Have you ever tried explaining the concept of eSports to a non-gamer? It’s really difficult! Those with an old train of thought just can’t get their head around the fact that some people play games for a living. Even then, they don’t understand how stressful and dedicated someone has to be to be truly great. For that reason, I love all the eSport documentaries that have been coming out, as it gives some insight into the world of competitive gaming. Valve kicked off the trend with Free To Play, and not too long after, Riot Games debuted Road to Worlds. Razer are following their footsteps. They’ve unveiled their very own documentary.
DayZ is a notoriously good idea wrapped in a currently broken, slow moving mess of a game. It's a bit unfair to expect much more though, since the game is still in some early development stages. The mod turned fully fledged project has been on Early Access for some time now, and it's going to be an even longer wait until the full final release.
It’s that time of the year again. The time for gaudy decorations, fruit cake that is harder than reinforced concrete and gifts under the tree that are bound to disappoint. Yes, I’m still bitter about the fact that I literally got a bar of soap for Christmas. Still, if there’s a gamer or two in your life, then now is the time to grab a gift early on the latest Steam sale, and squirrel that away. Here’s what has the charts on fire.
I play most of my games on PC, which means that day one purchases are usually terrible ideas. Having a game work perfectly on PC from the start is kind of like finding a medium-sized unicorn in a field of haystacks bigger than a small island; it's practically impossible. That's were hasty patches come into play, and now Far Cry 4 is having some major issues fixed.
Riot Games clearly don’t know how to take a break. Their last champion, Kalista, the spear of vengeance, was released just earlier this month. Hot on her heels is another new addition to the League of Legends roster. Are you afraid of sharks? Giant worms? Well, imagine one freaky, drunken evening of love took place. The result? Rek’Sai, the void burrower!
War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Good god y’all! When you think about it, war truly is a terrible monster. Not every civilian is gifted enough to be an unstoppable pair of hands with a healing factor stolen from the Wolverine, capable of surviving various bullets to the face and grenades to the groin. It takes a special kind of person to survive war. It quite honestly takes a bastard who is willing to do anything to live another day. Fortunately, I happen to be an even bigger bastard in This War Of Mine.
Are you bored? Do you want to travel to the Draenor, the original home of the Orcs for many, many hours? Of course you do! Stick around, because we’re giving away a collectors edition of Warlords of Draenor, the latest expansion for World of Warcraft.
Valve’s Steam allows you to gift items, and trade gift items around like some sort of digital game bartering bazaar. Unfortunately, sometimes that sort of thing goes awry thanks to unscrupulous people on the internet. Valve has now changed the way it handles Steam trading, which they say is for your protection.
If it were up to us, we'd be sitting down right now and playing Batman Arkham Knight in amongst the mess of other massive games that just hit shelves. But it's not up to us, and Rocksteady wanted more time to give their concluding chapter the spit and shine it deserved. And judging by the latest gameplay trailer for Arkham Knight, it's time that is being well spent.
Hey, what’s your favourite action space ninja hack and slash action simulator game? If your answer was anything but Warframe, then we can no longer be friends… yes, even if we weren’t in the first place! The free-to-play game has changed lots over the past few years. Just how much you ask? Well, Digital Extreme, the developers, have released a neat infographic, and I know just how much you all love stats. THE NUMBERS TENNO, WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
There has been quite a noise about games that have review embargoes on the day of a game’s launch or worse – as was the case with Assassin’s Creed Unity – after the games are available in stores. Consumers aren’t quick to trust games that have launch day embargoes, especially in this era of broken games and ludicrously large patches. Don’t expect any early reviews for Ubisoft’s upcoming open world racer, The Crew. They’re saying that, like Destiny, it needs to be played with populated servers – so they’ll only be opening the game up to reviewers on launch day. Using some sneaky wording though, they’re insisting there’s no launch day embargo.
It's common for games to receive a lengthy hype period leading up to it's eventual launch. That's what gets people excited and clambering for the game on release day, even if the wait feels excruciating. Telltale seemingly missed that class during Game Design 101, as they've decided to launch their take on the Borderlands universe right now.
Exclusives help sell specific consoles. Some help more than others - I'm convinced that Bloodborne will be great for PS4 and when the next Halo releases it will be god's gift to Xbox One owners. There are a few other exclusives in the works, but one has just been delayed out of the Holiday launch window, into 2015.
DreamHack Winter 2014 kicks off on the 27th of November which is this Thursday.Three top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have received in-game bans through VAC. This has raised questions on not only their previous performances (tournaments and such that they have won), but also the horrible thought that other players of the same calibre could be using this specific cheat too.