I think we've all come to accept that men and women play games. We can debate where these games are played (platform) and what kind of games women like, but now there is research to inform those discussions. The findings probably follow what you expect, but they're interesting nonetheless.
Just about every game these days features some form of role-playing game mechanics being integrated into the core product. Most of the time, this is a game of numbers where you try to outnumber your opponents with bigger numbers while maintaining your own set of numbers in the process. Or something like that. But the upcoming The Division game from Ubisoft. That’s more than just numbers. It’s an old-school return to the RPG fold, but with better tech.
A long, long time ago I booted up World of Warcraft for the first time and gave it a try. Unlike millions of others in my position, I did not stay past the first 20 or so levels. So these discounts aren't exactly for people like me to try and get back into Blizzard's genre defying MMO. Instead, they're for people still a bit behind on some key expansions.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is, without a doubt, one of my most anticipated titles of this new generation. Despite the early 2015 release date, the Witcher 3 wasn’t playable at this year’s rAge Expo, although CD Projekt RED was there to show off all the new features on stage. One of those happened to be the game’s refined approach to combat, which builds on the previous system quite well.
The Witcher 3 just can't come soon enough. Then again, I'm hoping to finish reading all the books before the game launches, so this extra reading time is sort of helpful for me. The books are helping me understand more about the lore of the game, and makes me even more wary of The Wild Hunt.
Dragon Age: Inquisition had better live up to my expectations. Everything I've seen and experienced of the game has been wonderful, and this latest nine minute video of gameplay footage looks rather impressive. There are tons of things to do, and I'm excited to try them all.
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.
A couple of weeks ago I told you how Larian Studios – the team behind Divinity: Original Sin, were hesitant to use Kickstarter again. Their reasoning was that they felt that they had found their success, and it would be wrong to fish in the same pool as other budding developers who could use their own much-needed funding. They may have changed their minds.
Of all the games coming in the next few months, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has to be the most anticipated. It is an enormous game and I know plenty of you are amped about continuing the story and killing all the things. However, the open world experience is built to be amazing.
Remember that old school gem, Gauntlet? It was a tough as nails dungeon crawler which reduced even the toughest of gamers into a pile of tears. I played it many, many years ago on MAME, which thankfully meant I had unlimited credits. Death could not stop my barrage of fake money! The game first came out way back in 1985. The remake is now available, nearly 30 years later.
Even die hard Bioware fans will confess that the AI in their games hasn't always been stellar. Enemies would often cause their own deaths and companions weren't always the most capable without micromanagement. The new Dragon Age game promises to change all of that.
Maybe you played the original Wasteland back in the late eighties. Maybe you really got hooked on isometric post-apocalyptic RPG’s later on with its spiritual successor, Fallout. A turn-based, tactical overhead RPG isn’t the sort of thing AAA publishers think they can make money with. And yet, Wasteland 2 is bringing in pretty decent cash for developer inXile.
One day I will go to the Tokyo Game Show. One day. It seems a bunch of publications got to chat with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata while there. I already told you some of the details revealed, but now we get the best comparison ever - Final Fantasy XV will be like Red Dead Redemption.
Thanks to a change of director, we're finally getting new details about Final Fantasy XV. It's going to be an impressive game, of that I have no doubt. However, director Hajime Tabata isn't going to be satisfied unless it defines the generation.
Square Enix really seem to be in love with the Master Race lately. Just yesterday I told you that Final Fantasy IV arrived on Steam, reaching a new audience who (somehow) may not have had a chance to play that particular story yet. Well, don’t let me stop the train from rolling. The much more recent series, Final Fantasy XIII (the full trilogy), will be landing on Steam soon too.