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Are modern gamers expecting too much from their favourite developers?

In this modern age we live in, there’s no doubt in my mind that games today are as good as they have ever been. This is not to suggest that the importance of games that came before are diminished, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for instance is and will remain a classic, but rather a way to analyse the situation here. Graphics are better than they’ve ever been, accompanied by larger and more detailed open worlds, more complicated design, and overall higher production value, with games costing more than they ever have to produce. With all of these facets coming into play in almost every AAA release, a new trend has emerged among players. There is a willingness to rush to anger should a game fail, in a real or imaged way, to hit these development milestones. This piece will explore the question of whether the gamers of today simply expect too much from these experiences. Continue reading Are modern gamers expecting too much from their favourite developers?

Video Games Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn distills the best parts of its many influences to create something truly amazing

During my first six hours with Horizon: Zero Dawn a phrase appeared in my head and got lodged there, as phrases like to do when you write for a living. The phrase in question was “This is once-in-a-hardware-generation stuff.” It stuck with me as my playthrough progressed, and it wasn’t until I’d been away from the game for a few hours that I started to wonder if that was true at all. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a  beautiful pastiche of some of this hardware generation’s best titles. It casually lifts its favourite things from other, equally great games — be it mechanics, design or even art style — and throws them into a blender. Far from being lazy or trite, it works hard to either equal or improve upon everything it borrows — and the result is a new high water mark in the open world action-adventure genre. Continue reading Video Games Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn distills the best parts of its many influences to create something truly amazing

The Iris’ EB Games Expo 2016 Awards

PlayStation’s VR is almost ready to be unleashed on a public that largely has very little idea of what awaits them. That idea became a little clearer after EB Expo though, one of the general public’s first real chances to go hands-on with this beautiful piece of immersive tech, with a handful of demos designed to show off PSVR’s many different uses. One moment you’re in a cockpit desperately trying to fly in formation while enemies shoot at you, the next minute you’re in a shark cage descending to the sea bed, frantically looking around to make sure that massive great white stays the fuck away from you (it doesn’t, it’s scary as hell). The possibilities of this are so very exciting, and they overshadowed almost everything at the expo this year. Continue reading The Iris’ EB Games Expo 2016 Awards

10 Things You Need To Check Out At EB Expo This Weekend

The EB Expo kicks off tomorrow and if you’re still wondering what you’re going to do with yourself at such a huge show, relax, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top 10 things to see at the convention! Continue reading 10 Things You Need To Check Out At EB Expo This Weekend

The Best and Worst of E3 2016

The monolithic E3 Expo has come and gone for another year, showering us with exciting new trailers as often as it saddled us with toe-curling moments of cringe. We’ve rounded up the very best and the very worst of both for your stern appraisal. Continue reading The Best and Worst of E3 2016

E3 2016: Horizon: Zero Dawn delayed into 2017, softens blow with new trailer

Horizon: Zero Dawn made a splash at Sony’s press conference during E3 last year, but we haven’t heard much about it since. Developer Guerilla Games have announced the game has slipped to February 28, 2017. It’s not all bad news — they dropped a shiny new trailer to ease the pain. Continue reading E3 2016: Horizon: Zero Dawn delayed into 2017, softens blow with new trailer

Paris Games Week 2015: New Horizon: Zero Dawn footage features fresh gameplay, robo-dinosaurs

PlayStation fans have gotten their next look at Horizon: Zero Dawn during Sony’s Paris Games Week press event this morning. Developer Guerrilla Games debuted a brand new trailer during show with new gameplay footage. Continue reading Paris Games Week 2015: New Horizon: Zero Dawn footage features fresh gameplay, robo-dinosaurs