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Games of the generation: Dave picks the seismic shifts

Monday, 4 November 2013 12:54 GMT By Dave Cook

What were the games of the current generation? VG247′s staff pick their highlights of the past 8 years ahead of the PS4 and Xbox One launch. This time, Dave gets crushed in a tectonic shift of big ideas.

We’re dedicating this week to VG247′s personal games of the generation. We’ll post a different team member’s list each day, so stay tuned to see what we all thought.

What are the best games of the generation?

It’s a big question isn’t it? How do you even begin to approach it? What makes one game better or more significant than another? Well, I think that all depends on how you define words like “best” or “significant” in this context. There are so many parameters to consider and perspectives from which to approach this topic that it’s always going to be a subjective issue. No one really ‘wins’ a generation outright, but there are many games out there that affect us each in a personal manner, and enrich our hobby in new ways.

To me, the “best” games of any generation aren’t necessarily the most enjoyable, but those that bring wild new ideas to the table, inspire their competitors to do better, and persuade rival studios to think outside the box. I’ve decided to pick my five games based on that criteria. It’s worth pointing out that these aren’t in any significant order, or intended as definitive answers to the big question above, but they are five games that made me think differently about my hobby or the industry in a new light.

So without further stalling for time, here are my five games of the generation.

5. LittleBigPlanet
Creative elements in console games were around before Media Molecule unleashed its smiling toolbox onto the world in 2008, but they had never been delivered with such depth and finesse. While not as expansive as its sequel, the original LittleBigPlanet broke down the barriers of what it meant to be a ‘game.’ Core quest aside, the game could be whatever you wanted it to be, with a powerful suite of creative gadgets and gizmos that gave rise to a big community brimming with wild and wonderful ideas.

From its release and through several sequels, Media Molecule’s charming IP has left a trail of inspired followers in its wake, each eager to take a sloppy bite of the creation pie. Look to the industry today and you’ll an abundance of titles boasting creative elements in comparison to the previous generation. A quick name-check draws forth the likes of Trials Evolution, Terraria and Minecraft, each delivering creativity in unique ways.

But let’s forget games that allow you to build from the ground up for a second. You can even see LittleBigPlanet’s influence in games that offer only slight creative freedom. Since the game dropped, there has been a visible rise in titles that let players modify assets already present in the game, such as character creation or custom decals. These elements and the ability to build in games took an undeniable upswing after the launch of LittleBigPlanet and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s wasn’t a coincidence. All arguments aside, any game that gets young or typically passive minds thinking creatively is surely worthy of applause. That’s why it’s absolutely LBP has earned a place on my list.

4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Let’s be brutally honest here; Infinity Ward’s triggered something of a fierce, industry-wide trend when it dropped Call of Duty 4 on to the world in 2007. The seminal shoter was massively influential, even if some of you may see that trend as more of a plague. Every man, woman and their dog seemed hungry to rip off the game’s twitch, military template off without a hint of shame, but no game did cinematic warfare better than this at the time. Oh and that campaign is simply incredible, even to this day. Remember the TV studio shoot-out, the nuke twist, that stealth mission in Russia?

The plot was a masterclass in corridor pacing, with the tension ebbing and flowing just at the right moments to hold your interest. Incredibly, the story wasn’t utter waffle – I felt the studio saved that for Modern Warfare 2 – and the end result was a fitting homage to the militaristic action flick. Price’s ‘tache was pretty rockin’ too. Did I mention the stealth mission already? I did? Just checking. Throw in a superbly balanced and relatively sober multiplayer without the head-crushing mountains of shit exploding everywhere, and you have a well-rounded package that kept this particular critic hooked for a year after release.

It’s also worth noting the rolling XP-based progression mechanic and the ability to prestige, both of which have been copied in several franchises since. You can see Call of Duty 4′s influence in many titles today, even in the rival Battlefield series. I don’t even consider that a bad thing as developers of both franchises can learn a lot from one another, so this definitely isn’t a dig. Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Spec Ops: The Line and many other shooters have cribbed from Infinity Ward’s big book of ‘How to make your shooter exciting and engaging.’ Love or hate it, many walks of the industry owe Modern Warfare a debt.

3. Gears of War
I know that games like Kill.Switch and Winback introduced the ‘wider’ world to cover shooting as we know it today, but Gears of War made the notion sing. The game was considered a massive coup for Microsoft when it secured its Xbox 360 exclusivity in 2006, and when I look back now I feel that yeah, it certainly was. Why is it on the list? Well, just look at how many games have used the same cover-hugging tricks and techniques Epic Games brought to the table. You only need to look to Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, GTA 5 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution to see examples of games presenting new spins on the old format

Some would say that the mechanic has been over-used in the same way the Call of Duty format has been flogged over the years, but I see it more as a solution to a big problem. It’s a mechanic that makes for smoother transitions in 3D space, and in games where stealth is a factor you no longer have to clumsily navigate your avatar out of the enemy’s line of sight. You can now simply snap to cover and slide along walls, safe in the knowledge that you’re concealed.

