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The First Person Shooter – I’m Bored Now

The First Person Shooter – I’m Bored Now

A large gun, and an area full of people in front of me. In any other genre, there may be some hope of conversation, perhaps a spot of exploring, even. But no, this is a first-person-shooter and all must die. Hesitate, and you either die, riddled with bullets and with a screen full of jam, or the game simply shouts at you and forces a restart regardless.

This isn’t a problem, financially, for many developers and publishers. This is the norm; this is what people expect from a modern FPS and if it wasn’t full-on, balls-to-the-wall bullet-action, fans would be disappointed. Provided it has a pedigree – Call of Duty, Halo, or any number of yearly spin-offs – it will make oodles of cash one way or another, so what’s the problem?

It’s all getting very boring indeed.

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Halo 4 – The Verdict

Halo 4 – The Verdict

The keys to the Halo engine have been passed on from Bungie to 343 Industries and for the first time since 2007, Master Chief is back! With the Chief of course comes Cortana and the usual sense of feeling that if those two were not in the right place at the right time, the universe would be a whole different place.

“Wake me when you need me” – Master Chief, Halo 3

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Halo 4 ViDoc – Impressive

Halo 4 ViDoc – Impressive

This Halo 4 video documentary has just been made public, and it looks just a bit impressive. This is coming from someone who has only played the original title, and that on the PC. The video was first shown at the Microsoft Spring Showcase held in San Francisco last week and you can find a big lowdown of the Halo 4 presentation on VG24/7.

Why are developers bringing us back a generation?

Why are developers bringing us back a generation?

In the past few years the trend for releasing classic old games in shiny new HD has risen dramatically. So too has the release of prequels to classic series like Halo and Deus Ex been on the rise. So why is the gaming industry taking us back to the start of the last generation of games? Is it a step back in development or a way to remember better times?

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