Author: Darryn Bonthuys

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 30 Oct 2014

One of the biggest games of 2015 won’t be developed by a studio with employees that number in the hundreds. It’ll be one smaller-scale developer with big ambitions and dreams, in the form of Hello Games and No Man’s Sky. That’s a space flight game that has me excited. Not just for the sheer scope that it represents, but also for the chance to actually explore and find something new to do. It could be a game so massive, that you might never ever meet another player, something that even Hello Games is uncertain of.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 30 Oct 2014

The beauty of the latest console generation is that we’re now at a point where we can pre-load games in anticipation of new releases, saving everyone from the hassle of having to buy and then wait on launch day. That’s a neat idea, and one that will make the adoption of digital purchases that much simpler and convenient. If it works that is.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 30 Oct 2014

And the Nvidia/AMD war continues! PC will always have the best potential for video game visuals, depending on how deep your pockets are. And depending on your brand loyalty (DOWN WITH THAT GRAPHICS CARD COMPANY!), you could be in for an optimised experience. With Assassin’s Creed Unity, expect to eat the very best of digital cake, according to Nvidia at least.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Oct 2014

I’ve always maintained the idea that horror games will always be scarier than horror films. One reason, comes from the fact that the fright-fest isn’t over after 90 minutes, and you’re actively controlling the dip into terror. Another reason comes in the form of the antagonists themselves, as games are always throwing heavier and scarier obstacles at your face, usually attached to a chainsaw. Here’re ten such abominations that will have you experiencing a warm and liquid manifestation in your pants.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Oct 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but my year is pretty much winding down. When it comes to events, I usually look forward to Q4 game releases, my annual rAge cosplay and preparing for the year ahead. Of course, I’m an old ma with the alcohol tolerance level of a foetus, because when my year peaks it merely begins for other cosplayers. Such as those guys and gals who hit the streets for New York Comic Con.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Oct 2014

Elpis. A barren and dangerous moon orbiting the alien planet of Pandora. Majestic, scarred and teeming with life, I stood on a cliff and surveyed an outback frontier where bullets were cheap and life less so. I gazed at a herd of majestic Kragons, beasts that were content to wander aimlessly on the plains of Elpis. And then I butt-stomped the f*** out of those rock-skinned monstrosities.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Oct 2014

I’M AFRAID I’VE GOT SOME BAAAAAAAAAD NEWS FOR YOU! WWE 2K15 is promising to revitalise the sports entertainment genre with rivalries, updated rosters and visuals that you can most definitely see. Provided that you’re getting a current-gen version that is. But if you’re stuck with an older console (A running theme today it seems), then you might be in for a WWE game that’s about to lay some Sweet Chin Music on your moderate expectations.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 29 Oct 2014

We’re in a transitional phase right now when it comes to old consoles. What’s new is current-gen and what was current-gen is now rickety and about attractive as getting a gummy kiss from your great grandmother in that dodgy old age home. We’re seeing fewer and fewer games announced for older consoles, with 2015 most likely the death knell for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. And don’t expect Dying Light to rise from the dead on those platforms either, as those versions have been canned.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Oct 2014

Much like the summer tentpole movies of the film industry or Q4 in gaming, comics also have a blockbuster up their sleeves with annual event comics. From Infinite Crisis to Age Of Ultron, these events have been built up over years before exploding with a limited series and a bazillion tie-in comics. You can trace all of this back to 1984 and Secret Wars, the first such event comic. And now, Marvel is rebooting that series. Along with a few more as well for good measure.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Oct 2014

It’s official: We love Sunset Overdrive. Despite some flaws here and there, the game is just loads of fun, and ridiculously baysplosioney in Chaos Squads runs. Part of the charm comes from the fact that the game never takes itself too seriously, breaking the fourth wall in a manner that would make Deadpool himself jealous. And one of those references even include a nod to the biggest gaming forum on the planet, NeoGAF.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Oct 2014

We’re all going to die. That’s the general feeling right now with the Ebola scare, a sensation that was amplified when FOX News and CNN reporters bombarded my home with reporters when they discovered that I had a suspicious case of the trots and upchucks yesterday,only to find out the culprit was Ivy Bowler brand 2 minute noodles. It’s been terrifying for the world so far. But it’s been good business for cult hit game Plague Inc., which has seen sales soar as of late.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 28 Oct 2014

Sex sells. It’s an old adage that has proven remarkably effective over the years, and an idea that has been adopted by advertising firms, TV shows, movies and the new digital age of game-streaming. After all, who needs to be factually relevant or entertaining when a pretty face and some flesh can help hide a pointless and irrelevant online ego? And no, I’m not jealous of the fact that I’m devoid of either looks or charm. Moving on, Twitch is cracking down on topless streamers so put your damn shirt back on.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 27 Oct 2014

So Ocsober is almost over. No one cares though, as in more depressing news Scotchtober is almost over. I feel bad for anyone who has been celebrating by engaging in such Scotchtober rituals such as getting hammered,smashed,bombed or plastered. But don’t worry guys! Only another year to go!