Before I started Ico, all I knew about it was that it was one of those games that people always mention when arguing that video games are art. With that being all I knew, I was pretty excited for whatever Ico was going to be. Sadly that would prove to be the only time I was ever excited about anything to do with Ico.
Survival horror games appear to have been making a comeback recently. Whereas classic survival horrors such as the Resident Evil series have become more action based in recent incarnations, there is still a market for the immersive and unsettling horror game. From the release of the gothic Amnesia: The Dark Descent to the more realistic Outlast the demand for truly scary games has been well met, especially with Routine and The Evil Within on the horizon. View the full article »
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I’m breaking the rule I set myself for when I started these retrospectives and covering a game that I have actually played before. In fact, Terranigma is the last game I ever bought for my Super Nintendo before I upgraded to a Nintendo 64; and foolishly sold my SNES and all my games for what was probably $50 or something equally dumb.
God of War was a weird one to play. The thing is, even though I’ve never played the original God of War before, I feel like I’ve played it a lot because of how many imitators there are out there. Going back and playing the game that launched a genre (as far as ‘God of War clone’ is a genre at least) was always going to be a bit intimidating.
Although Bioshock Infinite took a different approach, the eeriness of the Bioshock series provided an atmospheric experience which immersed players with its strong storyline and pacing. It drew them into a world which caused them to question morality, ideology and fight for survival in a crazed dystopia. However, many gamers have not had the opportunity to play the predecessor of these games, System Shock 2, but with its recent release on Steam players can now experience more frights and jumps, this time in space. View the full article »
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Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Donkey Kong Country the list goes on! Home consoles had an abundance of quality platformers during the late 80’s to mid 90’s. However, in the shadows of these popular side-scrollers that made the consoles so popular was a big grey machine known for its floppy disks, ‘distinct’ sound and an operating system that made Bill Gates a lot of money. That system being MS-DOS, and there were actually quite a few platformers that were overshadowed by their TV counterparts. Here are 5 must play games, where you can find them and how to play them on modern PCs.
Star Fox Adventures is a game that I first heard about in the Australian Official Nintendo Magazine (remember when we used to get our gaming news from magazines?) around the year 2000. Back then it was called Dinosaur Planet and it was going to be about these two anthropomorphic animals saving a world of dinosaurs in a big, Zelda-style adventure game. I was pretty excited because it was also going to be on the Nintendo 64, a console that I owned. But then the game was pushed back to be released on the GameCube and I parted ways with Nintendo so that I could buy an Xbox and play Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee. Now, years later, I finally have the chance to play this game I missed out on so long ago and discover if all that youthful excitement was justified.
Let me start off by admitting that I never had a Playstation 2 growing up, going from the Nintendo 64 straight to the Xbox. A few months back I decided to fill in this missing gap in my gaming education and picked up a cheap Playstation 2 console off eBay. I checked with some friends about what essential games I needed to play and the Jak and Daxter series went straight to the top of the list. I had one friend tell me that Jak II was one of his favourite games and another tell me that it was his favourite game “of all time”, so I was definitely looking forward to playing this. What I got when I put in the disc was…well, ‘mixed’ is the best way to put it.
The Half-Life series is one of the most successful video game series in gaming history, having everything from aliens, futuristic police states and mysterious agents. However, many gamers will only be familiar with later installments of the game and would have missed out on where it all started, where a physicist named Gordon Freeman is unwittingly launched into an extra-terrestrial catastrophe in a remote research facility…