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GamesTM No. 188

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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1 min.
editor

What is the magic formula that turns a development studio, a business that is made up of an assortment of faceless developers, artists, writers, testers and more, into an institution with its own personality? There are only a handful of collectives that carry this trait and I would imagine that this very question is something that many studio heads ponder and strive to achieve. Bungie is one such studio. When I think of Bungie I have a number of instant feelings and associations. I think about the famous combat loop philosophy, about grand, open battles, spectacle and characters with heart. I think about the insanity and hilarity of online gaming. I think about the oddness of how the sincerity of single-player and the openness of multiplayer complement each other. I think of…

5 min.
how fortnite is leading epic’s new era

“Everything from how we work with our community to how we patch our games, Fortnite really was the prototype of that shift inside the organisation to be able to have closer contact with our players.” So says Epic creative director and Fortnite creative lead Darren Sugg, as the developer’s base-building and horde-surviving multiplayer experience steps back into the light after months of silence. This Horde mode meets Minecraft-ish third-person shooter was one of the first titles Epic announced as it made the decision to move away from boxed games and towards a digitally focused, multiplayer future. On the horizon are the already very successful Paragon and the long-awaited Unreal Tournament, but this is where it began. “I think we took a lot from even how we engaged with the community from…

1 min.
epic’s line-up

FORTNITE • A co-operative survival third-person shooter revolving around base-building, looting and sharing the experience with friends. Its light-hearted take on a post-apocalyptic event is rather at odds with Epic’s traditional style, but that’s very deliberate. PARAGON • Epic’s MOBA has been in open beta since August 2016 and keeps adding new characters and features to its already robust experience. It’s got all of the polish and magic you would expect from an Unreal Engine-driven title and is a game to watch. UNREAL TOURNAMENT • This is going to be the ninth iteration of Unreal Tournament to come our way and it’s been gradually building with some direct assistance from the community as a crowdsourced game. Players have actually been designing and concepting assets for the final release.…

4 min.
the great sega revival

After five years of consolidation around some core properties in the console and PC market, Sega has declared that it is once again ready to take some creative risks. The company has recently unveiled a new strategy for the gaming market – it will be aiming for bigger hits rather than medium-scale successes, and looking to develop new IPs and utilise licensed external properties to join existing hits. The part that has excited fans the most is the mention of the company’s past properties being revived as part of this new drive for big hits. Though the company hasn’t specified what games it’s looking to bring back (and with the strategy document titled ‘Road To 2020’ it’s going to be a while before we see them), we’ve got our own thoughts…

2 min.
you should be watching…

SHERIFFELI Known for his stern demeanour, this former police officer has thrown in his real-life police badge in favour of cleaning up the streets of Los Santos in GTA Online. SheriffEli’s accurate role-play of an LSPD peacekeeper is as endearing to watch as it is educational – the streamer’s five-year, real-life experience helps him to stay unwaveringly in character as Sheriff Eli and educate his viewers on proper police procedure. A new streamer on Twitch, SheriffEli’s rise in popularity has been meteoric thanks to the support offered from other GTA Online streamers, such as Proxy. LOBOSJR As if Soulsborne games weren’t challenging enough, LobosJr imposes almost masochistic challenges – such as use-what-you-see or one-HP builds – upon himself in order to ramp up the difficulty of these games even further. LobosJr isn’t a…

1 min.
night in the woods

“ It also has a lot of good, solid Rust Belt feelings in it and I just like that as well, because you don’t see a lot of that ” KARLA ZIMONJA, CO-FOUNDER, FULLBRIGHT “I am still extremely excited about Night In The Woods. It is just a really satisfying character piece with a number of interesting characters. It’s not dissimilar to sort of what we do here at Fullbright, having a relatively small cast of characters that really gets developed as you move through the plot. I feel it is just uniquely satisfying in that regard… plus it’s very pretty! And it also has a lot of good, solid Rust Belt feelings in it and I just like that as well, because you don’t see a lot of that. And…