As of April, Genn Greymayne and Baku the Mooneater will be gone from Standard. For players who’ve grown sick of dealing with juiced-up hero powers, their departure can’t come too soon. Despite only arriving last April as part of The Witchwood expansion, Blizzard today announced that both these legendary cards are being sent to the Hall of Fame a year before they would have naturally rotated out. Since release, Genn and Baku, which require you to build your deck entirely using either even or odd cards respectively in exchange for an upgraded hero power, have had a warping effect on the meta. Once Hearthstone’s new Season of the Dragon begins, they will only be playable in the Wild format, where the Piloted Shredders roam free. Joining Genn and Baku will be three Classic cards, as Team 5 continues its multi-year mission to remove anything playable from the game’s original set. The cards leaving will be Doomguard, Divine Favor and Naturalize. Of those, … [Read more...] about Genn, Baku and Doomguard sent to the Hall of Fame as Hearthstone heads into the Year of the Dragon
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Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to create a game – to weave new worlds upon our screens, guided only by our imaginations, ingenuity and the limitations of the in-game taxation system. Magic, right there: the birth of your own universe. For a while there, it looked as though the management flame was fading, choked by the low-grade tycoon games that littered supermarkets’ dusty games shelves. But this is The New Age Of PC Games, which means every near-abandoned idea of yesteryear has been revisited in thoughtful and ambitious new ways. Town sims and theme sims are now healthier and more vibrant than they’ve ever been, expanding. This round-up … [Read more...] about The 20 best management games on PC
Allow me to be blunt—professional football, as we know it, is dying. By all accounts, the National Football League is the twenty-first-century tobacco industry. Dogged by public health concerns and tarnished by unwinnable political skirmishes, Sunday has become just another day of the week to many sports fans. According to a report by ESPN, the average Sunday Night Football viewership has seen a consistent decline over the last few years, falling to a loss of 4.347 million viewers between 2015 and 2017. Not only is the NFL losing fans, but it’s failing to create new ones. According to a 2014 survey conducted by Sports Business Journal, 61% of millennials believe that the NFL is a “sleazy” organization. And that was four years ago—before the NFL’s blatant mismanagement allowed its very existence to be a highly sensitive, political issue. While these numbers pose questions about the longevity of the Madden franchise, it seems less likely that football … [Read more...] about What Will Football Games Look Like After the NFL?
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the NES’s launch in Japan (as the Family Computer), I’m counting down the 35 greatest games to appear on NES in the U.S. You can find the first part (from 35-16) here. Now, on to the top 15 … 15. Tecmo Super Bowl (Tecmo, 1991) Football games have changed a lot over the years, drifting toward the full-season career management model of Madden NFL with the occasional unlicensed hyperactive arcade-style experience. There actually are other approaches, though! And right around the time the original Madden was making its mark, Tecmo created a gem of an alternative. Tecmo Super Bowl, the sequel to the beloved Tecmo Bowl, embodies the best of the old-school 8-bit football style. It plays less like a coaching sim than modern football games, yet it nevertheless avoids being an all-out action title, too. By walking the line between the genre’s two extremes, Super Bowl continued Tecmo’s trend of producing top-flight sports games … [Read more...] about The 35 greatest NES games, part 2
These are the best Xbox One games, officially and painstakingly selected especially for you, dear reader. Some great games are on the horizon for Xbox One. Just this week Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was announced, and with State of Decay 2 imminent and Crackdown 3 rumoured to be coming soon, 2018 looks like its going to be a good year. We’ve recently added Capcom’s life-consuming action-RPG Monster Hunter World to this list, as well as overnight streaming sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale. Microsoft’s first AAA-exclusive of the year – Sea of Thieves – dropped in March. Despite some launch issues, it’s such swashbuckling fun that it’s made our list too. At the tail end of last year the beautiful Egyptian open-world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Nazi-splattering FPS extravaganza, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus both made the cut. It was also time to bid farewell to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Middle Earth: Shadow of War … [Read more...] about The best Xbox One games in 2018: every must-play on Xbox One S and One X