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 […]

New DLC Could Be The Best Reason Yet to Pick Up Kirby Star Allies

Christmas came early for Kirby fans as HAL Laboratory added the Wave Three update to Star Allies at the end of November. Since the game’s release, nine more playable characters have been added as free DLC. Rick, Coo & Kine from Dreamland 2, Gooey from Dreamland 3 and Marx from Superstar were Wave 1. Adeiele & Ribbon from Crystal Shards, Dark Meta Knight from Amazing Mirror and Daroach from Squeak Squad were Wave 2. Leaving Magolor from Return to Dreamland, Taranza from Triple Deluxe and Susie from Planet Robobot as the final wave. The final wave came some way apart […]

What Your Pre-Order Bonuses Could Be Telling You

Pre-order bonuses are part and parcel of modern gaming like DLC and season passes. They can be a great way to spread the cost of new games and secure exclusive perks for in-game use. But of course, like most of these trends in game marketing, they often harbour a hidden agenda. Really pre-order bonuses only exist to allow developers to secure some early projections of sales figures. There are a few red flags gamers should be aware of though when pre-ordering a game. Pre-order bonuses can be used to mask a game that developers don’t have much faith in. They […]

How Can Rockstar Keep Red Dead Redemption 2 Fresh?

The impossibly cinematic West rolls by, a narrator contextualises the scene: “In the late 1800s America was evolving. On its way to becoming the most powerful country in the world”. Instantly we’re hooked. The latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 proves that Rockstar are still the masters of open world immersion. But after failing to keep GTA 5 relevant with DLC, how will the developers keep us coming back to their newest creation? It has been a record 5 years, 11 months since Rockstar last released a brand new game. Of course, there have been plenty of updates for GTA […]

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. […]