TOME: Immortal Arena Coming in November with New Game Mode (Video)

Posted by on October 31, 2014 - No Comments »

TOME Immortal Arena_Key ArtWe’re not sure what you’re going to be most excited about, that TOME: Immortal Arena is launching in the near future or that the Kixeye MOBA is receiving a new game mode at the same time. We’ll pull a Jay Mohr and go over them at the same time. TOME will be 5v21ing on Novembtuary map.

That didn’t work at all. Let’s start over.

TOME: Immortal Arena will be launching on Steam come November 21. That’d be this year, good ole 2014. I guess date ranges from Shawn Carnes can be trusted. In addition, the title will be coming with just one of the additions that we discussed with Carnes during that linked interview. Your expected 5v5 game mode – dubbed Sanctuary – will be joining the browser-based MOBA during its Steam launch. We can’t wait to take it for a spin. Looks like 10-15 minute matches will be an object of past affection.

Make no mistake, Kixeye does not appear to dropping the beta label during this launch. There was no mention of such a change. Given our conversation with Shawn, we don’t expect the removal of closed beta to be happening quite yet. He hinted at numerous other ideas the company wanted to add to increase accessibility and replayability, including some you wouldn’t expect from a MOBA. Heck, he didn’t even rule out a potential raid mechanic!

Hit the jump for the launch trailer celebrating today’s announcement. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitch to watch us dominate with Death-aligned guardians and for your chance to win an awesome Diesel Orlon skin code. Read more…

F2P Friday: Blue Bashing in HotS & Getting Scary in DI:E

Posted by on October 31, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_f2p_friday_Dead-Island-EpidemicF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

There’s plenty going on in the realm of MMOGs tomorrow, but we’re not going to focus on Halloween events for this week’s F2P Friday. The early hour will be filled with blue, because, like, uh, fine, I’ll come clean. Blizzard Entertainment is hosting a Heroes of the Storm event were, potentially, they could play against other blues (that’d be community manager types). It kicks off at 1:00 PM EST, the same exact time that we kick off F2P Friday. As such, it was kind of a no brainer to give it a shot. That and our need to reup our gold collection and experience cache.

Alright, that first line is not entirely true. Scary is a theme in the second hour of F2P Friday. I’m not even sure if an event is going on, but considering our target is Dead Island: Epidemic I kind of expect something to be happening. Even if it’s simply as basic as a map reskin. I haven’t been back in the world of Dead Island in quite some time. That ain’t stopping me. I’ll be all up in Dead Island: Epidemic slapping my paddle around like there’s no tomorrow.

Also, Ebola. Score one for SEO!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM EST and continue through the 3:00 PM hour. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nox

Posted by on October 30, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_smite_demigods_gods_deities_nox_DefaultSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Lore: Nox has a preponderance for stalking around the darkness. She’s at the beginning and the end of creation where there was nothingness as far as the eye could see. Wielding the extraordinary power of darkness itself she became the Goddess of Night. Her power was so great and beauty to enchanting it was said that even Zeus himself feared her wrath, staying his hand when one of her kind upset the God of the Sky.

Being an originator, perhaps that of Chaos itself depending on the source, Nox is responsible for the creation of much of the early Roman pantheon. Naturally, the majority of her offspring dealt in her realm of darkness, such as Hypnos bringing mortals to bed or Thanatos offering an eternal nap. Other children, like Hemera, the goddess of day, is never seen with her mother again. Continuously cycling their appearances to create the circadian cycle we live by today. Read more…

How To Score a Nu Wa Water Dancer Skin

Posted by on October 30, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_free_code_nu-wa-water-dancer-skinI mentioned on a recent stream that SMITE has a large collection of partners. These SMITE partners allow players to earn free gems, favor, skins, what have you. Raptr, Curse, ad partners, Twitch. Now they’ve added Daily rewards, giving players yet another avenue to secure some free favor, and even gems in the later days simply by logging in. Early on, Hi-Rez Studios gave away free skins to attract players to social media, from Solar Eclipse Ra to Stalker Artemis (both now dead). It’s been awhile, but now it’s Nu Wa’s turn.

Players have a limited time to unlocked Water Dancer Nu Wa. It’s once again coming by way of some social media pandering. This time players will have to subscribe to the official SMITE YouTube channel and then verify the account. Once they do, the company’s plug-in will spit out a code that players can redeem in game from the Gem icon in the upper left. An easy peasy, two-step process for a free Nu Wa non-recolor skin.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch for additional chances to win SMITE god and skin codes – including the elusive Convention skin codes – and stay tuned for our upcoming on-site coverage of the SMITE Regional and National Tournaments. As always, we’ve a massive repository of SMITE coverage by way of our long-running SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained column. Heck, it’s about to reach its 59th entry courtesy of Nox!

