HANDS-ON impressions of Keiji Inafune’s spiritual successor to Mega Man are that, well, it’s just like Mega Man. However, there’s one feature that distinguishes it from its forerunner, and that’s in the form of Xel – the energy source contained inside enemies that endows the players with abilities. It certainly gives the formula a refreshing twist that will assure Mega Man fans that Inafune isn’t resting on fan service, determined to do something different.
Become a member of the Robertson clan and learn the ways of the Louisiana backwoods
Shoot ducks, hunt varmints, pull pranks, find buried treasures, and race through the swamp
Compete in separate duck-shooting galleries and airboat races
Two different reports that came out this year both came to the same conclusion – the number of gamers is increasing and the demographics of gaming are changing all the time. That old stereotype of a gamer being male, and aged anywhere from teens to early thirties, is no longer valid. Gamers today come in all ages and both sexes.
In the UK, the Internet Advertising Bureau actually suggested that women are now dominating the gaming population, making up 52% of the gaming population in the UK. That’s an increase of 3% since 2011, when women accounted for 49% of the gamers in the country.
Meanwhile the Entertainment Software Association in the USA suggests that women make up 48% of the gaming population in the country, while men account for the other 52%. And, of the whole population in the United States, 59% are gamers of some description.
We may not all be playing games on the pc, though. Many people who would be included in those numbers of gamers mentioned above are playing on their mobiles, and perhaps this is why the numbers of women playing have increased so much in recent years. Games include those such as mobile bingo and casino games, puzzler games and games that help you increase your word power – you can find out more here about games like bingo that are taking priority on many people’s mobiles. In the survey by the Internet Advertising Bureau, over half of those surveyed (54%) claimed their mobile to be their favourite place to game, and a quarter of those used their mobiles to game each day.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense that more people are gaming on their mobiles. It’s a way of playing a number of different games without having to commit a lot of time to it; you can fit games around different activities when you play on your mobile.
However, it’s not just on our mobiles that the new numbers of gamers are playing. Both surveys suggested that gaming is becoming more of a family pastime, where the whole family gathers together and shares the fun of gaming, rather than it being a solo pursuit where the gamer is more of a loner character. In the 2014 Entertainment Software Association report, 18% of gamers played with their parents, while 32% play with other family members. Another 14% played with their partner or spouse on a regular basis, while 42% played with friends. Even when we don’t play with people that we know, 62% of the respondents to the ESA survey said they played games with others, in person or online, thanks to the numerous choices of multi-player games.
While it’s difficult to find out who is gaming exactly where and when, these kinds of surveys reflect what we see happening around us, in public spaces and at home. Gaming is becoming a universal activity, no matter what platform we use to do it on.
My all-time favourite game is The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past for Super Nintendo (playable on PC). I had so much fun playing that game. At the core of the games I make is how I like to tell stories. The freedom you had in that game to go around and complete challenges – pull the sword out of the rock in the forest or switch between worlds with the mirror – made that game so much fun because it allowed me to play it the way I wanted to. I think that game came together for me in so many ways that easily makes it my favourite game out of all I’ve played.
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The bulk of development on Lords of The Fallen is being carried out by Deck13, who are collaborating with Polish studio CI Games to Ensure the game hits its release window.
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Format: PC, Xbox One and PS4 | Origin: Germany/Poland | Publisher: Bandai Namco |
Developer: Dec 13/CI Games | Release: October 28, 2014 | Genre Hack-n-slash | Players: 1
The UK release of Lords of the Fallen has been brought forward to tomorrow, October 28, Square Enix has confirmed to VideoGamer.com.
The game had previously been due to go on sale this Friday, October 31.
The revised release means that the game will now launch simultaneously across Europe and North America.
Lords of the Fallen is a Dark Souls-inspired action-RPG from developers Deck13 and City Interactive, with Square Enix distributing the game in the UK.
Let’s address the glaring inaccuracy first: Bundt isn’t even a Bundt cake. While we’re at it, he also appears to be alive, has a face and can fire a series of razor-like snowflakes. But more importantly, Bundt personifies the tone of Square’s brief dalliance in the Mario canon: an idiosyncratic creation rich in humour that bridges the Nintendo’s licensed characters with Square’s design sensibilities. The boss battle itself is rather elementary. You fight against a pair of French chef stereotypes who slowly begin to realise that the cake they’re protecting is moving, running away when it springs to life. Then you fight the three-tiered wedding cake until all that’s left is its base sponge. While it’s not the most challenging or technical encounter, the unusual, charismatic nature of the boss battle and Bundt’s unique design make it one of the most memorable in the history of Mario adversaries.
GameInfo: Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world.
As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.
Review: This is a great civilization game. Yes…Civilization! Is game is Civ V with an in depth overlay. Sadly it often feels more like an expansion or mod than it does an independent game. That being said, this is a great tweak to an excellent formula.
Graphics: It looks better than Civ 5.
Tech: The new research layout is in depth and allows you to focus on certain abilities.
Aliens: At first I hated them. Now I kinda like them. They are unpredictable and another function to the game.
Game play: It’s classic Civ V game play. It’s hard to complain about that.
Price: This game is basically a mod. Asking $40 or more for it is crazy. They did not add enough production value for that. It lacks too many things to be a game at that price level.
Polish: This game feels like it’s only partly built. For example, the quests are all in text. They don’t even have nice pictures or anything. That is not the only thing. This game has it’s core mechanics, but with only a thing layer of paint on top. Time and again you will be reminded that you are really playing Civ V.
Overall – Civ V fans will love this game and find a lot of value in it. If you like the Civ games you will no doubt spend hundreds of hours playing this game. If you are not a Civ fan, you will want to steer away.
OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
Additional Notes: Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.
OS: Windows® Vista SP2 / Windows® 7
Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), nVidia GT400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
Additional Notes: DirectX: DirectX version 11, or Mantle (with supported video card)
Title: Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth
Developer: Firaxis Games
Release Date: 23 Oct, 2014
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth
is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award winning Civilization series.
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is a Turn Based 4X fantasy-strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Iceberg Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in 2014.
Metro 2033 Redux
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
is an action role-playing video game set in The Lord of the Rings universe, developed by Monolith Productions and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.