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.
|Single-player gaming at its finest!|
Written By Nick Jewell on Friday, October 21, 2011 | 13:03
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.
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 15:58
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.
Written By Arnar Leví on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 18:00
Sony's made it official, the PlayStation Vita will launch in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Australia/ New Zealand on the 22nd and 23rd of February, 2012.
Astralia is a space-age indie game that impressed us greatly; We awarded the XBL Indie Games version 4/5 in our recent review. Our competition in which you can win a copy is about to close, so here's your last chance!
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?
Written By Nick Jewell on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 19:48
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.
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.
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Monday, October 17, 2011 | 19:43
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.
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 11:36
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.