How Forza Horizon Beat Out Forza Motorsport

We know better than most that our inclinations toward our favourite games are utterly subjective, but there comes a time when we all have to admit when our favourite franchise must bend the knee to another. Yet how often does that threat come from within? Such is the case with Microsoft’s Forza. Originally ushered into this world as a competitor in the Motorsport simulation market, Forza has built up quite the following since its humble beginnings. Decked-out to the nines with all of the stats, graphs, data, and tuning specs than any self-respecting motorhead would desire, Forza Motorsport earned its laurels […]

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 […]

Post-Apocalyptica: Why We Love The End Of The World

Environmental collapse, complete social disintegration, ruins — ruins everywhere. How did we become so obsessed with the end of the world? If anyone unfamiliar with the medium tuned into watch gaming’s largest exhibition show, E3, in June, they’d be forgiven for thinking all games take place a few cataclysmic minutes after midnight. Of course, developers do try reimagine the end of the world. There are various shades of annihilation: the nuclear armageddon, set amidst the rubble of modernity; the resource-stripped Earth, now made up of endless desert; the post-pandemic landscape, where viruses ravage bodies and brains. When it comes to […]