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Fallout: New Vegas – Retrospective

Following up on Fallout 3 was always going to be a tough task. The eternal question posed of any follow up to a successful title would have been in evidence: Do you change anything? The original worked right? So why change anything? But, if you don’t evolve, you’re likely to be accused of resting on your laurels and turning out a lazy sequel. The virtual catch 22 that all games developers face. Only, with Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda’s decision was made even harder by the fact that theirs was a Fallout game.

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Fallout 3 – Restrospective

The Fallout series essentially went into hiatus following the 1998 release of Fallout 2. Though there were several spin-off games in the subsequent years, such as the critically panned Fallout: Tactics and the virtually forgotten console game Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, no official sequel to the first two games was ever released by Interplay. There was a third game in development, under the codename Van Buren, but development was halted when Interplay jettisoned their PC development team in December 2003. Read more …

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Fallout 1 – Retrospective

Computer gaming culture is an extremely interesting study, should you care to examine it in any detail. For those of us aged 25 or over, computer games have always really been around, at least since we were old enough to properly appreciate. This being the case, it’s very easy to forget that the gaming industry as a whole is extremely young. In mainstream terms, it’s been around, what, 20 years? It’s very much a modern phenomenon. Dependant as it is on technological development, gaming has progressed over that period at an exponential rate. If you showed a game like Mass Effect or Battlefield 3 to someone circa 1990, you would have made their head explode.

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Backwards Compatibility Spotlight: Call of Duty: Black Ops

The original Black Ops is my favourite game the Call of Duty series. I know that is a bold statement and many people will likely point to either Modern Warfare or Modern Warfare 2 as their favourites and I get the arguments for those games, or in fact, any of the games in the series. Except Ghosts, that was just straight up bad. But in my humble opinion, the original Black Ops had the best overall package between its campaign, multiplayer and zombies modes. Read more …

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Backwards Compatible Spotlight: Braid

In this new regular feature I will be highlighting older generation games that can be played on current generation consoles. This could be either games via the PS Now subscription service, the recently released PS2 games upscaled for Playstation 4 or games for Xbox 360 that are available on Xbox One via their backwards compatibility system. In this first article, we will be focusing on Braid, an Xbox 360 indie game released way back in 2008. Read more …