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GamesTM No. 169

Highly respected within the industry by both publishers and development studios alike, games™ has proved itself as one of the most esteemed and trusted magazines in the field. The soaring production values and highly knowledgeable team have already secured four industry awards, and the unflinching and unbiased opinion has elevated the magazine’s status to one of the most trusted in the business. At a massive 180 pages and with dedicated sections for retro gaming, market news, and recruitment, games™ is the easily the most comprehensive videogame magazine on the market and the perfect choice for anyone who takes gaming seriously.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

1 min.
editor

The second year of a generation can often be a defining one, as developers get to grips with new hardware, push boundaries and generally settle into their groove. So what has been the overriding theme of this all-important sophomore year for the Xbox One and PS4? For me, it’s been stories. In particular, subtle, adult stories with character development and explorations of action versus consequence. The two games that exemplify this for me are Life Is Strangeand The Witcher III, both of which ultimately boiled down to how you treated and reacted to others to decide the particular outcome you got from each game. I’ll avoid saying too much more for fear of giving away spoilers as both are games you really ought to check out for yourselves, but to my mind,…

7 min.
2016 could be the best year for gaming ever

Had you asked Shuhei Yoshida what he made of the unprecedented success of the PlayStation 4 a year ago, the Sony Worldwide Studios boss would have celebrated it with cautious optimism; now we can only imagine he’s laughing. The PS4 has sold more than 30 million units worldwide, making it the fastest-selling Sony console in PlayStation history – if that isn’t cause for celebration, we aren’t sure what is. But what does it mean for the competing consoles as 2016 beckons? This level of success for Sony, this early into the eighth console generation, is truly impressive. It has left Microsoft and Nintendo in something of a precarious position; the Xbox One is struggling to keep up the pace, while Nintendo is just about keeping its head above water. None of…

1 min.
reader reaction

Which is the home console to own in 2016? PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wii U Steam Machine • “Most likely going to be Xbone, seeing as how the trend is going. #XboxOne #newyear2016” – RadShite_Gaming • “When Steam machine is doing worse than Wii U, you know there’s a problem.” – SeriousBimuth • “I only vote WiiU just because of exclusives. All other consoles are multiplatform machines” – xNYxKnux • “It’s got to be the PS4, Sony is absolutely killing it right now and VR is going to be great!” – RichSearle88 • “Sony finally has games out that aren’t Remasters, so it is PS4 all the way!” – PhazonUK • “Everyone knows PC is the way to play, but the Steam Machines are still too confusing for the general public” – xxSamTydesxx…

1 min.
are the steam machines destined to fail?

• THE PROBLEM WITH the Steam Machines, is that they still don’t offer a clear benefit to the consumer. Valve – along with an array of hardware manufacturers – has essentially unleashed a device designed to cater to a niche within a niche. Valve has been eager to bring Steam, easily the biggest propagator of PC gaming wares, into the living room for a while now and this looked like it could be the answer. But that isn’t the only element at play here; this was also Valve’s chance to try and force its Linux-based Steam OS into the mainstream consciousness. Of the 7096 games listed on the Steam store, only 1691 of them will actually function on your Steam Machine. That number will increase no doubt, but it requires developers…

3 min.
wanted: dead or alive

Koei Tecmo’s recent statement that it has no plans to release Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of Japan came as something of a surprise, but that doesn’t stop it being one of the smartest and most progressive decisions made by a major publisher in recent memory. You may not agree, and that’s cool, but just hear me out on this one. There’s been an influx of lewd games lately, from the strip cook-offs of Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit! (as well as the ninja action of the main series, of course) to the Vita-jerking nonsense of Monster Monpiece. These are gamesoriginally designed for an audience and a culture significantlydifferent to our own here in the West – with that in mind, that they came out over here at all beggars belief…

3 min.
think we know how to tell a story?

As an industry and a community, we tend to be pretty introspective. It’s a good/bad thing – gamers are extremely media-literate compared to fans of other media, but the flip-side can be that our references are often quite limited: other games, or media that presents basically the same content as most games. So, as it’s a good opportunity for an end-of-year/beginning-of-year type of thing, let’s not just talk about games. Let’s talk about what other mediums are doing that we could learn from. On TV, the highlight of the year splits between the UK and the US. Over here, the BBC just nailed it with Doctor Foster, a drama written by Mike Bartlett and starring Suranne Jones. On the surface it was a simple story – a woman discovering about her…