2013 saw a lot of changes in the games industry. Some were good, some great, some awful and some fell flat on their faces. However, one thing that can’t be denied is that there have been a lot of innovations and a lot of people trying new things. Of course, it’s easy to focus on the parts of the industry that are not changing and are possibly even stagnating, like the release of sequel after sequel and the unadventurous attitudes to existing game genres, but you only need to take a step back and take a look at the year as a whole to realise that there’s been plenty of new and interesting developments too. With the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One and a ‘new generation’ of games on the horizon there are likely to many many more surprises in the future. So what better time than now to look back on the last year and see what trends really worked? There are tons of interesting trends which have developed or are developing as we speak, like second screens, cross-play, cloud computing and the resurgence of platformers and rather than try to pick the ones I think are the most important to the industry, I’ve decided instead to pick just 5 trends that I personally found the most exciting. What are you favourite trends of 2013? Are they anything like mine? Let me know in the comments below! Continue reading
Oh Remember Me, never before have I had such mixed feelings about a game before. Were you good? Bad? Fun? It’s difficult to even pin down that much, because it was at once incredibly unique, even visionary and simultaneously mediocre. This should give you an idea of how I felt about this game. I went from intrigued in the first few hours to a little bored, at which point I pushed it to the side for a couple of weeks to play Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, then got really into it again, then finally finished it and considered playing it again (although not right away) and then ironically, promptly completely forgot all about it until now. In fact, 2 days ago I was actually musing about what to write for my weekly blog post today and was considering something GTA V related (my newest obsession), when Remember Me suddenly popped back into my mind. That’s pretty much how I feel about this action-adventure game by French developers Dontnod. While there are so many things for me to rave about, there’s always a ‘but’ lingering on the horizon, waiting to swoop in. Remember Me was a good game, but sadly it never quite lived up to the enormous potential it had.