Guild Wars 2 artwork for the Asura Reaper

Back in June the Guild Wars 2 team released a remarkably unpopular balance update that mostly buffed overperforming builds while doing very little to help those that were hopelessly behind. Following a massive community backlash ArenaNet promised that they would review their balancing process and work towards setting things right, and I'm delighted to say that they were not joking!

Ever since then the Guild Wars 2 team has been releasing a series of quality updates that have buffed, reworked or tweaked a whole bunch of abilities and traits with the intent to make each class equally as potent. Continuing with this trend, the latest update has now added a whole assortment of new changes to explore, most of them focused around end-game PvE and PvP content.

Warcraft 3: Reforged screenshot of a Night Elf campaign screen

Following in the footsteps of the August update that added ranked play, leaderboards and player profiles, Warcraft 3: Reforged's Patch 1.34 has now finally brought in clans. As you would expect from the name alone, clans give like-minded players a place to hang out together and hopefully queue up for some team matches as well. The system really isn't any more complicated than that.

Speaking of team matches, I'm happy to say that Patch 1.34 has also separated AT (Arranged Team) and RT (Random Team) matchmaking. What this means is that pre-made groups will now face off against other pre-made groups, while players randomly queuing into multiplayer matches will pair off with others in the same position. This should've been done from the very start, but I suppose it's better late than never.

Dota 2 artwork for the adorable hero Marci

Now that the dust has settled from the massive The International 2022 tournament, Valve has unleashed Update 7.32 onto Dota 2. As is tradition, The International follow-up update doesn't bring with it any sort of major changes or reworks, but is mostly focused around numerical tweaks aimed at getting all of the heroes as closely balanced as possible.

With that in mind, it should come as little surprise to hear that Marci, one of the most popular and powerful heroes in The International 2022, has received a couple of nerfs. Rebound now has significantly lower cast and jump range at lower ranks, slightly lower speed at all ranks, while the lifesteal portion of the Sidekick ability has been reduced by 5% per level. This is definitely a sizable hit to her early game effectiveness, though I have no doubt that she'll remain a competitive support given how much she can really do with very few items.

Overwatch 2 season 2 update screenshot of Junker Queen's Zeus themed skin

If you're itching for a bit of a meta shake up, or just some new cosmetics to pursue, you'll be glad to hear that Overwatch 2's second season will be launching this December 6th. It'll bring with it Ramattra as a brand new stance-shifting tank, Shambali Monastery as a chunky new escort map to explore, as well as a whole host of new skins themed after Greek mythology. As for the big fancy skin at the end of the Season Pass, this time around you can look forward to seeing Junker Queen cosplaying as Zeus!

You can get a little sneak peek at some of these cosmetics in action, as well as the upcoming (and free) holiday skins, through the preview trailer below. Have a gander:

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide official artwork showing all four of the 'main' characters

[Update]: My review for Darktide is now live and, long story short, it's as rough and fascinating as the world it takes place in!

If you're a fan of the Warhammer 40k universe, or just ridiculously over-the-top weaponry in general, you'll be pleased to hear that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has now been unleashed onto PC. Much like its predecessor Vermintide 2, Darktide is all about the power fantasy of slicing and dicing your way through absolutely massives hordes of enemies which, unsurprisingly, is a great deal of fun!

What all of this looks like in action, however, that you can check out through the launch trailer below. Have a gander, and make sure to put on the closed captions as someone over at Fatshark had a blast writing those:

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight official artwork showing off Alexstrasza

After Shadowlands and its endless terror and misery, I'm happy to say that World of Warcraft's Dragonflight has now arrived with a much more vibrant world and a lighter tone. Instead of trudging through literal hell in order to rescue perpetually tortured souls of the innocent, Dragonflight is more interested in getting players to explore the vast world around them, talk to a variety of interesting characters, and occasionally even engage in a bit of silliness with surprisingly upbeat quests.

In terms of mechanics, however, the highlight of the Dragonflight expansion is definitely the new dragonriding system which lets you do a variety of aerial maneuvers in order to gain speed and distance. Once properly mastered dragonriding allows you to zoom around the world at ridiculous speeds which, as you might imagine, feels incredible! So while the dragonriding system is currently limited to a couple of unique mounts in the Dragonflight zones, I can only hope it'll eventually be expanded to all of Azeroth as well.

Magic: The Gathering artwork for the Thought-Knot Seer card

Magic: The Gathering's big artifact focused expansion The Brother's War launched only a couple of weeks ago, and already the MTG Arena team is looking to add a bunch of new cards to play around with. However, instead of more Standard cards, the new additions will be launching for the Explorer and Alchemy formats.

First and foremost, Explorer Anthology 2 will be coming this December 13th with a variety of Pioneer staples, fan-favorites and good ol' fashioned jank. The full list of cards has not been revealed just yet, but here's a quick rundown of everything showcased (or accidentally leaked) so far:

The Witcher 3 screenshot of Ciri in Skellige

Once it arrives this December 14th, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's next-gen update will bring with it a wide variety of improvements, fixes and additional content for the already impressive RPG. Best of all, the next-gen update will be entirely free for everyone that owns any version of The Witcher 3!

Rather than babble on, allow me to share with you CD Projekt Red's brief overview of all the major features, along with a new trailer highlighting some of them in action. Without further ado, here's the brief list:

Total War: Warhammer 3 artwork for the daemons of Khorne

As a part of August's update, Total War: Warhammer 3 added the absolutely gigantic Immortal Empires combined campaign map. As you might imagine given its sheer size, Update 2.0 brought with it not only a ton of new content to play around with, but also quite a few bugs and unpolished features.

In order to sort some of these issues out, as well as give most of the factions a couple of tweaks to make them more balanced in both singleplayer and multiplayer, Creative Assembly has now unleashed Update 2.3. In my eyes the star attraction is the large amount of new landmark locations for you to conquer throughout the Immortal Empires map. Some of these have been ported over from Total War: Warhammer 2 and some of them are entirely new, but regardless of their origin they all offer a variety of nifty bonuses for your empire and are well worth seeking out if you're in the region.

The Devil in Me game screenshot of a mysterious smoker

Much like the previous games in The Dark Pictures series like Man of Medan and House of Ashes, Supermassive Games' freshly released The Devil In Me is a horror themed action-adventure that will present you with a variety of difficult choices. These conundrums can result in everything from the characters getting to live happily ever if you manage to succeeded in all of their major events, to getting unceremoniously killed because of a series of blunders.

As for the actual storyline, The Devil In Me follows a group of documentary film makers exploring a replica of serial killer H.H. Holmes' "Murder Castle", with the whole project going about as well as you would expect from a horror game. What this looks like in action, however, that you can check out through the trailer below. Have a peek: