Gaming Respawn’s Casualties of the Console Wars

Doesn’t it suck when you really want a game but don’t own the console that is required to play that said game? Yes, it does. I’m talking about great-looking games that pique your interest at E3, only to find out later that they’re console exclusives that you won’t be able to play, or maybe your…

Elite: Dangerous – one year on

Yes, it’s now over a year since Elite: Dangerous (ED) left beta and went into retail release. In that time I’ve clocked up 489 hours, earned (and spent) hundreds of millions of credits and own multiple ships. I’ve had a good bash at every profession, taken part in community events, teamed up with other Commanders…

Hotline Miami – is it really that clever or subversive?

It’s mostly pure coincidence that I wandered straight from playing Syndicate (see previous article) to the 2012 indie game Hotline Miami, but there’s certainly a connection between the two, even if only tenuous. They’re both unapologetically violent, both force you to commit murder for dubious reasons and both invite comparisons to GTA. Hotline Miami, is…

Syndicate: the violent birth of the sandbox city

The 1990s was an exciting time for gaming. The technology was allowing creative designers to invent and develop many of the concepts and mechanics that we now take for granted. Games were increasing in depth and sophistication, and new genres were being born. We were moving beyond the plethora of simplistic arcade-style shooters, beat ’em…

Elite: Dangerous – how is it faring post-release?

On 16 December nerd-god David Braben pushed the big red button (literally – see video below) and after a 20 year wait Elite: Dangerous (ED), the forth game of the legendary space combat/trading series, was finally released. To be honest, I’m still pinching myself – after well over a decade of seemingly foundationless rumours I’d completely…

An introduction to Elite: Dangerous

So, as I said in a previous post, I’ve been playing a lot of the Elite: Dangerous (ED) beta, the upcoming space sim from Frontier Developments (FD). The beta will be closing on 22 November (when FD will be staging a “Premiere Event“), so I thought this would a good time to do a kind…