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GamesTM No. 182

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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

As we approach another calendar year of big gaming releases I tend to look ahead and see if any new trends or themes might be emerging. The last year has been a bit of a mixed one, but one big thing that was particularly good to see was the return of pure fun to the games industry. I enjoy good stories and heavy themes in my games, of course, but sometimes you just want to shoot a demon in the face or run around a multiplayer arena with a bow and arrow, fighting someone in a mech suit. Sometimes it’s nice to go outside and interact with other gamers, as Pokémon Go allowed us to do. Sometimes it feels good to completely immerse yourself in a new way of playing games,…

6 min.
how will technology change gaming in 2017?

If the release of PlayStation 4 Pro has proven anything, it’s that perhaps we weren’t quite ready. Ready for the traditional generation-cycle to shatter, for 4K-enabled gaming or the apparent revolution that is HDR; we weren’t prepared for the future, basically. And that isn’t just ‘we’, the media, or you, the gamers, either, but those working behind the polygons and pixels too. The PS4 Pro is technically the most powerful home console on the market, but we’re seeing a handful of games – the biggest, most expensive and most hyped games of the year, in some cases – perform worse on the system than that of the standard PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, particularly when plugged into a standard 1080p television. “ The tech isn’t there to support these new systems,…

1 min.
xbox vr

One of the bigger surprises of 2016 was to see Microsoft act so apprehensively in the face of virtual reality. The company has been flirting with the tech for over 18 months now, but we still know very little about its plans to integrate it with the Xbox brand, nor whether it will act on a proprietary or third-party device. Still, it has shown resilience in supporting Oculus and it’s looking clearer by the month that the Rift will be the compatible device of choice when it comes to Project Scorpio in 2017. In fact, you can get a taste of the collaboration already, as Microsoft finally integrates Rift into the Xbox One by way of a free update. Essentially, should you have a Windows 10 PC, an Xbox One and…

5 min.
the games that refuse to die

This console generation has pushed through one the largest shifts in triple-A gaming history that we have ever seen. Studios are attempting to combat spiralling budgets and development pipeline times with the concept of ‘games as a live service’, wherein a videogame’s initial release is just the beginning of something much greater – its true potential lying on the distant horizon after it goes ‘live’. It’s an idea that PC players have long enjoyed through the persistent evolution of MOBAs, such as League Of Legends and DOTA2, not to mention MMOs like World Of Warcraft; as such, many of the biggest releases of 2017 aren’t new releases at all, but older titles still vying for your time and attention with new content, updated mechanics and refreshed game systems. These are…

2 min.
sony reveals its retro love for 2017

1 CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY In case you were concerned that the only taste of Crash you were going to get in the near future was playing Skylanders Imaginators or replaying those bonus levels in Uncharted 4, the news that the original trilogy of games from the early PlayStation era are being remastered should come as a mighty relief. And wow, these remasters look very nicely done. All of the art, textures and models have been remade for the current generation, the lighting looks great and the games seem to be running smoother than ever. 2 WIPEOUT OMEGA COLLECTION Does it count as retro when the games were only launched in the last eight years? Probably not, but WipEout is such a classic PlayStation brand and HD, HD Fury and 2048 are…

1 min.
why i love another world

“It teaches you that if you aren’t paying attention – if you aren’t being careful – you will die” GOICHI SUDA, CEO OF GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE “I absolutely love Zelda, I love all of them; but that’s as a gamer. But there’s a game called Another World. What valuable lesson that game taught me was that there is no set rule, necessarily, to game design. At the beginning of the game, if the player doesn’t do anything, they just sink and die. In a way, you could say that the game is immediately challenging the player. At the beginning, it teaches you that if you aren’t paying attention – if you aren’t being careful – you will die. And this was before the Internet; you had to figure it all out by yourself……