This is a quick post to highlight that we now have a video game calender which will hopefully become a quick reference for ‘at a glance’ dates in the gaming world, from release dates to trade shows and beyond. It’s mostly an experiment at the moment, and it’s a mostly focused on European dates (becuase thats where I live) but I hope to have it expanded, include summaries, etc. You can view the calender Here or in the links on the left. We also now have a new email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. The old […]
With the outstanding Scott Pilgrim vs. The World out this week for XBLA, and Castle Crashers making its way over to PSN next week, it’s a fine time for great 2D beat ‘em ups. But where does the long awaited, graphically slick and viscerally gory Shank fit into all this? Is it a clunker, or another fine addition to the recent beat ‘em up resurgence?
On a recent debate I was in on Twitter, the topic of re-makes and re-imaginings came up. Stuff like Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix (it’s still quite a mouthful to say), Bionic Commando Rearmed, and God of War 1 and 2. Old games with a new coat of paint, or new features added to the originals. Obvious contenders for “Games That Should Be Re-Made/Re-Released” stepped up, games like Final Fantasy 7, Metal Gear Solid, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus. Some of these, and more, feature on the polar […]
Scott Pilgrim is dating Ramona Flowers – but before he can claim her as his true love, he must fight his way past Ramona’s 7 Evil Exes! Based on the cult hit comic book series and out just in time for the blockbuster movie adaptation, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a 2D sidescroller jam packed with retro gaming throwbacks, from River City Ransom to Mega Man. Is this retro homage gaming glory or a worthless tie in?
The BBC have revealed details for the third entry in its Doctor Who Adventure Game series, which will allow players to pilot the controls of The Doctor’s legendary timeship for the very first time.
Right down the south entrance of the Cologne Exhibition Centre, Hall 8 featured many of the big names of the gaming industry. Wasting no time before the masses arrived, I visited the first area that crossed my line of sight, the Microsoft Kinect booth. I should say booths, actually – the company’s area included several wide-open stands, but also included some dozen half-closed booths. My interest was on Kinect Sports, but not wanting to waste any time, I went with the next free booth, which just so happened to be […]
Making a sequel to an MMO is always hard, even harder is migrating your old player base to the new game. Square-Enix are attempting to make the choice to move on a smooth one for current players of Final Fantasy XI by introducing a few deals and offers exclusive to them.
If you’ve ever wondered why hollywood carries on creating massacres of your favourite video games, this chart explains it in pretty easy to understand bar charts. Bare bones is they may be bad, they may be critically panned, but the important thing is, they make money. Uwe Boll is the odd one out but you can find out more on why he continues to makes films here. Original @ Flickr
Minecraft is a curious PC game developed by the lone developer ‘Notch’. At it’s core it’s a game of building, mining and crafting. It escapes definition for any particular genre other than ‘open world’ and is very much a game of what you make of it, literally. And as I recently took the plunge in buying myself into the current alpha I thought I’d take the plunge with a little write up on it.
Sports Interactive yesterday unveiled and announced Football Manager, the next yearly installment of their hugely successful franchise. Initially to be launched on PC, Mac and PSP, Studio Director Miles Jacobson was on YouTube to give us a quick rundown of a few new features and tweaks we con come to expect from the game, all of which you can read or watch after the jump.
This is partly a response to Brent Powell’s article “The Illusion of Challenge” and partly a open letter of sorts to anyone who is willing to listen. There is a trend in the gaming media of bashing games with any kind of learning curve. If a game requires the player to try and fail a few times before they understand the mechanics, the gaming media will most often label it as “too hard” for the average gamer. One of the common arguments for this kind of behaviour is that games […]
Just a few weeks before the ‘Exclusive’ Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light hits the Xbox Live Marketplace, Crystal Dynamics have announced that the co-op shooter will also be making its way to PS3 and Steam next month.
Twelve years ago Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft took the then-fledgling real time strategy genre by storm with it’s fast and highly tactical combat. It was the first real-time strategy game to feature three completely different races with unique gameplay styles. Though initially horribly unbalanced, copious patching and a great expansion eventually helped it evolve into the longstanding benchmark for traditional real-time strategy games as well as the definitive e-sport rts. With StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Blizzard is attempting to not only create a sequel for the StarCraft multiplayer fanatics, but […]
Before Dragon Age: Origins there was Dragon Age: Journeys. A highly polished 2D flash game from a new addition to the EA family; EA2D. Made as both an introduction to the Dragon Age lore and as a marketing tool Dragon Age: Journeys is a flash game well worth giving a shot. It has a lovely bonus in giving you items for use in Dragon Ag: Origins too.
Elemental: War of Magic is an ambitious RPG/TBS game from Stardock due 24th August. Elemental draws upon Stardocks past experience of 4X titles, like it’s cult hit Sins of a Solar Empire, and combines them with an RPG flair all hinged down with their new Impulse Reactor multiplayer service. Elemental looks to provide a very polished and unique experience this summer.