Nox is the 59th God of SMITE (Video)

Posted by on October 29, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_smite_patch_water_dancer_Nox_Default_CardThe Goddess of Night is upon the. Hi-Rez Studios patched SMITE, its third-person god-based multiplayer online battle arena that’s been tearing up the eSports scene. The latest addition is from the growing Roman pantheon, one which is no longer meant to deliver the lawlz, and fulfills the role of a magical ranged mage with ludicrous area damage. Opposing players should check their casting around Nox, as when any other god casts an ability in her vicinity she lights a candle. Upon the fourth, her next ability costs no mana. Some clutch no mana situations easily avoided!

Naturally, Nox is not all Hi-Rez has been working on for today’s patch. In addition, there’s a pair of Odyssey additions, including a new badass skin for Rama, Orbital Bombardment, a new daily login promotion – gain Favor, then Gems – associated voice packs and the addition of lobby emotes. Things are about to get noisy!

The combatants of SMITE continue to morph as the community of pro players hones in on their design. Geb has been nerfed, seeing his Stone Shield no longer provide knockback immunity, Hel has been buffed to stance dance even fiercer, Sun Wukong is buffed for better laning capabilities, Tyr is being closely watched, but has been given a single-target heal buff, Ra saw his escapist abilities crushed and Ah Muzen Cab is now more difficult to pronounce. I mean AHC saw his ultimated buffed for fluidity and a tad of damage.

Full notes, the official God Reveal, details to promotions and more after the cut. Read more…

Instance Gratification 11: Still Doing that WoW Thing

Posted by on October 29, 2014 - 1 Comment »

lh_instance_gratification_Mogushan_Vaults_world_warcraft_lfrInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Come join me as I attempt to remember how on earth to play my priest as I run Looking For Raid group, heroic dungeons and aimlessly run around the Timeless Isle looking for lootable purple hogging chest. All in a largely pointless attempt to increase my ilvl far enough to simple run something that will be fully available when Warlords of Draenor is released in a few weeks. That’s right folks, I’m grinding gear in World of Warcraft moments before a new experience is released because I have nothing better to do with my time!

Thankfully, an old guildie, and I mean vanilla WoW old, pointed me in the direction of an awesome guide for the Timeless Isle chests over on MMO-Champion. Unfortunately, those two other aspects of the stream will remain largely uneducated. I will be clueless in a few heroics, and while I have done both LFR options available to me so far, I don’t understand the mechanics in the least since everyone flies through them. But hey, it’s a new week now. Maybe the RNG gods will give me better luck.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until approximately 3:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Read more…

Why is Anyone Grinding Gear Ahead of Warlords of Draenor?

Posted by on October 28, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_wow_ubrs_level_90_grinding_ilvlI never understood the reasoning behind massive returns shortly before an MMORPG expansion. For the most part, everything previous to the expansion is simply abandoned. Content, gear, storylines, freaking everything. Without events like the Operation Gnomeregan or the devastation of all of Azeroth (thanks, Deathwing), which were fantastic ideas, there’s zero reason from a story standpoint. Gear, well, that’s usually even more pointless as anything you earn, even the pimpest of epics, is quickly replaced by quest gear or your early leveling dungeons. My days of slaving over vanilla World of Warcraft epics for the first green from a quest may have traumatized me forever. Bitter may even be applicable.

Before I continue, let me point out that I completely understand the completionist angle. I get it, people like achievements, seeing the finality of what they’ve worked towards in MoP and all that. And, frankly, it’s insanely easy to do some of the more difficult challenges now so why not take advantage. Still, it’s not my cup of tea, but a reasonable excuse for those looking for something to do. Read more…

Neverwinter: Module 5 – Rise of Tiamat Coming Mid-November (Video)

Posted by on October 28, 2014 - No Comments »

NW_M5 Announce Screenshot 2_WatermarkedCryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are pushing out the fifth major content patch for the action-oriented Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG on November 18. The driving feature of Rise of Tiamat is the continued epic storyline of the Season of Dragons, which may or may not be culminating with the Rise of Tiamat.

The short trailer contains some minor, yet obvious, spoilers and even pre-emptively answers a question we sent off to Cryptic Studios as part of an upcoming design interview. It’s short and sweet, done in the in-game machinima style with voice over work that’ll get you pumped for the upcoming expansion and the return of Tiamat from the Nine Hells.

In addition to the return of the multiheaded leader of evil dragonkind Module 5: Rise of Tiamat will include a new paragon path for the Scourge Warlock, introduced as part of Tyranny of Dragons, new items, epic sized battles and, naturally, plenty of gear.

Lore Hound will have an all-new interview on the design of the Rise of Tiamat available ahead of the November 18 release. Until then, hit the jump for the full story trailer and additional Module 5 assets. Read more…