Patience is a virtue, which rings true when playing Thief
Much like Final Fantasy, I never got into the original Thief trilogy, purely because at the time in 1998 I didn’t own a PC powerful enough to run it. I was only equipped with an Amiga 3000 and my trusty Nintendo 64. Moving along, it wasn’t until 2002 when I had a PC that had enough grunt to run games at decent specs. By that time unfortunately I had invested my time in so many other franchises Thief fell into the shadows.
The year’s standout stealth entry
by Nicholas Laborde
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
Last year, Deus Ex: Human Revolution kicked off the fall release season by giving the world an extremely versatile way to play.
You could play it as an action game, mowing down everyone in sight and taking no prisoners.
Or, you could go through the entire game without harming a soul.
This year, the only AAA game with true stealth options we’ve received is Dishonored, which as with Human Revolution is not a dedicated stealth title but can be played that way.
Now, for the first time in years, we have a legitimate AAA stealth title in the form of Hitman: Absolution.
Agent 47 is back, and he’s stealthier than ever.
OXCGN’s Game Of The Year Awards 2011
Did the VGAs get it wrong?
©2011 David Hilton
For many of us the VGAs were a bit underwhelming.
We had new announcements in the form of new ‘post-apocaliptic’ zombie survival type games (sigh), and new footage of some upcoming games that look either very promising (Bioshock Infinite, Hitman Absolution) or incredibly silly (Metal Gear Rising: Revengance, or as I call it: Devil May Rise: Cryvengance).
Then we had the idiocy that made our gaming industry look even more puerile with ‘tea bagging’ those whose speech went a little long and bad jokes. Are we still all supposed to be childish teens? Or am I just getting way too old for such ‘humour’?
Anyway, for the last week or so we at OXCGN have been nominating and tallying our own Game Of The Year Awards for 2011.
If last year was the year of the sequel, this year was the year of the three-quel (Uncharted 3, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Resistance 3, Dungeon Siege 3, Serious Sam 3…I’m sure there are others…).
These are just our individual opinions scored together using a complex mathematical formula involving each of us picking a Top 3 and scoring them with a 5, 3 or 1. I’m sure the VGAs had a much more sophisticated methodology…
Without any more rambling, here are OXCGN’s Game Of The Year Awards for 2011.
Feel free to discuss your opinions of the VGAs and our picks in the comments section below.
Eidos Lied, But All Is Forgiven In A Well-Augmented Conspiracy
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
In the year 2000, conspiracies began to die down. Tensions were starting to ease after the Y2K computer crashing rumors subsided, and in a world pre-9/11 and post-Cold War, we had nothing to fear… or so it seemed.
That is, of course, until Deus Ex released and with it, a reminder to gamers far and wide that conspiracies are probably still all around us, later confirmed by real, unfortunate events that still shape our world today.
The brainchild of Warren Spector and Ion Storm, Deus Ex offered a successful blending of multiple genres executed in such a way that gamers had never seen before, instantly propelling itself into the annals of video game history as a true ‘classic’.
Then, along rolls 2003 and Deus Ex: Invisible War trots onto store shelves everywhere… needless to say, we’d much rather forget about it.
Finally, we have arrived in August 2011, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution is here to augment your life and your very way of thinking.
Once again, conspiracies abound, and the truth will change you; the question is, are you ready to experience it?
• OXCGN’s Deus Ex article well worth reading:-