Uncharted is overrated, and what? Pt. 4

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Two down, two to go! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is all done and dusted. I’m not all that interested in trophies at this point, I’m just hunkering down and getting through each one as quickly as possible. This one has taken a little longer due to other distractions I’ve had going on, nevertheless I’m back on course and hopefully I’ll finish Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception before long.

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Uncharted is overrated, and what? Pt. 3

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One down, three to go! That’s right, I finally finished Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from the Nathan Drake Collection. I say ‘finally’ as if the game was a drag, which it felt like in parts but it didn’t take all that long in reality. I managed to finish the whole thing on hard in just over 6 hours. Although many may see that as a bad thing, for me, I’m happy with that. I suppose that you can forgive the game being so short because, as part of the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, you’ve got three titles to play. The thought of buying this game for £40 though, on it’s own in 2007, is a frightening one. Me though? I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible.

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Does Mobile Gaming Spell The End For Nintendo?

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The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.

A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:

Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.

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Uncharted is overrated, and what? Pt. 2

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I’m playing the Uncharted series in its entirety. Once I’m finished, only then can I fully justify my negative opinions of it. Over the course of my journey I’ll post little snippets of how I’m doing and whether my opinion is changing.


What better place to start than at the beginning? Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. A game that I’ve never even seen in action.

I said that I was playing this game with a clear mind, without any previous thoughts or opinions. I did, I loaded it up without any prejudice whatsoever… but it’s just not very good is it? I’m around 4-5 hours in and I’m just so bored.

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Uncharted is overrated, and what?

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I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I’m not a huge fan of the Uncharted series.

However, this brave and unpopular opinion of mine has been formed without properly experiencing the games. I’ve played a little bit of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and even less of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, but that’s about it. At the minute, I’d say I’m relatively impartial on the whole; I’ve never been captivated enough to show much of an interest but I’ve always been convinced that the series is ‘overrated’ and have often labelled it as such.

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“What did you do, Nathan?” | “I said that Uncharted was overrated!”

So, I thought I’d finally bite the bullet and experience one of the most revered game series of all time. I have gathered up all of my prejudice and I’ve thrown it to one side whilst I work my way through the Nathan Drake Collection with open eyes. Once I’ve finished them all and then Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End too, I feel that I’ll be sufficiently qualified to say whatever the hell I want to about the whole series.

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Remastered games: Cash and Grab?

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There are some games that are just too amazing to be forgotten. Whether it be the story, the characters, the gameplay, or everything combined; gaming publishers and their fans know when a game has made its mark. But alas, even the best games only enjoy a certain amount of fame and time in the immediate spotlight. Eventually, every good thing must come to an end.

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Kratos from God Of War. Look at those pearly whites!

So when nostalgia is not enough and it no longer satisfies a fan base, what is there left to do? Well, remaster the game, of course.

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Why Girls Can’t Handle Video Games

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A truly thought-provoking post from girlagainstfeminism.

TPMCDERMOTT talks about some of her personal struggles and offers her opinions on the matter of sexism in video games.

“Anonymity encourages hateful expression (often without cause) and some people are just bad eggs to begin with.”

Sexism exists in the video game industry, that much is clear. My question is, are the developers of games doing what they can to help fight it?

I’d argue ‘yes’, but there’s still more to do. Over the past few months, we’ve seen some critically acclaimed titles released that all feature female protagonists. There’s 2B and A2 from Nier: Automata, you’ve also got Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and there’s Emily Kaldwin from Dishonored 2.

It’s not just recently either, one of the most influential games ever created featured a woman at the forefront in Lara Croft. Sure, she was probably overexualised at the time, what with her pointy boobs and short shorts, but in the Tomb Raider series she was strong willed, charismatic and could kick ass pretty easily.

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The whole stigma surrounding this issue of sexism certainly has a long way to go, but I’d say that the developers are doing their part… or are at least trying to. It’s just the moronic few that continue to wear that stick up their arse.

I honestly cannot believe that there are some people out there who downright refuse to play a game because it casts you as the opposite sex. Seriously, if that’s their actual mindset, then they’ve missed out on some absolute crackers over the years.

One day we’ll get there not just in video game format, but as a society. We’ll finally have equality and there will be no more of a need for posts like this. Hopefully it arrives in time for my great grandchildren to experience it, because lets face it; I can’t see much changing over the course of my lifetime.

Regardless, make sure you check out TPMCDERMOTT’s post. She raises some decent conclusions and delivers a great point of view from a female perspective.

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Thinking back on how I became an anti-feminist, I realise just how much feminism has crawled its way into every aspect of life. The video game community is one that has recently experienced a huge surge of feminist-focused drama. Likely due to having a nerdy father of two daughters, I ended up practically being raised with a game controller in my hand. As such, I was confused when I heard accusations of gaming as being unwelcoming or even hostile to female players. I decided to sit down and analyse the actual impact my gender has had on my gaming experience and consider why feminists might feel this way.

Gaming can be hostile, but not specifically to women.

This is true for many communities all over the internet, not just in the gaming world. Anonymity encourages hateful expression (often without cause) and some people are just bad eggs to begin…

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