How Firestorm’s destruction changes the Battle Royale game

There is no shortage of Battle Royale games on the market and every newcomer must find a way to put its own spin on the genre. What does Battlefield V: Firestorm do? Destruction. Dice and EA recently released the long-awaited Battle Royale game mode Firestorm to Battlefield V. It is safe to say that it is late to the party; six months after the biggest competitor Call of Duty and released a mere month after the launch of the excellent Apex Legends. Same, but different I have played nearly every Battle Royale title on the market so far. What Firestorm […]

Can Apex Legends Become The New Battle Royale Genre Leader?

Apex Legends is the latest in a long line of titles attempting to jump on the battle royale bandwagon. From AAA releases like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 to obviously derivative clones like Fortcraft. Success has varied but nobody has really come close to seizing the crown from Fortnite. Some purist fans of trend-setter PUBG might disagree but the genre belongs to Epic’s free-to-play juggernaut. That is until now at least, as Apex Legends has built some serious headwind after a phenomenal launch period. There’s a new kid in town and it may finally be the next step in […]

Zombies – From Standalone to Franchise Feature

Where were you when you first were hurriedly attempting to construct a barricade against the undead horde? Do you remember your first time realizing that there was no hope for survival against the zombies tide? Did it click in your head that you could do this forever? A lot of you did, apparently – because what started off as a fun side-diversion in COD game has become an absolute staple in the franchise – commanding more attention for some than even the standard variant of multiplayer. How exactly did that happen? For those of you that don’t remember, COD’s zombie’s […]

Can Games Developers Successfully Chase Trends?

Treyarch released their latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise with Black Ops 4 this month. With the series in decline, the Black Ops team have opted to jump on the latest trends with a battle royale mode. Chasing hugely successful pioneers Player Unknowns Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Treyarch are so confident in the mode they have redubbed ‘Blackout’ that the latest instalment in the first to offer no single player campaign. Call of Duty has an established fan base that they hope will help them succeed where so many others have failed. With games requiring such long development schedules, […]

Is There a Future for Local Multiplayer in Modern Gaming?

Advancements in technology have vastly contributed to the world of gaming, bringing better graphics and larger scale adventures. One of these advancements has that has become standard in the industry in the concept of online multiplayer. Being able to connect with friends and strangers anywhere on Earth in an instant. Some of us still pine for the days when we’d gather around a solitary TV with our partners, friends or siblings. No amount of online chat will ever provide a suitable substitute for the comradery of local multiplayer.   But the rise of online multiplayer has almost eradicated this concept. […]

A Welcome to Our Procedural Generation: The Future of Gaming

Procedural generation is becoming an increasingly popular tool in open world and sandbox games. Ambitious games such as Star Citizen and We Happy Few, intend to make use of the emerging trend in game design. With the success of the system in Ark: Survival Evolved it could become a major part of the future of game design. So what is procedural generation? Where did it come from? And will it be beneficial for the future of gaming? What is it? You’ve probably already encountered procedural generation, even though you may not know it. Put simply, it’s when game developers use […]

Will We Ever Tire Of World War II Games?

It has proven a fruitful historical setting for video games — but will we ever tire of World War II games? The tragic, brutal, occasionally heroic stories of the war have sparked the imagination of dozens of developers creating games across a multitude of genres. Despite the consistent potency of the setting, it has over time become frustratingly overused. In the past it has produced a variety of experiences and come to define more than a few popular series, but there’s no doubt that over time World War II as a setting has fallen from glory and waned through careless […]

Battle Royale: The King of the Gaming Hill

Trends come and go, but Battle Royale is big enough to stick around for a while – especially with Call of Duty on board. Battle Royale is arguably the hottest trend in gaming right now. The game type was popularised by DayZ, H1Z1, WarZ, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, which has made millions of players enchanted. Now, the industry-leading and long-standing shooter franchise Call of Duty is confirmed to jump on the bandwagon in Black Ops 4 and Battlefield is rumoured to do the same. The premise of Battle Royale is a fight to the death, most commonly between 100 […]

Immersion in Gaming: The Tools That Keep Us Coming Back

The idea of immersion in gaming is a concept that has plagued developers for decades. What exactly consists of a truly immersive experience, crossing the line between voyeur and player? A want to make the audience feel more a part of the narrative than ever before is a key driving factor behind game design. There is a menagerie of tools at the disposal of developers, but how much do we really pay attention? And how relevant are they in our choice of game? You’re The Star Like any good narrative, video game stories often revolve around a central protagonist, that […]

Conflicted: The Uneasy Relationship Between War And Gaming

War is hell. It’s hard to believe, but nobody “has a good time” when they’re in the middle of a war. Well, unless they have severe and deep-seated psychological issues. For most of us normal people though, real-life military conflicts are horrific and brutal. But the things that make wars so nasty (the death and destruction), are sold as appealing features of many war-based video games. And that’s… troubling. In recent years, the genre of the first-person-shooter has become dominated by the concept of war. Call of Duty, Battlefield and Counter-Strike are just some of the major FPS franchises that […]