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Overwatch’s Christmas Content Is More Of What Makes Overwatch Great

Overwatch’s Christmas Content Is More Of What Makes Overwatch Great

It’s the Christmas season, Overwatch is in full festive cheer. The latest content drop is filled with Santa hats, elf ears and snowball fights. Aside from all the new skins, sprays and poses, the latest content provides a great example of why Overwatch works so well, and I’m not talking about the gameplay. Blizzard have masterfully built worlds for years now. Their ability to create new various universes, filling them with characters and lore, is arguably their greatest asset. Much like World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch is filled with little details that breathe life into the world.   At this point, we’ve all fallen in-love with...

Super Powered Battle Friends Looks Like 2D Smash Goodness

Super Powered Battle Friends Looks Like 2D Smash Goodness

I remember back when I was just a wee lad and my friends and I would haul a television and an N64 console outside onto his front porch and play Super Smash Bros all night long while sipping on cokes and munching away on cheetos and chips. Ever since then I’ve been a huge fan of games like Super Smash Brothers and I’m constantly looking for new games that delve into that formula to scratch my constant Smash itch. So you can imagine my glee when two friends of mine in the development community started developing their own 2D smash-like game called Super Powered Battle Friends (originally titled Wolf Pack...

The Evil Within Still Haunts Me

The Evil Within Still Haunts Me

There’s one ‘horror’ game that tends to be called a great Halloween play. It’s from the creator of a hugely treasured franchise. It should have been an amazing horror experience that made use of the latest technology (at the time). What it ended up being was the perfect example of everything wrong with modern horror, both in games and cinema. Fuck the Evil Within. I’ve never played such a pandering game that tries to appease so many people, all while failing to do anything all that well. The whole game feels like a mish-mash of bad horror films, where the scares aren’t crafted, instead just bundled in. ‘Look at this,...

Dark Side Of The Moon: Routine Release Date

Dark Side Of The Moon: Routine Release Date

If you’re anything like me and love indie-horror games, then Routine would have been on your radar back when it revealed in 2012. It was revealed to be a first-person survival horror game in the same vein as titles such as Outlast, Amnesia and so many others. The only difference is that it’s set on a lunar base on the Moon, and seems to be set in an alternate reality with a 1970′s take on the future. I’ll admit, for the longest time we wouldn’t hear anything regarding the game, but low and behold on Halloween, Aaron Foster tweeted out a very beautiful and special trailer for those of us...

Battlefield 1′s Four Most Annoying Traits

Battlefield 1′s Four Most Annoying Traits

Battlefield 1 is currently storming the charts, as well as earning high praise from consumer and critics alike. With amazing visuals, intense multiplayer action, and a campaign that’s not too shabby. There’s plenty to enjoy, but it’s not perfect. Frustrations and annoyances float around very aspects of the game, not all of them are exactly DICE’s fault however. These are three worst things about Battlefield 1 -     Scaled Back Destruction - For a game set during a time where the power of explosives and artillery was stunning the masses, not much can really be blown up. A number of walls will remain standing unless hit by certain weapons...

No Man’s Sky Backlash Represents A Possible Consumer Turning Point

No Man’s Sky Backlash Represents A Possible Consumer Turning Point

No Man’s Sky may be Steam’s most poorly reviewed game, but that doesn’t reflect the game itself. If Hello Game’s product was merely disappointing, maybe even bad, no one would have been talking about the game this late after release. Reaction to the game speaks volumes about the state of the modern industry, at least from the consumers point of view. Some critics and publications may have went into overdrive trying to defend the game, but the consumers had no time for it. No Man’s Sky was sold on lies, not just a few white ones either. From features being promised then revoked only to be subsequently hidden under stickers...

We Happy Few Is Nothing Like Bioshock, Avoid Disappointment

We Happy Few Is Nothing Like Bioshock, Avoid Disappointment

We happy Few has seemingly got many people confused. When ever you see a gameplay video or Early Access lets play, you’ll be sure to see someone mention Bioshock. The unfortunate thing, at least for them, is We Happy Few has little to no shared Bioshock vibes. Gameplay is based purely on survival, this is not a simple case of shooting your way through. The player is vulnerable, struggling to keep their head above water. Areas are open, allowing the player to explore and discover. Yes, We Happy Few is played in the first person, but that’s one of the few similarities the two games share. The tone of the...

We Happy Few Preview – Solid But Uninspiring

We Happy Few Preview – Solid But Uninspiring

*Based on the Early Access build After creating a lot of buzz, mostly thanks to its tone, We Happy Few might not be the joyous experience many are expecting. At its core, We Happy Few is a survival game with some creepy imagery and themes. The Early Access build opens up a fair amount to play with, but it’s not exactly fun. For all of the world building and scene setting the initial five minutes indulges in, the gameplay is uninspired. Players must take into account thirst, hunger and fatigue. There’s various other effects that need monitoring when trigged, such as bleeding and sickness. Gathering materials and supplies forms the...

The Media Pins Shooting On Video Games. Just Another Witch Hunt

The Media Pins Shooting On Video Games. Just Another Witch Hunt

*Note – As someone who has grown up watching British media outlets sell lie after lie, this post comes from frustration and disbelief. The real topic on this latest event is not video games, for the media to try and frame that way is highly disrespectful towards the victims. They’re not your soap box.   It seems like the media can’t help themselves these days. Fresh off another tragedy, the media has promptly stood onto the fresh corpses in order to use them as a soap box. What’s their topic? Violent video games of course. The case in question is the recent shootings in Germany, in which a young male...

From Skill To Skins & Scams  – The Changing Faces of Counter-Strike

From Skill To Skins & Scams – The Changing Faces of Counter-Strike

At this point, everyone has heard about the scummy behaviour surrounding Counter-Strike GO gambling and two bell ends exploiting the trust of their tween fans. It oddly says a fair amount about the current state of Counter-Strike, a series once treasured as the retreat from the gimmicks of main stream multiplayer. Counter-Strike is one of the most important video games ever. Its MOD roots grew from the thriving scene in the 90′s, a scene that incubated so many great ideas and talents. There’s no short cuts or gimmicks to Counter-Strike, it was the most raw version of team based multiplayer. Skill was king, communication and team work was vital, a...

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