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Ever since I first tried a demo for the original Grand Theft Auto back in 1997; GTA has been one of my favourite video game franchises. Throughout the years I've poured countless hours into the series' many games, and regard it as some of my most enjoyable and best spent video game time. Back in the day I couldn't wait to play a GTA that was set in a vibrant and living open 3D world, and GTAV is the embodiment of my youthful fantasies. The road to where the series is now, however, has been nothing but a great ride - so let's take a look at the evolution of Grand Theft Auto.

At the age of thirteen, writer/director, Darren Aronofsky first became attracted to the story of Noah's ark. As his critically acclaimed career has progressed, so has his love for the sweeping landscapes of Iceland which serve as the film's main shooting locations. Now, thirty-two years later, his highly ambitious bible epic reaches the big screen.

After a good deal of hands-on time with Sucker Punch’s upcoming superpowered sandbox game; inFamous Second Son, it’s clear that this is one of the best looking games we’ve played. With a lack of titles that truly look and feel next-gen to accompany the release of Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles – inFamous: Second Son is a game that delivers on that front.

Video games are ever changing and have come a long way over the years. Looking back, every aspect of the medium has evolved since it's humble beginnings, and there's constantly something new and exciting on the horizon. With the new console generation underway, we take a look at a handful of gaming's long running game franchises and see just how far we've come. Starting with Super Mario; here's a slice of video game evolution in pictures.

Today From Software's mighty action-rpg Dark Souls II was released to the masses. Fans and newcomers alike will likely accumulate a high collective death-count in the coming months. Dark Souls II is looking like it could be a serious contender for game of the year, and simutaneously proves that there's still life in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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