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7 famous TV shows that would make great free-roam games

With the release of South Park RPG Stick of Truth imminent, TV and video game buff Thomas Leaning takes a look at seven other beloved shows that would form the ideal basis for open-world, free roam games. [What better place for a sandbox than New Mexico?] Hannibal This well-constructed and masterfully written addition to the twisted …

Gaming February 24, 2014

6 greatest years in gaming history

With 2014 shaping up to be quite a time for new releases, Mark Butler found himself wondering which years have been the most significant, influential and downright entertaining in the medium’s history. Following an enthusiastic discussion with fellow gaming enthusiasts, a number of action-packed eras stood out in particular. Prepare yourself for a serious nostalgia trip: …

Gaming February 19, 2014

Game On: Forget the next gen – buy a PS2 instead

Instead of diving into the future with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, life-long gamer Thomas Leaning has found himself heading back in time with his beloved PS2. Here, he explains how embracing the wonders of the past has reignited his love of gaming. [Vice City: a world of “tongue in cheek free-roam chaos”] In a world …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 18, 2014

Game On: Why it’s time more games ditched multiplayer

Sick of tagged-on deathmatch modes and miserly, uninspired single-player campaigns, Mark Butler applauds the announcement that The Order: 1886 will be multiplayer-free – and argues that more mainstream releases should follow its example. Last week, when it was revealed that compelling action-adventure The Order: 1886 would have no multiplayer whatsoever, I practically punched the air …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 12, 2014

10 great forgotten games that deserve a sequel

You can’t move these days for sequel-happy franchises creaking under the weight of a seemingly endless tidal wave of uninspired new entries. And yet some of the greatest gaming experiences in memory haven’t had the courtesy of a much-needed follow-up. Thomas Leaning picks out ten forgotten video games so incredibly mind-blowing they left us begging …

Gaming February 11, 2014

10 most atmospheric games of all time

With the mist-drenched streets of forthcoming saga The Order: 1886 looking as compelling and moody as it gets, we’ve found ourselves contemplating the games that have truly immersed us in their clutches over the years. From fantastical landscapes to nightmarish ordeals, Mark Butler picks out his 10 most atmospheric games of all time. [Shadow Of The …

Gaming February 10, 2014

Game On: How gaming can change the world

In the latest instalment of his Game On column, Mark Butler celebrates the fact that following years of vilification, video games are now deservedly starting to gain recognition for the positive social, psychological and educational benefits they can have.  [Photo: Getty] Can video games help cure cancer? Cancer Research UK certainly seem to think so. Their free new mobile game, Genes …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 5, 2014

Game On: Nintendo prove that you’re never too big to fail

In the latest instalment of his Game On column, Mark Butler argues that Nintendo’s current struggles are a direct result of their own naive corporate complacency – but they are far from the first gaming giant to be undone in such fashion.  [Are Mario and friends past their prime? – picture: Getty] Nintendo has traditionally been the game …

Gaming Gaming Opinion January 29, 2014

9 legendary movie actors who’ve starred in video games

Yesterday it was announced that John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Malcolm McDowell and Michael Gambon would all be among the star-studded voice cast for forthcoming fantasy game Elder Scrolls Online. But though Hollywood A-Listers are increasingly turning their talents to the games industry, these actors are far from the first big-name movie stars to …

Gaming January 24, 2014

Game On: Survival horror has entered a new golden age

In the second instalment of his fledgling Game On column, horror fanatic Mark Butler argues that an exciting new wave of indie chillers are revolutionizing and rejuvenating the previously decaying genre – and leading big-budget console publishers to get back on board too. [Alien: Isolation] As a virtual life-long survival horror enthusiast who spent a …

Gaming Gaming Opinion January 22, 2014

20 most anticipated games of 2014

It’s shaping up to be a truly vintage year for gaming. As well as the obligatory big-name sequels, the new generation getting into full-swing will usher in the biggest avalanche of original, ambitious IPs in recent memory. On top of that, the booming indie scene has never been stronger, nor more exciting. Without further ado, …

Gaming January 9, 2014

Top Ten Games Of 2013

It’s been a genuinely exciting year for gaming, with the next-gen consoles roaring into action – but established platforms continuing to be very well served. From inspired indie creations to barnstorming blockbusters, Mark Butler counts down the Top Ten games of 2013. [Sandbox Spectacular: the wonderful world of Grand Theft Auto V] 10. Metro: Last Light …

Gaming December 23, 2013

8 great games to get this Christmas

With the next-gen consoles now here, and the busiest festive gaming schedule in years upon us, there are some truly excellent new video games to get your woolly mitts on this month. Whether you’re on the lookout for the ultimate gift to give, the perfect present to ask for, or a terrific title to spend …

Gaming December 11, 2013

16 greatest launch games of all time

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are currently dividing opinion with their hotly-debated launch line-ups. But while the first titles to be released for new consoles are often considered to be of limited merit, there have been some truly fantastic launch games unleashed in the past. From revered classics to unsung gems, here are the …

Gaming November 22, 2013

6 classic movies that would make great video games

As a film based on Temple Run is announced and the teaser trailer for next year’s Need For Speed blazes across screens, there’s seemingly no let up for movies based on video games. But what about the other way around? When was the last time you left a cinema and thought: ‘That would make a …

Gaming November 14, 2013

Call Of Duty: Ghosts gets mediocre critical response

Call Of Duty: Ghosts – the new installment in the most popular modern video game series around – has been branded a “disappointing step backward”, as the title faces a decidedly mixed critical reception. While some reviewers have praised the game for its spectacle and flair, others have accused it of lacking innovation, relying on …

Gaming November 5, 2013
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