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Nostalgia Is Not Ruining Video Games

Nostalgia Is Not Ruining Video Games

There’s been a few articles popping up lately suggesting nostalgia is a ‘problem’. I’ve always found this concept quite confusing, as it seems to ignore any positives in the name of trying to approve a point. These very same articles never mention genuine issues like bloating development costs, DLC, pre-order bonus trickery or shady business practices. Is nostalgia that big of a problem? Well no, not really. It seems odd that nostalgia and throw backs are seen as a issue. The very fact one of 2016 best games (Doom) is literally fuelled, inspired and motivated by nostalgia is proof enough it’s not a issue. Classic game design and concepts are...

Battlefield Continues To Be Watered Down, But That’s Fine

Battlefield Continues To Be Watered Down, But That’s Fine

The more I see of Battlefield 1, the less interesting it becomes. Ever since Battlefield 2, the series has been on a downwards spiral in terms of depth and complexity. Gimmicks and fancy effects became increasingly important than gameplay and variety. It’s not to say that this has been a purely bad thing, but it’s starting to become worrying. Battlefield 1942 still remains as one of the most important video games of the modern era. The sheer size and scale opened up a whole new world of multiplayer video games. It was the first time that large scale combat could be enjoyed outside of 2001′s World War 2 online. After...

Call of Duty Vs Battlefield – EA’s Master Marketing Plan

Call of Duty Vs Battlefield – EA’s Master Marketing Plan

As someone who spent time playing both franchises in their early stages, this rivalry is interesting. Call of Duty and Battlefield have always existed side by side, offering differing experiences respectively. Battlefield 1942 was a grand affair, packed with unique moments and fresh ideas. Those who played it will have at least one story to tell. Players fell into roles, they became experts in certain fields. The scale of Battlefield 1942 was huge, growing with each new expansion pack. It’s near impossible to ignore the impact the game had on the market. At the heart of the Battlefield 1942 was a strong modding community. Mods like Battlefield 1918, Eve of...

Replaying Duke Nukem Forever – A Ugly Piece of History

Replaying Duke Nukem Forever – A Ugly Piece of History

Duke Nukem Forever, the game that acted as a punchline for years. It’s more than just a game, Dyke Nukem Forever is truly a landmark in video game history…for the wrong reasons. Development hell is not exactly rare in any media, especially video games. It’s well documented how many redesigns Forever went through, a quick Youtube search will even show this by the various E3 trailers. Slaughtered by critics upon release, Duke Nukem Forever was battered and bloodied. I, being the naïve child I was, purchased the Balls of Steel edition. Packaged with the game came a Duke Bust, postcards, comics and dice…for some reason. At the time, I kept...

Dark Soul’s Difficulty Is In Its DNA – The Easy Mode Debate

Dark Soul’s Difficulty Is In Its DNA – The Easy Mode Debate

Earlier this week I spoke about people wanting ‘Easy mode’ put into Dark Souls 3. The reaction was fairly split between people for this and against it. Obviously my views remain the same, Dark Souls should stay the way it is. The idea that people see difficulty as a problem is rather disheartening. Much like a good story or a neat mechanic, difficulty can enhance a video game. In truth, challenge can enhance most things in life, even if you don’t like to admit it. Dark Souls has always been hard, but never to the point where it’s unfair. Each death is comes with a lesson. Players gain a appreciation...

You Have Died – Challenge Still Provides The Best Video Game Experiences

You Have Died – Challenge Still Provides The Best Video Game Experiences

Video games have became much more accessible in the last decade. Appealing to the mass market in order to hit sales figures has taken its toll. Flashy cinematic experiences, laced with instant gratification, has became common place. While it all may still provide countless thrills, the most rewarding video game feeling is still over coming the odds. Standing toe to toe with a towering creature, only a sword in hand. Evading strikes that have the potential to end your life in single hit. Dancing in the spaces between, landing fleeting blows. Surviving by the skin of your death. Landing that death blow, feeling that hard earned sense of victory. Nothing...

Screw Far Cry: Primal, Where’s Blood Dragon 2?

Screw Far Cry: Primal, Where’s Blood Dragon 2?

With Far Cry: Primal on the verge of release, I find myself asking one simple question. Where did Blood Dragon 2 go? Of course it was never a given that a follow up to 2013′s 80′s and 90′s fuelled thrill ride would happen, but it made sense. Blood Dragon was sheer bliss, covered in neon lights and one liners. When a game stars a character named Rex ”Power” Colt, you know things are off to a good start. It’s a game that was made for a niche audience, allowing it to be more creative and less conventional. Cyber bow and arrows, robotic eyes and Robocop’s gun, what’s not to love?...

DMC: Devil May Cry Deserved Better – Rebooting Fan’s Hate

DMC: Devil May Cry Deserved Better – Rebooting Fan’s Hate

Fans can be great. They can enhance franchises, allowing creators to get an idea where the next game is heading. They’ll purchase a game without question, supporting it to no end. But what happens when those same fans become overly attached to a franchise in decline? Reboots are nothing new in any media. When a IP has reached its limits, but still holds potential in other areas, a reboot is the logical answer. Devil May Cry was hardly the perfect franchise. The first entry was drenched in early 2000′s slickness and themes. Dante was the coolest guy rocking a emo/anime hair cut in video games. Praised for its silky smooth...

Mass Effect’s Soundtrack Was Beautiful And Vital To Its Success

Mass Effect’s Soundtrack Was Beautiful And Vital To Its Success

Mass Effect is still a game I have a huge soft spot for. When ever I’m asked about my favourite RPGS, its name is never far from my thoughts. There’s a number of reasons to why I treasure Mass Effect. I could talk about the story, the epic space drama set among the backdrop of mystery. I can talk about how effective the dialogue system was at making me feel in control of the conversation. Perhaps I could spend time gushing on about the fantastic cast of characters. In truth, it’s the music of Mass Effect that has remained with me. Often overlooked, the soundtrack is the main thing I...

Remembering – Aliens: Colonial Marines

Remembering – Aliens: Colonial Marines

Development hell is a term be used in relation to many things. Films, TV, music and video games. Aliens: Colonial Marines is the best example of development hell. The end product was the purest example of how much of a toll it can take. For years, we had been teased with screenshots and cover spreads. This was the Aliens game we were all waiting for. Fending off Xenomorphs, firing iconic weaponry, it was all part of the deal. I remember seeing Colonial Marines in several different magazines, across five years. Each new spread revealed a more information. The run up to the release of Colonial Marines was bizarre. PR went...

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