Microtransactions Could Become the Real Outlaw in Red Dead Online

Rockstar has launched their beta for Red Dead Online and for the most part, it’s a huge success. Some have noted that the mode blends much more narrative than expected, it certainly looks to be more than its counterpart GTA Online. If Rockstar has indeed cracked the narrative in online multiplayer formula it could add a new dimension to Red Dead Online. Aside from that many of the excellent feature from the campaign have been seamlessly translated. Some eagle-eyed players have noticed one concern in the beta though, the potential for a sneaky increase of microtransactions. GTA Online offers in-game […]

How do Bethesda Solve The Problem of Fallout 76?

After an excellent November for the big-name developers, one studio left themselves playing catch up. Bethesda’s hotly anticipated Fallout 76 has dropped to plentiful criticism from fans and critics alike. The online-only Fallout 76 has been panned for poor graphics, broken AI and game breaking bugs. There has also been a less favourable reception for the new narrative told through recordings and terminals. A huge 47gb patch was already released by Bethesda in attempt to cover ground but the game still doesn’t deliver. It’s a very troubling release period for Bethesda as the game is dependant on a stream of […]

Can Red Dead Online Compete With Rockstar’s More Popular Franchise?

One of the most anticipated games of the last five years is finally with us. Rockstar’s open world cowboy adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 was hyped by gamers, even more so after the initial release date was pushed back. Red Dead Redemption 2 has endured something of a rocky start to life despite rave reviews. At launch, Red Dead Redemption 2 opened third in the UK sales charts, behind FIFA 19 and Black Ops 4. It was also largely snubbed at the recent Golden Joystick Awards where it was tipped to sweep the board. Despite multiple nominations, Rockstar left with […]

Can Fallout 76 Successfully Combat Griefers?

Since the launch of GTA online, shared open worlds have become a popular trend in modern gaming. These games can be incredibly immersive but are often plagued with griefers. For those who don’t know, griefers are gamers who go out of their way to spoil other players experiences. Whilst some of these can be admittedly hilarious when players encounter a persistent griefer it can ruin the game. Deliberately failing group missions, scamming players in trades or repeatedly killing your avatar – griefers can be a real menace.  As more games move toward shared open worlds we look into the ways […]

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 […]