With the recent release of Valve and Hidden Path’s latest update of the excellent Counter Strike series; Counter Strike: Global Offensive, I thought it might be interesting to revisit each major installment in the series and recount my memories of them. In small ways I think they made lasting impressions on my outlook of gaming. I’ll say right off the bat that I never played any of the beta releases or even 1.0 for that matter and my experience with Condition Zero (CS:CZ from here on) was an hour of watching my friend play it so I won’t bother touching on these editions and instead I’ll focus on 1.6, CS: Source, and end on a review of Global Offensive. Continue Reading
I’m not the most avid player of horror games it has to be said. You can put this down partly to a lack of interest in horror/survival horror as a genre, partly to a lack of interest in specific games and franchises that occupy said genres, namely resident evil, dead space etc…and also because I am a bit of a pussy. That said, recently I’d been hearing a lot about a small indie game (seem to have been playing a lot of them lately, see my Bastion review) making it’s rounds on the ‘funny reactions to scary stuff’ type videos on Youtube called Slender.
This write up may feel about a week or so late but I assure it’s a deliberate decision. I’ve always felt that games show summaries should always be done a week, maybe even two or three after the event has finished. People are very quick to commit their thoughts to paper (or to hard disk nowadays I suppose) lest they lose them amidst the hustle and bustle of the show itself, but there in lies in the problem. The hype inevitably colours the journalist’s opinions, better to leave it a week or two and let things settle down so we can have a nice calm, considered reflection on E3 2012. So without further ado…OMG!!! SNY AN NINTENDOO SUCKKED! UBISOFT PWWNED ALL LOLLLL!!! Continue Reading
Yes it’s Christmas time for gamers…it’s E3 time! Seriously though, for me there is something about E3 that really does strike the same chord with me as December 25th did when I was a young boy. It’s essentially Christmas time for twenty-something guys who live alone and spend their time playing video games…except instead of getting presents, you get the promise of presents to come.
So I just popped Max Payne 3 into my PS3, all set and bam! Downloading update data, wait 22 minutes. I know I’m probably the umpteen millionth person to have a moan about this but whatever happened to the days when you could buy a new game, pop it into your console and play? The damn game hasn’t been out 24 hours yet and there’s already a patch released for it??! This may just be a peculiarity of the PS3 version for all I know but it just seems like this phenomenon is getting more and more prevalent. I remember one of the chief advantages of console gaming over PC gaming was that you didn’t have to wait for the damn thing to install (also controllers, in the days before official Xbox/Playstation controllers were easily supported on PCs). Anyway it’s finished now so I’m off to play…Rant over.
Well this friday Max Payne 3 hits the shelves of video game stores across the U.K. I’ve reserved myself a copy so I’ll be hard at work come friday evening. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a little while, much more recently. See I tend to go through phases of excitement; I’ll start off slavering from the mouth when the game gets announced and the first juicy morsels of information come through. Then when it dies down, my enthusiasm goes with it, then when some more press comes along when the game approaches its launch window my ears prick up again and I remember that I was excited about it. I guess that’s typical of gamers like me…who knows?
Anyway my question to anyone who cares to have their say is whether or not I break the mould of reviewing slightly older games for a moment and make Max Payne 3 my next review? I was planning on reviewing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword next (don’t worry it’ll be along soon either way) but I thought perhaps I could put it on hold until after Max Payne. What say you readers?
So in the wake of the disappointing failure of my Scroll Extreme tablet (which I wrote a first impressions review of here, and a subsequent withdrawal of those impressions here) I was in a bit of a conundrum. See I was due to go off on Holiday to the lake district in North West England which involved several lengthy coach journeys so I didn’t want to be without the tablet for various reasons. Unfortunately all of these faults with the Extreme came to a head the day before I was due to go off on the holiday so I couldn’t rely on getting either a replacement unit or a refund in time. So I had to whip down to my local PC world (much to my dismay) and look for the nearest thing to the Extreme. Let me tell you now, PC world has a pretty limited choice of Android tablets, 5 or 6 models I think, so this was already a difficult task. The Extreme also had the advantage of being a 9.7″ tablet which makes it a 1024 x 768 screen res and therefore fits a lot of iPad cases, no such luck with any of the tablets on offer in PC world. So after much deliberating and researching information on the various tablets (I actually did this using said tablets in the shop) I put down the cash and went for a Motorola Xoom.