In 2006, Bethesda very briefly became the laughing stock of the video game world. In a move that very few games had done before, they offered a purely cosmetic item in exchange for real world money. As in, the item was included in the game that you paid for, but was only available if you paid an additional five bucks on top of your purchase … Continue reading Microtransactions: An Analysis of the “Unfortunate Reality of Modern Gaming”
Fairune is a series I’ve had my eye on since it cropped up on the 3DS eShop back in 2014. I heard great things about it, from its lovingly-made pixel artwork to the gameplay being very reminiscent of the original Legend of Zelda games. But for whatever reason I just kept putting it off, even as a sequel came out two years later boasting even … Continue reading Fairune Collection Review (Switch)
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
In many games, the only input you have is violence. This isn’t an inherent problem. After all, thrust into a violent situation, there’s not much else anyone can do. The post-apocalypse is one of those environments you’d expect to be full of strife, and Nier: Automata‘s ruined city is no exception. On a planet decimated by machines and abandoned by humanity, much of your time … Continue reading Why I killed an NPC – How Nier: Automata hurt me
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?
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
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
If, like me, you always look forward to writing your Christmas list and filling it with all the games you’d like, then this year you won’t be short of titles to choose from. It seems that every time I go online I see another update about an imminent game release. The last few years have given us some gems: Horizon Zero Dawn; Legend of Zelda: … Continue reading This is a Great Time to be a Gamer
In 2007, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed: a game whose franchise would form one of the pillars of their future success. It was quite a novel idea: take an action adventure game with some fantastic ideas about alternate history, and then craft an interesting Sci-Fi-esque story that frames the entire experience. To be honest, while the first Assassin’s Creed title had some issues in terms of … Continue reading An Assassin’s Creed Retrospective: Has The Series Lost Its Way?
Allow me to describe a scene from my Saturday that I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to: I sit on my sofa and take a good look at my TV and PlayStation in front of me. “What should I play?”, I think to myself. I scratch my chin and I furrow my brow; well, what am I in the mood for? It’s not like … Continue reading 5 Remasters We’d Love To See