Author: Kirsten

  • Letter from the Editor – A Christmas Message

    It’s the end of the year, a week before Christmas and a time to reflect. This year games journalism has taken a huge leap in maturity. It’s come out of its unthinking, blundering and arrogant teenagehood. There are good and bad things about losing one’s arrogance. Questioning one’s own wisdom is a useful and important…

  • Far Cry 3

    I’m a big fan of Far Cry. My reasons aren’t to do with the gameplay or the storyline. I just really love pretty tropical islands. The other thing I really love is exploring and Far Cry 3, being an open world game were the island is huge and filled with secrets and interesting collectables, allows…

  • Ōkami HD

    The worst thing that can be said about Ōkami is that many gamers thought it marked a new era of games, a watershed moment, after which games would be filled with incredible beauty, wonderful adventures that stirred the soul and controls that would pull you into sublime fantasy realms but it wasn’t. It was an…

  • LittleBigPlanet PS Vita

    A cynical person might not hold out much hope for a well-known title that’s been ported by a new developer to a handheld device. It’s often the case with this scenario that what you end up with is a slightly pishy version of a game you used to love but are now tiring of a…

  • Letter from the Editor – The MMO Crash

    A number of games publishers made the decision five years ago that they were going to have the next big MMO hit. When it became apparent that Blizzard, as well as a few publishers in the Eastern market, were drowning in money from subscription based games that simply needed regular management and tinkering, any publisher…

  • Fez

    I think Polytron might have actually cracked it. I’m always saying that old games were actually shit and what you’re remembering so fondly is your responsibility-free youth not some near unplayable game with terrible controls and no save system. On the other hand I’ve also been known to moan about a lack of atmosphere, exploration…

  • Mass Effect 3

    If I was going to be a terrible c**t about it I’d say that Mass Effect 3 is about sentience, in the same way that Fallout 3 is about emancipation and Portal 2 is a treatise on Schrodinger’s Cat. Any game of import has an overarching theme, a philosophical point worthy of exploration and this…

  • Hustle Kings

    Shiny balls; that’s what Hustle Kings is all about. Developer VooFoo got the physics down a couple of years back for PSN. There’s nowhere to go from there really. A few Vita-specific options have been added, though, so that you take your shot by drawing your finger down the side of the screen, bringing a…

  • Everybody’s Golf

    I love Everybody’s Golf. LOVE IT! I’ve loved it since the first PlayStation game. It’s barely changed in all these years. Sure, the graphics are all fancy now, you can play it online and there’s a plethora of character building features to take advantage of but it’s basically the same. That’s why it’s remained such…

  • Grown-Up Gaming: A Survey

    Ready Up has been working closely with the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at Glasgow University, who are conducting a study into gaming culture. We gamers are used to these kinds of things being focused in on aspects of violence or negative effects on young children. This study however is a much more unbiased look…