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'll be frank with you - I think Nvidia really killed it last year. Right now I still consider the GTX 970 to be the best card on the market, balancing performance and value almost perfect while giving AMD nightmares at night. But even the smaller Maxwell card is still above the mid-range market, and Nvidia didn't really have anything to offer in that regard last year. They aren't, however, wasting time in 2015. Say hello to the GTX 960.
Read my lips: No new taxes! Jobs for all! Free education! More babies kissed! Politics is a hell of a job, and usually best left to the parasitic members of society. It’s a career that requires blind support, a lack of facts and a keen eye for burying the truth. And in Citizens Of Earth, you’ll be using all of your filibustering power to help save the day.
Don’t let anyone tell you that The Sims 4 isn’t a solid game. It’s got a great new selection of gameplay features, characters and ideas bubbling under the hood of that Playing-God-Simulator that makes it not only accessible to newcomers, but a fresh experience for veteran fans as well. What the game didn’t have on launch however, was a ton of content. Over the last couple of months however, The Sims 4 has added new features, making the game more substantial. With the Outdoor Retreat “game pack” however, the game goes into expansion territory as it tries to offer plenty of bang for your camping buck.
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.
A keyboard is arguably the most important piece of input hardware on a PC. Ever tried conveying an important email or essay with a mouse? Of course you haven’t! For gamers, a keyboard goes beyond being a simple literary production device. We need something that is sturdy, comfortable, and has a reliable WASD setup (or QWER for in my case… obviously). Cue the COUGAR 700K, a solid keyboard that seems to hit all the right spots.
Lara Croft is an icon of video games. Her empowered, tough and adventurous spirit is fun for everyone. With increasing production value and improved gameplay, Lara Croft games are also getting critical acclaim and love. Unfortunately, this is not one of those titles.
The market of custom controllers is niche, to say the least. It’s often a mixed bag of gimmicks and cheap tricks to try and make controllers stick out from the close-to-perfect vanilla flavours that come with the console in question. Needless to say, they’re expensive toys, and often not much else. But sometimes professional gamers demand a certain amount of control over their games of choice, and that’s where names like Scuf have really marked out their territory.
A short while back the most famous person on the planet who appears to have no use, Kim Kardashian, released a mobile game about getting famous in Hollywood. We made our intern review it and laughed and laughed at his attempt to enjoy it. You can check out his review here. Well we all stopped laughing when we heard that the game was going to rake in around $200 million in the first year.
I'm not going to mince words, nor subject you to a lengthy anecdote about road-trips with my grandparents. Let's just cut to the chase; is the Crew worthy of your Christmas stockings? Is it the game that will help you overcome the New Year after-party hangover? Is this Ubisoft's finest racer to date? "Sadly... no!"
It's that time of year again, when the jolly red fat man breaks into our houses, steals our whiskey and eats all the cookies. Yes, Uncle Fester's drunken cousin is coming to visit which means we also need to brave the shops and find something for the ankle biters in our family. Obviously Activision would like that something to be this year's version of Skylanders, but do we really need yet another version of the game?
Sony has released two flagship phones this year. First they showed off the Sony Xperia Z2, a fantastic phone that I reviewed earlier this year. Now the Xperia Z3 is available and promising to be even better. Can it live up to expectations?
As a PC gamer, my most important piece of hardware is undoubtedly my mouse. For me, a good click device has to be accurate, durable, and of course, comfortable. At first glance, the Cougar 700M looks anything but that, almost alien – awkward to hold and flimsy, which, hardware, aside, would translate into horrendous accuracy. Also, it looks like it could turn into Optimus Prime at any second. Sadly, it doesn’t tick any boxes for being an undercover Transformer. As a gaming mouse though? It ticks everything twice.
I am sort of terrible at Dead Run. Somehow, I think that's part of the point. It's not a game that's built to be easy, and even with practice you can still have an abysmal round, but I still can't stop playing it.
Another year, another leap over the top rope and into the ring with a new WWE game. But this year is supposed to be different. The teething period is over, and with long-time developer Yukes now partnered properly with 2K Games, the WWE franchise has a chance to shine again as it marries legacy with new-gen. And much like the actual TV show product, it’s a complete mess, a stale product that has no idea how to innovate and taps out before it can even reach the main event.