Ubisoft’s latest title, Assassin’s creed IV, black flag breathes new life into an arguably tiring franchise. The game, really designed in all accounts to be played on the next gen consoles has some truly remarkable aspects, sail as a pirate/assassin around the Caribbean performing deadly high seas swashbuckling and assassinations in equal measure (a concept, at least, that it is hard not to get excited by). The most exciting part of it being of course that in black flag, sailing is as much part of the main game as being on foot, a far cry from the previous game where sailing was a very choice free zone.
The world's most widely played and watched sport, soccer has a massive fan base on every corner of the globe. It's no surprise then that EA's FIFA games sell in their millions; their newest game, FIFA 14 is being released on both the current gen consoles (Xbox 360 and PS3) as well as the next gen (Xbox one, PS4). FIFA 14 focuses on online play, and building up your own dream team to challenge your friends with while maintaining its local game appeal.
The Grand Theft Auto series has been, since the era of the Playstation one, Rockstar's greatest success. It could be argued of course that Rockstar rarely fail to make a game that is not at least profitable but the grand theft auto series always deliver pre release controversy and huge post release sales. The newest edition of GTA is no different from the rest; GTA V (the eighth or ninth game to be released under the banner depending on who you ask) is no exception, with new gameplay options, a huge map and a fond farewell to calls from friends putting in demands on your time, GTA V is unlikely to disappoint.
The success of Minecraft has been somewhat of a phenomenon, produced by no publisher so to speak it has a lead developer Markus Persson, who created an indie game that became immensely popular long before even its official release. A game that has spawned spin off indie games that are more popular than some well backed publisher games (Minecraft first person shooters and zombie games all downloadable from xbox live). This independently developed game has gone from strength to strength, reasonably priced and thoroughly addictive, it is a breath of fresh air in a niche all of its own, so what makes Minecraft so unique and why is it such a success in such a brutal and fiercely competitive industry?