16 May 2013
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Guess what kind of character she is?! Did you say physical mid-range tank? If so, you need to uninstall SMITE right away! Isis, the latest sexy female to be added to Hi-Rez Studios’ mythological MOBA doesn’t feature the curvy character art like her in-game sisters, but she can be just as pesky.
The Egyptian Goddess of Motherhood, Magic and Fertility fulfills the niche of a support mage. Isis is a dangerous foe in lane or with allies capable of AoE debuffs, sharing regen or negating damage to allies. Like numerous recent additions, Isis has a special meter for her scepter. Only enabled when she launches her ultimate, the scepter will explode dealing damage and healing allies when triggered.
Isis launches with a unique Queen of the Nile skin alongside a new cross-promotion skin for Global Agenda. Vulcan players, including myself, will want to reach level 30 in Hi-Rez Studios’ original game to unlock Sentry Vulcan. In addition to skins, the developer is retiring the rather pointless notion of levels in SMITE. In its place will be God Worshippers. As players win with each god they will earn points towards God Mastery. A total of 10 levels are in the current system. It is unknown what God Mastery offers at this time.
Hit the jump for the full god reveal of Isis, Goddess of Magic. We’ll have more on her and Fenrir next week as part of the on-going SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained column. Continue Reading
10 May 2013
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Is this the right game?
The fateful day is upon us. After many moons, Gazillion Entertainment has made the decision that Marvel Heroes will be heading to full launch in the immediate future. Penned by Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis, the dungeon crawling MMOG is set to launch on June 4, with early adopters receiving early access on May 28.
Players that participated in the previous open beta weekend in late April will be happy to know that their progress awaits their attention. Otherwise, prepare yourself for new characters, challenges and dynamic zone destruction. Let’s not forget that Gazillion has listened to player feedback adamantliy (correct by the editor!), modifying such important systems as the real-money transaction shop based on community feedback.
Bored of all the jibba jabba? Hit the cut for the latest trailer, Thor – God of Loud Clouds. The final open beta session unlocks today, May 10 at 2:00 PM EST and continues until Monday, May 13 at 7:00 AM EST.
9 May 2013
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The latest product from the MMORPG experts at Turbine Entertainment has entered its closed beta testing phase. First revealed barely over a month ago, Infinite Crisis is now denying gamers left and right from playing all your DC Comics favorites. From Batman to, well, another Batman and villains, to Green Lantern, the characters are ready to duke it out to achieve supreme dominance of the multiverse.
In addition to the entry of a select few to early testing, Turbine and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled the latest god trailer. Sticking with the Dark Knight universe, the latest spotlight highlights none other than the Joker. The criminal mastermind is a unique ranged physical character with high sustainability thanks to lifesteal and support abilities. Fragile and powerful, he plays best at mid range ready to attack or turn tail at a moment’s notice.
There are boundless enemies and heroes yet to be revealed. Stay tuned to Lore Hound for all the latest on Infinite Crisis.
6 May 2013
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Granted, we Hounds haven’t covered Lost Saga all that much. Actually, if memory serves me correct, we haven’t covered the MMO fighter from WeMade Entertainment at all. I’m not quite sure if that’s a shame, oversight, or reasonable, but it doesn’t really matter because the publisher just caught our attention.
Over the weekend the US arm announced the title’s latest patch, which slips dynamic content into the MMO fighter. The “relaunched” beat-em up, in the vain of Dungeon Fighter Online, didn’t reserve a minor patch to rekindle existing user interest. No, no. The patch includes 15 new characters across the gauntlet of history, scifi, and folklore. There’s an additional four maps and much more planned for subsequent patch.
Of real interest is the details behind one of those new characters. WeMade added the first of its planned licensed fighters, Iori Yagami, the star of The King of Fighters and participant of SNK vs. Capcom.
Now in open beta testing, sign up for Lost Saga on the official website. Check out the relaunch trailer and additional media after the cut.
