Alien: Isolation, despite the fact that it goes on for entirely too long, is one of my favourite game experiences from last year. Tense, frightening and deeply atmospheric, its slow-paced, gut-wrenching gameplay was the complete antithesis to the last one; Gearbox’s awful Colonial Marines.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Sony PlayStation Network – along with Microsoft Xbox Live – suffered from a series of outages; the result of some script kiddies and their DDoS attacks. Sony’s trying to make good on that; it’ll be adding 5 days of PS Plus to every valid subscription, and is now offering a 10% discount on its digital stores.
I was not as enamoured with Saint’s Row IV as I’d hoped to be. It seems like developer Volition saw that people loved the silly, crazy stuff in 3, and turned that all the way up to 11. Though it certainly evoked an appreciated nostalgic memory of Crackdown, its super powers all came on too early; the game never really like there was much organic progression. It’s now got a standalone expansion, Gat out of Hell, that turns the proverbial dial right up to 666. Is it any good? Here’s what critics have to say.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a better game than the last one – but its had a few online issues that have prevented many players from enjoying the game as they should. Upon launch, specifically, the servers weren’t quite functional, and the host lag compensation algorithms made the game a frustrating experience for many. The game’s been better since – but it still has more than a few match-making issues. Sledgehammer’s reiterated how the game’s matchmaking works.
It's been happening for a while locally but the practice of adding a premium on to the price tags of top-tier games is now spreading and while it hasn't yet hit the American or European market in force is it really such a bad thing?
For all that Far Cry 4 did wrong, it did much more right – and is one of my favourite games from 2014. Any game that allows you to kill an in-flight eagle with an exploding bear is a winner. That’s the sort of thing that allows me to overlook some of the silly design decisions. The game’s kicked off its round of extra, paid for downloadable content – and it’s forced me to take off those blinkers. Far Cry 4’s Escape from Durgesh Prison is an exercise in how not to do DLC.
Dark Souls II is coming to PS4 and Xbox One soon. As a result, it's getting some cool new things. However, this doesn't mean those who played it on older consoles will lose out - they're getting the update for free.
2014 was, for many, a disappointing year in games. Half of everything that was released was launched broken, while everything else was saddled with micro-transactions and in-app purchases. That sort of nonsense hasn’t stopped people from still buying games though. Here’s a look at which games were the best-selling ones last year.
Man, I was following Abe before it was cool! If you were growing up in the 1990s and happened to have a Pentium II 400MHZ PC with a Voodoo graphics accelerator card, then chances are high that you’ll remember playing Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee in 1997. A remake has been on the cards for quite a while now, that see’s the meek potential meat product re-imagined in glorious new visuals. And now Abe finally has a date on non-PS4 platforms.
It’s a fool’s errand, really, trying to get heavy, cloud-based services working from South Africa. Out internet infrastructure is, in general, too poor. Many of the PlayStation 4’s premier features – like live Twitch streaming and Share Play won’t work here because of our underdeveloped internet infrastructure. PlayStation Now has launched in the US. Though there’s no word on when we might see the service launch in Europe or here in Africa, I thought I’d try it and see if it worked, and if it did – how well.
Earlier yesterday morning I spotted a tweet (apologies, I seem to have lost it) that was asking the question as to why AAA games like Far Cry 4 and the like are still being sold at a premium on the older platforms.
Suikoden was one of my favorite franchises. Unfortunately, many people in the West have no idea what I'm talking about. Well, that used to be the case - with Konami's game getting a release on the PSN, it's getting a new life, and hopefully a revival.
I actually like the Dead or Alive games. They’re a surprisingly deep set of fighting games with a nice emphasis on counterattacking – and the perfect example of the easy-to-play, hard-to-master ethos that makes fighting games fun. It’s a pity that Team Ninja’s forgotten this…or at least fail to capitalise on it, instead choosing to use overt, blatant sexuality instead. Team Ninja’s announced a brand new character for its latest iteration of Dead or Alive 5 – and surprise surprise, it’s a teenage girl with large breasts.