The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s opening sequence is, for me, the most evocative of all video games. First you hear the galloping of a horse, joined by soft major-key piano and melancholy, soaring ocarina notes as a young man in a green tunic rides under the setting moon. The camera pans over a blocky, low-resolution, yet spartanly beautiful landscape as the sun rises. It prepares you for a game that could be as melancholy as it was exciting, as emotionally affecting as it was technologically innovative. Released in Europe on this day in 1998, Ocarina of Time was one of the first true 3D adventures, a capsule world on a game cartridge, and it remains one of the very best. … [Read more...] about Zelda: Ocarina of Time at 20 – melancholy masterpiece changed games forever
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Jean hopes that Discovery Tour can appeal to and edify a much wider range of people than the 18-rated Assassin’s Creed games have before. “I’m a father of two, and for years I was in the situation where I was proud of our work, knowing the amount of detail that was in those games, but reluctant to bring [my children] with me in front of the screen,” he says. “I had a very personal motivation in that I want to be able to explore Egypt with them, and for them to learn something. Discovery Tour will allow a lot of our players to revisit this world with their kids, or even their parents. … [Read more...] about ‘We give access to a lost world’: Assassin’s Creed’s new life as a virtual museum
“Step in front of a runaway train”, it goes, “just to feel alive again.” It’s Far Away by Jose Gonzales, written bespoke for this very moment. It’s haunted and spare and resigned, but it’s beautiful. For a few moments it’s just you, your horse and Gonzales. The loneliness is as beautiful as it is stark. Nothing happens for the entire duration of the song. Nobody dies. Nobody attacks you. You just ride. When it’s over, and the dynamic score kicks back in, it almost feels like an intrusion. The beauty of the moment is gone. It’s back to business. The loss in that moment is tangible. It’s enough to stop anyone in their tracks. It’s even managed to shut up the gobbiest of walkthrough YouTubers, which is saying something. … [Read more...] about Do we need Red Dead Redemption 2 when the first provided gaming’s best moment?
Escobar got his start in the drugs trade in the mid 70s, rising to prominence throughout the 1980s, becoming a folk hero and one of the world's richest men. … [Read more...] about New GTA 6 release date clue hints that game won’t arrive until 2023 – years after PS5 and Xbox Series X launch
Akabusi adopted a lean-shoe stance – almost exaggeratedly attentive to his rival’s movements. And though the American looked comfortable, Akabusi cornered wide to apply pressure that immediately told. Pettigrew’s rolling style became a flail, his desperation to reclaim the lead depriving him of all rhythm. Though the slowest of the four British legs, every one of Akabusi’s glorious, unthinkable 410m provided plenty for his latterday motivational speaking career. … [Read more...] about My favourite game: Britain upset the USA with 4x400m gold at Tokyo ’91