To The Ends of the Sandbox

To The Ends of the Sandbox

Jun 21, 2011

Empire Bay is a detailed and vast recreation of an East coast, 1940-50s US city. A fictional metropolis which resembles parts of a number of iconic American cities, it is the most impressive and memorable part of last year’s Mafia II. Despite being set in an urban sandbox it is a linear game devoid of side missions and optional narrative paths. You awake at...

The Authentic RPG and its Tragic Demise

The Authentic RPG and its Tragic Demise

Jan 24, 2011

 What makes an RPG an RPG? Is it the stats? Leveling up with experience points? Health items and loot? The expansive genre spans from real-time action RPGs to turn-based strategy RPGs, and many a debate has been held on what should be included in the list. But by oft-ignored definition, an RPG is (quite obviously and literally) a role-playing game. However,...

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare: review

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare: review

Nov 1, 2010

Format: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PS3 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Rockstar Games Developer: Rockstar San Diego/Rockstar North Players: 1 (offline), 2-16 (online) Site: http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption/ Don’t mistake Undead Nightmare as just another DLC pack for Red Dead Redemption. Unlike the previous expansions, which brought...

Why we enjoy videogames

Why we enjoy videogames

Sep 8, 2010

I’ve recently started allowing my five year old daughter to play Red Dead Redemption. Okay, I’ve immediately left myself wide open to accusations of bad parenting, but please; let me explain. She sees none of the sex (of which there is practically zero anyway), none of the violence, none of the blood, and none of the bad language. She saw me start to...

Playing the Genre Game

Playing the Genre Game

Aug 11, 2010

The success of Red Dead Redemption has proven that the Western genre can work successfully and profitably in the gaming domain, after the relative failure of Gun and the original Red Dead Revolver to make a success of the genre. The Western is a refreshing change from the World War and Modern Warfare FPS games that are extremely popular at this point in time....