We can all thank Brett Elston for a question of the week that is immensely difficult to convey concisely. So - what movie game first clued you in to the fact that movie games are generally known for being crappy? We've probably all, at some point, picked up a movie game that we had high hopes for ("Yes! A Total Recall game for the NES!"), and were horribly disappointed ("Oh..."). Which sad experience stuck with you the most?
Earlier this year, Metaboli, a leader in the world of digital distribution, announced an incredible 120% year-on-year growth. They boast partnerships with Rockstar, Paradox and Epic Games and have recently inked a deal with Ubisoft, making their games available by its download-to-own for the first time.
Some people make videogames because it’s something they love. Some people make videogames to gain fame and fortune. And some people make videogames because they want you to suffer…horribly. Crawling forth from deep crevices in the earth, a handful of particularly sadistic indie game developers have emerged to hunt for fresh souls to feed their unholy engines of destruction.
Forza is a funny old series. It consistently scoops up superb marks, is raved about by racing purists and is the nearest thing to Officially the World’s Best Racing Game Evah (that’d be Gran Turismo) you’ll find on 360. Yet perhaps that’s the crux of the problem; for whatever reason, developer Turn 10’s opus has never hit the populist heights of Polyphony’s seminal series.
Film and television quotes are so entangled with our language that their origins have become irrelevant to most speakers. We use Seinfeld-popularized neologisms and phrases constantly without considering who popularized them (“shrinkage,” “yadda yadda yadda,” “close-talker,” “not that there's anything wrong with that”). But games are a younger medium, and for a time were thought to be the...
With the seas rising to envelop every last acre of dry land on Earth and all natural resources exhausted, mankind is on the verge of extinction. The only hope for our species is the Ark, a floating haven designed by humanity’s finest minds to make sure that the few remaining living human beings can be safe to live and breed. Of course, they also made sure to bring bundles of guns ‘n’ ammo.
First things first: Castlevania is one of our most cherished videogame series ever. From Simon’s Quest through to Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night, it’s single-handedly been responsible for many joyous evenings in our homes. Not that it hasn’t also heralded some of the most calamitous, mind; we still shudder when we recall the awful ’Vania 64 and its motorcycle-riding skeletons.
Did you know that owning an iPhone makes you a better person? It’s true. The Department of Made-up Statistics and Lies (DMSL) recently published a study, which claims that male iPhone users who identify with the “gamer lifestyle” are happier, healthier, and have slightly larger penises than their non-iPhone-owning counterparts. Surprised? We are.
The economy has collapsed, there’s a worldwide energy crisis and the once-great USA is in tatters. No, it’s not present day: the year is 2027, and North Korea has used its missiles to destroy South Korea and invade the States. Hmm, we could cover one eye, squint with the other and pretend we’ve never played this scenario before...
The Rookie spends the first two minutes of ODST having a nap, 60 seconds dropping to Earth and then the next six hours sleeping off the trip. He’ll spend the next few hours wishing he’d woken up a little faster. Frankly, he had it coming.
ODST begins with a mystery and it’s the first of many.