The same goes for dodging hailstorms of bullets. Can you recall just how painful it was to hide from gunfire in games before snapping to cover was an option? You never quite knew if you were hidden or not and fucking up meant you could be killed in seconds without any room to reply. Confirming that you were hidden required a lot of edging your avatar around and manipulating the camera after every few steps to get a clear view around corners. Gears of War didn’t figure that conundrum out – again: see Winback and Kill.Switch – but it polished it to an attractive sheen that showed the world it could work. The rest is history.

2. GTA 4
Okay, stop hurling feces at me and I’ll explain why I’ve opted for the fourth game over GTA 5. Cast your mind back to Grand Theft Auto 3 and just try to remember how you felt when taking those first, mind-blowing steps into Liberty City. This was it man, the dream. It was a ‘real’, living city with odd-looking polygon people walking around, cars begging to be jacked and hell to be raised. It was like Rockstar North had delved into many of our minds and replicated what we thought the future of gaming would look like, but it was there in front of us, actually happening.

The PS2 game sparked a sandbox gold rush that would roll on for years through such series as Crackdown, Prototype, inFamous, Saints Row, Assassin’s Creed and many more. Despite GTA 4′s many flaws it still delivered a world that felt more believable and organic than those presented by the competition. I’m not saying the games listed above are bad – far from it, they’re each superb in their own ways – but Rockstar North remained unmatched in the world-building stakes.

Some people didn’t give two shits about things like Liberty City’s ‘working’ internet pages, the in-game phone, and many of its myriad mechanics, but chances are you found something special in that urban maze of decay that spoke to you. The sheer volume of options and tools in that play-space is still incredible to this day. To that end, I think GTA 4 was the kind of game that generated many ‘water-cooler’ moments. Conversations about how people tackled certain missions or insane rampages they exacted on the cops went on for months to years after the game released. You couldn’t escape it. Many of us didn’t want to.

Those emergent tales are more likely if a game world offers unbridled freedom and a vast tool-set to play around with. GTA 4 hit that bullseye with confidence. Years later, Rockstar North built upon that solid base to deliver GTA 5, a game that delivers a vast improvement in almost every aspect. So while Niko’s escapades may have soured the mouths of one-time fans since they came to pass, we can’t overlook just how significant that eye-opening jaunt into Liberty City has become.

1. Braid
Is this controversial? Maybe, but the list is in no specific order and like all the titles here I’ve chosen Braid for its wider impact and influence on the industry. It’s importance to modern gaming is simply immeasurable, even if you dislike Jonathan Blow and his game. The artistic, time-bending platformer charmed gamers with its beautiful art style and dreamy musical score, while the undercurrent of plot kept players guessing. Who was Tim really? Was he a frustrated lover or was he really the man who birthed the atomic bomb? Was he the hero or villain? I had never seen a game of Braid’s stature spark so much debate, yet I shouldn’t have been surprised.

After all, the indie scene had always proved populous on PC, yet the console market was yet to present the world with a suitable outlet for the creativity of solo coders and small teams. Xbox Live Arcade helped ease the issue, but the marketplace still needed that first, ground-shaking indie hit. When Braid came along it proved anyone, even the little guy could make their riches in the shark pool of the blockbuster circuit. You no longer required the publishing might of colossi like EA or Activision to make money in that arena. Financial and critical success could belong to anyone, even the cash poor. All you needed was an idea and the talent to pull it off.

Of course, we now know that in reality Xbox Live Arcade was a costly route to market, and certainly not the dream ticket we all thought it was once Jonathan Blow’s name started making the headlines. Even if you consider Braid’s runaway success an anomaly, it’s quite clear that it left a prominent mark on the industry. It appeared to open floodgates on both sides of the fence. On one side we saw a torrent of new, emerging independent talent rising up and getting their content out on consoles and Steam, while critics grew more accepting of the ‘curio’ title.

We now live in a world where Hotline Miami, The Stanley Parable, Gone Home, Dear Esther, Thomas Was Alone and Papers, Please are considered equals to the triple-a blockbuster juggernauts. They’re most certainly seen as headline-worthy across a wider range of sites. Indie games from relatively unknown coders or teams are no longer deemed a gamble, and many of us have stopped approaching them with preconceptions of lower quality. These teams are now respected as the artists, story-tellers and influential people that they are.

It’s impossible to pin this all on Braid alone, but I guarantee that Blow’s hit revealed a wider, brighter world to a significant amount of people out there. The game has since led me on to new, thought-provoking experiences across the years and has opened my eyes to wonderful things. I suspect I’m not alone in this either.

