Saturday, 11 October 2014

Why Next-Gen Remakes Are Bad... For Now

Next-Gen Remakes

The trend for re-issuing last-gen games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has attracted fierce criticism. We take a look at how developers can turn this into a positive for the whole industry.

The sales charts in August were completely dominated by one game: The Last Of Us: Remastered. Naughty Dog’s updated PlayStation 4 iteration of last year’s PlayStation 3 triumph further energises an industry-wide trend for reissuing popular last-gen titles on Xbox One and PSA, and was only knocked from its perch by the re-release of Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Edition.

This comes hot on the heels of similarly repackaged titles in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Ray man Legends, and arrives before a veritable onslaught of more that include Metro Redux, Grand Theft Auto V and, if persistent rumours are to be believed, Beyond: Two Souls.

iPhone 6 fares strongly in speed tests

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You've read the press release by now. You've also probably spent months poring over the online rumor pages. Now that they've finally officially broken cover and appeared in the shops, you might have even spent time playing around with them, contemplating whether now is the time to buy. Yes, we are - of course - referring to the recently unveiled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Now, there are many things that will dictate whether you actually plump for that final purchase. It might be those stunning Retina HD displays that do it for you, or perhaps the convenient Apple Pay payments system. Alternatively, you might be in the market for a 'phablet' and reckon that the iPhone 6 Plus is exactly what you have been looking for.

For others, though, it's all about performance. Alas, this is an area in which some observers might have glanced over the specification sheet and decided that the latest additions to Apple's iconic iPhone line just aren't up to scratch.