XCOM 2 is, at its heart, a game about loss. It’s why save-scumming, the act of loading an earlier save in an effort to avoid catastrophe, is so frowned upon in the game’s community. Losing valuable soldiers isn’t just a part of the game, it fills out the unscripted narrative of your personal XCOM 2 experience. Basically, if playing XCOM 2 is paining you, that’s how you know you’re doing it right and in the game’s latest expansion, War of the Chosen, developer Firaxis is doubling down on the pain.
Continue reading Games Review: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (PC, 2017) is the best version of XCOM ever made
Written by author Ken Follett in his 1989 novel, The Pillars of the Earth is a wildly popular story about the building of a cathedral in a small town in 12th century England. It is a long and sweeping story, and one of the most popular literary works of the last two decades. It also makes great subject material for a point-and-click adventure, though your enjoyment of it as a game will be tied directly to the length of your attention span. Continue reading Video Games Review: Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth (PC, 2017) is glacially paced but will reward those who can tough it out
You might remember a story we brought you last year about Blizzard Entertainment retiring the long-standing Battle.net name it used for its program launcher in favour of the more generic name, Blizzard Launcher. The story changed earlier this year when the Activision half of the Activision-Blizzard family declared it would be bringing the Destiny 2 beta “to Battle.net.” So was the name dead? Was Battle.net back? No-one seemed to know. Until today, when it seems Blizzard finally decided that Battle.net’s okay after all, officially renaming the app Blizzard Battle.net. Continue reading Blizzard unable to make up mind, renames Battle.net launcher again
When I first heard about Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator on Twitter a few months ago, I must confess I thought it might have just been a meme designed to harvest irony likes. After discovering that not only was the game real, it was being developed and published by famed internet snark machine Game Grumps, I became certain that this was an off-putting joke destined to blow up in their faces. Friends, I can admit when I was wrong, and I’ve rarely been more wrong than I was in this case. In Dream Daddy, writers Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray have used the medium of video games to craft an honest, heartfelt depiction of a modern gay romance. Continue reading Video Games Review: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (PC, 2017) is the year’s most pleasant gaming surprise