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Cryptic Unveils Neverwinter Module 5: Rise of Tiamat

23 September 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

cd6703271852105d26241860d7ba5c2f1411458772Perfect World has done it again. Scarcely has the one expansion gone by when another is announced. Who doesn’t love Tiamat?

Module 5: Rise of Tiamat brings an epic adventure revolving around the resurrection of the five-headed draconic goddess Tiamat.  The storylines in this new module complement the new adventure module of the same name for tabletop play.  This new module continues the battle between players and the Cult of the Dragon, with a climatic clash with one of Neverwinter’s most powerful dragons.

This module brings more than new quests, however. The teaser page mentions a new scourge warlock paragon class, new items, bigger battles… and the ever delightful much more. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: A Very Special Instance Gratification (Video)

22 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_marvel_heroes_rogueMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Today’s MOBA Monday is going off the rails to present you with the seventh episode of Instance Gratification. You see Gazillion Entertainment unleashed Rogue upon the players of Marvel Heroes and, after getting ahold of us, we simply can’t deny her. It probably wasn’t the smartest move considering we happen to be at the development office. At any rate, we’re going to be chumming it up with Ryan Collins, the community manager behind the loot spewing dungeon crawler from David Brevik.

General shenanigans will certainly ensure. So ridiculous was our last interview that we had all had Captain America garb, saw a rainbow of items drops for Collins and dissed Moon Knight more time than a licensing company should be allowed to do on live “tv”. Which useless Marvel superhero should be poke fun at until an inferiority complex sets in this week?!

Today’s A Very Special MOBA Monday will kick off around 3:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Naxxramas to Go Down Before SolForge Kicks Off (Giveaway)

19 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_f2p_friday_solforge_hearthstone_flameblade_championF2P 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.

Last week’s F2P Friday was once again tarnished due to my continued Comcast connection issues. In an odd way, it’s a good thing that I’m on the road as my Internet, ironically, has been far more stable. That should enable me to complete the third assault on Naxxramas. Who knows if I’ll down the icy dragon before heading to Kel’Thuzad in the allotted time for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Valeria is more dangerous than ever after picking up some great new cards.

We’re sticking with digital card games through the entire stream today. After the expected defeat of Naxxramas it’s time to check out a Kickstarter success from Stone Blade Entertainment. SolForge nearly doubled its $250,000 goal stretching to include a promo playset, extra hard currency and card animations. Unfortunately, the funding fell just short of co-op raid style bosses. This’ll be a Let’s Play open beta experience complete with giveaways. Come learn the game with me!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which will be replaced later with the recorded edition of the show. The stream will appear at its normal time, sans my face, at 1:00 PM EST to about 3:00 PM EST. Continue Reading

Rogue Joins Marvel Heroes and Ruins Everything

18 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_marvel_heroes_rogueShe’s breathtaking. Beautiful. Out of reach. A women that enamors the strongest of men. Her intelligence puts me in a self-conscious, catatonic state like none other. Hair; the perfect length. It frames her face in the most intimate manner. She’s enchanting. Consuming. Completely untouchable. Eyes that demand viewing. Consuming orbs. Artistic flecks of Michelangelo perfection.  A body that requires to be draped with an artistic amount of tight spandex. Teasing aspects of the female – all consuming – anatomy notwithstanding, Rogue is coming to Marvel Heroes!

/me shakes it off

I’m sorry, have you kissed Rogue before?! She $%^&* devours any kind of self respect/protection/decency/mutant power you could possibly contain. Don’t you dare move anywhere near that lady without being covered in a full body condom. You may be too young to remember this, but it’s simply a requirement to be covered in latex when near her. Especially now that she’s freely available in Marvel Heroes 2015.

I don’t think the developers fully comprehend the insanity that they’ve unleashed. Brevik thought the mind control from Emma Frost was bad…This will be infinitely more complicated!

We’ll have full coverage of Rogue with Ryan Collins from Gazillion’s new office on a special Monday edition of Instance Gratification next week. We’ll see you there! Continue Reading

Champions Online Gets Tough with Steel Crusade (Interview)

17 September 2014 | 38 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

CO_SteelCrusade_RoboPunchWhat do you do when you and your Millenium City friends are confronted with a robot super villain that wants to eradicate all forms of sentient life in Champions Online? Party up and take on the heartless steel monster? Head to new zones, even new satellites to put down the nanobot virus as if it were polio?

If you said “Yes!”, good for you. You’re a true Champion. We’re pencil pushers, so we ask for help from Cryptic Studios.

