Are Game Passes a Feasible Business Model?

Streaming has, without a doubt, upended traditional business models across every major media industry. From music to films and TV shows, and now to games themselves, stream-based platforms are beginning to make more and more sense to consumers. But what about in the case of a game pass catalogue? While streaming videogames is still an oft-buggy experience that is highly dependent on the latency of a connection, offering players a wide pool of ready-to-download games for a fixed price has certainly gained traction – but does it have a future? The last decade has done much to upheave the conceptions […]

The New Nintendo Switch

Let’s be honest here: everyone knew that it was only a matter of time before Nintendo decided to announce that a new version of their coveted Switch was on the way. Now, with more credible rumours bubbling that Nintendo is going to release a newer model, it’s time to take a look at just what that could mean for both the publishing giant and the everyday consumer. The current model of the Nintendo Switch is almost perfect. The game library is increasingly solid, the on-the-fly swapping between TV mode and handheld mode is a feature that is unmatched by any […]

What’s Next for Mario Kart         

Decades in the making and multitudes of iterations later, it feels as if we’ve finally reached the pinnacle of Mario Kart. Nintendo’s party-romp approach to Motorsport has always been one of the most enduring video game legacies ever since we first booted up our rudimentary consoles way back in yesteryear. Now, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe released on the Switch, we have what is arguably the most fleshed-out version of Mario Kart to date. But we can’t help but wonder – what else could Ninty come up with? So far, we’ve seen everything from double-racer karts to anti-gravity tires to […]

Magic: The Gathering is Experiencing a Renaissance

 That’s right folks, Magic: The Gathering is not only still around, but it is still growing into a lumbering behemoth the likes of which it seems like will never be taken down. It’s hard to believe it, but the 26-year-old card game is experiencing a renaissance. Competitors have risen to claim their share of the TCG pie, but no one has ever managed to topple Magic’s hold on the format nor best it by improving upon its design. Blizzard’s own Hearthstone has suffered from a drop in playerbase support over the years, despite the developer doing their utmost to keep expanding […]

The Best Kombat Yet?

Mortal Kombat has been many things over the years. From gratuitous cartoonish violence to incredibly life-life depictions of horrendous fighting injuries, MK has always earned itself the place of the most brutal fighting video game out on the market. With Mortal Kombat 11 however, NetherRealm Studios has hit a stride unlike any before. It seems almost farcical to appreciate the changes made to MK 11’s narrative elements – that the tricks NR have learned over the years have come together to produce one of the most weighty, impactful, and genuinely entertaining Mortal Kombat games to ever land on platforms. This […]

WoW Classic: The WoW Killer Has Finally Arrived

Do you hear the drums in the distance? Their beating will only get more frenetic. Oh, wait. Those aren’t war drums. They’re the heartbeat of every player salivating at the prospect of playing a piece of MMO history. WoW Classic is coming, and Blizzard’s mega-hit MMO will never be the same for it. It’s incredibly easy to underestimate what WoW Classic will bring. For those far outside the reaches of the game, it might seem nothing more than a cute trip down memory lane. Hell, it may even seem like a ploy to appease rabid fanbase by others. But while […]

Video Game Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

This month saw the announcement of The Strong video game Hall of Fame inductees for 2019. The Strong is an American Museum that prides itself on being the world’s foreword on all things ‘play’ related. With a collection that spans over 60,000 items of video games, board games, toys, dolls and literature. In 2015 the museum began compiling a comprehensive video game Hall of Fame featuring classics Super Mario Bros, Pac Man and Pong. The latest games to receive the honour are Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire and Mortal Kombat. The quartet beat out competition from eight […]

What’s Left for Far Cry?

There comes a point in the course of every long-established gaming franchise where one finds themselves asking the inevitable question: what next? After all, within any genre, there is only so much that can be done before repetition becomes the name of the game. Ubisoft and their Far Cry series are no strangers to this. Far Cry has had one of the most fascinating developmental histories out of many of the global franchises making their rounds. Kicking things off as a first-person shooter set upon a tropical archipelago featuring a bad dude that’s ex-military, players found themselves swept up in […]

What is a Release Date Anymore?

Remember release dates? Those firm, concrete dates when a game would come out and be judged as a finished product? Those days we would all look forward to with excitement as they drew ever-closer so that we could finally begin our adventure in a brand new and exciting world just begging to be explored? Purely digital games have unquestionably altered the landscape of what it means to “ship” a product. In the days of yesteryear – or in the realm of physical product deliver still today – a product should only be shipped to consumers when it is finished and […]

The Cadence of Hyrule

If you haven’t gotten around to playing Crypt of the Necrodancer, stop what you’re doing right now and get on it. For if you want to fully appreciate what’s coming this way, you need to experience its origin. Back already? Good. Because it’s time to say hello to Cadence of Hyrule. Released in 2015, Crypt of the Necrodancer offered up an ingenious way of combing rhythm games and procedurally-generated dungeon dwellers. A good genre-fusion can be tricky to pull off. It requires cherry-picking the most successful elements from established criteria and hoping that the prototype fleshes out into something formidable. Thankfully, […]