My Top Five Games of the Decade (Brandon)…

There have been some amazing video games that have released. That being said, this decade my hold the torch for the best decade for a very long time. We might be able to jump fifty years into the future, and people could still be talking about this decade as one of the bests. Games like GTA5, Skyrim, and Fortnite dominated the last decade. The last week on our live show we gave our Listener Topic, “What are your top 5 games of the decade”? We received some great responses from you all, but here are my top 5 games of the decade.
Out of all the games on my list, if you would have told me that Mortal Kombat would have made my Honorable mention… I would have laughed in your face a decade ago. This is the one type of game I was never into. I loved every other game type at the time… Multiplayer, Shooters, Story, RTS, EVERYTHING except fighting games… When this game came out, the trailers were just too hype for me to pass on the opportunity. The game was so clean and the fatalities were INSANE! My buddy Adam was super into the franchise, so I decided to join him for Mortal Kombat X. I have never put so much time into a game that I never understood how to play. After a few weeks of constant practice, I was able to hold my own in ranked play. It was one of the best accomplishments I have felt in a video game. From being a hardcore button masher into some nasty combos I saw myself improving. It made my experience with fighting games so much better.
The decade started strong with Halo Reach. It blew my mind with a great way to bring back Halo after the third installment. Halo Reach did such a great job making you care about all of the characters in the campaign. The game did such a good job pulling at your heartstrings throughout with all of the heartbreaking moments. The multiplayer was also groundbreaking for the new mode they added, Invasion. It was a great new spin on the game that was much needed. The best way to explain this game mode was sort of like Conquest from the Battlefield franchise. Your team had to push through and take over each base that the defending team had. The final thing that was a polarizing asset to Halo Reach was the customization shop. It gave you something to work for when it came to the multiplayer experience. Going for all the fun cosmetics gave you a whole new layer to your Halo experience!
After Halo Reach, I was struggling to find some sort of single-player game. I tried out Fallout New Vegas because I remembered how much I enjoyed Fallout 3 back in the day. Fallout New Vegas was a very shocking experience for me. Not only did this game provide me with a love for a single-player adventure, but it also showed me how some games can have great replay value. You could play this game in so many different ways, and every time could be a completely different ending. The weapons were so well put together, the enemies were great, and the side quests pull you into the game! This game by far has one of my favorite stories in any game. It honestly has me extremely interested in Outer Worlds for how well they made Fallout New Vegas…
The next game on my list is Borderlands 2. Thanks to the first game in the series, I was so hyped for the sequel. I have never had a game that brought so many inside jokes to myself and a group of friends for all the insane moments in Borderlands 2. The character development was so fun to watch between some of the main NPCs in this game. I have never had a game that made me fall in love with so many character’s personalities. Thanks to Borderlands 2 I still have faith in story-driven games. Even though Borderlands 3 may have disappointed in comparison to 1 and 2. I still love this franchise more than any other.
The game that brought more friends of mine together in the last decade had to be Overwatch. Not only did we have times where we were playing competitive Overwatch. We were even together watching the Overwatch League tournaments. This game swept the world with the fast-paced team-based shooter. Not only was the gameplay so smooth and enjoyable the characters were so fun to play. The lore behind the charterers gave a whole other aspect for people to enjoy Overwatch. I have never seen so many people flock to one game so fast. Blizzard did it again with its amazing rendition of a team-based shooter.
Finally… my favorite game of the decade has to be Rocket League. I have not continuously played a single game for such a long time outside of Rocket League. For such a simple concept of rocket-powered cars playing soccer, a game has never been so enjoyable for so long. The game is constantly evolving with players finding new mechanics in a game that hasn’t changed in the four years it has been out. When it first hit the PSN store it dropped for the game of the month, and people flocked to this game. It started as just a fun game to play with friends to one of the biggest Esports around. This is one of those games I could see myself playing for another decade easily. Just like League of Legends this game could keep afloat for its super fun E-Sports reputation!
There have been thousands of games to come out over the last decade, but which games were your favorite? Did I completely flop on missing something from my top 5? What game are you surprised from my list that Someone could enjoy this much to add to their list? What games do you believe will make it into your list for the next decade? let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article make sure to leave alike! If you have a topic you would like to see us write about let us know on Twitter or Facebook @TheNerdChambers. Thank you for your support!

