Author: Darryn Bonthuys

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Aug 2014

Zombie games are a dime a deadly dozen these days. If you aren’t barely surviving the end of the world, then you’re most likely snacking on some brains. Still, out of all those games, I’m beginning to warm up to Dying Light, which has been both crap-your-pants scary and exhilarating to me.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Aug 2014

The cold weather bit at my nipples like unchained angry Rottweiler's being fed print-outs of 4chan. Clearly, something was on the way, and it was up to me to put a tasteful shirt on and get to the bottom of it. Donning my best Little Mermaid top and wig, I set out to investigate. What did my year-long quest uncover? Apparently, enough exposition to distract you all as I buggered off for the weekend.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Aug 2014

I’ve got high hopes for the next WWE game. The grace period is over, and with 2K Games now clearly lighting a fire under the arse of Yukes, we’re starting to see WWE games which capture both the attitude and nostalgia of sports entertainment. This year, WWE 2K15 is going to focus on rivalries. And beards. Magnificent, manly and macho beards.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Aug 2014

It was elementary you see. If the game was indeed a foot, then Dr Geoff and I would have no choice but to question each and every single appendage in the greater London area. As I unfortunately found out later, not only were my investigative techniques, flawed, stupid and illogical, but also illegal as the local rozzers knicked me.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Aug 2014

Hey there girls and kittens. It’s that time again. The time for free games. And really, I see no downside with getting a little skip row row with my Xbox Live subscription. The last few offerings from the house over on Microsoft hill have been rather solid. Here’s what’s arriving in September.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Aug 2014

Despite being one of the biggest franchises around, Pokémon ain’t exactly known for releasing collector’s editions of their various games. What you generally get, is a game, a box and a manual if you’re lucky. And I’m fine with that. And I’m also more than fine with falling off the wagon, caving in and buying this special edition of the upcoming Ruby and Sapphire remakes.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Aug 2014

With PlayStation and Xbox consoles everywhere, it’s easy to forget just how damn hard it was to actually have gaming devices in this country. Most times, folks had to import them, a costly venture and an option that wasn’t open to people with more normal revenues of income. But of there’s one console maker that was always present, it was Sega. From Master System to Dreamcast, Sega made some fantastic hardware.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Aug 2014

Nintendo right now, is not in a good place. Sure, the legendary company may sell well when key franchises launch a  new game, but the lull between releases isn’t exactly doing them any favours. And that’s because most gamers these days are either playing new releases on PlayStation or Xbox One hardware. There’s a very dedicated group of core gamers, that aren’t being catered to on the Wii U. And Nintendo wants to change that.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Aug 2014

I may be a completely rubbish driver in the real world, but when it comes to video games, I’m even more dangerous and unskilled…Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Anyway, if I’m going to be crashing constantly in a racing game, you can be damn well sure that I’ll want to do so with a vehicle that comes with a price tag that makes the Nkandla not-a-compound look like small change in comparison. And Forza Horizon 2 has plenty of those cars available.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Aug 2014

Geoff strode into my office, dressed in his Sunday best and enjoying a glass of 9AM Vodka Daniels. “I got a job for you,” he shouted, clearly hoping that by raising his voice he would frighten out any leftover interns who had escaped our previous purges. “We got some new hardware in, and I want you to review the Asus G750J laptop”. “But Geoff,” I started blubbering, “I can’t do it. You know I can’t do hardware. Not after the war. Not after what happened at…Macho Grande”.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Aug 2014

I’ve got a massive amount of love for the guys over at Ninja Theory. Their games aren’t just solid action experiences, but titles filled with all kinds of heart, attitude and style. I still think Enslaved: Journey To The West is an underrated classic, while they absolutely nailed the Devil May Cry formula in their reboot of that iconic franchise. So I’m pretty damn excited for Hellblade.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Aug 2014

When adventure games took off in the early 1990s, they were cartoonish, fanicful flights of light-hearted adventure. Not that there was anything bad with that, but those games weren’t exactly stretching the medium to create adventures with a more mature nature. And then along came Gabriel Knight. It wasn’t just your average point ‘n click game. This was an adult take on the genre, with a mystery to solve, memorable characters who felt disturbingly real and a New Orleans style dripping with voodoo culture.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Aug 2014

Because nobody asked for it! If there’s one game that fans have been asking for, it’s a proper console version of Pokémon, bringing open world catch ‘em all gameplay to a larger screen. That ain’t happening. Instead, you’re going to get a chance to properly battle with your Pokémon in Pokkén Tournament.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Aug 2014

There might be a lesson to be learned in waiting for a game to enjoy some shelf-life before buying it. Hell, even Blizzard isn’t immune to releasing a game that has several bugs lurking inside of it, as day one adopters of Diablo 3 can tell you. Still, the game is much, much better now than the original Error 37-infused mess that launched in 2012. And tomorrow’s latest patch will add more content to that action-RPG.