Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – Exploring Our Own Origin Story

Open world survival games are now a dying trend, after flooding the market since 2015. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an upcoming entry that offers a novel twist on the formula. One that could reignite interest in the flailing genre. Developers have dabbled with representations of our earliest ancestors in the past. The underwhelming Far Cry Primal looked an enticing concept but failed to deliver in a genre that’s relatively untapped. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey may finally have cracked that code promising an engaging primitive adventure that’s both accessible and challenging. Panache Digital Games Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will be […]

What’s Left For Assassin’s Creed?

Over a decade of parallel storylines, a plethora or historical settings, and more protagonists than you can shake a stick at. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has it all. And yet, we can’t help but feel that Ubisoft’s massive franchise is fated to retread past ground. Before the restructured framework of Origins took place, the franchise was in a bit of a rut. The player base was suffering from annual release fatigue, the storyline became more or less the exact same thing through every installation, with only the locales and characters changing. By the time Syndicate released, players felt as if […]

In Pursuit Of Historical Accuracy

There’s a kind of contradiction inherent in the concept of “historically accurate” video games. Most games are fictional, meaning imaginary, depicting things invented and therefore false — whilst history refers to past events, actual and true. With this in mind, how do games even begin to attempt historical accuracy, and how successful are these pursuits? History lessons It’s difficult to begin discussing games and their relation to history without thinking back to 1974’s The Oregon Trail. An educational game embedded in American elementary schools, this cultural relic taught children about the “realities” of the settlers who journeyed across the country […]

Is It Possible To Make A Good Video Game Movie?

Video games and movies have long shared a strained relationship, despite being two of the largest staples of modern pop culture. Video game adaptations are often rushed and messy products, like the god-awful control systems that made the Iron Man and Superman Returns tie-ins practically unplayable. Movie adaptations don’t fare much better with a long list of flops like the ill-fated 2005 film version of Alone in the Dark which only grossed $5 million in the domestic box office. With each passing year though comes a new hope of a movie that can break the trend, with one of the […]