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A review of Mass Effect 3, like any review of any entertainment media, boils down to one ultimate question: is it worth the price of admission? If that is ultimately all you want to know, then don’t worry about skipping to the end, because I will tell you right now; the answer is yes. Flawed though it may be, Mass Effect 3 is still one of the best gaming experiences you will have this year and (ignoring the ending, which we will get to later) it is definitely going to be hard to beat in terms of sheer narrative force…

It’s not often that a design student’s university work gets put straight into market, but 23 year-old student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse from Middlesex University has managed it. He originally designing a concept phone out of steel and bronze which was picked up by a website that specialised in concept phones. After spreading from blog to blog, Woodhouse was approached by a technology entrepreneur who liked the idea and together they formed a company to develop the concept further. The phone was named ADzero and after working on the design for a while, it was modified to have a uni-body bamboo case.…

The Internet is spreading, and the world is becoming more and more connected. You can bump into people at an event or on a night out and add them on Facebook to keep in contact. You can meet people at conferences and add them to LinkedIn. It’s not just social networks that are getting bigger though, there’s a whole “web of things” developing. With smartphones becoming the norm, it’s becoming easier to stay connected wherever you go. Many of you will have probably seen QR codes on posters. These are simple graphics that can be scanned by any smartphone. They…

Laser tag games have been around for a long time. The first commercial game was released in  1984, when Star Trek Phaser toys were developed. At the time, this was cutting edge technology, that the military had had for training for only a few years. From here, it became a much bigger sport, both indoors and outdoors. Many of us might remember going to a Laser Quest or Q-Zar for a game with friends. Putting on some body armour and running around with a large laser gun to see who could score highest from shooting each other. It’s always been…

  The Game Boy; possibly the most Iconic mobile games console ever. Over   118 million sold around the world. Born in the 90s. Just.   Original Game Boy The first Game Boy was announced in 1989, but didn’t reach Europe until 1990,    making it a true child of the 90s. It was a steep competition for Nintendo from the start. There was competition from  Atari and Sega; both had just released new colour screen devices to compete against  them. They were bulky, short on battery life and very expensive though, making  them unpopular. The Game Boy undercut both of these…

Every so often I’m flicking through the desktops on my iPhone and realise that there’s really nothing at all exciting on there and subsequently end up browsing the App Store. A couple weeks ago I came across a cute little app named ‘Pair’, I clicked on it to explore it a little more. At this point the main selling point was that it wasn’t actually for sale, it was free. It didn’t take long for me to discover that Pair, just another of the hundreds of social networking apps available on the iPhone, was specifically designed for people in a…

With almost every phone having an integrated camera these days, everyone is taking pictures of everything at anytime. That’s one of the main reasons why camera apps have become so popular on smartphones with one in particular becoming a favourite among users; Instagram. Providing more than just photo editing tools, Instagram allows users to set up an account and then put different filters on their photos to give them a new look and feel whether that be something vintage or simply something to enhance them. Your photos are then uploaded to your Instagram profile and can be viewed by your…

It feels like I’m forever writing about one Assassin’s Creed or the other but I feel it can’t really be helped. The new installment of Ubisoft’s popular series was officially confirmed by the company back in February of this year and was soon followed by the debut trailer hitting the internet on 5th March. All one and a half minutes of footage comprise of a cinematic only, much like previous debut trailers from the series, but it is unclear whether the clip will feature within the game. With Assassin’s Creed 3 we will skip just under two hundred years, finding…

For years now Sony’s Playstation franchise has been seen as market leaders in the fast-growing gaming industry. Since the release of the Playstation One in the mid-nineties, the company has repeatedly released newer consoles and even delved into the handheld console market once before with the PSP. Now though, with the increase in mobile gaming, Sony are back in the handheld market with the PS Vita; the PSP’s long awaited successor. Already out over in Sony homeland Japan and due for release in Europe on February 22nd, the PS Vita boasts a number of swanky new features. With a 5…

I think it’s fair to say that ever since the rise of the gaming industry, bordering on three decades ago now, there has been Star Wars games. It all started in 1983 with Star Wars: Jedi Arena for the Atari 2600 console. The game was simple, two Jedi’s would face off with a seeker ball between them (just like the one Luke trains with in Episode IV). To win the game you had to deflect the laser bolts from the seeker ball towards your opponent. Star Wars games have come a long way since then. Deflecting laser bolts is the…

For years now Sony’s Playstation franchise has been seen as market leaders in the fast growing gaming industry. Since the release of the Playstation One in the mid-nineties the company has repeatedly released newer consoles and even delved into the handheld console market once before with the PSP. Now though, with the increase in mobile gaming, Sony are back in the handheld market with the PS Vita; the PSP’s long awaited successor. Already out over in Sony homeland Japan, and due for release in Europe on February 22nd, the PS Vita boasts a number of swanky new features. With a…

A game that combines dragons, magic and combat with real-world elements such as earning money via jobs and being punished for committing crimes? A tall order for any developer but Bethesda Studios can do epic games. And they do them very well. Skyrim comes from a studio which developed Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion; and though each of these games had their flaws, they pushed the boundaries of role-playing and fantasy games to new heights. However, is Skyrim a step too far? The game follows a typical fantasy plotline, the last of a bloodline with…

This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the gaming world’s most iconic series. The Legend of Zelda continues with the highly-anticipated release of Skyward Sword and, after a quarter of a century, Nintendo have gotten pretty good at making these games evermore timeless and spectacular. Born from his humble, 16-pixel-wide roots in 1986, Link has grown, shrunk and changed style many times. But two things have never: his green tunic and his ability to lead you into extravagant, innovative and sometimes frustratingly difficult worlds. A prequel to Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword delves into the origins of many…

After roughly ten brutal hours in which I had climbed up a Himalayan mountain from the dangling ruins of a train (twice!), infiltrated a Turkish prison, singlehandedly destroyed a tank and found the mythical city of Shambhala to then destroy it, I was emotionally and physically (well, my character was) drained. UNCHARTED 2 was finished and I was only 4 hours into the release day; I had managed to get my copy a day early. I was ready for UNCHARTED 3. Since the beginning, Nathan Drake’s adventures have taken us across the globe. From the lost city of El Dorado,…

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