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When darkness took hold on gaming.

332d ago ... It was nearing the end of the 16-bit era with the Saturn and Playstation shedding dark clouds over it. There was no stopping it. Games were going 3-D but it felt like they weren't quite ready to be there. Virtua Fighter and Daytona USA were positives in what seemed like the next step and while I liked the way the games moved and animated I did not like the way they looked. The Street Fighte...

Anor Londo - A Case Study in Level Design (AKA "Staircases and Royal Pains in the Fanny")

342d ago ... (Spoilers - Duh) I'm a big fan of the "D. Souls" series of games. I do very much like the challenge they present and the dark, mystical settings. What I gravely dislike is when it uses these two things in a diabolical manner that wastes the player's time. Unfortunately, this is something that Dark Souls tends to do a little too frequently; Especially in the area/level known as "Anor Londo...

Are we being lied to? (Again?)

392d ago ... Ah E3, that special time of year when boys and girls gather around the interwebs to have their eyes and ears filled with the wonderful and magical sounds and sights of limbs exploding off into space and animated boobs that jiggle in real time physics calculations. Yes, its that time where new games are unveiled like the glorious dawn of a new spring day, titles that sound foreign and strange...

8th Gen - The Death (Finally!) of Corridor Shooters?

405d ago ... The blog picture comes from here: http://memearchive.net/memerial.net/1371/picture.jpg , and I think it's a fitting way to describe the modern FPS genre. I like shooters. I really do, but I've been a bit worn out on them recently. I have my reasons, but chief among them would be how every FPS these days seems to be a corridor shooter. I grew up on shooters like Duke Nukem, Strife, Syst...

Square's Epic Brand: A Final Fantasy 15 Story

405d ago ... The story of Final Fantasy has evolved over the years, each tailored to suit the current worlds graphics. Long ago, in the land of eight bit technology the Final Fantasy franchise was born, into a world filled with side scrolling army soldiers fighting helicopters, or motorcycle games based on how many backflips you could perform before you crashed repeatedly and eventually lost the race. It...

Microsoft’s E3 Show and Rating

406d ago ... Microsoft knew they had to come hard and be all about games after the horrendous Xbox One reveal, and that’s exactly what they did. But did it work? Metal Gear Solid 5: Microsoft kicked the game off with Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain, and boy does it look amazingly good, however, it’s also coming to PS4. It seems like MS and Sony have switched lovers with Sony courting Bungie, and Micro...

Microsoft's TV Ambitions are a Cop Out

451d ago ... So, Microsoft have finally stopped pretending there isn’t a third Xbox on the way and has found it in their hearts to give us a date for the big unveiling. Like the good consumers they take us for we’re supposed to watch the countdown timer patiently with baited breath. Then, when the time is upon us, Microsoft will bestow its new master plan for gaming on the world. It is said that this pla...
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March Winners!

469d ago ... Congratulations everyone! I'm really glad we increase blog prizes for March, our blog section is a great read! (hint hint if you haven't visited lately...) COMMENT LOTTERY: Prize: 4 winners - a $50 Amazon Gift Card each! Heavenly King Rage_S90 PostMesmeric Human Analog BEST USER BLOG: Prize: 5 winners, a $75 Amazon Gift Card! Welshy "What truly defines "Next Gen" and why it may n...

BATMAN

471d ago ... So I just beat Arkham City, am currently working through the remainder of the Riddler challenges and I have been on a hard Batman kick since mid March. Picked up Dark Knight Rises and thought it was awesome I gotta re-watch Dark Knight because I don't want to unfairly judge the Joker but the Bane voice was really cool. And I've been watching all the Batman stuff I can on netflix. I starting wat...

Three things Microsoft can do for their Next-Gen Xbox

475d ago ... Amidst all the rumors and speculation regarding Microsoft's next generation gaming console, their success with the Xbox 360 is nothing short of a milestone achievement for the Redmond company, especially when compared to their initial entrance into the console gaming market with the original Xbox. Being the first console to launch the seventh generation back in 2005, Microsoft were primed an...

Should Console Games Move on to Art, While Mobile Games Take Their Place?