Well folks that’s all, I’m going to run for the nearest exit before the baying mob strips me of my skin and wears it as a rain smock. In case you did wonder, my ‘other’ games of the generation from an overall perspective include but are not restricted to Bayonetta, Dark Souls, Lost Odyssey, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Portal, The Walking Dead, BioShock, Journey, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, Mass Effect 2 and more I’ve definitely forgotten.

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101 Comments

  1. braindead1981

    Good list. In terms of “redifining gaming”, one could also argue for Journey or Super Mario Galaxy, since one delivered a completely unrivaled experience (not so much “game” necessarily), whereas Galaxy defined (again) what a 3D platforming game could be and do.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KineticCalvaria

    @1, Pretty sure those two were on Eurogamers GotG list, don’t want VG247 to look like they’re copying EG do we now? :)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @1 Thanks :) Journey is pretty special yeah, really enjoyable game, as is Galaxy.

    @2 and all the other sites doing ‘things of the generation’ articles yeah ;)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    @2

    Yep, Mario Galacock was voted Number 1 on Eurogaymer. Wow… Who’d have thought slipping a ‘cock’ in would be so difficult?!

    That kid had skills…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KineticCalvaria

    @3, Jump on the bandwagon, eh Dave :).

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Nah, I was more like ‘oh’ when I saw EG do it. It’s something I had wanted to do for a while. Our lists are neat though, they each take a different, personal angle.

    Steph’s up tomorrow!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @4 ??????

    #7 1 year ago
  8. KineticCalvaria

    @6, I’m only joking anyway :).

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 I know :)

    #9 1 year ago
  10. CyberMarco

    Personally my “Game of this generation” is Fallout 3 hands down.

    First time playing a Fallout game. Started it without having a clue about the lore or anything regarding the Fallout universe. Saw some random youtube videos and was a bit hesitant at first, but when I escaped the vault 101, just wow!

    The feeling of adventuring into the wild and unknown post-apocalyptic world had me pumped for the entire game.

    I could immerse myself into the game and forget how the time went by. Not to mention the mods. I think I’ve finished the game 2-3 times and still want to replay it, being the supervillain this time. muahahahaha xD

    Also, I played it on a crappy Pentium 4 with 1gb of ram! :P

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Dave Cook

    @10 It was an influential game yeah. I’d say I preferred New Vegas though, but they both have great positives.

    Remember those first steps out of Vault 101? Insane.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Dragon

    @Dave,
    I will put up the year end poll at the end of month. Another one for game of the generation sounds good?
    Doubt any sites are taking polls on that :D

    PS- Will need Michael for counting.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    No Jetpack Joyride???

    What kind of list is this!?!?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Telepathic.Geometry

    Uurgh, Call of Duty and Gears of War Dave. Aaaaarrgghh…

    I know, I know, opinions and arseholes. But who could have known our arseholes would be this different…

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dave Cook

    @12 yes, and you’ll have my full support on this, I promise. Do you have my email address?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    What about Angry Birds, eh?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Dave Cook

    @13 :O

    That game is stupidly addictive mind.

    @14 I think in many cases I’m looking at the mechanics or influence beyond the game’s content itself. Both Gears and CoD 4 were unquestionably influential throughout the gen.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Obernox

    Great read Dave, although i never felt Little Big Planet made ripples in the industry.

    @CyberMarco Totally agree with you there. Fallout 3 was mind-blowing when i first played it.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @16 Angry Birds shits for the birds my friend.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    @17:

    I’m level 698!

    #20 1 year ago
  21. romuloff

    Glad that you mentioned Mass Effect 2 in the end, :p . Overall, good list, I hope that the next gen bring more games with this level of quality.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    I think Angry birds showed everyone exactly how much money you could make with touchscreen gaming…

    #22 1 year ago
  23. absolutezero

    I had a conversation about this a couple of days ago with a mate and it struck me that I could not think of a single title that stood head and shoulders above everything else like Resident Evil 4 did for me the previous generation.

    Its not that the quality of titles is lacking and its not that the influential titles are missing its just personally nothing has blown me away unlike multiple titles from the past. I can still remember the day I got Metal Gear Solid 1 after waiting 6 odd months from the US release, entering the village for the first time in RE 4. Theres been nothing like that this generation for me. At a push my games of this generation would be the games that I feel deeply in love with over and above the games that changed things.

    1. Uncharted 2 – An almost perfect console game, with so much focus and love poured into it, its just a joy to play and stands up to repeat visits.

    2. Bayonetta – Astounding depth of combat which leads into an ever increasing level of escalation and crazy.

    3. Both Metro titles – Level design, atmosphere and a sense of place taken to such a degree that simply walk around its world became a pleasure, it took the moral systems seen in horrible Bioware games and refined them to work within gameplay and within the World, your actions are what affect the morality of your character not some binary choice in a menu.

    4. Amnesia – Rebooted the entire horror genre after the major publishers completely abandoned it stating a lack of sales and no audience. The culmination of all the experiments in style and interaction Frictional worked on throughout the Penumbra series.

