Games of 2018 that you should try before it’s too late

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It’s hard to believe that another year has came and gone, with 2018 on its way out the door…what have you missed? Here’s a few games you’ll want to play while they’re still relevant, and just in time to catch at the end of the year sales!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with the Blackout mode, this game has quickly became a favorite among my friends and I. We jump in a quick match, or we can sit and play it for hours. This game mode always feels exciting, new, and like you have the world at your finger tips.

Subnautica, this game is one of the best survival games I’ve ever played. Maybe because it’s so different, but mainly because it is so incredibly fun. The graphics are so beautiful and if you love aquariums or underwater imagery, you’ll definitely enjoy that aspect. As for game play, it keeps you going, you want to know the next mission, you want to complete it, you want to be scared because you don’t know what is going to come swimming at you full speed.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, this one is expected, because I love all the Assassin’s Creed games and I have since the start, but this latest release is a testament that they’re listening to what players want. While this game could have a few, small improvements, it’s still definitely one that you don’t want to miss.

Spiderman & God of War, I’m putting these two together because while they’re both great games, they’re limited to people with Ps4, which if you’re not a PlayStation fan, that can be frustrating. However, they both have amazing graphics, engaging game play, and leave you wanting more.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this game is a classic that only keeps getting better. This latest version feels like it has just as much excitement for the solo play as it does for multiplayer, and for a fighting game, that’s saying something. I initially bought this game for my children, but found myself offering more help than they wanted. They finally just had to give me a turn, so that I could fully jump in and explore this game. This is by far the best release of Super Smash Bros, that I have ever seen.

Red Dead Redemption 2, my newest game of this year is finding it’s way to this list. I often enjoy playing with friends, or not at all…but Red Dead brings on a more enjoyable solo experience in gaming than one I’ve had in a long time. With a story line of over 60+ hours, there is always something entertaining to do. This is the game I’m turning to more often than not when my friends aren’t online and I’m about to enjoy some solo play. Knowing that I have so much time to build up my solo play can be daunting, but the time is passing much quicker than anticipated and I think this is because of the awesome characters in the story.

Leave a comment below and share what were your favorite games of 2018.

Join the Battle-Royale Hype

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Fortnite, PUBG, RUST, CoD’s Blackout, and the list keeps on growing… What is the hype behind all these battle royale games? In the past two years this went from a very obscure mod in a game, to a mainstream game experience.

For starters, what is a battle royale game? It is essentially being stuck in an open map and challenged with the task to survive. The very first existence of this mod is traced back to Minecraft, where a mod was released shortly after the Hunger Games movies; as this mod gained popularity, it spread to other survival mode games. Then we started to see it in games like DayZ, Rust, and H1Z1. These are open-map survival games, in these mods the player would be dropped in an enemy area and scavenge for supplies needed to survive. As these mods kept becoming increasingly popular, mod designer Brendan Greene decided to design a game around this mode and called it PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG. PUBG was released in early 2017, and quickly became very popular. Epic Games, also wanted in on the action and later that year released Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite seemed to explode overnight, it’s free-to-play mode, battle-royale design, and Minecraft-like building capabilities was more than the people even knew to ask for.

Before the gaming world knew what hit it, gamers started streaming and uploading epic Fortnite and PUBG videos helping this already popular game grow even more. So what makes it so appealing? One theory is that gamers have been yearning for the the permadeath aspect to characters in video games, but this hasn’t been easily attainable and had terrified most game designers. Could battle royale survival mode be the ultimate answer, and why so many games are exploring it as a mode that should be included in their games? In these games, you do usually experience a permadeath; the longer you live, the more powerful and invested you become in the game, but the minute you die, you lose it all. This investment of players is also very entertaining, with game streaming on the rise, these type of games are very fun to watch.

What you experience in the game is ultimately up to the player and the other players they may encounter. This means every game will be a unique experience, also, the tensions in the game are extremely high, because you have no idea what is coming next.

Finally, will it stick around? I think it will, you see games like Call of Duty releasing their version in CoD: Black Ops 4 called Blackout. You will often find many players vastly entertained by this mode and favor it more than the other modes of the game. Red Dead Redemption also has a similar online mode called Make it Count. I think these bigger game names catering to this sand-box style survival mode speaks for itself. Gamers enjoy it and developers must deliver to keep the gamers invested. Let me know what you think in the comments below: have you tried this game mode, what’s your favorite, and where do you see future gaming going?

Tides of Vengeance Rolls in TODAY!

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The Tides of Vengeance are rolling in, are you ready? It’s finally here! Patch Day, this is the first big patch since the release of Battle for Azeroth, and many of us are on the edge of our seats. So here’s some light reading about what you should do when you can finally log into WoW today.

