What does your Nintendo zodiac sign say about you?

What does your Nintendo zodiac sign say about you?

Jul 1, 2019

2013 – The year of Luigi (Feb 14th 2013-March 18th 2014) (2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953) 2014 – The year of Donkey Kong (March 19th 2014-February 13th 2015) (2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954) 2015 – The year of Bowser (February 14th 2015-February 13th 2016) (2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955) 2016 – The year of Nabbit (February 14th 2016-February 13th...

Trust vs fear in player engagement and monetisation

Trust vs fear in player engagement and monetisation

Mar 6, 2019

The industry has been desperately trying to convince consumers that they want exclusively online experiences for years. Despite EA’s much-publicised assertion that players don’t want single-player games anymore, this isn’t a new idea that publishers have been trying to force into ‘self fulfilling prophecy’ status. It’s not...

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Nov 10, 2018

Like most people in possession of a PS4 or Xbone, I’m currently playing through Red Dead Redemption 2. That game has an incredible, generation-defining open world that is unlikely to be surpassed for at least a decade. It is also a fundamentally flawed experience. One does not preclude the other, nor does this fact mean RDR2 is anything less than amazing...

Kingdom Hearts III: hands-on preview

Kingdom Hearts III: hands-on preview

Oct 4, 2018

The trilogy more than ten games in the making will finally be complete early next year. The Kingdom Hearts series (and its numerous rereleases) has spanned the PlayStation consoles from 2 to 4. They’ve covered Nintendo handhelds from the Gameboy Advance up to the 3DS. They’ve made appearances on the PSP, cellphones, and browser games. Seventeen years since...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: hands-on preview

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: hands-on preview

Sep 30, 2018

I was bloody awful at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. I lined up for well over two hours just so I could embarrass myself, dying over and over again. To make matters worse, at least one member of the dev team was watching my pathetic attempts to progress through his game. Just a terrible experience all round. The game seemed pretty good though. As you probably...

Devil May Cry 5: hands-on preview

Devil May Cry 5: hands-on preview

Sep 25, 2018

Capcom had another strong showing at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Last year it was all about the Monster Hunter World demos; this time the focus was on Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5. The double-scenario RE2 demo was excellent, but it was the stylish Devil May Cry 5 that took centre stage at Capcom’s booth. DMC 5, the first mainline DMC in a...