Tuesday, June 30

The Resurgence of Horror in the Indie Gaming Community

The difference between games that are ‘fun’ and games that are ‘engaging, but definitely not fun’ is a fairly big one, but people don’t tend to really think about it. The quick and dirty explanation is that games can be engaging, without being fun, when they take us on an emotional thrill ride. In this instance, we’re talking about horror.


So why don’t we see more engaging-but-not-fun games in the market as it stands? Horror, as a genre, has been dying for a quite a long time. Not quite dead in the water, but certainly drowning. But why?


Monday, June 29

A Guide That's Going To Make You RICH In The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3, a behemoth of a game and one of the biggest candidates for GOTY title, came out a month ago, you can check out our full review on The Witcher 3. So far one of the biggest problems for new gamers, other then the occasional bugs and glitches that prevent some side quests being finished, is the constant threat of a lack of money that inhibits you from buying all the expensive weapons, armor and upgrades you so desperately need... especially in the early parts of the game. In this guide, you can read about ways to make your coin pouch heavy with florens.


Sunday, June 28

Created In Your Image : Why Mod The Sims

Once upon a time, this was cutting edge

It’s not hard to see why The Sims is one of EA’s biggest selling titles, since the appeal is so universal: build houses, ruin lives, play god. But whilst originally designed as an architectural simulator, the design of The Sims has grown far beyond its humble, pseudo-3D roots.


Not that far removed from the game itself is the modding community. Now, games companies’ relationships with their modding communities have always been something of a questionable issue - Valve’s recent u-turn over charging for mods is just the tip of the iceberg - but The Sims has always had a pretty good relationship with its community. Take, for example, the many Sims releases and expansion packs. Not only designed to spin EA a little more cash from their precious franchise, they play an important part in giving gamers what they want (and, sometimes, what they don’t want). Which brings me onto…



Battlefield Of Eternity Places HoTS Firmly On The MOBA Map (Guide + PTR Video)

Blizzard's new Battefield of Eternity, containing elements inspired by some of the most beautifully done settings in Diablo 3, has found it's way into the Nexus. If you have not had a chance to play it yet, or are not quite a fan of playing in Heroes' Public Test Realm, you're missing out. (Well, not really, just until June 30th, when the patch is released!) Keep reading to find out why the latest addition to Heroes of the Storm will surprise you (in a great way).


Saturday, June 27

Why The Witcher 3 Was Worth The Wait




Getting my hands on The Witcher 3 has been something I've been dreaming about for a while now. I was a fan of both, the original and the sequel. Now after having spent some time with The Witcher 3 I can say I love all 3.

If you haven't played any of the Witcher games before or are still on the fence about buying the latest one. Let me give you a few reasons why you should crack open your wallet, and go get it.


Friday, June 26

The Fun of Morality: 4 Reasons You’re a Dick In-Game

We’ve all done it. We’ve all sat in front of our screens, with some option presented to us, the ever-present dichotomy between good and evil. Which choice do you take? From harvesting Little Sisters in Bioshock to looting and pillaging in Fable, for some reason the ‘evil’ choice is always more appealing and, ultimately, the more fun path to take. But what about playing a game makes us suddenly much more likely to pull dick moves? Why does the choice between doing the Right Thing and the Wrong Thing ultimately end in the Wrong Thing? This article takes a look at why, using examples from games you probably have played.


WARNING: 

From here on in this article contains spoilers for Fable III, the Bioshock series, and potentially Mass Effect!!



Thursday, June 25

Phantom Pain or Phantom Shame: Will MGS5 Live Up To The Hype?

In less than three months, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will hit store shelves. I’ve been a Metal Gear fan for over ten years, starting with the original MGS for PS1, so naturally, I’m excited. I’ve watched trailers and gameplay footage, so I can see how much effort’s being put developing the game. It will definitely end the series with a bang, provided Konami doesn’t milk out more games without Hideo Kojima. 


So many details have been announced, but there are still so many we don’t know about. Here are my top five burning questions and wants for the game: 

A Final Fantasy VII Remake : What's The Worst That Could Happen?


After over a decade of anticipation and speculation, Square has announced they’re remaking Final Fantasy VII, one of the most popular entries in the Final Fantasy franchise. The Internet, as you expect, is in an uproar.


Long-time fans of the game are celebrating and wondering what the remake will bring, while the vocal minority of people who thought the game was overrated are scoffing and wishing that their preferred entry (usually VI or IX,) would get the remake treatment.

For me, Final Fantasy VII was my first introduction to the series, and since then, I’ve played almost all of the main entries in the franchise. The series has had its share of ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed most of what the games have to offer. To me, Final Fantasy VII still holds up once you look past its eyesore graphics.


So where do I stand?




Tuesday, November 25

The Best Sims 4 Mods For The Picky Player - Volume 1



With only vague hints of an Awesomemod for Sims 4 in the works, and Nraas taking a well deserved retirement in Sims 3 modland, many wonder if there is a group of modders talented enough to make the wondrous core-mod custom creations that many Sims 3 players simply couldn't play without in The Sims 4. As always, Zootgamer is here to shed light on some of the best mods you've never heard of, Sims 4 included! From realism to basic gameplay fixes, we've got you covered.


Remember, Sims 4 is still very new (relative to Sims 3), and it will take time for modders to create new stuff to download, so check back for continued articles in this series to stay up to date on useful new Sims 4 mods. THESE ARE THE FIRST SIMS 4 MODS TO GET IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO TAKE YOUR VANILLA GAME FROM GOOD TO SIMS-3-STYLE ADDICTING.



Thursday, March 20

Hearthstone : A Basic Guide To GREAT Deck Building (Part 2)

Welcome back to Zootgamer's guide to building a great Hearthstone deck. Whatever class you choose, there are some basic elements required in any well-rounded pro deck. Read on to see how everything from "game finishers" to "board clearing" is best utilized when deciding on the best cards to choose for your deck. Click HERE to find Part 1 of this guide!


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