5 More of My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

2016 was a great year for us with lots of amazing releases. However, 2017, new year new me right? Here are 5 more of 2017’s tiles that I’m really looking forward to playing, and why. These are different titles that I posted in my previous “Top Games” article, so please give it a read!

1. Legend of Zelda remains (RPG)

There are currently over 40 Nintendo switch games confirmed for release in 2017. However, the Legend of Zelda remains. This game was expected in 2016, but it was pushed back and will now be released in 2017, with the developers already picking March 3 as its launch date. The game will also be released alongside the Nintendo switch, making it available for both the Wii U and the switch platform. This game contains some peculiar game mechanics with a cooking link, sliding down on his shield and many other quirky stuff. This game promises to be the best Zelda game ever.

2. Batallion 1944 (FPS, Multiplayer)

The battlefield 1 came with a lot of thrill, but all focus has shifted to Battalion 1994 on its announcement, because of the back to basics feel of a World War II shooter it gives. From the preview, the game has a beautiful outlook; it will also be multiplayer ONLY and will be available for PS4, XBOX and PC. You can definitely look forward to this title if you’re an FPS buff.

3. Nioh (Action RPG)

Personally, I am a huge fan of samurais, and Nioh promises to be another great one from the team ninja, the RPG game is expected to be available by February and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. From its demo, it is garnered that you will play the role of a western samurai who would attempt to slay all enemies (both humans and supernatural) in a typical ancient Japanese setting. The game is quite dark in nature but full of excitement. I’m definitely looking forward to role-playing a western samurai.

4. Shenmue 3 (Action Adventure)

This game was expected in 2016, but it is now set to be released in 2017. It is a continuation of the Hazuki story of the Shenmue 2, with Lan Di and a new antagonist featuring as well. The game created a record on Kickstarter after it reached an initial target of $2 million under 8 hours.

5. Vampyr (RPG)

Vampyr is yet another great game from Dontnod, it involves a vampire doctor who struggles to fight his vampire condition. He tries to abide to the Hippocratic Oath despite the thirst for blood. The game is a set in 1918 during a flu pandemic in London, and Dontnod has noted that it is possible to complete the entire game without spilling a drop of blood. This game is a master piece that vampire fans can’t wait to start playing.

These are 5 titles that I’m looking forward to playing in Q1 of 2017. I know there are a bunch of other game titles that I’ve missed out here, but that just proves how amazing of a year 2017 will be for gamers worldwide. Looking forward to it!

Overwatch: The Ultimate Doomfist Pre-Release Guide

Blizzard has always been keen on dropping hints about upcoming content through immersive storytelling. By paying attention to the lore, especially the stories that are told through out-of-game cinematics and events, the possibility of Doomfist as an upcoming release is more than just a tease. While his character traits and release date still lay in the land of speculation, there is plenty that can be extracted about this upcoming hero’s skill set, play style, and lore contribution.

How Doomfist Will Play

Doomfist as a character has been present in the Overwatch universe since the very first cinematic release. In the now-famous animated short, Doomfist’s powerful gauntlet is seen in one of the museum’s exhibits. After being given a short backstory by the younger brother, it is then used as a weapon of defense to take down Widowmaker and aid the members of Overwatch in a small victory.

With the iron gauntlet as the leading piece of imagery for the original cinematic, it is clear that this will play the most major role in determining Doomfist’s hero abilities. We can glean that Doomfist will likely be a melee-heavy character with the potential to do some real damage while staying heavily armored for defense. He will likely be labeled as a tank, although his ultimate has a possibility of being one of the highest-damage dealing attacks in the entire game. His fist has been reported to “level skyscrapers”, which is something that players will definitely have to look out for.

Clues at Numbani

In the new release of the Numbani map, there is a clear display of Doomfist’s history along one of the corridors. A series of three posters labels three different individuals who have hailed the title of “Doomfist”, making it similar to the title of Green Lantern. The newest Doomfist, also known as “The Successor”, is drawn with backwards-facing legs. This implies that he may be partially or wholly robotic, hinting at a possible Omnic threat. The fact that his gauntlet is electrically-charged drops heavy hints that the character will use a mix of physical and electrical powers. This leaves a heavy amount of ambiguity over whether or not Doomfist is posed to be a hero or a villain.

Furthermore, now that Overwatch fans have learned about the three historical Doomfist wielders, there is a distinct possibility that the player will have the option to choose between three different types of gauntlets. This implies a large amount of versatility within the character, opening the door of possibility for Doomfist as a support or even as a ranged hero.

As Blizzard continues to release more information about Doomfist, and as we draw nearer and nearer to an expected hero release date, more will be made clear about the playability and overall potential of heroes like Doomfist and beyond.

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Why Playstation Vita Lost to Nintendo 3DS?

In the past few months, there had been a growing rumor that the Playstation Vita will soon be discontinued by Sony. There had been many reports of a steady decline of Vita’s hardware and game availability from numerous retail stores in North America. On the other hand, its rival the Nintendo 3DS, still continues to steadily make a good number of sales. So what caused the downfall of the Vita?

Since the early days of the “Console Wars”, Sony has always relied on the superiority of their hardware to promote their products – better graphics, faster processors. While this is still true today on their handheld devices, it is somehow no longer significant to the consumers as reflected in the market figures. The initial reception for the Playstation Vita was quite good with combined sales of more than 500,000 units in North America and Japan! From there however, figures had a general decline in the succeeding years. Here are some of the factors that may have contributed to the downfall of the Vita:

Emergence of Mobile Games

Mobile phones are considered to be one of most essential devices of this generation. Its emergence heralded the demise of many technologies in the past – pagers, FM radios, digital cameras and PDAs, among others. This also poses a threat to handheld consoles now that the market for mobile games rises in popularity not only for casual gamers but to hardcore ones as well. Many consumers would rather purchase a phone with tons of practical uses that one that is designed specifically for games. Titles like Mobile Strike and Clash Royale are the favoured on-the-go games for many gamers.

Game Titles

Let’s face it. When people hear the word Nintendo, a face of Mario instantly pops out of their minds. One of the strongest reasons why Nintendo kept a tight grip on the handheld market was their own set of exclusive titles. The Pokemon video game franchise alone has sold about 279 million games worldwide as of February 2016. This together with Monster Hunter, Super Mario, Super Smash Brothers and The Legend of Zelda, among others ensure that a steady number of fans will support their devices. Sony might also have notable exclusives under their name, but numbers prove that it is not enough to keep them afloat in the market.

Game Production

Apparently, hardware superiority is also one of the downfalls of the Vita. Its advanced specifications made it harder for developers to create games. They find it harder to utilize some of the PS Vita’s features. It also poses a great risk for game developers to produce a high budget title given the uncertainty of Vita’s consumer base. This is possibly one of the reasons why Nintendo chose to produce cheaper consoles and focused their strength more on innovative ideas.

 

Overwatch PTR Changes!

Season 3 is coming to an end! For those of you who are stuck at a shitty tier rating, fear not, you can make use of Boostards’ Overwatch boosting services to get out of your rut before the season ends. In other news, everyone’s favourite robot is getting a huge rework in the coming weeks!

There are few heroes in Overwatch that can annoy you as much as Bastion. Sure, Sombra comes out of nowhere, Reinhardt can be tough and Genji can is an annoying double jumping cyborg ninja. Bastion will simply enter sentry mode and spray the living daylights out of everyone. If you’re walking out in the open, you’re dead. In essence, it’s been a love/hate relationship with this guy from the get-go. Good news, though. Blizzard is planning some major changes to Bastion in an attempt to improve his gameplay and balance.

Sentry Mode: Where Bastion is as good as a sitting duck, albeit one with a 500 caliber machine gun with 200 bullets. The machine gun spread has been increased. This means that Bastion is still able to rip tank heroes apart, but greatly inhibits his ability to turret-snipe other heroes. Most players would agree that this has been one of the key issues until now.

Recon Mode: This is the mobile mode of Bastion. Changes have also been made to the machinegun spread in this mode, but opposite from Sentry Mode. It’s been decreased while the magazine size has been increased. This improves Bastion’s chances to stay alive and helps in dealing with those pesky flankers.

Self-Repair: This could potentially have a great impact on the way people chose to play this hero, as you no longer have to remain stationary to use Self-Repair. This means that you can move around while you use it, which will increase the frequency with which you’re going to use it. A meter has been added that will drain as you are using this ability, and will recharge when you are done using it. Essentially, this will allow Bastion players to move around, while taking damage, and also self-heal. It’s actually a big improvement and can help with Bastion’s survivability a lot!

While nerfing the turret might seem crippling to those who love Bastion, these changes promise to even the odds. You’ll still but able to rip through enemy tanks and close range targets in general, but the turret-sniping will be taken care of via increasing spread when firing. It will also be easier to survive in recon mode, where machine gun spread has been decreased and time between reloads are increased. Bastion is also more mobile with his Self-Repair changes. Perhaps these nerfs and improvements are exactly what is needed to balance Bastion and even the odds. We’ll see how these changes play out in the coming weeks after they go live.

Hearthstone: The Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl is back!

For all you Hearthstone lovers who missed the opportunity to get the Winter Veil Wreath cardback in 2015, the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl is open once again today, on February 1st, and for those who have already won one brawl, you will receive a Classic Card Pack!

The Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl as many of you already know, is a new game mode from Hearthstone, even considered by many to be the most fun. Your main goal, of course, is to win the match and win the main prize, the Winter Veil Wreath cardback, or a Classic Card Pack.

The crates will always give you gifts every time you destroy them, including your own crates, so you can make use of this to prevent your opponent from getting gifts. However! Know how to play wisely, if you destroy your own box on your turn, there will only be another one of your side on your next move. The gifts that you will receive are 1 mana spells, and with it, you can discover your opponent’s cards, but, for each card you discover, it will cost 5 mana less than normal.

This is a cool game mode for beginners to learn more about individual cards. You should think hard about destroying the crates, because if you destroy an opponent’s crate, you will discover specific cards from his class, and if you destroy yours, you will discover cards of your own class.

Hearthstone is a game that requires you to have a good strategy when making your moves, and in the Gift Exchange Tavern Brawl, you will need to get as many gifts as possible and preventing your opponent from getting them.

On the one hand, this is a good opportunity for players to get the Winter Veil Wreath cardback, after all, who does not want to own all the possible items? But this may end up being a bit unpleasant for those who got the item in 2015, because it will no longer be such an exclusive item, so if you already own the Winter Veil Wreath cardback, you will not be able to boast so much now as the number of people that have the item will increase. But do not be so sad, you can win a Classic Card Pack at least.

So what are you guys waiting for? It’s time to start brawling! I’ll probably be spending the next few days playing Hearthstone simply because this brawl is so fun. If you haven’t already tried this game, I highly recommend playing it and you can check out my previous post on Hearthstone here.

Top Gaming Titles You Should Look Out For in 2017

The year 2016 has so far witnessed the release of phenomenal video games. Avid video gamers still cannot get enough of the fresh game titles released this year such as No Man’s sky, Tom Clancy ‘s The Division, Call of Duty infinite Warfare and more. The year is coming to a close soon so I want to take this opportunity to talk about a couple of game titles I think will be big hits in the coming year, 2017. I have lined up some of the most anticipated games for the coming year on PS4, Xbox one, Nintendo and PC gaming platforms. Here are the games that everyone should be the most excited about.

Lords of the Fallen

The first release looked pretty much like the Dark Souls but it didn’t have anything close to it’s level of difficulty. The game was good but not great and we anticipate that the second version due to be relased in 2017 should fix all the pitfalls that rocked the first. Lords of the Fallen is developed by CI games and they intend to gain more popularity through this new franchise, we are not exactly sure how they will pull this off but it makes the wait for the release of the game somewhat mouthwatering.

Injustice 2

News of a 2017 version of injustice 2 just keep making the rounds and from all indications, we are set to witness in the coming year the continuation of this exciting video game. It is expected to be on PS4, and Xbox One platforms with new features such as the ability of players to fine-tune their characters by unlocking new armour which will give the game an RPG feel. WB games says it will have the highest roster of DC fighting games and we cannot wait to see what all these promises will eventually turnout to be.

Overwatch

This game was launched in 2016, but from the looks of things, it isn’t slowing time any time soon. With the recent Overwatch League that Blizzard launched, exciting new Christmas event coming up this month, the new Overwatch rank system and Season 3 of competitive kicking off. Many Overwatch players are so excited that they’ve started purchasing Overwatch boosting services that apparently help them to obtain certain competitive ranks and rewards in the game. The Season resets every 3 months but players of Overwatch are definitely kicking it up over the new year, and into the new year.

For Honor

If you love Viking stories like most people do, then For Honor should be a game to forward to in the coming year. Slated for release on February 14 2017, the game involves players taking up one of 3 roles; a Viking, Knight or Samuari. Of course, you should expect each role to come with unique abilities to help you during gameplay. Unfortunately, the proposed analog system of control will require a higher level of accuracy for you to be successful in the game.

Crash Bandicoot

Arguably one of the most popular E3 games, Crash Bandicoot is expected to make a dramatic return to the PS4 scene very soon. This was confirmed by E3’s announcement this year, and most lovers of crash cannot wait to have him on PS4. The new version of the game is expected to be a remastered version of the crash 1, 2, and 3, although we are not certain whether all game modes will be packed together.

Horizon Zero Dawn

This yet another Playstation exclusive Guerrila game and we are somewhat excited about the prospects of the game. A fantastic mixture of fiction and robotics, where you will play as Bow-yeilding female hero who is focused on defeating robotic creatures. Horizon zero down promises to be a fascinating video game which is scheduled to be released on PS4 platforms by 3 March 2017.

 

With the following lineup, I’m definitely getting hyped for 2017, I’m not sure about you but as you can tell, I’m looking forward to playing the RE-MASTERED Crash Bandicoot. Just reminicsing about the themesong now really brings back so much nostalgia.

 

StarCraft 2: Price Drops, News, and Releases

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Price Drops/Discounts

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of real-time strategy video game StarCraft II The Complete Trilogy, the price on Legacy of the Void was dropped to the price of $29.99. Blizzard Entertainment, the owners of the game, also decided to drop the price of StarCraft II Battlechest to $39.99. This is an excellent opportunity for gamers looking to round out their set. This version contains all three games: Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. The latter pricing is an excellent deal, as the latter three games are sold at $19.99 separately. The included versions in the set are expanded editions from 2013, with added character units and multiplayer changes. The Digital Deluxe Edition of the game set’s Complete Trilogy is also available at the price of $59.99, for the added bonuses, portraits and game skin you get in the edition. So here is a great chance for fans to buy the complete set, in case you missed out on the game’s sale on its first release in the previous year. Note: The Collector’s Edition set with a coloring book, which is an expanded version off the Deluxe set, is not available currently on Starcraft II’s although it is available used on Amazon, Ebay, and other video game retailers and secondhand game shops.

HD Remastering of Blizzard 1998 Edition Game

According to a reliable major news outlet in South Korea, iNews24 (its first online newspaper), a press report in August 2016 said that Starcraft was to have released an HD remastered version of its popular classic from 1998, the Blizzard, in September 2016. Kotaku, a Japanese media outlet, also reported a similar thing based off Korea’s site. Yet the news on the release of this remastered version is still very scant elsewhere, since the time the release was supposed to have happened. The release is not currently featured on the Starcraft II website or featured on websites of major game retailers. Blizzard HD boasts higher-resolution graphics and user interface, along with, of course, improved sound quality, for all die-hard faithful fans of the old version who cannot move on from the classic video game version. Blizzard HD’s remastered edition was also reported to have been revealed in further detail and greater depth at BlizzardCon, in Anaheim, California, which occurred. However, it seems that the news was as yet a rumor, or premature prediction somewhat ahead of its actual time. News of similar Warcraft III, as well as Diablo II remasterings were also circulating in the United States a year ago. It remains for fans to be patient, until Blizzard releases news of the remastered editions itself on its website. That currently hasn’t happened yet.

Starcraft BlizzardCon 2016, in Anaheim, California

The yearly event, particularly for StarCraft game buffs and nerds worldwide, was held from October 26 to November 5 of this year, in Anaheim, California (the site of Disneyland). The event featured two championships for Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm games. It is not revealed to outsiders if the Blizzard HD Remastering was discussed.

Other Releases

Nova Covert Ops, a single-player version game, is being sold for $7.49 each, in bundles. The game is also releasing its Complete Trilogy Set this November. A must have for any Starcraft fan.

New Streaming Feature by Blizzard

The recent partnership between Facebook and Blizzard is one of the most fascinating experiences as it allows players of Blizzard gamers to stream their games to the world. The feature is meant to enable players to stream all their Blizzard games including Overwatch, StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft and others to Facebook. Gamers will have the freedom to stream the games to pages that they manage in addition to their personal profiles.

The service which is simply being referred to as Blizzard streaming allows all gamers to stream through pressing an icon on the upper right hand corner than anyone can click on in order to stream. This service is the first one from the developer directly from the app. This means that gamers no longer have to capture set up to stream their Blizzard games to the world.

The video game streaming procedure is quite straight forward and allows for the microphone and webcam capture. It gives you the control over the size and position of the webcam image as well as with other setting of the video live. All that is needed to start the process is to connect your battle.net account with your Facebook account.

Currently, the Blizzard streaming service is only available to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia; however a global roll-out will soon be available according to the Blizzard Developers. The service is only currently available to PC gamers but Mac support is currently on the works.

The competition for video game streaming is on heat following the move. Blizzard having further announced the addition of a Facebook login option for the entire PC gaming community, will soon be paving new ways for social functionality in their available PC games.

There are some stumbling blocks however facing the new streaming service since not all gamers will be comfortable with streaming feeds to their news feed as they are most often filled with co workers and relatives.

Looking back at how streaming was just a few years ago, it’s amazing to see how far the streaming industry has come. With Blizzard’s new feature, streaming is bound to be a much more mainstream activity now. Which can only be seen as a good thing for most gamers, and the game industry in general.