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GamesTM No. 174

Highly respected within the industry by both publishers and development studios alike, games™ has proved itself as one of the most esteemed and trusted magazines in the field. The soaring production values and highly knowledgeable team have already secured four industry awards, and the unflinching and unbiased opinion has elevated the magazine’s status to one of the most trusted in the business. At a massive 180 pages and with dedicated sections for retro gaming, market news, and recruitment, games™ is the easily the most comprehensive videogame magazine on the market and the perfect choice for anyone who takes gaming seriously.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

1 min.
editor

Blizzard is having one of the biggest years in its history thanks to the launch of a massive new IP in the form of Overwatch and its plans to revitalised World Of Warcraft withanother gigantic expansion. As such, it’s no great surprise that the developer should grace our cover for a second time already in 2016. The launch of any new expansion to WoW is noteworthy, not least because Blizzard doesn’t treat them in the way other developers do, as little treats for fans or minor extensions of gameplay. A Blizzard expansion is essentially a brand new game, often featuring new mechanics, brand new gameplay and hours of additional content that builds on the amazing world it created over a decade ago. Legion stands out, however, as it has an additional role…

4 min.
why lionhead’s fable legends didn’t deserve to die

“What’s worse is that in 2015 Microsoft introduced the perfect platform to showcase Legends ” We’re all partly to blame for the unceremonious end to the Fable franchise. Microsoft is certainly to blame for the way in which it chose to promote Fable Legends in the first place, a mistake dating back to 2013; Lionhead is to blame for the way it forcibly kept Xbox One owners out of the loop, shackling beta players with a non-disclosure agreement to restrict conversation. Uninformed members of the press then covered the game poorly, mislabelling it as a MOBA and writing off Lionhead’s new ‘Games as a Service’ studio mantra before it was given a chance to succeed; the franchise fans that screamed oh-so loudly into the void certainly didn’t help, aggressively lashing out at…

1 min.
timeline of destruction

MAR 2012 Following the departure of Peter Molyneux, Lionhead cancels Fable 4 – which was in preproduction – and begins development on Legends AUG 2013 Fable Legends is revealed with a cinematic trailer at Gamescom 2013, promising intuitive SmartGlass integration JUN 2014 A live gameplay demo at E3 plants the seeds of discontent amongst fans. A limited, closed beta begins shortly after E3 JAN 2015 Microsoft confirms that SmartGlass integration has been cancelled to make the game playable across Xbox One and Windows 10 FEB 2015 Lionhead announces that Legends will be F2P, supported by DLC seasons. Beta access is still closed, despite highly-polished missions JUN 2015 Game Preview is unveiled, a service to let in-development games be playable by the public. Fable Legends is nowhere to be seen APR 2016 The game is delayed and beta access restricted with an NDA. The…

4 min.
now is the time to start watching league of legends

“ Competitive League Of Legends is one of the most electrifying spectator sports in the world ” Competitive League Of Legends is one of the most electrifying spectator sports available to anybody in the world with an active broadband connection. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter whether you’ve already mastered a lane or are still yet to take your first steps into Summoner’s Rift; the spectacle of it can be enough to pique the interest. That all said, the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre is notoriously impenetrable to play for anybody that isn’t already neck deep in the whole experience, and it can be as equally vexing for new viewers to watch too. This guide will look to demystify the terminology and the tournament structure, so you – the ever-curious viewer –…

1 min.
teams to watch out for in the summer split

1 G2 ESPORTS (EU LCS) Since their arrival in the EU LCS, G2 ESports has looked like the team to beat. The Spanish squad set a big record by securing the shortest average win time in the EU at 32:37, while its first-place finish in the Spring split regular season shocked many of the former top teams. G2 is the one to watch from Europe. 2 FNATIC (EU LCS) The former powerhouse of Europe, Fnatic is always one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the entire League Of Legends pro circuit. Fnatic lost out to G2 in the Play-Off semifinals, which means they’ll no doubt be out for blood come the dawn of the summer split. Never count out the former champions of Europe. 3 IMMORTALS (NA LCS) Immortals had an amazing run,…

1 min.
what happens week to week in the lcs?

• FOR 2016’S SUMMER split in the NA and EU LCS, Riot Games will be implementing changes to the weekly match structure – that is to say, how the games are played between teams each week. Sadly, as the best-of-one format is retired, it’s all become a little confusing. Teams in the EU LCS will transition to a double best-of-two format, meaning each team gets to play each side once and the total number of games played is the same for all teams – basically the same set up as football. Each game will be rewarded with a point, forcing teams to play creatively and create real separation in the standings. The threat of 1-1 ties is also very real, causing more tension for the eventual playoffs, with elimination games played…