Overwatch 2 screenshot of Sojourn sliding towards the camera

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2's Battle for Olympus update has arrived with a fun novelty game mode and some truly awful challenges.

[Update]: Overwatch 2 has just nerfed Doomfist, Sojourn and Tracer, while Roadhog has managed to escape his fate... for now!

Last week Overwatch 2's Season 2 update arrived with Ramattra as a brand new tank hero, a new escort map by the name of Shambali Monastery, as well as a whole host of balance changes. Unfortunately, while the idea behind the balance tweaks was a noble one, the numerous buffs have ended up creating a far, far bigger problem than what we had before.

So in order to sort this newfound mess out, Blizzard has just announced that there will be a balance update coming later this week. The exact list of changes has not been announced just yet, but you can look forward to Doomfist, Roadhog, Sojourn and Tracer getting nerfed, while the newcomer Ramattra will most likely be getting some major buffs given how weak he currently is.

Marvel's Midnight Suns official artwork for the turn-based RPG

After going through a few rounds of delays, Firaxis Games' turn-based RPG Marvel's Midnight Suns has now finally been unleashed for PC and consoles. However, despite being a tactical turn-based game from the XCOM studio, Marvel's Midnight Suns is by no means a copy of it.

Not only does the combat system utilize cards and combos instead of relying on random rolls, but there's also a much greater focus on storytelling and character interactions. In fact, between all of the various systems and dialogues, there's a good chance you'll spend just as much time managing things and talking to people as you will fighting. So if you're here purely for the turn-based combat, you might end up being somewhat disappointed.

Elden Ring official artwork showing off the logo

If PvP is your bread and butter in the Souls games, you'll be happy to hear that Elden Ring's latest Update 1.08 is all about facilitating it! The mighty Colosseums in Limgrave, Caelid and Leyndell have now finally opened up their doors, and with that comes a variety of new PvP modes to mess around with.

The Limgrave Colosseum brings with it two distinct game modes: Combat Ordeal which is essentially a free-for-all brawl where the goal is to get as many kills as possible before the timer runs out, and United Combat which is just a fancy name for team-based deathmatch.

Back 4 Blood official artwork and logo for the third expansion - River of Blood

While the whole thing got slightly overshadowed by the release of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, the co-op focused Back 4 Blood has just recently launched a sizable new expansion. The ominously titled River of Blood brings with it the sixth chapter of the story campaign containing five new maps to explore, as well as a rogue cultist by the name of Tala that comes with a friendly tallboy bodyguard named Jeff!

You can also expect to see a couple of new weapons such as the flamethrower, the first set of attachments for melee weapons, as well as a whole host of new cards and cosmetics to collect along the way. And if you're in the mood for a bit of friendly competition, the River of Blood expansion has also added Trial of the Worm as a new game mode with its own leaderboards.

A seemingly Souls-like inspired mech game? Sign me up!

In an announcement that might not come as too much of a surprise given that its existence was leaked all the way back in January, Dark Souls and Elden Ring studio FromSoftware are now working on a brand new Armored Core game! The details are still few and far between, but what I can tell you is that Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will allow you to pilot a mech in full 3D and engage in fast-paced battles with both melee and ranged weaponry.

Throughout your journey you'll also be able to go toe to toe with gigantic bosses, as well as upgrade and customize your mech with new armor pieces and weapons. Unsurprisingly, Armored Core VI will be continuing with FromSoftware's staple 'challenging but fair' design philosophy, so you can expect to see some deviously difficult combat encounters that will likely wipe the floor with you a dozen times over before finally letting you taste that sweet, sweet victory!

Assassin's Creed Valhalla artwork showing the main character alongside a bear

After two years of Epic Games Store exclusivity, Ubisoft's Viking flavored open world action-adventure Assassin's Creed Valhalla has now landed onto Steam. More importantly, it has done so alongside a sizable discount which has brought the price down from €60 to €20.

This discount also extends to the various DLCs, so if you find yourself liking what Assassin's Creed Valhalla has to offer, consider giving those a try as well. Don't dawdle for too long, however, as the sale will be going away on January 5th.

MTG Arena Explorer Anthology 2 artwork for Nyktos, Shrine to Nyx

[Update]: Explorer Anthology 2 and Alchemy: The Brother's War expansions have now arrived with staples and jank galore.

If you're tired of the current Standard meta and looking for something new and interesting to experiment with, you might be interested to hear that MTG Arena will be getting two mini-expansions on December 13th. However, instead of more Standard cards, the new additions will be launching for the Explorer and Alchemy formats.

Explorer Anthology 2, much like its predecessor, will bring with it 25 Explorer, Pioneer and Historic legal cards to mess around with. These include powerful format staples like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Fiery Impulse, as well as a bunch of fun jank like Sliver Hivelord and Kozilek, the Great Distortion. You can check out the full list of cards over at the official card gallery.

The Callisto Protocol official artwork for the Dead Space inspired horror game

[Update]: The Dead Space remake has now landed onto PC and consoles, and so far it's looking quite good!

If you're looking for something to help pass the time until the Dead Space remake lands onto PC and consoles this January 27th, you might want to give the freshly released The Callisto Protocol a look. To put it quite simply The Callisto Protocol is a sci-fi survival horror that's all about exploring claustrophobic environments, carefully managing your resources, and as you would expect given its inspiration, tearing mutated monstrosities apart limb from limb!

You can get a pretty good idea of what all of this looks like in action, as well as how closely The Callisto Protocol mirrors Dead Space, through the launch trailer below. Have a gander:

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide official artwork showing Veteran and Zealot classes

[Update #2]: Darktide's likely final 2022 patch has fixed two major Psyker issues, a bunch of crashes, and temporarily removed player outlines.

[Update]: Patch 1.0.20 has now arrived, and while it's unfortunately a bit buggy, I'm happy to say that the new power mauls pack one hell of a punch!

As I've detailed throughout my review, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a downright brilliant game that still needs a fair bit of polish in order to truly shine. How long that process will take, that I'm afraid I have no idea, but I'm happy to say that Fatshark has already announced an update that's looking to fix some of the most common complaints.

Once it arrives this December 14th the update will add two new weapons for the Ogyrn to play around with: Indignatus Mk IVe Crusher and Achlys Mk I Power Maul. The exact details are still few and far between, but I can only imagine that the power maul will be a powerful yet slow one-handed weapon, while the appropriately titled crusher will likely be a gigantic hunk of metal for the Ogyrn to really flex his muscles with.

Overwatch 2 season 2 artwork for the new hero Ramattra

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2's Battle for Olympus update has arrived with a fun novelty game mode and some truly awful challenges.

[Update]: Overwatch 2 has just nerfed Doomfist, Sojourn and Tracer, while Roadhog has managed to escape his fate... for now!

After a surprisingly lengthy round of teasers and previews for a single update, Overwatch 2's second season has now finally been unleashed. Season 2 brings with it Ramattra as a brand new stance-shifting tank, a new escort map by the name of Shambali Monastery, a whole host of new cosmetics themed after Greek mythology, and most importantly of all, a bunch of balance changes to help spice everything up.

What some of these new additions look like in action, that you can check out through the Season 2 trailer below. Have a gander: