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Opinion

  • Quantum Break: is Windows 10 and Xbox One cross-play a good idea?

    Thanks to a huge recent announcement by Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment, the world's getting the previously believed Xbox One exclusive title -- Quantum Break -- on Windows 10 too. This didn't go down well with the gaming community. Some believe this mark's the death of the Xbox One as a console. Others believe, like Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer, that it's good for gamers. Others, well, others are just mad. But how revolutionary, detrimental or absolutely brilliant is this move by Microsoft? For fun, and to study the gaming community's concerns more intricately, we'll have a look at some of the best comments...

  • Listen up, Apple: 4 features we’d love to see on the iPhone 7

    Many would argue that the Apple iPhone 6S, or 6S Plus for that matter, is the perfect phone. The zenith of smartphone technology. The absolute pinnacle of mobile engineering. To that we'd reply "there's absolutely no such thing as a perfect phone." Even though it's probably the best phone you can purchase right now and I absolutely loved my review device, it has its flaws; flaws that are preventing older Apple users from jumping ship, and flaws that make other phones from other marques seem a lot tastier. So, what are they, and how can Apple right these wrongs in time for...

  • Game study: what makes a game ‘overrated’?

    "Overrated" is a word that gets thrown around a lot nowadays. It's a word that has been used with ever increasing regularity as the internet becomes more prevalent in our daily lives and is used to describe pieces of art in every medium, whether it's games, films or music, but here we'll just focus on the gaming side of things. What must be understood about the term is that everything created with the intention of being consumed as some form of entertainment product is both loved and despised by somebody. There are people out there that genuinely enjoyed Aliens: Colonial...

  • 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...