Full motion video games and interactive movies are white hot right now. After a long period of somewhat lackluster offerings, FMV titles now have elite studios, talented actors and cool technology all coming together to create some amazing games for us to play.
With the old year fading into a lukewarm memory, the Skirmisher takes time to look ahead to some of the, hopefully, amazing games that 2022 will offer. Let’s hope the new year will be good for gamers, because we could all use some good news. Health and happiness to you all!
Warner Brothers and Unreal have released the playable Matrix Awakens tech demo running on the Unreal Engine 5. If games of the future look even half this good, the future is going to be awesome. This could seriously change everything.
Everyone has a story about how the year 2021 has treated them, with lots of ups and downs. For Skirmisher Neal Sayatovich this is especially true. He did some great things like reboot The GiN Lounge, but also suffered for months with COVID-19. And the whole time, he kept on gaming. Hopefully, all of you can too.
If you are like most of us, the holidays might mean a little extra time for gaming as the winter holidays roll around and those vacation days are just begging to be taken. Neal plans to relax with some old gaming favorites alongside some brand new titles. What about your plans?
Our Skirmisher columnist has been dumping countless hours into sports management games like Football Manager. But while not everyone loves the thrill of coaching and managing their team, with better AI and more offerings, it’s a genre that could really take off.
Remember the good old days of couch co-op games with friends? Before networking meant never having to share your potato chips? Neal’s wife takes over the column this week, dragging him along for some old school co-op adventures. Not that he is complaining. Couch co-op rocks after all.
This week the Skirmisher decides to take this week to be a grouchy old man and complain about not being able to complete games and, half the time, forgetting what he was even doing. That’s what happens when the top RPGs are offering over 200 hours of content or more. It’s a good thing, unless you have to step away for a bit. Now where was that sword?
Jumping into the pubic beta, this week Neal writes about his experience with the Call of Duty: Vanguard sneak peek. The game was amazingly fun, but some of the players might want to be a little more careful about what they say and do with a hot mike nearby. Despite that, Vanguard is all it promised and more.
This week Neal ranks his top 5 Franchises that can earn money from everything that is not a core game. His rankings look at merchandise saturation and the franchises standing with fans. So lets take a look at everything from Zelda t-shirts to Nuka-Cola in a bottle this week as Neal clears out his memorabilia shelf.