My Video Game Slump

Do you ever get the feeling at some point where you slowly realise that something or someone that you used to have great fun with, spend a lot of time with and really care about doesn’t actually do all of those things any more.  It’s not necessarily an overnight thing, and there’s not necessarily a reason for it, but it’s definitely not the same.  As melodramatic as it may seem, that’s how I’ve felt about video games for the last few months.  The thing is — Read more →

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Multiplayer Review

Perhaps modern gaming’s most established franchise, Call of Duty has come under increased scrutiny in recent years as its blockbuster reputation has been hampered by gamers’ understandable concerns that while the series churns out new titles every year, with the first Tuesday in November almost becoming Call of Duty day, the franchise formula changes very little. Advanced Warfare does change things up in the biggest way since Modern Warfare 2, with developer Sledgehammer Games making their solo debut with the franchise. The new exo-suit gives — Read more →

PS4 First Impressions

There was much excitement this week as I returned to Aberdeen and with my two flatmates having bought PS4s for their arrival; I was finally going to get a chance to get to grips with Sony’s newest console.  Although my experience with it has been slightly limited, with only Destiny and the demo for FIFA 15 at my disposal to test the system’s gameplay chops, I’ve really enjoyed using the PS4 and have almost certainly made my mind up about which console I’ll be getting — Read more →

EA Takes the Lead with New Service

As far as video games are concerned, EA are the evil Santa Claus.  They give everyone games galore to play through the year, but nobody likes them.  Their decisions to have micro-transactions in almost every title, to charge extra for DLC that should be part of the game to start with and to bleed the life out of their biggest franchises really go against gamers’ moral values.  The vitriol against the company is perhaps best measured by their dubious accolade of being voted “Worst Company — Read more →

A Disappointing E3

Normally, I’m awash with excitement when E3 time rolls around.  New games, and new consoles last time, have me brimming with joy and leave me on edge until the next holiday season so I can pick up the fantastic games that were on show.  For various reasons, some beyond the control of the presenters, I didn’t really have that this year – and E3 was a bit of a damp squib. E3 sets the tone for gaming over the next year, sort of like a — Read more →