    5. Dark Souls – Never under-estimate the player. Never assume that you need to make the story obvious, or need pop-up tutorials and every other simplification the industry has gone through. Make your game good enough and the community will band togethor and work everything out for themselves.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Obernox

    Gears of War 2 is a worthy mention. Gears 2 introduced the mighty popular “Horde mode” which h appeared in many games in their own form. CoD: Zomies, Halo 3: ODST’s Firefight, Mass Effect 3.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. fihar

    I quite agree on Fallout 3.
    It felt like the first game in a series instead of a third one, although it could be called a reboot in some ways. The post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the game was simply amazing.
    Gameplay-wise, New Vegas is miles better but I was more sucked in to the Capital Wasteland.

    I’d put LA Noire into consideration, one of my favorite of this generation and a great way to use technology to enhance gameplay experience.

    EDIT: Just noticed that you put Lost Odyssey in the end there, Dave.
    That’s nice, people tend to not gave that game enough credit because it’s quite slow but it had one of the best story and characters in any RPG this gen and an amazing short story collection in the Thousand Years of Dreams.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Dragon

    @Dave,
    &^*^@vg653.com ?

    Changed the digits since, you know, trolls.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Rockstar Vienna

    Hi VG247! :D

    My “GOTG” is Red Dead Redemption. One of the best stories i’ve ever played, a beautiful world with amazing detail and with John Marston one of the best characters in video game history if you ask me. Can’t wait for a new Red Dead on PS4! :)

    #27 1 year ago
  28. braindead1981

    @3 yeah. In conclusion, I think we’ve been graced with a generation full of great games (whether they brought new things to the table or not). Oh, and of course Braid kicked my ass and I loved every minute of it. I think it’s been long enough that I have forgotten most of the puzzles, so maybe time to replay it, this time on Steam. :)

    #28 1 year ago
  29. monkeygourmet

    1. Dark Souls
    2. Fallout New Vegas / Fallout 3
    3. Mario Galaxy
    4. Tomb Raider Reboot
    5. Red Dead Redemption

    Why?

    It’s a secret.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. polygem

    my ultraultimate top 3 in no particular order:

    mario galaxy
    halo reach
    demons souls

    these three really are -by far- the most fun and impressive games i have played this gen and man i played a lot of games :)

    worth mentioning: bioshock, bayonetta, fallout 3, the orange box, journey indeed…

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Joe Musashi

    Noteworthy selections there Dave. I guess that unofficial Streets of Rage remake game that Sega shut down didn’t make the cut, huh?

    I like how you’ve stressed “I” and “Me” and “My” in the article too.

    JM

    #31 1 year ago
  32. manamana

    Nice list, Dave. Let me add: Minecraft and Journey.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. monkeygourmet

    @31

    He can put “I” and “Me” and “My” as much as he wants, doesn’t make his choices right.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. DrDamn

    Nice article Dave. You can look at the Games of a Generation in quite a few ways, so specifically saying you are picking out something like the Seismic Shifts is a good way to do it I think.

    I’d have had Demon’s Souls in there certainly, but I can see why most of the rest are there. GTAIV is the exception – more because I don’t think it influenced things as much as the other titles you included. In a strange way I think it influenced stuff in a different way – GTAV is a better game because of lessons learned in what GTAIV did wrong not in improving what it did right for example.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Joe Musashi

    @33 I’m sure he feels his choices are right to him.

    JM

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Captain_Iglo

    1. Battlefield Bad Company 1
    2. Uncharted 2
    3. Skyrim
    4. Resistance 1
    5. Operation Flashpoint : Dragon Rising (despite some huge flaws, I enjoyed every moment on it)

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Dave Cook

    @25 Lost Odyssey is just beautiful.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. Dave Cook

    @27 It’s a stunning game, great choice :D

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Dave Cook

    @33 that’s not the point Monkey. It’s not about my choices being right or wrong. They’re just my personal favourites from an influence standpoint. It’s okay to disagree or agree.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Ekona

    For me, the original Assassin’s Creed trumps everything in this gen in terms of bringing an experience to the table that is unforgettable. Finally, we had a game where you could literally go anywhere you could see (except the water, who knew that assassins were such crap swimmers?), and a story that dared to touch on religion without pandering to it.

    Those first few steps you took over the mountain and saw the whole of Jerusalem below you… Breathtaking.

    It gave you a sense of freedom and a way of attacking that didn’t penalise you too harshly if you got the sneaky stuff wrong and had to go all-out in swordplay. AC2 was by far the better game, but the original will always hold a dear place in my heart.

    Except for those damn flags.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Ireland Michael

    LitteBigPlanet: <3

    #41 1 year ago
  42. monkeygourmet

    I love how people champion ‘Little Big Planet’ as a hive of creativity. Has anyone here on VG247 actually created their on level or even downloaded one that was in anyway playable or fun?

