E3 2015: PC Gaming Must-Sees!

Posted by on June 18, 2015 - No Comments »

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Another E3, another great line-up of games. Though with a reoccurring theme of sequels it’s anyone’s best guess if these will live up to their originals. Needless to say, I’m still beyond excited at all this titles, seeing the new things the industry has been up to, and for that reason I’ve rounded up the ten MUST sees of PC Gaming at E3 2015:

Mass Effect Andromeda
While some fans of the Mass Effect series are cautious at its next installment, there is a handful of interesting information released based on the setting…far into the future and away in another galaxy! Though I’m cautious too, I can’t wait to see how the team does in designing the future of Mass Effect, you know, in the future.

BattleCry
Falling in a similar category to Blizzard’s work-in-progress Overwatch, I’m incredibly excited for Bethesda’s Battlecry! Set in a neo-Industrial world (think Steam Punk or Industrial Punk) you must fight, team vs. team, in arena style combat with swords, fists, bows or rudimentary guns. The fast meaningful combat and team-oriented gameplay has a eSports vibe to it, and we can only hope. This, along with Overwatch, has me bouncing in my chair. Read more…

E3 2015: Gigantic News for Xbox One

Posted by on June 18, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_gigantic_e32015_releasedate_launchdate_xboxoneThis week we secured additional time with Gigantic, the freshman entry from Motiga. This is the first MOBA designed by James Phinney but the man has contributed heavily to quite a pedigree over the years in other genres. The likes of StarCraft, Guild Wars; original intellectual properties that have established themselves as juggernauts envied by entire companies. The last time we spoke to the Motiga crew was during the reveal that the third-person shooter MOBA would be heading to Xbox alongside the likes of SMITE.

E3 2015 hasn’t provided those earth shattering revelations. There’s a very good reason for that. You see, finally, after years of development, the fine folks over at Motiga are circling the beta status. Conversations we had with PR state that the team is struggling with exactly when to drop that NDA that’s stopped us from adding Gigantic to the #MOBA Monday roster. This is all thanks to that aforementioned Gigantic news. It’s coming to the public this August!

In today’s day that means beta access. It won’t be fully released to the masses then, closed beta protocols and all but we’ll let MO_Thor take the explanation from here. Don’t worry, you know we’ll have some codes for the Lore Hound community as soon as they’re available! Read more…

E3 2015: The Top 10 Items that Bring Excitement!

Posted by on June 16, 2015 - No Comments »

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It’s that time of year again … when I wish I had something resembling an immune system so I could hop on over to E3 and see the new video games being announced. All of my social feeds are buzzing with excitement as information is revealed, and while I’m not much of a single player player, I’ll admit to watching the various unveilings with interest. There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a good game.

Top Ten Reasons I’m Digging E3 This Year: Read more…

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Review

Posted by on June 15, 2015 - No Comments »

the_novel_post_warcraft_bloodswornThis review of the World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn novel by Christie Golden is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Bloodsworn is an odd duck in the massive, ever-growing extended universe of Blizzard Entertainment. What is being read was originally the opening story arc for the proposed Horde comic line from WildStorm. After years of missteps, restarts and C’thun knows what else it all fell apart. That collapse wasn’t fruitless. It delivered Bloodsworn, a graphic novel from Doug Wagner and Jheremy Raapack that focused on the dastardly Horde.

The graphic novel was set in the immediate aftermath of the Cataclysm despite being released towards the end of that expansion’s lifetime in late August 2013. Especially late considering it was initially conceived in mid 2011. As expected, Bloodsworn is a Horde tale through and through. A Horde of Garrosh through and through. In fighting, lack of trust, disrespect, heck, racist remarks are thrown about the core group comprised of orcs, tauren, troll, forsaken and blood elf repeatedly. These disagreeable, at best, individuals are selected by Horde decree of Garrosh Hellscream from each faction to fill the ranks of the Garand’kra, a militia organized to defend Horde interests from the pesky centaur tribes. Read more…

F2P Friday: Giveaway Random Hero Box Mayhaps? (Giveaway)

Posted by on June 12, 2015 - No Comments »

f2p_Wolverine_old_man_logan_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.

