It’s the most wonderful time of the year again folks: E3 2016 is nearly upon us. With another hurricane of gaming news about to crash onto the shores of our consciousness, there’s a handful of games that I’m more excited about than the others, both brand new IPs and established franchises.
It’s always amazing to see a great pilot in action. Whether it’s a tense dogfight or fancy complex maneuvers, a skilled pilot is a sight to see. It’s even cooler when that pilot is some sort of non-human creature. Whether it’s a cutesy animal or something more stylized and humanoid, these pilots are all interesting characters in their own right, aside from being great pilots. Being a great pilot doesn’t necessarily mean being the most technically proficient, however. As you’ll see some of these entries are great and memorable pilots by virtue of being good characters outside of any piloting skills.
The recent (and bewildering) success of Steam titles like American Truck Simulator have shined a light on the pleasures of digital trucking, but over the years there have actually been quite a few games about hauling cargo on the open road. This list highlights 10 of the most notable. While I’d like to say that these are all forgotten classics, the reality is that some of these games rank among the worst ever created. Most are at best goofy historical curiosities. There are still some excellent times to be had on the digital highways, however. So tear up the swindle sheets, turn on some C.W. McCall, and get ready to put the hammer down. We’re going truckin’.
Video Game peripheral gear has a history almost as long as video games themselves. Often times a new video game peripheral is created to address a certain problem with the current hardware. Other times they are meant to enhance the experience in some way. Somewhere in between that are specialized video game peripherals that come with certain games as a means to address unique controls or make the overall experience unique. Sometimes, but quite rarely, these devices play a role beyond that of a gimmick, actually providing application beyond its initial release.
The Xenomorph of Alien franchise fame has been around for several decades and in that time, it has become a practically unavoidable science-fiction horror icon. Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece set an amazingly high bar in terms of atmospheric set and sound design with the addition of gruesome set pieces and masterful monster appearances that would haunt viewers’ dreams for decades. It’s only natural with such an explosively popular franchise and widespread fanbase that video game developers would want to get their shot at portraying that license. Indeed, the Alien franchise has seen its share of video game adaptations across the many years since the release of the original.
Hack n’ Slash games are a relatively flexible genre in gaming. One could argue that any game where you’re swinging a sword can be a hack n’ slash. That’s not enough though. The fact is that when you’re playing one, you know it. It’s undeniable. Your blood gets pumping, your hands get tight, and every breath is a moment of anticipation for the next slayable challenge in the game. Hack n’ Slash games are renowned for their ability to bring high-octane fun to players everywhere, even if the actual gameplay can be a bit shallow sometimes. That said, these games are the apex of action-packed.
As realization crept in that money was spent on this product or that it would be the game you had to sit around with for a while, it dawned on you: these particular games featuring those names you love so much were garbage. These are the 10 Worst Spinoffs in Video Games.
Game makers have long tried to bridge the gap between Hollywood and gaming, hiring A-list (and sometimes not-so-A-list) talent to bring extra sales and legitimacy via their star power. Quantum Break is the newest title to combine Hollywood and the gaming world, creating an interesting hybrid of gaming and episodic storytelling. Quantum Break brought in strong, memorable actors such as Game of Thrones Aiden Gillen, Lost’s Dominic Managhan, and Lance Reddick, the spookyman from many cult classic shows. Quantum Break’s cast does a great job instilling the sci-fi thriller story with a real sense of legitimacy, but Hollywood actors don’t always do such a good job in video games. In fact, there are plenty of times where otherwise great actors just don’t seem to give a damn, dragging down the entire project with listless, weird performances. Those are the actors we’re here to talk about today— the good actors who step into the world of gaming and, for whatever reason, decide to leave their talent at the door.
WrestleMania will rock the professional wrestling world this Sunday, pitting the biggest names in sports entertainment against each other in front of a predicted crowd of over 100,000 people. As I steel myself for what should be (emphasis on should) be an epic night of wrestling, I want to take a moment and honor some professional wrestlers who found their fame in another art form: video games.
Interested in boosting your squad with new perks or even bringing enemy units into your ranks? You’ve come to the right place. Want to change way the world in XCOM 2 works or even add to the battlefield? You get the idea. Back up your save files and ready up some new campaigns. These are the best mods out there for XCOM 2.