488d ago ... All these touch games - Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Racing Moto - Aren't these technically true video games, at least by definition? Brilliant games such as Final Fantasy VII, Dark Souls,Journey, or Xenoblade Chronicles - What "Gamers" love about gaming in general, well, really aren't games - they're much more. Of course, millions of gamers would kill me for saying what I said in the first sen...

What truly defines "Next Gen" and why it may not be what people expect it to be.

501d ago ... With a fairly in depth reveal of Sony's Playstation 4 console recently, and the all but certain reveal of Microsoft's rival next gen console due to be shown in April, the topic of "next generation" gaming is well and truly at a head. With gamers and tech geeks alike climbing the walls in anticipation for full reveals at E3 and inevitable Christmas launch windows when we can finally get our hand...

Playing Dress Up: Gender Swapping in Games

507d ago ... Written for Haywire by Zachary Brictson Haywire Magazine: http://issuu.com/jkoeller/docs/haywire_magazine_issue_3_-_identities/3#share Give me half decent customization options and I’ll easily sit at a character creation screen for over an hour. Twenty minutes on the jawline alone. Even if it’s just a list of defaults I’ll match every hairstyle with every kind of eyebrow available, with e...

Next-gen? Stop doodling and do your homework!

509d ago ... It was back in 2010 when Nintendo showed off the 3DS that I thought to myself "Goodness, I'm sick of this nonsense. Can we just get back to the games?" No, hang on a second. It was the year before, when PS Move and "Natal" (Kinect) were both showcased that I began to get sick of the game industry's hardware obsession. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft were all going down a dark path...a path tha...

The Calm Before The Storm

517d ago ... Can you feel it? There’s electricity in the atmosphere. Something stirs on the horizon and the air grows thick with anticipation as sparks of excitement crackle here and there. A dull rumble echoes across the hills in the distance. It’s a sound some gamers haven’t heard in over seven years but it still manages to elicit the same passion, the same sense of expectation and the same sliver of a...
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January Winners!

529d ago ... Congratulations, guys! There were some really great Blogs and Reviews this month, and deciding was incredibly difficult. Shout outs to Nate-Dog, coolbeans, darkpower and iamnsuperman, to name a few. A note about Blog and User review selections, since there's been a tiny bit of confusion in the past: We don't choose winners based on what we agree with, we choose them based on things like qual...

The Captivation Of Dark Souls

540d ago ... Recently It was recommended to me by 2 fellow N4G users to try out Dark Souls. As an Xbox man myself I hadn't heard much of Demon Souls and what I knew of Dark Souls was that it was frustrating and difficult to complete, a real marmite game, so as you can understand I was sceptical about the idea Looking at the price of only £20 for a GOTY edition I thought to myself why not and took the lea...

'Difficulty' in Gaming

560d ago ... The value of games lies in the gamers sense of accomplishment over challenges. This is the reason why games like Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, Spelunky and Super Meat Boy are so successful. These games do not hold our proverbial hands; gradually, they teach crucial mechanics to the player that are continually presented throughout the game. Then, when the gamer uses these mechanics correctly and ef...

A Nintendo Theory. What Can Save The Wii U and a Huge Win Over Their Competitors

576d ago ... Well since the launch of the Wii U last month on Nov 18th. Thing's haven't really gone Nintendo's way has it? Some will disagree and most will agree. Yet could there really be an answer to what Nintendo has planned down the road that most of us just don't see coming? Perhaps there might just be more light at the end of this dark tunnel of disappointment after all, Maybe, just maybe. Now before...

Dark Souls II- How to make it the best game ever

589d ago ... It's never been a secret how much I like Dark Souls. I've beaten it somewhere around 10-15 times and logged in over 500 hours playtime across both the PS3 and PC versions, yet still wanted more. The gameplay is simply unique and doesn't compare to any other games around right now. So, naturally, with the announcement of the next instalment in the franchise, you could imagine that I was quite...

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EU 26 April 2013
AU 26 April 2013
US 28 June 2013
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AU 26 April 2013
EU 26 April 2013
US 26 April 2013