    I haven’t and the ones I have tried have been god awful. Trails HD easily stands out as a better exmaple of user created content IMO.

    Serious question!

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Dave Cook

    @42 Yes.

    Serious answer.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. DSB

    Little Big Planet just strikes me as a more modern version of The Incredible Machine. I don’t see how it connects to Minecraft or Terraria. Minecraft was inspired by Infiniminer, and Terraria mixed Minecraft with Castlevania.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. Ireland Michael

    @42 When was the last time you downloaded a level? The process was a bit messy in LBP1, but the spotlighting features of LBP2 and LBPVita have been doing a stellar job of highlighting absolutely great levels for some time now.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. Os Money

    kinda surprised no one said anything about minecraft…

    #46 1 year ago
  47. monkeygourmet

    @43

    Created or downloaded (or both)?

    I found the creation tools pretty clumsy. I think it may have been better with ‘move’ or on the Vita but I haven’t got around to trying that.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. Ireland Michael

    @47 They’re definitely not the most accessible tools, but my stepson picked them up in new time and couldn’t get enough for the game for months. All he would do is create stuff day in and day out, stuff I’m personally nowhere near creative enough to come up with.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. antraxsuicide

    @40
    Yes. So much yes. That game was so incredible.

    #49 1 year ago
  50. polygem

    i love jump and run games but i just can’t get into lbp. the floaty jumps, the forced humour (to me it feels like that), the ‘oh look we’re all hip and unique’ artdesign. i respect peoples love for this game. i can see the potential but i personally tried to like it with every new installment…i haven’t finished one of them. not a fan. not. at. all.

    #50 1 year ago
  51. Dragon

    Glad to see so much love for LBP. The best platformer this gen by a country mile imo.
    And also, probably blessed with one of the most creative communities in any console game. The packaged levels are generally just an icing on the cake for me. Highlighted community levels are among the best in the games.
    The community still keeps the game rocking after 3 years of release.

    #51 1 year ago
  52. brunomarcos

    #52 1 year ago
  53. Fin

    This is probably the only best-of list I fully agree with :O

    #53 1 year ago
  54. DrDamn

    @42
    Yes and Yes – even in LBP1.

    Creation I feel is an absolute blast to have fun with yourself. What you end up producing is irrelevant if you had fun creating it. One of my levels was a selection of Rockets I designed with various control mechanics. None of them were particularly successful but it was great fun doing it.

    In terms of finding good levels the trick in the first was finding one good creator then following their hearts and like to more and more.

    #54 1 year ago
  55. fihar

    I think some you guys are kinda missing the point of LBP’s inclusion here.

    There are possibly better examples of game with UGCs and obviously a lot of tighter platformers out there.
    But LBP was to my knowledge the first that brought UGC sharing to the forefront on consoles. Mods used to be restricted to PCs and while LBP wasn’t the first game to include a level creator toolkit, it was I believe the first that made sharing UGCs easily.

    Dave has stated that this list isn’t based on the quality of the game itself, but by how it acts as a game-changer to the industry as a whole.

    I mean, even Hitman took a page out of LBP’s book. A bald assassin studying from an anthromorphic… something wasn’t something you’d expect no?

    #55 1 year ago
  56. Clupula

    For me, the five best games of this gen, easily, were:

    5. Resonance of Fate
    4. Super Street Fighter IV
    3. Bayonetta
    2. Batman: Arkham City
    1. Valkyria Chronicles

    Of course, this is based on stuff I enjoy playing. I’d have to think long and hard about what games I feel changed gaming itself for this gen.

    #56 1 year ago
  57. Francis O

    @57

    Now I can see why you were so butt-hurt about Bayonetta 2 being on Wii U. LOL sucks being a drone, now you’ll just have to sit back and let the real gamers enjoy games on ALL SYSTEMS

    #57 1 year ago
  58. polygem

    “But LBP was to my knowledge the first that brought UGC sharing to the forefront on consoles”

    i think that was halo but well. yeah, i can see why lbp is on a game of the gen list. no problem, but man, do i disagree. these games just do not click with me at all.

    #58 1 year ago
  59. MadFlavour

    In no particular order, my games of the generation are:

    The last of us

    Dark Souls

    Portal/Portal 2

    Fallout 3

    Cod4

    Honorable mentions: Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock, Oblivion, Fable 2, Dead Rising, Crackdown, etc etc.

    #59 1 year ago
  60. manamana

    @46 you haven’t read my comment then ;-)

    #60 1 year ago
  61. Joe Musashi

    @51 I really enjoyed LBP also and particularly admire what it set out to do. I have yet to check out LBP2 but it certainly set a precedent for wide-open community driven content on a console game. It didn’t hurt that Media Molecule made a pretty endearing ‘blank canvas’ character in Sackboy, had better-than-anyone-expected level designers and managed to compile a sensational soundtrack and include Stephen Fry’s voicework into the package. Pitch-perfect, for the most part.

