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 has seen its fair share of the unusual. Today’s market is a relatively homogenised one, with the FPS military shooter ruling the roost, but still there are titles that slip through the net and break the mould, giving us something we haven’t seen before; games such as Mirror’s Edge.
During my last article on the rise of the humble demo in the gaming world, I happened across a memory of a game that not many have played, and even less have heard of. A game that is so rare, and has such a cult following, that original copies of it sell for around £60 or more on eBay. This title is of course, the incredible Tombi!, which is known as Tomba! in the US and Me! Tomba in Japan (in possibly one of the most unnecessary renaming during localisation I have seen).
You probably haven’t heard of Opoona, a very Japanese RPG released exclusively for the Wii. There is a very good reason for this. The brains behind this game decided that it would be a good idea to release this engrossing adventure on the same day as Super Mario Galaxy, possibly the most highly anticipated Wii game ever. Consequently, Opoona was plunged into darkness, and sat sulkily in the shadow of the pudgy plumber’s galactic adventure.
With the recent news that Sony has ceased production of the PlayStation 2 worldwide, the death knell has been sounded for this most successful of consoles. Many of today’s gamers started out with the PS2 as their first console, but whether it was your first experience of console gaming or just one step in your journey, the PS2 was unquestionably great. Over 10,000 titles were released for the PS2 worldwide, but with production now ceased, there’s a real danger of this back catalogue of games being completely lost to time. While the PS2 was backwards compatible with PS1 games, only the first run of 60GB PlayStation 3 consoles in the UK are backwards compatible with PS2 games. What this means is, unless you have a PS2 or a rare PS3, you’d better snap up one of the last few PS2 consoles available if you want to play some of the best games of the last decade.
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 […]