The management sim is on the up again, but Parkitect might be my favorite game of the genre’s revival yet. This holiday break, I somewhat broke a tradition – I barely spent any time playing video games. Usually vast amounts of the Christmas break are spent sitting in a dressing gown, eating junk food and clearing my backlog – but in 2018, I just… didn’t. To be honest, this was because I was knackered: a house move, a new puppy, and a grueling final few months writing about last year’s big releases meant all I wanted to do was sleep. It’s certainly not like 2018 lacked the games to keep me interested either – and that makes the one game that did manage to capture my attention over the break all the more deserving of praise. It’s not even like Parkitect is new – I’ve had it on Early Access for over a year, but its ‘final’ release just landed at the end of 2018. While the management sim genre has had something … [Read more...] about Parkitect is the management sim I’ve been wanting for years
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Playing videogames: a rambling essay about hating what you love How does anyone find the time to play videogames? I’ve had a hard time getting around to playing videogames recently, and this has led me on a path towards understanding why that might be. It’s not just that I don’t have time; the truth is, if I really wanted to play some videogames every night, I probably could. But I’m conflicted about a few things. It might make sense to ask: what does it mean to “play videogames”? It has come to my attention that my idea of “playing videogames” is probably quite different from other people’s. From the ages of ten to about thirty, I always had a “primary game” or two, which, if they were good, which I’d keep playing for the next two to four years. While that game was in that primary slot, I would play that game for at least an hour a day, but more often much more. I was like this for the vast majority of my life. … [Read more...] about Playing videogames: a rambling essay about hating what you love
It’s quite incredible just how far online casinos have come over the last couple of decades. They’ve changed the way we gamble completely, giving us the option to play our favourite casino games from the convenience of our own home, or on the move – and with any device we have at our fingertips. Just think that it used to be like. Gamblers would have to make infrequent trips to city centre casinos or take a pricey break to Las Vegas, Monaco or Macau. With fully-fledged virtual casinos in our pockets, the need to take time out to travel somewhere to enjoy some gambling is becoming less pertinent. And players have loved it. According to Gambling Commission figures, up to a third of all adults in the UK now use the internet to gamble on the National Lottery, online casino games, bingo and sports. Of the £13.9 billion that we spend on all forms of gambling in the UK each year, nearly £4.9 billion comes from online-only services. This huge amount of … [Read more...] about Incredible How Far Online Casinos Have Come. Take A Look!
These are the best Xbox One games, officially and painstakingly selected especially for you, dear reader. Some great games are on the horizon for Xbox One. Just this week Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was announced, and with State of Decay 2 imminent and Crackdown 3 rumoured to be coming soon, 2018 looks like its going to be a good year. We’ve recently added Capcom’s life-consuming action-RPG Monster Hunter World to this list, as well as overnight streaming sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale. Microsoft’s first AAA-exclusive of the year – Sea of Thieves – dropped in March. Despite some launch issues, it’s such swashbuckling fun that it’s made our list too. At the tail end of last year the beautiful Egyptian open-world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Nazi-splattering FPS extravaganza, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus both made the cut. It was also time to bid farewell to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Middle Earth: Shadow of War … [Read more...] about The best Xbox One games in 2018: every must-play on Xbox One S and One X
Next month, Grand Theft Auto 5 celebrates its third birthday on PC. And yet, despite its age, the open world crime simulator attracted record player numbers last year—driven by GTA Online's Doomsday Heist, which launched on December 12, 2017. Two days later, Rockstar rolled out the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack. Promising new players a leg up in Los Santos for £40/$40, I picked up the multiplayer welcome bundle and raised a single profile from level 16 to 85 in just short of five weeks. I maxed out my character's skill stats and earned a small fortune along the way, but sunk dozens of hours into the game during this time. Is the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack worth your money, then? Or would grinding free-of-charge, or picking up select Shark Cash Cards yield the same (or better) results? As you might expect, that depends on how you approach GTA Online. Let's take a closer look. What do you get? Rockstar bills the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack as … [Read more...] about Is GTA Online’s Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack worth $40?