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Overwatch – Mastering Zarya, The Most Underrated Tank

Overwatch – Mastering Zarya, The Most Underrated Tank

Overwatch is filled with interesting heroes, most of which have unique game mechanics. Learning the ways of each hero can dramatically improve general play, as well as enjoyment. Zarya is perhaps the most flexible and diverse hero in the game. The following is a short guide to how she works and in which composition she can flourish in.   Skill & Info breakdown: Particle Cannon - Ammo: 100 Reload time: 1.5 seconds Range: 15 meters Damage: Basic 80- scales to 160 Her weapon fires a constant beam of energy via the primary fire. Head shots can not be achieved with her weapon Secondary fire acts more like a grenade launcher....

With Uncharted 4 Out & Over, Do We Really Need A Film Adaptation?

With Uncharted 4 Out & Over, Do We Really Need A Film Adaptation?

As a franchise, Uncharted has provided moments that force you to soak in the scene. For years now, I’ve refereed to Uncharted 2 and 3 as the accumulation of what main stream video games have aimed to be. Those experiences that rival, arguably surpass, anything cinema can offer. Uncharted 4 finds itself on the PS4, the apparent final game in the series, doing what it does best. Over the top action spliced with firefights and set pieces. Dialogue and interactions that feel natural. Stunning scenery and genuine sense of exploration. Uncharted does it all wonderfully, doing everything it set out to achieve. If there’s one thing that Uncharted 4 confirms,...

Doom’s Level Design Is A Marvel Among Mediocrity

Doom’s Level Design Is A Marvel Among Mediocrity

The first person shooter genre has been stuck in a rut for sometime. Trends were set by big sellers, this is not anything new. Highly scripted shooters, constant use of quick time events and linear level design has dominated the genre. It’s not rare to play a shooter that will happily move you from point A to B and offer nothing more than a decorated straight line. Doom has stuck its blood soaked fist into these tired traits, and it’s glorious. Distinctly old school in approach, Doom makes the most of some modern features while maintaining its soul. Sure there’s a progression system, complete with challenges, but at the end...

Naughty Dog Can Do Many Things, Stealth Is Not One Of Them

Naughty Dog Can Do Many Things, Stealth Is Not One Of Them

Naughty Dog are praised for a number of things. Their ability to tell stories, craft character we grow to love and care about. Praise for how intense their games can be, how the action is rewarding. One element of their games rarely gets highlighted, even though it has played a fairly large role in their recent releases. I’m a big fan of Naughty Dog’s work, Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us are two of my favourite games of last generation. But there’s some things that can’t be overlooked. Naughty Dog can not do stealth. Every time they’ve added stealth mechanics or sections into their games it’s turned out pretty...

Initial Impressions Of Doom’s Campaign – Fast & Brutally Brilliant

Initial Impressions Of Doom’s Campaign – Fast & Brutally Brilliant

With Doom review copies being tricky to get a hold of, there’s not much to draw opinions from. The Beta put off a fair amount of people, including myself, making Doom a curiosity more than an anticipated release. The following is initial impression based purely on four hours with the single player. Various big budget games open with cut scenes and quick time events. They try to be as cinematic as they possibly can. Doom on the other hand, it doesn’t care for any of that guff, it starts as it means to go on, shotgun in hand. The opening is fast and to the point, which sums up the...

Overwatch Does One Thing Better Than Any Other Game

Overwatch Does One Thing Better Than Any Other Game

Overwatch has managed to pull off something rather special. People may flock to the likes of Tracer, Widow Maker, McCree and Reaper, but the true heroes of the team are the supports. Always vital, rarely appreciated, supports are one of the keys to success. Traditionally, supports have been seen as the boring option, constantly glued to people’s side as they heal and try to stay out of trouble. Offering little in attack, the image of supports has been rather lame. Overwatch does a good job of changing things around. With four supports on offer, Overwatch supplies its heroes with unique abilities and traits. Each of the supports differ in how...

Call of Duty Vs Battlefield – EA’s Master Marketing Plan

Call of Duty Vs Battlefield – EA’s Master Marketing Plan

As someone who spent time playing both franchises in their early stages, this rivalry is interesting. Call of Duty and Battlefield have always existed side by side, offering differing experiences respectively. Battlefield 1942 was a grand affair, packed with unique moments and fresh ideas. Those who played it will have at least one story to tell. Players fell into roles, they became experts in certain fields. The scale of Battlefield 1942 was huge, growing with each new expansion pack. It’s near impossible to ignore the impact the game had on the market. At the heart of the Battlefield 1942 was a strong modding community. Mods like Battlefield 1918, Eve of...

Battleborn’s Biggest Problem Is Overwatch

Battleborn’s Biggest Problem Is Overwatch

After spending over 20 hours with Battleborn, there’s one problem I just can’t help but dwell on. It’s nothing to do with the game’s mechanics or content. In all fairness, it’s not even anything the game does wrong, it’s purely down to its release date. I’ve enjoyed blasting through hours of Meltdown and Incursion. Giggles have been had, awesome team performances achieved. But at the back of my mind, I can’t help but overlook one thing. Overwatch is so close to release. Surely I’m not alone? I know I’m not alone, most Battleborn team chat is filled with discussion of Overwatch. Gearbox’s latest release has plenty of quality to boast....

April’s Best Games: The Month of Challenging Delights

April’s Best Games: The Month of Challenging Delights

April was seemingly the month of tough games. It’s a welcome change to see so many new games come to the market, refusing to hold the player’s hand. Failure is nothing but a learning process in video games, ask anyone with a taste for old school experiences. These are the best games released in April.   Dark Souls 3: The final instalment in one of the finest modern franchises, Dark Souls 3 was the perfect climax. Witnessing the journey of From Software’s core concepts and mechanics has been oddly enjoyable. From the niche manner of the initial debut in Demon Souls, the cult following spawned in Dark Souls and the...

Remembering Call of Duty – The Underdog That Went On To Conquer An Industry

Remembering Call of Duty – The Underdog That Went On To Conquer An Industry

Call of Duty’s origins of being the ‘under dog’ are laughable when compared to its current status. After Medal of Honour flooded the market with World War 2 shooters, often replicating over and over, Infinity Ward came to be. Their aim was to create the next step in World War 2 shooters, pushing new ground where Medal of Honour dare not tread. EA’s powerhouse franchise was all about the player. Their games were essentially over the top one-man army tales. While they were enjoyable, there was always that crave for something more visceral and in tone with the setting. Using id Tech 3, Infinity Ward wanted to make the player...

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