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With the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X releases, a lot of the conversations naturally gravitate to the new and shiny hardware; but it can’t be ignored that from a technical perspective, the new consoles are essentially equivalent to mid range gaming PCs. Without further ado, I’d like to talk about some of the benefits and drawbacks of picking a PC over a console. One of the biggest selling points of getting a gaming PC is the ability to customise your specs to whatever you need. If you’re building your own machine or shopping around for a prebuilt, you can…

The next generation of gaming has finally arrived with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Unveiled just under a year ago, the Xbox’s November 10th release saw many stores completely sell out of not only the Series X as well as its younger, less powerful brother, the Xbox Series S. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on one and have been playing with it for the last few days. So how does Microsoft’s self-proclaimed ‘World’s Most Powerful Console’ actually hold up? The first big change is the design of the console: instead of looking like a traditional gaming console, the…

The world of video games isn’t all AAA studios and next-gen graphics. It’s an artistic space full of creative people using the medium to tell their stories and push the boundaries of what games can and should be. Here are five indie gems that deserve to be in the spotlight: To-Do List by Four Quarters Team              Free on itch.io We are starting off this list with To-Do-List, a pixel-art point’n’click horror game. The small-scale experimental title has you take control of a nameless man on a solitary island in space who has to complete…

It looks like the current pandemic is sticking around, and even if, at the time of writing, the Welsh lockdown is set to scale back again before the middle of November, it’s important that we all aim to minimise the spread of the virus as much as possible. That said, it can be tough not seeing people, and as someone who really enjoys meeting up with friends and playing games in person together, finding online alternatives is a big deal. Fortunately, there are loads of options, old and new that can be played through a variety of systems. Skribbl.io Platform:…

Released: 18/9/2020 Platform(s): Nintendo Switch Players: 1(-2) Price: £49.99 Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a collection of three of Mario’s biggest 3D outings released to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the series, collating Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. As a fan of Galaxy in particular, this game came as an exciting announcement as a way to re-live my memories of that game, as well as an opportunity to get more into the other games. Looking at what you get in the bundle, Super Mario 64 is a perfectly serviceable game. It shows its age in…

We’re coming to the end of a strange year for games, with plenty of release delays and no E3; it’s seemed somewhat bleak. But as we move toward the holiday season there are still plenty of new and upcoming games worth keeping an eye on. The Jackbox Party Pack 7 Release Date: 15/10/2020 Platform(s): PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One Players: 2-8+ Price: £23.79 I’ve been enjoying Jackbox’s party games for a few years now, and I expect this year’s instalment will be no exception. Jackbox lets you use your phone or PC as an input device through your…

Reflecting back a few years, the teenage version of me would have honestly loved to spend all day indoors playing games with no responsibilities, no work, and no school until September. However, this grown-up 20-year-old me just lacks motivation, can’t find anything to do, and is just generally finding ways to support my mental health and keep myself sane during this global pandemic. Like me, many of you may be struggling to find some games to play during all this, so I thought I’d share some of the games I’ve been grinding away at and leveling up on to keep…

After entering a new decade, we are also in the midst of the beginning of the next generation of gaming, and with it there’s a lot of new things that each company is bringing to the table. While Sony has effectively become radio silent, and Nintendo revealing that they won’t be moving away from the ever-popular Nintendo Switch, Microsoft seem to be much more aggressive in their approach. Xbox Series X In December, Microsoft announced the official title of their next generation ‘Project Scarlet’ console. Titled ‘Xbox Series X’, Microsoft has revealed some information regarding the new console, mainly its…

Microtransactions have become a massive factor in gaming during the last decade. That’s not to say that they were never present, but they were never really as aggressive as they are now. Microtransactions were mostly found in mobile games and free-to-play games, but it was at the beginning of the 2010s that they caused a great divide in the gaming community. However, are they as bad now as they have been during the last ten years? So the first instance that really brought microtransactions into full-priced triple-a titles was in 2014 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which introduced Supply…

I’ve been quite a big fan of the Pokemon franchise since I was little, however as a child I didn’t play any of the games and instead was an anime-only fan of Pokemon. My first game in the franchise was Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu, a remaster of Pokemon Yellow, so I went into Pokemon Sword & Shield with very little knowledge or experience.  The first thing that surprised me about this game was the world design: the new Galar region is heavily inspired by Great Britain and the different influences of British culture and lifestyle is seen throughout the…

For as long as I can remember, any and all discussion involving video game consoles have been split into three groups: Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo. There are some who enjoy all of these, but for the most part, there is a heated debate as to which is the best of these platforms, so I thought I’d delve into my own opinions about each console in this generation, as next year we’ll be seeing a new generation of consoles introduced.  Firstly, I’d like to talk about Xbox. Xbox has been an incredibly successful company when bringing out consoles, games and…

After Halo, Bungie began working on Destiny: a sci-fi rpg looter-shooter which showed promise in the teasers and trailers building up to release: upon release players were frustrated at the lackluster campaign, lack of activities and little post-launch support. The one thing people found redeemable about Destiny was the endgame experiences: the Vault of Glass raid on Venus and the Nightfalls, which were strikes ramped up to 100 in difficulty. Once the first wave of DLC hit, Crota’s End and House of Wolves, the player base maintained itself only with hardcore fans: casual players didn’t really get to experience a…

One of the first games I played on the Xbox One back in 2014 was Sunset Overdrive: an open-world third person parkour shooter from the minds of Insomniac Games, who also developed Ratchet & Clank as well as Marvel’s Spider Man for the PS4. As this is one of my favourite games of all time, if not my number one choice, I decided to revisit the game to see if it was as great as I remember. Spoiler alert: it was.  The game puts you in the shoes of an unnamed character working at a concert for a world-famous energy…

Imperator: Rome, the newest grand strategy from Paradox Interactive, was released on the 25th of April. At the time of writing, it is the 26th of April, and I have logged 12 hours in the game. So, without further ado, a review. What is familiar? As always, loading up a Paradox grand strategy for the first time results in overwhelming confusion-but this is a universal experience in these games- if you are new to the genre, I recommend watching some gameplay before jumping in, unless you are a bastion of patience. On the other hand, for someone who has played…

Gaz Thomas, 36, is a local from Llandudno Junction who started making games as a hobby in 2008, while studying at Bangor. His website, freegames.org, is now the first-ranked free games site in the United States, and his most popular creations can be found embedded in over 14,000 others. Sitting at a little table in a lunch-rushed Bangor café, he told Seren how he got to this point. How did you get into game design? “I spent 7 years in Bangor University as a student. I was doing electronic engineering, and then I started doing a biochemistry PhD, and I…

…is pretty fun. I figured I’d start the article by getting to the point. I suppose I’ll elaborate a bit, tempting as it is to chuckle, hit save, and put this in a side column. Pulsar is a developing game which throws five players onto a spaceship in an open galaxy and tells them to swim. It normally follows this up by swiftly drowning them- and then you learn that it uses permadeath. The permadeath is a pretty regular customer at the beginning. The main disadvantage of the game is that you really do need a full team of friends…

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