SEGA was once one the biggest console hardware purveyors on the planet. In the 16-bit era, it very nearly dethroned Nintendo and its Super NES to claim the console crown. Since then though the company’s abandoned its console hardware – and it’s starting to look like the once prolific company may abandon consoles entirely.
It all started with a bit of mocking derision. Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw whimsically made fun of the elitist attitude PC gamers held, calling them the glorious PC Master Race. Seven years ago, that Nazi analogy, used ironically, picked up momentum – and somehow, PC gamers started calling themselves that. And it’s become ingrained in the “core” gaming culture.
We’ve had a bit of an office bet going. Well, Darryn and I have. After yesterday’s Mortal Kombat teaser, I put money down that the next fighter to be revealed by NetherRealm in their annoying, trickle-down manner would be the TK with the PK, Ermac. Darryn was convinced that it was the oily-smoke machine, Noob Saibot. He was wrong, and I am right – and now I’m revelling in cash.
Games are hard. Okay, they’re not really anymore. Most of them either hold your hand or include glitches and exploits to make the game easier. Dying Light, truth be told, has one built in; the secret EXPCalibur sword is one heck of an overpowered weapon. If that sword doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s a pretty simple item duplication exploit – which you can use to get yourself infinite money.
No, this is not the Oculus Rift porn game you’ve been waiting for. Last year, we briefly – so very briefly – heard about a new first-person shooter game coming from Bjorn Borg. Yes, that one – the guy you known from that sport that involves hitting fuzzy green balls with Tennis bats or something. I forget what it’s called. Anyway, his eponymous fashion label has, together with developer Isbit games, made a first person shooter game that focuses on love and yes, fashion, instead of death, violence and hatred.
Hearthstone has been a roaring success for Blizzard, which only multiplied tenfold when the game finally reach iOS and Android last year. It's the perfect game to play when you should really be doing some studies, or work, or basically anything productive. It's digital crack, but it's still undermined by some incredibly unbalanced cards. The most unbalanced one though is getting a major nerf.
Nvidia’s GTX 970 is still the best-performing video card you can get for your money. The insane price-to-performance ratio on the thing means you get the highest frame-rates and best visuals for your buck. But there’s also a problem. NVidia somewhat misrepresented their card.
Lucas Arts’ Grim Fandango is one of the most fondly remembered adventure games ever released. Coming at the end of the point-and-click era, many consider it the pinnacle, the culmination of Tim Schafer and the rest of Lucas Arts’ adventure game-creating prowess. There’s no point really arguing that; it’s fact. Along with the likes of Day of the Tentacle and The Secret of Monkey Island, it’s one of those games that’s endured in the hearts of those who’ve played it.
I’m busy playing through the remaster (of the remake) of Resident Evil. As much as I’m enjoying it, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s got a strange, modern control scheme that’s rather discordant with the feel of the game to go along with its shiny, polished, and high definition veneer. That’s not the problem though – you can easily switch to the original, lumbering tank-like controls and play the game with rose-tinted glasses. Still, something is off – and I’ve realised that it’s the voice acting.
Microsoft unveiled a pretty nifty piece of hardware last week, dubbed the Hololens. More augmented reality than virtual reality, it’s essentially a far more powerful version of Google Glass. It’s meant to help add something extra to your life, with the demo reel promising all kinds of features that look too good to be true. But it’s still a solid idea, and one that could help add some extra value to games.
League of Legends has been branching out into cool content creation. Not content with normal champion spotlights and patch rundowns, they have released some real winning videos, including teaser trailers and cool music videos. This latest one is incredibly well done, but you may need some tissues.
The newest character announced for the ever-expanding Mortal Combat X roster is none other than your favourite fighting reptile well…um, Reptile. Back to being more reptilian than human, Mortal Kombat X’s Reptile is a scaly dude – with some of his favourite moves returning.
World of Warcraft is a testament to good game design. An MMO that has players addicted, and one that has managed to stand tall over all competitors throughout its decade long existence. Blizzard has so carefully designed every element of the game to make it act like digital cocaine. So what's the next big feature I hear you asking? Well, selfies of course.