SMITE Gains Another Hunter – Rama, the 7th Avatar of Vishnu

Posted by on June 23, 2014 - No Comments »

It seems Hi-Rez feels there’s not enough Hindu love in SMITE, as they are releasing a second Hindu god back-to-back with this first Hindu Hunter (Greek, Egyptian, and Mayan have two each!).

He seems, upon first watch of his reveal video, that he is heavily reliant on auto-attacks, more so than Artemis or any other hunter. This will make for some interesting early lane phases.

Things of note this patch:

  • An in-game UI customization tool has been added
  • Scylla and Kumbhakarna received conservative nerfs
  • Bacchus, Zeus, and Fenrir were given seemingly appropriate buffs
  • Ra-merica, a(n) ridiculous amazing skin, is released just in time for July 4th.
  • Polynomicon was given another nerf. I still maintain that it isn’t enough…
  • Golden Bow is 150 gold cheaper to buy

After the cut, watch the God Reveal video for Rama. Then check out the rest of the details in this patch. Read more…

SMITE Gets Even More Free with Ra-merica

Posted by on June 23, 2014 - 1 Comment »

USA! USA! USA!

That’s right – just in time for Independence Day season (July 4th), Hi-Rez Studios adds the “Ra-merica” skin for Americans, and anyone who wants to have a riotous laugh at the over-the-top democratic pride Ra brings.

This is a new seasonal skin, available as soon as the patch goes live until July 14th.

For 500 gems (current Playtest Server value) you can purchase this skin that also has a skin-specific voice pack as well!

Check out the video after the cut for some great American fanfare music. Read more…

WildStar Receiving Promised Content Patch Soon (Video)

Posted by on June 20, 2014 - No Comments »

Weeks after the successful, if expectantly rocky, launch of WildStar Carbine Studios has detailed plans for its first major content patch. The Strain content patch looks to deliver on a promise Chad Moore made to me during our open beta livestream interview. In said interview Chad mentioned that Carbine is sitting on an entire expansion worth of content that it’ll trickle out as the community’s appetite consumes it.

The Nexus is about to get a little roomier, deadlier and more interesting thanks to the first major content patch. Brighthaven is a massive new zone featuring ridiculous mobs from Globellum (Mario & Luigi reference?). New solo content includes a tower-defense style game, Guardians of the Grove, and additional dungeon-like encounters. There will also be Strain themed loot and housing items to get your customization on and modifications to existing areas, such as the Northern Wilds becoming a crash site rechristening it as the Northern Wastes.

Hit the jump for the latest absurd trailer from the mad genius’ in Carbine’s cinematics department, new screens and the timeline for The Strain’s rollout. Read more…

Neverwinter Birthday Shenanigans Begin

Posted by on June 19, 2014 - No Comments »

Yeah, he's resplendent.

Today marks the first anniversary for Neverwinter, the action-oriented MMORPG from Cryptic Studios. To celebrate, the developer and its publishing partner Perfect World Entertainment are having cake. Probably. I don’t know. What I do know is that in the world of Neverwinter there is a party going on. And we’re all invited!

Starting today, June 19 and running until June 25 players of Neverwinter can celebrate with the developers in the Protector’s Jubilee event. The main city of Neverwinter will be transformed with golden decorations and the most powerful wizard of the Forgotten Realms is in attendance. Rewards for participating are far and wide, from a “resplendent” companion to new fashion items and a motionless “mount” that acts as a portable throne.

Last but not least, be sure to earn your way into the Protector’s Garden. A new permanent portion of the city featuring lush vegetation that can by special key. A special key that only drops during the Protector’s Jubilee.

