Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch: The Team-Based FPS Formula

In recent years, a game has been released that helped to redefine and clarify what a “Team-Based First Person Shooter” is.

Overwatch is coming up on its one year anniversary, on May 24th, and since then, it’s made waves in the gaming world.  Tens of millions have played it, and for good reason.  There are many, many aspects that make Overwatch a masterfully crafted game. However, as many people have noted, there was a game that defined the Team-Based FPS far before this: Team Fortress 2.

The two games have enjoyed huge success in their own times, and undoubtedly, will continue to enjoy that success moving forward.  Despite being, at this point, almost a decade old, Team Fortress 2 has an average of 50,000 players a day, even as Overwatch has gradually become more and more of a competitive e-sport, carving out its own niche in the gaming industry.

Now, considering this, what has made the two Team-Based FPS games so successful?  We’re going to delve into this question, and consider some aspects of both games that contribute to their lasting value!

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My Top Five Metroid Games!

The Metroid series is without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite franchises in all of gaming.  It’s a shame that there hasn’t been any new, great games as of late, but the series remains one of my personal favorites.  The feeling of exploration, of traversing an unknown, strange world, and the feeling of growth you experience as you gradually add to your arsenal of weapons and tools, all blends so well in the series as a whole.

That being said, every game in the series brings something new to the table.  It’s a new experience every time, with new weapons, new alien environments, and a new story to learn.  Metroid has been a series with consistently quality games, and it’s honestly been hard to pick out my favorites.  But, of course, I do have my favorites- some games that just stand above the rest.

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Reading Between Gaming Reviews: Iji

Remember when Undertale came out, and the existence of Pacifist, Genocide, and Neutral routes blew EVERYONE’S mind?  A game where morality is not only encouraged, but is implemented into the unique gameplay, implemented into the story?  Well damn, whaddya know.

However, there was a game that existed for a while before Undertale was ever known at all, that implemented these sorts of dynamics in a very, very effective way: Iji.

Created by one Daniel Remar in 2008, Iji is a freeware, platforming, shooting, metroidvania game that didn’t receive too much attention upon release.  Many people praised it for its replay value, and it was noted for the ability to guide the player character, Iji, along different paths.  It was undoubtedly a good game, but how good exactly?  Well.  That’s what I’d like to reflect on today.

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Six of The Best Custom Games of Halo 3!

Halo 3 is one of those games that just give me good memories whenever I think of it.

Perhaps that’s just the nostalgia talking, but can you blame me?  It was an entertaining game in many ways!  We’re talking a campaign that is filled with memorable moments, multiplayer that was stupidly well designed, and, the topic of today, the Halo Forge, which allowed tons of creative ideas to flourish.

While Microsoft gave us Capture The Flag and Deathmatch, individual creators helped give birth to  Grifball, Speed Halo, Cops N’Robbers, and more.  Using the Forge, the theory was that you could create your own deathmatch maps, capture the flag maps, and more, but thanks to the creativity of gamers, we got a lot more than that.  Want to exploit the game to escape a prison?  Play Duck Hunt in Halo?  Or maybe play sumo with Ghosts and Warthogs?  You can do all that in more, in Custom Games that were simply a joy to play with friends.  And today, I just wanted to talk about some of the games that I had great times with. Continue reading “Six of The Best Custom Games of Halo 3!”

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