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World of Goo - Nintendo Switch review

<b>World of Goo remains a sticky treat and showcases the versatility of the Nintendo Switch.</b><p>It always felt better to pick up your goo balls than it did …

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Fast RMX review

<b>Does Fast RMX cross the finish line in first place?</b><p>I was determined to avoid comparisons with <i>F-Zero</i> and <i>Wipeout</i> when I started to write this review of</i> …

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The Great Gamble: Why loss is more important than difficulty

<b>Why do we put difficult games on a pedestal? Perhaps it is risk, reward, and potential for loss – not the difficulty itself – that makes it</b> …

Gaming

Designing Breath of the Wild's green and pleasant land

<b>Speaking at GDC, Nintendo’s Satoru Takizawa revealed how the artistic direction of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was influenced by the</b> …

RPGs

Snake Pass: hands-on preview

<b>Forget the reborn Nokia 3310; Sumo Digital’s Snake Pass is the snake game you need and it’s slithering onto the Nintendo Switch.</b><p>It was amusing to …

Gaming

Highway to Hell: How Mick Gordon crafted the Doom soundtrack

<b>In his GDC talk ‘Doom: Behind the Music’, Mick Gordon, composer at Game Audio Australia, spoke about the compositional process and production</b> …

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GDC 17: Breath of the Wild, science, and clever little lies

<b>Speaking at GDC, Nintendo’s Takuhiro Dohta revealed how the ‘multiplicative gameplay’ of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was created.</b><p><i>This is</i> …

RPGs

GDC 17: Breaking series conventions with Breath of the Wild

<b>Speaking at GDC, Nintendo’s Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Satoru Takizawa, and Takuhiro Dohta revealed how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was born</b> …

RPGs

GDC 17: Creating narrative through gameplay in Oxenfree

<b>In his GDC talk, ‘Building Game Mechanics to Elevate Narrative in Oxenfree’, Sean Krankel, discussed the methods Night School Studio used to combine</b> …

Gaming

GDC 17: Creating the disturbing soundscapes of Hyper Light Drifter

<b>In addition to its challenging gameplay and vibrant visuals, Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter is also notable for its unsettling, discordant audio</b> …

Gaming

GDC 17: How Thumper was ‘turned' into something special

<b>At GDC this week Marc Flury, co-founder of Drool, revealed how the two man studio created one of the indie highlights of 2016, the self-proclaimed</b> …

Game Development

This is not the Nintendo Switch launch you are looking for

<b>Are Nintendo playing the long game with the Switch launch?</b><p>Stage one of the Nintendo Switch embargo has just been passed, and already my YouTube and …

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99 Reasons why Breath of the Wild will be the best Zelda game ever

We’re finally getting the open world Zelda we’ve been asking for.<p>If you buy the game on Nintendo Switch you can play in 1080P on TV.<p>Or in 720P, while …

RPGs

How the games industry is rallying against the travel ban

<b>Some of the gestures, both large and small, show just how great the games industry can be.</b><p>On January 27. 2017, a mere seven days into<p>his …

Game Development

The Complete Nintendo Switch FAQ - Updated

<b>So, now we know. The full reveal for the Nintendo Switch saw an onslaught of new information about the hardware, its controllers and most</b> …

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What will make Nintendo’s online service worth paying for?

<b>To make Nintendo’s online service worth paying for it doesn’t need free games, it just needs to get the basics right.</b><p>Nintendo history with online …

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Spec Ops: The Line – an Apocalypse Now game in all but name

<b>At first, a videogame based on Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now seems like a good idea.</b><p>How could it not? A game that …

Filmmaking

Missed Shot: No Case for Need for Speed: The Run

<b>How does EA Black Box’s final Need for Speed title, Need for Speed: The Run, stack up against the rest of the series, and the genre as a whole?</b><p>I grew …

Gaming

Conference Call: GDC 2017 Preview

<b>The Game Developers Conference (GDC) returns to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, running from 27th February to 3rd March. Here’s our</b> …

Game Development

The Game Breaking Gears of War 4 Webbing Bug - Resolved

<b>Gears of War is a series at its core about fighting bugs, but the Gears of War 4 webbing bug is a game breaking one that even Marcus can’t …

Gaming

Win the Complete Season of Batman - The Telltale Series

<b>How do we cure the January blues? It’s simple: we win The Batman.</b><p>Serialised games are a big thing now and it’s not just the point-and-click adventure …

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The Walking Dead - A New Frontier Review in Progress

<b>There’s arguably never been a worse time to release a Walking Dead videogame. Will The Walking Dead – A New Frontier fare better than the TV</i> …

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13 Most Important Games of 2016

<b>A totally unscientific, subjective run-down, in no particular order, of the 13 most important games of 2016.</b><p>Battlefield 1<p>If you told us that someone …

Gaming

Why The Witness is my Game of the Year

<i>The Witness</i> is one of the most infuriating, annoying and frustrating games I have ever had the misfortune to play. It’s unforgiving, obtuse and …

Adventure Games

Does Trico die in The Last Guardian?

<b>Avoiding spoilers is important, but this one piece of information may dictate whether you even want to play The Last Guardian – does Trico die in the</b> …

Gaming

Which Nintendo 3DS games have Download Play?

<b>Want to know which Nintendo 3DS games feature local multiplayer Download Play? Here’s our guide.</b><p>As we move into 2017 all eyes are firmly focussed on …

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Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission review

<b>How Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission renewed my excitement for PS VR.</b><p>My first impression of PlayStation VR was mostly positive. The …

Star Wars

Between you and Mii or Why I love Miitomo

<b>When Miitomo released earlier in March this year, a colleague put it to me that the only reason I like Miitomo was because it was made by Nintendo,</b> …

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11 Things The Nintendo Wii Gave Gaming (Whether We Wanted Them Or Not)

<b>As the Nintendo Wii reaches its tenth anniversary we look back at the console that made our arms ache and, just as often, our eyes bleed.</b><p>1. Motion …

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