Is Gaming Too Easy Today?


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Is Gaming Too Easy Today?

Are games less challenging?

by Daniel Geikowski

©2013 Daniel Geikowski

uncharted-3-screenshots-oxcgn-21I’m always after new experiences.

Therefore, I recently purchased a PS3 for Christmas, and one of the first games I bought was the highly-touted Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

I played through the original, and while I had an enjoyable experience, it was over rather quickly.

So therefore I decided that I better purchase Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I flew through  that also, which led me to getting my hands on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

I soon realised, that even though I’ve had my PS3 for just under a month, I’ve blasted through the Uncharted Series, as well as Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and DOOM 3: BFG Edition.

It got me thinking: have my skills as a gamer increased over time, or are games not as challenging as they once were?

Aging man’s rant, or legitimate concern?

OXCGN’s EA Showcase Snapshot: Crysis 3, SimCity, and The Devil’s Cartel


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OXCGN’s EA Showcase Snapshot: Crysis 3, SimCity, and The Devil’s Cartel

A showcase of EA’s Q1 2013 lineup

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

ea logo oxcgnIt’s astounding to think that all the games at EA Australia’s Showcase will be released in Q1 of 2013. These range from the beautiful title Crysis 3, to Insomniac‘s first multiplatform title and new IP known as FUSE.

The line up is disappointingly filled with shooters, which I have to admit is starting to make this last stretch of current generation consoles over-crowded. With that being said though, EA do have Maxis‘s SimCity, my highlight of the showcase.

With FUSE and Dead Space 3 being the bigger titles of the line up, we’ve decided to bring back the snapshot format OXCGN utilized during previous events of this year.

This way, you’re able to digest more important information that we feel would interest you.

Get a glimpse of 2013!

OXCGN’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter Review


OXCGN’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter Review

Game Gone A.W.O.L.?

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Medal of Honor: Warfighter, the latest FPS from EA and Danger Close, has constantly stated it’s based more on reality and authenticity than the other, more popular, first-person shooters in the market.

Danger Close has worked closely with Tier 1 Operators in order to produce authenticity in multiple areas of military operations. Ranging from weapons, gear, tactics, and even the various ways operators reload different weapons, Medal of Honor: Warfighter aims to give players an insight into the lives these unique individuals have.

Danger Close aim to portray issues these Tier 1 Operators face, not only on the battlefield, but in their family lives also.

Going off memory, I cannot recall any other recent shooter dedicating time to focusing on the effects on the family of a soldier, constantly away fighting for our freedom.

It’s a nice touch, that aims to add more realism to the somewhat over-the-top, gung-ho mentality of current first-person shooters.

Sadly, the amount of detail and effort put into researching and implementing these realistic actions of Tier 1 Operators cannot be said for other sections of Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

Medal of Honor Warfighter review, read here

OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot 2: 10 More Upcoming Games Previewed


OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot 2: 10 More Upcoming Games Previewed

Even more games to sink your teeth into.

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Day Two of the EB Games Expo gave gamers another opportunity to wait in line for eternity in order to play the latest games for a few minutes.

After braving a few lines, as well as using stealth and cunning, I managed to weasel my way to the front of the queue in order to bring you readers out there the latest previews.

Much like OXCGN’s Day One Snapshots, my impressions are rated as follows:

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

Let’s get into it shall we.

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OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot: Upcoming Games Previewed – Day One


OXCGN’s EB Expo 2012 Snapshot: Upcoming Games Previewed – Day One

Quick thoughts on the latest up-and-coming games.

by Daniel Geikowski

©2012 Daniel Geikowski

Every gamer (and budding gaming journalist) dreams of going to E3 in Los Angeles. Getting their hands on and playing the most anticipated games.

However, like most people, I’ll take what I can get.

Here in Australia we currently have the EB Games Expo. While it’s not as big as E3, Australians like myself get a chance to check out the latest on games we’re all looking forward to, often with later builds of games shown earlier in L.A.

Over the next three days, we’ll be providing feedback on the latest, greatest and everything in between that we manage to get our hands on.

The following are our impressions from the limited time we had with each game, and are subject to change over the course of each game’s development cycle.

Impressions are judged with the following rating:

Green: game looks fantastic, polished and basically a guaranteed winner

Yellow: game looks great, but there’s a bit of uncertainty or something that didn’t quite work right

Orange: game is shaping up, but needs some work.

EB Expo game impressions

OXCGN’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter Preview: Hot Pursuit


Medal of Honor: Warfighter Preview: ‘Hot Pursuit’

Battlefield buster?

by : Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

With Battlefield 4 most likely dropping at the end of next year, EA may have stolen the limelight away from their own other First Person Shooter Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, but  gamers who miss this one are missing a game with the heavy artillery to compete with the rest of the holiday season’s blockbusters.

OXCGN were invited to test out 2 new single player missions that we found more exhilarating than the whole campaign of Battlefield 3.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter here

Top 10 Upcoming Games You Should Buy This Year


Top 10 Upcoming Games

That You Should Buy This Year

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

2011 was the last big shebang of this generation, but that doesn’t mean that 2012 is a dying breath.

Across all franchises, platforms and genres, 2012 is a big year filled to the brim with quality titles.

In no particular order, here are ten upcoming games that you really should get this year.

Is 2012 a year of gaming for you?

Gamescom 2012: OXCGN’s EA Report


OXCGN’s Gamescom Report

EA: Es ist im Spiel!

by Chris Fox

©2012 Chris Fox

OXCGN staff writer Chris Fox files his reports on Gamescon continuing with EA’s offerings.

EA, not to be outdone, opened their press conference with…

EA @ Gamescom here