This year I was hoping Microsoft would open with a well thought out apology. They would apologies for all the issues they have had to correct, issues that were of their own doing, the latest of which was selling the Xbox One without Kinect. To my infinite sadness this did not occur. Continue Reading
As of late I have been watching the re imagined seasons of Battlestar Galactica, and whilst I felt season one was a bit lacking, season two picked up the pace and since then I’ve been hooked. Watching BSG again reminded me of a game by the same name I played awhile back on the PS2, I couldn’t finish the first mission and ultimately gave up on it. It turns out my mentality was similar to ‘Starbuck’s’ in the series, in that I felt I was just there to kill toasters and nothing else, and thus the mission objective never got completed. Never the less, I have decided to go back and face this adversary again and I’m happy to say with better results. Continue Reading
It would appear that Bobby Kotic’s wallet has gotten too full as of late. In a recent announcement, Activision has revealed that they are spending $500 million on Bungie Studios next game, Destiny, for development and promotion.
This being Activision, the amount of money being spent here seems less extreme. Taking a logical look at the situation suggests that this move is less of a risk than initially appears. For one, Bungie isn’t a new studio. They have over a decade of experience behind them and as such know what they are doing. Activision’s relationship with the studio is as classic as it comes. Activision provides the money and publishes the game and Bungie are left to their own devices to makes said game, and so Activision clearly trusts Bungie enough to invest so much in them. Continue Reading
Dota style games are renowned for their difficulty to get into, in an old piece I wrote I mentioned that in many cases going it alone in a MOBA is not a smart move as the domain of public matchmaking is a treacherous place to say the least. Thankfully if you are not willing to put the hours in to getting good at Dota or LoL there are games further down the lane pushing game list that are much easier and welcoming to newer more casual players and thanks to the latest Humble Bundle, I have finally gotten into a Dota style game that a) I’m not terrible at b) doesn’t have people yelling at me for the smallest mistake. c) Doesn’t require a pre-built team that are on the same page as me to succeed. Continue Reading
State of the Game is a series where we look at the recent changes and updates brought into a game and the effect those changes have had on the meta of the game. In a day and age of Early access, game changing updates are becoming common place and it pays to know what they do.
Whilst it hasn’t been classed as a Beta for some time, Planetside 2 has been in a constant state of development since it supposedly became a full release. Go to the Planetside website and you’ll find a roadmap of the planned updates and content patches Sony Online Entertainment plan on rolling out over the course of the year making for some interesting reading. Continue Reading
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