Does player freedom automatically = good game?

Does player freedom automatically = good game?

Apr 12, 2017

It seems that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already widely accepted not only as a strong contender for game of the year, but as a strong contender for one of the best games of all time. So tiny is the minority of people (who have actually played the game) that disagree, that I’m genuinely curious as to what they have in common. Two likely...

Grumpy Gurevitz: Can the Nintendo Switch succeed?

Grumpy Gurevitz: Can the Nintendo Switch succeed?

Jan 23, 2017

Let’s be honest; when Nintendo released the Wii, they had no idea it would go on to sell so many units (just over 100 million). Their previous two consoles had achieved 21 million and 32 million units each, which whilst ‘viable’ was hardly in line with their competitors at the time. Hence I do not believe that they thought the Wii was going to kick of the...

Seán’s Six Favourite Games of 2016

Seán’s Six Favourite Games of 2016

Jan 5, 2017

Christmas is gone, New Year’s morn has come and gone, and we’ve left that shambling horror of 2016 well and truly behind. Now we must be engulfed by the horrific, gaping maw that is 2017. Happy New Year everyone! There are always silver linings though; 2016 had some fabulous games in many genres and between the Black Friday sales and Christmas sales their...

Imagining a better vidyagames industry for 2017

Imagining a better vidyagames industry for 2017

Jan 2, 2017

As we all hold hands and rejoice at the death of 2016, avoiding with all our might recognition of the fact that 2017 will be the year that hands an enormous arsenal of nuclear weapons to a far-right mentally unstable man-baby, let’s take some time to imagine a better world. A world where consumers make the games industry work for them, rather than the other...

Grumpy Gurevitz: I’m back, and remastered

Grumpy Gurevitz: I’m back, and remastered

Nov 11, 2016

Editor’s note: After a lengthy hiatus while he concentrated on working for The Other Side, with stints at Gioteck and Prif, this feature herald’s Steven Gurevitz’s triumphant return to Critical Gamer (while also working for Asiiya, the new accessory company that he’s co-founded and where you can find both Steven and I writing reviews). I...

Should games blogs have endorsed a Presidential candidate?

Should games blogs have endorsed a Presidential candidate?

Nov 9, 2016

Yes. They should. Not all of them, of course. Just the biggest ones. The ones with a significant American audience. I’m not naïve enough to think that, if a bunch of videogame sites had banded together to attack Trump, Hillary Clinton would be on her way to the White House right now. In fact, I’m pretty damn sure that wouldn’t be the case....