Rockstar Retrospective: Grand Theft Auto III

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As hopefully the first in a series of “Rockstar Retrospective” articles, I thought it prudent to start with their first 3D foray,ย Grand Theft Auto III. ย Having recently earned the Platinum Trophy on this undoubted classic, I feel in a position to give it a fair and holistic overview. ย A diminutive eleven years of age on its day of release, it helps that I hold such vivid memories of its initial impact too. ย With that in mind, there’s plenty about the game that screams of bad design – almost in equal measure to the beautiful details found in every corner of the experience. ย …   [continue reading]

No Man’s Redemption

No Man’s Sky is quite the heat magnet. ย Indeed, there’s very little need for yet another article from some ripped-off geek-boy registering his disappointment. ย Something else has even reared its head in backlash, inevitable and irritating in its aloof judgement. ย I’m seeing so much defence of the game in a wholly uncritical, “well-I-still-like-it”, way that I can’t take it anymore. ย Sean Murray’s probably relying on the defenders of the game to keep his misfired “labour of love” on track, and much of the hate has slipped into focused obscurityย as gamers, one by one, give up on the screensaver that isย No Man’s Sky.…   [continue reading]