In our Defining A Generation series we take a look back at the current gaming generation as the new one arrives. We will be spotlighting the titles that really made this generation what it was. These games, whether top sellers or frustrating disappointments, from the sublime to the ridiculous, will have one thing in common; they embody, in part, the essence of what this gaming generation stood for; what made it unique. Join us as we take a magical mystery tour of the 360/PS3/Wii generation!
Every now and then you play a game that makes you think ‘Wow, I’ve never played anything like this before’. Asura’s Wrath is one of those games.
In our Defining a Generation series we take a look back at the current gaming generation as the new one arrives. We will be spotlighting the titles that really made this generation what it was. These games, whether top sellers or frustrating disappointments, from the sublime to the ridiculous, will have one thing in common; they embody, in part, the essence of what this gaming generation stood for; what made it unique. Join us as we take a magical mystery tour of the 360/PS3/Wii generation!
As we proceed onward with our Ultima series retrospective we find ourselves for the first time outside of the main series proper as we look at spin-off title Ultima Underworld.
Deviating from the standard structure of the games up to that point, Ultima Underworld was an entirely different beast to that of its siblings, while at the same time being something of a throwback to the older titles in the series.
The game, full title Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, sees the Avatar protagonist return to the world of Britannia, summoned by the ghost of a wizard who claims his brother is enacting a plot which will see the world end. You know, the usual. The Avatar returns at the moment a baron’s daughter is kidnapped and he gets framed for the crime. The baron, who doesn’t recognise the Avatar (the most famous and iconic person in the world of Britannia mind, but suspend that disbelief!) and tasks him with retrieving the girl from where she has been taken; the eponymous Stygian Abyss.
Recent weeks have seen my game playing pretty well dictated for me. First there was Football Manager 2014, a game that’s not so much a pastime as a fully-fledged second career. This was sandwiched between sessions on the gaming behemoth that is GTAV, itself not an insignificant time sink.
While I’m certainly not complaining, coming up to last weekend I found myself with a severe case of AAA franchise burnout. Football Manager I’d picked up because, hell, after over 1000 hours of my life already spent in the statty embrace of its various editions, I could hardly pass up this year’s version could I? As for GTAV, while it had already been expertly covered by our own Oliver Smith, I felt obliged to pick it up. I mean, it’s only the last major game exclusive to this generation of consoles right? No big deal. Not to mention the whole stratospheric sales stats thing… (Oh and for the record, my take on it: fun, but missing that bit of magic to really ruffle my petticoat, so to speak)
The games industry today is abuzz with talk of the next generation of gaming. With the WiiU already with us, the Playstation 4 having been announced a while ago and, by the time you read this, Microsoft being about to or having just announced the next Xbox unit, you can’t move around the gaming web […]
Computer games, as much as any other medium, are mysterious things. They can stir our souls, hotwire our adrenaline glands or disappoint us to our core. For every person who plays a game there is a valid and varied opinion. It’s one of the things that make the subject of a game’s relative quality a […]
Across every genre of entertainment there are specific titles or releases that become synonymous with failure, that in the eyes of fans and critics alike embody the worst that the genre has to offer. They become the universal butt of any joke in that medium, the yardstick against which every other poorly-received release is measured. […]
Over recent years there has been a shift in the focus of the gaming industry towards online multiplayer as a gaming model. Indeed, the biggest sellers of this generation of titles have been primarily online competitive titles, such as Halo 4 & Call of Duty. Over this time there has developed a very distinct separation […]