    I’d not spent too much time with the games’ UGC but what I did see was quite engaging. (More so than what I saw in Infamous 2 – but the toolset was more restrictive in that game). It’s inappropriate to criticise the game for the imagination of its content creators. Finding that extra-special content was the key. But following the official channels and fan sites, it’s not hard to see some great stuff. And there was some very smart stuff produced that got reported when the game was enjoying its zeitgeist period. I understand the tools also improved in the sequel. But making something fun, no matter how good the tools are, is never going to be easy. Tools are simply a means to an end.

    The reveal of the game seemed to be the start of a turning point in the PS3′s life. The signature title that people were looking for had appeared to surface. This picture, taken moments after the reveal and the comment made by a competitor that they felt LBP was “on the wrong console” shows just what a significant title it was for this generation.

    JM

    #61 1 year ago
  62. fihar

    @58
    I completely forgot about Forge.

    It’s not about whether you like the game or not though, it’s about what the underlining concept brings to the table.

    #62 1 year ago
  63. Dragon

    @61,
    Same feelings here.
    “on the wrong console”
    http://www.joystiq.com/2007/10/29/reggie-fils-aime-thinks-littlebigplanet-is-on-the-wrong-console/

    That was hilarious, especially in hindsight.

    #63 1 year ago
  64. aseddon130

    Rayman Origins > Littlebigplanet

    #64 1 year ago
  65. fearmonkey

    I never owned a PS3 so I never played Little big planet, but it looked really good.

    I don’t really agree with Gears of War 3, the game was beautiful and interesting, but I never loved it. I played through the entire series, and even bought Judgement, but It’s not a favorite game of this gen.

    For me personally, the games of the generation were as follows (360 based)

    Kameo – This game really showed what the next gen could do, gorgeous graphics with hundreds of characters on the screen at a time, all fighting and doing their own thing. I thought it was amazing.

    Oblivion – I loved morrowind on Xbox, but it could never compare to the PC version. Oblivion was just amazing to me on console, it held me hostage for a long time.

    Viva Pinata – I loved this game enough that I did everything to get every achievement, I can’t say that about any other game besides Oblivion (which was just following all the quests, really easy). My girlfriend loved watching me play it, and thought it was the coolest game she had ever seen until…

    Alan Wake – The Cinematic atmosphere, the dark story, the graphics, everything about this game was class. The PC version is even better and just an amazing game.

    Dragon Age:Origins – The music, the storyline, the atmosphere, made this series one of my favorite RPG’s of this gen.

    Honorable mentions.

    Deus Ex: HR – The gameplay and the atmosphere were top notch. One of the very best looking high res PC games by the way.

    The Darkness – StarBreeze’s original was the best of the two, but both games are fun. The acting in the original grabbed you.

    Condemned: Criminal origins – Dark and creepy, and disturbing and a blast to play.

    Borderlands 2 – Only 3 games have had me so addicted that I have spent over 300 hours in gameplay, and this is one of them.

    Bioshock – The entire series is great, all three games are favs. Bioshock 2 isnt as good story wise as the first, but it’s combat is better.Infinite’s ending blew me away.

    Dead Space – Scary and action filled wwith Dread, the sequels were good but not as good as the original.

    Call Of Duty 2 – The first time I played this on 360, I was blown away at it’s graphics and atmosphere.

    Skyrim/Fallout 3, and Fallout:NV – The story in NV was amazing but the bugs in the game killed the game for me for a long time till it was heavily patched. Fallout 3 was more about exploration, and Skyrim was an atmospheric tour de force.

    #65 1 year ago
  66. Dragon

    @64,
    Rayman is great too. The art style is just fantastic.
    However I think lbp edges just a little because of endless fantastic levels, the difference its community makes.
    However, if they add UGC in Rayman, its over for lbp :P

    lbp and rayman are easily the top 2.

    #66 1 year ago
  67. Joe Musashi

    @63 I guess his body wasn’t ready.

    JM

    #67 1 year ago
  68. Legendaryboss

    Ignoring irony at @57: My list in no particular order:
    1. Every GTA Title. Personal Favourite Undecided.
    2. Every MGS Title. Same as 1.
    3. Any Handheld Traditional Pokemon Titles. Personal Favourite Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire.
    4. Any Naughty Dog Starting From 2007. Personal Favourite Uncharted 2.
    5. Red Dead Redemption Plus Its DLC
    6. Killzone 2
    7. Killzone Mercenary VS Fire Emblem Awakening.
    8. Killzone 3
    9. Sleeping Dogs.
    10. Max Payne 3.

    Worthy Mentions: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Far Cry 3 and Others.

    Oh looks like i went over 10 (considering how many games are in the first 4 franchises).

    #68 1 year ago
  69. polygem

    That’s actually the thing. It’s a good game but it totally lacks some nintendo magic.

