Why Does a Game Die (Opinion)

I feel the ice cold ceramic curl around my cheeks. Excrement already long expelled but my eyes are glued to my phone. I’m watching a classic Crucible match from Destiny put on by WTFISPOSHY. It takes me back to when that games PVP was getting insane love. Yet now, even with a new DLC and tons of Christmas n00bs, the game still feels just dead. Why does a game die?

Long ago, the reigning King of MMO popularity was World of Warcraft. With its initials it seemed destined to WOW millions of players for years. 

The stats didn’t lie either for quite some time. Since debuting in 2005 the player base steadily exploded for a number of years, capping at just around 12 million in 2008.

But now, talk to any random gamer out there, are they more likely to bring up their call of duty KD or their latest raid loot from a World of Warcraft binge?

Now don’t get me wrong, Call of Duty is dying as well, with it being one of the lowest purchased and streamed entries in the franchise. But we are in an overall new Era of the shooter vs the action RPG. 

Bringing it back to Destiny, I see quite a few of my favorite competitors now streaming Overwatch. This got me thinking about how fan bases migrate over time. I believe that game designers realise certain mechanics that are done well and try to cut out the failure. Did Overwatch scratch that itch for most players? It seems it may have. 

-Nick

Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

Now that the newest generation of hardware has settled in and has been nurtured, we’re seeing consistently incredible products on the market year after year. What will 2017 bring to the table? Here are my top 5 most anicipated games to debut this calender year.


5 Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerilla Games)

 Horizon Zero Dawn cracks open the list in a big way. This game has been teased for some time now, with its initial reveal trailer being at E3 2015. 

Horizon Zero Dawn will mark the 7th game produced and directed by the Amsterdam outfit. 

Players will take on the role of Aloy the bold new female protagonist. She will embark on a quest to reclaim humanity’s power over what appears to be Earth from the grips of cyborg dinosaurs. Guerilla admitted part of the delay in release is the massive scope of this sci fi epic. 

Players can embark on February 28th of this year. 

4 For Honor (Ubisoft Montreal)

I usually like to showcase the smaller production houses on this site but For Honor has some exciting possibilities. 

Set to release February 14th, For Honor will be an online PVP medieval combat game set during myriad periods of human warfare. 

The game will feature game modes such as 4v4 Dominion, 2v2 battles, 4v4 Elimination and even one on one duels. 

What I’m really excited for is the possibility to play a historical simulation that’s not shooting stuff. We’ve had quite a bit of that lately. 

3 Detroit Become Human (Quantic Dream)

David Cage is returning with another thrilling character piece this time in a Neo-Noir setting. 

As in previous games by the developer, Detroit Become Human will feature an interwoven narrative featuring shifting control over the characters, two of which have been confirmed as Kara, the game’s main character and advanced artificial intelligence, and Connor a cybernetic police officer who tracks down free living androids. 

The game released a new trailer viewable here, and it looks incredible. With it being a PS4 exclusive we can be certain a premium visual experience will be found on the new PS4 Pro, giving this game the potential to deliver a down right chilling experience. 

We have no exact release date but it is slated for a 2017 release. 

2 Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog)

I’m sure some lovers of the McCarthyan road drama will be upset this next chapter is not in the top spot. Forgive me, and please put down the shot gun. 

Neil Druckmann took to the official Playstation blog to give a heart felt confirmation the sequel is well underway while not giving out an exact release date.

The game is allegedly going to be co written by some of the minds behind enormously popular Westworld series so could we see some more potential for light sci fi?

We shall have to see but I for one am chomping at the bit for this next installment. 

1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  (Nintendo)

Come on? Who doesn’t love a new Zelda world to get lost in? Breath of the Wild takes the top spot on my list of most exciting titles.

With a steady flow of information being released we now know that Link will be subject to more natural trials requiring him to hunt and survive out in the wild. A design choice that reminds me of Metal Gear Solid 3.

The new art style also excites me, tickling my mind with the memories of how controversial the Wind Waker Link was. 

While no confirmation on an exact date, we can speculate it has the potential to be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping as traditional console lunches are bone dry. 

So what are some of your anticipated games for this year? Any predictions?

