Gwent — Beta Testing

I have a confession.  Despite being such an avid gamer, I have never played The Witcher 3.  Hopefully some of you haven’t lost all respect for me and will continue reading.

Card games have always been favorites of mine from traditional ones like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone to deckbuilders like Dominion and modern spins like Clash Royale.  Gwent was such a popular minigame in The Witcher 3 that CD Projekt Red went all in and made it a standalone title.  This past weekend’s PS4 stress test gave me a chance to try it out.  Here’s how someone who didn’t play The Witcher 3 but loves card games sees Gwent.

Multiple rounds and a meaningful board make for great mind games in Gwent.

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Pixel Vallee’s 2015 Game of the Year Awards

As 2015 draws to a close, I’m going to fall in line with every other gaming-related website and give out my Game of the Year awards.  I’ll only be talking about games that I’ve played, meaning there will be notable omissions for The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V.  Let’s start the show!

The GOTY goes to...

Everyone, please take your seats.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Android/PC) — Revisited

When I reviewed Hearthstone a few months ago, I mentioned that I didn’t see myself stopping anytime soon.  That held true as I’ve played consistently since then, even getting my wife into the game (who plays more than I do now).  Blizzard has kept Hearthstone moving in a great direction.  I’ll dissect the game’s latest changes and updates right here and now.

Tavern Brawl has some pretty crazy setups.

Tavern Brawl has some pretty crazy setups.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Android) — Review

Hearthstone has grown quite a bit in it’s young life, from fledgling beta to a full-blown game with tournaments, well-known Twitch players, and a large community.  I wrote about it last year and played for a while, but the recent port to Android phones got me hooked again.  I’m glad it did, because I simply can’t stop playing.

Deck-building adventure awaits!

A deck-building adventure awaits!

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Pixel Vallee’s 2014 Game of the Year Awards

2014 is all but in the books, meaning it’s time for my personal Game of the Year awards.  I’ll only be talking about games I’ve played, so some big hitters may be left off the list.  Now, let’s start the show!

*audience applause*

*audience applause*

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft — First Impressions

Blizzard games always draw me in.  I’ve already written about Diablo III a couple of times, but I’m no stranger to their other big IPs — Starcraft and Warcraft.  I played quite a bit of World of Warcraft back in the day and before that, I enjoyed playing Magic: The Gathering (much to the dismay of a coworker of mine).

What the hell am I getting at?  Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard’s latest game that mixes the lore of World of Warcraft with classic deck-building gameplay.  It’s free to play (grab it here) and so far, in my two hours of play, I’m really enjoying it.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

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