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...

HoPiKo: review

HoPiKo: review

Jan 29, 2019

Format: Switch (version reviewed), PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Merge Games Developer: Laser Dog Players: 1 Site: http://www.hopiko-game.com/ Game code provided by the publisher HoPiKo sounds like it could be a breed of Pokemon, but in actual fact it is a speedrunner puzzle game from developer Laser Dog, where you control...

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden – review

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden – review

Dec 19, 2018

Format: PS4 (version reviewed), PC, Xbone Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Funcom Developer: The Bearded Ladies Consulting Players: 1 Site: https://www.mutantyearzero.com/#1 Game code provided by PR Although the first characters you meet (and, indeed, control) are a talking duck named Dux and a talking boar named Bormin, this isn’t a kids’ game....

The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition – review

The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition – review

Nov 18, 2018

Format: Switch (version reviewed), Xbox One, PS4 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Merge Games Developer: StillRunning Players: 1-2 (offline only) Site: https://www.mergegames.com/the-walking-vegetables-radical-edition/ Game code provided by the publisher The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition is a twin-stick shooter, which sees players battling a horde of...

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...

Nickelodeon Kart Racers: review

Nickelodeon Kart Racers: review

Nov 5, 2018

Format: PS4 (version reviewed), Switch, Xbone Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Maximum Games Developer: Bamtang Games Players: 1-4 (offline only) Site: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/nickelodeon-kart-racers-ps4/ The best thing about this game bringing together characters from SpongeBob, Rugrats, Ninja Turtles, and Hey Arnold is – arguably –...