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When Dark Souls met Ninja Gaiden: Team Ninja talks Nioh

2016 is seeing the release of several much-awaited and long in development titles. This month sees Final Fantasy XV – originally announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy XIII Versus – while The Last Guardian, which began development in 2007, is set to hit shelves in December. But the start of …

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Firaxis on what changes Civilization VI has brought

If you ever needed proof that the strategy genre is anything but niche, take one look at Civilization. It’s a deep, complicated turn-based strategy franchise that has sold in excess of 33m copies in its 25-year history. The most successful was Civilization V with 8m games sold to date. The …

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Respawn on Titanfall’s PS4 debut, its new story mode and facing Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty

When Titanfall launched in 2014, it was a new IP brimming with potential. Made by Respawn, a new developer formed from alumni of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare studio Infinity Ward, it looked like an interesting evolution of the first person shooter genre. Titanfall took the first-person shooter mechanics Respawn …

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Why Mafia III isn’t afraid to deal with racism

Mafia should really be 2K’s biggest franchise. It has a brilliant name and is an open-world crime game, which is perhaps the most popular genre in the world. It certainly sounds like it has more potential than 2K’s other huge sellers, such as the stylised, and frankly unusual, Borderlands and …

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When Mega Man met Metroid: Microsoft’s Joseph Staten on Xbox’s new IP ReCore

The pitch for Microsoft’s latest new IP ReCore is a simple one. According to its lead writer, Bungie alumnus Joseph Staten, it consisted of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Mark Pacini, a veteran of Metroid Prime maker Retro Studios, wanting to combine the best parts of those series for …

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Eidos Montreal on living up to Human Revolution with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Since it started working on the Deus Ex franchise, developer Eidos Montreal has been under a great deal of pressure. For 2011’s Human Revolution, it was under scrutiny to prove its game could live up to the quality and depth of the original Deus Ex. And now, having proven itself …

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The Big Game: Battlefield 1

If you ever needed a solid indication that consumers weren’t exactly satisfied with the state of the shooter genre, you need only look at the reaction to Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare this year. The reveal trailer for the former, a first-person shooter set during World War …

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The Big Game: Overwatch

As a developer, Blizzard is famed for taking complex and often impenetrable genres and making them accessible to the mass market. In 2004, it launched World of Warcraft to critical acclaim: millions signed up to play Blizzard’s take on the MMO. And as recently as 2014, the firm has given …

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The Big Game – Homefront: The Revolution

As a franchise, Homefront tells a pretty bleak story – and I’m not referring to the series’ narrative of the USA being invaded by Korea. The first Homefront, a hugely ambitious release for THQ, launched to mediocre reviews (70 on Metacritic) in March 2011 and saw publisher THQ’s stock price …

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The Big Game: Gearbox on Battleborn

Developer Gearbox has built up a reputation for producing some critically acclaimed online shooters. This is, after all, the studio that brought us the blockbuster Borderlands series, a franchise that has shifted 26 million units worldwide. Now the firm is on the verge of launching its brand new IP, Battleborn. …

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