An Introduction To eSports

Ever since I was young I wanted to make a living out of playing computer games. Not testing them, not reviewing them, just playing games over and over again until my eyes bled. Sound familiar? Well, now, thanks to eSports, I can!

eSports is essentially professional gaming. Where the best players in the world compete against each other in a series of leagues and tournaments for cash prizes and reputation. eSports has been around for quite some time, but only recently has it taken off in Europe and the US. The majority of console gamers seem unaware to this gaming phenomenon which is sweeping the nation, so allow me to provide you with the briefest of histories. Continue reading

Why Strategy Games Don’t Work On Consoles

It’s no secret that the Real Time Strategy, or RTS, is one of my favourite genre of games, but it is a genre that is almost exclusively available to PC gamers. They seem to have the life of Riley, frolicking about with their Age of Empires and Starcrafts, leaving console gamers in the dark. But what exactly is it that is stopping RTS games from taking off on consoles?

A lot of gamers argue that the complexity of the control scheme is just too much for a simple console controller to handle, and only a full keyboard and mouse set up would suffice. You would be inclined to believe they are correct, 8 buttons or so would restrict a game from having as much depth as it would have on a PC, but games like Halo Wars have proven this wrong by providing an accessible and easy to learn control scheme. Granted Halo Wars isn’t the most complex of games, but it does provide the fundamental mechanics for a successful RTS. So why haven’t other developers followed suit? I believe the answer lies a lot deeper than controls. Continue reading

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

Another year, another Call of Duty. This time around it’s Tecyarchs turn to give us our dose of rage inducing, profanity filled, first person adrenaline with Black Ops 2. Ever looming in the ominous shadow of Infinity Ward, the developer has pulled out all the stops this year with a host of new features and some similar faces, but has it paid off?

While for most gamers the campaign is not the main pulling power of the franchise, Treyarch have been successful in providing what we expect in a Call of Duty game: over the top action, gunplay and set pieces aplenty. Black Ops 2 puts you in the shoes of David Mason, son the main protagonist Alex from the previous game and a commander of the Navy Seals, as the world is once again on the brink of destruction, Mason must do battle with the terrorist Raul Menendez, while trying to discovered what became of his father with the help of an old friend, Frank Woods. Continue reading

Welcome…to the Crack of Doom

Well hi there. I guess introductions are in order, I’m Andy Creighton, or ArmlessHobo, whichever you prefer. I’ve been a gamer all my life, it’s my passion. I play games by myself, I play with friends, I talk about games, I argue about games and now I will be writing about games. You, yes you, have the pleasure and delight of reading my musings and ramblings. I know, lucky huh? Within this blog, you will find reviews, features and hopefully previews for Xbox 360 games.

A little about me as a gamer, as though you care. I started when I was the mere age of 6, when, to my surprise, Santa rewarded my good behaviour with a Sega Megadrive and a copy of Street Fighter 2, from that moment onwards I was sold. Continue reading