Sep 152014
 

Hostile_Waters_Video_Game

Before we truly get into the meat of this article there’s something which needs to be commented upon: Someone on the development team was obviously a fanboy of British sci-fi. It’s either that or they had one of the best casting teams ever attached to a project.

If you were to go into this, just booting up the game without looking up any new information, you might be a little surprised to hear Tom Barker’s booming voice serving as the narrator. A little surprising to say the least, but this was from the early 2000s, and Baker had worked on a few video games in that time. Of course, then you see Warren Ellis’ name being credited as the head writer, and in the following scene hear Paul Darrow and Glynis Barber discussing a new threat they face.

Yes, this is a title in which the Doctor as narrator, two members of Blake’s 7 as your support team and the story written by the mastermind behind StormWatch. Throw in Grant Morrison or BRIAN BLESSED and Hostile Waters would be a one game British sci-fi convention. It also helps that along with this staggering amount of talent you get a fantastic real time strategy title.
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Sep 042014
 

Diablo_3_ultimate_evil

Of all the missteps ever made by Blizzard Entertainment, from balance problems in Starcraft to World of Warcraft’s increasingly convoluted lore, few failings stand out more than Diablo III. Released with the hype train pulling out all the stops to ensure a smash hit, sales for the title soured despite a decidedly mixed reception within its community. Some loved it for its core concepts, others hated it for the DRM policies and story, but now Blizzard seems to have fully devoted itself to answering the criticisms of its fans. At least on a mechanical level anyway.

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Aug 262014
 

Fallen_London_Browser_Game

Current opinion among many critics of gaming that story should never come before gameplay when it comes to this medium. Emphasis should always focus upon how the player can directly affect a story play straight into video game’s greatest advantage over television and film: It’s interactivity. Here however we may have one of the rare releases which defies that rule, yet dies it well enough for it not to harm the title.

As a whole, Fallen London is an extremely strange kind of game to try and pin into any genre. Its gameplay is minimal, coming down to choices or statistics, progression can be limited at times and on occasions you can find yourself farming quests for basic loot and experience. Yet despite that it manages to remain thoroughly engaging the entire way through, offering you the chance to carve out your own story and backs it up with darkly humourous writing, great choices and a fantastical world.
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Jul 272014
 

E-sports_Starcraft

One of the biggest problems which video games face outside gaming communities is the adamant refusal to see them as a legitimate media. We’ve seen this many times before, between being scapegoated for killings to being openly mocked by critics of other “legitimate” forms of media. Now it’s happened again, this time with the BBC putting a negative spin on Twitch.tv and e-sports. The video covering the subject lasts only three-and-a-half minutes and does contain a few relevant points of information, but on the whole it does a very bad job at truly informing the public about what the scene is like. Or, for that matter, even doing so in an unbiased manner.

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