When Insomniac Games announced that they were done with Spyro The Dragon at the start of the millennium, their fans (myself included) eagerly anticipated the results of their next project. The eventual outcome was a new platforming duo, Ratchet & Clank, who continued Insomniac’s great run of form and became part of a trio of mascots (alongside Jak & Daxter and Sly Cooper) who would keep the platforming genre alive on the Playstation 2. With the recent release of the original trilogy of PS2 games in high definition for the PS3, I went back to play the original three to see how they have held up over time. Continue reading Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando & Up Your Arsenal Collected Review
Hey all, apologies for the delays on the news and reviews front – I’ve been pretty damn busy with work over the last two weeks. Today I aim to remedy a bit of that with a quick update on the interesting stories of the last few days.
- I’m a sucker for lists, and this week the good people at the Official Nintendo Magazine have released a revised list of the Top 100 Nintendo Games ever made. And the three years since the last list have had a marked effect on the top five, as Super Mario Galaxy 2 has come out at the top of the pile, closely followed by The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The previous winner, Super Mario Bros, takes third, Ocarina Of Time takes fourth, and strangely its Pokemon Black & White (which I intend to review soon) that rounds out the top five. For the full list, you’ll have to buy the magazine…or scour the internet and ask around for the list
- Following the departure of Peter Molyneux last week, Microsoft have pulled a major coup this week in hiring the former President of Sony Computer Entertainment, Phil Harrison. Harrison, a man with 15 years experience at Sony, will directly take over Molyneux’s post and will oversee the likes of British developers Lionhead Studios and Rare.
- Sega are continuing to keep fans on tenterhooks with regards to the possibility of a Shenmue HD remake. In an interview this week, the brand manager confirmed that they ‘may or may not’ be working on the game, along with Skies Of Arcadia (which, I am reliably informed by one of my friends is the greatest game ever made). I think it may well be an inevitability – Sega have got nothing to lose and lots to gain from a remakes in my opinion.
- I have made it clear in the past that I think the sheer number of HD remakes over the past year have been quite excessive. However, every once in a while, one collection will be announced that will grab my attention, and yesterday the Ratchet And Clank HD Collection was that game. Featuring the original Ratchet And Clank, Ratchet And Clank 2 & Ratchet And Clank 3 – in short, three of the best platformers ever made – all of the games will have the required graphical enhancements, trophy support, and in a really nice bonus the online multiplayer aspect from the third game has been left in. My temptation to pick up a cheap PS3 is very steadily increasing…
- Finally, do you remember back in 2006 when Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII? If you do, you will probably be wondering like me why the hell we haven’t heard ANYTHING about the game for the past six years. Well, time to rejoice! – this week, the guy behind the development of the game, legendary designer Tetsuya Nomura, has said that he is almost ready to divulge more precious information on the game…but that ‘totally unrelated circumstances’ are preventing him from doing so. For the love of god, just at least give us a potential release date Nomura.
That’s all for today – if you want more news, then check out the free podcast that I cobbled together with Callum Loughlin that covers events from the past three weeks, including our take on the Game Group saga. I intend to get some more reviews done soon, including the aforementioned Pokemon Black And White, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Persona 4 and Skyrim. Finally, why not take some time to relax and have a look through my ever growing collection of Best Video Game Music. Take care y’all.
Sometimes when you play a game, you have to stand back and just simply admire the game world that you are playing in. It can be a variety of things that can trigger this off; an epic vista, a serious confrontation, a challenging enviorment, a funny situation, a serious situation etc. The point remains: some locations in games simply get lodged in our heads and we never forget them.
My purpose in writing this list is to share an insight into the sorts of gaming locations that have had an effect on me and become great favourites of mine. This list is not ranked as some of my others have been; quite frankly I would find it difficult to rank these memories on merit, and so they are simply listed in the order they came to my head. I also admit that the title of the article is a bit loose; some of the locations mentioned aren’t ‘levels’ in the platforming sense of the word, but I couldn’t think of a better term so it will do. And so without further ado; my favourite levels/places/locations in my gaming history. Continue reading Top Ten…Levels In Gaming
Weapons are widespread in the gaming world; of course they serve as being the main tools to defeat the bad guys in your way. However, some weapons have achieved notoriety for simply being too powerful or ‘cheap’; this list is a rundown of the most overpowered weapons that I have seen in games that I have played. Continue reading Top Ten…Most Overpowered Weapons In Gaming