‘Fortnite’ Is Quite an Accomplishment

There are some very good personal computer games that are available from many different developers. You will find no shortage of games available in a wide variety of genres. One of the best to come out in a very long time is called “Fortnite” developed by Epic Games. This can be played with just two people or up to 100. It is really up to you and how much free time you have. The concept of the game is as simple and fun as they come. You are dropped into an area where you have to stay alive longer than all of the other people you are playing against. There are many different weapons that you will be able to collect along the way in order to help you in your quest.

The large scope of the game is really impressive. You can literally be playing against 100 other people. Needless to say, that many players will require quite a bit time to complete. The characters that you can choose from in the game are very different from one another. They all have various abilities that are unique. Therefore, you will need to choose very wisely when you are choosing a “Fortnite” character to use.

The major flaw in the game is the fact that the characters sometimes move much slower than they should. This can be very problematic in certain situations where there are many characters on the screen at the same time and there is a lot of shooting going on. There is no telling if this glitch will get corrected any time soon. The game is still a lot of fun. However, it might take you a while to learn how to master it. You should practice as much as you can. This will help you to live much longer in “Fortnite” than you otherwise would. It should be noted that the game is much more fun if you play with a large number of people.

Microsoft Unveils New Xbox Game Pass

As streaming services become bigger, more and more businesses are going to take up the model.

First it was food. Companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh ship pre-portioned, ready-to-cook meals straight to your door. Pick your meals, order on demand, cancel whenever you like. Every year, more and more of these grocery delivery companies open up shop.

Then it was themed boxes. To suggest that there is a themed box subscription service for just about every product under the sun is only slightly hyperbolic. BarkBox – a box subscription delivering dog treats and toys – might be the most famous, but there are subscription services now for razors, T-shirts, toys, hot sauce, craft beer (a good idea, that one) and just about anything else you can think of.

Video game subscription services are also looming on the market. Electronic Arts released Origin Access a couple years ago, and for a low monthly fee, you can play any game on their online catalogue.

Now, Microsoft Studios are unveiling their own subscription service: Xbox Game Pass. The Game Pass works a lot like Netflix. For a modest $10/month, you have unlimited play of any game in the Microsoft catalog, including the Halo and Gears of War franchises.

The big selling point for the Xbox Game Pass, however, is Microsoft’s latest release. Sea of Thieves, which recently made its debut for both PC and console, is the first Microsoft game to be immediately available through their Game Pass. What’s more, Microsoft plans to follow this model for each subsequent release. From now on, their goal is to make each new game immediately available through their game subscription service.

Will the Game Pass actually save you money? That depends. If you’re just signing up to play Sea of Thieves, you’re probably better off just buying the game. Yes, it’s $60, but it will pay for itself in a few months. But if you’re looking at playing through Microsoft Game Studio’s extensive catalogue, this is a killer deal.

GTA Online Gets Cool New Racing Update.

There are few games in the industry like GTA Online and the developers at Rockstar are working to keep it that way. The hit online game has been getting consistent updates for the past several years in order to keep gamers plugged in and now the developers are unleashing something extra special: the San Andreas Sports Series. This event will be running for several weeks and it will feature a string of new cars, a new racing mode, and new ways to earn some GTA$.

The new update will be aping some of Rockstar’s past successes. Fans of the series will notice the influences from Vice City that the Hotring Circuit, which is currently online, has embraced. They’ll also notice a large improvement thanks to the recently released ‘Cunning Stunts’ update. The Hotring Circuit allows up to 30 players to join in on the mayhem and participants will be gaining double GTA$ and RP for their effort all the way until March 26th.

There are a slew of new cars available for purchase but they are going to cost players a pretty penny. Head to Legendary Motorsport in order to test your wallet buying the Overflod Entity XXR or the Vulcar Fagaloa station wagon. Just for reference, the XXR will cost players over $2.3 million. These cars all boast tangible benefits in comparison to other, older GTA:O models, but they aren’t going to be must-use for the Hotring Circuit.

Looking past the San Andreas Sports Series, Rockstar has also been talking about their Target Assault mode. In this new game mode, players will match up in teams of two versus up to eight teams at a time. Basically, this game mode will be like GTA:O’s version of ‘Death Race’ where you have a gunner on your back and a mandate to eliminate all of your enemies at your own discretion. This new mode looks like another great layer of mayhem to one of the more successful online games around in the current generation of options.

‘Sea of Thieves’ Launches, Fans Excited for Pirate Sim

There are few games in the industry right now that have generated as much excitement as ‘Sea of Thieves’. The pirate simulator has essentially captivated the imagination of would-be scallywags all around the world. The game is finally going live after a prolonged beta period and it is hitting consoles and PC’s around the world in style. There is a lot to learn about the new pirate sim so let’s not waste any time and jump right in.