LoreHound: Who are you, and what do you do in regards to the game?

Cryptic: I’m Russell Williams, and I’m the studio director at Cryptic North which is based in Seattle. I help set the long term vision for the game, do playtests, and generally beat up bad guys in Millennium City.

Champions Online has been out for quite a while now, and there are doubtless many players who have left the game, or never given it a try at all. If given the chance to sit down with any of them, what would you say? Why should a player consider returning to the game now or giving it a try if they never have before?

The depth of content. This is a game that has been running for five years, and we have been building onto it continuously for all that time, so it has a huge number of missions, villains, vehicles, locations, and powers to explore. Plus, we’ve been tuning and refining the game while paying close attention to player feedback, so new players will have a much more polished experience, and we have new features to provide additional depth for long time veteran players, such as the Reawakened Automaton. Continue Reading

New MOBA Chaos Heroes Online Closed Beta Begins (Giveaway)

16 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Chaos Heroes Online - free Closed Beta skinsAeria Games is getting into the mutliplayer online battle arena full force with this week’s launch of Chaos Heroes Online. Stemming from a universe ten years in the making Chaos Heroes Online feature a wide swath of heroes with their own unique ways to turn the tides of battle at any point in a match. Sophisticated skins are an Aeria staple, but CHO does more than the normal. Developer NeoAct is catering to the hardcore MOBA audience.

Chaos Heroes Online hopes to diversify its offer from the pack with unique twists, such as a fifty minute match time limit – something this blogger has never encountered in a MOBA – and new map mechanics. In addition, the ability to to re-equip one’s hero during battle should open up more fluid tactics and strategy as a match matures.

Aeria and NeoAct are offering limited edition skins to those that sign up for closed beta testing now. If you’re looking for full early access there’s a purchase option for that, a Founder’s Pack, complete with more skins, extra beta keys to pass out and soft currency.

Hit the jump for you first screenshots, gameplay, a historical look at the MOBA genre and what NeoAct hopes to bring to the table. And don’t forget to snag a beta key (while supplies last) by heading to the Beta & Item Keys Giveaway section on the right! If you miss your opportunity stay tuned to our Twitch channel for Chaos Heroes Online during MOBA Mondays or F2P Fridays. Continue Reading

The Siege of Neverwinter is Nearly Upon Us! (Event)

15 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

NW_Screenshot_Siege_090914_jpeg02_wmThe Season of Dragons is in full invasion mode. Following their introduction into Neverwinter the tyranny continues. Beginning September 18, players will be tasked with repelling the winged forces in all new challenges. Their fearsome introduction in mid August was only the first encroachment. Cryptic Studios will unleash the Siege of Neverwinter upon Protector’s Enclave starting September 18.

No longer a safe zone for all, the area around Protector’s Enclave is being encircled by the Cult of Dragons. Sergeant Knox is calling upon adventurers to deal with the scourge before they can reach the citizens behind the city walls. Adventurers must join the Siege Battlefield to man arms against the new foes, overcome two new Heroic encounters featuring enemies with new combat techniques and learn a new trade to arm those around them with defensive supplies.

This event currently appears to be one of those rare single occurrences in gamedom. Like the opening of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj, it’s something any player of the title should do their utmost to participate in. This blogger will be traveling during the majority of the week-long window, but will be aiding in the invasion, counterattack and dragon attack as best as he can. And don’t forget last week’s exclusive interview with lead designer Chris Matz.

Hit the jump for tons of teaser media on the upcoming Siege of Neverwinter and an all-new Tyranny of Neverwinter infographic! Continue Reading

PAX Prime 2014: World of Warships Balances Simulation & Action Combat (Video)

15 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

WoWS_Keyart_Id_Block_EngHere’s your motivation: your a giant, thousand plus manned metallic behemoth that somehow, potentially defying the very laws of physics, manages to float on water. Guns of unimaginable power swivels around your deck with the smoothness of a pig in slop. Other similarly designed vessels are cutting through the water simultaneously launching planes bent on your destruction. Defend this island cluster, stay alive and help your allied ships create a few new reefs.

Like World of Tanks and World of Warplanes before it, World of Warships is taking’s philosophic design of historical simulation and accuracy and looking to blend it with action combat. Featuring the destructive forces of numerous navies, even those with little real-world power, Warships is shaping up to make a splash in the combative trilogy of Wargaming’s portfolio.

Associate Producer Chris Scott details the difficulty of balancing the company’s desire for historical accuracy and fun gameplay, conceits made, new mechanics required by running an entire ship and plenty more in our exclusive interview. Continue Reading