FFXIV: What Will Shadowbringers Bring?

Well, here we are. Before you know it, we’ve got a new expansion to Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers. It seems only like yesterday that Stormblood released and we were storming Eorzea’s Eastern continent. And now, we stand victorious and looking up toward the northern border of the Garlean Empire, wondering what will come next. It’s no secret that Square has been teasing a big shake-up to the established world of FFXIV. With our characters donning the title of “Warrior of Light” ever since 1.0, the upcoming Shadowbringers will look to shake things up and force our once-benevolent player characters to […]

Counter Strike Global Offensive: The Comeback

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive went free-to-play and had an official Battle Royale mode added to the game last month. Long-time fans of the franchise were initially both confused and highly sceptical, but new numbers show that the game was played by over 20 million people in December alone, which is the all-time record. What does this new direction mean for the classic shooter? What is the thought process behind it from Valve’s side? Danger Zone There is no shortage of Battle Royale games. As we head into 2019, the genre is still as hot as ever, but few expected Counter-Strike to […]

How Can Competitive Card Games Keep It Fresh?

If there is one style of game that has proven it can stand the test of time, it’s card games. Competitive, trading, classic, and even basic card games – it doesn’t matter what flavour they come in, people adore to play them. As one of the oldest formats in the realm of gaming, card games have run just about every gamut possible – so what is a developer to do when they set out to make something new and original? The truth is, they don’t. Like most genres, innovation comes in very, very small bursts – and oftentimes under the […]

Has the RTS Genre Gone the Way of the Dinosaur?

It seems that only yesterday we were enthralled with the prospect of irreparably ruining our surrounding ecology purely for the purpose of acquiring enough materials to dominate our opponents, and now…? Well, the battlefield lies barren. That’s not to say that there aren’t new entries to the RTS foray out on the market these days, but it does seem nigh-impossible to throw a shoe into the crowd and not hit a disgruntled fan at how little prevalence the genre holds in today’s market. This perception, however, requires deeper analysis. Did the genre EVER hit the highs that some of its […]

What’s Happening at Activision Blizzard?

The only true constant in life is change. And yet, there are times where said change can be downright frightening when it occurs far too fast. For Activision Blizzard, that time is now. In case you’ve been in a coma for the last several months, let us catch you up to speed. It’s no secret that the landscape within Blizzard has been shifting over the last couple of years. In fact, some may even say that the Blizzard of today is hardly recognizable from the company that came before. Blizzard has arguably been one of the most famous – or […]

Battlefield V – Post Launch, Reception, and What’s Next

Out in the open, and happily chugging along. That’s one of the best things that we can say about EA’s most recent entry into its long-lauded Battlefield franchise. In a line-up like 2018, it’s kind of hard to not feel that way. The name of the game for many big-budget publishers continues to be first-person shooters – and it’s easy to see why. But why not mix it up a little? Perhaps therein lies the biggest challenge that Battlefield V faces – it feels at times a lot like more of the same. When Battlefield 1 dropped, it was hard […]

Destiny 2: Is the New Content Structure a Boon or a Detriment?

With now several months behind the Forsaken expansion, Destiny 2 is still happily chugging along. While it’s highly unlikely that Bungie managed to recuperate from the losses it haemorrhaged following the game’s release, it does seem like they’ve finally embraced the formula of what makes Destiny worth playing: the grind. Let’s be honest here folks, if you’re playing Destiny 2, you’re playing for one thing and one thing only: the grind. We get it, the lore is interesting, the world-building can be very fun, but we’re sure as hell not all in here for the narrative. We’re here to zip […]