The first thing that you need to know about Sea of Thieves is that the developers at Rare are serious about making this a playable online experience for everyone. While the game is a sandbox -themed pirate sim with a focus on obvious behaviors, Rare still wants a certain style of play to be encouraged. Joe Neate is the executive producer on Sea of Thieves and he had a few pointed words about the title. Neate’s first statement is in response to gamers who were dissatisfied that they could not attack fellow crew members. Neate said, “As a crew, you can’t harm each other and all of the rewards shared.” Neate went on to explain, “There’s literally no reason or motivation to do anything other than cooperate.”

Neate and the rest of the developers on the team went on to explain that they are focused on changing the culture surrounding online gaming. Right now, there is a definite stigma attached to online gaming that seems to imply a certain level of hardship and frustration. Craig Duncan is the Studio lead at Rare for Sea of Thieves and he had his own words to impart. Duncan said, “We’re going to bring a load of people into multiplayer gaming that have maybe rejected multiplayer games before.”

Sea of Thieves is currently available for players who had pre-purchased the game. Right now the developers are going through stress tests on the server which means that they are limiting the number of new players that can register.

Blizzard Announces Updates to Long-Running Warcraft III

After 16 years, Warcraft III is still going strong. Although many Blizzard fans have moved onto other games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II, Warcraft III has a dedicated fan base that refuses to abandon the beloved classic. Blizzard has taken notice and announced a slew of new features to update the game.

According to Kotaku, Blizzard is rebalancing the game and increasing the size of custom games from 12 to 24 players. Blizzard has also updated the in-game editor. Players can use this editor to create their own maps and challenge friends. Dota 2 and League of Legends were originally custom maps on Warcraft III and have now spun off to become full-fledged games of their own.

Fans are speculating about what the changes might mean. Is Blizzard planning to re-release the game or even develop a sequel? The company is famous for maximizing the value of its intellectual property. World of Warcraft continues to receive expansions over a decade after its original release. A few years ago, Blizzard updated the original Starcraft and released a popular sequel to the hit strategy game.

Revamping Warcraft III wouldn’t be a challenge for the mega-successful company. Blizzard could reuse its engine from Starcraft II, meaning the biggest change would be updated, high-definition character models. The company might even decide to update Warcraft I and II as a true reward for long-time fans. Of course, Blizzard is famously tight-lipped and hasn’t released concrete details of its plan for the series. For now, Warcraft III fans can only speculate about the potential changes coming to the Warcraft universe.

EA Releases ‘Dead Space’ on Origin For Free — A Mea Culpa for Past Problems?

PC Gamers have had precious few nice things to say about EA over the past six months, but things might start turning around here shortly. EA just announced a free release of the hit 2008 title, ‘Dead Space’. The game, developed by the dismantled Visceral Games, was released to almost universal critical acclaim and it has helped to reinvigorate the science fiction/horror genre that has so often been woefully overlooked. For fans that didn’t get a chance to play ‘Dead Space’ the first time around, now might be the perfect opportunity. All you need in order to download the free release is an Origin account.

The story of ‘Dead Space’ pulls from several of the greatest works of science fiction horror around, from ‘Alien’ to ‘The Thing’ and everything in between. The title follows Isaac Clarke, yes a pretty deliberate reference, in his journey aboard the USG Ishimura. Clarke is an engineer aboard the massive ship, known in-game as a Planet Cracker, and he is there when horrors are unleashed thanks to a relic possessed by the Unitology. The title follows Clarke as he seeks to right the very horrific wrongs that have begun to pile up aboard the ship all while he suffers from a hallucinogenic breakdown of his own. Yeah, it’s a pretty heavy title.

Fans of horror and science fiction titles owe it to themselves to get their hands on ‘Dead Space’ in order to get involved with one of the better PC single-player titles in recent memory. With that said, the game won’t be for everyone and if you are claustrophobic or tend to be filled with nightmares you might be better off turning away from this one.

EA is doing their best to try and fix their reputation after a disastrous period surrounding the release of their latest ‘Star Wars’ arena brawler, ‘Battlefront 2’ where they were heavily criticized for microtransactions and other predatory financial practices. A few great tiles being released might sway fans to be a little easier on the legendary company.

Nintendo Switch Adds Another Perfect Title to Their Library.

The developers at Nintendo have been having themselves quite a year. The Nintendo Switch released out of nowhere to incredible critical acclaim and that critical reception was followed up by sales numbers that would turn out to be historic. After beating the PS2’s legendary sales run in Japan, the Nintendo Switch leaps in 2018 with something to prove: that the innovative console was no fluke. In order to keep gamers coming back to the Switch, especially with the strong titles being released on the PS4 and XB1, Nintendo has had to make sure that their library is always expanding with high-quality. Continuing their string of amazing ports and remakes, Nintendo is dropping ‘Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2’ for a release date of 2016 — and the reviews are sparkling.

Fans who haven’t heard of the Bayonetta games probably didn’t spend much time with their Wii U. While the Wii U was pretty much an abject failure, the Bayonetta titles came out and scored amazing reviews. Now, gamers are going to get the chance to play it again, or for the first time, on their Nintendo Switch. Developed by Platinum Games, Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 is an incredible hack ‘n slash title that brings together everything we love about the genre. For those that missed out on the title the first time around, now is a better time than ever to get back on board. Critics have been absolutely gushing about Nintendo’s ability to capably port the title to the Switch in a way that makes sense and our game libraries are better off as a result.