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-Brandon Maj

What We Know About Overwatch 2 So Far…

One of the most successful games over the last decade is by far Overwatch. This game came out of the gates with a boom and took over the gaming community by storm. I was very skeptical when the game first drop[ed, but I must say I am very glad I was pushed into this game by some friends. The game has had one of the best development teams for continuously attempting to balance the game when imperfections surfaced. The game was constantly changing and characters were being added throughout the life of the game. Some people are confused about why a new Overwatch is even in the works because games like League of Legends and DOTA is what Overwatch seemed to be the life cycle the game was going for. We will have to wait and see the full reason for an Overwatch 2, but as of now, this is the information we have so far thanks to BlizzCon 2019…

As of this moment in time, we do not even have the slightest idea of a release date. For all, we know it could be coming out next year, the drop of the next-generation consoles, or even years from now. Sadly we won’t be able to provide any insider information on a release date, but we can give you everything about the game itself! It seems like Overwatch 2 will be having a very heavy focus on the PVE side of Overwatch. We may have a much deeper dive into the lore of Overwatch with the PVE for what the cinematic trailer shows us. IF you haven’t had an opportunity to, please take the time to watch the Overwatch 2 Announcement Cinematic “Zero Hour” you will not be disappointed!

The PVE of the game with being driven on Hero and story missions as you battle the Null Sector. The game will have new and old heroes returning to the fray of battle. We will see a new way to improve your characters and make them own in a sense. You will be able to upgrade your heroes’ abilities, and you can even change the ultimates of your characters to properly assist you in battle! We will have to see if the abilities are going to stay in the PVE or make their way into PVP… which could cause some problems for balancing sake.

As for the PVP, it does not seem like much will be changing. We have seen some gameplay of a good portion of heroes that would be returning (Genji, Lucio, Reaper, Winston, Tracer, Mei, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei, Brigitte, Bastion, Zenyatta, Widowmaker, Doom Fist, Mercy, Hanzo, Roadhog) that can all be spotted in the Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI ).

There also seems to be some space combat in the trailer it is hard to tell if that will be PVE or PVP, but we can hope for some PVP space combat! There are four locations they show off in the trailer for PVP as well as a new game mode Push! It seems as if Overwatch 2 in a PVP aspect is just going to be a HUGE DLC rather then a new game. Blizzard has done a good job with their games so I’m sure this will feel much more than a cash grab for what some people are worried about.

What are your thoughts on Overwatch 2? Is it needed? Will this resurrect the community back to full strength again? Is this a waste of resources by Blizzard and they should put more money/time into Overwatch? Is it a cash grab? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed the article leave a like to see more content like this!

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-Brandon Maj

Overwatch Insurrection Event…

Today is the start of another Overwatch event… So grab your mountain dew and Cheetos, and get grinding! This will being so many new exciting skins for all your loved characters in Overwatch! Not only will new skins drop a new 4 player PvE game mode will be available! The new game mode is a very Gears of War Horde look alike. Take on waves and waves of enemies untill you are overwhelmed. 

If you haven’t seen the incredible new trailer here it is!

Overwatch: Insurrection Trailer
The event will be running from April 11th to May 1st! So make sure to get all the skins possible​, and have a blast taking on a new wave of fun! Let us know what you think @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also don’t forget to like us on Facebook! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch Teaser???

Today on the Australian and New Zealand Blizzard Twitter posted a short video that teases some upcoming Overwatch details! We already got Orisa early this competitive season, so what else could they be bringing to us? The only real information we got from the teaser is April 12 is when we will know what is happening. Are we getting a new map? Why was Kings Row the focal point of the video? Possibly a new event? Are we getting a new character? What do you think is happening April 12th!? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheNerdChambers. 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Orisa’s Big Debut…

All of us Overwatch sweaties have bee overly excited for today… Why might you ask? We are finally getting our hands on the new Overwatch hero Orisa! It will bring a fresh breathe to the Overwatch competitive seen.She will bring some much need variety to the tank classing since this is the smallest pool of characters in Overwatch. 

One of the biggest questions we have at The Nerd Chambers is, How will this change the meta? There has been a lot of talk on a so called “barrier meta” to hit the game. With characters like Reinhardt and Winston with their own annoying damage stopping barriers will we see the likes of a 3 team barrier squad. Not only how will this effect the tank picks, but you have to think this will also change up the damage composition. 

