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2021 Recap and a Look Ahead to 2022
posted on: Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!


It is the last day of 2021, and hopefully better days are ahead. I have been writing an end of year post since, at least, 2015. I have always seen it as a way to recap the year and look forward to what is to come, but last year, I just couldn't do it. 2020 was such a difficult year that it seemed like writing a post about video games was just wrong somehow. This year, however, we're back. While 2021 has definitely had its share of problems as well I believe that there truly are better days ahead and that the end of the pandemic is here. So, grab a drink, get comfortable, and let's take a look back at 2021 in gaming and talk about what might be coming our way in 2022.

F5 Games News from 2021

I am happy to say that we have some F5 Games news to discuss from 2021, in fact we had a great year. Blackjack Masters has continued to do well for us on iOS and Android but the biggest news for F5 this year was our collaboration with Arcade 1Up and the release of their Infinity Game Table. We were a Kickstarter backer for the Infinity Game Table product because, as soon as I saw the Kickstarter video, I knew it was something I wanted to develop for. I love the idea of having a large, shared, multitouch gaming space to design around and I wanted to do what I could to make it a reality. After launch we reached out to Arcade1Up about developing for the IGT and they graciously agreed! In August we announced the collaboration and in November we released Blackjack Masters Party for the Infinity Game Table! The launch of Blackjack Masters Party has been one of the best in our history and we couldn't be happier about how developing for the IGT has turned out.

But, Blackjack is only the beginning! We have multiple new game ideas in the design phase for the Infinity Game Table in 2022 and our next game is already heavy in development. So there is a lot more coming in the new year from F5 Games!



F5 Game Awards for 2021

2021 has been a mixed year in many respects. While the 'next generation' has technically started it has been slow getting out of the gate. With console supply problems and a lack of truly next-gen games it has felt more like when you upgrade your PC and want to see how well it runs all your old favorites than a standard new console generation. With that said, there have still been some great gaming experience this year and while I have continued my pattern of playing fewer and fewer games each year I still have a few that I would like to celebrate.

Here we go...

The "Don't Call It A Comeback Award" - Metroid Dread



There are games that have long development cycles, and then there is Metroid Dread. Dread was originally intended as a sequel to the GBA Metroid Fusion and was planned to appear at E3 in 2005! After numerous setbacks and delays it was decided that the technology of the time just wasn't up to the challenge of presenting Dread the way it was intended. And so, it sat for 15 years, waiting for the time to be right.

Thankfully, that time was 2021 and Metroid Dread completely delivers. All of the classic Metroid gameplay is reborn in Dread and married to fluid new controls and fantastic action. The new EMMI enemies stalk you through world and instill a genuine form of Dread in you every time you cross paths with them.

Metroid Dread was a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait.


The "Victory from the jaws of Defeat Award" - Halo Infinite


Halo Infinite had some development issues of its own. After a few lackluster sequels Halo was in need of rebirth. But, when it was unveiled in late 2020, Halo Infinite didn't instill much hope. While the concept of a more open-world Halo was intriguing it was clear that the game wasn't fully baked, and there wasn't enough time to get it ready for a release that Christmas. Thankfully, Microsoft gave 343 the time they needed to achieve their vision and Halo Infinite released this November to rave reviews and a great reception from gamers everywhere.

While I haven't made it very far into Infinite at this point I was really blown away by the opening areas. It felt great to be back in the boots of Master Chief and taking it to the Covenant Banished. I also really appreciate the dialog between Master Chief and his pilot companion, it felt very fitting for the year we have just completed. Sometimes we all need a Hero to help pick us back up and get us back on the right path.

Here's to Halo being back on the right track again.


The "Polishing a Diamond Award" - Monster Hunter Rise


Ah, Monster Hunter. I was a late comer to the Monster Hunter obsession, my first game in the series was Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the Wii U. I fell hard for MH3U and easily sunk over 100 hours into mastering its weapons and conquering its motley crew of monsters. Since then, however, I haven't been able to recreate that magic with any of the sequels, until this year with Monster Hunter Rise.

Monster Hunter Rise, for the Nintendo Switch, does so much to streamline the Monster Hunter experience. The quality of life improvements that began in Monster Hunter World are cranked up to 11 in Rise and it really makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable. When you combine that with the improved mobility, awesome array of weapons, and always challenging monsters, Rise is definitely not a game to be missed.

With all of the gameplay already available in Rise, and the upcoming expansion SunBreak this Summer, there is a great chance I will still be out hunting monsters this time next year. If you haven't yet, give Monster Hunter Rise a try.


Looking ahead to wonderful new year in 2022

I really feel that better things await us all in 2022. On the gaming front, there are some great releases scheduled; Elden Ring and Horizon: Forbidden West in February, Redfall and Starfield for Xbox, and hopefully the Breath of the Wild Sequel, Bayonetta 3, and Metroid Prime 4 for the Switch. Assuming things continue to trend in the right direction we should have a banner year for gaming in 2022.