-Nick

Ariana Grande Going Mobile 

Just when I thought Final Fantasy was improving with its 15th entry, Brave Exvius astounds with a shameless cash grab. 

On Twitter and Instagram the Starbucks starlet announced her arrival to the recently released mobile cow clicker.

Now don’t get me wrong I think games have been a true art form for decades now, and they have been shown to be a great side gig for up and coming actors (See Kit Harrington in the new, but failed, Call of Duty). 

But is being a pixelated simulation that barely resembles you in a decrepit shell of a series really a good resume point?

-Nick

Breath of the Wild Reveals New Artwork 

Nintendo is starting the year off by revealing many new images of their current flagship title The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

Pictured above is the recently revealed Guardian Enemy which will costar among Link’s usual humanoid lizard and pig meat puppets. 

More info was teased at the just passed Game Awards in a video showcase you can see here

There are no confirmations on the new Zelda’s exact release date but we do know it will be releasing in 2017.

-Nick

Kojima and del Toro Ring in New Year With Shots Fired. 

Konami will die with this decade. Bold statement or zeitgeist? The long and short of it is that the company has been bleeding talent in the last few years. 

Kojima left the company in late 2015, and was burned later at the VGAs by them, being barred from accepting his own award. 

Also in just the last few days Guillermo del Toro blew up on Twitter saying simply Fuck Konami. He was burned by Konami’s cancelling of the Silent Hill game which was set to be directed by Kojima and star Norman Reedus. 

Kojima also tweeted just days ago reflecting on his fans for inspiring him to push on with his own projects. 

Will Konami be able to survive the industry favoring their exiled?

-Nick

Top 5 Games of 2016 

Yes it’s one of those. Sue me. Hey the news cycle is full of these right now. So why should I be different? With all the celebrity demise occurring as of late I figured I would rather close the year with the greatest accomplishments of pixelated puppetry.

5 Overwatch (Blizzard)

I’m a sucker for good competitive experiences, both as a participant and a viewer. My love for Destiny has always been in the crucible, with the PVE experience feeling much more like a grind. I remember always yearning for a pure PVP shooter and I was quite empirically not alone in that. With its diverse combatants everyone has a choice at their avatar of manslaughter. 

4 Battlefield 1 (EA Dice)

One of the greatest feats of the current generation has been taking a large step on the sojourn through uncanny Valley. For war history buffs and military realists alike the Battlefield series has delivered impeccable experiences. This time around it packed the Gatling Gun punch flavored with mustard gas. Shoot some horses y’all. 

3 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog)

What can I say, Naughty Dog delivers on the visual storytelling. Masters of action set pieces, Michael Bay at 1080p/60FPS. And with its 2.7 Million in sales in one week, they clearly have a massive fan base. With a graphical overhaul and a new next gen engine Nathan Drake and his allies were treated to a farewell worthy of only the greatest action heroes.
2 Final FANTASY XV (Square Enix)

How can this game honestly be real? It’s been teased for centuries now and with the recent epic fails of this once beloved series it was hard to believe fans could stomach another hair spray laden melodrama. That was at least until I played it. Despite an insulting car pushing introduction, the open world and pulse surging combat brought out a brand new game type for Final Fantasy to play around with. 

1 Pokémon Sun and Moon (Game Freak)

I barely got this out in time from a whole new generation of animal abuse grinding my thumbs down. The charm and imagination of Pokémon has always been top notch but with character depth and world animation like we’ve never seen before, Pokémon Sun and Moon proved to me that these creatures will go d0wn as all time royalty of children’s entertainment. The Mouse and urban puppets need to watch out. 

So there was my top 5 Games of this bull shit year. What were some of yours?

-Nick

Sony Bringing Out Huge New Titles

2016 was the year Sony invested in its hardware, the PS4 Pro and Playstation VR being the crowd pleaser. 

Now that the R&D budget is paying off, Sony President Shuhei Yoshida is claiming fans can expect “amazing software” to complement it. 

One of the developers on the Sony line up FromSoftware are working on “ambitious titles” with more confirmation of Bloodborne 2. 

What games are you all looking forward to?

-Nick