The ability and desire to port titles from across their library, and often across third parties, has been one of the biggest indicators of success for Nintendo with the Switch. Nintendo has already ported several popular titles like ‘Mario Kart 8’ and ‘Pokken Tournament’ and as long as they keep doing so, we will keep on buying. The Nintendo Switch is already looking to have incredible legs for the legendary gaming company.

Eve Online Continues to Innovate MMO World.

We can comfortably say that there is easily no game more divisive in the MMO world than ‘Eve Online’. Eve Online has been called everything from the greatest MMO ever to a functional spreadsheet simulator and very few people end up taking a stance anywhere in between those two extremes. With that being said, Eve Online continues plugging away and this February we saw the infamous title release its new Valentine’s Day update along with a host of re-balancing tweaks and fixes that’ll leave half of their fans happy and the other half annoyed.

Let’s start off by talking about the Valentine’s Day event: Guardians Gala. Fans who have been playing Eve will recognize the game from last Valentine’s Day and they’ll be pretty much expecting the same experience. During the time that this event is live, players will be able to track down gatherings of NPC’s throughout New Eden in order to crash their party and reap some rewards. The fights are easy but the rewards are worth grinding for as you can collect a variety of special ship skins and implants. The event isn’t game-changing but at this point, nothing really is going to be.

The V-Day event update takes a backseat to more functional notes as EVE’s team released their Upwell Structures 2.0 intro and Assault Frigate balancing update. Citadels in the game have been dramatically altered, changing the way that they handle which means that they are stronger on offense, worse on defense, and much more likely to end up as space debris when in low power mode. Defenders in EVE will now be urged to pay attention to their resources while attackers have more of an incentive to take on these massive ships.

There are a host of other technical updates to a variety of different ships and it is well worth booting up the patch notes in order to keep ahead of schedule and in order to know what modifications you need to make going forward.

‘Seat of Thieves’ Takes Proud Stance Against Loot Boxes.

There’s a new title dominating both consoles and PCs thanks to its unique twist on an old genre and that game is ‘Sea of Thieves’. Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves has been gaining some serious momentum as the seafaring pirate-venture has drifted closer and closer to a full release. Amid the many different things you can do in the game, from attending massive ship-based battles, to locking up your enemies in your own brig, Rare is doubling down on making sure that your experience is NEVER going to be ‘pay to win’. Do you hear that EA? Rare is firing shots from their broadside cannons, and you are their targets.

Mike Chapman is the design director at Rare in charge of making sure Sea of Thieves looks as good as it plays (and boy does it look good). Chapman hasn’t been afraid to go on record regarding how his title is going to be different than others out there. Chapman spoke up in a recent interview saying that there are no plans to implement microtransactions for their upcoming launch. While this statement sounds wish-washy on the surface, Chapman goes on to make it very clear where Rare stands on what could become a flagship product. Chapman goes on to emphasise that the team will NEVEr add loot boxes into their game. Chapman explains, “There’ll never be a form of gambling in Sea of Thieves, of any description.” Chapman went on to lob a shot at companies who have embraced random ‘prizes’ by saying that ‘pay to win’ is something that will be ‘completely out of the question’.

With all of that being said, Chapman understands the reality of the gaming market and he isn’t brushing aside the idea of adding expenses into the actual game itself — but they have to make sense, and they can’t alter the balance of the game. Chapman says with a smile, “What’s a Sea of Thieves way of doing it? What’s going to bring value to our players?”

Blizzard’s Overwatch Will Be Free to Play on Valentine’s Weekend

As a special Valentine’s Day gift to its playerbase, Activision-Blizzard has just announced a free weekend for their hit game Overwatch. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Overwatch will be available free to play for the entire weekend of February 16 to the 19 starting midday on Friday and ending a minute before midnight on Monday.

Overwatch is a massive online multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company behind enduring hits like World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. Praised by critics and fans alike for its fast paced gameplay, colorful and unique character roster, and engaging narrative, Overwatch has gained huge amounts of attention since its launch in May 2016.

While many have already taken the plunge and bought the game, others have held out for various reasons. Periodically, the developers will announced events like these where new players are encouraged to try the game entirely for free without having to spend the normal $40 to buy it.

Those new to the game who begin during the free weekend will have access to all 26 heroes, 17 maps, and 4 different game modes, as well as extra features like Loot Boxes, level progression, and alternate skins. Additionally, any progress made during the free weekend will carry over if and when a person buys the full game so long as they do so on the same network account they played on originally. Achievements, though, are disabled for free players.

With Overwatch’s intuitive matchmaking system that pairs lower ranked players with others of their skill level and vice versa, there’s no reason not to try things out entirely for free. Players will be under no obligation to buy the full game once the free weekend comes to a close, either.

For more information and a complete list of everything offered to free players, check out the Play Overwatch website to stay up to date on everything. PC players can even head over to Battle.net to pre-download the game before the weekend, giving them extra time to play.