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Video Games Have Already Shown Us Britain After The Brexit

Video Games Have Already Shown Us Britain After The Brexit

With Britain deciding to leave the EU, It feels like a good time to look towards the future. Video games have a number of worlds set upon changing political scenes, disgruntled civilians included. Which video games worlds could give a glimpse to Britain’s EUless future?     Dunwall – Dishonoured Ravaged by plague and corruption, Dunwall is dark and depressing. Every street corner is drenched in misery, with very little light in the eternal gloom. With Britain’s economy in question, their streets could soon be looking very much like a 4k screenshot of Dunwall. Boris Johnson is already preparing his Oversees to mark the unruly. It won’t be long till...

Ubisoft Continue To Disrespect Ghost Recon’s Legacy

Ubisoft Continue To Disrespect Ghost Recon’s Legacy

Ghost Recon used to be the pinnacles of its genre. A slow paced, tactical squad based shooter, each movement could spell death. The series was infamous for how intense it could be, a single bad move could result in failure. As time went by, Ghost Recon changed. The focus on tactical play was eroded away. Developed by Red Storm Entertainment, a studio founded by Tom Clancy himself. Their work had always been made for what many saw as a ‘niche’ market. In a world dominated by run-and-gun shooters, Red Storm provided a more true to life experience. Rainbow Six was brutal for its time. Permanent death, tactical planing and a...

Battleborn’s Poor Matchmaking & Microtransactions Continue To Sink The Game

Battleborn’s Poor Matchmaking & Microtransactions Continue To Sink The Game

Battleborn’s hardships have no end in sight. As a fan of the game, I’ve invested around 35+ hours in the game. The combination of MOBA and shooter elements had me hooked. Interesting characters and mechanics kept the game fresh, for a time at least. Critical and user reviews had been rather positive, including on Steam user reviews. The honeymoon period is over. Battleborn’s rating now sits at ‘mixed’, with a number of players becoming disillusioned with the game. There’s a number of reasons to why Battleborn is dropping players as the weeks go by. Matchmaking has been a mess since release, often setting low levels against high levels. It’s a...

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild United People Together

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild United People Together

Nintendo has had a pretty rough few years when it comes to public lashings. You can easily find forums, sites and media figures constantly declaring them dead or out of touch. The 3DS was kicked from pillar to post upon it’s original release. Now, the hand-held is considered a classic system, boasting some great games. Nintendo’s Wii U has shared some similar traits, just without as much glory. The point is, Nintendo has been wrote off numerous times, reduced to a punch line by many. With all this being said, E3 2016 united a huge proportion of video games fans. The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild brought everyone...

E3 Is Not Your Soap Box: Why Blaming Violent Video Games At E3 Is A Cowardly Move

E3 Is Not Your Soap Box: Why Blaming Violent Video Games At E3 Is A Cowardly Move

  E3 is the time we see what’s new in the video game industry. Social media is ablaze with discussion, speculation and surprise. This year’s E3 came in the shadows of yet another mass shooting in America. It was a fact that was impossible to look past. Shirts were decorated with ribbons, conferences with nods of sympathy. Unfortunately, a number of developers and members of the game media decided E3 was their soapbox. This was the year that guns in video games had suddenly became ‘a problem’. We should have seen it coming. There’s been nibbles at the topic for years, mostly people packing a kickstarter, patreon or product to sell....

Sony Has Mastered The Art Of Holding E3 Conferences

Sony Has Mastered The Art Of Holding E3 Conferences

Sony’s E3 conference was near to a master class in how to ‘do E3′. Games can thick and fast, nothing outstayed its welcome and there was little to disrupt the flow. Social media is the best way to measure the success of a E3 conference. While it may not truly reflect how well/badly the products will do upon release, it’s perfect to ear mark general reaction. Other companies have tinkered and meddled with their E3 conferences. Ubisoft have doubled down on ‘zaney’ humour and celebrity appearances, along with last minute reveals. It’s been successful for the last few years, even though it has became predictable. Established franchise entry, lengthy demo,...

What Should We Expect From E.A’s E3 2016 Conference?

What Should We Expect From E.A’s E3 2016 Conference?

E3 2016 kicks off today, starting with EA. For the most part, we know what to expect from one of video game’s biggest powerhouses. That doesn’t mean there’s no room for surprise, EA do have a tendency to pop out at least one new game that catches the attention. So what could 2016 hold?     Titanfall 2 - It’s no secret that Titanfall 2 is ready to drop at E3 2016. Reveal trailers and flashes of presentation rehearsals have people’s tongues wagging. After the first game provided a good concept and platform, Titanfall 2 looks to make a more last impact on the market. A single player campaign is...

Celebrate Video Game Diversity

Celebrate Video Game Diversity

The modern market is in a bizarre state, a diverse state. Indie games share the same platforms as Triple A releases, unfinished games are put on sale months (if not years) before they’re set to be complete. Elements of games that were once unlocked by playing, are now sold as ‘downloadable content’. This is the most diverse the industry has ever been, a wild west of physical and digital releases, all begging for your attention across a number of platforms. This diversity is something to celebrate, as it reflects the diversity of the modern consumer. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you like, there’s a game...

The Mighty Number 9 Sequel Plans Make The Game Even Less Likeable

The Mighty Number 9 Sequel Plans Make The Game Even Less Likeable

The Mighty Number 9 is finally releasing later this year. It’s coming off the back of various delays and even a trailer that insulted its own fan base. Originally a kickstarter title, The Mighty Number 9 went from a beacon of hope to a rotted little apple. A number of backers have expressed regret in backing the game, some of which claim to no longer want to even play it. Has that stopped the game’s creator from planning a sequel? Of course not. As part of the sickly trend of expecting sequels, Keiji Inafune is already talking about a follow up to Mighty Number 9. The oddest part of it...

May’s Best Games: Old School, Series Ends & Digital Crack

May’s Best Games: Old School, Series Ends & Digital Crack

May was a pretty solid month. Classic franchises returned, modern classic franchises closed and Blizzard released a new IP. 2016 has been a strange year like that, so much new along side modern series closing. These are the best games released in May.     Doom -   Who would of knew that a modern rebirth of a classic franchise would be so good. Departing from the survival horror/ Tech demo that was Doom 3, Doom is classic to the core. Fantastic level design married with free flowing shooting results in amazing gameplay. Doom plays with confidence, never backing into a corner. There’s an undeniable thrill that oozes from every...

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