The last tale


Looks like the end for one of the best story tellers in the video games industry. Makers of The Walking Dead, Batman Tales, Tales From The Borderlands and our personal favorite The Wolf Among Us amongst others Telltale Games has laid of all but 25 employees as of September 21, 2018. Currently Telltale only hopes to “fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners.”

The company’s CEO, Pete Hawley, also issued the following statement:

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”

For those who follow the company, the news may not be as shocking as it is to others, the company had to let go of 90 of its employees in November, 2017. There have also been reports of the company’s resources being stretched, employees having to put more hours into productions, senior developers walking away and the law suit by former CEO Kevin Bruner. All things considered Walking Dead Season II may be left unfinished by the 15 year old company.

Telltale had created an iconic style with the first Walking Dead game, developing their own game engine and this opened doors to numerous licenses Minecraft, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Game Of thrones, Batman, Jurassic Park, Back To The Future and many more. In June Telltale had discussed plans to stream its games to subscribers, they were also rumors of them working on a game based on Stranger Things and some of the best in the business were working on the sequel to Wolf Among Us. In the end corporate drama and the niche nature of the genre they mastered in games has taken its toll. But as they leave we have nothing but fond memories of their beautiful narrative and creative art style.

Closed Beta now that’s Injustice

Injustice

If you weren’t able to get an invite code for the closed Injustice 2 closed beta, here is what we’ve experienced so far. The gameplay is very similar to the first Injustice game, which isn’t a bad thing. The games pace, combat distance and combo mechanics are comparable to the prequel, especially for common characters like Batman and Superman, the key strokes themselves are  almost identical, which will give older players an initial advantage. Most of it is good, bouncing your enemies off intractable objects and through walls is strangely satisfying but you still have to key in your combinations before the animation kicks in, this makes the gameplay more repetitive than it needs to be. There is a significant upgrade to the visuals in Injustcie 2, which is why well be reviewing the full game on PC.

As teased in the trailer Injustice 2 brings armor customization to the franchise, there and hundreds of unlockable upgrades and skins within the game for each character, which will hopefully extend the life time of the game itself. In the current beta unlocks are very frequent and I doubt it’ll stay the same in the final release. I wish the armor was more varied, and similar to the characters back story itself. It makes sense to give Batman a mech suit but why do the same for Wonder Woman, she should be wearing armor that’s forged by Cyclopes. Unlocks are not just limited to HP and aesthetics either, you can unlock new moves and counters as well, making online casual play much more challenging. The gear can also be set to effect only visuals before a match begins if both players agree to the same.

The servers are stable but the quality of gameplay can vary a lot between games. This will most likely get patched out before the actual launch in May. The beta is pretty limited and only lets you play as Batman, Superman, Atrocitus and Supergirl.

  • Aquaman
  • Atrocitus
  • Bane
  • Batman
  • Brainiac
  • Black Adam
  • Black Canary
  • Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
  • Captain Cold
  • Catwoman
  • Cheetah
  • Cyborg
  • Darkseid
  • Deadshot
  • Doctor Fate
  • Firestorm
  • Flash (Barry Allen)
  • Green Lantern (John Stewart)
  • Green Arrow
  • Gorilla Grodd
  • Harley Quinn
  • Poison Ivy
  • Power Girl
  • Reverse-Flash
  • Robin (Damian Wayne)
  • Scarecrow
  • Superman
  • Supergirl (Power Girl Costume Included)
  • Swamp Thing
  • Wonder Woman

Here is the confirmed roster for Injustice 2 so far, stay tuned for more on Injustice 2.

Ryū ga waga teki wo kurau!

NOW

The FPS genre isn’t short of great games Counter Strike, Titanfall, Halo, Destiny, Doom, Rainbow Six, Battlefield, Call of Duty and the almighty Half Life 2 to name a few. FPS players are some of the most competitive and dedicated gamers on the planet. Countless hours perfecting head shots, Thousands of dollars invested on high refresh rate low lag panels, network equipment and bleeding edge hardware only to edge out the competition. Fans of a franchise are fanatical about their title, COD vs Battlefield is nerd El Clasico. Only the exceptionally inventive can hope to attain recognition in this saturated a market.

Overwatch isn’t all about vaporizing enemies to score points, stunning diversity is its greatest strength. 23 playable characters to date, each impeccably designed vary in skill sets, play style, personality, gorgeous art style and a backstory make Overwatch the best team based game of 2016. All characters are unlocked from the moment you sign in, 21 at launch (Sombra and Ana were added as free DLC). There is no pay to win system, the only items one can buy with actual currency are loot boxes which contain skins, voice lines, character animations all of which can be unlocked by leveling up in the game. Team building is essential in Overwatch, although characters are mostly divided into Attack, Defense, Tank and Healer each character plays very differently and it is up to the player to adapt. There can only be one of each character in a team making it crucial to familiarize oneself with the strengths and weakness of each character.

Quick play requires you to either move or stop a convoy, which moves along a fixed route. Learning the map gives you a better chance of setting up, a difficult to hit bastion or hidden widowmaker can prove devastating.

The game is usually well balanced although the recent buff to Symetra makes her rather OP at close range. Each character is has a counter and the ability to switch characters after each respawn, combined with intense overtimes make matches exiting to the end. It isn’t all about the character either, every map is unique and well executed. Blizzards continual updates bringing new and limited themed loot boxes throughout the year, brawls and varying arcade gameplay keep the game endlessly entertaining.

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The entry barrier to most online FPS games are very high and can be disheartening for new comers. As a 6v6 multiplayer, objective-based shooter, Yes, the character head shot damage modifier is much bigger than most ranked FPS games, but Overwatch finds accessibility not by lowering the skill ceiling, but by broadening the definition of skill. The person with deadshot aim is no more valuable than the person with the decision-making ability to know when a well-timed ability will turn an engagement, or the person with the map-sense to find the optimal locations to place sentry turrets.

Blizzard is legend in the realm of online gaming and with Overwatch as their new champion have affirmed their dominance over it. The pivotal marketing campaign pulling in 9 million users on beta out of which 7.6 million of them kept playing post launch. "Players have swapped heroes 326 million times and teamed up to deliver 11 million payloads to their destinations on the battlefields of tomorrow." Was their only press statement prior to launch. Currently there are 20 million Overwatch players all over the world and this figure is only growing.

Blizzard Beautiful, Diverse and immense tactical depth, Overwatch is a must play. If you don’t trust our review, Overwatch is free to play on the weekends on PSN, It will not disappoint.