    #69 1 year ago
  70. Dragon

    “some nintendo magic”

    oh no you didn’t :P

    #70 1 year ago
  71. RussellGorall

    You put GTA4 and Gears in there, two of the most average big games out there, and then just to look hip you put Braid at the top?

    #71 1 year ago
  72. Legendaryboss

    @69
    Oh My God! OMG! OMG! Change it Polygem! Otherwise…

    http://img.pandawhale.com/post-25067-And-Here-We-Go-Joker-gif-Imgur-x71M.gif
    http://99gifs.com/-img/51f99e62afa96f5b3b00298b.gif

    #72 1 year ago
  73. Dragon

    ^ Sorry, but baby gifs are THE best.

    I win :D

    @67,
    I am quite sure his body still isn’t reggie.

    #73 1 year ago
  74. Legendaryboss

    @69
    Your body best be ready!

    #74 1 year ago
  75. Legendaryboss

    @73
    I bow to the master ;)

    #75 1 year ago
  76. Joe Musashi

    Awww, bless.

    But that’s the great thing about LBP and contributes so much to its landmark significance.

    It has magic coming from all corners of the globe. Ready to enjoy and share and build upon. Magic created by users, unrestrained by corporate-controlled branding or committee-directed themes. It wasn’t required to follow a template or pre-existing rules of what is or isn’t allowed to feature. The magic wasn’t held under lock and key in Kyoto, it was shared with everyone and further sharing was encouraged and the tools for more magic were handed over to the gamers.

    Magic doesn’t exist as a brand. It’s not owned by a corporation. LBP gave magic to everyone that wanted to make and share magic of their own.

    It’s a game that reaffirms why I believe it’s so important to break away from the standard templates. To be bold enough to try a new and experimental approach. When successful, as LBP has been – as a game, as an experiment, as an IP – it sets a timeless precedent.

    JM

    #76 1 year ago
  77. fihar

    @69
    Cute.
    What’s with the sudden use of proper capitals?

    #77 1 year ago
  78. Super Girevik

    Top 5 Industry Impacting Games
    ========================

    1) Street Fighter IV for reviving the fighting game genre.

    2) Batman Arkham Asylum for changing the misconception that comic book games are always poor quality.

    3) Super Mario Galaxy for proving why Nintendo still sets the standard for platform games.

    4) Call of Duty 4 for changing the FPS genre.

    5) Cave Story/Spelunky/Braid/Minecraft for starting the indie game revolution.

    #78 1 year ago
  79. KineticCalvaria

    @77, omg Poly is using capitals now? This site really is going to the dogs!

    Whatever next, Erthazus saying he loves CoD Ghosts on his ps3?!

    #79 1 year ago
  80. Panthro

    @78

    I do agree with everything but 1)

    Did it revive the fighting genre? I cant remember a change at all before or after it came out, care to educate me on what I missed?

    And I would lump Halo: combat evolved in 4) to ;)

    #80 1 year ago
  81. bradk825

    I like the theme of these games being game-changers as opposed to just looking at the top 5 in sales, especially since 4 of the 5 would be from the same franchise.

    Gears was a system-seller for Xbox. My friend Mike, a longtime Playstation gamer like I had once been came over and tried Gears on co-op with me. Within the week he had an Xbox 360, and still prefers Xbox to this day (Has a XB1 pre-ordered). It was gameplay style as mentioned in the article, but also the unique visuals, unique world, and the connection to Delta Squad that you quickly form in the gritty gameplay. Gears 1 will always be one of my all-time favourites.

    #81 1 year ago
  82. polygem

    @77: that was written on a mobile phone not a wiiu pad. back to wiiu right now as you can clearly see.

    @76: well if you think so. i disagree with that. i think it’s not half the masterpiece you are trying to make out of it. the game is first of all massmedia mainstream just like a mario or halo or uncharted. it plays it very safe in it’s core design. you are painting a picture of it as if it is the second coming. something truly groundbreaking. well, to me it was first of all an average game experience. it’s a soso game with some ugc elements on top of it and that’s it.
    to me it was a game with very mediocore gameplay mechanics, playing it save artdesign, cheesy humour (in a bad way), a huge dose of try hard zeitgeist hipness to a level that completeley killed everything that tried to be creative and fun about it. again, i can understand that people will strongly disagree with this but well, these are my honest feelings after playing all the lbp games…i mean halfway through them at least. they bored the shit out of me.

    #82 1 year ago
  83. monkeygourmet

    As a pure platformer, I’m sure most people would agree LBP is poor.

    Controls are pretty sloppy; it gets by on its art direction and how important people deem the user generated content. As a package though, it works and is helped along by the fact it’s an exclusive title.

