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Let's Talk About: Grand Theft Auto V

635d ago ... It should be no surprise that a company like Rockstar Games - which knows no boundaries when it comes to quality, innovation and pushing the proverbial envelope - is able to craft such an [in]famous series that has been running on a lifespan of sixteen years and counting. Dating back to 1997 with the franchise's debut release of the PlayStation, Windows and MS-DOS title, Grand Theft Auto was on...

Rebuttal: Is the quality of games declining?

646d ago ... ⇌ Author's Note: Please note that this is not a personal attack of any kind. It is merely a respectful counter argument. Thank you. ⇋ It's not an uncommon opinion that the quality of video games today is declining and there have been a plethora of theories as to why and how. I've heard some people claim that developers would rather try to impress you with a cinematic blockbuster hit with lit...

Sound Familiar? | A Recapitulative of Voice Acting

719d ago ... It goes without saying that voice acting is a crucial element in video games today. In previous generations, it was overlooked if voice acting wasn't up to par with the rest of what the game has to offer - it commonly took a back seat in importance compared to gameplay and innovation. Today, voice acting is just as important as a solid storyline and immersive gameplay to create an ultimate virt...

In Defense of Xbox Live

728d ago ... Author's Note - 3 February 2013: In light of recent comments, I think it's prudent to state that while I am certainly satisfied with the Xbox Live service, I can perfectly understand why others do not and feel that even after what's been said and done, the $5 per month price tag is unjustifiable. That is your opinion and you are welcome to it, but please do not force it down the throats of othe...

Lara Croft is Back | a Tomb Raider Preview

748d ago ... Tomb Raider is a game that is undeniably on the radar of most, if not all gamers by now, whether it be in lieu of interest or because they’re waiting to see if it lives up to the expectations set for it. Regardless of the reason, Tomb Raider is for the first time since the late 90s, a game that’s close to number one on the lists of the most anticipated and most discussed video games to be relea...

Skyrim Journal: Volume I

755d ago ... The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of few games that I was not readily able to put down for quite some time after starting a playthrough. I found myself completely enthralled and immersed in the game and it was a rarity to catch me playing anything else within the subsequent months. However, like with all games that I find myself infatuated with, there is a cool down period in which I’ll play e...

Skyrim Journal: Prologue

758d ago ... Author's Note: The prologue to this journal is intended to serve as a brief insight into my discovery of the Elder Scrolls series and highlight the road to it. Subsequent entries will document my experience with TES V: Skyrim. I know for a fact that I was in elementary school (primary school for our UK friends) when I'd originally caught wind of The Elder Scrolls. It was during recess on the...

Video Game Decline | a Gamer's POV

772d ago ... It cannot be denied that this year in video gaming has been disturbingly lacklustre, with a small handful of the occasional high points that inevitably faded away as if it never happened. In an article written in October by Zacks Equity Research, video game sales have declined for the tenth consecutive month in September. According to market research firm NPD, U.S video game store sales slumped...

Are Video Games Truly To Blame?

775d ago ... The short answer: no. Video games are not the issue and have never nor will be the issue when it comes to real-world murders, massacres and tragedies. As many of you are well aware, with anything in the entertainment department, there's a cult of concerned soccer moms, congregates of Parent-Teacher Associations, and even the occasional radio personality who weigh in on controversial subjects an...

It's the Little Things, Man!

786d ago ... As a gamer of about fifteen years, I've documented my experiences with video games, the industry, and naturally anything involving my favourite form of entertainment. With that being said, where I've also matured quite a bit since I was four years old--or at least I like to think so--I've grown to have more understanding and patience; so when a company nonsensically leaves out a detail or eleme...

EA Support and Their Nonsense

795d ago ... † Warning: the following blog post contains a strong opinion and a minor rant. It should be taken light-heartedly. I don't tend to make a habit out of complaining about trivial occurrences, but lately I've found myself growing exhausted with Electronic Arts and their individual "professional support" team. I've had quite a few run-ins with issues stemming from multiple EA titles in which I n...

Grand Theft Auto V | a Fan's Impressions

804d ago ... Warning: may contain spoilers for those who have not kept up with the latest news and videos. Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for the fifth generation in the infamous, controversial, and bloody brilliant sandbox action-adventure franchise. Before I get too far into this, let me first start off by saying that my impressions are not strictly fan-based; I do have some understandable con...

Welcome Back, 47 | a Fan's Impressions

808d ago ... Warning: minor spoilers in the event a reader has not kept up with Absolution videos or developments. It's been a long and boring six years without our favourite bald assassin, and I am irrevocably thrilled that the next instalment in the Hitman franchise is literally right around the corner. I have to say, Absolution is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience for Hitman fans and casual...

Hard Pressed to be Impressed

810d ago ... As we're nearing the beginning of a new year, I begin to wonder if 2013 will bear the sweet fruit of a mind-blowing video game. I often find myself thinking back to this year and considering the rather unimpressive displays I've experienced, my hope is nearly running dry. During my recollection of this year in gaming, I remember only a small handful of games that were able to whet my appetite,...

The Decline of Stealth Games

960d ago ... One might say that stealth games are a lost cause, mainly because of the fact that the most popular genres in gaming consist of over-the-top action, cinematic style combat, and oversaturated use of a cover system. To that I say rubbish; there is without a doubt a large group of gamers who adore stealth based games and demand an increase of them, including myself. However, when I say "stealth ba...

An Insight into the Controversy of Tomb Raider

961d ago ... As of late, there has been an uproar of disgruntled and frustrated gamers who have been up in arms about a theorized rape scene in Tomb Raider, the upcoming reboot to the franchise by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. For a brief insight into the plot (spoilers may follow, so please read at your own discretion), Lara Croft along with her mentor, Conrad Roth, and several other sailors aboard the...

A Brief Insight into How EA Ruined The Sims

962d ago ... It goes without saying that The Sims is one of the most popular and best selling computer games of all time, but it saddens me to finally admit that the franchise is falling and falling hard. In 2009, some time after The Sims 3 was released in the same year, I noticed a significant decline in quality. In the subsequent years leading up to the present, I noticed a vast increase in nonsensical oc...

Tomb Raider (2013) Pre-Release Impressions

974d ago ... "Crossroads," the extensive and in-depth E3 trailer for Tomb Raider was finally unveiled and I must say, my faith in the Tomb Raider series has been restored, fully. Although I expressed some paranoia and cynicism in my previous blog on the game, I will admit that while the new footage has undeniably thrilled and excited me, as well as tantalised my appetite, I remain sceptical on certain front...

Lara Croft Redone | a Tomb Raider Fan's Insight

975d ago ... Even though it feels recent, it's closing in on two years since the announcement of Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics' latest project--a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Given the simple, yet appropriate name, 'Tomb Raider,' and with the tantalising and promising slogan, 'A Survivor is Born,' we were told to forget everything we knew about our action heroine, as Tomb Raider was going to be a...

Rescuing Oblivion from the Depths of Dust

981d ago ... Last night while I was relaxing on the armchair, cup of peppermint tea in hand and turning a page of Live and Let Die, I had an epiphany. It was the overall grim, dark, and uncomfortable setting of the novel that reminded me of the planes of Oblivion in the fourth [canon] instalment of the Elder Scrolls series. Upon realizing this, I made haste to my computer and looked up my games history via...
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