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“Red Dead Online is Overwhelmingly Underwhelming”

A subjective and provocative statement, but one that I stand by nonetheless. I am going to explain my perspective surrounding the recentlyreleased beta for Red Dead Online, but before getting into why I have an issue with it in the current state, I must provide a little bit of context. Firstly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is, in my opinion, the best game that this generation of gaming has to offer, excluding the Last of Us Remastered, as that’s just an updated version/re-release of Naughty Dog’s magnum opus from the previous iteration of consoles. From a technicalstandpoint, Rockstar’s Western is phenomenal, from the graphical fidelity allthe way down to the day-night cycle. Simply flawless. From a gameplayperspective, the game is fantastic, […]

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Luther: The Art of Interrogation

SPOILER WARNING If you haven’t seen the very first episode of Luther then I highly recommend that you watch it, it is probably the best show that the BBC has to offer. Idris Elba is phenomenal as the eponymous anti-hero and thematically this show is much darker than something like Sherlock: it’s dark, gritty and brilliant. I will only be covering one of the scenes from the first episode, so if you don’t want it to be spoiled then just go and watch it, you won’t regret it. The first episode of Luther introduces the audience to adark, compelling anti-hero, John Luther; as well as the devilish, Iago-esque Alice Morgan. One of my personal favourite scenes from the entire show […]

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Why is Fortnite so Popular?

Every couple of years a new game appears that shakes the entire gaming world and causes a shift in popularity and can lead to a new era of dominance for a specific genre or franchise. For example, when Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released in November 2007, it was a huge success, winning a plethora of awards, such as the VBX Award for Best Shooter and the Golden Joystick Award for Ultimate Game of the Year. CoD 4 and its subsequent spinoffs ultimately lead to the Call of Duty franchise becoming a household name and leading to it becoming one of the best-selling game franchises ever. The franchises that Call of Duty is behind in terms of overall […]

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Why are Developers Incapable of Creating Good 3D Platformers?

WHAT IS WRONG WITH 3D PLATFORMERS? Platformers have been a staple of the video game industry ever since its inception. Mario, Sonic, Banjo Kazooie, Megaman, the list of video game mascots specifically from platformers goes on and on. Pretty much every major console in history has had a platform game that has either tried to create a new mascot or breathe new life into an existing one. For example, we have Mario (Nintendo consoles), Sonic (multiplatform), Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation), and then we have games like Pitfall and Rayman that began life on the Atari consoles. If we look through history, most of these mascots originated in 2D and then eventually moved into 3D as time went on and popularity rose. […]

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Is Zelda the New Benchmark for Open-world games?

INTRODUCTION Many games in recent history have been said to have revolutionised the industry and set the benchmark in quality for a specific type of game. For example, we have the Witcher 3, completely changing what everyone expects from an open-world action role-playing game, with its deep, captivating (and in most cases funny) quests; the brutal and fast-paced combat, all coupled with stunning graphics and a beautiful environment. In 2017, we were given Star Wars: Battlefront II, showing just how fantastically EA could mess-up and ruin a beloved franchise due to the money-whoring scumbaggery at the top, forcing gameplay altering ‘Star Cards’ to be a necessity for anyone who wants a chance to actually enjoy their experience without getting pwned […]