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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Kumbakharna

8 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

SMITE: 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: The difficult to pronounce Kumbhakarna is a jovial, pious deity twisted by his warrior’s code. A core part of the Ramayana, one of two revered Hindu epic poems, he is a giant of a man that routinely feeds, even on monks if only to showcase his power. Brothers to Ravana and Vibhishana, he often fights for the side of evil out of family loyalty to Ravana.

After performing a particular moving yajna to Lord Brahma the brave Kumbhakarna was rewarded with a blessing. Goddess Saraswati acting on behalf of a jealous Indra cursed his tongue causing the intelligent giant to slur ‘Nidraasana,’ or sleep, instead of the anticipated ‘Indraasana,’ or seat of Indra, which would have endowed him the realm and title of Lord of Heaven. Tricked, Kumbhakarna became the Sleeping Giant setting the mountains to rumbling with his snores. Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria Review

7 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

This review of the World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria novel by Micky Neilson is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

You may think that a comic released alongside Mists of Pandaria would revolve around the newly-discovered island in World of Warcraft but you’d be mostly incorrect. Nelson, who said the comic originated when The Burning Crusade was all the rage, wrote it figuring the Pandaria would never see its own expansion. The tale was to explore the (original April Fool’s Day) lore and culture of the Pandarian people and the famous brewmaster and wanderer Chen Stormstout. Instead the tale was opened up to span Azeroth, from Shen-zin Su to Stormwind that, at parts, almost feels like a travel agency’s pitch to why you should be interested in the universe.

Interspersed to the lush visuals and descriptions of various locations that have been masterfully drawn by Sean Galloway is a cute coming of age and generational story of Li Li Stormstout chasing after her uncle Chen that has gone missing and presumed dead by many on the Wandering Isle. And yet the story is filled with references to the famed beer cultures of the Pandaren and Dwarven people. A bit odd with a coming of age story. Throughout the tale Li Li maintains an upbeat and unflappable outlook on life, the world and its many people, which consistently annoys Stongbo, her protective companion and a former friend of Chen. Continue Reading

Neverwinter Tyranny of Dragons Brings the New Class Scourge Warlock

3 July 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

 

Who doesn’t love new classes and expansions? Coming on August 14th, the upcoming expansion Tyranny of Dragons will bring the Scourge Warlock to all players. To herald in this new expansion, Cryptic has unveiled the Season of Dragons – a community driven event that is chock full of ingame events, social media events, and they’re even promising a continued stream of announcements relating to the Tyranny of Dragons! Running from July 1st through to December 31st, the Season of Dragons is a great time to return to Neverwinter or give the game a try for the first time.

The Scourge Warlock is a powerful magic user who plies dark magical abilities, communing with shadowy benefactors to destroy all who would dare stand in their way. A powerful striker who focuses on dealing heavy damage to both single and grouped foes, the Scourge Warlock wields a myriad of options to deal with adversaries using their powerful Warlock’s Curse. Continue Reading

Marvel Heroes Anniversary Infographic Doesn’t Do It Justice

2 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I’m not quite sure how I missed the recent update from David Brevik on the state of Marvel Heroes but I did. Release last week, the new blog post comes with an infographic solely focused on explaining exactly how far the game has come. From listening to the community to delivering on its own intended features, Gazillion Entertainment has changed, overhauled and fine-tuned nearly every aspect of the dungeon crawler. And that’s on top of adding new features, end game content and storylines.

The infographic takes a crack at encapsulating all the developer has done to rechristen the title as Marvel Heroes 2015 but as Brevik himself states it simply falls short. No knock on the designer, but the title has simply changed that much. Heck, we spoke about it with the man himself and Ryan Collins for over 90 minutes and could have continued!

I love infographics mainly because I’m a numbers junkie. Other aspects I would have loved to see would have been the number of lines of code added and altered, registered player details, amount of humanity spent in-game, amount of damage done including biggest crits, times the original storyline had been completed and so much more.

Above is simply the game as it was in pre-beta. Hit the cut for the full infographic. Continue Reading

The Strain Detailed in Latest DevSpeak (Video)

30 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

WildStar has only been available for a month. A month! This development is not holding Carbine Studios from releasing new content for its first MMORPG. Revealed just over a two week ago, the first Ultra Drop known as The Strain sees a mysterious toxin swarming over all of Nexus. Biological life is in danger on the planet the entire universe is clambering to.