    The Vita is easily home to the best version IMO, and I find the PS3 games severely overrated. When I first saw the original unveiling, I must admit it blew me away. Then I played it… For a game the relies heavily on physics based platforming, Sack Boy himself seems to lack any real solidity or feeling like he belongs ‘to the world’.

    Saying all that, it’s still the closest Sony have got in replicating a Nintendo like experience. Tearaway looks set to be the closest (interestingly another MM title).

    #83 1 year ago
  84. Darkfield

    @Dave and you played Dark Souls… how could u pick MW or GoW over Dark Souls, you now have a debuff Mister and it reads like -%10 public affection level.

    #84 1 year ago
  85. SplatteredHouse

    Gears is the one that I don’t go along with, out of that list. (Braid might be another, except I’ve not played enough of it to oppose its inclusion on any ground.)

    That Gears has inspired little more than terrible me-toos, (oh, and the fall from grace of a successful indie for its half-baked follow-up – that indie being, PEOPLE CAN FLY) and an absurd camera perspective from which your lug of a soldier blocks out most of the visible action on the screen, the upside of which, being that we get to witness these miraculous cloth textures on said lug’s clothing!

    Though it’s admittedly fun to play (the first, at least. By the second I could take or leave it, tbh), what it represents is a blotch upon the progress of the generation – a point where the ink spilled, yet someone tried to carry on writing. Epic would drive Bleszinki’s baby into a dead-end, before the gen was out. Some legacy, for the games to worsen as more time and money was spent.

    #85 1 year ago
  86. Super Girevik

    In Dave’s defense, Gears of War was a huge game, especially when it was first released. It set standards for graphics and featured third-person action that was soon cloned by other games. I can easily see this game being one that impacted the games industry.

    #86 1 year ago
  87. Joe Musashi

    I was informed earlier today that another’s personal choices are ‘wrong’.

    I’m certain that oddly shaped door swings both ways.

    JM

    #87 1 year ago
  88. polygem

    @87: “i” for one just disagree with “you”…it’s all cool. there’s no right or wrong here.

    #88 1 year ago
  89. monkeygourmet

    @87

    Sarcasm old bean.

    #89 1 year ago
  90. Super Girevik

    @87

    +1, why would anyone want to change someone’s opinion? If I wanted to talk to people who only shared my opinion, I would just talk to myself all day.

    I personally enjoy hearing people’s different views.

    #90 1 year ago
  91. Joe Musashi

    “04/11/13, 8:54 pm”
    “04/11/13, 8:54 pm”

    ಠ‿ಠ

    JM

    #91 1 year ago
  92. Legendaryboss

    I’ll give someone a cookie if they know which gif i would place in this scenario.

    #92 1 year ago
  93. polygem

    @91:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vf2sDgeu7k

    #93 1 year ago
  94. Joe Musashi

    ಠ_ಠ

    JM

    #94 1 year ago
  95. monkeygourmet

    @92

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4ECgQBi4ff8/T2NPWakWnAI/AAAAAAAAMx8/hcMpKpUSExE/s1600/daily_gifdump_82_10.gif

    This one?

    #95 1 year ago
  96. absolutezero

    つ ◕_◕ ༽つGive DIRETIDE

    #96 1 year ago
  97. Legendaryboss

    @95
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9RVS8cjNN0 You surpassed my expectations
    http://images.wikia.com/adventuretimewithfinnandjake/images/f/f3/DANCING_COOKIE.gif

    Dragon And I were right so that means: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zszZJZqkhQ

    #97 1 year ago
  98. polygem

    @94:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i45sk_pg15A

    #98 1 year ago
  99. Clupula

    @80 – SFIV very much revived the fighting genre. After SFIII, the genre was pretty much dead. Sure, SNK released yearly KOF titles for a while and 3D fighters were still a thing, but nobody wanted to make a big budget 2D/2.5D fighting game anymore. SFIV was a test. When it succeeded, suddenly we saw titles like BlazBlue, we saw titles like Injustice, the Mortal Kombat reboot, Guilty Gear was able to get a sequel after years of being ignored.

    SFIV brought a genre from being niche to being profitable, almost single-handedly.

    Of course, I believe it was improved upon greatly with Super SFIV, but still, the original version of SFIV did very much impact this gen strongly.

    #99 1 year ago
  100. DevilishSix

    In no particular order

    Minecraft – on how it changed they way many viewed what a game could be.

    COD Modern Warfare – on how it changed they way we played fps multiplayer at the time.

    Bioshock – for the thick atmosphere and mystery it created for a fps.

    Fallout 3 – for the incredible vision of post nuclear war world.

    Demon/Dark Souls – for bringing back the satisfaction that a challenging but fair game can give.

    Rayman Origins – for making 2d platforming feeling fresh again.

    There are a few more but that is a fair list. On a side note

    Kudos to the Walking Dead and Breaking Bad series for making me care about TV again.

    #100 1 year ago
  101. Dragon

    @91,
    That face :D

    #101 1 year ago

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    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]