Opinion: Modern Games Need More Than Tight Mechanics And Pretty Graphics To Succeed

With a number of major releases failing to light up the charts this year, Dan Jenko suggests it’s no longer enough for developers to tick the usual boxes – and that creativity and innovation are needed to make an impact. Let’s get one thing straight before we begin – core gameplay mechanics (and, to a lesser extent, visuals) are the crux of any good video game. But while this will no doubt continue to be the case as we undertake the generational... Read More

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

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