As I mentioned at the top of the article, we also have a lot of great things planned for 2022 at F5 Games. We are finishing up an update for Blackjack Masters Party and we are also hard at work on our next all new game for the Infinity Game Table. We are finally getting back to one of our favorite genres and working on an all new RPG! We can't wait to share more with all of you about what we are working on but we want it to be a little further along before we start giving out details. You'll just have to stay tuned here and on Twitter for more updates in the new year.

That's it for this year, thanks for reading, and playing with us!. We are all very grateful that you are here with us on this journey. Here's to the end of 2021 and a fantastic 2022!

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from F5 Games
posted on: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The last few weeks have been a blur. Since the launch of Blackjack Masters Party for the Infinity Game Table it seems like things have been moving at a million miles an hour. Blackjack Masters Party has had a very successful launch, actually one of the most successful in our history, and we couldn't be happier with how the game is performing. Since launch, we have been hard at work on an update to the game that should be available in January, as well as work on our next title that will hopefully launch in the first half of 2022. Things are busy.

Today, however, I want to take a minute to step back and enjoy this moment, and the season of Christmas.

It is very easy to get caught up in the 'hustle and bustle' of the Christmas season. There are parties to throw, shopping to do, gifts to wrap, it can all become a bit overwhelming. But I believe it is important to remember what this season is really all about.



Jesus Christ was born in a manger to bring light back to the world. He made of himself the most perfect gift that could ever be given. It is the gift of his life, and ultimately his death, that redeemed us and opened the gates of Heaven to each and every one of us. The miracle of His birth is what brings us together at Christmas. His gift of self is what we, ever so poorly, try to celebrate with the gifts that we give each other. It is through Jesus alone that we can understand and experience the true joy of Christmas.

With that in mind, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas from all of us at F5 Games.

Blackjack Masters Party is now available on the Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up
posted on: Tuesday, November 23, 2021


That's right, the party has started! Our latest game, Blackjack Masters Party, is now available for the Infinity Game Table™ by Arcade1Up. Now you can bring an authentic blackjack experience home for you and your friends just in time for all your holiday get-togethers!

Blackjack Masters Party is a four-player version of our highly rated mobile game Blackjack Masters that allows you and 3 friends to gather together and have an authentic blackjack experience at home. Blackjack Masters Party will help you to learn 21 and practice your blackjack skills while playing with your friends or on your own. Learn when to split your hand, whether or not you should purchase insurance, and when is the best time to double down. The game also keeps track of the card count with each hand so you can practice your card counting skills.

Game Features

  • Local Multiplayer: Play with 1-4 players at a time and get an authentic Blackjack experience.
  • Real Casino Rules: Double Down, Split to 2 Hands, Dealer hits soft 17, Insurance Pays 2:1, Blackjack pays 3:2, and a 6 Deck Shoe
  • Card Counting: Hi-Lo Card Counting helpers teach you when to vary your bet based on the state of the game.
  • Small Fry to High Roller: Start with a stack ranging from $500 - $5000!
  • Drop in and Drop Out: Players can jump in or leave the table between each hand.
  • Designed exclusively for the Infinity Game Table by Arcade1Up


How to Purchase

It couldn't be easier to get the party started. Just fire up your Infinity Game Table™ and look for the icon below in The Store. Tap on the icon and then tap on the price button to start the purchase process. Blackjack Masters Party is only $4.99, which is less than one hand of Blackjack at a casino, and it will let you and your friends play until the wee hours, whenever you want!



We are so excited to have Blackjack Masters Party available for Infinity Game Table™ owners. If you pick up the game please let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook. We can't wait for you to play Blackjack Masters Party, and to show you what we are working on next. So stay tuned and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Blackjack Masters Party launching on the Infinity Game Table November 22!
posted on: Friday, November 19, 2021

It's almost party time! Starting on November 22 2021 you will be able to bring the excitement of the casino home with Blackjack Masters Party on the Infinity Game Table by Arcade1Up!

Blackjack Masters Party is a four-player version of our highly rated mobile game Blackjack Masters that allows you and 3 friends to gather together and have an authentic blackjack experience at home. Blackjack Masters Party will help you to learn 21 and practice your blackjack skills while playing with your friends or on your own. Learn when to split your hand, whether or not you should purchase insurance, and when is the best time to double down. The game also keeps track of the card count with each hand so you can practice your card counting skills.



Blackjack is one of the most popular card games in the world and with Blackjack Masters Party you and your friends can learn how to beat the house without putting any money at stake in a casino.



Game Features

  • Local Multiplayer: Play with 1-4 players at a time and get an authentic Blackjack experience.
  • Real Casino Rules: Double Down, Split to 2 Hands, Dealer hits soft 17, Insurance Pays 2:1, Blackjack pays 3:2, and a 6 Deck Shoe
  • Card Counting: Hi-Lo Card Counting helpers teach you when to vary your bet based on the state of the game.
  • Small Fry to High Roller: Start with a stack ranging from $500 - $5000!
  • Drop in and Drop Out: Players can jump in or leave the table between each hand.
  • Designed exclusively for the Infinity Game Table by Arcade1Up

Call your friends and start your party planning. It's almost time to play!

