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 […]

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 […]

Virtual Reality: Here To Stay?

In 2016, virtual reality saw a large increase of products and users. Since the development of the gaming headset Oculus Rift started three years earlier, the interest for the technology grew rapidly in the entertainment sector. While VR kicked off on the PC with the Rift and HTC Vive, the biggest VR headset for gamers to date is the Playstation VR with over three million sold units. Aside from the high-end headsets, a plethora of cheaper ones have become available for smartphones, making niche technology more accessible to a wider audience. The term “virtual reality” is nothing new. In fact, […]

Are Gamers Happy with the Number of Female Characters?

The underrepresentation of women as characters is perhaps more pronounced in video games than in any other entertainment medium. How do gamers feel about the issue? We went to find out. Sony is starting to do better with its AAA titles, featuring women in the leading role of 2017’s game of the year, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and in upcoming The Last of Us 2. Still, progress across the board is slow, and we’re far off equality of gender representation. RPGs have often gotten around the issue by having the player select the gender of their character. Still, when a character […]

Social Gaming: The Ties That Keep You Plugged In

To the outsider, the act of spending hours entering inputs into a video game may come across as not only mind-numbing, but possibly sociopathic. All those hours spent isolating ourselves from the world, it’s no wonder that gamers are some of the weirdest and most antisocial folk about – right? Well, it’s an understatement to say that gamers know better. Although we’ve had to endure years of misconceptions regarding our favorite pastimes, our convictions toward the marvel that we see in modern videogames remains steadfast. While the uninitiated will see nothing more than cretins blaring at changing shapes on a […]

‘We’ve made a kick-ass sequel’: Tommy Refenes talks Super Meat Boy Forever

First teased under the mysterious anagram ‘A Voyeur For September’, Super Meat Boy Forever will soon be hitting our virtual shelves. We interviewed outspoken indie-dev Tommy Refenes ahead of his long-awaited sequel. “If people want to buy Modern Warfare or Halo: Reach that’s fine because I think those games are shit. If that’s what people want then people don’t want the games that I make because I don’t make shit games”, states Tommy Refenes in 2012’s Indie Game: The Movie. The critically acclaimed documentary captured some of the most ingenious minds in indie development during the build up and release of their […]

Is it Time For World of Warcraft II?

Here we sit, at the cusp of a new World of Warcraft expansion. With over a decade of adventures shared with friends across the world, it’s time to ask: is there a limit to how far Blizzard’s golden stallion can run? We’ve been through a lot to get here. We’ve faced down Arthas, the Burning Legion, Deathwing, Garrosh Hellscream, and even traversed to an alternate timeline before going back to Battle for Azeroth. Let there be no doubts about it – the fact that World of Warcraft has endured as long as it has is a testament to Blizzard’s commitment […]

What Do Gamers Make Of Sony’s Fortnite Cross-Platform Policy?

Boasting millions of concurrent players and even a Twitch stream with Drake, Fortnite is a game that has connected a huge and varied audience. Yet PS4 players are still missing out on the full experience. It’s been a big week for Fortnite, marking one year since its initial release by surpassing $1billion in revenue. First teased by Epic in 2011, the game now feels like an overnight success story seven years in the making. The ever-evolving title has become the new titan of the Battle Royale genre and a symbol of the possibilities of free-to-play and cross-platform gaming. It has […]

Battle Royale: The King of the Gaming Hill

Trends come and go, but Battle Royale is big enough to stick around for a while – especially with Call of Duty on board. Battle Royale is arguably the hottest trend in gaming right now. The game type was popularised by DayZ, H1Z1, WarZ, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, which has made millions of players enchanted. Now, the industry-leading and long-standing shooter franchise Call of Duty is confirmed to jump on the bandwagon in Black Ops 4 and Battlefield is rumoured to do the same. The premise of Battle Royale is a fight to the death, most commonly between 100 […]