Shenmue on a Kickstarter budget

Even if the numbers Shenmue III is pulling in are strong for a Kickstarter project, they’re not anywhere close to a modern, big budget, open-world game. They’re not even close to the $70 million that gets thrown around in discussions about the original’s extravagant cost. But the arguments are frequently misleading, so I want to take the opportunity … Continue reading Shenmue on a Kickstarter budget →

Posted by on 10 July 2015 | 10:37 am

Thoughts on E3 2015

Gone may be the days when I’d spend the entirety of E3 week online, downloading 640×480 videos to burn to CD-R and watching press conferences regardless of the hour, but this year’s left me feeling more positive than most recent ones. Even when the last couple carried the sweet nectar of new hardware to freshen up some tired … Continue reading Thoughts on E3 2015 →

Posted by on 16 June 2015 | 2:26 pm

Shenmue III reaction

I’ve never given up hope that Shenmue would get its conclusion, and it seems that my faith has been rewarded. It’s funny, though. For years I’d always suggest Shenmue III as a dream E3 announcement as a joke, opening myself to a ribbing, but in the last couple of years it started to feel like … Continue reading Shenmue III reaction →

Posted by on 16 June 2015 | 2:04 am

Bournemouth in the Premier League

Strictly speaking, I’m not an AFC Bournemouth fan. I’ve been a supporter of Manchester United since I was a kid and always will be. But I am a lifelong Bournemouth resident – no United fans actually live in Manchester, remember – and I remember going to Bournemouth games with my dad and uncle. I remember watching on … Continue reading Bournemouth in the Premier League →

Posted by on 27 April 2015 | 4:44 pm

Returning to the Resident Evil remake

I know I’ve complained about the preponderance of recent remasters, which makes my current enthusiasm for this, the 2015 remaster of the 2002 remake of 1996’s Resident Evil, as well as the long-awaited Majora’s Mask 3D, seem odd. I’ll defend my position, though, since neither of those games has been seen on shelves in more than … Continue reading Returning to the Resident Evil remake →

Posted by on 8 March 2015 | 6:40 pm

Wolfenstein: The New Order

I’ve written before about how much I miss the B-tier of gaming, that time when there was something between a $100 million “AAA” release – the shifting definition of that term is another post in itself – and a quirky indie game from two blokes in a garage. Every so often you get something that channels … Continue reading Wolfenstein: The New Order →

Posted by on 5 February 2015 | 1:53 pm

Best of 2014 #1: South Park: The Stick of Truth

The South Park games are an eclectic mix, from an FPS in the days before everything had to be an FPS, through kart racing, game shows and tower defence. An RPG must have been the obvious choice, then, thankfully after they had the revelation that South Park games work better when they look like the TV show. But even … Continue reading Best of 2014 #1: South Park: The Stick of Truth →

Posted by on 31 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #2: Infamous: Second Son

That this is the only first-party game to make my list may be an admission that I don’t have a Wii U more than any lack of trying from the platform holders, but the fact is Microsoft and Sony haven’t been particularly prolific in 2014. But even without caveats, I thought Second Son fulfilled the promise … Continue reading Best of 2014 #2: Infamous: Second Son →

Posted by on 30 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #3: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Here’s another late addition, which I admitted to missing out on barely a month ago but have since fallen for in a big way. I wish I could say it wasn’t the Assassin’s Creed ripoff that I called it back when it was unveiled because, gameplay-wise, that’s essentially what it is. But it’s polished nonetheless – that’s … Continue reading Best of 2014 #3: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor →

Posted by on 29 December 2014 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2014 #4: Dark Souls II

The consensus on Dark Souls II seems to be that it’s the weakest of the three games in the tenuously linked Souls series, so perhaps I’m unusual in finding it more immediately engaging than its direct predecessor. I admittedly lack the patience to go all that far and sample their full depth, so the “immediately” part … Continue reading Best of 2014 #4: Dark Souls II →

Posted by on 28 December 2014 | 3:00 pm