Opinion: The Last Of Us – And The Trend For Post-Apocalyptic Games

Naughty Dog’s intriguing new IP is the latest in a spate of post-apocalyptic games. Mark Butler explores the reasons behind the booming sub-genre, and asks why its themes are proving so popular with developers and gamers alike. The surprise news that Uncharted developer Naughty Dog have been hard at work on a new action-adventure title – set in a bleak, desolate world overrun with bloodthirsty, mutated humans – has undoubtedly been... Read More

Opinion: Crime Pays When It Comes To Games

Inspired by Skyrim’s dark delights, Mark Butler looks at the benefits of carrying out evil acts in games – and asks whether those afraid of getting their hands dirty are missing out on some amazing experiences. Some people really are holier than thou when it comes to games with a moral dimension. You know the kind of people I mean. Gamers who refuse to harm a hair on a single non-hostile NPCs head – even if it means they’ll... Read More

Gaming News: Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition Announced

Bethesda have announced the ultimate edition of open-world action RPG Fallout: New Vegas, which will hit stores early next year. The pack will feature the full game plus all the previously released DLC: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road, plus the Courier’s Stash and Gunner Runners’ Arsenal item packs. Given the sheer size of the New Vegas gameworld and its various add-ons, the Ultimate Edition will offer those... Read More

Opinion: Has Horror Taken Over Mainstream Gaming?

Many have suggested that serious horror titles have all but disappeared from today’s gaming landscape, but Mark Butler argues that horror themes and influences have come to permeate many of the medium’s biggest titles and franchises. The story of horror gaming over the past 25 years or so is not just one of evolution within the genre; it is also a tale of near-unprecedented, wider influence on the video games medium as a whole. Horror... Read More

Gaming News: Fallout New Vegas Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal Out Now

The latest DLC for Fallout: New Vegas – Courier’s Stash and Gun Runners’ Arsenal – is now available for download on Xbox LIVE and will be available later today on PlayStation Network and Steam. Courier’s Stash (from Xbox LIVE for 160 Microsoft points, PlayStation Network and Steam for $1.99) gives players immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Fallout: New Vegas. The Caravan Pack,... Read More

Game Review: Fallout New Vegas – Lonesome Road

Mark Butler reviews the final DLC installment for the epic open-world RPG.  Out now for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox360 (reviewed). It may be the final piece in the gigantic and ever-eventful Fallout: New Vegas puzzle, but at first glance Lonesome Road’s locations and environments seem wearily familiar. There are desolate cityscapes peppered with ruined office buildings, long stretches of shattered freeway, and the grimy interiors of abandoned... Read More

Game Review: Fallout New Vegas – Old World Blues

Mark Butler reviews Old World Blues, the latest add-on for Fallout: New Vegas. Available now for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Despite being frequently startling, regularly desolate and occasionally harrowing, the Fallout universe has always contrasted its ruined, violent post-apocalyptic landscapes with outbursts of offbeat or wacky humour, populating toxic locales and ramshackle settlements with colourful, oddball characters and enjoyably silly... Read More