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Has console gaming hit the ceiling?

I often find myself wondering where video games will head off to next. In the last generation there was a big jump to HD games, wireless controllers (as default), motion controls were a thing and the online generation really took off on consoles. It kept growing at a rapid pace whereby small firmware updates kept improving the experience. Considering that the Xbox 360 launched in 2005 it’s c...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 6

That’s Battle 5 done and Bats all but toyed with the competition. Master Chief came close, but ultimately ran out of artillery. Megaman was stuck in the past and had trouble dealing with a 3D world, Duke Nukem had enough bubblegum and Ganondorf returned to Hyrule in a dark room in his castle… where he cried. Let’s take a look at Battle 6’s contestants: Lara Croft (Tomb Raid...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 5

Battle 4 is complete and what a fight it was, down to the wire but Ryu ended up with the final Hadouken on nearest rival Pyramid Head who never saw it coming. Sam’s suit just didn’t react quick enough while Kasumi’s HUGE tracts of land only helped her into 4th and the Helghast Soldier was never even in the zone. Welcome to Friday everybody, and take a look at Battle 5’s mig...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 4

Battle 3 is done and dusted and thanks to a late(ish) surge towards the end ClapTrap all but walked this battle. Must be those dance moves? Ezio was in the running but got assassinated when nobody expected it, Nathan Drake’s luck finally ran out while Pagan Min got caught while trying to pose for a selfie. The Mii never stood a chance. Battle 4 is now up and promises to be as difficult a cho...

Do PS+ and Games With Gold affect what games you buy?

It seems like an odd question to ask, even in my crazy mind, but I often feel as though I’m walking in a dangerous minefield when I consider buying a game. I never know if the game I buy now will be free a month or two later, or worse, a game I buy on day one will be free six months down the line. It’s not exactly something I should be fretting over, but I am, and it’s starting t...

Making a Case for The Order: 1886

No, we don’t have a review up for The Order yet and at the time of writing we haven’t received a copy to start playing to even consider a review. It’s a sad state of affairs but one which we are quite used to locally. That doesn’t mean we can’t still discuss the game and take a look at it. Let’s put one thing aside for this feature, and that is about the play time. Yes, we have heard it’s going to...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 3

Battle 2 has come and gone with Snake showing that his ‘Metal Gear’ (if you know what we mean) is bigger than anyone else’s. Kerrigan was nearly on top but got tripped up by her hair, and while the Worm got some votes he was always going to be nothing more than bait. Master Hand barely featured and has gone to relieve himself (what!?) and Sly Cooper is too embarrassed to be menti...

The pre-order condition; why do we do it and will it go away?

With so many issues surrounding games, combined with the price of the latest AAA titles, what should be done about the quality and content of games? What can be done? In a way we (the collective of people who purchase and consume gaming content) are to blame, thanks to voting with our wallets. Crying about it to friends or on social media means a lot less to a company than money does. An obvious s...

Are video game review scores needed?

So this is the big topic at the moment in the gaming world what with some big publications dropping review scores completely for a different kind of ranking system (which essentially is a review score in a different skin). The idea of a review score is a very mixed one. Some find it useful when determining whether to buy a game, especially when looking at an average. Others find it to be a meaning...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 2!

The Character Battle of 2015 is underway and yesterday we saw a closely fought contest between some great characters showing just how tight it’s all going to be at the top. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War) was the champion of the day and will be moving to the next round with his trusty chainsaw. John Marston came a close second but his horse just wasn’t fast enough. Ellie will remain part o...

SA Gamer Character Battle 2015 – Battle 1!

Welcome everybody to a great new feature that will be covered on the site over the next several weeks. It’s a feature that will require your participation. We have taken what we think are the best characters out there, put them into groups at completely random and are asking you to decide who would win in a battle. This week we have 5 characters per group and want you to decide which of them...

What’s your weapon / combat style of choice?

I have been playing Dying Light lately and there are just so many different weapons that I never know which one to use next. It is definitely relative to the type of game though and it got me thinking. Which weapons do I like to use most, which combat style, and does that affect how I enjoy a game? I think for the most part I like games that have a balance between projectile weapons and melee weap...

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