my favorites.

Brendan George MK11 designer

Information: MortalKombat.com

Gun Rush is a tooth and nail, Western style battle-royale fight to the death for up to thirty-two players. Players compete in an ever-shrinking battle zone with horses for quick transport [and associated risks]. Skirmish for weapons, ranging from Mauser Pistols to Repeating Shotguns to Fire Bottles and Dynamite Arrows – as well as for valuable, hard to obtain armour like the headshot-thwarting Ned Kelly Armour.

Year: 2019
Mode: Gun Rush
Genre: Action / Adventure
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

In this showdown mode, Rockstar Games continue their fascination with the Kelly Gang by offering players a chance to wear some bullet-proof protection by discovering a crate containing Ned Kelly Armor which is located somewhere near the centre of the map [it will appear as a chest].

Information: GTAbase.com

Ned Kelly – Armored Outlaw is an alternate history themed 3D shooter based on Ned Kelly’s last stand at Glenrowan in 1880. The aim is to survive the initial police assault at the Jones Inn, find the police Captain near the train, and search him to advance to the next stage. Players can encourage the townspeople to help in the fight by setting off signal rockets.

Year: 2019
Genre: Action / Shooter
Developer: Tobop Productions
Publisher: Tobop Productions
Platform: Windows

Information: Tobop.itch.io
Play: Tobop.itch.io
Facebook: NKellyAO

In Fool’s Gold, players battle other players [PvP] to wear the Golden Armour, taking down opponents while wearing it to earn points. Players can also score points by taking out a rival player that’s wearing the Golden Armour, which then puts the armour up for grabs to whoever reaches it first. Like all Free Roam Events in the Red Dead Online Beta, Fool’s Gold can be played as individual free-for-alls or as skirmishes between Posses. To join Fool’s Gold, look for an alert to pop-up on screen while in Free Roam and then accept the invite.

Year: 2019
Mode: Fool’s Gold
Genre: Action / Adventure
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

In 2019, Red Dead Online released the Fool’s Gold free roam event where players compete to control a suit of Golden Armor. Those who take down the armour wearer will earn points and be able to claim the outfit as their own, with players then earning points for kills while donning the Kelly Gang inspired costume.

It can’t be a coincidence that the golden armor looks exactly like the armor worn by the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly when he and his gang ambushed a police train in 1880. They designed their armor to stand up in a police shootout, but Ned ended up taking several bullet wounds to his exposed hands and legs. Though he survived the shootout in his homemade armor, Kelly was hung a few months after. The armor—and a thinly veiled Kelly Gang—has already appeared in ‘Red Dead Online’, but now you’ll have the chance to don a golden version for yourself.

Andrew Whalen Newsweek

Information: RockStarGames.com

Known variously as ‘that guy with the metal hat’, ‘Australia’s Robin Hood’, and ‘crankypants’, Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly is both an enforcer with the Council of Death and one of Chay’s best friends. He adopts a gruff persona to match his iron helmet, but does his best to administer the Council’s rules without impacting the Terminal – even when Maddy insists on calling him ‘Nedward’. It’s unclear whether he ever takes his helmet off, or if he’s even able to…

In a back-alley cafe, the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living. Necrobarista follows a dynamic and diverse cast of characters—including the enforcer Ned Kelly—as they navigate Melbourne’s hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go. Inspired equally by film and anime, Necrobarista is a unique take on the visual novel medium.

Year: 2019
Genre: 3D Visual Novel
Developer: Route 59
Publisher: Route 59, Coconut Island Games, Playism
Platform: Windows

I’ve never played a game set in the city where I live until which takes place in Melbourne, Australia. It’s not Australian in obvious ways, but it turns dead outlaw Ned Kelly into a supernatural enforcer in shorts and a Collingwood scarf who menaces a cafe, and expects you to realise that’s funny. If a New York show wants me to know bodegas and Tompkins Square Park, a Melbourne game can get away with referencing Collingwood.

Jody Macgregor PC Gamer

Information: Necrobarista.com
Play: store.SteamPowered.com
Facebook: Route59Games

NED is an open world 2D Platformer [metroidvania] based around the life and times of the iconic Australian Bushranger, Ned Kelly. The game follows an alternate reality storyline where the bush has been overrun by a mysterious toxic blight! An army of evil clone animals has appeared and Ned must battle his way through to find out who is behind the infection. Help steer Ned through this fast-paced action shooter in order to save the Aussie bush!

Year: 2021 [projected]
Genre: 2D Platformer
Developer: PeeBee Games
Platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux

Information: PeeBeeGames.com
Facebook: PeeBeeGames

Note: Metroidvania is a subgenre of action-adventure video games. The term is a portmanteau of the game series Metroid and Castlevania. Metroidvania games use game design and mechanics that are similar to games from these two series.