First, if you’re like everyone I know, go open your weekly chest caches. This week you’ll get some Titan Residuum to start collecting towards a specific piece of Azerite Armor. Then, you should start the new questline for the Darkshore Warfront. After that, get caught up in the War Campaign. If it suits your fancy and you are a blood elf or dwarf go get your Heritage Armor set. You can also explore the new Island Expedition & the rewards system, also maybe buy the Saltwater Seahorse mount from the doubloon vendor. There is also a new addition in this patch called Incursions.

These will be similar to Legion Assaults as to how they’re featured on the map; however, your opponent is the opposing faction. Lastly, complete the Heart of Azeroth quests on your alts, so they can receive the full benefits of the account bound reputation.

Listed above is really all the new content you can explore until January 22nd. So that means the deadline is running for a few achievements in the game. You will have 6 weeks to get AOTC & CE: G’huun. PvP Season 1 is also on the same deadline, so if you’re working towards the Dread Gladiator’s Proto-Drake or the Vicious War Clefthoof (Horde)/ Vicious War Riverbeast (Alliance), you should push those out these last few weeks. Mythic + will also have a new season coming, so this is your last chance to earn BfA Keystone Conqueror: Season One; BfA Keystone Master: Season One.

Finally, the last things I would like to mention are the class changes. Some movement abilities are coming off the GCD! While this is great, I wish it was all movement abilities. Among those changes are Vengeful Retreat, Wild Charge, Charge, Ignore Pain, Intercept, & Harpoon. Paladins are getting new spell animations, mainly for holy, which I feel were much needed. Also, some underused Azerite Traits were removed and every spec has a new trait. Check out the changes in your class pages or discord.

Share in the comments about what you think of patch 8.1. 🙂

Game Awards Results!

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The Game Awards is easily the most exciting Awards show for gamers all over the globe. I love that they made the show easily accessible for everyone and it was an amazing event.  It’s exciting to see games, players, and creators all celebrated and honored in one event. If for some reason you weren’t able to watch the Game Awards, here’s a recap and some things you shouldn’t miss.
Game of the Year winner- God of War
Best Action Game- Dead Cells
Best Action/Adventure Game- God of War
Best Role Playing Game- Monster Hunter: World
Best Game Direction- God of War
Best Narrative- Red Dead Redemption II
Best Ongoing Game- Fortnite
Best Art Direction- Return of the Obra Dinn
Best Score/Music- Red Dead Redemption II
Best Audio Design- Red Dead Redemption II
Best Independent Game- Celeste
Best Performance- Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
Games for Impact- Celeste
Best Mobile Game- Florence
Best VR/AR Game- Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Best Fighting Game- Dragon Ball FighterZ
Best Family Game- Overcooked 2
Best Strategy Game- Into the Breach
Best Sports/Racing Game- Forza Horizon 4
Best Multiplayer Game- Fortnite
Best Student Game- Combat 2018
Best Debut Indie Game- The Messenger
Best eSports Game- Overwatch
Best eSports Player- Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
Best eSports Team- Cloud9
Best eSports Coach- Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
Best eSports Event- ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018
Best eSports Host- Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Best eSports Moment- C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
Content Creator of the Year- Ninja
Now that you know all the winners let’s talk about my favorite candid moments from the show. 🙂
For God of War fans, which according to the GoTY results…there are many, this part of the show was fantastic!

https://youtu.be/CPEoXsrTXzk?t=142

One of the most anticipated game trailers of the night.

And of course, if you want to watch the entire show… Here you go. 🙂

If you watched the Game Show or highlights, share your favorite parts in the comments below <3

Game Awards Show 2018

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In just one week, you’ll be able to tune in to one of the most anticipated events of the year for gamers everywhere. They’re making sure this show is easily accessible for anyone that wants to watch it. You can watch it live on your TV, phone, or PC- it’ll be free to view for everyone and streamed in 4k UHD across all major gaming, digital, and social platforms.

More importantly, this is your chance to show respect for the games that you love. Everyone’s vote counts, so vote for your favorite nominees before it’s too late.

The first category up for grabs is the famed ‘Game of the Year’ title. The winner of this category will represent the game from 2018 that was the absolute best experience, creatively and technically. The nominees are Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, God of War, Marvel’s Spider-man, Monster Hunter: World, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

The next category you should vote on is ‘Best Ongoing Game’, the nominees are Destiny 2, Fortnite, No Man’s Sky, Overwatch, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. You will also be able to vote on Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Audio Design, Best Performance, Games for Impact, Best Independent Game, Best Mobile Game, Best VR/AR Game, Best Action Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Role Playing Game, Best Fighting Game, Best Family Game, Best Strategy Game, Best Sports/Racing Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Student Game, and Best Debut Indie Game. There are also several Community awards for the game developers and creators, awards for the Best of Esports in many categories.