‘Journey to Un’Goro’ is a card game expansion designed for the one percent

For those who’ve been keeping up with “Hearthstone” (2014) expansions and adventures, it’s become evident that developer and publisher Activision-Blizzard’s solutions to initial problems with the game have made matters worse over the years. Many of the powerful cards in the game involve random effects that are impossible to play around to the point where differences in skill […]

New ‘Hearthstone’ expansion ‘Mean Streets of Gadgetzan’ could be just what free-to-play players needed

Activision-Blizzard’s famed digital collectible card game “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” (2014) is back again with its latest expansion, “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan,” and its arrival could not come soon enough. Anyone who’s been trying to climb the ladder in “Hearthstone” or get a decent result in the Arena as anything that’s not a Mage has been in for […]

BlizzCon Recap: winners and losers

At the kickoff of Blizzard’s annual convention, BlizzCon, on Nov. 5, game developers informed fans about upcoming content and provided an opportunity for a deeper look into what is coming next for the company’s titles. Blizzard’s eternally-popular multiplayer online role-playing game “World of Warcraft” (2004) and well-received arena shooter “Overwatch” (2016) revealed plenty of exciting features in the pipeline. “World […]

Don’t dismiss ‘Paladins: Champions of the Realm’ as a mere ‘Overwatch’ clone

Tanky man with a giant deployable shield? Small woman who freezes people and protects herself in a block of ice?  When news of Hi-Rez Studios’ “Paladins: Champions of the Realm” heroes was first publicized, the internet swiftly came to the defense of Blizzard’s “Overwatch”(2016)  Hi-Rez Studios’ game, “Paladins,” which has been in open beta since […]

Persistent balance issues in ‘Hearthstone’ unable to be solved without more developer intervention

After lavishing praise upon Blizzard Entertainment for innovative card design in last fall’s adventure “The League of Explorers,” which is the third adventure Blizzard has released for “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (2014),” this writer is disappointed that the developers seem to be taking the digital collectible card game (CCG) in a less inspired direction. More specifically, […]

‘Overwatch’: not just another Team Fortress

It’s been a long time coming, but arena shooters are finally making a comeback. Who better to lead this renaissance of a genre once dominated by some of the most iconic titles of the 1990s like “Quake” and “Unreal Tournament” than Blizzard Entertainment. They built the pinnacle of MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) in […]

‘Devil Daggers’ is focused and well-crafted

Ever since Dante Alighieri found himself lost in a dark wood, the image of Hell as a blasted subterranean realm dedicated to the eternal torment of sinners has proven to be a mainstay of Western art. And just as visual art and literature have borrowed from Dante’s vision of damnation, so too have video games. […]

‘Duelyst’ could be the ‘Hearthstone’ competitor we’ve been waiting for

“Hearthstone” (2014) has run virtually unopposed in the casual CCG (collectible card game) genre since its release, with primary competitors like “Magic: The Gathering” (1993 – present) being far less accessible due to its steeper learning curve and a visually-uninspired video game version. Now that Hearthstone’s barriers to entry have risen substantially, the time is […]