As I have been playing a lot of Planetside 2 lately, I felt it was only fitting to write a somewhat satirical war coverage story of last nights engagements in the style of my faction of choice, the Terran Republic.
Greetings loyal citizens of the Terran Republic. I am pleased to report that the ongoing war on Auraxis continues to go well for our devote Terran forces.
Last night, Terran high command issued orders to capture and control all 9 Bio Labs across the surface of Auraxis. The squad I was stationed with began their operation on the continent of Indar, where their objective was to seize control of the Alatum Bio Lab from the Rebel forces of the New Conglomerate. Needless to say the NC were ill prepared for the arrival of our elite forces and were forced to retreat within a matter of minutes. Yes it would appear clearing this Bio Lab was more an act of pest control than assaulting an enemy military confirming the rumours our spies had curated whilst infiltrating the NC ranks. From there it was a simple matter of securing the surrounding area, as to ensure the rebels could not enter the Bio Lab without alerting us to their presence. Continue Reading
Whilst it isn’t a new mouse, releasing in 2013, I have just gotten a hold of one, so for what it is worth here are my thoughts on this highly regarded gaming mouse.
Whilst I do still consider my Cyborg R.A.T.3 to be a great mouse there are some offers you just can’t pass by. The Corsair M65 and its predecessor the M60 bring together the build quality we expect from Corsair products with some of the best sensor tech available resulting in what is considered one of the best PC peripherals on the market, receiving high praise from many well established reviewers. Continue Reading
From hells heart I stab at thee
Every so often the world of gaming comes to a crossroads, a point where the industry can continue as it is or change and opt for something else. It is such a crossroad we stand at right now and the decision made here may well determine the shape of the games industry for the foreseeable future. the problems surrounding free to play payment models is one that is becoming a more prominent problem for all platforms in the wake of the new generation of consoles and the push for always online functionality causing a rise in concern for the industry as a whole. Free to play is nothing new, the PC has several examples of good F2P models, so the question remains why are the other platforms struggling with it when we have examples of how to do it right? Continue Reading
A look back at, is a feature series where we go back and remember the games that defined our gaming lives for the better or worse, reminiscing about the halcyon days of gaming and the effects they had on us.
If you were to ask me what my top three games of all time were, Burnout 3 Takedown would be up there. When I started gaming, racing games were my preferred genre and whilst the Gran Turismo games were the flagship racing Series at the time, Burnout offered something for those who didn’t want that simulator style of driving and oh did it provide. Continue Reading
The Nine Circles is a series where I take apart the games that are a general pain to play. Whether it is due to something major like bad mechanics or something as small as FOV sliders. Either way they have caused some ire in the world and as such we shall be sending them to the deepest depths of hell for their crimes against the gaming world.
Well it is only February and from the looks of things an angry mob is already heading towards EA’s offices with murderous intent. So what is the latest reason for the forming of yet another mob and why has it landed them in the realms of fire and brimstone? Well continuing EA’s strategy of rebooting franchises, we have their latest attempt in the form of Dungeon Keeper for that much loathed mobile market Continue Reading
If you are reading this you are either a) Intending to build an all powerful system b) Wanting to see what the latest developments in computing can do in a home system, or c) you intend to use these components to construct a time machine and enact some convoluted plan to take over the world. In either case the following PC parts I am about to recommend should easily run any application you intend to run, I can’t guarantee the time travel stuff, and should future proof your system for some time, unless you are the type of person that keeps buying new components every time they release a new series. So shall we? Continue Reading
The end of 2013 may comes as a relief to some in the games industry, the chance to start again with a clean slate and put the past years mishaps behind them. But before we gain any momentum in this new year let us host the customary award ceremony that not only awards games and developers for their achievements in the past year, but also their mishaps, in this regard we shall present the awards in the sandwich method so as to cushion the the blow of those who receive their just desserts and finish off with the usual coveted awards of worst and best game of the year. Continue Reading
Its that time of year again. Yes the time where socializing with your extended family becomes a, reluctant, mandatory activity. Where you must endure the horror that is jokes from crackers and where the only things on TV are seasonal films and shows that will be forgotten to the ages of time once the year ends.
So dear reader, it is therefore my job to inform you of some purchase choices for one of the, considered, upsides to all this festive merriment. Take into consideration that most things in the tech market aren’t cheap so for the sake of your bank balance I will aim not to exceed £100 in the process of my recommendations and of course try to justify the price if it seems somewhat outrageous, although in today’s market we consider most things to be overpriced.
Anyway, let us proceed.
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We never actually talked about Minecraft
If it wasn’t for WordPress notifying me about the fact, I would have completely forgotten that it has been a year since I started A Cynical View, a year filled with EA creating a PR nightmare for themselves, a year where having a press conference for the sake of having a press conference was all the rage and a year where Borderlands 2 finally tipped me over the edge. Yes it has been an interesting time. Continue Reading
Well then, we know just who to call
If you can believe it, we are now at the tenth iteration of the Call of Duty Franchise. Yes the first person shooter juggernaut is nearing Final Fantasy levels of sequels. Yet the question remains, have we had ten years of good, solid development?
Well, to put it bluntly, no. Infinity Ward have again presented us with a first person shooter that is adequate. The gun play is the same as previous incarnations and again we are presented with a side show campaign and the main meat of multiplayer. Although Treyarch’s turn at the series last year seemed to make some progress in terms of developing the gameplay, Infinity Ward seems to be stuck in a time warp when it comes to their turn at the helm and it is evidently reflected in the game they have produced. Continue Reading