‘Sonic Mania’ is a wonderful balance of nostalgia and novelty

If you’ve played Sonic the Hedgehog on your phone, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in the last half-dozen years, you have Christian Whitehead to thank. In 2009, he created an unofficial proof of concept iPhone port of Sonic CD using a custom-built game engine — a project that eventually led to Sega hiring him to officially port Sonic CD, Sonic …

‘Breath of the Wild’ creators explain how they bucked tradition

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t just the series’ best game in years, it’s also unlike any title in the series — it’s an open-world experience where you’re free to find your own solutions to challenges. But just how did Nintendo manage to pull off such a radical change in direction? Don’t worry — it’s happy to …

‘Sonic Mania’ finally gives its lead character a unique special move

When Sega invited me behind closed doors to get an early look of Sonic Mania at GDC last month, I wasn’t expecting much. I’d seen the trailers and indeed, it looked like a grand homage to franchise, but I was surprised to find that the game is more than that. Mania doesn’t just bring players back to the 16-bit era …

Watch the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards right here!

They may not be of the same magnitude as the Oscars, but the Game Developers Choice Awards and Independent Games Festival Awards are happening tonight in San Francisco. The events are going to be hosted by Double Fine CEO Tim Schaefer and Tacoma Games’ Nina Freeman, respectively, in an evening where the best AAA and indie developers will be recognized …

Vive Studios’ ‘VR Sports’ is exactly what it sounds like

The unmitigated phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii had an everlasting effect on any medium with motion controllers: If you have hardware that can track hand movements, it needs to have its own “Wii Sports” game. Enter Vive Studios latest virtual reality game, VR Sports — a light-hearted but surprisingly realistic-feeling ping-pong and tennis simulator. On March 15th, the game …