I wish I could say that 2018 was a stellar year for World of Warcraft. It started off as one, certainly. Legion, one of the best expansions since Wrath of the Lich King, was winding to a triumphant close and everyone was high off of the adrenaline rush of giving Sargeras, Warcraft's chief villain, a giant noogie. The next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, promised a giant perspective shift away from intergalactic demon armies to the reason so many millions of people subscribed to this crazy game in the first place: All out Alliance versus Horde warfare.The opening volley of Battle for Azeroth was great, as I said in my review. The new zones were lush and fun, and the new group activities like Warfronts and Island Expeditions were interesting at first. Then the dust settled and players stared ahead at the long months of pointless grinding to increase the level of your Heart of Azeroth necklace, the aggressive RNG that stood between you and a coveted piece of gear, and that hard-to-place … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft in 2019: What to look forward to and what to dread
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During Blizzcon 2018, World of Warcraft senior game designer Jeremy Feasel took the stage to reveal details about update 8.2, which won't arrive until well into 2019. Titled Rise of Azshara, this patch will see the Alliance and the Horde juggling their interfactional conflict to also deal with the rise of the naga threat, led by none other than Queen Azshara herself. Oh, and in between all that we'll make a quick detour to a city full of steampunk android gnomes. Because this is Warcraft, after all.Like any major patch for World of Warcraft, Rise of Azshara will include a wealth of new activities in the form of dungeons, quests, raids, Island Expeditions, and a lot more. But what's doubly exciting about this patch is that players will also venture to two whole new zones. First of all, players will head to Nazjatar, the underwater capital city of the Naga—though it's not underwater anymore. After Nazjatar, players will venture to Mechagon, the city of the aforementioned android … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft’s 8.2 patch will take players to a steampunk android gnome city
I’ve never done anything too extreme to play a video game before. In fact, I remember going to my local Best Buy when Nintendo introduced its Super Smash Bros. Wii U demo kiosks, only to turn around once I noticed the line wrapped around the block. I did the same thing at PAX East earlier this year, slyly maneuvering my way around the show floor based on which demo stations had long lines and which games you could just walk up and play. For me, going out of your way to play an upcoming game is similar to going to see the new Avengers movie on opening night. Sure, you get to be a part of the audience, cheer along with your fellow moviegoers, and most importantly, be on the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist. Additionally, you know once you walk out of that theater you can read all of the latest think pieces, digest every critic’s review, and wander social media without worrying about stumbling onto spoilers. However, that experience comes with a price. More often than not, … [Read more...] about Reindeer Meat is Delicious (and Other Things I Learned Traveling to Sweden to Play Legend of Solgard)
Pick your battles Is imitation really flattery? Or is it just sneaky stealing? Well, regardless of where you stand on this particular line, it's certainly true that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has a lot of imitators. Games like PUBG are coming in thick and fast and include the likes of Fortnite, but also some big AAA contenders like both Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5 later this year. If they don't float your boat though, there are plenty of other games like PUBG. Some are older, some are new and doing things a little differently, meaning there are plenty of good reasons why you’d might want to play a different Battle Royale game like PUBG, but that's not PUBG. You might be looking for something to tide you over as you patiently wait for PUBG PS4, your preferred platform for Darwinian deathmatches. Alternatively, there is such a thing as too much PUBG, and burning yourself out on PlayerUnknown’s variant of tactical PvP may have left you hungry for change, albeit … [Read more...] about 12 awesome Battle Royale games like PUBG
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?