Why Did Rage 2 Fall Short of Expectations?

Ahead of the launch, Rage 2 was hyped as one of this year’s major releases. The post-apocalyptic shooter had all the elements of a monumental title, from some of the best studios associated with the genre.  Rage 2 did top the UK charts at launch but in an admittedly mediocre week. With an eight-month-old FIFA 19 sitting just two places lower in third. It was also less than a quarter of the sales of the original Rage from 2011.  With a largely positive critical reception, we delve into the mystery of Rage 2 and where the game may have fallen […]

Could Far Cry Usher in a New Dawn For A Colourful Apocalypse?

Ubisoft continued their trend of spin-off releases in the Far Cry series recently with their latest entry, New Dawn. Despite an apparent decline in the series and the less than stellar sales figures for Far Cry 5. New Dawn takes place in the same map as Far Cry 5 but is set after the events of the main game. For anyone still playing Far Cry 5 look away now because, spoiler alert, everything gets nuked. That is the canonical ending as well with New Dawn taking place 17 years later in the recently irradiate Hope County. There are some changes […]

Are Rockstar planning a Bully Sequel Before GTA 6?

Rockstar delivered another commercial and critical masterstroke with the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Whilst some of us are still working our way through its 35-hour narrative those hardcore gamers are finishing off their completion bonuses. Longtime fans are already anticipating news on Grand Theft Auto 6 but rumour has it, Rockstar could have another game in the pipeline first. According to whispers on the professional grapevine, the American studio is working on a long overdue sequel to Bully.     That’s right we may finally be getting Bully 2 and it could come sooner than we thought. Here’s […]

Microtransactions Could Become the Real Outlaw in Red Dead Online

Rockstar has launched their beta for Red Dead Online and for the most part, it’s a huge success. Some have noted that the mode blends much more narrative than expected, it certainly looks to be more than its counterpart GTA Online. If Rockstar has indeed cracked the narrative in online multiplayer formula it could add a new dimension to Red Dead Online. Aside from that many of the excellent feature from the campaign have been seamlessly translated. Some eagle-eyed players have noticed one concern in the beta though, the potential for a sneaky increase of microtransactions. GTA Online offers in-game […]

Can Red Dead Online Compete With Rockstar’s More Popular Franchise?

One of the most anticipated games of the last five years is finally with us. Rockstar’s open world cowboy adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 was hyped by gamers, even more so after the initial release date was pushed back. Red Dead Redemption 2 has endured something of a rocky start to life despite rave reviews. At launch, Red Dead Redemption 2 opened third in the UK sales charts, behind FIFA 19 and Black Ops 4. It was also largely snubbed at the recent Golden Joystick Awards where it was tipped to sweep the board. Despite multiple nominations, Rockstar left with […]

Is Fortnite Good Enough to Earn the Title Game Of The Year?

The Golden Joystick Awards are one of the most prestigious honours in game development. Each year they whittle down thousands of games, selecting an elite few to be hailed for their achievements in gaming. This year’s votes are in and the most coveted prize, the Game Of Year Award, has gone to Fortnite. This came as a surprise to many beating out fierce competition such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. Fortnite is certainly one of the most popular games of the year, maybe even of all time but does it deserve the title of the best? […]

Red Dead Redemption 2: Simply Whelmed

Years in development, months of hype, and teaser after teaser have revealed Rockstar’s newest entry in their product lineup after half a decade: Red Dead Redemption 2. With a massive marketing budget drip-feeding the public morsels of information about the upcoming romp through the Wild West, why don’t’ we feel ourselves getting as hyped as we probably should be? The answer is easy: it looks like more of the same. For all their fancy trailers and raytraced models, Rockstar hasn’t shown much in the way of new for Red Dead Redemption 2. All that’s been teased so far has looked […]

How Can Rockstar Keep Red Dead Redemption 2 Fresh?

The impossibly cinematic West rolls by, a narrator contextualises the scene: “In the late 1800s America was evolving. On its way to becoming the most powerful country in the world”. Instantly we’re hooked. The latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 proves that Rockstar are still the masters of open world immersion. But after failing to keep GTA 5 relevant with DLC, how will the developers keep us coming back to their newest creation? It has been a record 5 years, 11 months since Rockstar last released a brand new game. Of course, there have been plenty of updates for GTA […]