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Rise of the Tomb Raider and the Top 10 Console Exclusives

Rise of the Tomb Raider and the Top 10 Console Exclusives

It’s fair to say that the console wars are going just as strong as ever, and as ever, console exclusives are playing a big part. The internet is a dangerous place of warfare and ‘one-up-man-ship’ as fans of either the Xbox One or Playstation 4 triumph their own console above the other. Sales performances, gaming expo appearances and a million other minor factors are constantly debated, and more of...

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10 Things That Shouldn’t Be At E3 2014

10 Things That Shouldn’t Be At E3 2014

Nothing gets gamers drooling quite like E3. It’s undoubtedly the highlight of the gaming calendar every year and by now the rumour mill is already going crazy with guesses as to what might make an appearance at the conference, with tantalizing snippets about Zelda for the Wii U, Virtual Reality and tons of new games, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Hidden in with the glints of gold are rum...

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Mario Kart 8 Characters

Definitive Ranking: Mario kart 8 Characters

Mario kart 8 Characters: The List To celebrate the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8, I decided to put together a ‘definitive’ ranking of the Playable Mario kart 8 Characters. This list will consider the significance of a character, their role in the Mario series and above all, my personal preference. Feel free to disagree, just let me know in the comments which you agree with and which you think I...

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Wii Fitness Games – The List

Wii Fitness Games – The List

We have a great list of Wii Fitness games for you to check out. The rise of the Wii back since 2006 spawned a huge new surge in fitness games. With accurate motion sensing technology and some ingenious peripherals, the Wii fitness market called out to a whole new section of gamers across the globe. There’s a huge amount of Wii fitness games out there, and everyone is bound to find something they’l...

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The Elder Scrolls Online and Pay-to-Play Potential

The Elder Scrolls Online and Pay-to-Play Potential

The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is one of the most anticipated MMO releases in years, riding high on the phenomenal success of Skyrim, the most recent Elder Scrolls title. Coming to PC in April and next-gen consoles in June, The Elder Scrolls Online carries a hefty monthly subscription fee of £8.99 a month, and that’s on top of the price for the software. Whether this model will work is a major que...

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To Buy or Not To Buy: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

To Buy or Not To Buy: Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Last year’s reboot of the Tomb Raider series has probably defied most people’s expectations. Not only is Tomb Raider a great game, receiving a 9.3 rating from our very own Matty Ruston, but it also managed to sell more than a million copies in its first two days of release, and has managed to sell over 4 million copies to date. They’re pretty amazing figures for an 18 year old series that hadn’t s...

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7 Reasons to play Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

7 Reasons to play Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

The relaunch of the Tomb Raider franchise last year was extremely popular, achieving a 9.3 rating from our very own Matty Ruston. For fans, like me, that never got to play the title on Xbox 360 or PS3, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have thrown out a lifeline. Friday 31st January marks the release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for Xbox One and PS4, offering upgraded graphics and all of the ...

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Skylanders and the Rise of Figurine Video Games

Skylanders and the Rise of Figurine Video Games

October 2011 marked the dawn of a new chapter in video games. Overlap between action figures and video games has been around almost as long as video games themselves, but never before had a game merged the two quite as much as Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. In Skylanders, the figures that came with in the “Starter Pack” became the characters in the game when put on a “Portal of Power” that shipped...

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Video Game Music of the Month October 2013: Final Fantasy VII

Video Game Music of the Month October 2013: Final Fantasy VII

After writing my article on why video game music is so important to the gaming experience, I decided to start a monthly segment where I’d look at some of the most iconic soundtracks of all time. Basically, the Video Game Music of the Month feature will take a soundtrack and look at the background to it, how it fits in to the video game industry at the time, and some of the key songs from the sound...

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Why is Video Game Music so important?

Why is Video Game Music so important?

When people talk about video games, it always seems to be the same areas that are discussed. The graphics, storyline and gameplay of a game are (rightfully) considered to be the holy grail of video gaming. All of the best games combine these three into one amazing package, with breath-taking visuals, smooth and dynamic gameplay, and a storyline that really sucks you in and makes you care. But for ...

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