What makes a « heavy » or « grand » strategy game player happy? Is it a thick rulebook? A pleathora of units? The historical accuracy? And what are the rules to create a « good » strategy game? Enthusiasts, gamers and developpers don’t always see eye to eye on the topic.
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Soul-crushing crunch time to be sure to launch a new game on time; the risk of being fired once a project is complete; the multiplication of microtransactions in full-priced games while locking important features behind a paywall… The videogame industry is not living its brightest moment, but a new publisher, Modern Wolf, aims to set some new standards.
Avengers: Endgame is not for just anybody. This movie is for the souls who watched every movie on opening night, and for those who rewatched them again before every major event. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is the movie event of the year. It’s a love letter to the diehard fans of the past decade, and it works. It’s the perfect ending to an anthology of wonderful stories.
Shazam! is the newest entry in the DC Movie Universe. After a series of bad to mediocre movies, DC realized that the biggest criticism they faced was the level of grittiness that caked the sides of their films: coated of broodiness, globbed with self-doubt, and void of smiles and lightheartedness.
Movies based on real events have a difficult task ahead of them: they need to keep the integrity of the event, but still tell a compelling story. If done poorly, it’s either a boring movie, or full of lies. Stockholm, a film by Canadian director, Robert Budreau, tells the story of the Norrmalmstrog robbery; this movie is a complete fictionalized version of the event that took place. Though Ethan Hawke’s performance is captivating, Stockholm is an ultimately flawed movie about relationships, and survival.
Will you triumph at the head of the Allied Forces? Or will you unite the world under tyranny, for the glory of the Reich, the japanese Emperor or the idea of a New Rome? Strategy fans and Axis and Allies afficionados could scratch that grand strategy itch with the upcoming Axis and Allies Online, developped and published by Beamdog.
The 91st Academy Awards are going live February 24th. This year’s ceremony have gone through a lot, from problems with the host, changes to the categories, and an overall sense of “who cares”. Whatever it may be, it’s the Superbowl of movie awards, and it’s fun to watch if not for the aesthetics of the red carpet, but for the theatrics of it all.
Who said that 4X games were dead? Seven years after supervising the finishing touches to Civilization V as the lead designer for , Jon Shafer is back into the fray with his own game, At the Gates, a title that both respects and transforms the codes of the 4X genre.
There are some characters out there who are perfect candidates for their own series. They’re developed enough to have more than one layer, and have potential for new threats and ways to grow. Iron Man, Daredevil, and potentially Captain Marvel are great examples. There are others who work better as a supporting character and have difficulty making it on their own. It’s the reason the Hulk won’t have a solo move anytime soon. The Punisher falls in this category, as the first part of his second season can show.
It’s a story as old as the Arthurian legend. A young plucky kid discovers that there’s more to this world than they originally expected. Adventure and duty are thrust upon them, and they make the selfless choice to claim victory with a little help from their friends. The Kid Who Would Be King is director and writer Joe Cornish’s attempt at tackling this genre.