You might not have heard of Fire Emblem Awakening before, but that’s about to change. The RPG series is insanely popular in its native Japan but now it’s about to make a hacka and slash splash in the West: Awakening is the first outing for the franchise on the Nintendo 3DS, cramming together the clever tactical gameplay of the original games with souped up visuals and sound. Is it a hit…Read more
There’s a lot riding on BioShock Infinite – and a big change in store for fans. The first two BioShock titles took us to the depths of the ocean, but the third is heading in the opposite direction. Can Irrational Games pull off the same trick high above the clouds? We’re about to find out.
BioShock and BioShock 2 were incredibly atmospheric video games, set in the dil…Read more
Luigi’s Mansion 2 has been a long time coming. Mario’s taller yet cruelly ignored sibling is back in this spooky sequel to the 2001 GameCube classic, but can the green-clad plumber step out of his brother’s shadow and become a leading man? Strap on your Poltergust 5000, because we’re about to find out.
The Nintendo 3DS has been endowed with some truly exceptional …Read more
With Gears Of War: Judgment, Microsoft’s macho third person shooter comes back for a fourth outing on the Xbox 360, but this time it’s not Marcus Fenix who’s on the cover and Epic Games has a co-developer onboard. Can this prequel reach the same level of fist-pumping bravado as its forerunners, or is it all mouth and no trousers? Let’s find out.
Gears of War: Judg…Read more
SimCity is one of gaming’s most enduring franchises, going strong for more than two decades and entertaining millions along the way. The latest instalment is the first in ten years and understandably has a lot of hype to fulfil. Can Maxis produce city-building classic that is worthy to bear the name, or is this new release suffering from acute gridlock? We find out.
Konami’s Castlevania series has been running since the days of the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, but has only recently been restored to its former commercial glories by the PS3 and 360 action adventure Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Mealy-named sequel Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate follows on from the events of that game but it’s a slightly different proposition, t…Read more
The original Crysis set a new high watermark for first person shooter visuals, offering the player an expansive island environment in which to slay hapless villains. Crysis 2 took the fight to an urban setting but lost some of the freedom as a result. Crysis 3 is now with us, and attempts to return to its roots by setting the player loose in a New York city which has been retaken by nature….Read more
Take a retrospective look in these four videos to see the full history of the PlayStation, chronicling the creation of Sony Computer Entertainment and the launch of the original PlayStation all the way through to the PS3 and PS Vita.
The Original Playstation
The Playstation 2
The Playstation 3
The original Dead Space made Capcom’s Resident Evil series look like a children’s birthday part. It “did” survival horror better than any other title before it, ramping up the tension to almost unbearable levels and making you feel helpless and vulnerable at all times. In short, it was an assault on the senses, and a classic debut.
We’re now up to Dead Space 3, and almost inev…Read more