Modern Warfare 3 is 'An Un-Game With a Core of Nastiness'

I've just this minute finished the single-player campaign for Modern Warfare 3. It leaves a very bitter taste at its climax. But perhaps not the same bitter taste that flavours it throughout. It is an enormously high-achieving action FPS, on a scale like nothing before it, turned to 11. And it's a bloodthirsty,… » 11/22/11 6:00pm 11/22/11 6:00pm

Gaming Made Me: Ultima VII

I was only young when I played Ultima VII but I had already ventured to the depths of dungeons that dripped with dread, partaken in interstellar war and defended my home planet from invaders. Like Roy Batty and all people who grew up with games, I had seen and done so much. Between adventures in space, I'd rezone my… » 11/15/11 10:00pm 11/15/11 10:00pm

It's Operation: Guillotine—Eyes On with Battlefield 3's Single Player

Just two months ahead of release, Battlefield 3's singleplayer mode remains something of a mystery – oddly so, given this game is DICE's attempt to make their biggest franchise as appealing to lone gunners as team gunners. So getting eyes-on with a never-before-seen singleplayer level yesterday went some way to… » 9/06/11 4:00pm 9/06/11 4:00pm

They're Already Up To Might & Magic Heroes VI, and This is What it's…

The series formerly known as Heroes of Might & Magic returns, with a confusingly rearranged name, to a post-King's Bounty landscape. Without access to publishers' long and tedious spreadsheets, I of course couldn't begin to guess whether 1C's good-natured, wilfully silly turn-based strategy/semi-roleplaying game… » 8/09/11 4:00pm 8/09/11 4:00pm

Look, Single-Player People Are Just Better

I'm not denying this is territory I've covered before. There's no disguising that I'm a fan of single-playing gaming over multiplayer. Finally it's time to just say it. We need to stop avoiding the matter, stop not saying what everyone's thinking. I'm the man brave enough to do this. I am a valiant man, and maybe I… » 8/02/11 10:00pm 8/02/11 10:00pm

A Brave Attempt To Play a Game About Cleaning Up The Streets... the…

Discovering that this game existed was a moment of perverse joy for me. I knew that it would be deeply boring—it really is-–and that I would have to play it extensively for no reason other than to take joy in being quite deliberately boring. It's the kind of non-challenge I relish, and I gleefully set about compiling… » 7/12/11 9:00pm 7/12/11 9:00pm