Thursday, 22 October 2015

Transformers Devastation (xbox 360) review: Optimistic Prime

Activison has blown hot and cold, when it comes to Transformers games. On one hand, there's the underwhelming tie-in games for the painfully bad live action movies. But then things took a turn for the better when High Moon studio broke the shit Transformers game streak with War for Cybertron, and Fall of Cybertron. Then Activision turned the cold tap back on when High Moon were sacked and the next game was pseudo movie tie-in, which reused assets from the movie and Cybertron games. But Acti's water is flowing hot again, after- with little to no warning- they hired action game specialists, Platinum Games to make an all new Transformers game, inspired by the original cartoon series.

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Gamechangers review: You're a Rockstar hoodie top, Harry

As reported earlier, the BBC has commissioned a one-off drama about the making of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series and the controversy surrounding the "hot coffee" scandal and Jack Thompson's legal crusade against GTA devs, Rockstar Games. However, the actual  Rockstar Games have completely disowned the drama. Even as going as far as trying to take legal action against the BBC. Needless to say, The Gamechangers has not been endorsed by Take Two Interactive or Rockstar Games. But is it any good? The BBC have been rotten at making games-related content. Is the tide about the change? Or did you not see the header image?

Friday, 28 August 2015

MCV has lead a sheltered life

Despite the weather being shittier than the arse-end of a diarrhetic goat, that's been on a kidney bean diet, it definitely is summer. And in the world of video games, that means the annual summer games drought- because publishers think it's a good idea to release all their big titles around christmas, so there's a distinct lack of big releases around this time of year. Which is why you read the utter bullshit, masquerading as news, that somehow catches on. Because, what the fuck else there to write about between E3 and the christmas rush? Masturbating toys, that's what!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

After 30 years of being a bloke, Link should stay that way

As of late, gaming has been going through a bit of upheaval. A lot of changes have been occurring. Whether you like them or not, change is inevitable, especially in a industry that so embraces innovation as video games. Well, frankly, I'm sick to the tits with change. Especially with this new idea of taking established characters and changing their gender/race/sexuality/favourite flavour of pringles. I'm all for progression- after all, I just changed my usual brand of shampoo- but taking classic video game characters, and vandalising what makes them as iconic as they are is a bridge too far.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Will someone take Square Enix out dancing?

Video game merchandise is great, isn't it? You can embellish your love for your favourite game- from your portal wallet, to your Street Fighter action figure (or twelve), you're spoilt for choice now more than ever. There's some amazing, high-end collectibles based on games right now; like this statue of Master Chief to a model kit of a Street Fighter 4 arcade machine, or a action figure of a virtually naked woman, with squishy boob action...Wait, what?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Interruption Junction Review: The survival-horror of socialising

Browser-based/flash games have come a long way in recent years. Go back a decade or so, most of them were either watered down rip-offs of established games, or some ropey hentai affair. Thankfully, with the rise of "altgames", and engines like Twine, there's a great wealth of talent making something other than "Ultra Violent Pong" or "Vampire Schoolgirl Fingerer 2.0". One of these talents is Squinky, who has produced an excellent social awkwardness-simulator, "Interruption Junction".

Sunday, 15 March 2015

BBC discover people like video games

What a shocker! The BBC, the channel that, despite being a public service broadcaster, has such a rotten track record in regards to video games- the most notable being a CGI woman on a floating trike (thankfully, I can't find anything to link to the awful- even for the 90s-show "total reality"),  two sentient chicken nuggets and Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe. But now, as part of an initiative to get more people in the UK into coding, the BBC has commissioned a one-off 90 minute drama based around the making of Grand Theft Auto.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Suicide Gaming Backhands 2014

You can't have light without shade, sweet without sour, and some other lazy metaphor for describing the need to highlight the bad as much as the good. Fact is, I'm just a moody sod who dwells on the negative, and who probably shouldn't be on twitter as much. So here's the worst of 2014

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Suicide Gaming 2014 Glad hands

Hooray for us! We made it through another year without being stabbed by Matt Lees, being sued by KSI or tripping over the chaotic sea of wires that lie across my floor. So lets share the positivity  by looking back at the best of 2014.