#Game Design


Samus Aran chooses not to speak in Metroid Dread, and that makes all the difference

Is a wonderful game due to its fast pacing, excellent mechanics, and world design, but a potentially underrated element is the game’s characterization. Samus Aran, the hero of every Metroid games, returns to finish out her journey in Dread. And while she appears as stoic and strong as ever, she also conveys more emotion than before as well. Or, at least, she conveys emotion consistent with the character we’ve known, which is not the case for Team Ninja’s Metroid: Other M for Wii.
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Best retro games of all time

We’re confident that our ranking of the best retro games we’ve included here remain worthy of your time and still hold up well today. Video games have come a long way since the early days of Computer Space and Pong in the Seventies and they’ve evolved in all sorts of directions and cover a wide range of genres. It’s an impossible task to narrow all those games down into a single defining list, but we've done our best. In fact, many of these games are actually available to play on contemporary systems, whether as part of a compilation, an online service or in the form of a brand-new remaster, so we’ve also pointed out where these classics are available to buy.
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Voting is now open for the Golden Joystick Awards 2021

Voting is now open for the 39th Golden Joystick Awards, presented by our friends at GamesRadar+. The Golden Joystick Awards is the world's largest public-voted games awards show, attracting millions of votes every year and allowing players from all over the world can have their say in which games, developers, publishers and personalities deserve a coveted Golden Joystick.
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Not So MMO: Medieval Dynasty Review

Now that Medieval Dynasty is out of Early Access, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of Toplitz Production’s vision for the open world survival RPG. Marketed as a survival game in which you can forge your own legacy through the lives you lead and those you leave behind, Medieval Dynasty is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and in-depth survival RPGs we’ve seen in a while. But how does it hold up overall with such a saturated genre to compete with?

Ratchet & Clank, Deathloop, and Resident Evil Village Vie for Votes in Golden Joystick Awards

We're heading into the end-of-year awards season, and the first major event is GamesRadar's 39th annual Golden Joysticks. This awards process is quite different from most other major ceremonies, as the vast majority of categories are voted on by the public rather than an official committee. On that note, voting is now open through here, and will close on 5th November at 11pm GMT.
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Explaining ‘Vivid’ mode on the Switch OLED and the best games for it

One feature many reviews of the new Nintendo Switch OLED model neglected to mention (including my own) is the inclusion of a brand new feature exclusive to this model: “Vivid” mode. It’s on by default for new Switch OLED devices, and it’s likely the reason the new seven-inch screen representing...

Tales of Arise sold me on the PS5 in a way no other game has

Sony sold me on the PS5 as soon as it revealed that high-speed SSD, but the impact of the new console didn't really hit me until recently, when I picked up Tales of Arise. And to be clear, I've played most of the big PS5 showcases – Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, the Demon's Souls remake – and they're all stunning. I'm not knocking them when I say that Tales of Arise is the standout for me. In fact, I'd agree that Rift Apart has set the bar for sheer graphical horsepower. Hell, it's probably the best-looking… anything ever made.

What Are Metroidvania Video Games?

Have you heard of the Metroidvania genre of video games and wonder what it actually is? Maybe you've never played a game in this style or want to know more about what makes a game a proper Metroidvania. Let's walk through what a Metroidvania title is, the characteristics they usually...

The Backlog: The Most Important Horror Games Ever Made

It’s almost time for everyone’s favorite spooky holiday, Halloween! For some, it’s all about costume parties, candy, and pumpkins, but it’s also the time of year when horror fans get treated to the best in scary movies, haunted houses, and games. While horror novels can feel too detached, and horror movies are more about witnessing the terror, a horror game puts everyone directly into the experience. Playing a horror game is an experience like no other because it forces us to directly deal with those fears. Dealing with ghosts? That’s your problem to solve. Running away from a demon? Well ya better get moving, because the only person that can escape that demon is you.

Halo Co-Creator Joins EA To Start New Studio Working On First-Person Games

Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto has finally announced the next career move he had been teasing for some time, and it is indeed a big change. Lehto is joining Electronic Arts as a game director for a new EA studio in the Seattle area. The studio will work on first-person games, but that's all Lehto was able to share as part of the initial announcement.

Alone Among the Stars

What’s it like to drift from planet to planet, exploring the universe? In today’s episode of The Flight Deck, you get to do just that. Host Sean Mobley invites you to take a break from the hustle and bustle for a few minutes as he leads you through a game of Alone Among the Stars, a journaling game where you play an intergalactic explorer chronicling their adventures through a series of writing prompts. Imagination is at the core of science, so remember to practice imagining from time to time! You never know what discoveries it will lead to.

Designing for virality: Choo-Choo Charles edition

[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert & GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, and is a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s.]. So, it’s quite possible that many of you are aware of the creepy-ass Choo-Choo Charles,...

Aragami 2 Review

Aragami Shadow Edition released during summer of 2018 and later arrived as a part of the Games With Gold program in late 2020 on Xbox. This was a wonderful addition to the program considering how fun the original is. Here we are three years after launch with a sequel to the game; Aragami 2 made by the same developers and also published by Lince Works. I was highly anticipating this title considering how much I loved the feel for first game. Lince Works developed and published both of their games and their passion shows throughout these projects. Both are stealth titles with third person perspective, but a lot has changed since the original game. Small adjustments have been made that changes gameplay significantly and I will describe these changes as thoroughly as possible for those who’ve played the original title.