Friday, July 28, 2023

Fortnite is G.I. Joe of This Generation

Being a 90s kid, I was at the tailed end of the G.I. Joe action figure craze of the 80s but was very much aware of their existence as I had older cousins that had quite a collection. Fast forward 30 years, and we now have a video game that reminds me of the G.I. Joe days.

G.I. Joe was popular amongst kids because it portrayed heroism in the form of military. You had all sorts of crazy weaponry or vehicles that you could use with them. The animated series propelled the toy line to great heights. 

For me, the comparison with G.I. Joe and Fortnite is an easy one as the game very much feel like you're playing with action figures from a bunch of different IPs. It's great fun to run around as a banana trying to shoot down Spiderman only to get killed by John Cena. 

Fortnite is the G.I. Joe of this generation ... it's somewhat surprising that we still don't have G.I. Joe skins inside of the game - perhaps it's because most kids of today wouldn't know who half of them would be.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Street Fighter 6 World Tour is Final Fight

The older gamers amongst us may remember a game called "Final Fight" set in the same universe as Street Fighter. The brawler hasn't received much love over the years, however, but all of this seems to have change with the latest entry of the Street Fighter game.

Street Fighter 6 include 3 main modes - one of which is called "World Tour" which is essentially you creating a custom character in the Final Fight/Street Fighter universe.
World Tour is Street Fighter's control in a brawler open world. You can fight almost anyone and sometimes it's multiple people against you. This is as close of a Final Fight game as we've gotten in quite some time and you need to try it.

If you haven't picked up Street Fighter 6 then maybe you should as it's not only the best in the series but quite possibly the best fighting game created so far.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Game Companies To Follow the Community

With Age of Empire 2 making its way to the Xbox, it re-ignited my love for the game I used to play as a kid. What Microsoft did here is something we don't see much of in the gaming industry. They realized, a few years ago, that Age of Empire 2 was still being played by the community and hired a few community molders to work on the HD edition of the game and the Definitive Edition soon afterwards.

The reason why we still see updates for the game is because there's an healthy community that still plays it.

Games should live, or die, based on the community but how often do we see games seemingly loose support either too soon (Splitgate) or too late (Battlefield 2042). If there's a healthy community, then keep supporting the games; if there isn't then stop.

It's annoying to see a game loose support too soon or too late. If we look at the mess that was Battlefield 2042, it doesn't really matter that they managed to bring the game to a playable state as the community as rejected it in favor of earlier entries or other series altogether. If the community hasn't moved on from Battlefield 1 or Battlefield 5 then why not spend additional resources into those games rather than attempting to fix the latest/broken entry?

If you're lucky enough to have made a game that resonates with players then keep investing in it rather than dropping support in favor of a new iteration of the series. If Battlefield 1 still average decent numbers then stick to it! There must be something to this game that players appreciate over the competition and working on a new iteration doesn't necessarily mean that you'll be able to move that community forward.