Video game piracy. It’s one of the oldest and ugliest parts of the industry that just never seems to go away. No matter how advanced the hardware and the software that runs it, you can bet that sooner or later such machines and games will be hacked, allowing the scurvier side of the industry to get away with blatant theft. But with the current generation of gaming, that has yet to happen.
A video that leaked out yesterday, before being summarily pulled by Sony, showed what games our friends in the US would be getting as part of their PlayStation Plus Subscriptions next month. It’ll very likely mirror the games we in European territories will be getting. Here’s a quick look at November’s PlayStation Plus games. Those hoping for AAA should steel yourselves for disappointment. Again.
We’re entering that time of year where all the biggest and blockbusteriest games are on their way. While money doesn’t always guarantee success, it certainly does help and you’ll most likely be hard-pressed to find a game that actually gets downright slammed by all the critics. That doesn’t mean that 2014 hasn’t had some bad games so far. Hell, it’s had some of the very worst games ever released actually. Here’s a look at the games that smelt like Batman Forever.
We’re in a new current-gen. This is the time of the year that I’m officially declaring new-gen and next-gen to be obsolete words, after the adoption of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We’re in a generation of gaming that is promising more power, more social interactions and less shiny horse armour DLC. But to get there, some of us had to let go of the past. How easy was it for you?
Star Wars games in the past pretty much had the opportunity to craft whatever story they wanted to. It’s how we got gems like Jedi Outcast, The Force Unleashed and Dark Forces. It’s an approach that is also responsible for turkeys such as Force Commander, Masters of Teras Kasi and that horrid Obi-Wan game. Expect this expanded universe approach to be jettisoned however, as all future Star Wars games tie directly into the official canon.
Steam is essentially the godfather of digital games distribution. It’s massive, bursting at the seams with money and just about everybody wants to copy the platform. It’s also home to just about all of the major publishers, with any game that you can think of being available. And now, Disney has finally joined the family, making Steam the happiest place on Earth.
I’m not the biggest fan of museums. Sure, they can be interesting, but I can only handle looking at so many ancient relics before my brain decides to be well and truly bored. What easily fascinates me though is gaming (obviously), and its history. The nice thing about it is that it has changed so much over the past few decades, and for many of us, we have been a part of it to some extent and seen how things have changed and evolved. How cool would it be to visit a museum which details and showcases all the gaming artifacts from yesteryear?
Retail therapy is a very real thing. When you’re sad or miserable, going out and buying stuff can make you happier – and no, not only if you’re female. Unfortunately, that little bit of happiness is short lived, and often replaced with buyer’s remorse and even more sadness. Research, however, now suggests that buying video games can actually make you happier.
The cloud is the future, as everybody involved in the cloud keeps reminding us. One day, we’ll be consuming our games in much the same we do with our media; by streaming it off of the internet. Despite things like OnLive and PlayStation Now, that future isn’t here yet thanks, largely, to one particular problem; lag. Microsoft’s researches feel they’re on the cusp of overcoming the problem.
By Llewellyn Crossley I realised the other day, with a great amount of shock, that I was bored with my games. All of them. Usually I’d just weather the storm until the next awesome title releases, play it and be back on track and happy with my hobby that is gaming. This time however something seems different and it worries me.
I’m not sure if any of you were tempted enough to watch that 35 minute-long Witcher 3 gameplay video – but there’s one thing that stands out over everything else; how incredible the game’s music is. When Geralt enters a battle, the music builds to a crescendo, amplifying and heightening the experience.
It’s that time of the year again. Yes, it’s time for Europe’s version of E3. I rather prefer Gamescom for a number of reasons; there’s a lot more beer, Cologne is a heck of a lot nicer than L.A, and the whole thing is open to the public; meaning that the press gets to have its own section, away from the swatches of crowds. The other thing about Gamescom is that it’s really, really massive. Instead of two halls full of stuff, you’ve got 10 the size of airplane hangars – which means more actual games to see and play.
With Evolve joining a growing list of games who are now making 2015 the new 2014, you might be forgiven for thinking that October is now going to be an easier month for choosing games. You’d also be completely wrong, because October is still absolutely crazy with new releases.
Whether it be poor word of mouth, a bad advertising campaign or general apathy, there are a ton of great games which get lost in the second-hand shelves of time. Games that should have been more prolific, titles that should have had sequels rushed into development by now. We’ve gone throughthroigh several shelves at a dodgy Cash Crusaders uncovering such games over the weekend. Here are five games that got a raw deal.