Opinion: Are Gamers Sick Of Sequels And Spin-Offs?

With a number of high-profile sequels and prequels failing to sell as well as expected, Mark Butler argues that gamers are becoming increasingly tired of the same-old series and experiences. Earlier today, it was suggested that recent high-profile prequels in the famous Gears Of War and God Of War series had struggled to meets sales expectations at launch. As reported by CVG, forecasts predict that Gears Of War: Judgement sold just 425,000 units... Read More

EA: A Love-Hate Relationship

With Electronic Arts once again dubbed the ‘Worst Company in America’, long-time critic of the firm Mark Butler explores his conflicted feelings on the publisher – and explains why he both loves and loathes EA at the same time. So. EA have once again been voted the ‘Worst Company in America’. Given the worringly high number of firms currently engaging in infinitely more shady business tactics and morally-dubious areas... Read More

Opinion: Publishers Are Chasing The ‘Call Of Duty’ Audience – And It’s A Big Mistake

In light of the disappointing sales performance of both Resident Evil 6 and Dead Space 3, survival-horror enthusiast Mark Butler argues that publishers are making a grave error by trying to attract Call of Duty fans. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself mulling over the folly with which major games companies are adapting and re-branding key franchises, in order to appeal to the ‘Call of Duty audience’. Last year, Capcom admitted they... Read More

Mad Mack: Don’t Buy EA Games, Don’t Engage In Micro-Transactions – And Get Yourself A PC

Following Cliffy B’s rant to Kotaku, and EA continuing its general nefarious activities, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey suggests how gamers everywhere can avoid being exploited by greedy mainstream publishers. Well, it certainly has been a busy couple of weeks for the games industry. First, Dead Space 3 decides that it wants to be Aliens. Then Aliens decides that it wants to be ET, and then EA decides it is sick of this... Read More

Mad Mack: The Four Worst Kinds Of DLC

With downloadable content for major titles continuing to attract controversy, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey takes a look at four types of DLC that he absolutely loathes – and explains why every one of them is nothing less than abhorrent. So. DLC. I know I have tackled this topic in the past, and some of you may be thinking: “Yes, we know you’re not a fan of the business tactics Dave, but what do you have to say... Read More

Dead Space 3 – Early Reviews Hail Sci-Fi Sequel As “Amazing Roller-Coaster Ride”

The first few reviews are in for Isaac Clarke’s highly-anticipated return, and initial verdicts are highly positive for the action-horror blockbuster. Dead Space 3, which releases today in the US and elsewhere later in the week, has been the subject of copious controversy due to the introduction of micro-transactions and fan fears that it has completely abandoned its horror roots. But early verdicts on the game have been glowing. AusGamers... Read More

Opinion: Should Triple A Companies Fear The Indie Revolution?

With inspired indie games increasingly popular and traditional retail sales continuing to slump, Mark Butler argues that many hardcore gamers are turning away from Triple A blockbusters in favour of cheaper and more creative experiences. This weekend, a few friends and I enjoyed a full-on gaming marathon from 2pm Saturday afternoon through to 5am Sunday morning: yet the closest we got to playing a Triple A title during that 15-hour stint was when... Read More

Opinion: Does It Matter That Dead Space 3 Is Aimed At A Wider Audience?

Controversy continues to surround high-profile sequel Dead Space 3, with fans taking aim at changes apparently designed to make it appealing to a larger consumer-base. Ahead of the game’s release next week, Mark Butler asks whether EA and Visceral Games should be saluted for trying to evolve the series, or condemned for selling it out. A few days ago, I posted an article which quoted Dead Space 3 producer John Calhoun as saying that the use... Read More

Dead Space 3 Producer: “We Need To Appeal To Action Fans Who’ve Only Played Games On Their Smartphones”

Forthcoming horror sequel Dead Space 3 has been the focus of various controversies in recent months: from concerns over changes that appear to make it more of a standard third-person shooter, to last week’s revelations that the game uses micro-transactions as part of its weapon crafting system. And this weekend, in an interview with CVG, producer John Calhoun appears to have only added fuel to the fire by suggesting that the use of micro-transactions... 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

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