Even with the decades of advances we have seen around AI, who needs a monstrous digital opponent when you can face off against a rival human or life partner in a multiplayer battle of manipulation, recriminations and false accusations? This is Among Us, one of the most popular games of 2020.
In a week where most of the western world has been focused on the notion of power and those that will control our destinies, Hades offers some form of catharsis around persistence and belief being able to overcome injustice and deeply entrenched systemic failings.
What better way is there to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first Super Mario Bros than transforming it into a gruelling endurance run against 34 other players – where the pleasure of nostalgia is mixed up with a vindictive battle of attrition.
When confronted with digital scores, there is something strangely humanising about seeing real world athletes coming to terms with being ranked as videogame characters for FIFA 21.
Whether you call it a roly-poly, a forward role or a diving dodge, this evasive manoeuvre is now as much of a staple of modern videogaming as shooting and jumping – perhaps there is no better example of this than in Enter the Gungeon
All hail Golf’s Story’s Coach, a unique videogame study of hubris, doomed ambition and the power of perseverance, pomposity and being a semi-reliable friend
Streets of Rogue developer Matt Dabrowski talked to Squareblind about the challenges of building a more complex, 2D open world and the relative limits and benefits of the model over building a similar sandbox setting in 3D.
In the strange, occasionally anthropomorphic history of fictional navigators, few characters have captured a consequence-free of fearless aviation than a cartoon bird in flight goggles.
While the character Launchpad McQuack is not new to videogames. Totally Reliable Delivery service is a game that best captures the childish and wondrous approach to being a meat headed daredevil of the skies.
Were you to strip Shadow of War of its Tolkien-inspired setting and story, what you would have is a fully functioning, highly entertaining spite simulator.
If conscience does make cowards of us all; two different 2D shooters take a very different approach to conveying violence with very different consequences for living out our inner action hero.