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September2020

  • Soapbox Screw Sony's PS5 Game Pricing, I'll Just Wait for Sales

    For the payers

    The price of games is going up. Sony, along with 2K Sports, may be an outlier right now, but make no mistake: other publishers will follow. It means the widely accepted price point of $59.99 in the United States is coming to an end; in Europe, you’re looking at price points of up to €79.99 for blockbuster PlayStation 5 gam

  • Soapbox Let's Give Activision a Bit of Credit, Yeah?

    It's not all bad

    It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a Real Gamer™ must hate major publishers. None of the big boys escape criticism, whether it’s Ubisoft for its perceived approach to copy-and-paste game design or EA for, well, absolutely everything, really. Activision has oft been a dirty word in enthusiast circles, presumably...

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  • Soapbox Cyberpunk 2077 and the Question of Fast Travel

    It's all about the journey

    In the lead-up to Cyberpunk 2077, I've been revisiting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt during a quiet period in-between PlayStation 4 releases. I already played the game upon its 2015 launch, but five years later, my appreciation for CD Projekt Red's mammoth RPG has only strengthened thanks to some truly incredible quest design...

  • Soapbox PS5 Will Be Sold on the Strength of Its Sequels

    And that's a good thing

    This industry craves new intellectual property at every opportunity, but I believe the PlayStation 5 will be sold on the strength of its sequels. Sony has been excellent at re-imagining its roster of franchises every generation: Naughty Dog famously ditched Jak & Daxter in favour of Uncharted; Sucker Punch moved away from...

  • Soapbox Sony Needs to Share a PS5 Roadmap

    Worst timeline

    I really don’t think the communication surrounding the PlayStation 5 has been as bad as some enthusiast forums would lead you to believe, but it’s obvious there’s a lot we still need to learn about Sony’s next-gen system. Coronavirus has, in my opinion, turned the industry upside-down – but the manufacturer’s had a few...

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  • Soapbox Are We to Blame for the Lack of Gameplay at E3 2019?

    Sammy reckons outrage culture may have played a part

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the lack of gameplay at E3 2019, and I’m starting to wonder if we’re to blame. Do you remember ‘Puddlegate’ at all? It was a ridiculous controversy that marred the launch of Marvel’s Spider-Man, driving thousands of views to our website – even though we...

May2019

  • Soapbox Why 3D Audio Will Be PS5's True Game Changer

    Sound

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: diminishing returns. Whenever there’s a new console lurking around the corner, you can guarantee you’ll stumble upon at least one spoilsport, cynically proclaiming that video games have reached their peak. The insinuation is often that, even with all of the computational power in the world, it’s...

  • Soapbox Days Gone Is the Biggest 180 I've Ever Done on a Video Game

    Liam actually likes Days Gone now

    Had you told me a week ago that I would be thoroughly enjoying the Days Gone experience in seven days' time, I'd assume you had gotten me mixed up with someone else. I couldn't stand the opening handful of hours, but the more I forced myself to play it, my opinion began to change. You may have picked up on that...

  • Soapbox Why Syphon Filter Must Make a Return

    Sammy's pining for Gabe Logan

    I really like Days Gone. I wouldn’t say I was particularly excited for the apocalyptic open worlder, but somehow it’s become one of my favourites of the year. I can accept that it’s a flawed title that’s not doing anything especially special, but occasionally a bang average game comes along that appeals to me...

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  • Soapbox ANTHEM's Load Screens are Killing the Game for Me

    Time waster

    ANTHEM's load screens shouldn't be allowed. It's as simple as that. You get to a point where it starts to feel like you're spending more time look at load screens than you are actually playing the game, and it's beyond frustrating. I've had ANTHEM on PS4 for a couple of days, and it's been a bit of a middling experience so far. After a...

  • Soapbox Why Early Access Is Ideal for Dreams

    Sammy's in dreamland

    I’m going to be honest with you: I’d already heard that Dreams was going to launch in Early Access, so I’ve had a little longer than everyone else to wrap my head around the idea. It’s been fascinating waiting for the official confirmation, as I’d been curious how Media Molecule would roll out the news, and more...

  • Soapbox Crackdown 3 Is Proof That Microsoft Is Still Playing Catch-Up to Sony

    Liam questions what Microsoft does with its time

    My Xbox One rarely sees the light of day, but since its release last week, I've been playing Crackdown 3. It's dumb, mindless fun that doesn't move the needle in the slightest. Announced nearly five years ago, it needed to be more than that for Microsoft, though – a company in dire need of something...

  • Soapbox Can We Please Kill Cursors in Console Games?

    Sammy's cursing up a storm

    I tolerated the cursors in Theme Park and Theme Hospital on the PSone because even as a nipper I knew that these games had been ported from the PC and there was really no other way deliver them on Sony’s grey device. The Horde, too – one of my absolute all-time favourites on the ill-fated Panasonic 3DO – had...