A marriage of technical supremacy and uncompromising expression; The Last Of Us is a magnificent experience, which will be viewed in years to come as the crowning jewel of an incredible console generation.
So, E3 2013 has been and gone, giving us a first time glimpse of many an anticipated title. From frenetic FPC to gaudy platformer, there was something for everyone in the smorgasbord of gaming delights; every genre bursting with a plethora of titles to get excited about.
Playing this game, my expectations were moulded by bias. I had been informed reliably that this was the “worst Silent hill game ever” largely because of the developer shift. Many believed that American developers wouldn’t be able to replicate the subtle, transient nature of Japanese horror. Well, they were right, but does that mean that Homecoming is a bad game?
As I sit here, letting my internet connection be decimated by uploading my music collection to Google’s servers, I can’t help but ponder the extent to which my life as a gamer has influenced my taste in music.
When I first heard about it, I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who thought that Project Natal would be the biggest thing to happen to the gaming since the birth of the current generation of consoles. Rumours were flying around about its capabilities; voice commands, pop up keyboards, being able to tell what sort of mood you’re in, this was the future. I should explain, I have a very rigid and opinionated view on what I consider to be the future and what is just a gadget. For example, The Kindle is the future, because it is a giant leap forward that an entire library of books can be stored on something that fits in your (admittedly oversized) pocket. The smart phone however is a gadget; it’s tacking extra functionality on to pre-existing technology. That isn’t to say that this is a bad thing; without my HTC my life would grind to a shuddering and tearful halt whilst my Kindle sits on its now empty bookshelf gathering dust.
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 [...]