New XBLA Release Review – Far Cry Classic – Don't cry for me:
Age rating: 16+
Genre: Open world first person shooter
Far Cry is back, from the past the time, instead of the future, see: http://goo.gl/CkhNvS
It’s open world, it’s shooty. There’s not much else to say about this really. It was one of the first in the genre, that’s topped by it’s sequels, but this original game just seems a tad small and less interesting in comparison. The ten years since its original release haven’t been especially kind.
That said, it’s still a fun game, it just feels… lacking. The absence of multi-player I find particularly irksome as on the PC original this is easily where I had the most fun.
Far Cry, how I missed thee.
Colours a plenty. Not all grey and brown here.
When you sneak past an enemy undetected, it feels like a genuine achievement.
Worth a purchase?: This is…all right. It’s tough to hate on a game you really enjoyed roughly nine years ago but these days it seems a bit dry, stilted and too hard to be much fun. Maybe I’m going soft in my old age.
I can’t really see who this game is for; fans of the PC original can still play it there and console FPS gamers will find it to be somewhat of a curiosity and ignore it completely.
Available on: Xbox 360 and PS3 (original version also available on PC)
Finally, check out my quick trial of this game on Youtube:
2014-02-15 19:30:48 GMT far cry classic
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, Thoughts & Opinions – Really sick of the rumour mill
I’m getting really tired of online videogame journalism’s obsession with ‘not news’ news and plain old falsehoods.
So, with that in mind, it’s finally time for a bit of a rant…
It’s become apparent lately, that the gaming community is obsessed by making news out of almost nothing. Today I reached a tolerance point with this article:
So, there isn’t going to be a Project Gotham Racing 5? Cheers CVG, now I’m sat here wishing there would be a PGR 5, even though yesterday I new there wasn’t going to be a PGR 5 and I didn’t ever even think about that fact.
This isn’t news. This is a pointless statement. This is: ‘A thing that doesn’t exist in doesn’t exist shocker!’
It doesn’t end there, how many rumours that say Fallout 4 is in development have we seen, only to be told later: ‘Ooops sorry not true' or 'They’re not saying anything, let’s make news out of that’.
The same goes for Shenmue 3 and countless other games some people are desperate for new version of.
How many lies have we been fed saying: ‘games company X trademarks game-you-love Y’, only to be told later: ‘Actually, no they didn’t, someone is making false copyrite claims…again.’.
In the desperate hunt for website hits on a slow news day, people will seemingly say anything that people will latch onto.
Hey, news just in! Skies of Arcadia 2 is totally in development right now. Honest! I didn’t just make that up, right this very second to get you all excited…
…wait sorry. No it isn’t. I lied. It could be, but I have no proof either way.
How annoying was that? I toyed with your emotions in the space of two paragraphs. Videogames websites are doing that over the course of days, weeks and months...and they’re the professionals. Apparently.
You know what guys? If there’s no news on the development of a old beloved franchise, you could try…not saying anything about it. Just an idea.
Sure, you can write an article demanding why there should be news about a new game, that’s what editorials are for, but stop lying about it already. Check some sources! You’re embarrassing us and it’s starting to get beyond a joke.
(As a final note if you put ‘Skies of Arcadia 2’ into Google, the number one result is this:
Which is from a parody website and a complete fabrication. Oh, the irony.)Post on:
2014-02-27 19:30:47 GMT video game opinion
, New XBLA Release Review – Rekoil: Liberator – That's not how you spell 'Recoil'
Age rating: 16+
Genre: Online multi-player first person shooter
You know Call of Duty? That game that everyone plays and already has? Imagine that but just worse in every single way. That’s Rekoil: Liberator.
It’s generic beyond belief.
Poor graphics, sound, gameplay…you name it, it’s not good.
Worth a purchase?: Did they seriously make this thinking it would be good? And that anyone would buy it? Utter dross.
My it burn in the fiery pits of never played games for all eternity.
Available on: Xbox 360 and PCPost on:
2014-02-05 19:30:38 GMT xbox live arcade
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, Thoughts & Opinions – One King wants to rule them all
Annoying, but not surprising.
Heard the latest from Candy Crush Saga developer King?
They’ve been playing hard ball and getting people into a right old tis over it.
First they trademarked the word ‘candy’ and have aggressively attacked any developer or publisher with any game with anything vaguely ‘candy’ related in the title.
Then they go after The Banner Saga because it has the word ‘saga’ in it, even though they don’t have any copyright claim to that word.
And a final kick in the teeth? They blatantly and knowingly rip-off a developers game, Scamperghost, after they wouldn’t sign up with King. Then denied that they copy anything, despite the fact the guy who made it their copycat game, titled: Pac-Avoid, has openly admitted that they hired him solely for that purpose.
It’s just a bit rude isn’t it?
And what will the average play of Candy Crush Saga think of these startling revelations?
They won’t even know and even if they did, they wouldn’t care.
Just as the average gamer has absolutely no interest in the politics of knitting*, the average ‘man on the street’ has no interest in the ins and outs of the gaming industry.
It’s a sad fact that as noisy and as angry as gamers can be about things in their own area of interest, i.e. gaming, the general public won’t care.
This is what allows such brazen hypocrisy and ruthless corporate posturing to exist. King is only doing this because they can. They’re a big company with a lot of virtual weight to throw around and if they see an opportunity to maximise their own profits while taking out their competitors, well…they wouldn’t be much of a corporate entity if they didn’t, now would they?
The things is, as annoying as this may seem to some members of the gaming world, it’s not surprising.
Companies are there solely to make money, the great majority anyway. Microsoft and Sony didn’t get as big as they are today by not being ruthless and exploiting every advantage they could.
The really sad part is that iOS and Android are both wonderfully open platforms where even a one-man development team has the opportunity to become a star. But realistically, things are still controlled be bigger companies with the power of advertising, lawyers and development teams that can copy a game before the original is even released.
So as, annoying as these developments are, things are highly unlike to change any time soon and King will continue to rule, at least until someone makes something even better than Candy Crush Saga. Just so long as they can release it before it gets copied, by King or anyone else developing for the mobile market. But that’s a rant for another day…
*Maybe some of you do have a great interest in the politics of knitting. I’m just using this as an example, so please don’t be offended!Post on:
2014-01-29 19:30:44 GMT