That’s it, boys and girls. The generation’s finally over. Pick up those dusty old 360s, Wiis and PS3s, lock them in the cupboard and walkaway.They’re so mid-noughties. It’s time for a new wave of sexy consoles to crash the party and take pride of place on your TV stand.
But before you pack your trusty hardware away to gather dust until Auntie Gladys fancies a go on SingStar, let’s remember the good times – and there have been plenty of those. Here’s a list of my favourite games to grace consoles since I picked up my 360 back in 2005 with Perfect Dark Zero. Will Rare’s classic shooter make the list? Let’s find out! (No) Read More
Protect Natalya. Two words that will send shivers down the spines of any N64 fan worth their salt. GoldenEye might be rightly hailed as a landmark moment for shooters, but it’s also responsible for one of the most infuriating gaming companions of all time. Natalya’s a Level 2 Programmer for the Russian Space Forces, so you’d be forgiven for thinking she might’ve noticed someone emptying a rifle into the back of her head. Turns out she was quite happy to stand idly by like she’s queuing up for a scratch card as pixilated blood poured all over her fancy 90s keyboard.
GoldenEye wasn’t the first, but poor old Nat has opened the floodgates for countless dim-witted sidekicks ever since. Resident Evil, God of War, Metal Gear Solid and countless others have all tried their hands at fixing one of gaming’s most frustrating tropes, only to get stuck in a doorway, clip through the floor and fall into a never-ending abyss. Read More
Seven years. That’s how long it’s been since the Xbox 360 made its triumphant arrival and our current console generation officially kicked off. That’s all the way back in 2005. We could have swallowed a fistful of chewing gum the day it was announced and still had plenty of time to squeeze it through our digestive tract.
With Nintendo’s Wii U already on shelves, the PlayStation 4 on the horizon and a new Xbox following closely behind, our focus is already starting to shift from the warm and friendly to the new and shiny. One of the longest console generations ever may have finally started to drag, but don’t leave it behind – there’s still life left in the old dog yet. In fact, this year could end up being the best 12 months we’ve had since 2005’s heady days of Lost and Kelly Clarkson. Read More
Two tags you don’t see sitting alongside each other too often are MMO and FPS, and when I heard about Hedone – an online shooter with nuggets of role playing sprinkled in for good measure – the first thing that sprang to mind was popping into World of Warcraft with an Uzi and mowing down levels twos in a dwarf-filled bloodbath. And with a free-to-play system also firmly in place, this may well be the world’s first F2PMMOFPS. Now there’s a mouthful.
Developer ACONY may have its fingers in a lot of pies, but Hedone is still a shooter deep down, offering players the usual ‘look down your sights and jump around until one of you falls over’ combat we’ve come to love thanks to Call of Duty. Game Director Mario Rizzo has taken his inspiration from all over the shop, throwing everything from Pulp Fiction to Gears of War into the mixing pot and pulling out a bastard child full of tongue-in-cheek characters and surprisingly well-drawn plot points. Taking place in a star-spangled future where entertainment pretty much boils down to watching a headshot-fuelled version of Big Brother, players will battle across a range of gritty locations while sexy robot cameras film every blood-splattered corner for the masses sitting at home. Think Running Man, just without lycra jumpsuits and muscle-bounded ex-governors. Read More