League Of Legends Pre-Season Dates And Info

League of Legends Pre-Season

League of Legends’ [official site] 2016 season will be coming to an end on November 7 (so, the week after the World Championships finals). Perhaps slightly confusingly the 2017 season will be beginning about a month later on 6 December 2016. I wonder if we’re just going to start a month earlier every year from now on and the LoL calendar will start to feel like how you buy a magazine in June and it proudly tells you you’ve bought the October issue. Anyway! That means a pre-season period of about a month in which Riot will be making a host of big season-defining changes.

Let’s take a look at what’s been announced so far, piece by piece as I don’t think we’ve done that yet:

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Rocket-Riding Knights Compete In Lance A Lot

One-hit-kill melee arena action is all the rage in local multiplayer games nowadays, swords swinging with gay abandon, and I’m always delighted to see something surprising there. The recently-released Lance A Lot [official site] is a one-hit-kill melee arena local multiplayer game where… you’re all knights riding rockets, trying to jab each other with your lances. Yep, sure! Read the rest of this entry »

Medieval Engineers Gets Big ‘Re-Launch’ Update

While Space Engineers receives a fairly steady flow of smaller updates, developers Keen Software House have been saving up for a big’un with their other early access sandbox game, the low-tech follow-up Medieval Engineers [official site]. This week has brought an update big enough that Keen call it a “re-launch”, boshing in everything from a huge new world to land claims and female player models. Read the rest of this entry »

Pointybangs: Doom Free Update Adds Arcade Mode

You may have saved us all from demonic destruction in D44m [official site] but for what? To save your own skin? Maybe even as a good deed? Because chainsawing hellspawn is a lark? Pssh. No mate, we need real motivation: points.

Thankfully D44m now recognises the primacy of points, having last night boshed in Arcade Mode with the free Update 4. It pumps players full of weapons and upgrades then sends them to smash through the campaign scoring mega-points for mega-kills. Points, sadly, do not mean prizes, or at least not real ones – a dart board, a four-slot toaster, cuddly toy (wahey!), or jet ski – just bragging rights on the leaderboards. Read the rest of this entry »

Heroes Of The Storm: Heroes Brawl Mode Kicks Off With Punisher Arena

Punisher Arena

Heroes of the Storm’s [official site] Heroes Brawl mode is out now marking a victory for consistent brand experiences across a multi-franchise media landscape. It’s a rotating game mode where Blizzard switch up how you play and what heroes you can use and the like. They have similar modes in Hearthstone and Overwatch so you might be familiar with the concept from there.

I’ve tried it a grand total of one times and at the moment I think I’d rather just play normal HotS. Whether that’s just because of the current flavour of Brawl or the mode itself I’m not sure. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s Titanfall 2 At Yer 4k & 60FPS Gubbins

Titanfall was OK! It had this excellent lock-on autofiring pistol, a massive boon for folk who aren’t masterful at online shooters, which made folk who are masterful at online shooters very cross, and thus only made me love it more. Gosh it was a small game though, if one can say such a thing about big stompy mechs blowing up the world, and hamstrung by far too much tropey unlock gunk. Like a beautiful crystal eye with a nasty infection.

Anyway: just eight days until Titanfall 2 [official site], which is hoping to be the market-straddling megahit the first was not. It’s got singleplayer and everything, which is what’s on show in this here trailer, as well as what the game will look like on a PC you can never afford. Read the rest of this entry »

Ubisoft’s First VR Game, Eagle Flight, Is Out

Big publishers have been cautious about virtual reality but are starting to dip their toes into the cyberpool now PlayBoxes are floating in it too. Ubisoft have a few VR games coming and this week launched their very first, Eagle Flight [official site]. It’s a fly ’em up set over (and through and under) the verdant ruins of post-humanity Paris, soaring as an eagle in singleplayer explore-o-challenge mode and multiplayer capture the flag. Read the rest of this entry »