Overwatch Mercy artwork from the official Valkyrie short story

In order to bridge the gap between major content updates, Blizzard has started releasing small challenges that expand the lore and give players a chance to acquire a couple of new cosmetic items. The challenge this time around, as you might imagine from the title, is all about Mercy and why she has decided to stick with Overwatch.

To explore this question, as well as further flesh out Mercy as a character, Blizzard has also released the Valkyrie short story. It's not exactly long, but it does provide some nice insights into a character that has so far mostly stuck to the background. So if you're a fan of Mercy, or just looking to keep up with the Overwatch lore as we wait for Overwatch 2, I'd say Valkyrie is worth the 10-15 minutes it'll take to read.

Vermintide 2 screenshot of Sienna and a whole bunch of Beastmen

A little while ago Vermintide 2 received it's biggest expansion yet - Winds of Magic. It brought with it the Beastmen as a brand new faction to face off against, as well as a plethora of changes to the combat, enemy behavior and overall weapon balance.

Unfortunately, while Winds of Magic had the right idea, the implementation of many of these features left a lot to be desired. The Beastmen were somewhat irritating to fight due to hard-to-read animations, enemy behavior had a variety of bugs that made enemies attack almost instantly upon spawning, while the numerous tweaks to the weapons had brought back the infamous 'phantom hits' bug from ages past.

WoW Classic screenshot of Azuregos

If you're on a PvP server, make sure to stock up on a variety of potions as Phase 2 has now arrived to World of Warcraft: Classic! In other words, PvP ranks and rewards have now finally become available, as have the two original world bosses: Lord Kazzak and Azuregos.

In order to advance through the PvP ranks you'll need to kill players that are within ten levels of you, as well as take down the various faction leaders for a sizable boost to your honor. However, do make sure not to attack civilian NPCs or players that are far below your level as that will grant you dishonorable kills, each of which will provide a fairly significant reduction to your honor.

Overwatch close up screenshot of Reinhardt

[Update]: Patch 1.43, as well as its accompanying Winter Wonderland event, will be coming next week. No release date has been given just yet, but December 10th is a pretty safe bet as most updates come out on Tuesday.

Ever since the introduction of Role Queue and 2/2/2 matchmaking, the meta in Overwatch has become rather boring. Instead of battles being about who can outmaneuver their opponents or use ultimates better, the optimal composition is all about standing behind multiple layers of shields and simply throwing damage around until something finally dies.

In order to correct this little problem, as well as make tanks a bit more attractive to play, Blizzard has now released a brand new PTR update that nerfs shields across the board while also buffing the individual survivability of tank heroes. Here's what all of these changes look like in terms of numbers:

Teaser for Valve's VR focused Half-Life: Alyx

[Update]: Half-Life: Alyx has now been officially unveiled by Valve!

While VR devices are an impressive piece of technology, they currently lack games you can really sink your teeth into. Sure, games like Beat Saber or Budget Cuts are a great deal of fun to mess around with, especially with friends around you, but they're just not something you can play for an extended period of time.

What VR truly needs right now is a system seller, a game that's so good you might want to consider adopting VR just because of it, which is why I'm very excited to say that just so happens to be exactly what Valve is working on! The details are still few and far between, but the newly announced Half-Life: Alyx will be Valve's very own "flagship VR game."

Red Dead Redemption 2 lovely screenshot from the PC version

[Update]: PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Steam on December 5th after a brief period of exclusivity.

After what feels like an eternity of waiting, Red Dead Redemption 2 was finally announced for PC a little while ago. Thankfully, we won't have to wait as long for the full release as Read Dead Redemption 2 will be riding onto PC in the near future, on November 5th!

When it comes to additional features, the PC version will bring with it a variety of technical enhancements, as well as "a host of exciting new content additions for the game's Story Mode." What this actually means is that you can expect to see new hideouts, weapons, horses, missions and trinkets, as well as increased draw distance, better shadows and lighting, greatly updated grass and fur textures, and a variety of similar graphical improvements.

Total War: Warhammer 2 screenshot of both Gotrek and Felix

Gotrek and Felix, the two legendary adventures with quite a few books behind them, have been a part of Total War: Warhammer 2 for a little while now. However, unless you purchased a physical copy of the White Dwarf magazine, you simply couldn't play around with them yourself.

This period of exclusivity is now thankfully over, and so the Gotrek and Felix DLC is entirely free to grab for everyone! The only catch is that you'll need to create a Total War Access account in order to unlock them, though that's a fairly simple and straightforward procedure so I wouldn't complain about it too much.

Dota 2 artwork for Broodmother's cosmetic set

While Dota Underlords has continued to receive patches over the past few months, they weren't exactly massive in size, or all that exciting to mess around with. The reason for this, as Valve has announced recently, is because all of their efforts have been going towards the release version and its accompanying "Big Update."

There is still no release date for the Big Update, but according to the most recent preview, it will be here in the very near future! So in order to help pass the time, as well as showcase what the update itself will bring, Valve has now released the first in a series of previews.

Apex Legends screenshot of the Clown Caustic Halloween skin

Apex Legends' Season 3 update has only just arrived, and already Respawn has unleashed a new dose of content. This time around we're not talking about a new map or legend, however, but rather about a variety of new cosmetics and a rather interesting Halloween themed game mode.

Shadowfall, the new game mode, is a free-for-all deathmatch that takes place in an appropriately spooky version of Kings Canyon. Things start off fairly familiar with you and 34 other solo players dropping across the map, but once the bloodbath begins the whole game mode will take on an entirely different tone.

Crusader Kings 2 official artwork

Crusader Kings 2 has been free to try out many times before, but this time around it appears to have actually gone free-to-play. I say "appears" because the brief announcement doesn't say how long this free-to-play period will last, but since there is no end date listed on Steam like there was for the previous promotions, I think odds are good that Crusader Kings 2 has actually gone completely free now.

Whatever the case may be, I'm sure there are quite a few of you wondering whether Crusader Kings 2 is actually worth your time, to which I would say the answer is a definitive yes if you're a fan of grand strategy games or just enjoy creating your very own stories. After all, it's not every day you can take a petty insult from the AI and turn it into a life-long feud that culminates in the stupidest man you could possibly find taking control of their empire and promptly running it into the dirt.