Dark Souls 2 has been reviewed in the latest issue of German gaming magazine M! The write-up awarded From Software’s sequel 90%.The Dark Souls 2 review was teased over on the M! site, and is due to appear in tomorrow’s issue. Subscribers appear to have it early however, and have revealed that the RPG netted a 90% score.The write-up reads, “The hardest Action-RPG in the world. More convenient, gorgeous and extensive.”By comparison, M! gave Demon’s Souls 82% and Dark Souls 81%. The game’s out March 11 in the States, then March 14 across Europe.Look out for my final impressions soon.Via NeoGAF & Gwynbleidd Darkfield. … [Read more...] about Dark Souls 2: first review comes in at 90%, “The hardest Action-RPG in the world”
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Borderlands 2 was built in a bank. That is, the Bank of America building in Plano, Texas, just outside Dallas. And, specifically, the 12th floor of the Bank of America building in Plano, Texas, just outside Dallas. But let's start at the top, on 13, or, as Gearbox marketing chief Adam Fletcher describes it, the Penthouse Floor. Here the developer's executives, human resources, marketing and PR staff get on with the business of doing business in offices with glass doors. Gearbox's outspoken boss Randy Pitchford isn't in his today (he's giving VIPs the tour), yet his presence is impossible to ignore. It's a game museum of sorts - every console ever released is perched up on a shelf, wrapping around his desk amid trophies and other signs of his company's considerable success. Unusually, his monitor faces the lobby, clearly visible through the glass doors. This, I'm told, is because Randy wants his staff to see what he's up to. He wants them to knock on his door and say, hey, that … [Read more...] about How Gearbox broke the bank for Borderlands 2
Cover competitive Hearthstone for long enough and something strange starts to happen. When you bump into players at events you get the same flash of recognition as you would from meeting an old friend: “Oh sweet I haven’t seen him since…” Only you’re not friends. It’s an illusion created from hours spent watching the other person play, joke and get salty. I meet Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam for the first time over Skype, and don’t get that weird sense of recognition. Not because he isn’t nice, but because up to this point I haven’t heard him talk much outside of tournament interviews and his appearances on David “Justsaiyan” Shan’s monthly ‘Watchstone’ streams.Here’s what I do know: He’s a 20 year-old game and simulation development student at Albright College in Pennsylvania, currently playing Hearthstone for Luminosity Gaming. He’s also the highest points earner in the entire … [Read more...] about High stakes Hearthstone: How it feels to fly around the world and lose
Friday’s announcement of the World Esports Association, WESA, could’ve gone smoother. A leaked logo earlier in the week prompted widespread speculation, and even in the immediate aftermath of the official announcement it was tough to find a clear explanation of what this new sports federation would actually do. In part this is the fault of WESA itself. I was at the launch in London, and my experience was of a number of good ideas struggling to make themselves heard above the furore.There are a bunch of different ways to say ‘we want to create a more stable and professional conversation around esports’, after all, and ‘we’ve started FIFA’ is only one of them—although it just happens to be the one that makes people think about corruption and bad governance. It feels like they’ve been fighting fires from minute one as a consequence of mishandling a few key points.On the other hand, the way the conversation around WESA has developed … [Read more...] about How viable is the World Esports Association?
They say after you turn 21, it’s all down hill, and since today is the day I turn 22, I guess this is the beginning of the decline. While there’s nothing that truly signifies turning the double two, I decided to take a look back at the video games that have made me who I am in these past years, whether it’s because they catapulted me into video games, brought me back to them, helped me through the hardest times, or allowed me to connect with the people that mean the most to me. Scroll on and take the journey with me.Crash Bandicoot was the first game I ever played, sealing itself as one of the most important games of my life (as well as becoming one of the first games to ever make me down right furious). It’s also the title that committed me as a PlayStation fan for the rest of my life (which arguably, was the best part 😉 )I still remember stumbling upon the Ocarina of Time cartridge in my friend’s basement one day and having no idea what we … [Read more...] about The 22 video games that have defined my 22 years