And lastly we come to the awards themselves, a suitable cap to the year and to the site.
We finish off with our Head Honcho’s list before we move onto the awards proper tomorrow.
Next we have our eSports specialist to tell you what he was playing this year.
We start off our last week here at HalfBeard’s HUD with D’Arcy’s top picks for 2015. Expect platformers… oh god, so many platformers.
Dec 25 2015
Dec 25 2015
Excuse the odd pinging sounds that occur throughout the first hour or so, that’s just my mic stand vibrating whenever D’Arcy and I would put our coffee mugs down. Sorry about that, my fault for buying cheap.
Dec 24 2015
Dec 23 2015
If we’re being honest, I’m really not the most social guy, so the very fact that a multiplayer focused team-based shooter makes it onto my list should say something about the quality of that game. Splatoon is just so refreshing, both in terms of the accessibility and innovation of its mechanics and in the sense of just how uniquely upbeat the presentation of the whole affair feels. While the single player content is definitely a little sparse and the limited map rotation can feel very restrictive, the addictive fun that comes from competitively painting a map, desperately trying to cover every corner while watching your back for some asshole with a roller, is undeniable. The fact that Nintendo has been continuously pouring new content into the game with free updates and engaging the community with Splatfest events makes this game one of the few truly solid reasons to own a Wii U.
Dec 22 2015
10. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
The Old Blood is the stand alone prequel to last year’s highly acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Order. While considerably shorter than The New Order, only around six to eight hours or so, and being more akin to an expansion than a stand-alone, it is by far one of, if not the best shooter to come out this year. In big explosive shoot ‘em ups like Black Ops III and Halo 5, there’s no element of pacing at all. In The Old Blood, the mix between thrilling action and suspenseful stealth sets a marvelous pace and sets up some incredibly tense scenes throughout the story. The shooting gameplay is some of the most crisp and satisfying in any game, and the scenes and vistas that the game sets up look gorgeous. Look to buy this one when it inevitably goes on sale during this holiday season, and then go back and play the New Order again.
Dec 21 2015
Many were doubtful that Nintendo could deliver a console-selling game for the Wii U after launch that was a new IP, and a shooter no less. I was among those. I thought that Splatoon would surely be fun, but not become the massive game that it did. To be frank, the Wii U isn’t doing great in terms of an expanding library of games. Yoshi’s Woolly World was a great platformer, but nothing new and Super Mario Maker’s fun lies greatly in one’s enjoyment of content creation, something that may require a massive player-base to be sustainable. Now, in comes Splatoon with bright colours flyin’ everywhere, rollers and guns going every which way, and just offering a bright, fun, and, most of all, new experience for Nintendo fans. Wii U fans are still waiting for their console to have the library they know it deserves, but Splatoon definitely is a big part of this category.
Dec 18 2015
In a very sad, final edition of eSports Weekly, we look at why Valve reverted the changes in the update it made last week, and the newest controversy surrounding last September’s Gaming Paradise event. This and more, including my parting words, in this goodbye edition of eSports Weekly.
Valve Removes Controversial CS:GO Update
Just over a week ago the CS:GO community was rocked by one of the biggest updates in the game’s history. On its initial release, the main features were the introduction of a horrifically overpowered pistol, the R8 revolver, as well as accuracy nerfs to almost all pistols and the three most heavily used rifles, the AK47, the M4A4, and the M4A1-S. Specifically, the moving inaccuracy values for all pistols except the Desert Eagle and the Glock in burst-fire mode were doubled, making run-and-gun strategy less effective for pistols. For the rifles, the AK and M4A1-S received increased crouching inaccuracy, and all three rifles received increases to the recovery time, essentially making spraying less effective, because it takes more time for inaccuracy to decay away. Within a couple of days, Valve released a much-needed nerf to the R8 revolver, effectively turning it into more of a pocket Scout than a pocket AWP, and fixed a number of game-breaking bugs that were included in the update.
Dec 18 2015
Dec 17 2015
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