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GTA 5 – The game that keeps on giving

Originally printed in games™ 157 When Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick described Grand Theft Auto V as “the gift that keeps on giving” to FOX Business in the US last April, he was referring to the way in which the game’s online micro transactions kept the money flowing to Rockstar and...

The return of the console exclusives

The third-party console exclusive is back from the dead – but why? What’s changed? And is it something that’s going to last beyond the first couple of years of PS4, Xbox One and Wii U? The age of the third-party console exclusive all but died with the last generation, with...

Why are games releasing broken?

Delays, bugs, day-one patches and broken online components: several big-budget games have launched in a compromised state recently. Why is this happening? And is it likely to change any time soon? games™ investigates… DriveClub was supposed to be one of PlayStation 4’s big hitters. Every console needs a flagship racer,...

Watch Dogs 2 will “carry on taking risks” says Ubisoft

Creating new gaming IP is a risky businesses but, with just one game to beat, surely creating a sequel to a successful debut should be easy. It shouldn’t, says Watch Dogs’ creative director Jonathan Morin What was the point of Ubisoft’s cyber-noir epic Watch Dogs? Why did creative director Jonathan...

Will 2015 redeem the games industry?

After a difficult 2014, there’s cause for optimism as we head into the New Year. We ask developers and analysts what they’re looking forward to in 2015 In a lot of ways, 2014 felt like a transitional year for games, and like any period of change, it wasn’t without its...

Nintendo fights back

It’s been a bipolar year for Nintendo, but things seem to be getting back on track – yet how long will it last, and can the company keep the momentum going? ony and Microsoft are absolutely killing it – their rivalry is comparable to the Apple/Google war, or the Amazon/eBay...

Turning Gamers Into Artists – The PS4 photo mode

The addition of a feature that allows gamers to take and share screenshots in a snap has led to the rise of a surprising new art form and direction for gameplay – finding the perfect shot Sharing screenshots isn’t exactly an original concept, but with the release of the latest...

Oculus Rift: The future of 3D gaming

The hardest thing about describing virtual reality is conveying the wonder of things simply feeling ‘right’. It’s not just about having a screen and a sensor on your head that lets you look around, but the fizzling part of your brain that makes you reach out to try and touch...