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Opinion: Firewatch's Paltry Five Trophies Prove That the System Needs Fixing

Firewatch's Paltry Five Trophies Prove That the System Needs Fixing

Platinum problems

Let's get one thing straight: Trophies are the least important thing when it comes to appraising a game. We'd recommend an amazing title even if it had no pots, because the act of actually playing a release is more important than the system-wide meta-game that surrounds it. Having said that, Trophies are an essential part of the...

Opinion: We're So Sick of Saving the Bloody World

We're So Sick of Saving the Bloody World

Holding out for a hero

Hands up if you've got a headache from saving the world yet again? Yeah, us too. One pet peeve that's had Push Square Towers irritatedly animated over the past few weeks is the fact that every single video game in existence seems to feel the need to go big. Well, we're tired of preventing the apocalypse, and we'd like to see...

Opinion: PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Making a mess

Sony often gets criticised for being slow to update its console in comparison to the competition, but the reality is that the PlayStation 4 launched in a much better place than people give it credit for. There are obvious tweaks that still need to be made to the user interface to improve it – folders, friends notifications, and so...

Opinion: Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vita's Demise

Sony's Not Solely to Blame for PS Vita's Demise

Direct your anger elsewhere

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida suggested this weekend that Sony won't make another handheld. Asked about the PlayStation Vita at EGX 2015, he said that the "climate" for dedicated portable platforms is not healthy right now because of the dominance of mobile gaming. This made a lot of people angry, with many...

Opinion: What the Hell Is Everybody's Gone to the Rapture About?

What the Hell Is Everybody's Gone to the Rapture About?

Theories, suggestions, and themes

You could argue that the "game" portion of Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is trying to piece it all together. The Chinese Room's latest so-called walking simulator is not especially mechanically dense, restricting much of its action to the DualShock 4's two analogue sticks and a single button. This is a title...

Feature: The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

The Seven Deadly Sins of Game Design

You should know better

Frustration is an emotion that none of us want to feel, especially when we're playing video games. The problem is, of course, that frustration is always lurking just around the corner, unless you're like the gaming equivalent of the most meditative monk in the world – in which case, we salute your patience and...

Opinion: How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

How Reviews Can Colour a Game's Reception

Good and bad

There's a growing sentiment among the gaming press that sites like this one are an outdated concept. Apparently, people no longer want to read a considered critique of a game – they'd rather watch a playthrough on YouTube or Twitch, with some commentary from a popular personality. It's something that's constantly on this author's...

Opinion: Why You Shouldn't Write Off PS4 Racer DriveClub

Why You Shouldn't Write Off PS4 Racer DriveClub

Back on track

In many ways, Evolution Studios got lucky. DriveClub's launch was an unmitigated disaster, but the developer was able to quietly solve many of the title's issues while a much bigger storm gathered around games like Assassin's Creed Unity. Once that had cleared, the Runcorn-based developer responded with a rain cloud of its own, and...

Opinion: EA Found Its Call of Duty Killer, and Committed a Titanic Mistake

EA Found Its Call of Duty Killer, and Committed a Titanic Mistake

Bracing for a fall

To say that EA is obsessed with Call of Duty would be an understatement. The publisher has been desperately trying to pick off Activision’s multiformat cash cow ever since Infinity Ward – a studio originally made up of Medal of Honor veterans, we hasten to add – changed the entire first-person arena one poorly balanced...

News: Grand Theft Auto Online's Character Creator Is Clever, But Very Clunky

Grand Theft Auto Online's Character Creator Is Clever, But Very Clunky

Parent trap

The best and worst thing about Rockstar's games is that they’re different. As noted in our review, Grand Theft Auto V is an exceptional adventure, with the kind of attention to detail that you simply wouldn’t find in any other release. However, it’s also letdown – no matter how slightly – by the fact that it’s a bit of a...

Opinion: Isn't It Time That We Put a Stop to Grand Theft Auto Online-Esque Debacles?

Isn't It Time That We Put a Stop to Grand Theft Auto Online-Esque Debacles?

Teething troubles

Grand Theft Auto Online is broken. It’s hardly the most startling revelation of the year, as anyone with a lick of common sense predicted that Rockstar’s servers would crash faster than a towed penthouse the moment that the hotly anticipated multiplayer component launched. But with this kind of issue becoming more and more...

Opinion: Next Xbox Development Woes Could Spell Trouble for the PS4

Next Xbox Development Woes Could Spell Trouble for the PS4

Modern warfare

Microsoft is supposedly struggling. According to reports coming out of Kotaku overnight, the platform holder is as much as six months behind on producing content for its next generation console. The site’s sources claim that the company recently canned a number of internally developed titles for its impending machine because they...

Reaction: Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Ratchet & Clank's Movie Debut Could Breathe New Life into the Franchise

Galactic appeal

Ratchet & Clank hasn’t quite been the same since 2009’s outstanding A Crack in Time. While we applaud series creator Insomniac Games for experimenting with different approaches, both All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault struggled to live up to the admittedly lofty expectations set by the series’ sensational predecessors...