Neverwinter: Module 5 – Rise of Tiamat Coming Mid-November (Video)

Posted by on October 28, 2014 - No Comments »

NW_M5 Announce Screenshot 2_WatermarkedCryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are pushing out the fifth major content patch for the action-oriented Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG on November 18. The driving feature of Rise of Tiamat is the continued epic storyline of the Season of Dragons, which may or may not be culminating with the Rise of Tiamat.

The short trailer contains some minor, yet obvious, spoilers and even pre-emptively answers a question we sent off to Cryptic Studios as part of an upcoming design interview. It’s short and sweet, done in the in-game machinima style with voice over work that’ll get you pumped for the upcoming expansion and the return of Tiamat from the Nine Hells.

In addition to the return of the multiheaded leader of evil dragonkind Module 5: Rise of Tiamat will include a new paragon path for the Scourge Warlock, introduced as part of Tyranny of Dragons, new items, epic sized battles and, naturally, plenty of gear.

Lore Hound will have an all-new interview on the design of the Rise of Tiamat available ahead of the November 18 release. Until then, hit the jump for the full story trailer and additional Module 5 assets. Read more…

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE (Giveaways)

Posted by on October 27, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_smite_heroes_storm_moba_mondayMOBA 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.

Blizzard’s answer to the MOBA craze is leading off this week’s MOBA Monday. Heroes of the Storm received a massive patch early this month, which focused predominantly on user interface tweaks. One large enough to force Blizzard to reset everyone’s account. This means that I’m now back to square one, but the experience bonus for having friends in your group should expedite the ordeal. Of course, it would have been more efficient to simply earn 100% more experience during the double XP week. Oh well.

Hi-Rez Studios is stealing the second time slot. I won’t be starting from scratch in SMITE, but considering how long I’ve been farming Worshipper for my squad it seems that way. Thankfully, the end is near. Not a moment too soon, since I’ve only two or three more tanks to grind! I’m going to stick with Arena for the stream, but at least this will get me prepared for the upcoming SMITE Regional Championship, which Lore Hound will be attending in late November.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 1:00 PM EST. 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, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes! Read more…

Join the Struggle Against or With Vampires in Nosgoth (Giveaway)

Posted by on October 24, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_nosgoth_giveaway_closed_betaWondering how you can join the death-filled world of Nosgoth? The third-person fighting game remains in early beta testing so it’s not exactly easy. Sure, you can pre-purchase for Early Access, but who wants to spend money when you don’t have to? The answer should be “no one!” Psyonix and Lore Hound is teaming up to make that a really easy task. We’re simply giving closed beta access away!

Come join the asymmetrical PvP combat in the gothic world before the rise of Kain and appearance of Raziel. Featuring class-based team combat across two rounds, Nosgoth evens the playing field by forcing players to play two rounds, one go with the brutal humans and their contraptions and a second as ravaging vampires. Equip yourself with a crossbow, wings or a massive health pool. Whatever your playstyle, Nosgoth has a class for you.

If free closed beta access and the above summary doesn’t make you committed, you can check out its appearance on F2P Friday and our recent interview with Eric Majka, which introduced the game to us. It’s interesting to see how far Nosgoth has broken from its single-player origins as part of the now-canceled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun.

Head over to the Nosgoth giveaway page to claim you closed beta key. Head over to the official website to redeem and begin playing!

F2P Friday: Storymode of Marvel Heroes & Pokemans (Giveaways)

Posted by on October 24, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_marvel_heroes_nova_guardians_galaxy_f2p_fridayF2P 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.

Our most recent discussion with David Brevik didn’t go so well. Thanks technology. However, the one before that went smashingly, as did our geek out with community manager Ryan Collins. Literally during last week’s episode a new patch was applied to Marvel Heroes 2015. It’s about time I patch up and check it out. However, I’m still working on my Black Panther run through and, ultimately, that’ll be our focus. Sorry, Wasp and Nova. Nuts to you Cyclops, I’ve always disliked your holier-than-thou wanna-be-Superman history.

Can I get away with such an angry critique and then gush over Pokemon? I can, right, because that’s exactly what I am going to do. The Pokemon Company released the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online for iPads in late September, and while we won’t be livestreaming from there, the PC client is, well, tolerable. I haven’t had much time in the digital version of the card game, but I still have a collection of physical cards. Hopefully those weekends playing a decade ago have stuck with me somehow.

Be sure to subscribe tothe channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM EST and run until around 5:00 PM EST. Marvel Heroes 2015 players have a shot at Random Costume Box codes and we’ll also be distributing some Pokemon TCG deck codes. Read more…

Hearthstone Delayed For Mobile Devices; Surprises No One

Posted by on October 23, 2014 - No Comments »


The delay of the iOS and Android versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft isn’t a surprise because Blizzard Entertainment is the developer, but because of the aforementioned platform. I’ve had numerous discussions with Hearthstone aficionados on the merits of creating a mobile app for a title that was designed as a PC/Tablet game. Few promoted the incredibly popular card game heading to mobile devices. And no, it wasn’t because they feared losing all their free time (to frustration) and Naxxramas heroics.

