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Up For Debate - Are Games Still Games If You Play Them On Your Own

Written by Sam Welch on 28 December 2014 at 16:00

Is one player better, or co-op play? Or massively multiplayer online play? Playing games with friends is a very different experience to playing them on your own, first and foremost because the fun changes depending on how good your friends are. But the difference is a little deeper too - if we give them our full attention, games can have as much impact on our lives as any other art form.

Modern video games blur the lines between different purposes. Games began as exercises - friendly competition helped keep us at physical and mental peak, while developing social skills that improved our chances of mutual survival, and clearly some elements of these purposes survive in videogames today. [More]

Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2015

Written by Jon Sutton on 28 December 2014 at 14:00

Until not all that long ago the adventure game was a lost breed. For almost a decade there was practically nothing, the bubble had burst following the LucasArts and Sierra golden era. Skip forward a few years though and, following the success of Telltale Games, Wadjet Eye, Double Fine, Phoenix Online Studios and more, it's back with a bang.

2015 looks to be a year of two halves. On the one hand we're getting some stone-cold classic adventure games remade, and on the other we're set to be privy to some of the most ambitious adventure games yet, pushing the envelope of what we expect from the genre. Without further ado then, we take a look at some of our most anticipated adventure games of 2015... [More]

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Up For Debate - Pre-Orders And Exclusive Content

Written by Sam Welch on 28 December 2014 at 12:00

It's not exactly a new thing but 2014 has become a year synonymous for pre-order and exclusive content. The amount given away with specific versions of games from specific stores wasn't just bordering on ridiculous, it had erupted into a bizarre state of affairs, culminating in such insanity as Watch Dogs' 9 different versions.

Obviously developers want to entice as many gamers as possible to put money down on a game before it comes out, and pre-order bonuses only sweeten the deal for those who want the games they’re excited for as soon as possible anyway. It still comes down to paying full price for something before you know what it is, though. Not only can the games themselves disappoint, but the ‘bonuses’ have been known to stretch the definition. Is extra in-game content better, or physical merchandise? How annoying is it when that one bonus you really want is only available on a different platform? [More]

Most Anticipated Console Exclusives 2015: Wii U

Written by Sam Welch on 28 December 2014 at 10:00

Console exclusives can be the bane of the choice you had to make or the cherry on top of a terrific purchase, but will always be an inevitable part of a competitive hardware market. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all laid their exclusive cards carefully again in 2014 with some terrific results: Nintendo, as usual, were in a world of their own, but have finally delivered Wii U entries for the crucial series Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros to drive those sad sales figures up a bit, as well as cult-favourite Bayonetta 2.

I know what you’re thinking. They must be tired, why don’t they take a year or two off? Well, they’re not listening. 2015 promises a renewed range of exclusive titles for Nintendo’s candy-looking console. Picking just the three most anticipated is no easy task, but the universe has seen fit to entrust it to me. Here goes. [More]

Up For Debate - Early Access Vs Full Release

Written by Jon Sutton on 27 December 2014 at 16:00

Believe it or not, Steam Early Access debuted just 18 months ago. In the year and a half since we’ve seen hundreds of titles make their through, and more than a few sink without trace in its treacherous waters. It’s an entry point for many indie developers that can allows projects and ideas to flourish that would never normally have a chance of coming to fruition, an opportunity to branch out from the norm and experiment in ways the big boys could never dream of.

They’re not without their problems though, delivering some extremely early prototypes that can sometimes offer just the barest bones of a gaming experience, many iterations away from the real deal. The recent example of DayZ is a case in point. Bohemia’s online zombie sandbox hit Early Access last year, and it could still be a further two years until it launches. Others, like The Stomping Land, can even be removed from Steam entirely (albeit temporarily), while the likes of Paranautical Activity had finally just escaped the clutches of Early Access, only for an ill-judged death threat to signal its untimely demise. [More]

Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2015

Written by Jon Sutton on 27 December 2014 at 14:00

All told 2014 was a pretty good year for action games, with the likes of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bayonetta 2 and Dark Souls II proving there's still plenty to be done in advancing this genre. Ultimately though, it's a year that could pale in comparison to the heavyweights arriving in the coming 12 months.

We've gathered up five of the best for your perusal, but there are literally dozens missing from this list that could end up as gaming greats. 2015 is a year that's going to be packed to the rafters if, fingers crossed, none of these titles get delayed, then we're in for a treat. Whether you're wanting to scratch that Dark Souls itch, or you can't wait to see what The Caped Crusader is up to next, these games are sure to have your wallet begging for mercy... [More]

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Review : Boulder Dash

Written by Jon Sutton on 27 December 2014 at 12:00

Microsoft might have greedily gobbled up the next Tomb Raider adventure, but that doesn’t mean the rest of are lumped without Lara Croft. Despite Crystal Dynamic’s traditional Tomb Raider experiences garnering the majority of the attention, it’s safe to say that the original Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was very well received amongst a quieter section of the gaming community.

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Most Anticipated Console Exclusives 2015: Xbox One

Written by Sam Welch on 27 December 2014 at 10:00

Console exclusives can be the bane of the choice you had to make or the cherry on top of a terrific purchase, but will always be an inevitable part of a competitive hardware market. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all laid their exclusive cards carefully again in 2014 with some terrific results: Microsoft’s Xbox One has enjoyed Titanfall, Sunset Overdrive and the nostalgia-beast that is Halo: The Masterchief Collection. And Microsoft is just getting warmed up.

The Xbox One had a bit of a false start but it’s up and running and working extra-hard to make up lost ground. Around the corner in 2015 some stellar and enviable new exclusives await to tickle the chins of Xbox One owners, many of whom are still just glad that the controller stayed smaller. Narrowing these exclusives down to just 3 is something only a truly omniscient Xbox oracle can undertake, but I’m trying it anyway.  [More]

Up For Debate - Which Web Browser Is Best

Written by Sam Welch on 26 December 2014 at 16:00

It's been creaking along for a good old while now but it's been a long time since Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a dominant force amongst web browsers. Internet Explorer does just what it says on the tin, but does it do it best? Did it ever do it best? 

Probably the biggest names in web browsers now are Mozilla Firefox, another stalwart that's offered an innovative alternative to IE for a long old while, and Google Chrome (Who knows the web better than Google?). They don’t stand alone though, older favourites like Opera are still knocking about doing what Firefox and Chrome just can’t do for some surfers; I even recently saw somebody rocking a dusty-looking build of Netscape. [More]

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