Where the broader video games industry stands and a look to the future

One of the biggest changes to the video games industry in the past 10 years has been the way we look at video games themselves. In addition to the classic console shooters and PC MMORPGs, casual games such as Animal Farm and mobile games like Fruit Ninja now qualify their players as proper gamers. During the 2011 DICE awards, Angry Birds was nominated amongst Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption, and God of War 3 for the prestigious Game of the Year award.

The recipe for Dragon City

Dragon City is SocialPoint’s most renowned game, and since its release date, it has been a dominant stakeholder inside the social games environment. Why? It uses a formula based on the well-known farm games but adds a dynamic component of gathering and collecting units for fighting later (with more than 200 now). Inside the first part of the recipe, we tackle the pure game side of Dragon City, with how the different features are applied to game flow, gameplay, and dynamics. In the second part, we focus on social interactions, retention, and monetization tricks and formulas.

Sony UK Exec Tabs Watch Dogs as the Next-Gen Flagship; Sony Pictures Signs on for Film Adaptation

In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Fergal Gara, Sony UK’s Managing Director, told the site that Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs was Sony’s ideal choice for a marquee launch title. The PS4 had no difficulty selling virtually all of its retail units in the US, and reports indicate that the system is already becoming scarce a day into its UK release. Regardless, Gara would liked to have seen Watch Dogs available on day one. He does, however, understand the decision to delay, saying:

SoulCalibur 2 HD review

Soul Calibur II is back and is in high definition with online mode, and looks better than ever. This version includes the three extra characters Heihachi from Tekken, and Tod McFarlane’s Spawn, and Necrid. Sadly the Hero of Time, Link is not included. The legend is about to begin once again.

3 Tips for Married Gamers

So things are getting pretty serious with your gal and she wants to move in with you or vice versa.  You know two things: Life is better with this beautiful wonderful girl and second; how will I play my video games as much if I have to share the TV with this special someone.   Well, you’re in luck, since I have celebrated my 1 year anniversary not that long ago and am still playing video games. I am not in the ‘business’ and work a regular 9-5 job. so it is strictly a hobby that i love. i came up with 3 tips,for now, to ease your other half into living with what the world calls a “gamer”

PlayStation 4: First impressions

I didn’t get my PlayStation 3 until 2010, so I thought I wasn’t ready for the next generation just yet. And, to be fair, I am still very happy with my PS3 and I think it has a lot of life left. But, when I played the PlayStation 4 for the first time and held that amazing new controller in my hands, I knew I made the right decision purchasing a PlayStation 4 at launch.

Gravity Rush: Make gravity your plaything in this enthralling third person beat-em up

The Playstation Vita has been in dire need of a killer app since its release. Sure it has console ports like Mortal Kombat and Rayman Origins, but nothing draw dropping besides Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Well I’m happy to say that’s about to change with Gravity Rush from SCE Japan Studio (Project Siren). Here’s what I thought of this physics breaking action title.

A step by step guide to creating a monstrous MyPlayer in NBA2K14

Hello, my name is Rory, and I am addicted to sports games. If you couldn’t tell from my review, I have a particular fondness for NBA 2K14. As we all prepare to start gorging ourselves on the best looking game ever made, it is important to note that we will all have to re-create our MyCareers. Since its release on October 1st, I have played the PS3 version religiously, reviewed it for two websites, and had to re-create several MyCareers due to each of my previous files getting corrupted at different career stages. This has allowed me to figure out what works and what doesn’t. So if you are looking to smash face on Friday, this is your guide.

Why the Amazon PlayStation Store could change console gaming

Amazon’s PlayStation Store rollout came out of nowhere – much like Typing of the Dead: Overkill, it was a stealth release no one really anticipated. Right now, it’s not really anything special. It’s just got launch titles for their retail prices along with some season passes, but you do get a $5 PSN credit for buying some things. However, the potential for it is to become a content delivery method akin to Steam, Desura, and Amazon’s PC download section where competition breeds lower prices. Amazon’s PC game download branch has been remarkably forward-thinking by reaching out to the gaming community for ideas on sales, and it’s resulted in them having some big sales on Steam-activated games in-between the usual Steam mega sales. It allowed PC gaming to flourish in ways never before imagined – and it’s at least partially due to the Humble Bundle starting, creating a slew of like-minded bundle deals, and driving down the cost of PC games as a whole.

Chrono Trigger – “It’s not THAT good”

I get the strange, irrepressible feeling that someday, someone is going to question why I never review any games that have come out in the current year. Well, to that person I’d like to say it’s partly because I like destroying the innocence of people’s game-related childhood memories, and also partly because I just like how wholesome older games are in a modern context, in that they are simple affairs that don’t worry about things like online multiplayer, DLC or gratuitous amounts of mega violence.

The Sly Raccoon Collection – The weird second cousin, twice removed, of Jak and Daxter/Ratchet and Clank

Not so long ago, while discussing the Hercules TV series and half-woman/half-spider hybrid creatures, the topic of the Sly Raccoon games came up in conversation. I nonchalantly confessed that I had never played them. The reply to aforementioned confession was: “Dude! You’re totally missing out. Like, dude. Totally……dude. Dude!”

Metal Gear Solid – original vs. remake

In 1998, a new genre was born with the arrival of Metal Gear Solid, the game that effortlessly defined virtual stealth action and brought it into the mainstream. A huge commercial success, the game has a loyal fan base that is well-earned due to its incredibly cinematic story, well implemented action and also quirky break-the-fourth-wall humor. In 2004, the success of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty prompted a remake of the first game. This version implemented the control scheme from MGS2 , as well as improved graphics, new voice acting and a very distinct cinematic style.