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Heroes Of The Storm Needs A Mode Between Quick Matches And Ranked Games

In its quest to make Heroes of the Storm as approachable as possible, Blizzard has made one grievous error: they only offered players one competitive gameplay mode before they become eligible for ranked “Hero League” matches. This hurts the game in a number of ways. Thankfully, it’s also easily fixable.


The Best Maps Help You Get Lost

Loads of video games have maps in them. You might think they’re there to stop you getting lost, but no. They have got a much more important role than that.


The Witcher 3 Downgrade Controversy Sucks

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen growing fan anger around the hotly anticipated video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Turns out, the finished game doesn’t look as good as the early versions shown off in trailers. It’s not the first game to leave gamers feeling misled, and it won’t be the last.


Reminder: Assassin's Creed IV Is Great

I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed lately. First Unity then Rogue, I’ve since moved onto (or returned to) Assassin’s Creed IV, and playing all three in quick succession has reminded me of one thing: Black Flag is a very good video game, better than most people gave it credit for when it was first released.


I Love Games That Use Licensed Pop Music

One of my most enduring game memories is getting into a car in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and tearing down the road to Two Tribes on Wave 103. Pop is the perfect gaming accompaniment – why can’t we have more of it?


The Beauty Of The Game Instruction Manual

Kikopa Games has just released a game called Minkomora. It’s an exploratory game, a soft floaty little thing – but the best thing about it is the game manual.


A Drake-Themed Game Doesn't Have To Be Terrible

I’ll admit it, I’ll admit it. I downloaded Runnin Through The 6, a free iOS endless runner made by Nico Uribe, because I’m a huge Drake fan. But it is rubbish.


Heroes Of The Storm Could Use Some Better Skins

Heroes of the Storm is a great-looking game compared to the other big MOBAs out there today. Despite that, Blizzard’s game might have a problem.


Nvidia's New Shield Console Is Nothing To Get Excited About

Last night at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said he was announcing three things — a revolutionary television, a game console and a supercomputer. He actually revealed an Android console, the third Nvidia device in two years to carry the Shield name. Yay?


Actually, Bulletstorm Is An Excellent Shooter

Bulletstorm was one of the best games of the last generation, tragically ignored because of an awful marketing campaign, an even worse PC port, and the fact that EA wanted audiences to spend $US60 for a seven-hour campaign, which is a steep price by any metric. It’s too bad because once players got past all that, they found a clever score attack game based on “skillshots”, or unique enemy kills. Even better, Bulletstorm featured great characters and storytelling, incredible gunplay, wonderful enemies, and an astounding world.