Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.
Like an ever faithful steam engine, good ol’ PlayStation Plus keeps chugging along. Passengers get a delectable buffet cart of free titles every month and like the Grade A hoarder that I am, I have yet to get through them all. So, every so often I take on a PS Plus title and test its mettle and this month’s challenger is…Far Cry 3.
Breathing fresh air into the Assassin’s Creed series is what Ubisoft needs to do to keep the series original, because eventually, sticking yet more daggers into the backs of even more Loyalist Lobsters is going to grate on us. That’s likely the reason why they’ve recently put out a survey asking players for their thoughts. But this isn’t your average run of the mill ‘did getting blasted to smithereens by a Man O’ War in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag make you cry like a wimp or spur you on?’ as Ubi’s suggested changes could be completely mind blowing or utterly disastrous for the series. Having taken the survey, I’ve rounded up the juiciest bits of info from it, which you can read about here.
Alien: Isolation is already the worst kept secret of the year so far. Info about SEGA’s new title was leaked and then leaked again and it’s now been officially revealed but there’s still so much to talk about! So, using The Official PlayStation Magazine UK’s world exclusive feature on the game, as well as info that SEGA have released online, here’s our no nonsense guide detailing everything you need to know about Alien: Isolation.
The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.
It seems so long ago now doesn’t it? When Sony took to the stage at their very own press conference to announce the PS4 last year and then again at E3 just a few months later, to reaffirm the stance that they would be putting extra effort, time and resources into getting the latest, greatest and most ambitious indies to their platforms. And they succeeded, with titles like Contrast and Don’t Starve being fine examples of their partnership. But one game has thus escaped Sony’s indie net; Gone Home, the popular PC, Mac and Linux title, that, if it was released on PS4, could be Sony’s best move yet.
Like most other game sites, we run on willpower, a non-existent budget and a love of gaming, but unlike other sites, J Station X is also fuelled by a whole lot of anger and a little bit of indignation that the video game industry that we know and love still continuously fails to represent women in games, people of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ. It’s for that reason that I’ve put together the first annual Video Game Diversity Report so that we can yell back statistics when the mob bangs on the door protesting that gaming must stay as a Straight, White Boys Club. Read my findings after the break.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
‘EA are the most gay friendly place to work in all of the games industry’, a bold statement? Absolutely. Is it one that can be backed up with real, actual, verifiable statistics? Again, yes. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), who like to keep tabs on companies doing good, non-discriminatory things to their employees and treating them like plain old human beings, no matter how they identify, have rated EA a 100 out of 100 for equality in the workplace. But what does the publisher’s gay friendly status mean for their games?
With new console generations brings new specs, the new scent of ‘fresh console’ (that they really do need to consider making an air freshener out of) and more new types of games than we can shake an upgraded processor at.
The PS4 and the Xbox One are now upon us and we’re all eager to see what’s changed. Specifically, have the cries for diversity in our games paid off? Or are we still subject to straight, white, male protagonists? Thankfully, those shouts have been of use and you can find our list of 8 diverse PS4 and Xbox One launch games after the break.