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 […]

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 […]

Front Lines: Historical Accuracy and Diversity

The gaming industry has suffered from a lack of diversity more severely than most. But as the tide begins to turn, it raises questions about the appropriateness of some progressive choices. Is it ever okay not to be diverse? A few weeks ago, EA and DICE announced the latest Battlefield game. Due to a caricatured, cinematic tone and the presence of a woman with a prosthetic limb, the trailer for Battlefield V was poorly received; but, though there is no excuse for the abuse that fans are hurling at women in general, it is important to understand why they are hurling it. After all, the gaming industry […]

At Gamers’ Beck and Call: What Do Developers Owe The Gaming Community?

Unprecedented communication between gaming community and developers has created a consumer base that expects recognition. Yet this is not a model that applies to other industries. What makes gamers different? The loot crate debate that is currently gripping the gaming industry is showing no signs of abating. The most-downvoted Reddit comment of all-time – from DICE studios, in an attempt to justify their pay-to-win model for Star Wars: Battlefront II – has produced a flurry of immediate consequences. Battlefront II has yet to reintroduce item crates, and Belgium is currently reviewing the micro-transaction system out of fear that it resembles gambling. […]