We all know how it plays out. In five titles Kratos has killed gods, titans, the Fates, his peers, innocents and his own family. He is the ultimate warrior, showing no mercy, weakness or compassion. He is rage incarnate, snuffing out the life of everything around him. But under all that rage, all that shouting and unbridled destruction, there is a man. A human.
I’m probably in the minority, but I actually liked Crysis 2. It didn’t offer the sandbox freedom that the first game provided, but it was an entertaining battle through smaller, tighter and decidedly more linear levels. With Crysis 3, Crytek have sought to find a modicum of balance between the two philosophies – and they’ve largely succeeded.
Just before quitting time last night Microsoft released a brand new Gears of War: Judgement multiplayer trailer which blew me away. Here is the breakdown of everything we saw in the trailer and what we are most looking forward to.
Hey, remember when we teased that something big was going to be hitting the esports scene soon? We weren’t joking. RTS fans, brace yourself. The best of the best are coming down for a Heart of the Swarm gathering, an event that will see some furious competition and big names battle it out for prizes, glory and bragging rights!
There’s probably never been a movie licence more perfectly suited to being made into a videogame than Aliens. It features great characters, a kick-ass arsenal of sci-fi weapons and some of the scariest, most phallic enemies in H.R Giger’s nightmarish Xenomorphs. It’s influence is felt in almost all modern first person shooters; games like Halo probably wouldn’t exist were it not for Aliens. With a competent studio like Gearbox on board, and the blessing of 20th Century Fox to make a canonical game, we were expecting something that would help us relive our glorious memories of Aliens vs. Predator. How then, did it go so very wrong?
Earlier this year EA Games opened up application for their closed SimCity beta and like the fans we are we applied for this access. Unfortunately not only did we not get chosen but we also weren’t invited to the media previews that the rest of the world appeared to get.
It was a hot Jozi day when Geoff called me into his office, as he sat there sweating away in his leather chair, slowly fusing to it. “Brenda”, he said while I slowly gritted my teeth hard enough to crack some fillings, “I’ve got a game for you to review. In fact, you’re the only sub-humanoid on the team I can trust with this. Are you bronie enough for a freemium game by the name of…My Little Pony?" I looked Geoff straight in the nipples, and replied with a steely “You know I am”, before I proceeded to take a hard swig of tea with only two spoons of sugar in it from my She-Ra: Princess of power mug. “You damn well know I am, Geofferoo”. What followed next, was the darkest couple of hours of my life.
We’ve had a unprecedentedly long console generation this time around; it’s been over 7 years since the release of the Xbox 360, and 6 since Sony’s PlayStation 3. The games expected in 2013, like The Last of Us and err…umm…. Oh! Gears of War Judgement show that both systems still have a bit of juice left in them, but if we’re going to be honest, we have to admit that they’re growing a little long-in-the-tooth and it’s time for some shiny new hardware. It’s almost a dead cert that we’ll be seeing new hardware this year, even though it might not see general release until 2014. With that in mind, here’s what we’d like to see from the PlayStation 4.
Multiplayers are dominated by shooters, whether it’s on console or PC. But what makes a great multiplayer? Everything: from latency to good map layouts, potential for league play or pure addiction. This year, we’ve seen some top notch multiplayers release, the best of them being…
It would be easy to believe that New Super Mario Bros U. is a simple cash-in; something to give the masses of early Wii U adopters as some sort of peace offering until a real Mario game arrives for the new system. Even its name is a bit of an insult; as the fourth game to fall under the “New Super Mario Bros.” calling it “new” is an affront. A nostalgic stab in the face, it’s not quite as ground-breaking as something like Super Mario Galaxy, but dismissing it would be a grace offense – because it’s the best damned 2D Mario since the 16-bit era’s Super Mario World. In fact, I think it might even be better.
When Nintendo released the Wii, they targeted the thing at people who hadn’t really played games before, nearly cornering that casual games market that hadn’t really existed. The unfortunate thing for them is that in doing so, they pushed away the “core” gamers that helped them become the behemoth they are. With their new console, the Wii U, they seem to be making a bold attempt at recapturing that segment, while at the same time trying to maintain that mass-market momentum.
The biggest worry for most long-time Tomb Raider fans is whether or not the re-imagined Lara Croft captures the essence of what made the character so iconic in the first place – or if perhaps her rebirth is too much of a departure. We chatted to the game’s creative director, Noah Hughes, to put those fears to rest – and chat a little more about the gritty origin story.
Crystal Dynamics’ new Tomb Raider reboot is unlike any other Tomb Raider game I have played before. I’m not sure if this is the Tomb Raider that people will be expecting but I am sure that this fresh, new approach to the franchise is one that is well overdue. If you are one of those gamers who isn’t a fan of change, best you start mentally preparing yourself now!
Far Cry 3 is everything and nothing you expect it to be. Teased with memories of ecstasy, the game instantly catapults you into distilled fear and anxiety. There’s nothing quite like the abrupt murder of your brother right in front of your eyes to initiate the transmogrification of your very being.