Is Game Streaming the Future?

The dream of game-streaming as the primary way for gamers to consume their favorite IPs has been a long time coming. But is it a potential reality? Or merely a pipe dream? With the announcement of Stadia, Google has officially come forth as the first Tech behemoth to build a new platform focused on game-streaming from the ground up. There’s now enough info out in public for us to weight the pros and cons of such a potential platform. First thing’s first, though: is game-streaming something that a global playerbase would even desire? Although the ubiquity of internet access has […]

Is The Sinking City the Lovecraft We’ve Always Wanted?

Lovecraft and gaming. The two go practically together. Even just a cursory look at how many spin-offs, honorific adaptations, and straight copies of H.P. Lovecraft’s enduring works show a proclivity for other creatives to tap into his wonderfully weird world of oddities and insanity. Unfortunately, inclusion does not mean precision – and the gaming realm is rife with instances where Lovecraftian themes have been implemented so poorly they may as well have not been included at all. Frogwares’ The Sinking City looks like it’s aiming everything in is arsenal to prove that it can rise above the rabble and do […]

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, […]

The Brilliance of Tetris 99

With the astronomical popularity of battle royale games, it was only a manner of time before all of the big publishers threw in their variant to stake their claim. So far, BR can be found on every major gaming platform – but there was always one publisher that was missing: Nintendo. And now, they’ve shown up with their very own BR variant of… Tetris? Announced as a free-to-play title offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, Tetris 99 is perhaps one of the most refreshing, challenging, and downright insane versions of Tetris ever offered to the public. The premise is simple, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modern Malaise: Tone Deaf Developers

Money. Greed. Lootboxes. If we kept going, we might break all seven seals. And yet, some game developers seem positively hell-bent on unleashing absolute havoc on the industry. Greed is, undoubtedly, one of the most insidious of human faculties. When we have enough, we simply want more. And then, once we’ve placed our grubby mitts on it, we find that even that wasn’t enough. It’s an oversimplification, sure, but it’s incredibly indicative of the state of the biggest players in the industry at the time being. Looking back over the last couple of years, the biggest stories that came out […]

The Best Video Game Soundtracks – Ever

An often overlooked aspect of some of the genre-defining games in history is the soundtrack. Nothing builds immersion quite like it. So let’s take a look back and resurrect some of the best original soundtracks to ever grace our headsets. Half-Life 2 Did you really think that you were going to get more than a paragraph into this list without it? If you’re staring at the screen without the ability to recall any of the iconic tracks that graced locales such as Nova Prospekt and Ravenholm, do us all a favour and drop what you’re doing to listen to them right […]

Never Stop Partying Hard

What better way to celebrate anything from as momentous as a graduation, marriage, or birth, all the way to the fact that you made it to another weekend? Yes, every culture has their own takes on soiree’s, but we can all agree on one thing: nothing is more obnoxious than a neighbourhood party when you’re trying to get some shuteye. To what lengths would you go to ensure that your night is filled with peaceful and restful sleep? Shutting the blinds? Putting in earplugs? Going over to the premise and embarking on a homicidal murder-spree until you’re the sole survivor? […]

Surviving Early Access With The Forest

Early Access Survival Game. That phrase alone is enough to strike terror into the hearts of gamers. Look back over the last half-decade of the genre, and you’ll find a disconcerting amount of half-baked or fully abandoned projects littering digital vendors like a god-forsaken graveyard. While the survival genre undoubtedly sparked alight like a cozy campfire out in the remote wilderness, only a few entries have managed to become a beacon in the dead of a frigid night. Chief among them is The Forest. Bearing a moniker befitting of any grand survival game, The Forest is as vast, intimidating, and mysterious […]