Game Tag

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Mar 2015

Out of all the post-apocalyptic scenarios to find yourself stuck in, the world of Mad Max may just be the worst. Frequent road wars, warlords exacting their literal pound of flesh from frightened scavengers and an environment built out of nightmare fuel. Sort of like Port Elizabeth on a Tuesday, but not that bad. Still, a wasteland without characters would be a dull wasteland. And the world of Mad Max has some interesting characters to meet.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 24 Mar 2015

It may not have been a perfect game, but Alien: Isolation got so, so much right in the end. It was gripping, tense and challenging as players had to navigate their way through derelict spaceships and stations with a Xenomorph creature that was constantly stalking them. That’s the kind of game which relies more than ever on solid concept art to help it realise a certain vision of nightmare fuel. Fortunately, Alien: Isolation had all that, and plenty more.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 24 Feb 2015

Oh man. I gotta go. I really, really got to go. But first, I need to type this post about going. The meta is getting to me man. The turtle is poking his head out. The groundhog is looking for his shadow. EUPHEMISMS! DAMMIT!

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 16 Feb 2015

I have way too much love for Tron. I think it’s one of the most visually important franchises ever made, a neon wonderland in its 2.0 infancy that is populated by digital citizens who fling their entire egos around quite literally thanks to those fancy discs on their backs. And it looks like the franchise is ripe for a new game.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Jan 2015

When it comes to heavyweight combos, the Justice League will always be the prime group in the room to any other super team around. You’ve got the last son of Krypton, the world’s greatest detective, an Amazonian powerhouse and even more big guns in one super-sized combo meal of justice. Justice League is also a funny way of spelling “You’re f***ed” to any interplanetary threat, but that’s life. We’ve seen the Justice League in several video games before. But long before there was Injustice for all, there was meant to be another game starring the capes and tights brigade. Only that got cancelled.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 13 Jan 2015

Ah, the arcade. A technicolour wonderland that smells vaguely of vomit and is the perfect place to dump unwanted children while you head to the casino. There are all manner of games available usually, such as a dusty old Metal Slug cabinet or a stand-up light-gun shooter that has most likely seen better days. But stand aside kids, because you’ll be pumping in plenty of coins when Flappy Bird flaps into town.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 31 Jul 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good fright. Not since I accidentally walked into a showing of Mamma Mia, have I been properly horrified, and by all accounts, I’m going to need to wear my brown pants when I play The Evil Within. It’s a spooky-looking game, with new-gen barbwire physics confirmed. What it doesn’t have confirmed however, is an alternate cover option. The time for voting, is now!

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 08 Jul 2014

In theory, pre-ordering a game should bestow on a player various bonuses for placing their faith in a developer at an early stage, while shaving a few bucks off the release price. In practice however, it usually results in merely some exclusive cosmetic content and buggerall else. That’s the approach that most games take these days. But what US gaming franchise GameStop has in mind just sounds completely wrong.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Jun 2014

RUN! It’s a new Godzilla game! And this time, Bandai Namco has the license so we can now totally run away in terror as this will be a fully approved Godzilla game so we don’t have to fear reprisals from Toho and Warner Bros about infringing on their trademark! Run away!

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 26 Jun 2014

Earth.Water.Fire.Air. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and fight a ridiculously over the top monster battle as I hypothesise what can possibly happen when the studio behind Bayonetta and Vanquish give their own spin on that popular franchise.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 13 May 2014

So how’s that gaming backlog of yours looking? Did you finally clear some space? Yeah, it’s nice to be able to look at a cleared selection of games when all of a sudden another gaming sale hits you IN YO FA-ACE! Good Old Games is here to spring that surprise on you, but you’re going to have to stay awake to do so.

Posted by Darryn Bonthuys - 09 Apr 2014

According to science, about roughly 87% of all Star Wars games have featured the sister-kissing hero of the Rebel Alliance, Luke Skywalker, in the lead role. That’s not bad, but there happen to be plenty of other characters who deserved a shot at having their own game. Like Darth Maul, who had a title in development that was tragically vivisected.

Posted by Stephen Snook - 08 Apr 2014

You may have heard about Sonic Boom being made by third party studio ‘Big Red button’. But did you know that the original Sonic team at Sega is working on a Sonic game?