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Instance Gratification 3: NeverStar and Wildwinter (Livestream)

6 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_wildstar_neverwinter_SabotageInstance 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.

It’s not simply a return for the column. In addition to the resurrection of one of our most popular series the third episode by our official statisticians will dive back into Neverwinter. The action-oriented MMORPG from Cryptic Studios was featured as part of the column shortly after its release. Thanks to the troubles I’ve had in WildStar I’ve returned to the Forgotten Realms. The upcoming release of Tyranny of Dragons certainly helps. Who doesn’t want to play an evil warlock?

Speaking of WildStar, now that Solidsagart has safely been beamed back into existence through much trial and tribulation I’ve decided to return to the Nexus. Returning to it exactly where I left off that is. Yeah, that means my healer has been ignored entirely since shortly after my most anticipated MMORPG of recent times was released. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing in WildStar, I doubt the Ultra Strain or Sabotage content patches will impact my low level play. Expect plenty of leveling and hopefully a dungeon run.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which will be replaced later with the recorded edition of the show. The show will kick off around 2:00 PM and continue at least until the 4:00 PM hour on the east coast. See you there! Continue Reading

Trekkie Convention Dishes Star Trek Online Expansion Details

5 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_star_trek_online_delta_risingStar Trek Online, the MMORPG I never get to play, is receiving a new digital expansion. Breaking on Reddit thanks to Cryptic Studios’ official panel for the Las Vegas Star Trek convention, the developer will be adding the Delta Rising expansion to its ninth season in the future. The Reddit post leaves the release date unclear, whether that’s a near future, distant or alternate dimension. A second source claims an October 2014 release.

That seems believable given the history of their content patches.

burstdragon323 played journalist and grabbed a list of features scheduled for release with Delta Rising. These include:

  • Level cap increased to 60
  • Mark 14 gear
  • Tier 6 starships
  • “Specialization trees” to add to captain advancement
  • A new Bridge Officer type
  • New aliens, such as Talaxians, Ocampa, Kazon, Heirarchy, Malon, and Hazari
  • Voice acting by Star Trek alumnus Tim Russ, Garret Wang and more to come

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MOBA Monday: SMITE of the Storm (Livestream)

4 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_livestream_moba_monday_Kali_Chamunda_Card_OldMOBA 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.

I couldn’t get enough of last week’s pairing for MOBA Monday. I continued playing both SMITE and Heroes of the Storm after closing down the episode. All Lore Hounds know that a few of the contributors to the site enjoy SMITE, but after taking a forced break from the title it was nice to get back to farming my Worshipers and dominating the occasional Arena match with a hero I barely use.

Heroes of the Storm didn’t go exactly the same way. It was more the former critic in me coming out. I began analyzing the game design choices, such as a substantially reduced death penalty, the sharing of resources, maps that modify strategy and the complete lack of gear. Together, it all makes HotS the most unique MOBA I’ve played since, well, SMITE, actually. Granted, SMITE’s difference is primarily in the way Hi-Rez Studios presents the combat.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST and rock on for roughly two hours. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a Kali 2013 Convention skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

Zombies Monster Robots Meets Your Mummy

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

lh_zombie_monsters_robots_mummyEn Masse Entertainment is jamming every fearsome archtype from the coffers of horror for its upcoming free-to-play third-person shooter Zombies Monsters Robots. The company announced the latest addition to ZMR will be Mummies. Sure, the Mummy See Mummy Doom update may severely lack Brendan Fraser, but it manages to sound fun even if it is lacking his dashing good looks and amazing hairline (he still looks like he did in the movies, right?).

The update, which is available now if you’ve closed beta access, contains six new maps, more guns do dish out damage, new gear to protect your from it and a PvP mode in Blood Diamonds that glorifies a horrible human trait to work people to death over shiny stones. So yeah, I guess that is definitely going over the top in this third-person shooter. Continue Reading

Neverwinter Heading to Xbox One in 2015

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

lh_neverwinter_xboxone_chinajoy2014I’ve known that Perfect World Entertainment was targeting western audiences for some time. It’s an obvious move for a company parented by Perfect World Co. of China. If the companies own admission wasn’t enough, the purchase of Cryptic Studios, makers of Star Trek Online and Champions Online, put them into action. Now we’ve news that took me by surprise, Neverwinter, the latest title from Cryptic, is heading to Xbox One as the company’s first console game.

Neverwinter, expected in the entire year of 2014, will remain free-to-play on Microsoft’s platform, assuming you’ve a Gold subscription. And no, it’s not a simple port of the excellent PC title that has absorbed quite a bit of my gaming allotment and earned an occasional spot on the livestream.

Hit the jump for more details, including confirmation that a console version will be made available to China as early as this year. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Serqet

29 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.

lh_deities_gods_demigods_serqet_Default_CardLore: Serqet, spelled in a variety of ways over the thousands of years of the Egyptian pantheon, has nothing to do with secrets. Often selected as the patron of pharaohs like The Rock, she was the Egyptian goddess in charge of healing venomous stings and bites. Of which there were many in the dangerous wilds of North Africa. In this charge Serqet was depicted as a women with a scorpion on her head, or in the earliest stages of Egyptian rule, a scorpion.

Arachnids are scary.

The realm of Serqet directly opposed that of Apep, the great snake-demon of evil. She was often scene aside the fallen evil incarnate upon his capture. With so many dangerous creatures in their lands Serqet was no minor god. Protector of embalmers, and perhaps more importantly, their canopic jars, she was given a strong associated to Isis, Nephthys and Neith, each whom had similar responsibilities. Over the millennia, she eventually merged with Isis, today explained by the lack of her own temple and the increasing power of the Isis cult. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Pantheon Pandemonium then Into the Heart of the Storm

28 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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A very early lineup of Heroes of the Storm

MOBA 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.  

SMITE returns to the forefront of MOBA Monday thanks to a two week break by iTZKooPA during his on location stint at QuakeCon 2014. Jonesing for additional quadra kills, he’ll be taking it to the Arena as he continues his farming of Worshippers and his quest for being the master (of all the SMITE gods). Mastery of skill may or may not come later. We shall see.

Slicing of shrink wrap will continue this week. Heroes of the Storm will be featured for the first time in the history of the Lore Hound Twitch channel. Follow us as we step into a MOBA that doesn’t penalize heavily for character deaths and even features a hero of the Blizzard universe that’s meant to die. Repeatedly.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST and rock on for roughly two hours. 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

QuakeCon 2014: The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online (Screenshots)

26 July 2014 | 5 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Photo credit: Jeremy Whittington & Patrick Mulhern

QuakeCon 2014 presented an interesting opportunity for The Elder Scrolls Online. Unlike E3 after launch, the convention in Dallas, Texas gave ZeniMax Online, a sister company to the hosting id Software, an ideal venue to discuss the operations of its AAA MMORPG since launch. The panel, dubbed affectionately as The Future of The Elder Scrolls Online gave one high hopes that we’d hear the typical engagement-ring presentation; a recap of the recent launch, current events and the future of Bethesda Softworks’ first MMOG.

QuakeCon fans attended – potentially succumbing to the free copy of The Elder Scrolls Online – to hear this future. This bodes well for the title, which I fully expect to stay afloat for the near future, if not the long run, to partake more and more at QuakeCon. Especially when id Software or Bethesda at large lacks any major announcement, of which the Doom reveal was exactly that.

By all means hit the jump for the massive screenshot gallery of the presentation, additional in-the-moment tweets and more commentary on the panel itself. Continue Reading