MOBA Monday: Infinite Smiteness (Livestream)

Posted by on August 11, 2014 - No Comments »

moba_monday_smite_Infinite-CrisisMOBA 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 inour weekly Twitch channel staple.

It’s back into the depths of the growing ranks of human mythology later today. Join me in my continuing trek towards League play readiness for the Arena mode of SMITE. Who knows which god I’ll end up being forced into playing this week. Hopefully not a tank, since I’ve only a few of those gentle giants left to farm. Maybe I’ll give Serqet her first go.

The other half of MOBA Monday is heading into an entirely different mythology. That of the DC comics universe and its Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline. I haven’t been in the ranks of Infinite Crisis in quite some time, so it could be a little hectic, a little more death prone and a little more likely to lose. But hey, at least I still have a ton of in-game money with no idea of what to buy quite yet. Seeing as development is currently in a bit of a crossroads, there’s a chance I may be able to catch up skillswise before release.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or headdirectly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a god and recolor skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Read more…

Swordsman Review: Wuxia’s Digital Introduction (Part 1)

Posted by on August 8, 2014 - No Comments »

2014-07-09 22-40-24Swordsman is the newest MMO on the Perfect World lineup, an epic wuxia-styled game set in the novels of Louis Cha. This is a game that I really wanted to like. I enjoy the subject material – it’s very difficult for me to resist giving kung fu games a try every time I see one – and I have also seen two of the tv serials based on Cha’s The Book and the Sword novels.  There is so much possibility in the setting; secret societies, kung fu, warring martial arts schools, intrigue, romance.. but does the game live up to it?

Installation was easy. Thanks to the Arc console, I simply went to the games section, clicked Swordsman and waited. I did have a black screen issue that prevented me from playing for a day, but the guys at PW very quickly came to my aid and helped me discover I was having bios issues after my newest computer upgrade. Mea culpa – that had nothing to do with the game itself and it ran fine once I sorted those out! My only complaint about the loadup of the game is the splash screen with an image of Cha’s book and warnings about copyright violations lingers on the screen for just a bit too long for this impatient gamer’s taste and can’t be escaped. But that’s admittedly on the nitpicky end of things. I have definitely seen splash screens that are more annoying. Read more…

F2P Friday: Guardians of the Plug & Catch the Epidemic

Posted by on August 8, 2014 - No Comments »

Paid for by Marvel's marketing team. Lol, they care about our 5 views!

Hey, look, another plug!

F2P 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.

I had an absolute blast being back in Neverwinter for the return of Instance Gratification. But the ridiculous amount of marketing behind Guardians of the Galaxy makes me want to leap back into the Marvel Universe. I get to make my own decision because I’m an adult, or something, so I’m letting Ryolnir pressure me into playing Marvel Heroes for the stream. Is it still pressure when it’s something you want to do? I’m not sure. I digress.

On the other side of this week’s escapades into free gems of gamedom I’ll be returning to the latest genre to come out of DotA. That is Deep Silver’s ZOMBA in Dead Island: Epidemic. It was an interesting romp a few week’s back. Sure, I only ran around in PvE and tutorial missions, but it was entertaining enough to warrant a second go. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally man up and dive into some PvP. Assuming the title let’s such a low-level player do so!

Now if only we had some giveaways to go along with this week’s F2P Friday. /me shoots out emails to the applicable companies.

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. We’ll be going live a bit late around 1:30 PM EST  and be pulling shenanigans for at least two hours. Read more…

Nu Wa Revamped, Zeus Redrawn in SMITE’s Latest Update

Posted by on August 7, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_revamp_patch_notes_NuWa_Default_CardHi-Rez Studios has once again rerolled one of its released characters. No longer reaching far back into the history of SMITE, which, let’s not forget, did kick off way back in 2012, the developer revamped the last god released in the Year of the Snake, Nu Wa. The In addition to being way hotter, the Guardian of Heaven gets a large overhaul saving only her Clay Soldiers and fog from the original design. To further annoy me, Hi-Rez Studios has given Nu Wa a new ultimate, which puts her in the class with Freya, Thanatos and others that leave combat during their ultimate.

Nu Wa’s changes obviously champions the latest patch for the MOBA, but Hi-Rez has much more. Zeus has his abs redone for his new model and dramatically altered portrait cards. Four other gods receive new skins, including an awesome Ymir and a zombie surviving Ullr. Voice packs are naturally included.

If you’re not a mage player or don’t care too much about the revamp there’s something else this patch brings; Treasure Boxes. These items will award players with everything from ward skins to god skins. You will be able to receive skins for character you don’t own, effectively bribing them to buy the god!
Full notes after the cut. Read more…

Star Trek Online: Delta Rising Officially Coming in October

Posted by on August 7, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_delta_rising_star_trek_online_expansionCryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have made it official. Star Trek Online will be receiving its second full expansion by way of Delta Rising this coming October. The official announcement comes rife with confirmations of our earlier post on the subject.

The largest piece of new information details the expansion’s placement in the annals of Star Trek lore. Delta Rising is set 30 years after the events of Voyager, placing players in the dangerous unknown of the Delta Quadrant. A newly discovered portal in the Dyson Sphere awards quick access to the territory that Voyager famous charted.

Most profoundly lauded was the level cap increase from level 50 to 60. STO executive producer Stephen D’Angelo pointed out that this is the first increase in four long years. Naturally, such an increase opens the way for additional gear, ships and officers to be placed under your more experienced captain’s command.

Hit the jump for the latest screenshots, including your first look at the alien races being introduced as part of Delta Rising. Read more…

You Had Me At Molten Core 40-man

Posted by on August 7, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_molten_core_tarren_mill_wow_anniversary_ohmygodOh, my god. Oh, my god. OH. MY. GOD! I’m currently waving my hands back and forth and lightly switching my weight from one foot to the other in the most girlish way possible. This emasculating display to my cat is due to the revelation of the upcoming events for the World of Warcraft Tenth Anniversary celebration. In the meantime, WoW is quietly updating in the background as this piece is being penned. It may be months away, scheduled for a November release in time with the true anniversary, but holy C’thun am I excited.

Blizzard Entertainment is teasing two very old school vanilla events. Milestones of many of the 6 or so million of WoW players that still remain. Heck, for a large swath of the gaming humanity, Molten Core is where raiding teeth were cut (and tears were shed). In addition to “a special 40-player Raid Finder version” of Molten Core, Blizzard will be rekindling the epic open-world PvP that was Tarren Mill vs. Southshore. Largely decimated by the introduction of Battlegrounds, the Eastern Kingdoms struggle of these closely positioned faction strongholds will be return by way of a Team Deathmatch-style Battleground.

A clear winner will be had. Read more…

Instance Gratification 3: NeverStar and Wildwinter (Livestream)

Posted by on August 6, 2014 - No Comments »

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! Read more…

Trekkie Convention Dishes Star Trek Online Expansion Details

Posted by on August 5, 2014 - No Comments »

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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