We have all of the options – now all we need is the time
As the year draws to an end, it’s worth looking back at some great games 2014 gave to 3DS, Vita, 360, PS3, Xbox One, Wii U, PS4 and PC. On top of those, there were thousands of iOS and Android titles to pick through. And when you weren’t playing, there was of course Edge to read, along with blogs and other websites, not to mention Twitch streams, YouTube channels, Tumblrs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to consume. Even the heartiest appetite for game-related morsels is catered for in a world with so much content stuffed through so many pipes, which makes time feel like our most valuable resource. We cannot beat the clock, and that’s why it’s been a surprise to see even more demands on our attention arrive in recent years, as a trickle of game-related book releases has turned into a rush. Not so long ago, the question was: where aren’t there any good books about games? Now it’s: with so many books about games available, which ones should I be reading? The answers can be found in this issue’s features section, which rounds up some of the best examples out there today. Good luck with fitting them into your schedule.
This year has seen the old-fashioned regulations of the clock weighing heavily on a number of big game releases, stripping DriveClub of many of its key features at launch, inflicting Assassin’s Creed Unity with an Internet’s worth of memes, and pushing the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight into the middle of 2015. Deep into production, developer Rocksteady faced a decision: reduce the game’s scope, or bargain for more time? Fortunately, its publisher, Warner, opted against compromise, and the results, as detailed in our cover story, look set to reward that faith.
Getting back to the topic of reading, from this issue onwards Edge is available to also buy on Android, giving you the same experience as the traditional edition, only considerably less papery and in a format that will take up literally no room whatsoever in your bag. Visit bit.ly/edgesub for more details, or to sample our award-winning interactive iPad edition.