Tuesday , 16 September 2014

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

An anonymous reader writes: Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games — an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it’s different: many games are marketed under the illusion of being single-player, when their focus has shifted to an almost mandatory multiplayer mode. (Think always-online DRM, and games as services.) It’s not that this is necessarily bad for gameplay — it’s that design patterns are shifting, and if you don’t like multiplayer, you’re going to have a harder time finding games you do like. The article’s author uses a couple recent major titles as backdrop for the discussion: “With both Diablo III and Destiny, I’m not sure where and how to attribute my enjoyment. Yes, the mechanics of both are sound, but given the resounding emptiness felt when played solo, perhaps the co-op element is compensating. I’d go so far as to argue games can be less mechanically compelling, so long as the multiplayer element is engaging. The thrill of barking orders at friends can, in a way, cover design flaws. I hem and haw on the quality of each game’s mechanics because the co-op aspect literally distracted ... Read More »

The Top 25 Modern PC Games (2014)

We count down our picks for the top 25 PC games to come out from 2004 to 2014. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Shadow Warrior trailer shows PS4, Xbox One gameplay

Flying Wild Hog shows off the old-school shooter in action. A new trailer for the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One versions of Shadow Warrior has been released ahead of the game’s October launch. Click here to read the full article Related Stories Mojang sale ‘about my sanity, not money’, says Notch NBA 2K15 MyTeam mode adds ‘What If’ challenges Just Dance 2015 full track list announced Destiny update released, may force player log out Far Cry 4 video stars ‘the Mighty Elephants of Kryat’ Source: CVG Xbox One Original post. Read More »

Destiny – How to Find the Master Chief Easter Egg

Location of Master Chief’s helmet from Halo hidden in Destiny. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

BIZARRE MORTAL KOMBAT X CONTROLLERS COMING TO XBOX ONE, PS4 – IGN News

Mortal Kombat X controllers for Xbox One and PS4 have been spotted at GameStop Expo 2014. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Destiny Producer Says the Game Only Gets Better After the End – IGN News

The very start of Destiny might feel a bit like a standard shooter to many, but according to Executive Producer Patrick O’Kelley, the multiplayer-driven sci-fi shooter becomes an entirely different experience once a player reaches the level cap of 20 and can begin to experience the endgame missions and objectives. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Microsoft Buys Mojang & Smash Bros. Release Date? – IGN Daily Fix

The Microsoft Purchase of Mojang is confirmed & a retailer may have leaked Smash Bros. Wii U’s release date. Plus, Destiny beats Watch Dogs and what games are out this week. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Far Cry 4 video stars 'the Mighty Elephants of Kryat'

A look at the destructive power of the ridable elephants. Ubisoft has released a new Far Cry 4 video spoofing a nature documentary looking at the elephants in the game. Click here to read the full article Related Stories Microsoft to continue supporting Minecraft on PlayStation, says Xbox boss Mojang sale ‘about my sanity, not money’, says Notch NBA 2K15 MyTeam mode adds ‘What If’ challenges Just Dance 2015 full track list announced Destiny update released, may force player log out Source: CVG Xbox One Original post. Read More »

Out This Week: Naruto, Cooking Mama 5 & More – IGN Daily Fix

This week highlights Cooking Mama’s return and the latest Naruto game. We’re here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest game releases each & every week. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Destiny Producer Says the Game Only Gets Better After the End

The very start of Destiny might feel a bit like a standard shooter to many, but according to Executive Producer Patrick O’Kelley, the multiplayer-driven sci-fi shooter becomes an entirely different experience once a player reaches the level cap of 20 and can begin to experience the endgame missions and objectives. “I think what players will find is that the game unfolds and transforms over time,” O’Kelley told Xbox Wire. “In the first hour, it might feel like a familiar shooter. Then, players will start to see other players in the world. They will undertake cooperative and competitive activities without really worrying about it. Or they might keep on a solo journey but partake in public events. Eventually, they’ll go to the Tower and learn some of the mechanics to improve their character. They’ll make decisions about character customization and ability customization.” Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox One Original post. Read More »