Racing games have been coming back to form as of late, a genre of consistent commercial success but not always garnering the support and understanding of the games industry. Much of that is down to the approach of publishers and their lack of connection with potential customers...
Final Fantasy 7 is a game from the late 90s. The plot is bananas (despite engaging), the combat is slow and everyone looks like origami. I've read opinions from a lot of people saying they want to play the game, but it's really hard for a modern gamer to get into due to its age, adding further voices to the demand that the game is remade.
Recently, Sega announced that Valkyria Chronicles is getting a reboot in the form of Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria. While the game looks to have a more RPG lean than previous entries in the series, I for one am delighted that one of my favourite games from last generation isn't getting completely dead and buried like I originally feared.
Perhaps it is the feeling of being the outsider, the bad boy of the media landscape, that keeps video games fresh and innovating far faster than their older media sibling? Regardless, I think video games are well worth defending as an art form and are at least worthy of equal treatment alongside more traditional faire.
It's in that delirious enjoyment of seeing the words of a long-forgotten franchise flash up on stage that you forget how everything could go wrong. But things can go wrong. Remembering that is what shades you from disappointment.
Doom is unrelenting in its dedication to gore and challenge. It's a careful balance throughout, making you struggle to overcome certain areas and treating you to a gory display as you finally wipe your enemies from the screen.
Fallout doesn't have to star Dick Masculine like the rest of mainstream games, but any spectrum of gender or ethnicity that the player wants. To someone who is going to play a man anyway, it's a subtlety nice feature, but to people who aren't usually portrayed in games as much, it can be a huge deal.
That might seem a bit harsh, especially considering the warm reception both games have gotten since their reveals. But I can't see this second wind of plastic instruments lasting. Personally, I'm done with the genre.
As 1982 ended, video games were booming. By the end of 1983, video games were practically dead. This was because of the video game crash, or Atari Shock, and it was an important milestone in game history.
Mortal Kombat's history is paved with controversy that has seen various incarnations banned, been the centre of mass media hysterias and even found itself as part of US congress hearings. It's fair to say that Mortal Kombat has had more than it's fair share of detractors, yet, here it is, still as strong and gory as when it began.
I wrote a song for all my fellow woman who have to share their man with a team of virtual football players.
Dungeon Defenders 2 is about to get released into early access on Steam, and I spoke with Brad Logston about it.
The first innovation that THE CREW brings to the action-driving genre is a massive open-world filled with activities, gigantic in scope, which delivers an unprecedented level of gameplay variety. The entire USA is your driving playground, covering thousands of square miles, from city to suburb, county to county, state to state, coast to summit.
At Gamescom, Lords of the Fallen from CI Games and Deck 13 was once again shown to both the press and this time to the public, and I spoke with the Executive Producer Tomasz Gop about it.
It was in a whirlwind of optimism that I pre-ordered my PS4... Unpacking the sleek black box my touch outlined the embossed PS4 logo. I slid off its thin protective bag and placed it on the shelf it would call home... in reality all it had that was 'next gen' was 'great Wi-Fi'.
Since its stunning debut at E3 2012, Watch Dogs has been one of the most anticipated games for the next-gen consoles. An achingly pretty example of what the new consoles could create, the trailer depicted a fully realised Chicago with rain, steam and lighting all recreated in gorgeous, crisp detail.