In light of Matt’s opinion piece on how he believes that shooters are killing the games industry, I figured it would be as good a time as any to counter with my argument. This is something that has been stewing in my mind for quite some time but has never really had an appropriate time to be brought up. But now, with our tempers recently flared, I think it’s time to speak up.
Contrary to what our beloved Editor-in-Chief feels, I believe it’s not the shooters that are the problem. The problem is multiplayer – or, rather, how it seems that each and every game released these days needs to have some sort of multiplayer mode.
I’m not sure how many of you were counted amongst our readership back in June – it seems so long ago, now – but back when I joined the ranks of Digitally Downloaded, my first review was for Red Johnson’s Chronicles, a point-and-click adventure game that simply oozed coolness. Whether it was the smooth jazz fusion, the amazing landscape artwork or the overall artistic direction included, Red Johnson’s Chronicles remained one of the coolest titles for download on the PSN. Until now.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the new king of cool: Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, available to you exclusively on the PSN.
And about time, too. Australia doesn't have Netflix, so Australian console owners haven't really had a way to stream movies and digital content through their consoles (though Mubi is awesome, it's for the cult classics). That's about to be remedied, thanks to a new partnership with Quickflix.
Sonic’s first true 3D adventure makes its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but is it as impressive as it was in 1998? Short answer: no. It's a reminder that Sonic Team tarnished what could have been a more than solid game by cutting corners and neglecting to fix ever apparent issues. Surprisingly, it can still be thoroughly engaging entertainment despite this.
Tiny Tower is a management sim with a touch of the freemium business model going on. Your task is to build new floors on you tiny tower, populate it with residential or commercial entities and grow it until it’s tiny no more.
The hack-and-slash rpg is for me one that I have always struggled to get into. Whilst I do love games that add an RPG element I always felt that hack-and-slash was a bit forced and a poor fit. This game surprised to a little bit though.
Hidden object games are a great concept. They are easy understand whilst being hard to master making them ideal for all ages. They may not have the non-stop action of a FPS or the scope of an RPG but they provide you with a deceptive amount of enjoyment. Dare I even mention that they are subliminally good for you?
Last week, a demo for The Cursed Crusade popped up on various online networks across North America. I figured, because I might not get a chance to review the actual title, I’d put together a few thoughts about the demo for you all to muddle over. But before we get to that, let me explain something:
For those who have been following the legal battle between Bethesda and Minecraft developer, Mojang, over the latter's attempt to use "Scrolls" as the title for its new game, good news for the indie; it's won an interim injunction.
Remember Missile Defence? The old game where you’d need to shoot little explosive lines to stop enemy moving lines from crashing into the pixelated city that you’re meant to be defending? Battle Group is like an action-heavy version of that, except now you’re moving.
If the first demo released in June wasn't a sufficient indicator of the game's quality, Sega Europe and Sega have announced that a newer build of Sonic Generations will be available in a just few days.
The original demo only let players use classic Sonic in Green Hill Zone, but this one allows players to try modern Sonic as well. As this is a newer build of the game, it will be much closer to what the actual game will play like. The release date is only a few weeks from now, after all.
What many critics believe to be the greatest title on DSiWare is no longer an exclusive, recently making its way over to Sony’s PSP Minis service. It’s not a perfect port or even that much of an improvement, but there’s a reason why Mighty Flip Champs was so loved to begin with – WayForward’s complete mastery of retro-style games. If that’s what you’re looking for, Mighty Flip Champs DX delivers it in spades.
Level-5's Layton franchise has been Nintendo's hero so far, appearing on the DS and, now, the 3DS. But no more. He's turned turncoat and will appear on iOS devices as well in his new adventure Layton Brothers: Mystery Room.
While Sonic the hedgehog has a wealthy library of mainstream hits and misses available for consoles, the blue blur also has quite a few mobile titles under his belt. Perhaps the most well-known (which isn’t saying much, considering their relative obscurity) is Sonic Jump, the most notable of all his mobile outings from the standpoint of ingenuity. While anyone who has ever played Doodle Jump will tell you this is a watered down clone, it’s actually the other way around.This precursor actually outclasses Doodle Jump in every conceivable way.
Being a long time fan of sims, I’ve played them all, everything from IL-2 Sturmnovik to Sim City; but Fate of the World is my first foray into the often ignored realm of ‘serious games’. All of these serious games intend to educate (wait! Don’t go away!) but often fail getting the full breadth and gravitas of their messages across. Fate of the World has a very obvious message, but instead of being bland and lost in translation, it’s utterly terrifying.