Category Archives: Opinion article
Dragon’s Crown, is this the future of PSVita gaming?
I was sceptical about the PSVita when it launched; I feared it would suffer the same fate as the PSP, a console I had never bought because I had seen many others grow tired of the limited game selection, constant model changes and expensive memory cards. When I came to buy a Vita my decision was based on two factors: great exclusive games and Playstation Plus. Now I could write volumes on the importance of Sony’s Playstation Plus as the leading model for a paid online subscription, but that will have to wait for another article. What I wish to focus on this time is the importance of games that are built for an ecosystem and the amazing things that can be accomplished when developers understand who and what they are designing for.
“Let me tell a story of Lemuria, a kingdom past, and a girl born for glory…”
When I first saw the trailer for a small Ubisoft game entitled “Child of Light”, I was utterly mesmerised. The art style, narration and score of the announcement trailer cemented it as a game to watch out for in the future, and after seeing the trailer announcing the release date I’m convinced that it has the potential to be one of the best games to come out in 2014 (April 30th, to be exact!).
Using Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework the developers have been able to use concept art in the game as assets, 2D animation combined with 3D models and animation to make for a unique art style. Previously used in Rayman Origins and Legends, Child of Light adopts the same technology to bring it’s watercolour world to life. The developers say they aimed for it to feel like “A playable poem”, the visuals capturing all the rhythm, flow and beauty a poem can hold.
It’s a HD port but I’m keen
I never got the chance to play Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider, for the pure fact that there were way too many games to play and I had too little time to enjoy them. Now with the release of the Xbox One and the PS4, Crystal Dynamics saw fit to update Tomb Raider for the next-gen console and add a few little extras into the mix as well.
I must say I’m impressed with how gorgeous the game world looks when everything works in conjunction with each other. Lara Croft herself has been updated with a lot more polygons to not only look, but move in a more realistic fashion.
The environment itself has been re-worked to accompany Lara’s new look, and together they create an experience that can definitely be appreciated.
The smash hit zombie mod finally releases its standalone version
For the later half of 2012 and the vast majority of 2013, in my spare time you’d most likely find me in Chernarus, where a group of friends and I would have all sorts of adventures. From defending an area against large organised clans, to spending three hours looking for some scrap metal to finally repair a vehicle, DayZ always produced something different. The thing that allowed DayZ to capture gamers’ imaginations was leaving the gameplay up to them. Rocket and the rest of the DayZ mod team gave players the tools, but it was up to them to do something with it.
In a time where blockbuster AAA titles were being released left, right and centre, I always found it hard to pull away from DayZ. Even if I managed to, it wouldn’t be too long before I’d be back in the wilderness of Chernarus with my friends. Hell, I stopped playing Bioshock: Infinite half way through because I had way more enjoyment in DayZ, and still do.
OXCGN’s Buyers Guide to Christmas!
Our team pick their top 5 buys this Cristmas
by OXCGN Staff
With Christmas fast approaching and shopping centers now having entered late trading hours, now is the best time to pick up any last minute gifts for friends or family that you may have missed. Since the Christmas period usually means quiet time on all fronts, we thought we’d have our staff pick 5 titles or peripherals and compile a list of what you could purchase for someone this Christmas.
If you are struggling to find the perfect present for a friend, family member or even yourself, hopefully this quick guide can give you some idea for those who are hard to purchase presents for.