With Destiny 2's Season of the Drifter and Joker's Wild DLC scheduled to release next Tuesday, March 5, today Bungie released a new dev-guided trailer overviewing everything coming in the next season. The headlining act is Gambit Prime, which Bungie described as the final exam to Gambit's practice test. Gambit Prime features new rules and Primeval mechanics said to require raid-esque coordination. Gambit Prime matches are only one round apiece, for instance, and the mode allows players to siphon Motes of Light from the enemy team on top of robbing them of their motes via invasions. It will also feature two new maps, with a Mars map coming in week one and a Titan map coming in week two. Incidentally, the Exotic hand cannon Thorn is also scheduled to arrive in week two. That said, the most exciting change has got to be Gambit Prime's firmly defined player roles. By equipping new color-coded armor sets, Gambit Prime players can tailor their loadouts and play as one of the … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 Season of the Drifter trailer unveils Power Surge bounties, Gambit Prime, and The Reckoning endgame PvE activity
Invasion of the space invaders
This article ran in two parts across PC Gamer issues 324 and 325. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the UK and the US. The history of computer strategy games begins on tables and boards, crammed inside cupboards alongside that knackered old box of Risk that every home seems to possess. The moment strategy made the leap to consoles and computers, it was already familiar. These weren’t just inspired by the games people were playing, in many cases they were direct copies that had been squeezed, sometimes awkwardly, onto a new platform. In 1972, Invasion was released for the Magnavox Odyssey. It was Risk, essentially, but with Pong-like battles that were fought on top of overlays that had to be slapped on the front of the television. Aside from the battles, Invasion was mostly played on a physical board, so the actual strategy game didn’t really take place on the console at all. The Odyssey’s limited capabilities … [Read more...] about The history of the strategy game
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is 11th mainline installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The series not only has more than a lineage of consistently producing popular open-world stealth action adventure games but also in innovating the trend of open-world free-running parkour, tower climbing map unlocks, and auto-tracking combat mechanics that overwhelmed the gaming industry for entire console generation. Despite the initial critical acclaim and routine commercial success of its installments, the franchise was unable to maintain excitement surrounding it. Due to its annual release structure and incremental improvements, by 2014 the Assassin’s Creed franchise had slowly reached stagnation and left its fans disillusioned. Once it became apparent that franchise fatigue had set in, Ubisoft finally realized their folly and took a yearlong break from its annual cycle of release, and in 2017 they released Assassin’s Creed Origins; an installment that brought … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review, More of the Same?
The premise of Attack of the Earthlings is the flip of a well-worn trope: Instead of being faced with an impending alien invasion, humans are the intergalactic terror. And (even worse, depending on your own views) the invading terrans are hopelessly incompetent capitalists, who are out to make a quick buck. As the matriarch of a race of insect-like extraterrestrials, your only goal is to wipe out the humans and stop them from plundering your home to fill up their coffers. Structurally, Attack of the Earthlings takes nods from the likes of XCOM and other turn-based tactical games. Instead of starting with a squad, though, you're generally alone. As you consume the bodies of your enemies (an essential part of hiding corpses, of course), you can spit out smaller, weaker creatures. Play revolves around your carapaced corps and guiding the spawnlings through each level. And, as a system for expanding play and tactical options, it works well. As you go, you'll unlock new abilities to torment … [Read more...] about Attack Of The Earthlings Review: The Tables Have Turned
There's a space of dead air in the Undead Parish. The walkway from the Blacksmith's bonfire into the Parish itself never felt entirely right. But I trudged along regardless, attempting to find a summon sign to fight the Belfry Gargoyles. However, what I got was the opposite. A message popped up at the bottom of my screen. "Dark Spirit Karel_88 has invaded". The Dark Souls I knew was gone. The predictability of the enemies was gone. I was up against another human; A complete wildcard. Needless to say, I was blindsided and killed in an instant. PvP in Dark Souls is just as obtuse as the rest of the game, with the player having to complete bosses in a certain order to join a covenant or obtain a hard to find item. Knowing what an achievement it is to even be able to invade other players in Dark Souls makes it even more terrifying when faced against someone who has gone to all that trouble just to get to you. On the opposite end of this are the people who actively seek out invasions, to … [Read more...] about The rituals, strategies, honour and etiquette that keep Dark Souls PvP alive