Gaming doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to representing cultures or their beliefs. Stereotypes and wild inaccuracies are all too frequent – Resident Evil 5’s African village level is a particularly controversial example – which just leads to more problems than it’s worth.
It’s no secret that Outlast is a pretty terrifying game. A first-person survival horror title developed and published by Red Barrels for PC and later PS4 and Xbox One, horror fans were left salivating at the prospect of playing as freelance investigative journalist Miles Upsher, who receives an anonymous tip from a source identified only as a whistleblower…
There’s a reason I don’t watch the news. Terrorist threat this, unstoppable virus that. It’s a never ending onslaught of misery and fear that can turn any optimist into a bitter, disenchanted individual. I don’t want to know that cereal… yes, cereal…
17 years ago, a bulgy, yellow-eyed abomination popped its head through a hole in the wall and greeted me.
“Hello.” said the forlorn looking creature.
“Um… hello?” I awkwardly replied.
My history with the Final Fantasy series has been rocky at best. I started with the remake of Final Fantasy III on the DS and absolutely loved it. I went on to love IV, VI and IX as my favourites in the series, but never really liked VII, VIII or X; XIII was seen by many fans as a complete abomination, too, for a number of reasons.
When Diablo III came out in 2012, we all had pretty high expectations. The game ended up being one of Blizzard’s seemingly never ending development cycles, and they assured us that it would be worth it.
And it was, kinda.
“Huh…? What was that…? CP, come in CP, this is Zulu 7. I heard a suspicious noise just now, I’m gonna go check it out.”
The 2D platformer market is booming, not just on handheld but also for PC and console gamers looking for some old school fun. It’s been a solid year for genre with titles such as Guacamelee, Rayman Legends and Rogue Legacy, but none of these great games feature steampunk robots in a Spaghetti Western setting.