Opinion: Five Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Been Playing Certain Games Too Long

Ever played a game so much that its core mechanics and features start to make their way into your everyday mindset? Yep, us too. As someone who knows all about the bizarre hilarity of bringing video game fantasy into humdrum reality, Mark Butler looks at five instances where falling in love with famous games can result in some truly odd behaviour. Assassin’s Creed – You want to climb every building you see Immerse yourselves in the free-running,... Read More

Opinion: Is Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC Worth Your Money?

With the first major expansion now out for fantasy epic Skyrim, Elder Scrolls veteran Jonathan Szafran delves back into the hit RPG to see if the trip to the island of Solstheim is one worth taking. So then – it’s here. The first major DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. No, I’m not including the lackluster Dawnguard expansion, nor the follow-up that was the exciting ‘house building’ simulator Hearthfire. Dawnguard... Read More

Game News: Second Skyrim Expansion ‘Hearthfire’ Announced

A new piece of DLC for Skyrim, entitled ‘Hearthfire’, will be released next week. But this second add-on for Bethesda’s smash-hit RPG is not what you might expect. Available on Xbox Live from September 4th, Hearthfire will cost just 400 Microsoft Points and allows players to design, build and maintain their own home in the world of Skyrim – creating anything from a small cottage to a colossal mansion complete with enchanting... Read More

Game Review: Skyrim – Dawnguard

Mark Butler delivers his verdict on the eagerly-anticipated expansion for Bethesda’s epic RPG, available to download now for Xbox360. Considering that the fifth entry in The Elder Scrolls series is one of the most vast, expansive, content-rich experiences in perhaps the entire history of the gaming medium, the question that immediately springs to mind upon considering Dawnguard is obvious: does the seasoned Skyrim player really need more quests... Read More

Gaming News: Skyrim Gets Kinect Features

Bethesda have today announced the introduction of Kinect features for their hit RPG Skyrim – including voice commands for Dragon Shouts.  Available for free as a title update slated for release this month, Skyrim’s Kinect for Xbox 360 Support will “add a new dimension to gameplay”, with more than 200 voice commands for Dragon Shouts, Hotkey Equipping, Follower Commands, and all Menus (Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container,... Read More

Gaming News: Portal 2 And Battlefield 3 Reign Supreme At BAFTAs

Valve’s awesome puzzler Portal 2 and EA’s military shooter Battlefield 3 swooped three gongs apiece at this weekend’s BAFTA video game awards – with Valve taking the coveted ‘Best Game’ Award, along with prizes for story and design. Battlefield 3 picked up the public-voted ‘GAME Award of 2011’, along with awards for best online multiplayer and audio achievment.  Both LittleBigPlanet 2 and Batman: Arkham... Read More

Opinion: Why Have RPGs Become The Dominant Force In Gaming?

With Mass Effect 3, Kingdoms Of Amalur and Skyrim continuing to dominate the current gaming agenda, Mark Butler asks how the once-marginalised RPG genre became such a powerful and popular force. In the modern gaming landscape, the RPG is king. It’s no coincidence that vast, open-world fantasy epic Skyrim was the critical and commercial success-story of 2011,  shifting millions of copies worldwide and finishing second only to Modern Warfare... Read More

Interview: TheRadBrad

With more than 65 million YouTube views to his name and a veritable army of fans, Bradley ‘TheRadBrad’ Colburn is fast becoming an internet celebrity with his entertaining video game walkthroughs. He spoke to Mark Butler about turning pro, getting recognised in the street – and his plans for a range of RadBrad T-Shirts. When college student Bradley Colburn uploaded a video of himself playing Modern Warfare 2 back in April 2010,... Read More

Opinion: Sixteen Things To Look Forward To In Gaming This Year

We’re only two weeks into 2012, and already the year is shaping up to offer plenty of exciting new games, incredible innovations and memorable events. Gazing wistfully into the near future, the FMV Team takes a look at the things we’re most looking forward to over the next twelve months… Mass Effect 3 The culmination of Shepard’s epic space adventure sees our hero attempt to save the galaxy in the face of an all-out apocalypse,... Read More

Opinion: Bugs And Glitches – How Much Is Too Much?

With countless gamers complaining about Skyrim’s glitches, and the feeling that companies are putting ‘unfinished products’ out onto the market, Mark Butler looks at the issue of bugs in games – and to what extent we should tolerate them. While recently pondering the many bugs and glitches of Skyrim, and the extent to which they have negatively impacted on some gamers’ enjoyment of the experience, I was struck by just... Read More

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