It really makes you think… Will teams play with flanking characters to just avoid and get past the barriers quicker, or will their be just heavy hitting teams with the highest possible damage? You may either see tracers and genjis be wiped from the competitive existence if there truly is a barrier meta on its way, or you may see only flankers in the DPS slots. What will happen to characters like Soldier and Hanzo? Will Junkrat make a return to play more often? Will teams pair DPS groups with Bastion, Junkrat, Pharah to just explode the barriers down as fast as possible? It’s all very exciting, and thankfully we only have to wait a few more hours to let the fun begin. 

How are you and your team going to tackle the possible barrier meta? Will you be apart of this meta and play trike tank barrier squad? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Orisa is coming!!!

We are less then a week away from the new Overwatch tank to hit the competitive season with! It will be nice to have an addition to the roster to add a little more diversity to the tank selection. People have been fearing a new tank like this though… They feel that Overwatch is going to become Barrierwatch. People in the PTR were running groups with Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa… With a Bastion. Yeah, we see how that will be a headache too. 

It is going to be very interesting how Orisa will fit the meta. Will this bring in a new wave of 3 rank groups with the barrier squad? It’s hard to imagine playing choke hold maps with Reinhardt, Mei, Orisa, and a Bastion also. You will never be able to push through the hold. We will probably see more flying/flanking characters be played more now. 

Go let us know what you think about the new tank Orisa @TheNerdChambers on Twitter. Will you be playing Orisa when she drops? Is this going to possibly ruin your current character pick with another barrier? Let us know on Twitter or down in the comments! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

The Developers Heard Our Cries…

There are many upcoming changes to Overwatch that have been hitting season 4. Some of the changes have been the new character Orisa and others like balancing changes. The biggest balance we’ve seen so far this season was the change for Bastion. He was equipped with a better healing ability that allows him to move while helping, and a better weapon spread. So far nothing crazy has changed for any of heroes to render them useless… Untill recently brought up in our previous article No Not My Ana!!!

 Fans of Overwatch have been dreading the changes that were coming to one of the fan favorite support characters Ana. The changes that were coming were as follows:

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Thankfully after time in the PTR and a lot of community outrage . The develops are going to listen to the backlash of the massive nerf of this support character. As shown above from the previous stated changes to Ana. They are going to be removing the Biotic Grenade changes, and only bringing her damage down slightly. I believe this is very fair for the fact the grenade seemed more as a support (buff/debuff) ability. While the Biotic Rifle damage is a DPS trait. It was unfair to see Ana killing characters as well if not better then not DPS classes, while being able to buff and debuff the battle field. Hopefully these changes for Ana will bring light to the character, and not kick her from the meta.

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-ShadowGhoul (Brandon) 

No Not My Ana!!!

Each week we give all you nerds a little insight on Overwatch. The Nerd Chambers current favorite competitive shooter… We have brought you the Bastion buffs, news on Zarya and Bastion getting slight tweaks, and our experiences in the current season. Well today we have some more upcoming patch notes to bring all of you that are currently in play in the PTR (public test region).

Ana

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Junkrat

  • No longer hurts himself from his own explosions. (Effect added to current passive: Total Mayhem)

Orisa

Fusion Driver

  • Magazine size lowered from 200 to 150

Supercharger

  • Cost increased by 15%

Sombra

Stealth

  • Sound effects and VO distance for entering and exiting Stealth reduced to 15 meters.

Translocator

  • Cooldown reduced from 6s to 4s

Winston

Barrier Projector

  • Cooldown now starts when the barrier is placed, instead of when it ends

Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

  • Alternate fire recovery reduced from 1s to 0.6s

Orb of Discord

  • Can now target enemies through barriers


There are many… Many changes that are currently in the test region. Some are going to benefit heroes, and some will of course hurt some of the heroes. In our eyes their really are no big “helpful” changes to any of the characters. Yes the Winston cooldown change will be nice, but not game changing. Also it will most likely not bring him into play more than he is currently seeing. The Zenyatta changes are nice, but again not game changing. Being able to discord through barriers does not do a lot because you still have to take down the barriers. Sombra is probably seeing the biggest positive change with a better colldown with the teleporter, and the fact that she is silent out of stealth will help her suprise attacks.She is probably the most hated character on console currently, so this will probably not being her into any matches still.

