The Turmoil and Failures of Early Access and Crowdfunded Games (Originally written in 2015)

The Turmoil and Failures of Early Access and Crowdfunded Games (Originally written in 2015)

Please note, this was initially written as part of a University class in 2015. Valve introduced the Early Access program on to the Steam Client in March 2013.  Early Access allows developers to launch their game in an Alpha or Beta state on to the Steam storefront where consumers can purchase the title if they wish to support the continued development of the game.

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Torchlight Review – A lethargic ARPG experience that does not hold up nearly a decade after launch

Torchlight Review – A lethargic ARPG experience that does not hold up nearly a decade after launch

To me, an ARPG is all about fun combat, interesting loot and diving head first in to character builds and browsing the numbers and researching ways for those numbers to increase.  Torchlight fails on nearly all of these points and so much more.

Borderlands GOTY Enhanced Edition Review – raucous, edgy, fun

Borderlands GOTY Enhanced Edition Review – raucous, edgy, fun

Playing Borderlands GOTY Enhanced is a fun, edgy nostalgia-driven trip that would best be experienced with friends, if the game permitted it.  This package includes all previously released DLC, new guns, SHiFT keys and chests and some nice quality of life improvements like a FOV slider however the accessibility options are non-existent as keymapping is not included. With a cheeky, over-the-top story and characters that don't take their self too seriously, a great aesthetic and good feeling combat Borderlands is as good as it has ever been in this 4K HDR upgrade.

Dungeon Defenders Collection review – A spiffingly good romp 8 years on

Dungeon Defenders Collection review – A spiffingly good romp 8 years on

Dungeon Defenders Collection merges tower defense and light RPG mechanics with action based gameplay. In typical tower defense fashion, you and your friends or strangers online, must lay down defences and utilize the unique skill set of each playable character to take a grip of the missions and stop the horde from destroying the Eternia Crystals scattered around each of the intricately designed maps.

MarZ: Tactical Base Defense review – Welcome to Spaaaaace!

MarZ: Tactical Base Defense review – Welcome to Spaaaaace!

Combining the very best elements of its peers with an interesting, but erroneous perk system and straight up bad difficulty scaling MarZ: Tactical Base Defense is a solid tower defense real-time strategy hybrid with a great sense of style and breathtaking visuals, something that is rarely seen in the genre.