The announcement gave the community only a taste of what to expect, new zones, new mobs from the digestive tract of Globellum, new solo content including a sort of tower-defense minigame and new dungeon-like encounters. Lastly, the dev left us with a schedule, including the patch notes and release coming sometime this week. Ahead of all that comes today’s DevSpeak focusing solely on this new content.

Why read when you can watch? Hit the jump to put your peepers on the latest tasty morsel from Carbine’s excellent cinematic crew. Continue Reading

Get Your Swordsman Closed Beta Access Immediately (Giveaway)

30 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

[UPDATE] We’ve secure a second round of keys for the community. Grab your key and sign-up quickly because open beta testing begins July 3. If you wait until then you won’t receive the exclusive closed beta testing items detailed below!

[END UPDATE]

Are you looking for something a bit different? A massive multiplayer online game that leaves the tropes of fantasy or science fiction? Something with a little bit of style to its combat? Swordsman may be what you’re looking for. Based upon the universe of Louis Cha the free-to-play title will engross players in the Ming Dynasty as they fight for one of the ten wuxia classes against rival schools and the Ming government.

Originally announced in mid-March, the Perfect World has rolled the beautifully animated game into its Closed Beta phase. Interested in joining the ranks? We thought you might be so we’ve secured a grand collection of beta keys for the community. No need to wait for the latest round of keys to be email blasted. Grab one immediately at the title’s giveaway page.

These keys aren’t solely beta access. They will also grant the account creator the Black Mountain pack, which includes a special Black Mountain cloak and the exclusive “Lone Wolf” title.

Don’t fret, the key won’t even require a sign up.

A Genre A Long Time Ago: Wedgeantilles Joins the Ranks of TOR

30 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
Having recently celebrated Star Wars Day, and getting caught up in the recent barrage of updates and rumors on Star Wars Episode 7, we’re bringing you a new column focused on one of the biggest sci-fi franchise. We all had to start somewhere, and our resident Star Wars fan-boy Wedgeantilles began his MMOG experience with Star Wars: The Old Republic.  He’ll be giving an outsider’s look on what it’s like to play your first MMOG, along with providing game play insight and helping those of you not as familiar with the platform to not feel so intimidated or alone in vastness of the galaxy that makes up SWTOR. Enjoy. 

Let it be known that I’m a total noob to the MMO world, so I’m sure that to most of you this article will seem trivial and void of any real point.  But to those who are just creating a character and joining the fight for the first time, I believe you’ll get something out of this, or at the very least, be able to laugh along while I get my ass kicked all over the galaxy far away in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I grew up playing consoles.  Even when I was hearing about how much better PC games were, it didn’t matter to me – not that I wasn’t interested, but my family never had a computer that could handle the software.  My parents had dial up internet right up until it was time for me to head off to college, so PC games and online play were never a viable option for me.  By the time everyone around me had been chewed up and spit out by the WoW monster I thought for sure I’d totally missed the boat. I assumed I’d never touch an MMO. Continue Reading

Swordsman Heading to Open Beta in July (Video)

27 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Perfect World Entertainment announced that Swordsman, the latest title to grace its Arc gaming platform, will be moving its way to Open Beta after remaining in Closed Beta testing for only a short while. For one thing, players can expect a wipe ahead of the transfer on July 3. Another means that our Swordsman Closed Beta keys, complete with exclusive items, will become rather useless in about a week’s time.

Grab them before they run out!

PWE isn’t putting the early testing phase to rest simply by turning off the servers. The company will have none of that. In fact, the end of CB testing will be met with celebration. Beginning later today, June 27, all players are invited to Fu Giu for in-game fun with GMs. Activities will include trivia, PvP and hide-and-seek. Hero’s packs and other prizes will be awarded. The fun begins at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST.

Have a job or something? PWE will be streaming the festivities. Need early access to Swordsman and a bunch of exclusive items? The only way to obtain such a right is to secure a Hero pack before the perk is nullified after June 29.

In celebration of the approaching Open Beta testing, PWE has released a new trailer, which exists after the cut. Continue Reading