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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...

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...

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...

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...

Do we have too many games?

This past weekend I was sitting and staring at my backlog. I had that feeling, you know it I am sure, where you have so many games you want to play that you can’t decide which to play. You end up staring at your games for 30 minutes or so, get ready to pick one out, put the disc in and then switch off the TV and go raid the cupboard. Yes, procrastination 101. It got me thinking about the ind...

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...

Do you fantasize about, or identify with, characters of the opposite sex?

I was reading some tweets from a friend, Pfangirl, on twitter and she was asking whether gamers fantasize about playing characters of the opposite sex. Perhaps fantasize can be a strong word and maybe I should rather go back to the ability to identify with a character of the opposite sex. I think both questions can stand separately. Maybe you dream of playing as a ripped warrior or maybe as a vuln...

Is co-op gaming always a good thing?

I’m a massive fan of co-op games. The first game to introduce this ‘having a friend to help you’ mechanism was Contra many years ago. My friends and I played that game to death. With Gears of War in the last generation it brought through a revival of the co-op genre of sorts, which kind of died over the years, though there were always one or two classics such as Gunstar Heroes or...

What is the issue with remastered games?

Following on from Dawid’s article around negativity in gaming, I got wondering around remastered games in particular and the issue that surrounds it. You see they’ve just announced that there was going to be a Borderlands remake for the new-gen consoles. Since then I have seen numerous complaints about it being unnecessary and so on. Now I realize this follows quite a few games that have bee...

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