Did you ever own the original Xbox console? The gaming platform that was at one point going to be a gigantic X? If you did, then chances are that you also owned Fable, the first game in the over-promise trilogy from Peter Molyneux. And it looks like that decade-old game is getting an HD re-release.
It’s not been a good time for Resident Evil fans. Though Resident Evil 5 was a fun co-operative game it just didn’t feel like Resident Evil; dispensing with the scares, the limited ammunition and the puzzles. Resident Evil Revelations on the 3DS was a more true-to-form Resident Evil game, bringing back much of the classic gameplay, while still providing the action that new fans of the series craved. It’s now heading to just about every other platform in a new, high-definition port – but is it really worth playing?
Capcom’s actually done a pretty good job of re-releasing its old fighting games. Sure, you could easily accuse them of milking the fighting game resurrection to death, but they’ve actually put some decent effort in to them. Super Street Fighter 2 got a whole new HD makeover, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike got online play and more recent collections like Marvel Origins and the frankly excellent Darkstalkers Resurrection add new modes and features to old games. If you were hoping (as I’ve been) for a Street Fighter Alpha collection, I’m afraid it’s probably just not happening.
I miss Final Fantasy. I’m not trying to sound like a fanboy here, but the latest attempts have felt like hollow shells of the original, wrapped up in some purdy visuals. The last Final Fantasy that really tugged at my heart-strings was X, and much like any other decent game from an older era, it’s making the transition to widescreen.
Life is like a hurricane, here in, Duckberg! Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a…Duck blur! This song might now be trapped in your head, and you all probably now want me dead! But c’mon, it’s Duck Tales, a whoo hoo!
You think you tough enough to hang with the Lazygamer Massive, huh? Man, until you can get yourself some fly threads and past the Grandmaster stage in the original 1989 Strider game, you ain’t dope enough to with us! And it looks like you’ll be getting just such a chance soon, as Strider Hiryu might be on the remake rebound.
I get it. Not everyone is enamoured with the latest entry in the Hitman franchise. Gamers who grew up with Agent 47, haven’t exactly been bowled over by Hitman: Absolution, despite being a much needed new entry in the franchise that I loved. So what’s a jaded player supposed to do? Why go the nostalgia route of course! In HD!
Resident Evil 6 launches next week, and it’s taking the undead mayhem to a global scale. It’s hard to believe it, but the franchise has been around for quite a few years now, starting out as a PS One horror game that your parents were warned not to buy you, and evolving into the more action-packed spectacle that it is today. Out of all the games produced, many fans still consider the second Resident Evil to be the game that stays closest to the core concept of the franchise, and wouldn’t mind seeing a HD re-release of it. And Capcom might be up for that idea.
Did you know that the pants industry is in love with gaming lately? That’s all thanks to Slender: The Eight Pages, a horror game of note that has seen pants sales rise a whopping 300%, while rubbish dumps have reported a massive increase in soiled jeans being dumped there. It’s not the prettiest game out there though, but it soon will be, as a full-fledged remake is underway to give the suspense a little touch of HD.
It’s no secret that we love us some Trials Evolution over here. It’s mental, painful fun that will leave a controller or two embedded in your TV screen, and yet, we always come back crawling to it once we finally nail that crucial jump. Xbox owners have been engaging in this digital masochistic behaviour for a while now, and finally, the game is headed to PC.
Thousands of years ago in the far-off past of 2002 (by gaming standards) , there was a more cheerful and optimistic age. Military shooters, while popular, weren’t yet a dominant force. No, the money was in colourful platforming games, a genre which eventually collapsed under its own weight. And one of the few survivors from that era, was a certain mechanic and his plucky robot sidekick.
But have the years been kind to them?
With the EVO 2012 fighting tournament just around the corner, what better time to get stuck into fighting games than right now? We’ve seen a slew of new releases this year, from soulful blades, ninjas and crossovers, but the schedule has seen a large lack of blond martial artists in screaming matches so far.
Woops, I spoke too soon! Goku and friends are returning, and we’re not only talking about that Kinect game either.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re most likely a fan of smaller games that are available through digital distribution.Innovative, risk-taking titles, games with a sense of nostalgia and an eye towards the future.
And then you get Trials Evolution, which manages to inflict absurd levels of pain on its consumers, while keeping them more addicted than an entire crack-house worth of drug-abusers. I’ve been playing that game lately, and I believe that it may just be the greatest sequel ever made.
If you had to rewind the clocks around ten years or so, and have a look at what exactly was top of the charts back then, you might have noticed that the bestselling games of that generation were less first-person shooters, and more, well, everything else.
Tony Hawk was sitting high back then, as the fourth game in the franchise was raking in the cash. But ever since then, it’s been downhill for the Hawkster and many other genres of games that don’t feature more guns and regenerative health. Hell, that alone would make me play a game of FIFA, but that’s besides the point.
Hawk himself confirmed this fact of video gaming life, and with an HD recollection of his first two branded games hitting digital shelves soon, he had something to say about the risks involved for non-FPS games in today's market.