After months of quietly dropping hints, the trickle of information about Battle for Azeroth, the next expansion in Blizzard’s legendary MMMORPG World of Warcraft, is beginning to resemble a small wave. From its winter release window, the return of the classic Orcs vs Humans conflict, and the reveal of its intriguing new Warfronts mode, there’s plenty for returning veterans and curious new fans alike to be excited about. We spoke to Battle for Azeroth senior game designer Paul Kubit and World of Warcraft producer Shani Edwards via email to find out more. Continue reading Games Interview: Blizzard’s Paul Kubit and Shani Edwards discuss the road to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
The demand for Overwatch characters in Blizzard’s popular strategic hero brawler Heroes of the Storm has been rife ever since the game’s roster of iconic heroes was announced. Having added D.va, Tracer, Genji and Zarya to the mix in previous updates, Blizzard have now revealed two new Overwatch characters heading to the Nexus — Ana and Junkrat. While not much is known yet about how Junkrat will fit into the mix, today we’re going to talk a bit about Ana. Continue reading Ana is coming to Heroes of the Storm and here’s everything you need to know about her
Strafe is a bloody-minded combination of FPS and rogue-like that seeks to place you firmly in a time machine and return you to mid 90’s, the era when Quake was the new king of the burgeoning genre. Strafe recalls an era when shooters were breathless, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experiences. You were always moving, always shooting, never resting. Where 2016’s excellent DOOM reboot showed just how great certain old shooter tropes could be when updated for a modern era, Strafe goes the other way, wanting to feel as close as it can to the id Software shooters of your childhood. Continue reading Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition
We live in the era of Nostalgia As A Marketing Tool. The repackaging of childhood memories, sold back to millennial audiences for a profit, has become the go-to move for film and video game studios looking to make a fast buck. Sometimes these experiments in nostalgia work out. Sometimes they are a hard lesson in learning when to leave the past behind.
Yooka-Laylee, sadly, falls into the latter category. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for
There are two kinds of people in the world – people that will love Paradigm, and people that can’t stand to see perfection. Paradigm is everything that it needs to be – uncomfortably strange, genuinely hilarious, oddly touching and highly memorable, all at once. For a game that stars a deformed, vaguely European mutant and his sentient tumour, that’s no mean feat. Paradigm feels like a sexually-charge love letter to the point-and-click adventure genre, with the game peppered with wonderfully unsubtle references to the classics. Taking inspiration from the Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island games, as well as almost everything in between, Perth-based games developer Jacob Janerka crafts a bafflingly original and hilariously charming story in Paradigm. Continue reading Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen
Apparently emboldened by Diablo 3‘s game-redefining 2.0 update, as well as various wild changes introduced to Overwatch in recent months, Blizzard Entertainment have announced their hero-brawler MOBA Heroes of the Storm is getting a 2.0 rework of its own. Where HotS 2.0 differs from Diablo 3 2.0 is that, at this stage, it doesn’t seem the actual gameplay is changing much at all just yet. Continue reading Heroes of the Storm 2.0 launching next month, takes a page from Overwatch‘s book
Erstwhile adventurers in Bethesda’s massively multiplayer online role playing game The Elder Scrolls Online will soon find themselves headed to the island of Vvardenfell, north of one of the series’ most iconic locales, Morrowind. Continue reading The Elder Scrolls Online is heading to Morrowind
It’s always a bit an event when Valve’s Steam store drops one of their huge sales. As expected, there are deep discounts across a massive number of games from new releases to old favourites. Continue reading Prepare your wallets: The Steam Autumn Sale is on now
Blizzard have announced the next expansion for their online card game Hearthstone during the BlizzCon 2016 opening ceremony. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will be Hearthstone‘s fourth expansion, and the third add-on released just this year following One Night in Karazhan and Whispers of the Old Gods. Continue reading BlizzCon 2016: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is Hearthstone‘s new expansion
Civilization 6 is the latest in Sid Meier’s 25-year-old franchise of global growth and domination and, while it doesn’t rest on its laurels, neither does it strive to do anything especially different to its predecessors.
In any other game, this would be considered the height of laziness. In Civilization‘s case, its surprising to find that minimal changes are exactly what you want.
Continue reading Video Games Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (PC, 2016)