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The Last of Us Remastered: is there ever closure for completists?

Sony has released a PlayStation 4 version of last year's critically acclaimed survival adventure. Will this be enough for the game's fans?Modern popular culture is not very good at endings. Writers find them difficult, fans find them unsatisfying from Lost to the Sopranos, our episodic fiction is so expansive and all-consuming these days, so labyrinthine with sub-plots and character arcs, tha

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes toying with older fans

With the introduction of Marvel characters, Disney is hoping to broaden the appeal of its 'toys to life' series, but the key changes are in the game's creative modeThe action figures are lining up the battle will soon commence. This autumn will see a three-way fight in the nascent 'toys to life' market a range of video games that come with compatible action figures. For a while, Activision

Rise of the silver gamers: you don't have to be young to play video games

Older people say that game-playing on Kindles, iPads and Wii's is having a positive impact on their mental wellbeingOctogenarian Doris Oram's evening routine is unlikely to raise many eyebrows. She knits, watches television, and chats with friends in the care home where she is recovering from surgery. But unlike many of her peers, the 84-year-old's favourite bedtime ritual is not a cup of cocoa

The five things you need to know to be better at video games

If you don't play video games, being asked to join in with friends or family members can be intimidating so here are five general rules that may help you outAll game designers are engineers because all games are about systems, I was once told by Jonathan Smith, the producer of the hugely successful Lego games. Whatever you're playing, whether it's an intricate hardcore fantasy adventure or a

Sunset Overdrive hands-on fun trumps realism

After the gloomy Resistance trilogy, developer Insomniac has imagined a very different apocalypse with this fluorescent sensory attackWhile Insomniac Games was working on its bleak alien-invasion trilogy, Resistance, the studio realised something weird about the global apocalypse. It sort of seemed like fun. Well, obviously not that part about millions of people dying, but the fantasy of b

Evil Within hands-on with the return of survival horror

The creator of Resident Evil is back with, well, a game that looks a lot like Resident Evil. But that's not necessarily a bad thingIt may be possible to argue, you know, just theoretically, that the world doesn't need another zombie franchise. There have been a few recently, you may have noticed. Nevertheless, The Evil Within, a game that has a variety of monsters including the undead, is

PewDiePie launches official iPhone app for his YouTube fans

Gaming star hoping to reach more of his 29m subscribers on the go with free app created by Maker StudiosWith more than 29m subscribers, PewDiePie is the biggest star on YouTube. Now hes launched his own mobile app to keep fans watching his videos.The free app was released for iPhone this week by multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, the company to which PewDiePie aka 24 year-old Swede

20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

ScratchJr, Modern Combat 5, Radio Times, PewDiePie, TrapsnGemstones, Telegraph Clearing, Blood Bowl and moreIts time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apples App Store.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Continu

20 best Android apps and games this week

Tynker, Thomas Was Alone, Bamboo Paper, Modern Combat 5, Madefire, CBeebies Storytime, Broken Sword 5 and moreIts time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Continu

Are multiplayer games really all that social?

Social games like Destiny are based on a clever business model where the mode of participation is endless investmentWhen youre involved in video games, whether because you work with them, write about them or are a passionate fan, you end up gathering an arsenal of sorts: Words about why video games are good for people. This is not your fault, but rather a learned response to decades of games

Chatterbox: Friday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Friday. Continue reading...

Esports for all? How to get more women into pro gaming

Esports is a growing phenomenon, attracting millions of fans and offering huge prizes but its almost entirely dominated by male competitorsThis month, a professional Hearthstone tournament in Finland caused outrage with a rule stating The participation is open only to Finnish male players. The organisers quickly point out that it wasnt their fault - the event was a qualification round for the

Chatterbox: Thursday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Thursday. Continue reading...

Assassin's Creed Unity the most gruesome game trailer ever?

A promotional animation for Ubisofts forthcoming stealth adventure game has had tongues wagging and heads falling offWhen Ubisoft commissioned horror director Rob Zombie and Walking Dead artist Tony Moore to make a promotional short for Assassins Creed Unity, it must have known what to expect. Blood. And lots of it. Released over the weekend and premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con, the four-

Could EA Access be the Netflix for Fifa fans?

Electronic Arts has announced a new subscription service giving access to a range of recent titles for £3.99 a monthElectronic Arts is launching a new subscription service, giving Xbox One owners access to a range of its games for £3.99 (or $4.99) a month. Named EA Access, the initiative allows members to download a selection of titles from an online catalogue named The Vault. A beta test

Chatterbox: Wednesday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Wednesday. Continue reading...

