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

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

Opinion: Ten Most Anticipated Games Of 2013

Next year’s gaming line-up looks to be one of the strongest in living memory, with both highly-anticipated sequels and fantastic-looking originals heading our way. Casting his gaze over the impressive release schedule, Mark Butler picks out the ten games he’s looking forward to the most.   BioShock Infinite Its development may have been slightly marred by unfortunate delays, issues with the (now-defunct) multiplayer and – slightly... Read More

Opinion: Four Reasons To Be Excited About Gaming In 2013

With January just a few weeks away and a whole load of compelling developments, groundbreaking ideas and great new games right around the corner, Mark Butler presents four reasons why 2013 looks set to be a truly stellar year. Look, I can be a cynical tosser at times. This time last year I was expressing my pessimistic view that 2012 looked to be a rather uninspiring forthcoming twelve months for gaming. And while there have been many terrific experiences... Read More

Opinion: Five Fantastic-Looking Horror Games Coming Next Year

Who says horror gaming is dead? Resident Evil may have woefully shed its fear factor, but there are plenty of terrifying-looking experiences lined-up for 2013. With Halloween having brought a whole raft of trailers and teasers, FMV checks out five forthcoming experiences that horror fanatics should be sure to keep an eye on.   Outlast Casting you as a journalist investigating an abandoned insane asylum, this first-person thriller from former... Read More

Opinion: Five Most Anticipated Gaming Sequels

With hype continuing to build around the likes of GTA V and Assassin’s Creed 3, Mark Butler offers up his own personal selection of sequels he can’t wait to get his hands on. Gamers love sequels. Absolutely love ’em. It’s the reason why established franchises continue to dominate every corner of the mainstream industry, regardless of how uninspired and generic their increasingly tired lineage has become. By contrast, original... Read More

Mad Mack: Games Of 2012 That Might Not Suck

Looking ahead to next year with an uncharacteristic degree of optimism, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey presents a uniquely entertaining round-up of the titles that might just be worth our time in 2012. (Warning: Some spoilers below) Gaming in 2012 might not suck. I mean, while you can complain all you want about the lack of new IP in the upcoming games, I would make the argument that throughout the evolution of video gaming the... Read More