There’s nothing quite like a bit of nostalgia, is there? It seems that there are more games hearkening back to a previous era than there are gigantic, modern triple-A titles. The SNES-era produced a few memorable 2.5D platformers that maintain a significant following to this day. Fans who want to revel in that particular brand of nostalgia need look no further than Explodemon.
Many were excited to hear that TinyCo were putting the finishing touches on what turned out to be called Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff, and I must confess I was one of them. I’m a big Family Guy fan, and I’m an avid Simpsons Tapped Out player so it ticks all the boxes. In the interests of fairness, I have abandoned Springfield for the past week and concentrated all my attention on Quahog to see how it compares. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to report that the comparison is ‘not favourable’. What I have done therefore is do a comparison between The Simpsons and Family Guy, strengths and weaknesses, and let you make your own mind up.
The first majorly-hyped release of the current generation of consoles has arrived, in the form of Xbox One online FPS title Titanfall.
After years of waiting impatiently, ZeniMax’s latest rival to World of Warcraft’s MMO throne is out now. I donned my bow and quiver, stuck some novelty ears on the side of my head and embarked on my mighty quest in The Elder Scrolls Online.
There are few truly excellent indie games out there, in my opinion. Too many are simply bland and uninteresting, or rip-offs of existing successes. I say this without meaning to disparage those developers that make original works: hell, I’m a writer and I harbour no illusions of being anywhere near “talented”. Whether it’s amateur novels or my standard games journalism fare, there’s a difference between what I can produce and what is well-received by the masses. Sometimes, this is simply due to noise – like indie games, there are just far too many articles out there for every author to be noticed.
So even if you make a cracker of a game, chances are slim that it’s going to get the attention it deserves. Luckily, there are some that make it through the storm to bask in the clement weather of public adoration. One such game is FTL: Faster Than Light.