Metal Gear Survive doesn't have a lot of charm, but it's still a fun time if you're playing with friends. Staff Writer Heather Alexandra and Video Producer Paul Tamayo geared up to build bases and stab nano-zombies in this absurd and perplexing Metal Gear spin-off.
There's free games on the Free Game Highway (as the name implies). If such an edifice existed, it'd make perfect sense for Carmageddon TDR 2000, developed by Australia's own Torus Games, to be cruising down this long and lonesome road. Now, let's get out of here before I start channelling more Tenacious D or David Brent.
Two years after it launched in 2011, fantasy MMORPG Rift went free-to-play. Now developer Trion Worlds is bringing back subscriptions with Rift Prime, a brand-new server with sequential progression and a lot less free-to-play nonsense. What an excellent idea.
Hearthstone's Tavern Brawl mode is well-known for giving players the opportunity to try crazy combinations that can't be achieved in Arena or Standard. Blizzard's latest Brawl has taken things a step further, winding back the clock and allowing you to compete against opponents using the original versions of championship decks from 2014 through to 2016.
Before this week's 7.3.5 update hit, levelling a freshly-made character in World of Warcraft as an experienced player was little more than a chore to do before getting to the good high-level stuff. With the introduction of level-scaling and changes to experience point requirements and monster health, levelling up is now a more enjoyable experience.
Void Wisp is an arcade game all about soothing soundscapes and living life as close to the edge as possible. Players control a small mote of light floating through an obstacle course of shapes and laser beams that create noise the closer you get to them. In order to get the most points, players need to grind as close as possible to obstacles and narrowly avoid projectiles. It's tricky but also soothing.
Since anime Pop Team Epic recently featured a Skyrim reference, someone decided to go ahead and make the inevitable happen by modding Pop Team Epic into the game.
At this point, Steam allows users to sell almost everything, except full games. In the absence of such functionality, sketchy key resale sites like G2A have come to thrive. It will be interesting to see if a new PC gaming storefront called Robot Cache can put a dent in that when it launches later this year.
Just before the end of the year, Tegan and I played through a bunch of indies from PAX Australia on the Kotaku Twitch channel. One of those games was a New Zealand-developed shooter called Amid Evil, which looked like a fun bit of nostalgia.
And that's pretty much what it is: a modern indie retake on Heretic, complete with giant blocky pixels to remind you of the '90s.