D4G On: Dead Rising 3

Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil and Silent Hill all helped to define the ‘Survival Horror’ genre (with a lot more help from the Resident Evil series). Games had now taken over from fight-night horror films (let’s be honest…new ‘Teen Horror’ movies are terrible) and the PSone had become a popular platform for horror thrill-seekers. The classic Survival Horror genre also gave birth to a classic gameplay mechanic. Fixed camera angles, backdrops, tank controls and first aid sprays, are now everything you would expect from such a game and even modern next-gen versions, still use this formula. However, the very same games developer who helped mould this very genre, also gave it a new spin and style. CAPCOM came away from the idea of hidden pistol clips, storage boxes and dark, enclosed hallways. Now CAPCOM needed to push the genre further, make it more fun, challenging and create an even more realistic survival horror world. CAPCOM upped it’s game and in 2006, released Dead Rising. Dead Rising CAPCOM’s mall survival-brawler, did what Resident Evil never could…truly put you in the middle of an outbreak and allow you to deal with the situation as you would (or could) in real-life. Guns won’t just appear in a big box, ammo won’t teleport into bedroom draws when you really need it…but a shopping mall full of, well…shopping mall stuff, could easily and realistically be used to grant those undead corpses, eternal peace! Do you remember early E3 footage of Dead Rising? It wasn’t just the gameplay or environment that continuously improved and had make-overs throughout development…Frank himself, seemed to go under-the-knife at some point: Running through a mall of zombies and being able to grab whatever you could, whenever you wanted, created superb gameplay. However, Dead Rising still had many gamers disappointed in terms of game basics and mission structure. The most...

RPG’s On Your Mobile – It’s The Future…We’ve played It!

The Sega Master System, Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive and Game Boy Advance, all had one great thing in common…they could all offer immersing and extremely addictive RPG’s. Phantasy Star, Final Fantasy, Shining Force and Mario Golf are just a handful or classic RPG games, that have had us all hooked for days-on-end (if you’ve yet to golf with Mario and friends on the GBA, we suggest you try it!). Their stories, character development, immersing worlds, strategic gameplay and imaginative battle systems, have won every one of our hearts at some point. However, many of us (regretfully) have sold our much-beloved Ninty’s and Saga’s by now. So what is a retro-hunting RPG fan, to do? There are 3 options: – Hunt down such consoles and cartridges – Download and learn how to use PC emulators or – Play them on your mobile phone Mobile phone…how does that work, you may ask? Let’s be honest. Retro games always look more appealing when they’re in the palms of our hands (GBA, PSP and DS). Hooking them up to big-screens just emphasises their simplicity and age, but loading them up on your portable games system, just ads new life and excitement to a much-loved classic. When you think of gaming mobiles, you’d be forgiven for immediately thinking of a certain Apple device, but there’s another form of phone on the market and it’s seriously kicking butt! What if we told you that this certain form of mobile, enables you to not only download and execute perfect Master System, Mega Drive, SNES and GBA emulators, but also download most of their gaming catalogs…for FREE! We give you…the Android handset: Android phone owners will find a superb selection of retro emulators to download. Some will require payment (from 65p – £3.77) and offer demos (or “Lite” versions) to trail, while others will be completely...