You awake on a beach, but uncertain of your surroundings or how you got there. You rise up and discover an implant on your arm. Confused and looking for anything resembling civilization, a pteranodon flies over your head. Shocked in awe, you follow it through the sky. As your eyes hit the horizon a Tyrannosaurus Rex comes into view in the distance. RUN! You can read more about this game on Steam.
Early Access Game
This is the world of Ark: Survival Evolved. Released as an early access game, Ark: Survival Evolved has quickly become one of the best early access Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games in the open world, survival genre. Since its release in June 2015, Studio Wildcard, Ark’s development team has expanded the game’s content by leaps and bounds. Its initial release was arguably on the level of many other finished games. No alpha game is without its bugs, but Studio Wildcard has addressed many issues over the course of the game’s development. The development team is one of the best as far as communicating with its base and resolving issues.
The game’s enormous map is a beautiful landscape. There are currently over 100 creatures, most are tameable, with more to come. Tame all them and build a dinosaur army! Have your most powerful pets mate to create the strongest spinosaurus.
You will become immersed in this mysterious world. Experience the island and its dangers on land, in the sky, and underwater. Caves with artifacts and loot will appeal to explorers in search of rare items. Summon and slay enormous beasts. Build a home, a fortress, or even a compound to protect you from the dangers of the wild animals, or other players.
Ark is both a PVP and PVE survival game. For PVP players, there is an array of weapons and explosives to raid and kill to your heart’s content. You can test your dinosaur army, loot and go to war with others for control of the island. Or battle it out in the free, Multiplayer Online Survival Arena (MOSA) version, Ark: Survival of the Fittest. Here, Wildcard gives you a taste of the base game in a “Hunger Games” style, battle royale. 72 players begin with nothing, only one will survive. The map is a section of the base game and closes in on the players as time expires. There are monthly rankings and competitions for money! So hone your skills and be the last man standing!
There are many features that will cater to PVE players as well. Some include the ability to cook, paint, explore, farm, tame dinosaurs, and build structures, with many more features to come. Since its start, roleplay (RP) communities have gathered around this game and have contributed to the game’s development. TwitchRP, to name one, has a large and loyal following. They are providing their own content and storylines in this open world atmosphere. The possibilities are endless in RP, and Ark accommodates for that where it can.
The Future of ARK
If Wildcard’s current progress a reflection of their future, great things are coming as Ark: Survival Evolved continues to develop. Along with the free to play Ark: Survival of the Fittest, there is a free, second map, “The Center” and a free total conversion, “Primitive +” available for download. If that’s not enough content for you, there is already a newly released expansion pack, Ark: Scorched Earth. They don’t stop there! The developers have limited time, special events during holidays to spice things up. This type of content for an early access game is above and beyond all others. This is definitely an alpha game that’s here to stay until its completion. With the constant release of content, it feels fresh every time you mount your dinosaur to roam the island.
Picking the appropriate video game is tougher than it is supposed to be. However, it isn’t a difficult task because Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony are the only game players to pick from. So far, there are captivating reasons to pick out a video game that is the best in 2016. You may be asking yourself, what are game consoles? Which video game is appropriate for me? How will I tell which is appropriate for me? And what singles out each one? All answers depend on your decision, though every console comes with advantages and disadvantages. In this article, you’ll find some help with picking something suitable for yourself.
Many available games are cross-platform, indicating that they are obtainable for various consoles. Every system comes with exclusives, though there are at all times many multi-platform games than exclusives. When a video game emerge for several consoles, it’s normally only on the newest PlayStation and Xbox since those two systems come with similar features. Nintendo’s game consoles have pleasurable and exclusive features, but they are not very effective. This makes it difficult for game developers to design similar game versions. When choosing the games that you, your friends and family want to play, ensure the console you obtain supports many exclusive games.
When you are playing a game, go for video game consoles that let you stream, upload or download a video snippet of most of your modern video games to the cloud. This is simply a great one-touch experience that makes multiplayer gaming full of fun and enjoyment. If you desire to play with family and friends, then I would recommend you to choose the PS4. Even though this may perhaps change in the coming years, currently online multiplayer usually works on the same platform only; if you choose to play with your friends and family, you will definitely have to buy a gaming console that is the same as theirs.
