Can anyone justify microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

Say what you like about the Assassin’s Creed franchise: it’s certainly not afraid to re-invent itself time after time. Technically this is what makes Assassin’s Creed so unique, and how it’s managed to capture so much attention with every new instalment. With every new game the player has the chance to explore a new historical playground. Yet despite us stopping at more historical time periods … Continue reading Can anyone justify microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey?

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s Difficulty Settings Are Its Best Feature

Shadow of the Tomb Raider launched earlier this month and despite not getting nearly enough press, it delivers a satisfying conclusion to a overlooked trilogy. Its best feature though? Difficulty sliders. This may seem like a minor detail in a game that is full of fantastic features and great gameplay design, but it is often the smallest things that you remember most. Calling these difficulty … Continue reading Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s Difficulty Settings Are Its Best Feature

Modern Gaming: Has Outrage Become More Important Than Enjoyment?

Gaming exists in a strange place. It’s a medium of entertainment that has grown into a culture in and of itself. From casual gamers that may play an occasional game to kill the time to professional gamers that play hours on end, every day, to make their living, and everyone in between, we’re all linked by a common factor: enjoyment. People play various styles of … Continue reading Modern Gaming: Has Outrage Become More Important Than Enjoyment?

PlayStation Classic: an ode to old-school gaming

I’m not a particular superstitious person. I might leave new shoes on the table, not think twice about a black cat crossing my path, and wouldn’t walk under a ladder for health and safety more than for fear of having a curse placed on me. However, there’s a small part of me that believes that everything happens for a reason; just last night, my friends … Continue reading PlayStation Classic: an ode to old-school gaming

Loot Boxes: Is the Tide Starting to Turn?

Cast your minds back, if you will, to roughly this time last year when Star Wars fans everywhere were starting to get excited about the release of Battlefront II. Now also remember, about the same time, when loot boxes were thrown into the spotlight and laid bare for the money-grabbing scheme they were. This wasn’t news: microtransactions and pay-to-win crates had come crashing into the … Continue reading Loot Boxes: Is the Tide Starting to Turn?

God of War is great, but flirting with open-world RPG tropes holds it back

I’ve just kicked a draugr off the edge of a cliff. Another of the ugly buggers is wearing my axe on his face. I tear a third open with my bare hands in a shower of orange sparks. Then the ground shudders. A huge ogre proceeds to try to rearrange my facial features with its scaly fists. With boy’s help, I open up wound after … Continue reading God of War is great, but flirting with open-world RPG tropes holds it back

Five Excellent Superheroes That Could Follow Spiderman’s Video Game Success

After a significant drought of solid superhero games, Insomniac’s Spiderman on the PS4 finally breaks the drought in the best way possible. Swinging around Manhattan, fighting crime and taking down a who’s who of villains is cathartic and entertaining, compounded by the fact that it is the best Spiderman game we have received since Spiderman 2. Which got me to thinking: if this superhero game … Continue reading Five Excellent Superheroes That Could Follow Spiderman’s Video Game Success

Sony and the Cross-Platform Question: Anti-Consumer, or Clever Business?

By the end of 2001, the console gaming landscape was set in stone. With the Dreamcast failing to gain any headway after the titanic launch of the PlayStation 2, the stage was set for the next three generations of console: Sony’s PlayStation and its iterations, Microsoft’s Xbox line, and Nintendo’s accumulative efforts of the GameCube, Wii, Wii U and Switch. For seventeen years the lines … Continue reading Sony and the Cross-Platform Question: Anti-Consumer, or Clever Business?

Five of the Worst Collector’s Editions

Every medium has their aficionados: the ones that will pay hand over fist to get the most exclusive and rare items to show just how much they love their passion. Movie fans will tour the world for original movie posters from their favorite blockbusters; music junkies will see their favorite acts live, or hoard their EPs and albums as vinyls. For video games, there is … Continue reading Five of the Worst Collector’s Editions

The Best and Worst of Superhero Games

Excitement is growing in the gaming community for the release of the highly anticipated Spider-Man, exclusively on PS4. The superhero genre is massive in the movie industry with MCU dominating the scene with several Avengers movies and other subsequent titles. DC has also seen success with Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and the fantastic Wonder Woman noteworthy entries. Either way, we are very much living in the superhero era. So, what about video … Continue reading The Best and Worst of Superhero Games