DOA: Days Gone Is Way Too Late to the Zombie Survival Party

It’s been a strange 2019 for PlayStation following up on a landmark 2018 where they blew the competition away. Two of last years most highly acclaimed games God Of War and Spider-Man were both PS4 exclusives. On top of that, console sales for the PS4 sit a good 20m+ higher than the current gen Xbox and Nintendo sales combined. Albeit the Switch is much earlier into it’s life-cycle than the PS4, there’s no denying PlayStation are ahead of the game. The console wars were seemingly prepped for Sony to stick a fork in, but then it’s all gone a little […]

Spiderman PS4: Can Insomniac Make a Good Superhero Game?

This September Sony are set to release the latest in a largely maligned Spiderman video game series. Early showings from E3 were very promising suggesting Insomniac Games have finally cracked a difficult superhero formula. There is a lot of crossover between the gaming and comic demographics with many fans eager to embody the experience of their favourite characters. So it seems like a safe bet for developers but the superhero genre has proved problematic. Shaky camerawork, confusing physics and an over-reliance on quick time events have plagued the genre in the past. There has been a long list of woeful […]

No Man’s Sky NEXT and the Volatile Identity of Modern Games

July 24th saw the release of No Man’s Sky NEXT, an update for 2016’s divisive universe exploration title. For many, this finally made No Man’s Sky the game they thought they were buying two years ago. NEXT raises a host of fascinating practical and philosophical questions in an era when art, and games especially, can be endlessly updated. In the metaphysics of identity there is a thought experiment known as the ship of Theseus. You have Theseus’ ship. Now imagine replacing the ship’s parts, plank by plank, gradually over time. At which stage – if ever – should it be […]

Looking Ahead: Is PlayStation Already Winning the Next Console War?

It’s the fifth year of this console cycle and time to peak around the corner to predict what might be next. The battle for top spot will be won or lost by the ability to get into our wallets. So which console are gamers planning to invest in when the next generation comes around? The major differences between Sony and Microsoft’s premier gaming consoles have begun to dissolve in recent years. A decade ago it would have seemed unimaginable that Metal Gear Solid, a series which is practically written into the DNA of PlayStation, would ever dare to grace a […]