Game News for November 12 - Blackjack Masters Party is Dealing Soon, Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay, Elden Ring Attracts, and Voice of Cards Impressions
posted on: Friday, November 12, 2021

It's time for another gaming news roundup here at F5 Games. This week we have some great news of our own to share as well as some great videos and trailers for upcoming releases. So settle in, grab some apple cider or something with pumpkin spice and let's get to the news.



Blackjack Masters Party Coming Soon to the Infinity Game Table by Arcade1Up

We have been hard at work this year developing new games and I am happy to say that the first of those games will be available very soon! Our next game, Blackjack Masters Party will be launching on the Infinity Game Table this month!

Blackjack Masters Party is an enhanced version of our popular mobile game Blackjack Masters that expands the gameplay so that up to 4 players can play together just like they were sitting at a real casino table. Now you can learn to play Blackjack, and practice your skills and card counting, with your friends anytime at home. For more info about the game, check out the game announcement here and make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook to be notified as soon as it is available.



IGN Gets a First Look at the Halo Infinite Campaign

The hype train for Halo Infinite is really getting into gear as we get closer to the December 8th release date and this week it is IGN who is laying the track. IGN had an early look at the campaign and was able to spend several hours checking out what 343 has in store for Master Chief. If you want to come into the game without any knowledge then move along, but it you are interested in getting a closer look at what the next Halo campaign has in store check out the video below for IGN's take on Halo Infinite.



Elden Ring Gameplay is Pulling Me Back In

I have told myself, again and again, that From Software games just aren't for me. I am not going to have the time and talent to 'Get Good' and make it through Demon's Souls or Dark Souls. It's just not going to happen. So I need to stop buying their games and move on. But I know it's happening again. I can feel my resolve slipping away bit by bit. I know that I will buy Elden Ring early next year and think that, this time, things will be different.

Elden Ring really does look that good. It already seems like one of those games that the industry will be talking about for the next several years in articles and conference talks. By taking the hardcore gameplay of the Souls games and combining it with the wide open world and exploration of Breath of the Wild, I think From Software is on the cusp of shaking up the industry again just like they did with Dark Souls so many years ago.

Don't just listen to me though, check out the gameplay video below to get a feel for this new world and the horrors waiting to be overcome by all of us next year.



Voice of Cards Impressions

For our final section today I want to talk about a really interesting game that I have spent a little time with and really enjoyed. Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars is a new downloadable game by NieR creator Yoko Taro that recreates that old-school role-playing game feel that we love here at F5 Games. As the name implies, Voice of Cards, is a digital game that focuses on the Voice of a Dungeon Master and physical elements of old school role playing like Cards, Dice, and a tabletop. Nearly every element in this game is a card, characters are represented as cards, equipment are cards, skills, enemies, even the terrain you move through is all presented as cards. It is a really interesting concept and you can tell that the team has enjoyed pushing the tactile feel of every element throughout development.

I have only played the first few 'quests' so far but I really enjoyed my time with the game and was pleasantly reminded of the early Dragon Warrior games from the NES days. If that sounds like something you might be interested in then I recommend checking out the game or downloading the demo to see what you think.



That's all for this week folks. As I said at the top, we are excited to be releasing our next game, Blackjack Masters Party, in the next few weeks so keep an eye out here and on Twitter or Facebook for all the details as we get closer to launch. Until then, have a great weekend and happy gaming!

Blackjack Masters Party
Introducing the Next Title from F5 Games: Blackjack Masters Party!
posted on: Tuesday, November 02, 2021

It's time for a party. A Blackjack Masters Party! F5 Games is proud to announce that our next game is Blackjack Masters Party, a four-player version of our highly rated mobile game Blackjack Masters.





Blackjack Masters Party is our first title for the Infinity Game Table by Arcade1Up and it was inspired by the large shared play space that the game table provides. When you gather around the Infinity Game Table and turn on Blackjack Masters Party it really feels like you and your friends are sitting around a blackjack table at the casino!





Like in our previous game, Blackjack Masters, you will be able to learn 21 and practice your blackjack skills while playing Blackjack Masters Party with your friends or on your own. Learn when to split your hand, whether or not you should purchase insurance, and when is the best time to double down. The game also keeps track of the card count with each hand so you can practice your card counting skills.





The shared gameplay of Blackjack Masters Party is a perfect fit for the Infinity Game Table and we are so excited to bring it to the table in the near future. For additional updates on Blackjack Masters Party, and our other upcoming titles, make sure to follow us on on Twitter and Facebook so you won't miss any news. Also, let us know if you have any questions about Blackjack Masters Party and we will do out best to answer them in a future post.





Party On!

Blackjack Masters Party
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