The Continued Glory Of Planeside 2

Nearly 7 years ago, something incredible began. Then-Sony Online Entertainment released the sequel to the groundbreaking MMOFPS, Planetside. The first Planetside offered something that had never been done before: a three-way battle for dominance across massive (for the time) alien worlds with the promise of glory and dominance. Planetside 2 offers the same, but on a much, much, grander scale. However, things haven’t been smooth sailing since launch. It may sound strange, but Planetside 2 is a textbook example of just how much relentless support can improve a game. The Planetside 2 of today may look incredibly similar to those […]

WoW Classic: The WoW Killer Has Finally Arrived

Do you hear the drums in the distance? Their beating will only get more frenetic. Oh, wait. Those aren’t war drums. They’re the heartbeat of every player salivating at the prospect of playing a piece of MMO history. WoW Classic is coming, and Blizzard’s mega-hit MMO will never be the same for it. It’s incredibly easy to underestimate what WoW Classic will bring. For those far outside the reaches of the game, it might seem nothing more than a cute trip down memory lane. Hell, it may even seem like a ploy to appease rabid fanbase by others. But while […]

A New Future: Magic ARENA

Magic: The Gathering – the game that started it all. No other game has been as influential on the trading card game market than the one that literally laid the groundwork. Yet, Wizards of the Coast have lagged significantly behind other entries in the field – such as Hearthstone. Yet that is all set to change. Big things have small beginnings, but in this case, Wizard’s of the Coast is about to drop a monolith on the gaming world. Although there were attempts to break into the digital realm via annual releases, Wizards never managed to establish a large enough […]

Split-Screen Gaming: What Happened?

Split-screen gaming used to be a core pillar of social gaming that brought people together, but it has been dying out slowly over time… Split-screen gaming brings people together in a unique way. For generations, it was the best way for teamwork and friendship to blossom at the same time. Sharing a couch with your friends makes video gaming more fun – even mediocre titles turn into something bigger than they probably deserve credit for when played in split-screen. By playing together with people in the same room, you can create your own rules between your friends and you do […]

Raiding is Dead – Long Live Raiding

Raiding is perhaps the single most infuriating, challenging, and enjoyable activity one can thrust themselves into when it comes to online gaming. Popularized by MMOs in the 2000s, raids brought forth challenging scripted content that was meant to be cleared through by anywhere from the size of 10 to 45-man compositions. Over the years, their dominance as the be-all, end-all form of end-game content has slipped, but modern iterations are keeping their design fresh and frenetic. During their heyday, raids were a testament to the technical prowess of cutting-edge video games such as Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Since […]

Leave Me Alone: When Multiplayer Is Too Much

Unlockables, collectibles, infinite progression tracks, and heart-pounding adrenaline shared across a map with dozens of other players. Yes, modern multiplayer gaming is a sight to behold – but has the market become over-saturated with curated experiences that rely primarily on churning hundreds upon hundreds of hours played in perpetually resetting online arenas? There used to exist a time where multiplayer was a bonus add-on to a fleshed-out singleplayer campaign. Of course, this was largely in part to the technical limitations that existed when it came to bandwidth and server technology, but nonetheless – the concept of multiplayer was mostly relegated […]