WAS there a shiny new games console under your family's Christmas tree this year? If so, you might be feeling a little lost, or indeed feeling like you're in danger of losing your family to it. But don't worry -- Andy Robertson editor of AskAboutGames.com is here to help. He's rounded up the top family games you can get right now that you can jump into, whatever age you are -- helpfully grouped by their PEGI rating so you know they're going to be suitable for whichever family members are gathered around the telly. Children might not think they need help finding video games to play, but parents can guide them discover a wider range of experiences. To keep gaming healthy it's also important that mums, dads and carers find games that they want to play together with their children, too. One valuable resource here are the PEGI ratings that designate in great detail which game are appropriate for which age groups. While it's worth noting that this is about appropriate content rather than how … [Read more...] about The best family games for that new console, whatever age your children are
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Genital Jousting has sold 354,139 copies so far. Which is a lot of penises.When it launched in Early Access in late 2016, Genital Jousting became a viral sensation—Gang Beasts with wangs. Seemingly everybody on YouTube made a video about, even us. Doing the rounds on social media paid off when Steam sales came round. "A lot of the sales did come in Early Access," says creative director Evan Greenwood, "and a lot of that was during things like the Christmas sale which Steam included us in and things like that. I think there might have been a Valentine's bump.""We did a big Valentine's Day special," confirms programmer Robbie Fraser. "We wanted to do a two-for-one package and Steam wouldn't give it to us. We ended up doing 50% off instead, which is not quite the same thing."Success wasn't a sure thing for Genital Jousting. After wrapping up work on Broforce, Free Lives reached out to Valve to make sure that a game about penises that have buttholes would be acceptable for their … [Read more...] about How a game about dicks sold hundreds of thousands of copies
Every year before E3, we talk about the games we expect to see, along with the ones that we hope we’ll get to take another look at. These include the obvious ones, like big games announced at the previous year’s conference. But they’re also the hypothetical projects, the titles that we’ve neither seen nor heard from in years — perhaps since they were first announced. Some games have gone quiet much longer than others, though. We’ve gathered up some of the most notable “missing in action” games that we'd love to see make a grand reappearance at this year’s big show. Below, we’ll offer an update on each game, plus our assessment of the likelihood of the project resurfacing at E3 2017 (on a scale of 1 to 10). Follow along and reminisce about some of the industry’s most elusive games. (A quick note: We weighed in on many of these titles last year. In those cases, we’ve generally lifted the original text, with some … [Read more...] about Will these 12 games miss E3 this year?
Lock and load Okay, this list was never going to be easy to compile. As one of the most popular, eclectic and influential gaming genres, nailing down the list of the best FPS titles to just 25 games is an almost ridiculous task. So to help narrow things down, we made some hard and fast rules. Read them before you move on.Number 1: The games have to be first person, and shooting has to be the predominant game system (hey, the clue is in "FPS"). So no Gears of War, and no Resident Evil 7. Number 2: This list is about currently best, not historically most important. To keep this list accessible, we're only including games you can play right now on current-generation consoles, instead of having to hunt down a PS2 at a garage sale. Have no fear: we haven’t forgotten the influential games that came before. They have their very own slide that explains their importance to the genre before we get started. See if you agree with our choices, as we progress toward revealing our number … [Read more...] about The 25 best FPS games to play right now
Four days from today, Nintendo's latest console will go on sale. A little over four years since the launch of Wii U, a little over four months since Nintendo announced Switch, and to many, the system seems like a breath of fresh air — a game console Transformer full of potential with a steady stream of software to back it up. To some, though, the system seems incomplete. From early reports of controllers that don't properly sync to a limited launch lineup, a lack of non-game apps like Netflix, a missing Virtual Console library and lingering questions about the online service, there's a simplicity to Switch's launch that recalls the '90s — Zelda is Mario 64, and if you don't want that or a few other games, you might not need the system right away. In time, Nintendo will address those issues. Yet more than most consoles, Switch remains a bit of a mystery at launch. Are motion controls going to be a big part of it? What type of player will Switch developers cater to? And will … [Read more...] about What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch