Thursday, October 23, 2014

Megaserved - What do mass server merges mean for WildStar?

WildStar is the best MMO to be released in recent memory and it's on life support. At least that's what the naysayers will have you believe as they square off against the fan boys who blindly insist that every word from the development team is gospel. While we could endlessly debate the significance of key staff leaving and how specific design choices have led to current circumstances, the hard fact is that WildStar was steadily losing active players to the point where some servers were dangerously underpopulated. The recent implementation of megaservers will put a cork in the problem of empty cities but is unlikely to stimy the greater problem subscriber bleed. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Passion for Pixels: Ep 15 - Boss Fights (Three Hits And He's Dead)

Photo: Brian Talbot / CC BY
Did you know that the first computer game to have boss fights was a dungeon crawler called DnD, that ran on a computer called Illiac, owned by The University of Illinois? Boss fights have been a staple of video games ever since, so we decided to dedicate a whole episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels to our favourite (and least favourite) boss fights. Which are the cliches we can do without? What are the criteria that makes a boss fight a fulfilling challenge? Who tops our list of most memorable boss fights? Download or stream the latest episode to find out!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sauron's Mini-Bosses: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (review)

The news ticker for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor reads 'Assassin's Creed meets Tolkien' and while I wouldn't suggest that this analogy is necessarily a bad thing, I feel that it does sell the game short. Assasin's Creed may be lean on innovation, but each successive entry proves that the base formula of parkour, stealthy kills, and well-timed parries is still a blast. Shadow of Mordor admirably builds on this through a robust nemesis system that has a few flaws but is ultimately a ton of fun.