Hit the jump examples of the Throne of the Lion “mount”, the glorious decorations and fire. Read more…

Supergirl Joins the Struggle of the Infinite Crisis (Video)

Posted by on June 19, 2014 - No Comments »

Time to succumb to my Y chromosome, that’s quite a sexy piece of art for Supergirl, ain’t it? Musculature and curves aside, I’m excited for the latest champion for Infinite Crisis. Turbine Entertainment hasn’t been added champions at an incredible rate – another good move in my opinion – but when it has it’s mostly been from the Batman universe. Seriously, like every other god seemed to have been from my most favorite of the DC properties.

Supergirl aka Kara Zo-el managed to survive the destruction of Krypton in a spacecraft of her father’s design. Sound similar to the origin of Superman? Makes sense, they’re cousins. However, her ship wasn’t as fast as a speeding bullet causing the well-toned heroine to take decades to arrive on Earth. No longer an adolescent, Kara’s powers immediately manifested, enabling her to take on the role of a bruiser immediately.

Supergirl deals with opponents with a fiery disposition and a swarm of attacks. As an agile heroine, it’ll be important to keep her attacking to maximize her passive and the ability Worldbreaker. Combined with numerous movement abilities, additional basic damage will make her a melee-based forced to be reckoned with. Supergirl will be available after the July 2 patch.

Champion reveal and additional screenshots of Her Hotness after the cut. And I don’t even fancy blondes!

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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Scylla

Posted by on June 18, 2014 - No Comments »

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: Scylla’s history has never been agreed upon by historians or folk writers of antiquity. Those of today haven’t fared any better in all their historical readings and arguments. Her origin tales have her born of Ceto or Lamia. In another, she’s a naiad possessed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, before a jealous Amphitrite poisoned the waters were Scylla bathed turning her into the monster that haunts the seas.

In a similar, and more popular story, Scylla was born from the seed of the River God Crataeis. She fell in love with Glaucus whom already had a lover, a sorceress by the name of Circe. Ravaged by jealousy, Circe used her spells to create a potion that would make Scylla a repugnant monster. She delivered the potion in Scylla’s sea bath, transforming her into a beast with four eyes, six long necks and 12 tentacle-like likes that acted as her body. Her waist was rung with the heads of six dogs hungry for passing sailors, boats or any other kind of flotsam. Read more…

The Orcs Must Die! UNCHAINED Gib-fest Begins June 27 (Video)

Posted by on June 18, 2014 - No Comments »

Developer Robot Entertainment has announced its plans for its third title in the OMD universe. Orcs Must Die! UNCHAINED will be opened to those lucky enough to secure a Closed Beta key on June 27. That’s just a few days away! Be sure to head over to the official site and register for the easiest opportunity.

OMD UNCHAINED brings the orc gib-fest to the massive by way of a F2P MOBA design complete with swords, sorcery, lane pushing and traps. Oh, let there be traps. The new gameplay direction introduces numerous features, such as a new map, a new deck-editing system, and three new heroes  to the 10 made available in the Founder’s alpha. Unchained brings an entirely new competitive spirit to one of the best co-op releases of recent memory.

Alpha players will gain immediate access. That interested? You can still snag a Founder’s Club Pack – as low as $19.99 – for immediate access and additional in-game rewards. Hit the jump for the latest screenshots and the just-released Closed Beta trailer. Read more…

Wuxia-inspired Swordsman Closed Beta Begins

Posted by on June 17, 2014 - No Comments »

Perfect World Entertainment has unleashed its newest game – Swordsman, a martial arts and wuxia-inspired game based on the Chinese novel The Smiling Proud Wanderer. Closed Beta has begun! You can gain access by purchasing a Hero’s Pack, or by signing up on the Swordsman site. As I write this, I’m realizing that I’ve seen one of the tv series based on this novel, and it was pretty interesting – now I’m really curious to try it! Intrigue, romance, martial arts, it’s got a collection of things for an exciting game backdrop!

Closed beta runs from  Monday June 16th at 2pm PDT until Friday June 27th at 2pm PDT.

No details have as yet been provided regarding when open beta begins, although anyone who has purchased a Hero Pack will have early access.

Keep reading for screenshots and the announcement trailer. Read more…