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.
I love random days like Halloween. It usually means large amounts of unnecessary candy, in-game themed community events, and sometimes, games for really cheap. PlayStation are throwing together some rather delicious specials to welcome in the scary event, all taking place over the next two weeks.
HEY KIDS! This year, December isn’t the barren wasteland of non-gaming releases thanks to a veritable glut of October and November launches. There are some great games coming out. Some big, some small and some in between like my gut after the traditional feast of Sandy Claws. But if there’s one game that has my blood on fire, it has to be the new Guilty Gear game. That’s right my lovelies, the Yuletide season is about to get messy with off the wall combos and special moves when the latest GG game arrives.
We’re fans of PlayStation Plus over here. At R489 for a year’s subscription, it’s really damn good value for money. That’s cheap when you think about it. Really, really cheap. Naturally, it’s time to increase the price on this service.
Possibly the biggest white elephant since Swaziland opened up an airport, PlayStation Home has been a feature that hasn’t exactly been embraced since it was unveiled back in 2008. Part Sims, part Second Life and several parts filled with some really creepy folks, the lifestyle simulator has more or less been ignored over the last couple of years. And it most likely won’t be noticed when the service shuts down.
Destiny has, for the most part, had a relatively smooth launch, which is extremely rare for games that require a constant online connection. Those alpha and beta tests earlier this year definitely went to good use, but there are a few little hiccups swimming around here and there. Bungie is working hard to fix them most, including an oddly named error affecting PS3 players.
The PlayStation 4 has done gangbuster numbers around most of the world since it launched. One place where it’s struggling? Japan, surprisingly. The PlayStation 4 doesn’t exactly have a home field advantage, with sales being lacklustre so far. One game that could determine the future of the PlayStation 4 however, is Final Fantasy XV.
By now, you’ve all heard of Surgeon Simulator. It’s the game that YouTube won’t shut up about, a collection of botched procedures and bloody organ removal mixed with unruly controls and phantom limb syndrome. As a game, Surgeon Simulator is an absolute mess of conflicting issues that treads a fine line between fun and frustrating, but is somehow actually worth experiencing the gimmicky gameplay. The PS4 version however, could have benefited from a few more years in medical school.
PS Plus has seen better months than August. Sure there was some Crysis 3 mixed with the infamous platformer FEZ, but that really isn’t enough wind to blow my skirt up. I think we all want to see some improvement in September, and you possibly want to know why I’m wearing a skirt.
For two hours, I moved a line across and around a screen, without any real idea of what on earth I was doing. And somehow, I loved it. Interesting images, eclectic accompanying audio punctuated the whimsy. This strange game, one that turns the very expectations one has of a videogame on its head, thrusts you in to a world with no explicit instruction or direction. That ended up being its very undoing.
This year’s Gamescom won’t be remembered for surprise reveals or gigantic game showings. Instead it’ll be remembered for the PR storm surrounding Microsoft and Rise of the Tomb Raider. A lot of people are claiming that Microsoft is now trying to buy exclusives, something Sony says they’ll never do. Except, they already do buy some exclusives. Sort of.
I genuinely don’t get certain hackers. There’s a difference between uncovering hidden information, and being a spiteful little bastard who makes life hell for everybody. And that level of douchebaggery is something that the Xbox, PlayStation and Electronic Sports League have just experienced.
Until Dawn was one of those games that appeared and then quickly vanished shortly after. Sony haven’'t forgotten about it, and at Gamescom it was re-revealed as a brand new PS4 exclusive.