The Definitive Ranking of Every Game at The Game Awards and PSX The Definitive Ranking of Every Game at The Game Awards and PSX
The Definitive Ranking of Every Game at The Game Awards and PSX
The biggest weekend in gaming news outside of E3 has come and gone. The Game Awards and PlayStation Experience gave us a lot to be hyped for in the coming months, but which games hyped us the most? This is the ranking of every game shown off during both presentations. The ranking takes into account [...] ...
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‘Stranger Things’ was the summer hit we deserved ‘Stranger Things’ was the summer hit we deserved
'Stranger Things' was the summer hit we deserved
When future archaeologists dig up the remains of our global culture, Stranger Things, the Netflix original written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer, could be our Rosetta Stone (let’s ignore the logistical issues for a moment, since we still don’t know how digital content will actually be preserved.) It might not be timelessly good [...] ...
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Nobuo Uematsu: The Man Behind the Music of 'Final Fantasy'
For those even remotely familiar with the Final Fantasy series, there are typically a few key features that jump to the front of their minds: intricate worlds imbued with magic, Moogles rearing their mischievous heads, Chocobos running wild through fields of Cactuars and epic boss battles like no other. But underlying these elements is always [...] ...
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The Top 7 ‘Final Fantasy’ Games The Top 7 ‘Final Fantasy’ Games
The Top 7 'Final Fantasy' Games
Final Fantasy is one of the most financially successful video game franchises of all time, and perhaps the most important Japanese role-playing game series of all time, next to Dragon Quest.  While it was initially supposed to be the last game ever released by Squaresoft in general, and one Hironobu Sakaguchi in particular, there turns [...] ...
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Because list features are apparently easy…. I remember when Watch Dogs 2 was announced; I distinctly remember rolling my eyes at the hipster culture it seemed desperate to represent. Absolute rubbish I thought, a desperate clawing for relevancy after the abysmal original, which was the definition of disappointing. Soon enough the game came about, quietly, [...] ...
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Take Me Out To The eGame: Should eSports Teams be City Based?
When people say they have pride for their city, they could mean they like the architecture, or culture, or even just the ambiance. More often than not however, the burning pride for a city shines through its sports teams. From the New York Yankees, to Manchester United, and the Montreal Canadians, sports and pride seem [...] ...
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‘Metal Gear Solid 2’ at 15: Still Sending Players Down the Rabbit Hole ‘Metal Gear Solid 2’ at 15: Still Sending Players Down the Rabbit Hole
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Time has been kind to Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Its excesses haven’t disappeared, but its innovations are now easier to appreciate. Much that seemed extravagant in 2001, when it was released for the Playstation 2, now feels prescient and relevant. Hideo Kojima’s flawed opus ushered in a new era of self-conscious videogames [...] ...
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Final Fantasy XV Developer: Square-Enix Publisher: Square-Enix Platforms: PS4, Xbox One Reviewed on: PS4 Release Date: November 29th The latest Final Fantasy has finally arrived, and after all these long years, the question on everyone's lips is: can it possibly deliver on the hype? Well, the answer is...

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After a decade in development, Final Fantasy XV is finally here. The first proper Final Fantasy title in over six years, FFXV has a huge weight on it's...

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Import Report – Of Localization and Language

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The Games that Inspired HBO’s Westworld

The underlying themes of robotic ethics and the limits of human greed and ambition are what make Westworld so terrifying and wonderful. However, the ideals expressed in the show weren’t simply pulled from thin air, as showrunner Jonathan Nolan was heavily influenced by other forms of entertainment that grappled with the same themes, mainly video games.

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‘Final Fantasy XV’: A Satisfying, if Schizophrenic, Ride

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The Very Best Wii Games

Whether Nintendo delivered the gaming revolution it promised with the Wii is debatable, but no one can deny that for a while this unassuming little box and its motion-based remote/nunchuck combo captured the imaginations of gamers of all ages, everywhere, introducing new, often intuitive ways to play, and opening up video games to people who had never previously had the desire pick up a controller. Though the system may have earned a reputation later in its lifespan for being home to more shovelware than must-buys, the vast Wii library is home to some amazing titles, many of which stand among the medium’s all-time classics.

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’ve spent a considerable amount of my life running around in a virtual set of Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor. With over two thousand hours logged into Halo 2 alone, and thousands more spent across the other mainline Halo titles, I’m comfortable in saying that I know most of the series’ multiplayer maps like the back of my hand. In celebration of the 15 year anniversaries of both the original Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved, I’ve taken the opportunity to look back at all 100+ multiplayer arenas from all six (proper) Halo titles, and have taken on the daunting task of listing for you Halo’s top 10 all-time multiplayer maps.