I truly, freakin’ love gaming laptops. Yes, they are massively expensive. Yes, they will be outclassed by PC hardware within a year. And yes, you can build something more powerful for half the price. But gaming laptops are essentially the supercars of PC gaming hardware, wholly unnecessary but unbelievably cool to gawk at. And the latest offering from MSI has my mouth watering. Because the Titan most certainly looks like it can talk the talk and click the clack.
If you’ve been griping about the current lack of bigger budget games on PlayStation Plus for a while now, I can’t say that I blame you. While the monthly indie games are treasures that do deserve more eyes and hands on them, as a consumer you’re wanting something that really justifies your purchase of a membership. DriveClub was supposed to be that game that would help sell itself and PS Plus. But it’s been delayed until further notice.
Every generation of gaming has that one title that has been stuck in development hell for far, far too long. Games such as Duke Nukem Forever, Daikatana and Team Fortress 2 for a few examples. One other game that was seemingly going nowhere? Prey 2, a sequel to the cult classic topsy-turvy Human Head developed shooter. Details on that game have been rarer than hen’s teeth. But the latest info is overwhelmingly clear: The game is dead.
There are a lot of comic book movies on the way. It is essentially hell for anyone with a spandex allergy, but a new golden age for people such as me to see various heroes get the big screen treatment. Marvel recently announced a massive line-up for all their Phase 3 films, that will all pave the way for a two-part Avengers movie. That means entertainment. That also means that some comic books are going to see their value soar through the roof.
Say what you like about Nintendo, but they may be home to some of the hardest workers on the planet, an ethos that extends to the upper echelons of its management. Take for instance, head banana Satoru Iwata. The Nintendo chief executive had to excuse himself a short while ago in order to have some necessary surgery to remove a bile duct tumour. Surgery which he apologised for, as he felt bad about it making him unavailable to Nintendo and its consumers. But he’s feeling much better!
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.
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.
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.
With a 3D printer! Welcome, to the world of tomorrrroooooooow!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.