Both Sony’s PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection and Microsoft’s Games for Gold offer free games to users as a reward of sorts for paying the monthly subscription. And each of them wavers. PlayStation’s Plus’ IGC started off strong, offering - at the time – new games like Hitman Absolution. Since then, we’ve seen the quality of games plummet until last year, when we got retail games like Injustice and the rather good Infamous: First Light. The expectation was that this year, Microsoft’s Games with Gold would up its proverbial game. It hasn’t.
The holiday season is still prime shopping time, which means that it's peak sales time for consoles. The PS4 managed an impressive 4.1 million units sold to consumers in that period, and Xbox has a higher number - but they're continuing to obfuscate the facts.
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.
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.
I hope you guys had a great Christmas. With even better gifts, unlike me. Honestly, who gives out socks. Hot damn, I hate socks so much. Over in the US of A, the Xbox One strategy of cutting the price of the console had a surprisingly effective result, as the latest sales results paint a rosy picture for the massive black box.
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.
The sun continues to shine, water remains, for the most part, wet – and Call of Duty’s player-base continues to be milked supported by DLC. The next bit of extra, paid-for content coming to Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Beyond a few new maps and a weapon, it’ll also add something Treyarch’s Call of Duty games have been known for: Zombies.