Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that has been struggling to justify its own existence of late. Despite its plethora of available material covering the entire breadth of human history – we have seen the Crusades, the Renaissance, the Golden Age of Piracy, and now, the height of Pax Britannica – the franchise seems at times to be stagnant and lacking originality. Why is that?
Open world! Go where you please!
This was the promise of the future. What we wouldn’t have given back in the days of Donkey Kong Country to have been able to free roam across DK Island with the promise of new levels to be had… new loot (and bonus level barrels, of course). Back in those days, theera of the 1990s when the video game hobby was really finding its feet and jumping into an obscure late-night tv commercial thing to a generational standard – oh what amazing machines our Super Nintendos and our Segas were – we were fixed on pre-determined path by our video game designer overlords. Except for the occasional warp pipe, we progressed from level one, to two… to three.
I took a shot in the dark on ‘Life is Strange’ on Steam – and was very impressed. It is a five part interactive story set in a sleepy Oregon town, built along the same lines as Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead – however, it tells an original story set in a world that feels very nostalgic. Definitely worth a go for the low price.
May 18, 2015
Posted by: dwilson
Category: Adventure, First-Person Shooters, History, Humour, PC, Platform, Platformers, PlayStation, Racing, RPG, Sports, Steam, Strategy, Survival and Horror, Wii, Wii U, XBox
Tags: console, digital distribution, mario kart 64, new release, patch, retail, steam
I remember the day, back in the wild times of the mid ’90s, when we were still amazed by Mario Kart 64’s whole eight character roster (Wario, playable? Wow!). Back then I’d rush home from the store as fast as the city bus would get me there (not very) – and pop my brand new shiny cartridge into the ’64. Boom! New game, product complete, fired up in all its early 64bit 3D glory. Two years later, that game would be just as was then – awesome. No patches required.
Game players from the 80s and 90s were excited when Activision brought Sierra back from the dead last year. Not only that, but a new King’s Quest title was announced.
Excitement is building again as the first previews are starting to come out, with a release date expected this fall.
March 24, 2015
Posted by: mwilson
Category: Adventure, PlayStation, RPG, Sony
Tags: guns, horror, meelee, PlayStation, RPG, Sony, swords
The community is buzzing with excitement for Bloodborne, the Souls sequel that isn’t. One of the most anticipated games of the year so far, Bloodborne promises to deliver the best of blood, gore and horrific monsters you have come to expect from games for the PlayStation console.
These days are full of great news for fans of remastered games. Who wouldn’t want to relive those fun experiences with way better graphics? While we wait for the pipeline of new franchises and games that take advantage of the latest PlayStation’s graphical capabilities, it’s nice to see a polished take on an old favourite.