All the modern game consoles support online multiplayer nowadays, though, you cannot play with a friend with a console that is different from yours, meaning that you are limited to play video games with people owning the same game console as yours. Moreover, there is another kind of multiplayer gaming known as local multiplayer, it used to be very popular but has declined nowadays. Most recent video games don’t support it, because a lot of processing power is required to display a game twice using one screen.
The modern consoles come with high quality gaming and the best graphics, but you are required to pay extra cash. If you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, companies like Sony and Microsoft still offer their last-generation game consoles. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are each considerably cheaper than the modern ones especially if you purchase the used consoles. One of the great advantages of purchasing an old system is not about its price; it’s all about the game features. If your pocket doesn’t sound well, there’s also a cheaper option known as micro consoles. Many people play video games of one type or another using their phones, just for enjoyment purposes. Some, then again, love the exclusive take offered by the Google Play Store and desire to play the same game type in a larger screen. Micro consoles enables you play Android video games on larger screen.
Overwatch has become very popular among many online gamers. In fact, many players have gotten more experience with certain characters. All players have their own favorites in terms of the different playstyles and game mechanics these characters have. This game is incredibly varied and the assortment of great characters makes it a noteworthy game for all to look forward to.
However, there is a real potential for many Overwatch characters to become retired in the future. That is, some of these characters will be removed from the game.
This could be concerning to a variety of players, what with there being no telling just who might be removed. It is essentially going to prompt existing players to try and find some new characters to work with in the future. in addition, there are plenty of candidates that could be removed although there are a few that, according to Blizzard, are essentially safe and will not be at risk of being lost in some manner.
Blizzard made this announcement through Jeff Kaplan, the company’s game director. Kaplan states that there is a potential for the roster of players to need to be balanced. This could result in some characters being changed or modified in one way or another. This would certainly be an issue for many players who have become experts with any of these characters that might be removed from the game in general.
This is practically designed to ensure that there is a balance between all the characters. That is, one character is not necessarily going to dominate the entire competitive scene after all aspects are considered carefully. This could actually be great for Overwatch players as it ensures that there is a better sense of diversity and game balance among the many players that are in the game.
It should be noted that Kaplan also mentioned that no game heroes are going to be retired. This is important as many of these heroes make up a good bulk of the game’s action and are critical to how the game is run. Changes and modifications may take place, but the current heroes are here and are good to stay.
Of course, there will certainly be plenty of new characters and maps and other features to be added into the game as time goes along. These new features should make it easier for the game to be balanced out. In fact, it could make it to where no characters are going to be removed over time. This is an interesting aspect of the game that Blizzard is clearly trying to work with.
The game will also require plenty of teamwork over time. This includes work within a variety of levels that will entail trying to control different items and with getting access to a variety of spaces. This is just one key part of what makes Overwatch such an appealing game for all players to look forward to.
Still, people should be aware of what is happening with Overwatch in terms of how it is being developed. Despite the “confirmation” from Kaplan, much remains to be seen about the future of the current roster of Overwatch heroes.
As most of you would have probably noticed over the past week. Game developer, Blizzard Games, has come up with a brand new competitive eSport League called the Overwatch League. If you’re following the eSport scene, you would have also noticed how similar the format this league has with League of Legend’s LCS, LoL Championship League. This is a great move by Blizzard in an attempt to create more hype and exposure to their relatively new game, Overwatch.
Following in Riot’s Footsteps
Riot Games has been wildly successfully in running their flagship title, League of Legends. They manage their Championship Series globally and it brings a huge amount of viewership and awareness online from platforms like Twitch.tv and Hitbox. Mostly streaming platforms, and of course from players who are hoping to enter the Championship Series. This is really good for the eSport sub-industry which includes services like player management, and League of Legends coaching and boosting.
The championship series in itself runs in multiple regions and countries, and spans over months of rounds and matches. The winners of each individual League will then represent their respective regions and compete in the prestigious League of Legends World Championship, sporting a prize pool of more than USD $2,000,000. This is a huge event that takes place every single year. 2 teams from every region compete against each other in the round robin format. Leading up to the grand finals, where one team bags the first prize of usually more than USD $1,000,000.