Now… The negative. Sadly most of us have not had any chance to get our hands on Orisa, and she is already seeing sorts of nerfs with her clip size from 200 to 150. This change won’t personally effect any of us because we haven’t had first hand play with her yet. So it will all be new anyway for us. We however can say goodbye to Ana in meta… She is losing a good protion of her damage from 80 to 60. That’s 3 shots from 2 for a tracer, and 3 to 4 for a majority of heroes in the game. On top of that, her grenade is now being cut In half brining it to nearly useless. This might be the death of Ana for the meta, and the birth of Zenyatta for meta play. 

What do all you games think about these changes coming to Overwatch? Was Ana one of your mains? Hopefully you didn’t golden gun her recently… Let us know @TheNerdChambers all your thoughts! Also go like us on Facebook!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

New Overwatch Update…

We all have had a few days now to enjoy Overwatch Season 4, and we already have some changes coming. Sorry Bastion players. It is always nice to see game developers always looking to better the experience for the consumers. That being said after the great re-balancing of the heroes we now have a few more changes coming up.

As we all know by now there is a new hero that will be dropping hopefully sooner then later Orisa (Click on her name to read our article all about Orisa!). On top of that we are going to see some changes to Zarya and Bastion. The new fan favorite hero Bastion has been sweeping the meta, and has been picked no matter what the team build is. Bastion players see a Torbjorn, Symmetra, Hanzo that means the team has a sickness and it needs more Bastion. Thankfully the developers have had some first hand experience of the community outrage that has been Bastion, and they are taking action. Bastion’s passive ability was tweaked to a substantial 35% resistance while in tank or sentry mode this past update, but the devs felt this was a little to intense. They will be reducing the Ironclad passive down to 20% while in sentry and tank configuration. Hopefully we will see a slightly better balance to the number of Bastions we see in competitive.

Finally Zarya is seeing a very small nerf in my eyes. Zarya’s abilities Particle Barrier and Projected Barrier not only absorbed damage, but they also absorbed knock back abilities. Well, with the upcoming patch, we will see Zarya no longer eat knock backs that “penetrate” the barriers. So heroes like Reinhardt with his knock back hammer, Winston with his Primal Rage, and a well placed concussion mine will now be able to knock back Zarya (or ally) even with a barrier up.  As for Phara and a ranged Lucio Boop she will still not be moved from place. Only if their weapons were to be inside of her barrier when fired.

We will just have to see how much of an effect these patch notes will truly have to the game. Let us know what you think about these patch notes in the comments or tweet us @TheNerdChambers!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

My first Overwatch Season…

So after the last 2 months of grinding Overwatch, I have realized I have made a huge mistake… Why did I not buy this game at launch!? I got this game as a gift for Christmas after many of my friends begged me to buy it for the last year. A lot of my friends scared me into thinking this game was more of a MOBA , as they explained it to be a 3 lane style game, with “Champions” , and no real level system… Which scared me away from an earlier purchase. Biggest gaming mistake I’ve made so far is not buying this game on release…

The last 2 months of gaming has been the most refreshing time I’ve had since Modern Warfare 2. I have been in a rut of games ever since Infinite Warfare dropped in late 2016. It didn’t grab me as well as Black Ops 3, so I really needed a new game to grasp me into hours and hours of gaming. Well thank you overwatch 90 hours in 2 months I am satisfied.

As for my rank. I made it to diamond before the season’s end. Super happy with my rank since I placed around 2450 (High Gold), and finished in low Diamond 3033. Thanks to many of hours of researching characters to play, and how to master certain heroes. I found my love… Mei❄. She was one of the heroes I put a lot of time into accumulating 22 hours with the goddess of Ice. I also worked a lot with Roadhog, Lucio, Genji, and at the end of the season Zenyatta. It was a blast the whole season. I ended the season in low Diamond at 3033, so shooting for the stars to reach into Master rank next season!

Next season will be upon us Tuesday the 28th of February. Up untill then I will be spending my time trying to master Zarya, Mcree, and give me a character to work on! Tweet us @TheNerdChambers and tell me which character I should try and master next!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)