Complexity of developing for Android’s myriad of screen sizes and device strength aside, the game is simply too complex for such small screens. I’m not referring to gameplay complex, that title goes to Magic the Gather 2015, but the basic needs of viewing card abilities, seeing your entire hand, secrets, the game log easily and seamlessly. I’ve no doubt that Blizzard could make mobile Hearthstone happen. But the experience, the ease-of-use and intuitive interface that are such necessities for the casual market, will be incredibly mutated, nerfed if you will.

Despite the developer’s intentions to get the Android app out by the end of the year, I hope those editions are simply canned like Project Titan and rolled into a new or existing product. Blizzard openly admits that recreating the Hearthstone feel is not only important, but incredibly difficult on these smaller platforms.

“One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.”

Phablet aside, if there’s any developer that I would bank on nailing this it’d be Blizzard. Still, I can’t imagine it’s something I will want to play when I already have a PC client and an iPad edition. Let alone throwing in the hell that is gaming on a 4G LTE connection.

Warhammer 40,000: What a Difference Six Months Makes (Video)

Posted by on October 23, 2014 - 2 Comments »

lh_Warhammer_40_000_Eternal_Crusade_progress_fall2014We’ve been covering Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade from the beginning. Sci-fi MMOGs are my kryptonite, and with Games Workshop behind Behaviour Interactive’s vision for the intellectual property’s first MMORPG I’ve followed and reported on near every morsel. Behaviour isn’t the first developer to take on the property, but it has continued to speak to its community, showing progress and taking input every few weeks. That certainly can’t be said for previous attempts.

The latest is a short video that showcases the massive changes seen since pre-production turned into the real thing. Still pre-alpha, the video exemplifies the difference between early art and art after the greenlight has been given. The world has become darker, more menacing, more detailed and more alive. Arkhona still needs plenty more work – see the jerky animation at the end of the video – but the updates for this work-in-progress from Spring 2014 to Fall 2014 are nothing less than inspiring.

Not to mention it proves that the game is still under development. Something all 40k fans are concerned with at this point in time. Spent two minutes and check out the full trailer after the cut. Read more…

ArcheAge: Trion Deletes Cheater’s Gold

Posted by on October 22, 2014 - 1 Comment »

PbXHk16ArcheAge has been fast growing a reputation for being infested with hackers, gold spammers and botters. I’ve written about it myself previously.  I was very surprised when I first logged in to ArcheAge and found it awash with gold spammers – my previous experiences with Trion’s games had led me to expect the same stellar anti-gold spam and cheating systems that I’d always encountered. But what I hadn’t considered was the XLGames factor – all code changes have to go through them before they can be implemented – which means the time for changes and fixes can be much longer than they’d otherwise be. So it’s difficult to play for long without coming across hacks, cheats and bots at least once – or it has been.

But things have been changing, for the better. Active GMs are monitoring the game. Bots are being banned. Hackers are being banned. All of their auction sales are being removed, and now … all of their purchased gold is being deleted.  Read more…

Instance Gratification 10: I’m Back in WoW…and Clueless

Posted by on October 22, 2014 - 1 Comment »

lh_instance_gratification_warlords_of-draenor_wowInstance 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.

See that aforementioned game up in the intro to this column? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to be featuring on the tenth Twitch edition of Instance Gratification. That’s right, the column is coming home to roost on the game that started it all, World of Warcraft. With a solid two hours being dedicated to each game moving forward I shouldn’t have any problem cascading a handful of dungeons. Ideally, I’ll gather a pair of levels for Solidsamm, which may just push him to the soon-to-be-weaksauce level cap of 90.

My dagger loving gnome rogue is running around the early areas of The Jade Forest, but has already managed to break level 88 thanks to all the increases provided by Blizzard Entertainment. The excitement of Warlords of Draenor, and Molten Core, a more apt draw for this blogger, have kept queues for lowly DPS well below 15 minutes of late.

As I mentioned yesterday, I barely know what I am doing. Especially on my priest. While playing her holiness I felt like I was just hitting pretty buttons to make sparkles go everywhere. Those actions seemed to heal people. I think.

Come join me as I return to Azeroth. Watch me stumble around talent trees. Attempt to locate spells and abilities that aren’t being appropriately used (or even on my bar) and working to correct broken scripts. You can always tell me what I should be doing, since that’ll probably speed everything up!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until Solidsamm has hit level 90!

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