Remember the good old days of couch co-op games with friends? Before networking meant never having to share your potato chips? Neal’s wife takes over the column this week, dragging him along for some old school co-op adventures. Not that he is complaining. Couch co-op rocks after all.
This week the Skirmisher decides to take this week to be a grouchy old man and complain about not being able to complete games and, half the time, forgetting what he was even doing. That’s what happens when the top RPGs are offering over 200 hours of content or more. It’s a good thing, unless you have to step away for a bit. Now where was that sword?
Jumping into the pubic beta, this week Neal writes about his experience with the Call of Duty: Vanguard sneak peek. The game was amazingly fun, but some of the players might want to be a little more careful about what they say and do with a hot mike nearby. Despite that, Vanguard is all it promised and more.
This week Neal ranks his top 5 Franchises that can earn money from everything that is not a core game. His rankings look at merchandise saturation and the franchises standing with fans. So lets take a look at everything from Zelda t-shirts to Nuka-Cola in a bottle this week as Neal clears out his memorabilia shelf.
The skirmisher takes a look at the growing number of tools for rookie designers and budget constrained content creators to access. He also looks at how the price of college could force a shift in the current hiring model for game companies.
Are you ready for some football? This week The Skirmisher looks at how Football games have gotten watered down over the years, becoming almost like online multiplayer loot box servers today. But they were not always like that. Back in the day, they were all about the gameplay.
Watching the good sportsmanship at the Summer Olympics is great fun, but it kind of made our Skirmisher long for a time when sports video games were just a little more over-the-top, violently bone-crushing, and excitingly fun.
Role Playing Games have been constantly evolving every gaming generation, and one of the things that has been changing is the various combat systems and the artificial intelligence behind the games. The Skirmisher ponders some of those good bad and quirky developments this week.
With movie theaters reopening, Skirmisher Neal takes a look at the phenomenon of the movie tie-in game, and the reasons why we really don’t see them too much anymore. And also, as gamers, why we should probably not be too upset about that.
Remastering games has become a big deal in the game industry, but doing it right requires more than just some graphical updates. Fixing errors and adding in DLC can go a long way for games like Mass Effect Legendary Edition and The Witcher 3, keeping them a cut above most of the other remakes.