Friday nights are a great time to unwind. Not necessarily go out and go nuts or anything. Just come home and veg out after a week of a brain drain. I often take this opportunity to browse the local comic shop catching up on what’s going on in the industry with the shop owner. Chewing the fat as it were. That’s exactly what happened earlier this evening. Of course this means my wallet was a bit lighter after I left the shop.

I stuck with my Marvel slant snapping up a few oldies that I somehow missed upon their original publication. That’d be Old Man Logan and a bit of background for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy by way of The Infinity Gauntlet. Naturally, this leads me directly a desire for even more Marvel storytelling. As such I’ll be heading into the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of Marvel Heroes. Come join me won’t you? I’ll sweeten the deal with some Random Hero Box codes!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off around 7:00 PM EST. Don’t forget to try our game of the week on Poki. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ratatoskr

Posted by on June 9, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_Ratatoskr_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory 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: Squirrels, squirrels all types of squirrels. They’re beasts that cover the world finding their niche in the canopies from the deciduous to coniferous. In Norse mythology there was one tree to rule them all, the World Tree known as Yggdrasil. Even the epitome of regrowth couldn’t escape the clingy critters. Ratatoskr traversed the ash day and night spreading the word of those in the massive ecological environment supported by the tree that reached to the heavens.

Specific mentions in the Norse poetics focus on his conversations with a nameless eagle atop Yggdrasil, which are then relayed to Níðhöggr, a wyrm that makes its living within the three roots of the World Tree. Ratatoskr represents our penchant for embellishment and talking behind someone’s back. An assumed trait of the local red squirrel that screams in alarm upon spotting danger. Read more…

MOBA Monday: The Storm is Here

Posted by on June 8, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_moba_monday_heroes_of_the_storm_launch_releaseMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a multiplayer 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.

Last Tuesday MOBA creators everywhere took a deep breath. A moment’s pause to recognize that Blizzard Entertainment, one of the biggest, most respected developers on the planet, had officially entered their marketplace with Heroes of the Storm. Diversifying itself strongly, unlike some, via accessibility and party-minded game design the hero brawler has potential. To say the least.

We’ve documented as far back as October 2010 that the MOBA genre was getting quite crowded. There have been dozens more announced, a handful to good reviews and supportive communities. It remains to be seen if the Blizzard formula – bringing a niche genre into the mainstream – will repeat itself. That’s assuming you believe the MOBA genre as niche even applies.

With that being said come join us and the rest of the community of basement dwellers as we take part in Blizzard’s latest attempt to take over the world. Oh, and don’t forget the newly announced Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack. Actually it’s plural. There are four bundles currently undergoing “testing” by Blizzard Entertainment. Tonight’s #MOBAMonday will kick off a bit later than normal getting started at 9:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Read more…

F2P Friday: Come with Me to Brawlhalla, Bring a Controller

Posted by on June 5, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_metadev_orion_brawlhalla_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.

I’m generally an excitable person. I don’t really know why. The topic doesn’t even matter. I could be, say, reading a piece on the evolution of statistics. A wild assortment of topics grasp my interest. I’m sure there’s some psychological reason. Something to do with being a middle child and needing attention maybe? I don’t know, but it’s who I am. The other core tenant of my personality is that I’m a loud person. Always a loud person. Why does this matter to you, a dear Lore Hound? Simple, I’m playing Brawlhalla again tonight. Those two personality traits will mix into a super saturation emotional state tonight.

Let’s set expectations. We’ll be heading back into the frantic brawler for some free-for-all battle. I’ll lose a good amount. I’ll win some here and there. I’ll scream. I’ll miss throws. I’ll get some lucky hits and clutch dodges. I’ll scream. I’ll try new characters. I’ll work on honing my skills with some old favorites. I’ll attempt my first Ranked 1v1 matches. I’ll scream. I’ll give away some beta codes and if we get there, maybe even our last Diesel Orlon skin code.
Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off around 7:00 PM EST. Read more…