Elite: Dangerous is the little space sim that could. While Star Citizen keeps getting more and more features added, Elite was content with launching last year on PC, and quite successfully. During Microsoft’s keynote at GDC this week, it was revealed that the online space simulator would be making its console debut on Xbox One. It is not, however, a console exclusive.
Helldivers begins as a quirky but typical top-down shooter. You are put through your paces in the tutorial and it all feels quiet generic. That is, until, you venture into space and discover that it is actually one of the grandest, most enjoyable experiences that you can get.
The PlayStation 2 redefined gaming for many people around the world. With a plethora of games and the fact it doubled as a DVD player, many people jumped at Sony's console. I think I ended up with three of them by the end of the generation thanks to multiple international moves and divorcing parents. Sony is finding staggering success with the PS4's sales, but how do they stack up against the legendary PS2?
I love the new generation of consoles. They are impressive pieces of machinery that offer fantastic gaming experiences far superior to the last generation. While we may debate which one is best down to the pixels and framerates, the sales figures certainly speak for themselves. The latest numbers are rather impressive, and more so when we compare to the announcement before.
Final Fantasy X is arguably the last great Final Fantasy game we've seen. I wouldn't argue that because I still enjoyed XII and I think even A Realm Reborn has its merits. However, for fans of this installment, it's about time for a remastered version on new generation consoles. And that's exactly what you're getting in May.
I knew that I was going to end up with all the consoles eventually - it's not really a choice for me. However, the order in which I got my Wii U and PS4 (and one day an Xbox One, too) was mostly dictated by local availability and timing for my bank account. Some lucky people in other parts of the world had access to all of them from launch, so what drove their decisions? It's probably not what you think.
Rumours, from another of those infamous “industry insiders” suggest that we’ll be getting another “major update” to the PlayStation 4’s firmware late next month. It’s reported to be one of those big ones, and not another of the stability updates that tease us, but leave us unfulfilled.
Despite being a life-long Street Fighter fan, I’ve been mostly ambivalent about Street Fighter V in the weeks since it was first revealed. Admittedly, my head nearly exploded when we got our very first look at it, but since then my enthusiasm has waned. Capcom’s only shown off the two stalwarts, Chun-Li and Ryu, tempering my excitement somewhat. That’s all changed.
If there’s one JRPG series out there that doesn’t get nearly enough love in the West, it has to be Dragon Quest. It’s a franchise that has been knocking around since 1986, although it wasn’t until 2005 when the series stopped publishing itself as Dragon Warriors and started growing the Quest brand. A new game is on the way, Dragon Quest Heroes, for both old and new consoles. And I like what I’m seeing.
No Man’s Sky is a gorgeous, unique and confusing beast. The procedurally-generated space sim is blending art and science together in wonderful ways, creating a game that not only looks and feels different, but also pushes the boundaries of what game systems really are. Everything you see and interact with in the game is going to be created using algorithms to enhance your own personal journey. Turns out, everything you hear is going to be unique as well.
To date, the PlayStation 4 has been routinely trouncing Microsoft’s Xbox One at retail – and that’s despite the Redmond firm’s console being the cheaper one to own and, as far as South African digital store prices go, operate. According to professional analysts – people who’re paid large sums of money to guess stuff – that status quo is set to continue for at least the next three years.
With this current-generation of consoles, I’ve become accustomed to large day-one patches already. It has become so ridiculous that it’s a joke to think that you’ll actually get to play a game on launch day - , with the majority of recent releases featuring massive, mandatory updates before you can even hit start. That’s not the case with The Order: 1886 though.
Terraria has often been labelled as a 2-D Minecraft, and it’s hard not to make that comparison. As with Minecraft, Terraria is all about gathering and crafting and building all sorts of creative structures, but Terraria sets itself apart by putting a greater emphasis on combat and character builds. It has become incredibly popular as well and you’re able to get this game on a vast array of devices. It might seem like a Minecraft clone and though they seem similar, in its own right, Terraria is so much more.
Remember last month, we told you that some silly human being had bid $128 000 on the first numbered unit from the very limited run of 20th anniversary edition PlayStation 4s? We figured it to be okay though; it was obviously somebody with more money than sense, and the proceeds would be going to charity anyway. Not so fast. Turns out the winning bidder hasn’t been able to cough up the cash, and the whole thing’s fallen through.
I harbour a deep love for Darksiders. The first title, as repetitive as it was, featured a tale and setting that felt extremely original at the time (Ed's note: Only because you'd not yet played a Zelda game at that point). Take the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and let players wreak havoc with the most imposing of them – War. Darksiders II, for the most part, built nicely on the existing formula, but sadly ended up being one of THQ’s very last releases. But it’s getting new life on new consoles sometime soon.