Top Five Games Of 2013

From stellar sequels to innovative originals, this year has seen the release of some truly stunning games. With 2014 now just around the corner, FMV’s five resident gaming writers each pick out their favourite title of the year – and explain why they were so bowled over…   BioShock Infinite Selected by Mark Butler Few games truly stay with you long after the credits have rolled. But BioShock Infinite gave me a full-on, Donnie Darko-style... Read More

Opinion: The BioShock Game I Want To Play

Somewhat disappointed by the first installment of Burial At Sea, long-time BioShock enthusiast Mark Butler argues the case for a more thorough, original exploration of Rapture at its height. As someone who was completely blown away by BioShock Infinite – and who owes my current devotion to the gaming medium pretty much entirely to Ken Levine’s breathtaking original vision in the first game – to say I was looking forward to Burial... Read More

Top Ten Games Of 2013 So Far (According To The Critics)

With delightful platformer Rayman Legends receiving rave reviews, it seems an apt time to take a look at the highest-rated games of the year so far. From mainstream blockbusters to colourful indie titles, we’ve compiled the ten most critically-acclaimed titles of 2013 to date. But you may be surprised at the results…   Magicka: Wizards Of The Square Tablet This colourful, hectic and unbelievably enjoyable iOS and Android creation... Read More

Opinion: Guns And Guilt – How Shooters Developed A Conscience

With a number of high-profile shooters now forcing players to ponder and reflect on their in-game actions, Mark Butler looks at the increasing complexity with which gaming is beginning to handle virtual violence. In recent months, I’ve noticed a growing trend for mainstream action games to comment on and question the virtual carnage they portray. Spec Ops: The Line is probably the most blatant example of this. It’s a deliberate deconstruction... Read More

The Best Games Of 2013 So Far

From atmospheric horrors to action epics, there have been some truly terrific games released over the past six months. Now that we’re nearly half-way through 2013, FMV picks out the greatest games of the year so far. BioShock Infinite Hopes were high for Ken Levine’s latest voyage of dystopian intrigue, and it’s fair to say that this triumph of substance and spectacle more than met our lofty expectations. Boasting a compelling,... Read More

Mad Mack: How Not To Screw Up A Video Game – 4 Simple Steps

Fed-up with uninspired experiences, exploitative DLC and restrictive DRM, disgruntled gamer and professional business consultant Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey offers developers and publishers four crucial rules for avoiding disaster – and launching a genuinely great game. In my last article a few weeks ago, I discussed (in an uncharacteristic effort to at least pretend to be a legitimate journalist) some of the reasons why we will always suffer... Read More

Game Review: BioShock Infinite

Mark Butler delivers his verdict on the long-awaited action epic, out now for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox360 (reviewed). These days, few games possess both spectacle and substance. We can’t move for visually-stunning shooters let down by wafer-thin characterisation and plots; while the booming indie scene is providing intriguing, emotional experiences that are nonetheless limited by their basic production values. BioShock Infinite, however,... Read More

BioShock: The Game That Got Me Back Into Gaming

With BioShock Infinite set to land later this month, Mark Butler looks back at Ken Levine’s original masterpiece – and reveals how it drew him back into gaming, after years away from the medium he once loved. Back in 2008, I have to admit, the world of gaming had become an utter mystery to me. Throughout my childhood and adolescence I’d been an avid enthusiast of the medium: from basic platform-puzzlers on the ZX Spectrum, through... Read More

February & March’s Gaming Line-Up Is An Epic Embarrassment Of Riches

Looking over the release schedule for the next two months, it’s hard not to be blown away by the sheer wealth of eagerly-anticipated titles about to land. Packed-full of high-profile blockbusters and new entries in some of the biggest series around, it’s set to be one of the most eventful 60-day chapters in gaming history. Fancy some adrenaline-pumping action-horror? Say hello to Aliens: Colonial Marines, Metro: Last Light and Dead Space... Read More

Ken Levine’s Reddit AMA – Everything You Wanted To Know About BioShock Infinite, And More

BioShock head honcho Ken Levine is currently conducting an ‘ask me anything’ session over at Reddit – and there have been some fantastic and compelling revelations about BioShock Infinite and his career in general so far. Levine has revealed that Garry Schyman, the acclaimed composer of BioShock and its first sequel, has returned for musical duties this time out: “His score is very different from the first two games, yet... Read More

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