It’s not a surprise to see that Blizzard is trying to do the same thing, or at least something very similar to what Riot Games are doing.
The Overwatch League
As shown on the official Overwatch League site, we can see there are a number of different phases. First the pre-season where they hand pick skilled and talented players from the pool in the ranked ladder. eSport organizations will then have their pick on all of these players, have time to sign them into their teams. Then we move to the “Inaugural Season” where league action is streamed live every week, showcasing the best teams playing against each other. Moving on from this, we have the World Championship Run, where the top teams compete against each other for the Championship title and chance to bring pride to their respective regions. The final phase of this is the “League expansion”, where Blizzard doesn’t really elaborate on. I’m sure we will find out more about this in the future, but now things are still rather vague.
Check out the promotion video they did for the Overwatch League –
Not a lot of information in it, it probably qualifies as a “hype video” more than anything else, but it’s really interesting to see the steps that Blizzard is taking in order to make their game a more competitive and catered to both the casual and competitive player.
Where does Blizzard go from here?
As the Overwatch League is still very new. The results of this little “experiment” are unsure. Will it bring more players to the game? Probably. Will it make a big difference? We’re not sure. Even looking back to how things were during the Overwatch World Cup, which we did an article on and you can read it here. Things still look very uncertain, even though we can tell that the direction Blizzard seems to be going in is positive.
What we can be sure of is that players wanting to compete in the League will drive many new services, and organizations looking to cash in on this new and exciting area of eSports. There are a number of things Blizzard can do better to attract more players and make this a better move for them overall.
For example, giving players base salaries and more attractive prize pools in the League, or similar to what Riot does, link everything and focus on the main yearly Championship event. Which increases the prestige and makes the League all the more harder to ignore for businesses, sponsors and players alike.
Overwatch has quickly become one of the world’s hottest multiplayer video games. The strong teamwork aspect of the game and the variety of maps and playable characters has made it to where there are many ways for players to win big in this game.
In fact, it has especially made its way in the world of electronic sports. The Overwatch World Cup is one particular event that shows that this game has truly arrived.
The World Cup features teams from fifty different countries from all corners of the world. The players were voted upon by fans of the game with the team captains of each country choosing two additional players each.
Many of the players who have been chosen are among the world’s top competitors in the world of Overwatch. These include players who have racked plenty of experience with many individual fighters in the game and know all of its ins and outs. They also know many of the strategies associated with playing the game to where they can get top ranks.
The Overwatch community was especially instrumental to figuring out the people who will compete in the tournament. More than three million votes were tallied to determine who the competitors in this event will be. This was all to ensure that the playing field features not only the top players in the world but also a few of the more popular favorites all around.
Some of the people who are playing in the Overwatch World Cup were instead voted for based on their general popularity. In particular, a prominent YouTube star in Brazil will be the captain for that country’s team. This is in spite of that player not having any tournament experience and only having a mediocre rank on the game.
A single-elimination qualifier will be used in each playing region. This will entail sixteen teams that will qualify for the main event. This event will take place at the BlizzCon in Anaheim. Six teams will also automatically qualify based on their performances in the tournament.
Specifically, there will be six teams from the European region, six from the Asia-Pacific region and four from the Americas. This will provide the tournament with an extensive variety of great players from many parts of the world, thus resulting in a thrilling and entertaining event for all to watch.
The event will bring out players from many parts of the world that have been especially popular in terms of their many Overwatch players. These include players from countries like the United States, Sweden, South Korea, China, Germany and Canada to name a few. The competition will certainly be thrilling as it brings out players from so many places.
The Overwatch World Cup is a big evolution in this popular online game. The competition will bring out the best players in the world for a unique experience that will determine which country has the best heroes in the world! This will especially show the world how big and exciting of a game Overwatch truly is.
The World Cup is currently on-going and we can expect to see the winners (and losers), by the end of the coming week. All the best to all participating teams and countries, we can’t watch to watch the grand final matches!
Ps. We’re still waiting for Sombra…