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RIFT Review – Part 3

It’s a terrible feeling, having a review hanging over your head.  Or perhaps a better term is “perched upon your shoulders” like some sort of raven, pecking at you every now and then.  A constant weight that is always reminding you to get it sorted.

It’s a stark contrast to its reason for being there.  I’ve been playing a lot of RIFT since my last two entries in my multi-part review.  I’ve been enjoying myself, because it brings back familiar memories of playing WoW back in Vanilla while being fresh enough to remain engaging and full of plenty of lore for me to feast upon.

The problem was that this article was meant to be describing my experience at high levels of RIFT, comparing it to my initial impressions and discussing how the gameplay changes as your skillset expands.  After over a month of play, however, I’ve not yet managed to accomplish this goal.  It took me a little while to realise that this needn’t be the burden I had imagined. Read more …

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Are Online-Only Games Ruining Gaming?

The World Wide Web has become a normal component of modern day life; we use it for social networking, videos, news, even gaming. Customarily, an Internet connection is established as an optional item to play games—usually allowing players to connect on servers to play against each other in multiplayer matches or together in cooperative experiences. However, recently a trend has appeared in the gaming world in the form of “Online Only” games. With these types of games it is mandatory to have the Internet to play the game at all—even in single player (if there even is one).

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Review – Sony KDL50W8 The Best Gaming TV Available Today?

I often dispute with my fellow gamers about my preference of gaming on a big screen TV instead of a monitor. After all it is a very important discussion as without a screen you can’t get very far no matter what game you play.

I see the advantage to using a monitor, it means you can get up close and personal and they are usually designed to handle motion well which is of course important, although I much prefer gaming on a colossal TV, relaxed on the sofa. Get a big enough TV and you get the same effect of playing with your face three inches from a monitor. Read more …

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J Stars Victory VS + English Release Preview

It seems like only yesterday I was talking about my undying love of anime. The over the top action. The occasionally insulting fan service. The plots that don’t give two red cents if you understand them or not. I’m a fan of all of it because, most of the time, anime doesn’t care about pulling its punches. Sometimes literally, when you get into the Shonen style animes that are the subject of upcoming fighting game J-Stars Victory VS+. Which, if you shout it loud enough, sounds like an attack from some animes so it is oddly appropriate. Read more …