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6 Games I Bought Purely Because Of Their Graphics

I like to think I’m not a superficial person. (So do we all.) I’m not technically-minded, so conversations about frame-rates and resolution et cetera sort of float by me.

The Forgotten Narrative Innovation Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 did a rather strange thing with its campaign that no other Call of Duty has, and it’s a twist that made it one of my favourite games from the last generation just for the story (that Treyarch multiplayer isn’t the only reason I have affection for Blops). Black Ops 2 has a branching plot but not in the normal RPG manner in which the player makes explicit decisions. It’s more subtle, and brilliant. Spoilers to follow!

Fallout 3 Isn't Really An RPG

Fallout 3 doesn’t follow the same basic formula for open-world sandbox games that has produced some truly great games, from Grand Theft Auto V to The Witcher 3. But what if Bethesda wasn’t making an open-world sandbox RPG at all?

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Future's Past Has The Worst Combat System

Back in 1994, I spent time — far, far too much time — trying to make the combat system in this game work for me; I loved Captain Picard, Commander Data, and Lieutenant Worf that much, but it’s so counterintuitive, so tedious, and so time-consuming, that it ruins the entire experience — even though it only makes up about 10% of the game’s content.

A Defence Of Mario Kart 8's Unpopular Battle Mode

In video game years, Mario Kart 8 is already middle-aged yet remains virile. It maintains a healthy population of online racers over fourteen months past its May 2014 launch. By most accounts, the Wii U version of the seminal kart racer is the series’ high watermark, resplendent in its HD gloss and detail-rich course design, and already rejuvenated twice with a generous double-helping of extra tracks, characters, and cars. Listen to the masses, though, and there is a lone flaw just waiting to be nipped-and-tucked: Battle Mode.

It's Ridiculous That League Of Legends Isn't Getting A Sandbox Mode

Yesterday afternoon, Riot Games published an explanation for why it hasn’t added an oft-requested sandbox mode to its hit online multiplayer game League of Legends. The response was bullshit.

Buying Video Games On Release Day Makes Me Feel Like An Idiot

I like to buy games on day one. I’m not a fan of pre-owned, because I’d rather see my money go to the people who made a video game than the retailer that’s selling it, and also when I’ve been looking forward to a game for months or years I quite often don’t want to wait any longer because I have extremely poor self-control. You know how it is.

Why People Pirate Video Games

For such an important topic, it’s a shame that we can’t ever seem to have a real discussion about video game piracy. Any attempt normally goes down like this: people downloading games are painted as criminals, publishers trying to stop them are portrayed as monsters, everyone sticks to this division and nothing ever gets done.

True Detective's Massive Cliffhanger Was A Letdown

The second episode of True Detective ended on a massive cliffhanger, making much of last week interminably frustrating. Fans were able to stop holding their breath last night when things finally played themselves out last night in the third episode. But it wasn’t an easy resolution.

Destiny's Lag Situation Is A Huge Bummer

In Destiny‘s competitive Crucible multiplayer, the most fearsome foe you’ll face isn’t a flame-slinging warlock or a knife-throwing hunter — it’s lag.

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