About Robert Zak
Rob is Lead Features Editor at DualShockers, and has been playing games since hijacking his sister's NES in the early 90s. Instead of outgrowing them, decided to make a life out of ranting about them.
When he's not ranting about the hot topics of the day in gaming, you'll probably find him on the floor of a walk-in wardrobe, laptop perched on his knees, hyper-optimising games on PS1 emulators.
Favorite Games and Genres
'Mood' has always been a driving force. Stealth games, from Thief to Splinter Cell to Dishonored, as well as interesting indie experiments that are oozing in thick atmosphere. Serve me up a Scorn or a (good) Silent Hill, and I'm there for it.
Stealth games, immersive sims, RPGs, Metroidvanias, platformers, you-name it.
So long as it's not a JRPG I'll play it (and maybe I'll finally play one of those one day too)
Industry trends, going deep with developers on the making of games, crunching numbers and converting them into commentary, and sharing tales of my adventures in games - whether that's about the joy of stomping Necromorphs in Dead Space, or wondering whether Baldur's Gate 3 really needed to go so hard on the hanky-panky.
First Game Console and Preferred Platforms
Bizarrely, Rob owned an NES from the early 90s all the way through to '98 when he got an N64, skipping over the entire 16-bit era. Around the same time he got his first gaming PC, which was subsequently backed up by each generation of PlayStation to this day (though now he's holding off for a PS5 Pro because he can't stand the oversized white behemoth that is the baseline PS5).
A couple of real, sane people in an hyperreal, insane world.
For a great modding community, you need a great foundation, whereas Starfield's is only 'good'.
RE2 and RE4 remakes were the treatment the originals deserved. But can we say the same about Resident Evil 5?
Epic doesn’t make a big show of the fact that many of its games are DRM-free, but that comes with a lot of perks.
Trigger buttons on a gamepad just can't match the powerful 'clack' of the space bar.
Wartales came to Game Pass last month, and has somehow managed to pull me away from Baldur's Gate 3.
Some things are best left in 2D.
The ultimate showdown between gaming's two greatest grumps.
2024 looks to be another exciting year for video games! These are the titles we here at DualShockers can't wait to get out hands on.
Everybody, keep calm and drink SpiritTea.
The little-known Half-Life chapter has just been added to the 1998 game to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
I guess you could say Ubisoft's claims about the game’s success are something of… a mirage.
What other Mario game had you eating psychedelic fuzzies while trying to take care of a shrieking child?
With Valve releasing a special 25th anniversary update for the original Half-Life, let’s talk about why the game matters.
It may not look like the Bloodlines of old, but there's still some respectable DNA here.
Slim mid-cycle PlayStation models are normally a chance for a design refresh, so what went wrong this time?
Instead of throwing service spaghetti at the wall, Sony should refocus at least some of those resources back into single-player experiences.