On April 26th 2018, Epic Games turned off the servers for their free-to-play third-person MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), Paragon, after only two short years. While the game did manage to build a fervent community during that time, the number of concurrent players just wasn’t enough to sustain ongoing development, and this was unfortunately impacted by the huge (and largely unexpected) success of Fortnite Battle Royale. Given that game’s unprecedented success, Epic needed to shift resources from one project to another, and unfortunately, something had to give. Long live Paragon.
Hopefully you’ve read my initial impressions of Warframe, so you’ll know I’ve fallen for it. Perhaps as a result of that, you’ve decided to give Warframe a shot – at the very least, the price is right (you can’t beat free). Maybe you’ve played for an hour or so and learned how to manoeuvre your character around the environment only to find – BAM – suddenly you’re on board your ship, the Liset, and left to your own devices. How do you wade through all of this, and what are all these currencies and resources and … how the hell do you even level up??? Well, this is possibly the introduction you’re after. Here, I’ll be outlining/explaining what I learned in my first 25 hours of the game – a beginners overview of Warframe, BY a beginner. Note this is not a guide, just an explanation of how everything works, which I could have used about 20 hours of playtime prior to now…
It’s a weird thing to say, but it’s true – after around 20 hours with Warframe, I can safely say that I have barely scratched the surface. This indicates a couple of things: 1., that the game has an enormous amount of content, and 2., it’s likely incredibly complex. That said, I also feel I’ve played enough to provide my impressions on the game (and read into that as you will – it took me 20 hours to get comfortable enough to form a solid opinion). In brief: I’ve fallen in love with this game, but boy does it require a time investment.
With Destiny 2, Bungie has clearly taken the time to look at what was inherently good and bad about the original game, and used that as a foundation for a new title in the series, effectively creating a game that perhaps the original Destiny should have been. There are pros and cons to this approach, but I’m still struggling to gather my thoughts, and as the game itself is so polarising – it’s virtually impossible to cover all bases.
I’m not a big fan of mobile games. For the most part, the control scheme generally doesn’t feel right. Without buttons or thumbsticks, most games feel “off”, and those games that just require touch controls usually feel like quick time-wasters for me – I can never get invested enough to spend more than 5 or 10 minutes at a time, and my desire to do even that may only last a day or two. The other thing is that most mobile games feel too… intrusive or exploitatitve – just let me play the game and I’ll decide for myself if I want to spend money. Continue reading Exploring free-to-play
I’ve written a couple of posts about Lawbreakers already – check out my preview and beta impressions, if you’re interested – so it took me some time to gather my thoughts in order to say something that I hadn’t already said. I know that I really enjoy the game, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why (beyond the game simply being fun to play). This morning, I came to a realisation – Lawbreakers is a distillation of modern shooters, using old school arena shooters as a base. Continue reading Review: Lawbreakers
This year is a phenomenal year for video games – in my opinion, there are already four contenders for Game of the Year (although I really don’t think it’s possible to give a single GoTY award, because there’s too much gold to choose from), and the year has only just tipped the halfway mark. Keep in mind that when I say there are four contenders for GoTY, these are just from the ones I’ve played – I’ve missed quite a few releases that have also received a fair amount of fanfare.
The second half of the year is also going to be filled with some amazing titles – it will be difficult enough to find the time to play them all, let alone the money! In order to keep on top of it all, I’ve created this crazy long list – starting with games released in the first half of this year that I’ve played, followed by those I’ve missed (so far). I’ll then briefly list the next big titles expected in the second half (some of which have already been released). Continue reading The first half of 2017