Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath official artwork

If you're sick and tired of repeating the same four acts across three difficulty levels, you'll be incredibly happy to hear that Path of Exile's upcoming The Fall of Oriath expansion will introduce six new ones, thus completely removing the need for multiple difficulty settings! Some of them will be significantly modified versions of the current acts, there mostly to showcase how the world has changed due to our actions, while the others will offer a completely new and unique environment to explore.

Since all of this is a bit difficult to explain through a single paragraph, allow me to instead show you the recently posted teaser trailer. It showcases a few bits of footage from all of the new zones, so it should give you a good idea of what sort of approach Grinding Gear Games are going for. Anyway, here's the video:

Hob's main character standing next to a ledge

Hob is an exploration focused adventure that will have you solve a variety of puzzles, as well as beat down a whole bunch of monsters, all in an effort to keep moving ever-forward through its constantly changing world. The last part of that sentence is more than simple fluff, however, as the main mechanic in Hob revolves around manipulating the world itself in order to solve puzzles, unveil secrets, and open previously unseen pathways.

While the most recent video won't show you much in terms of puzzle-solving, it does a rather good job of showcasing the sort of environments you'll get to roam through in Hob. So if you're interested in seeing what this action-adventure has to offer, here's the video:

Conan Exiles Avatar of Yog screenshot

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game currently in Early Access. It features plenty of exploration, crafting, angry twelve-year-olds that want to steal all of your stuff, cannibalistic gods that you can summon to feast upon the flesh of your enemies, and that sort of standard survival game stuff. Naturally, it also features a wide array of bugs and assorted performance issues, some of which were so severe that I couldn't even play the game until a week ago!

Thankfully, it does appear that Funcom is being quite consistent with the patching process. They fixed most of 'my' performance issues with a patch last week, and already they have released another update focused around performance, bugfixing, and gameplay balance. You can find all of the details over at Steam, but if you're just interested in the 'short version', here's all of the performance and balance changes:

World of Warcraft transmogrification sets tab

For those of you that haven't played World of Warcraft in quite a while, the transmogrification system allows you to replace the appearance of your weapons and armor with the appearance of items you've previously collected. While the system itself is perfectly fine, the list of armor pieces and weapons is nigh impossible to browse through on older characters given that they have pages upon pages of items that all have incredibly similar icons.

This little annoyance will thankfully be getting fixed with Patch 7.2 as Blizzard is planning to add a "Sets" tab to the transmogrification system. The idea is to allow players to quickly and easily scroll through all of the available sets for their class, see which items they have collected, and then simply take on that appearance with the click of a button. No more scrolling through pages of junk in order to hunt down all 8 parts of a set!

Khemri skeleton from Blood Bowl 2 carrying a football

Blood Bowl 2, in the most basic terms, is an insane combination of American football and Warhammer brutality. Each match features about as many murders as it does touchdowns, mostly because half of the 'athletes' are Orks, Chaos abominations, or other such lovely inhabitants of the Warhammer universe. As it turns out, when you have two groups of highly aggressive and incredibly deadly creatures staring each other face to face, "playing ball" isn't really the first thing that comes to their mind!

Things are soon going to become even more interesting as Blood Bowl 2 has just added the Chaos Dwarfs and the Egyptian themed undead warriors of Khemri as playable faction. If you own the Team Pack bundle the two factions will be instantly unlocked for you, while everyone else will need to spend €7 per each new faction in order to see them spill blood on the field of... football?

Ana from Overwatch looking pretty badass

If you're anywhere near the next skill tier in Overwatch you might want to do one last push as the end of Season 3 is drawing ever-closer. More specifically, Season 3 of Competitive Play will be concluding this February 21st at 4:00pm PST / February 22nd at 0:00 UTC. As for Season 4, it will launch after a week-long interlude on February 28th at 4:00pm PST / March 1st at 0:00 UTC.

Your rewards, much like how it worked in the past, will be based on the highest rating you've achieved this season, so don't be afraid to continue playing even if you've reached your goal for this month. And if you're wondering how much Competitive Points awaits you in the future, here's a brief breakdown of what each skill tier brings to the table:

Mass Effect 3 official artwork

Origin Access is EA's subscription based service that provides early previews of new games, discounts on all purchases done via Origin, and most importantly, full access to a whole bunch of games found within the "Vault". The service is normally priced at $5 per month or $30 per year, but for a limited time you can give it a free try with the newly introduced seven-day trial. You can find everything you need to know about the free trial over at the official website.

As for the games themselves, you can find a full list of what's available over at Origin. But as the Vault has grown in size the list has become fairly unwieldy to read, so here's a slightly smaller list of what I consider the most interesting games in there: