DISC SLOT: WIL­LIAM BARR

They make the games we love, but what do they play for fun? We ask de­vel­op­ers to pick their faves from Xbox his­tory. This month:

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Hav­ing played the N64 orig­i­nal at an in­ap­pro­pri­ately young age, Conker Live And Reloaded [1] was one of my favourite games on the OG Xbox. Like a young Kate Moss, Conker was both vul­gar and beau­ti­ful, with some amaz­ingly ren­dered full body fur. An­other game from my ‘yoof’ tarted up for a new gen­er­a­tion, Jet Set

Ra­dio HD [2] is a game I still play to this day. The HD ver­sion is stun­ning, im­prov­ing the fram­er­ate, con­trols and of course res­o­lu­tion (see HD in the ti­tle). Like Lisa Simp­son, Cher and the Queen this game sim­ply does not age. It also has the great­est sound­track ever. Stick­ing with the 360 era I don’t think a game de­liv­ered as grip­ping a story as

Mass Ef­fect 2 [3], you re­ally felt your ac­tions had con­se­quences. Bioware did a great job mak­ing you feel like the fate of the uni­verse rested on your shoul­ders, all the while al­low­ing play­ers to ful­fil their weird, kinky, in­ter­species fan­tasies (such as be­ing able to ro­mance an Aus­tralian). And if we’re talk­ing about shoul­ders we have to men­tion

Res­i­dent Evil 5 [4]. Be­sides be­ing a per­fectly en­joy­able, camp en­try in the Resi fran­chise, this was a game I felt asked some re­ally pro­found ques­tions. Ques­tions like do you even lift, bruh? On the topic of tone, a game flaw­less in that re­gard is of course Doom 2016 [5]. Be­cause af­ter a long day’s work noth­ing cleanses the soul quite like rip­ping a Man­cubus’ eye out, shov­ing it down its throat and watch­ing it ex­plode. Bliss.

Wil­liam Barr Game de­signer and an­i­ma­tor, Billy Goat En­ter­tain­ment The team pre­vi­ously worked on HerMajesty’sSpiff­ing –a Brexit in­spired ac­tion game be­fore mov­ing onto their lat­est pro­ject – a game about scream­ing to steer a shop­ping trol­ley.

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