Anthem screenshot-flying in a Javelin

Thoughts on the Anthem demo

This weekend I’ve been spending a little time on the Anthem demo/beta. That is, eventually, once the initial networking issues were resolved. It’s part of the reason for these betas, especially for online persistent games like Anthem, The Division, or Destiny, but the scale of the networking issues suggests that either someone completely underestimated the number of players, or made some very poor technical choices.

Regardless, I managed to get into the demo and spend some time flying around in my Iron Man-esque Javelin suit, and here’s what I made of the experience.

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The Dreaming City in Destiny 2: Forsaken

My top games of 2018

It’s that time of year again where we’re recovering from eating and drinking too much, and looking forward to the new year filled with exciting opportunities and a chance to do better.  Who knew that an arbitrary point in the Earth’s orbit round the Sun had such power?  I’ve definitely neglected the blog this past year or so (I’ve been a little more active on my dev blog, but only just) and I’m contemplating just migrating all the content from this site over to picnicerror.net and focusing my efforts on one site.  Anyway, I digress.  I think my last post on this site was looking back (very belatedly) at my favourite games from 2017, so it seems kind of fitting that my next post is this one. Continue reading…

My Top 4 Games of 2017

I did it last year, so it’s time to do it again.  Actually, it was time to do it again about six months ago but life got in the way.  Here are my top games from 2017. Caveat: This list is only from games I’ve played myself in my limited available time.  There are plenty of other great games that I just haven’t got round to yet. Continue reading…

Cayde-6 and his chicken friend in Destiny 2

Three Guardians and a Baby – Destiny 2 and parenthood

I recently read Keza MacDonald’s article on Kotaku about struggling to get into Destiny 2 now that she has a nine month-old baby, and was able to sympathise somewhat.  We’ve just had baby number two (now approaching 2 months old), and I caved and bought Destiny 2, which is (as expected) proving tricky to play while dealing with an infant.

But I was a little surprised to read some of the hatred directed at the article and author (okay, mostly on Twitter).  Here’s someone writing an article about her experiences with a notoriously grindy game that she likes, but is coming to terms with the fact that she may not be able to explore all its content due to other commitments.  It’s an opinion piece.  Continue reading…

Doom 2016 gameplay

Reboots: heresy or homage?

Hollywood is obsessed with reboots.  Total Recall, Star Trek, Big Trouble in Little China (I’m gutted about that last one)!  It’s wide open for debate as to whether all these reboots are a good thing, or whether people should stick to creating original stories.  This practice has bled over to the gaming industry as well in recent years.

A chance to do it all again

At its best, a reboot can be an opportunity to produce a new experience that riffs on the nostalgia of simpler times, while updating gameplay and graphics to meet modern expectations. Continue reading…