Nvidia cleaned house late last year with the introduction of their two Maxwell cards, the GTX 970 and GTX 980. Since then the Green team has pushed out another 900 series card, as well as a brand new flagship in the form of the recently launched Titan X. The GTX 980 has been knocked from its perch, but it doesn't mean it's out for the count just yet. The GTX 980 is still there to deliver lighting fast performance at a third of the Titan X's cost - but is it enough to beat its real market competitor?
It's not the size that counts, it's how you use it. Well, that's what tech companies want us to believe. Phones are getting bigger while tablets are getting smaller as they all strive for that fabulous size that will make that piece of handheld tech a necessity. LG has tried this with the LG G Pad 8.0, but are these the 8" you need?
What defines a Final Fantasy game? For years, only the core numbered games garnered much relevance. But with the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD on new generation consoles, and the fact that it brings with it the demo for the next major Final Fantasy. But is Final Fantasy Type-0 HD simply a placeholder until you get get your hands on a better Final Fantasy game, or can it go toe to toe with any of the big titles?
Civilization: Beyond Earth promised an enormous gameplay experience filled with revolutionary design. Starships had a much less grandiose promise - you get to embrace your inner space Admiral as you command your fleet of starships through exploration and expansion throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, it isn't quite a universal success.
It was a dark night, heavier than a broken heart. With a storm bringing rain that fell like dead bullets, it was time to find shelter from the tempest. But like light bleeding through the darkness, there were more lies hidden among the truths. And it was all about a dame.
Shadow of Mordor redefined emergent gameplay. Thanks to a unique experience for each player as they progress through the story, brand captains and develop a nemesis, Shadow of Mordor made this particular open-world sandbox feel dynamic and intriguing to explore. The Bright Lord is meant to expand upon this experience while giving us greater insight into Celebrimbor's backstory.
The market of custom controllers is niche, to say the least. It’s often a mixed bag of gimmicks and cheap tricks to try and make controllers stick out from the close-to-perfect vanilla flavours that come with the console in question. Needless to say, they’re expensive toys, and often not much else. But sometimes professional gamers demand a certain amount of control over their games of choice, and that’s where names like Scuf have really marked out their territory.
LittleBigPlanet is one of the PlayStation brand’s darlings. Created by Media Molecule early in the PlayStation 3’s life, it brought about a particular ethos: Play. Create. Share – well before Minecraft even existed. Since then, users have created over 8 million levels using the game’s built-in tools. That’s quite a legacy for new series developer Sumo Digital to live up to with its first stab at the series.
The last generation console's Assassin's Creed game hasn't been getting as much attention as the shiny new one. This a crying shame. With Assassin's Creed Rogue, Ubisoft has reached the pinnacle of the Assassin's Creed experience, and even made me feel better about previous iterations.
Party games are necessary for any gamer, or human being. When friends come around, it can be such a blast to play board games or drinking games, but party video games are equally awesome. Singstar Ultimate Party has come to PS4 and allows everyone to join in the fun, even without a mic. But is it the best singing party game that you can get?
It feels as though all I've done since getting Shadow of Mordor is rave to people about how much fun I'm having. It's been a long time since a game has elicited such a strong and uncontrollably gleeful response in me. There is a lot to love about Shadow of Mordor, and also a few frustrations.
I fondly remember playing co-op action shooters with my brother as a kid. Of course he'd always blame me when he died, but that's besides the point - Crimsonland reminds me of all those old-school arcade shooters and it's filled with plenty of remastered gore.
I am terrible at Mario Kart. Though I’ve played them all, starting with the series introduction on the SNES, I never really seem to get any better at it. I’ve tried, mind you. I play the game regularly with my family, and regularly I get beaten by my boastful children. In all these years, my skills have essentially remained static, barely changing at all. The same could be reasonably argued for Mario Kart itself.
Having played FFXIV: A Realm Reborn in Beta on the PS3, I wasn't really too sure what to expect on the new generation console. Would it be the same thing, just made a bit more pretty? Or would it make a decent game into a fantastic experience? Square Enix has made an excellent contribution to the MMORPG genre, perhaps the best MMO that I've played to date. Most of their awful UI and account management issues seem to be resolved on the new console, which means I could focus on playing the game instead of the chore of its admin.
I’m a huge Japanese role-playing nut. My phone is filled with JRPG battle themes and there was a point in my life when all I could play were JRPGS. I just generally love Japanese culture. Every single platform I own I have a JRPG in my collection of games. From Chaos Rings on my mobile phone to Valkyria Chronicles on PlayStation 3, I just can’t get enough of them. But there are some games that have eluded me over the years. I never really had a GameCube growing up so I missed out on a few awesome games. One of them was Tales of Symphonia.