4 May 2013
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The reveals just keeps coming for Infinite Crisis. Just a scant few days after the reveal of the multitude of Wonder Womens to be made available in the multiverse Turbine Entertainment returns to the universe of Batman to reveal a pair of his leading ladies. Your standard Poison Ivy and Gaslight Catwomen will be joining the roster of the upcoming F2P DC Comics MOBA.
Oh, and let’s not forget that other bit of big news from this week, closed beta! Turbine Entertainment announced that the title will be heading to its closed beta testing phase next Wednesday, May 8. Interested parties (everyone?!) can sign up at the official website.
Poison Ivy is a hybrid character capable of providing dedicated support through healing and speed buffs to allies and debuffs to foes, or a vicious AoE damage dealer capable of keeping target’s within her pain range. The former thief from steampunk Gotham, Gastlight Catwoman is a melee assassin that relies on stealth. She may sound a lot like Nightmare Batman, but the feline friend has her own twist.
Past the cut are the trailers for the two loveliest ladies of the Batman universe. Continue Reading
3 May 2013
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[Update: Hi-Rez deployed a bug patch today fixing some issues from Wednesday's patch. The new changes are in their own section just after yesterday's bug patch.]
[Update 2: Hi-Rez deployed another bug hot-fix patch today, along with a quick balance change to Fenrir's #2. You can find this section just after Fenrir's abilities]
Hi-Rez Studios felt the need to unleash Ragnarok upon the world, and so Fenrir has appeared to join his father, Loki, on the battlefield.
This god plays very akin to his father, but is substantially tankier than Loki. Build him as a bruiser, akin to Thor or Hercules, and you will have no problem devouring your enemies. He still has some need of being carried, so having a good support such as Ymir with you is a great idea.
After having a chance to play him, and try out all the little nuances such as the broken selection screen after the cut. In addition, you can watch Fenrir bring Ragnarok upon the world in his SMITE God Reveal video, along with the full patch notes, and the text version of his abilities. Continue Reading
24 April 2013
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Let the confusion begin! Hot on the heels of Turbine Entertainment announcing Helm’s Deep, the latest expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, Perfect World Entertainment unveils further details on Helm’s Hold. The zone, announced for Neverwinter late last year, will feature an assortment of nasty demons, deformed victims of the Spellplague and the devil worshipping followers of Rohini.
Be forewarned, Helm’s Hold is anything but safe. Adventurers of the action-oriented MMORPG will run into foul creatures of varying ferocity and size, including Rohini’s charmed pet dragon Chartilifax.
Players looking to see exactly what separates a Deep from a Hold can check out the Helm’s Hold lore trailer and monster trailers after the cut. More into static pixelated goodness? There’s a gallery of your upcoming fearsome opponents after the cut as well. The media is guaranteed get you ready for the April 30 open beta launch date. It’s nearly your last chance to grab that Founder’s Pack. Continue Reading
23 April 2013
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English-speaking players of strategy games will be happy to hear the Ubisoft has launched the North American closed beta phase for Anno Online. Developed by subsidiary Ubisoft Blue Byte, the mind behind The Settlers, Anno Online brings the strategic title to browsers everywhere set in the title’s original medieval timeframe.
When unveiling the title at Gamescom 2012, Blue Byte’s Christopher Schmitz reiterated one important fact, “This is not a simplified or casual version” of Anno. Anno Online is one of many F2P browser-based titles Ubisoft is in the midst of developing. Might & Magic Heroes Online and Silent Hunter Online also having been announced at the same conference.
In Anno Online, players will develop medieval cities through the franchise’s complex economic system. As the population grows, gamers will have to deal with increasing demands before venturing out to discover, claim and create trading relations with other nations. Along with the beta announcement, the company revealed plans for a mid-May feature update, Guilds. The Guild System will introduce additional strategy through alliances and the Guild Hall building.
Register at the official website for a chance to gain beta access. Be sure to check out the closed beta trailer and first screenshots of the Guild Halls after the cut.