Total War: Three Kingdoms screenshot of an army marching to war

Balance is something every game tries to achieve, yet no matter how much the developers try, true balance will almost always elude them. This is the most obvious in complex strategy games that revolve around a variety of specialized units, as changing even a single variable can have cascading and often unpredictable effects on the overall balance.

So you can imagine just how difficult of a task Creative Assembly has when it comes to balancing Total War: Three Kingdoms. Not only do they need to make sure all of the units play well in singleplayer and multiplayer, but they also need to ensure they remain equally viable in both the semi-realistic Records mode and the completely crazy Romance mode.

Outriders official screenshot of the player using a shield power

If you're in the mood for gunning down hordes of enemies and collecting equally large piles of loot, you might want to keep an eye on the newly announced Outriders. To put it simply, it is a co-op focused looter-shooter from the developers behind Bulletstorm, featuring four unique classes and plenty of different ways to customize your weapons and gear.

You can get a good idea of just what all of this looks like in terms of gameplay, as well as what the story is all about, through the two recently posted trailers. Have a gander, starting with the more story-focused reveal trailer:

Sekiro screenshot of the grappling hook in use

Back when I didn't have a lot of money to work with, whenever I got a brand new game I'd usually play it religiously for months on end. These days, with massive sales, various bundles and an overwhelming amount of quality games, I've started having a bit of a different problem. I just have no idea where to even begin with my ever-growing backlog of great games!

If you share my predicament, you might be glad to hear that Steam has now introduced a rather nifty new tool. To put it simply, it uses the same technology as Steam's recommend system to help you choose which game to play next, all based on what you've recently played and what type of games you tend to stick with.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance official screenshot

[Update]: The next giveaway has now arrived, bringing with it Assassin's Creed Syndicate and the card game Faeria.

If you have a good chunk of free time and a desire to sink your teeth into a nice RPG, you'll be glad to hear that Kingdom Come: Deliverance is now entirely free to grab! All you have to do is head on over to the Epic Games Store, log into your account or create a new one, and you'll soon be able to figure out just how useless you are in an actual sword fight!

As you're likely well aware by this point, there is also a time element to this giveaway. So if you're planning to grab Kingdom Come: Deliverance, make sure to do so before February 20th as that's when it'll be replaced by a brand new game.

Final Fantasy VII screenshot from the cinematic intro trailer

According to a relatively recent announcement, the Final Fantasy VII remake will be heading over to PlayStation 4 on March 3rd. As for the PC or Xbox One versions, nothing has been officially said just yet, but it would appear that Final Fantasy VII is merely a timed exclusive. So unless something goes wrong, it's very likely that Final Fantasy VII will be making its way to other platforms at some point in 2021.

When it comes to the actual game, it should be no shock to hear that Square Enix has gone above and beyond when reworking and improving the visuals. If you're wondering just how much effort they've put in, you should check out the newly posted intro cinematic as it really showcases how far we've gone since 1997. Have a peek:

State of Decay 2 screenshot of the player using a melee heavy weapon

After being exclusive to the Windows Store for quite a while, State of Decay 2 will be making its way to Steam on March 13th. More importantly, it'll be doing so alongside the fairly hefty Juggernaut Edition update that brings in a variety of new content and improvements.

Expect to see a new open-world map to explore, improved visuals and lighting, enhanced audio and double the amount of music tracks, as well as new melee weapons to toy around with. There's also going to be a variety of bug fixes and quality of life changes, improvements to the post-tutorial experience, and even an enhanced control scheme.

Overwatch artwork for Wrecking Ball

[Update]: Overwatch devs are now experimenting with a Triple Damage game mode, along with some major tank buffs.

It has only been a week since the last PTR update, and already the changes have made their way to the live version of Overwatch. So when Blizzard said they wanted to do faster patches and more aggressive balance changes, they really weren't joking around!

What makes this update even more significant, however, is the triumphant return of console-specific changes! These haven't been done since Torbjorn and Symmetra turrets got nerfed many eons ago, so it's quite nice to see them make a reappearance given how different the console and PC landscape truly is. Anyway, here are all of the balance changes:

Street Fighter V screenshot of Guile flexing

[Update]: The netcode update has now arrived, and while it's solid, it doesn't appear to be the miracle cure many had hoped it would be.

If there is one problem that has followed Street Fighter V since its launch, it would be the netcode. I won't even pretend to understand the technical reasoning behind it, but basically, the netcode would sometimes mess up and end up causing artificial lag for one of the players. Needless to say, this is far from ideal given how precise fighting games tend to be, especially in the higher echelons of competition.

In a surprising twist, a community member called Altimor released a patch last month that pretty much corrected the above mentioned problem. Since it was a completely fan-made patch there were still some bugs and occasional problems, but for the most part the patch did exactly what it set out to do. And more importantly, it managed to highlight the exact issue to Capcom who are now working on an official fix!

Half-Life: Alyx screenshot of multiple Combine soldiers attacking the player

A little while ago Valve unveiled their very own (and very expensive) VR device - Valve Index. In order to show off just what the Index is capable of, as well as hopefully further the cause of VR gaming as a whole, Valve also announced that Half-Life: Alyx will be their first fully-fledged and VR-exclusive game.

The story in Half-Life: Alyx will take place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and as the name itself would suggest, will focus on Alyx Vance and her father as they attempt to weaken the Combine's grip on the planet. When it comes to the gameplay, that you can learn more about through the original announcement trailer. Have a gander, it's an interesting one:

World of Warcraft: Classic artwork for Nefarian's lair raid

If you're sick and tired of clearing Molten Core over and over again, rejoice as World of Warcraft: Classic has now added its second raid - Blackwing Lair. Expect to see a whole bunch of fire-breathing enemies, powerful items, amazing-looking Tier 2 armor sets, as well as a whole bunch of bosses that seemed to be quite a bit harder all those years ago!

You can get a pretty good idea of what Blackwing Lair looks like in-game, as well as what sort of challenges you'll get to face, through the recently posted (and rather nostalgic) teaser trailer. Have a peek: