So you’ve got a great game. Reviewers love it, you haven’t had to bribe any industry people to be positive over your product and early audience tests have revealed that people are excited. Well hold your horses, because there’s still a chance that your game could be a bigger flop than Waterworld. We’ve seen plenty of great games undone by terrible sales, lukewarm numbers that killed any chance for a sequel. Here’s five such games to paint a bleak picture with.
The time has finally come - the top ten games of this generation. We are expecting your bile and vitriol; not everyone will agree with us, but it's important to remember that this list was based on what made us all happy to be gamers this generation. Not based on sales, scores, fancy metrics or algorithms, we fought it out to make this list, and we hope it just goes to show how many fantastic games we had in this generation.
How do you treat that awful and exhaustive gamer sickness called chronic adult-onset cynicalgameritis? Apparently, the only known treatment involves an exceptionally good platformer. called Rayman Origins. I'll admit, I have ridiculously high standards when it comes to games, and very few will ever get my stamp of approval. However, when the Xbox 360 version fell into my lap last year, it was love at first sight. It was undoubtedly a ray of sunshine; a nostalgic nod to a bygone era, when games were fun, yet tough as nails.
Fast forward a few months, and the obvious question is how does the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) version compare to its console counterparts? I'm sure you're eager to know whether we need to stoke the bonfire and ready the hounds or celebrate its arrival. After all, game ports have developed a less than stellar reputation.
There are days that I hate you, yes you, you who complains bitterly about every Call of Duty being a rehash and wanting something truly unique to be developed.
And then doesn’t buy the incredible titles of this generation like Rayman Origins, Heavy Rain and Mirror’s Edge.
Ubisoft’s Rayman Origins is easily one of the best games released last year. About as proximate to perfection as possible in a planar platformer, Rayman Origins charmed the pants off of us - and got the nod as our favourite platformer of 2011. PC gamers will finally get the chance to jump around as everybody’s favourite limbless heroes in March - and without being dogged by silly DRM.
If you’ve not been able to find a multiplayer game you enjoy this year, then you’ve got a serious problem - and should probably stick to solo gaming. Whether you like first person shooters, racing games, platformers or action adventures, there’s a multiplayer game for you in 2011.
Here are the nominees for best Multiplayer:
Modern Warfare 3
Mario Kart 7
Gears of War 3
And the award goes to:
Platforming is easily one of the simple game genres; you run, jump and collect stuff. It’s a genre we’ve all played since we first found the joy of video games - but despite their retro appearances platformers have delivered some of the most entertaining and challenging games of our time. 2011 was an especially good year for the genre - but which of the many platformers made us happiest?
Here are the nominees for best platformer:
Ms Splosion Man
Kirby’s Adventure Wii
Super Mario 3D Land
Everybody loves Mario, right? That iconic, moustachioed goomba-stomping plumber is the most recognisable video game character in the world, and one of the most loved. Of COURSE everybody loves Mario!
Well, no. Michel Ancel, the creator of Rayman - a platformer just like Mario games - isn’t much of a fan.
Jumping jabberwocky! Galloping gunwhales and lumbering Lums! Don't understand any of this? No fear, it hardly makes any sense to me either!
Rayman Origins brings the ridiculous world of Rayman to nonsensical life in beautifully bubbly HD graphics.
Last week, we showed you 10 ways to traverse Rayman Origins’ beautiful, hand-drawn environments. Continuing with the theme, Ubisoft’s now released a video showing you 10 ways in which you’ll kick the bucket and float off to the big Snoring Tree in the sky.
We recently previewed the title - and found it to be one of the most delightful platformers to grace consoles in ages, with some of the most breath-taking visuals seen in a game - any game - this generation.
Rayman Origins sees release on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii later this month.
Most current gamers probably only know Ubisoft’s Rayman from the game that spawned those annoying, but delightfully charming Raving Rabbids. It’s been 16 years since the disembodied Rayman first charmed PlayStation 1 gamers, and 8 years since his last bona-fide platform game. Well he’s back, and he looks better than ever.
I’ve been terribly excited about the game since this year’s E3, where I got the chance to go hands on with the delightful platformer. I’ve since gotten the opportunity to sit down and play through the game at my own pace in the comfort of my home. Here’s why it’s one of the best games I’ve played all year.
Rayman Origins from Ubisoft was one of my highlights of E3. Not only was it one of the most visually fresh, vibrant games on show - but I also got to play it co-op with a cute French girl who was impressed with my platforming prowess. “I’ve played games like this my whole life,” I told her, before plummeting to my death. I digress; Rayman Origins is an excellent game for fans of the genre, filled with clever ideas and interesting platform mechanics.
Here’s a new trailer showing some of those mechanics, and how you’ll make your way through Rayman Origin’s whimsical, colourful world.
Rayman Origins will be available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and the Nintendo 3DS from November 25.
One of my top titles from E3 this year was the insane looking Rayman Origins, I canâ€™t wait for this title to come out and to sit down with my family and truly experience madness and insanity in all itâ€™s glory.
If you donâ€™t know what Rayman Origins is then make sure to watch the video below and if you do then all I have for you today is 3 new screenshots from the upcoming game.
I havenâ€™t heard when itâ€™s coming out yet but I think we are looking at early next year for now.
Ubisoftâ€™s E3 2010 presentation was filled with the weirdest assortment of vitality demonstrations and awkward presentations so it was with a whole pile of trepidation that we waited to see what Ubisoft would try and do this year.
The good news is that it wasnâ€™t as WTF as last year but was it really any good, keep reading and find out.
I think that all of you who followed this yearâ€™s E3 press conferences can agree with one thing; they were mostly pretty uninteresting, all of them. Each may have had a sparkling moment or two, but by and large they were all pretty humdrum affairs. In fact, the single game that left a huge grin on my jaded face was the brand new Rayman Origins from Ubisoft.
After getting a bunch of hands-on with the game, I can happily attest that that grin is still there.