Do you hear things after playing video games? There's a name for that

Research suggests that players hear sound effects and background music long after switching off their games consolesWhen you switch off a video game, a really involving and engrossing video game, sometimes it doesnt go away. Not straight away. Instead, it can linger in the mind, overlaying the real world. At least thats according tonew research from Nottingham Trent Universitys Internatio

Sharknado 2 video game splashes onto iOS in time for TV-movie sequel

Broadswords! Hammerheads! Chainsaws! And, er, in-app purchases of £34.99 virtual buckets of chum!What a world we live in: Kim Kardashian is fronting one of the most lucrative mobile games in the world, and now its being joined on Apples App Store by an official game for the Sharknado films.Sharknado: The Video game has been released for iOS devices in time for the premiere this week of Sha

PewDiePie still world's biggest YouTube star with 351m views in June

Gamer's channel still ahead of Shakira, Pitbull and Katy Perry, while Psy's Snoop Dogg Hangover returns him to top 10Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie remains the most popular star on YouTube, with his gaming channel generating 351m views in June 2014 alone.That's more than 8,100 views a minute on average, fuelled by the UK-based Swede's huge fanbase on Google's video service. PewDie

Chatterbox: Tuesday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Tuesday. Continue reading...

'Full-body joystick' lets you run and jump in virtual reality video games

The Cyberith Virtualizer intends to bring gamers even closer to the action, and claims to have practical commercial applications in architectureIf fiddling with joypads and keyboards just doesn't make you feel close enough to the action, you could soon be playing video games by running and leaping with all the kamikaze enthusiasm of Lara Croft, thanks to Austrian company Cyberith. In the race

25 best apps to keep kids entertained while travelling this summer

For stress-free journeys, these iPad, Android and Windows tablet apps might be your lucky charm"Are we there yet? Can I have a sweet? Can I have another sweet? Can I have another sweet when we get there then? When are we getting there? Are we there yet? I WANT A SWEET! And a poo "Travelling with children can be marvellous fun, as you explore the world, open their minds and realise that it'

Firefly, Halo Nightfall and other video game announcements from Comic-Con

It's not just about super hero movie heroes and people dressed as Daenerys this weekend's Comic-Con also had some interesting new game teasersWith 130,000 ravenous consumers of geek culture in attendance, it's no wonder video game publishers have increasingly taken to revealing new titles at the San Diego Comic-Con. Just as the movie and television companies have moved in to publicise their l

Chatterbox: Monday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterMonday! Continue reading...

4PM review the dark side of life without the sensationalism

PC, Mac, Bojan Brbora, cert: n/a, out nowThe tiny student team behind _4PM_ have made a number of bold design choices in crafting their story-cum-game. It explores alcoholism, for one, with the lead character struggling to hold her professional life together and come to terms with her past.Equally, it is exceedingly short, coming in at around half an hour on the first play-through, with litt

Web browser games review: Space Valet, Corgi Simulator 2071, Weird City Interloper

A round-up of the best new releasesIf big-budget console releases leave you cold, and you've grown tired of swiping at your mobile screen to flap birds and clash clans, the web browser has been especially fertile for great games of late. Take the minimalist, intergalactic, parking-themed puzzler Space Valet. Brimming with charm and buoyed by fantastic audio, it is, effectively, a traditional bl

Pokémon Trading Card Game review tricky and compelling

3DS Virtual Console, Nintendo, cert: n/aBack in Pokémon's heyday, Nintendo released a plethora of tie-in games that were on the whole excellent. _Pokémon Trading Card Game_ was one such title. Originally released on the Game Boy Colour 14 years ago, this adventure title is based on the real-world card game that is still going strong today. And just like the more traditional Pokémon titles, game

From Destiny to Guacamelee: five interesting games to try this weekend

Whether you want to explore the galaxy or dress as a wrestler here's a selection of new titles to play while you're staying out of the sunIt's sunny and beautiful outside, but you can't spend the _whole_ weekend lolling about in the garden wondering if you should light up the barbecue, thereby angering the rain gods into immediate action. No, at some point you should go inside and play video

This weeks games news

Destiny, the massively multiplayer game, has now started beta testingFollowing last months alpha test, where a small number of players helped stress-test Destiny (out 9 Sep), the new game from the creators of Halo, this month it was the larger, more fully featured beta test. The game thats gradually being revealed brings together Halos near-perfect shooting mechanics and cautious, cunning ene

Pokémon Art Academy review

2DS, 3DS; Nintendo; £19.95-£24.99Giotto used his architectural knowledge to introduce perspective to his painting, while Leonardo da Vinci brushed up on his anatomical drawing skills by sketching cadavers. In Pokémon Art Academy youll begin your monster drawing career with a painting by numbers-style rendering of Pikachus head, graduating to full-body portraits and lessons in use of paintbrus

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