World of Warcraft: Shadowlands artwork for the lo-fi Venthyr soundtrack

With the race for Castle Nathria now well and truly underway, the disparity in power between the various classes and specializations has become extremely apparent. As such, I am very happy to say that Blizzard has decided to take a more proactive approach this time around and has already released a balance update in order to address the situation!

Overpowered DPS classes like Hunters, Druids and Death Knights have received their rightful nerfs, while the bottom-dwellers like Rogues, Demon Hunters and Warriors have snagged themselves some small but meaningful buffs. If you're curious about the actual details, here's the full list of PvE changes:

Star Wars: Squadrons screenshot of the Fostar Haven map

Even though Star Wars: Squadrons might not be the biggest game around, EA and Motive Studios have done a rather admirable job supporting it so far. Despite saying that there will only be a couple of small updates post launch, they have already added a bunch of free content, and that pile has just become even larger!

The latest update has brought with it two fancy new ships to toy around with: the powerful but slow B-wings for The New Republic, and the absolutely ridiculous-looking TIE Defenders for the Empire. You can also expect to see Fostar Haven as a brand new map, an assortment of new customization options for your cockpit and pilot, and perhaps most importantly of all, the ability to create unique battle scenarios in Custom Matches.

MTG Arena artwork showing off Kaya from Kaldheim

If you're tired of the current Standard metagame and you're looking for something to shake things up a bit, you'll be pleased to hear that the next expansion is just around the corner. To be more specific, the viking themed Kaldheim will be launching on January 28, 2021 for MTG Arena and MTGO, while the physical version will follow on February 5th.

Given that this is the very first announcement none of the new cards have been revealed just yet, but I think it's safe to say Kaldheim will be continuing on with the double-faced cards introduced with Zendikar Rising. You can expect to see the last few double-faced rare lands to finish off the whole cycle, and if the rumors are true, weapons and enchantments that have creatures on the other side in order to offer a nice bit of flexibility.

Overwatch screenshot of Reinhardt from his cinematic short

[Update #2]: Overwatch is heavily nerfing Sigma, Wrecking Ball and Ashe, while also buffing Hanzo.

[Update]: Overwatch has added the Winter Wonderland 2020 event and amazing new Priority Pass system!

In an effort to bring some more diversity to the tank roster in higher tier matches, as well as tone down Sigma's dominance, Blizzard has now released some nifty buffs for D.Va and Reinhardt. A portion of D.Va's health has been transformed into armor to make her sturdier, while Reinhardt has received not only more health, but more melee damage as well!

Additionally, in order to ensure double-shield doesn't become a major part of the meta ever again, Blizzard has also toned down Baptiste's ultimate and Immortality Field. Here are all of the details:

Tyranny official artwork and logo

[Update]: If you're looking for more freebies, it's also worth mentioning the oldschool action-RPG The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is now free to grab as well.

If you're in the mood to sink a good chunk of hours into a quality RPG, then today is your lucky day as there's two of them on offer! As a part of their weekly freebies, the Epic Games Store is currently giving away both Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny!

The only catch, as is often the case, is that the whole giveaway will only last another three days. So if you're interested, make sure to add the games to your account before the giveaway vanishes and you'll be able to play them whenever you want.

Sam & Max Save the World screenshot from the remastered version

While Telltale is most famous for their The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series, they also created some pretty solid games long before that. Chief among these was the Sam & Max series, a collection of hilarious point & click adventure games starring a dog detective and his loud-mouthed rabbit-thing companion.

The reason I'm even mentioning all of this is because the very first season of Sam & Max has just suddenly received an HD remaster! The new version brings with it greatly enhanced graphics, widescreen and gamepad support, new music tracks, plenty of absurd humor, and perhaps most importantly, a 50% discount for the owners of the original.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide screenshot of the Chaos baddies

After releasing an absurd amount of content for Vermintide 2, with more still in the works, Fatshark is now also looking to apply their touch to Warhammer 40,000 with the newly unveiled Darktide. Much like its predecessor, Darktide will be a four-player co-op game that's all about mowing down hordes of Chaos fanatics, Nurgle monstrosities, and all sorts of other nonsense that spews forth from the Warp.

As for what exactly all of this looks like in actual gameplay, as well as what sort of characters you'll be able to play as, that you can find out through the recently posted gameplay trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty fun one:

Artwork for Thrall from Hearthstone

[Update]: The balance update has gone live alongside a few more changes.

Castle Nathria, Shadowlands' very first raid, has only just recently been unleashed, but already we're getting pretty good information about how the various classes and specializations are stacking up against each other. As is to be expected from the first raid tier, the results are all over the place, with some specializations like Unholy Death Knights overperforming by a large margin.

In order to sort this out, as well as buff up some of the weaker classes, Blizzard has announced that a brand new balance update will be coming in on December 15th. As for what exactly is being changed, that you can find out below:

Horizon Zero Dawn official concept artwork

While the initial PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn was a bit of a mess, Guerrilla Games have slowly but surely patched it to the point where it has basically no more major issues. As such, I am both surprised and happy to say that Guerrilla Games have now released yet another bug fixing and optimization focused update!

Much like before, a couple of pesky crashes have been sorted out, with the most important being the error that would sometimes occur when swapping resolutions. The update has also improved the automatic shader optimization, added a VRAM display to let you know how much VRAM is available and being used, as well as fixed a variety of graphical glitches including wonky plant simulation when played at framerates higher than 30FPS.

Windjammers 2 official artwork and logo

Given that the whole of 2020 was marked with a ridiculous amount of delays, it only makes sense to end the year with another batch of them. This time around it's the arcadey and intentionally absurd sports game Windjammers 2 that's being pushed back until 2021.

"We analyzed in depth all these mixed opinions regarding some stuffs including the lack of rollback for the online mode, which was unanimously praised in everyone's feedback," reads the brief update. "We had to do something because Windjammers 2 online mode is also meant to encourage the competitive community to get into the game. Nevertheless, these changes caused delays and as a result, forced us to postpone the release date to 2021."