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Opinion

  • 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4

    The current console generation has been around for a few years now and are starting to come into their own. The problem is, they're still not perfect and their predecessors are still outshining them in some respects. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One still aren't where they should be in terms of functionality and features. I still have a PlayStation 3 and while I have debated selling it off to purchase its younger sibling (the PlayStation 4), I've finally decided it isn't a good idea. Here are six reasons why I'm keeping my PlayStation 3. Backwards compatibility for bygone eras Yes, I'm...

  • Nintendo NX games should put story, gameplay before graphics

    A few years ago, a game debuted on the PlayStation 4, a then new and exciting concept that was to take gaming to an entirely new level, into the eighth console generation. This game was The Order: 1886, and based on that name, you can easily imagine a game filled with lore, exciting quests through the 17th century and lots of metal-on-metal combat. But beyond this, you'd expect a good story. Expect is really the key word here. Although the game looked great -- honestly, it's still one of the best looking games on the PS4 -- absolutely nothing else about...

  • 2015 retrospective: was it one of the best years in gaming?

    This past year was either fantastic or utterly terrible depending on your personal preferences, but for those interested in single player games, innovative indie titles and tons of remasters, 2015 was the year for you. It saw an abundance of episodic releases, a fair share of controversy and even GTA fans got what they'd been screaming for: a PC release. 2015 was also of course the year of the tragic passing of long-time Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at the age of 55. This is the past year in retrospective, both the good and the bad. Nostalgia 2015 saw the release of remasters of...

  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn't quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone -- the DynaTAC -- in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. But sadly from this year, the Motorola name will no longer be used on smartphones. Instead Moto will be one of two sub-brands under Lenovo's...

  • The rise and fall of the 3D Platformer

    The platformer genre has been a staple of gaming since the eighties, with famous titles such as Super Mario Bros. becoming big enough to enter into mainstream pop culture, but it wasn't until the mid-nineties, with the release of the 64-bit generation of consoles (PS One and Nintendo 64), that platfomers finally saw themselves transformed into the third dimension. The 3D platformer was born, and it rose to prominence alongside titles such as Mario 64, Crash Bandicoot and Banjo Kazooie. The Golden Age of the 3D platformer was at hand, and it didn't end for many years. It's possible that...

  • The best indie games of 2015

    Once again it is almost time for us to wave goodbye to another year, forcefully having to accept the perpetual nature of time. It can be nerve wrecking to see the days and months fly off the calendar, each year seeming to pass by faster and faster. But before this year passes and forever becomes a thing of the past we would like to commemorate five of the best indie games of 2015, a year that has brought as some truly unique, captivating and innovative titles. Let us pay tribute to these wonderful titles for they do not only mark how...

  • 5 boss battles from gaming history worth remembering

    Boss battles have existed for nearly as long as video games themselves, and once upon a time they stood at the end of levels to test the player's abilities. Well times have changed and so have boss battles. Not every boss battle is there to challenge you. There are those that attempt something different with the concept of a boss battle and take the idea in a new direction. This list focuses on interesting boss battles, and it is not a list of the best battles, the hardest battles or the most entertaining battles. Instead, it is simply a list...

  • 8 signs that you might be addicted to gaming

    Gaming has become a big part of our society in the past two decades. What was once for children and limited audiences is now being designed and oriented towards every conceivable demographic. Whether you are an average person, disadvantaged, or in a different age group, there is likely at least a dozen unique and entertaining games that are available to you. The market is huge and has become an almost guaranteed part of our lives. But how do you know if you're addicted? Here are eight possible signs that it's time you put that wireless controller down, and back away...

  • Fallout 4 is Bethesda’s best game, but it’s not without fault

    Fallout 4 (review) saw Bethesda's best launch with 12-million units shipped, so it's safe to say that the latest entry in the Fallout series has been very successful. But how does Fallout 4 measure up to the previous games that Bethesda has released? Is it indeed the best Bethesda game ever made? Let's see how it measures up. To get one small thing clear before we begin, this is a discussion concerning the games developed by Bethesda Game Studios rather than games published by Bethesda Softworks. The World The last two Elder Scrolls games, being Oblivion and Skyrim, as well as the...

  • On remakes and remasters: all for the money, or some for the gamer?

    Remasters have garnered a bad name over the last decade as old games are re-released on new consoles and systems with increased regularity. Many people have a number of incorrect assumptions concerning remasters that ought to be addressed. Now just to make sure that everyone is on the same page, a remaster is different to a remake. A remake is something like the new Resident Evil that came out earlier this year, which is a complete remake of the original game with modern graphics and bettered controls all round. A remaster however is like the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection that...