Screenshot of the Starcraft: Remastered visual overhaul by CarBot Animations

If you've been playing Blizzard games for a while, then chances are you're well aware of CarBot Animations and their series on StarCraft, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and so forth. If not, just imagine a whole bunch of inside-jokes loosely tied together with goofy animations and you'll be pretty close!

While CarBot Animations had quite a few bits of artwork featured in both Starcraft and Heroes of the Storm, their latest collaboration with Blizzard is just a little bit larger in scope. Instead of a couple of icons or even models, CarBot Animations will soon be releasing a complete graphics pack for Starcraft: Remastered!

Apex Legends screenshot of Wattson looking happy

If you've been playing Apex Legends for a while now, chances are you're well aware that not all weapons are born equal. Guns like the R301 and R99 are incredibly accurate while spitting out insane damage, while guns like the Mozambique, P2020 or Flatline are so pathetic compared to their competition that you're going to chuck them away the very first moment you can. Not exactly ideal!

Thankfully, it would appear that Respawn has finally given up on the whole "weapon tiers" idea as they have announced they will be doing a weapon rebalance for Season 2. In other words, not only will the lowly Alternators and RE-45's of the world be viable past the initial drop, they might even become end-game weapons thanks to the new hop-ups!

Alpha Protocol screenshot of the main character sneaking behind a wall

Out of all the RPGs Obsidian worked on, the one I am the most disappointed with is Alpha Protocol. Not because it's bad, mind you, but rather because it was so close to becoming a game that would've defined the genre for years to come. However, while Alpha Protocol never managed to reach that lofty goal, it was still a thoroughly unique and interesting RPG, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone that's a fan of the genre.

Unfortunately, this is where we start running into a bit of a problem. At the request of the publisher (SEGA), Obsidian's Alpha Protocol is now no longer available for sale on Steam. The reason behind Alpha Protocol being pulled from the storefront, as is sadly quite common these days, is a music licensing issue.

Overwatch screenshot of the new Combat Medic Baptiste skin

After spending a fair bit of time on test servers, Overwatch has now finally introduced the very first version of the replay system! Right now you're limited to only watching your own or Overwatch League replays, but even so it is an incredibly useful yet still fairly simple tool. So if you're interested in getting better, do make sure to give the newly introduced replays a try as they'll tell you exactly where you messed up!

Besides replays, this update has also added the recently announced Baptiste challenge. All you need to do is win nine matches in any game mode and you'll get a couple of sprays, as well as the new Combat Medic Skin that was teased during Batpsite's short story. And if you want even more doodles to plaster all over the in-game maps, you might also want to check out some of the partnered streams. You can find out more over at the official website.

World of Warcraft: Classic artwork showing off Ragnaros

If you're in the mood for a bit of a nostalgia trip, you might be interested to hear that Blizzard has announced yet another stress test for World of Warcraft: Classic. The stress test will run from June 19-21 and will be available to anyone in the Americas & Oceania region with a currently active subscription. No other requirements or experience will be necessary to hop in.

In terms of stuff to do, the stress test will give you access to all of the content up to level 15. This will include all classes, the initial talents, the Warsong Gulch battleground, as well as dungeons like Ragefire Chasm or Deadmines. A pretty nice selection of content for a three-day test, I just wish they would open it up to other continents as well!

Gwent artwork for the Syndicate faction from the Novigrad expansion

If you're tired of supernatural monsters that have arrived as a part of Gwent's previous Crimson Curse expansion, you might be glad to hear that we'll be getting some much more familiar 'monsters' with the upcoming Novigrad expansion. Much like in The Witcher 3, Gwent's Novigrad is riddled with clashing ideologies and plenty of foul deeds, all run and organized by the constantly warring crime lords. 

However, someone has managed to unite the warring factions, and through the promise of never-ending coin coerce them to create the Syndicate. While bad news for the citizens of Novigrad, those of you playing Gwent will be glad to hear that this means we'll getting a new playable faction with five unique leaders!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night official artwork and logo

While the development on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night initially seemed to be a bit troubled, things have greatly improved over the past year or so. New features ended up getting announced, the combat got significantly more polished, and perhaps most importantly of all, the often complained about artstyle received a significant makeover! 

With that in mind, I am very happy to say that the good news hasn't stopped now that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has fully released. Not only have the developers announced there will be 13 free DLCs coming in the future, but the long-rumored third character has ended up being none other than the legendary Shovel Knight!