The Power of Video Gaming’s Greatest Mountains

Mountains have long gripped our imagination. Their peaks call to us with a primal urgency, creating a sense of awe and wonder when we finally reach their top. What are video gaming’s greatest mountains, and how do they have such a similar allure to real ones? A climb can be symbolic, a rising or powering up that leads to the highest point and to victory — think of Mario’s defining climb in the original Donkey Kong. As well as this, mountains are often used as a staging ground for the final battle or a hide for the darkest and most […]

Far Cry’s Red Wilderness: From Island to Frontier

Now a flagship Ubisoft title, the Far Cry series has often been criticised for becoming overly formulaic. The games have recently settled into a groove of fight-the-power resistance: equip yourself with increasingly dangerous weaponry in an extensive fight to clear a map of icons and reclaim foreign land. Despite this shared quality, moving between the five main games in the Far Cry series inflicts a kind of whiplash. Narratively and tonally each Far Cry is distinct, and sometimes even at odds. The games shift wildly, from the camp to the deathly serious, as different developers have attempted to pin-down a […]