Destiny

Review Posted 18|Sep by
Destiny

So, IS IT the game of the year? Well?

While reading various forums and twitter feeds, one comment that seems to crop up a lot when talking about Destiny is “Is this it?”

I’ve seen it all over the place. The three words summing up people’s underwhelmed reaction to Bungie’s long-awaited return to first-person shooting. And, every time I’ve seen those words I’ve had to stop myself from doing a Phil Fish.
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Post-PAX Impressions: Chariot, Cannon Brawl, Defence Grid 2

First Look Posted 17|Sep by
Post-PAX Impressions: Chariot, Cannon Brawl, Defence Grid 2

Part 1 of... LOADS

Sometimes Chris gets so busy the rest of us start to sweat just from following him on Twitter. He dug into a LOT of games over the course of PAX Prime 2014, and over the next week or so we're going to be bringing you his impressions. First up: Cannon Brawl, Chariot and Defence Grid 2...
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Review Posted 12|Sep by
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

A flying kick forward

I’ve always been a massive fan of the Ninja Storm games and Naruto in general, so when I had this new beauty flung at my face I really couldn’t resist, although part of me was also hesitant. Whilst I enjoyed the previous games in the series, they started to become a bit boring.
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Tales of Xillia 2

Review Posted 10|Sep by
Tales of Xillia 2

The bemoaning of the loaning

I'm almost entirely certain that in Game Design 101's early chapters it states that opening your game with an hour long slog through identical corridors is a big no-no. I also have it on good authority (common sense) you don't then stick the player with a debt of twenty-million in whatever your game uses for currency.
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Sierra Resurrection: Bob Loya, Activision

Interview Posted 9|Sep by
Sierra Resurrection: Bob Loya, Activision

The push into indie publishing

Sierra Entertainment was once the very pinnacle of PC game publishers. From 1980 to 2008 the name of Sierra was attributed to a vast array of amazing titles that still resonate with us today. Games such as King's Quest, SWAT, Half-life, Counter-Strike and Homeworld all sprang from Sierra. But nothing is permanent in this world, least of all in the video game industry, so it came to pass that after a series of take-overs and acquisitions in the 2000's the name Sierra faded into memory until it was eventually closed down in 2008.
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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition

Review Posted 23|Aug by
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition

Return to Sanctuary

I don't hide my love of Diablo III, I've put a few hundred hours into the PC version across multiple characters - but I never bothered picking up the expansion, primarily because when it first released I had moved on from Sanctuary to lands (and games) anew.

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Mega Coin Squad

Review Posted 22|Aug by
Mega Coin Squad

Super Mario Bros with a dash of Dark Souls

I thought I was done with 2D platforming.

A bit of an odd statement, I know. Why would someone who loves games think they are finished with an entire genre that they previously loved? Well, I’ve played too many of them recently, that’s all.

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New Games This Week: The Last of Us, Again

Regular Posted 1|Aug by
New Games This Week: The Last of Us, Again

More last than the last of the last.

This week's platter is an offering of delicious, if slightly unsatisfying light "summer salad" mix of new and regurgitated titles in Ye Olde Shoppes. Fear not though, salad dodgers - in a few weeks we'll have more on our plates than daily gaming hours can do justice.

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Latest Pics: Smashing Stuff

Regular Posted 31|Jul by
Latest Pics: Smashing Stuff

There seems to be a bit of a theme running through the picks of the pics this week. It wasn't intentional, but smashing, beating and all manner of rendering asunder is in some major way a feature of these highlights. Take a look. Get your gawp on.

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What're You Looking At? Sims Stims

Regular Posted 30|Jul by
What're You Looking At? Sims Stims

The top games that are getting your eyes this week

People come to SPOnG's game database for all manner or reasons; buying advice, age suitability, foraging for pics, videos or info or good old retro reminiscing. Here's a snapshot of the top five most visited games this past week.

#5 Ben 10: Omniverse (DS/DSi)

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UK Charts: We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

News Posted 29|Jul by Staff
UK Charts: We're All Going on a Summer Holiday

The first proper week of the schools summer holidays, so what have Mums and Dads been buying?

The answer, it seems, is "nothing new". With little in the way of worthy new releases, it's hardly surprising that we face another week of shuffling the pack on the UK video game all formats charts this week. Watch_Dogs and FIFA 14 holds steady in first and second positions as Minecraft on Xbox 360 blocks Sniper Elite 3 to take third.
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New Games This Week: Kick Ass Who?

Regular Posted 25|Jul by
New Games This Week: Kick Ass Who?

After last week's epitome of the doldrums, we're thankfully back to seeing new releases this week. The pickings are scant, but it's better than nothing, right?

Kick-Ass 2 (PC, PS3, 360)
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Pics of the Week: Race On, Revivals

Regular Posted 25|Jul by
Pics of the Week: Race On, Revivals

Forza fans were blessed this week with new shots of vehicles coming to Horizon 2, due to arrive this October on Xbox One and 360.

Not one to rub your thighs in a creepy manner when you see the latest pixel renditions of supercars? Then maybe you'll get your thigh-rub on with these screens featuring the classic split-windscreen VW Camper, 1944 US Army Jeep (complete with shovel & axe) or 1970's Alpine Berlinette.
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New Games This Week: Dearthly, Hollow

Regular Posted 18|Jul by
New Games This Week: Dearthly, Hollow

If you're heading down to the high street, shopping centre or mall this weekend, skipping happily at the notion of grabbing a brand new game for your PC or console, then you're in for a fat slice of disappointment pie. For the first time since, well, SPOnG's been cataloguing new videogames (that's over 15 years), there are no new retail releases in the UK this week. There are no re-releases either.
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Linkpost: Strike Fear with the Shinobi Sleep Mask

News Posted 16|Jul by Staff
Linkpost: Strike Fear with the Shinobi Sleep Mask

Plus; Dictator sues Activision, old Batman does new Batman game, tamper-free Rapture

Xbox Not Microsoft's Focus
So says new CEO, Satya Nadella. With job cuts looming and stated repositioning on hardware, rough times may be ahead for the console's Devices Group.

Shinobi Sleep Mask
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