Five reasons to be excited about Dragon’s Dogma on Switch

Capcom’s hack ‘n slash role-player Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen arrives on Nintendo Switch this April. As one of our favourite games of the last generation, which we sunk well over 60 hours into, last week’s announcement was a cause of celebration around these parts. Don’t let the fact that it’s 6 years old put you …

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2018: The bad, the ugly, and the broken

There was a time when we’d use Metacritic to compile our annual round-up of terrible games. As popular as these pieces were, in terms of page views at least, we’d always hit bumps along the way. Scores varying between formats were the least of our problems. In most instances, we hadn’t experienced the games in …

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2018: Six games you may have missed

Of all our yearly features, our look back at games that were overshadowed is easily our favourite to compile. We often champion ‘hidden gems’ on Twitter, particularly when they’re discounted on the digital stores, but here we’re able to discuss them in full. We’ve opted for six overlooked titles his year, all of which we’ve …

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NAIRI: Tower of Shirin developer Q&A

HomeBearStudios are currently wrapping up work on NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, a story-driven puzzle adventure for Switch and PC, featuring hand-drawn 2D visuals and a cast of curious critters. It stars Nairi, a troubled upper-class girl who’s forced to abandon her luxurious way of living after discovering the titular Tower of Shirin – a mysterious …

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Why do terrible N64 games live in infamy?

Terrible games are relatively few these days. Publishers have so much riding on big releases that to put out something sub-par would only result in poor sales, consumer backlash and angry shareholders. It wasn’t always this way. Years ago, publishers were rather fond of releasing utter tripe in order to make a quick buck. In …

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Japan’s Arcades in 2018: A photo essay

No trip to Japan would be complete without spending a fistful of Yen in the country’s many, many, arcades. The arcades I visited even began to make me envy Japanese culture. It was social, fun, and most had scores of games – often spread over several floors – to cater to all tastes. Speaking of …

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Plagiarism through the ages

The creators of the vastly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds made gaming news headlines last week, taking legal action against a handful of games mimicking PUBG a little too closely. One clone features a frying pan as a melee weapon, while another uses the term ‘Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner’ in their marketing. Both are under heavy …

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In search of the Xbox 360’s rarest game

Roughly a year ago we donned our detective garb and tracked down the Wii U’s rarest game. Relying on completed eBay listings and such, we eventually concluded that BigBen’s shooting gallery Cocoto Magic Circus 2 was by far the obscurest release, commanding over £100 (at the time). As the sun sets on the humble Xbox …

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Claybook – Game Preview impressions

Thanks to featuring some delightfully playful tech, first impressions of this physics-based puzzler are incredibly positive. You’re presented with a sandbox filled entirely with squidgy clay, which can be manipulated by carving into objects, adding new blocks, and deforming surroundings to create slopes and other means of reaching mission objectives. It’s the small touches that …

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The story of WWE and our ill-fated YouTube channel

YouTube in 2007 was remarkably different to the YouTube of today. The ink was still yet to dry on the Google takeover contract, and the term ‘YouTube Celebrity’ was yet to be bandied about – the likes of PewDiePie, JonTron, Markiplier and others were still to make their debuts. Even Minecraft – a game synonymous …

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