Posts Tagged ‘closed beta’

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE

25 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Not today’s rotation.

MOBA 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.

The latest F2P Fridaywent off with a hitch, you couldn’t see my adorable mug. Actually, it was a couple of hitches, including video quality, sound quality, game performance and my inability to do a single thing correct while playing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As such, I’m glad it’s time for MOBA Monday. Sure, the equipment and Internet connection remains the same, but I’ve had time to correct those issues I have control over, purchase a new Logitech headset and test game performance ahead of time.

Today’s experiment is also one that I hope increases my self esteem. SMITE has been a strong suit for me since early beta testing in 2012 and that hasn’t really changed. This is despite playing numerous gods with little regard for having any experience with them or their item builds.

Exactly the kind of learning curve that isn’t too apparent in today’s other game, Heroes of the Storm. The unique gameplay design by Blizzard to focus more on team play, up to and including shared experience, regeneration globes and map objectives and the complete removal of item builds radically alters the community. Any player with knowledge of MOBA tropes and design can quickly find a heroes niche, select the appropriate skills and hold their own. I hope this holds true for this week’s god rotation.

Today’s MOBA Monday will be returning to its normal time at 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. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Fictional & Mythological Pantheons

18 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

moba_monday_heroes_of_the_storm_rotation_smiteMOBA 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.

What do you get when you mix the great mythological pantheons of our ancestors with some of the great fictional pantheons of gamedom? Why you get today’s episode of MOBA Monday of course. I’ll be traversing the planes of existence between StarCraft, Warcraft and Diablo during the Heroes of the Storm session. Spending most of my recent time in the Warcraft realm thanks to Hearthstone (really, it’s thanks to Naxxramas and flapping my hands around), I’ll be stuck offering this week’s free rotation as the staple.

Not so for the adventure into Earth’s past, and in the case of Hinduism, present religious beliefs. There’s no limits here. Every god in SMITE is at my disposal with a wide variety of skins to boot. This should help as I so arduously continue to farm my way towards League readiness. And I’ve more skins to give away this week. The which god is given away will be determined by you, the SMITE-adoring community. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Infinite Smiteness (Livestream)

11 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: SMITE of the Storm (Livestream)

4 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_livestream_moba_monday_Kali_Chamunda_Card_OldMOBA 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.

I couldn’t get enough of last week’s pairing for MOBA Monday. I continued playing both SMITE and Heroes of the Storm after closing down the episode. All Lore Hounds know that a few of the contributors to the site enjoy SMITE, but after taking a forced break from the title it was nice to get back to farming my Worshipers and dominating the occasional Arena match with a hero I barely use.

Heroes of the Storm didn’t go exactly the same way. It was more the former critic in me coming out. I began analyzing the game design choices, such as a substantially reduced death penalty, the sharing of resources, maps that modify strategy and the complete lack of gear. Together, it all makes HotS the most unique MOBA I’ve played since, well, SMITE, actually. Granted, SMITE’s difference is primarily in the way Hi-Rez Studios presents the combat.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST and rock on for roughly two hours. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a Kali 2013 Convention skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Featuring Guns, Robots and Cards (Livestream)

1 August 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_Zombies-Monsters-Robots-f2p_friday_hearthstoneF2P 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.

Today’s livestream is going to kick off with the sophomore effort from the makers of TERA. Branching out from its MMORPG roots, En Masse Entertainment is in the midst of development of Zombies Monster Robots, a third-person shooter that’s a mashup of every popular evil antagonist. I mean, the company even added mummies to the game this week! This should be an interesting part of the stream considering a severe lack of even a single play session of ZMR to my name.

Tagging along with ZMR will be my second livestream go at Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. I’ve held strong and resisted the expensive urge to purchase Curse of Naxxramas, but that doesn’t mean I’ve avoided it. After farming gold daily I secured the first non-free wing and will be showcasing my level 20 rogue going after the succulent PvE loot that’s held in the most reused lore in Azeroth. Amazingly, I’ve actually been getting better at Hearthstone albeit in private. Perhaps I’ll win a match or two!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Today is a special one as we will be giving away codes for an M1932 handgun in Zombies Monster Robots. Hit the jump for the livestream, which will be replaced later with the recorded edition of the show. The stream will be going live around 1:00 PM EST and continue for about 2 hours. Continue Reading

Destiny Endgame Designed like MMORPG Encounters

31 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
My father still asks me to pause games.

My father still asks me to pause games.

If you didn’t play Destiny during its recent beta then you may be surprised to hear that the game is kind of a big deal. Activision really wants you to know that some 4.6 million gamers made it the biggest beta test for a console game in the history of the entire known universe. So early in testing and clearly still under development players did miss out on a variety of expected features. Chief amongst them, the ever important endgame activities. Raids being dubbed as one of the pillars of the shared-world shooter.

Bungie is keeping the exact details of raiding close to its chest still, but Luke Smith did dish a bit to IGN. The way he coyly describes them sets an idea of fighting a TERA-sized boss with guns in my head despite his efforts to not used MMORPG nomenclature. Big monsters, unique abilities and fire squads are all in the mix. These multi-hour adventures will require everything the term raid dreams up in your head, complex battles, strategy and bio breaks. Matchmaking will not be supported for raids because of this complexity. Something that Smith acknowledges as a risk.

This long-time raiding is beginning to get far more interested in Bungie’s upcoming creation. How about you? Do you think the company will manage to pull off an encounter the magnitude of Ragnaros in a shooter? Will the lack of matchmaking be reversed?

MOBA Monday: Pantheon Pandemonium then Into the Heart of the Storm

28 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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A very early lineup of Heroes of the Storm

MOBA 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.  

SMITE returns to the forefront of MOBA Monday thanks to a two week break by iTZKooPA during his on location stint at QuakeCon 2014. Jonesing for additional quadra kills, he’ll be taking it to the Arena as he continues his farming of Worshippers and his quest for being the master (of all the SMITE gods). Mastery of skill may or may not come later. We shall see.

Slicing of shrink wrap will continue this week. Heroes of the Storm will be featured for the first time in the history of the Lore Hound Twitch channel. Follow us as we step into a MOBA that doesn’t penalize heavily for character deaths and even features a hero of the Blizzard universe that’s meant to die. Repeatedly.

All this and more shall begin around 1:00 PM EST and rock on for roughly two hours. 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. Continue Reading

Martial Arts MMORPG Swordsman Launching in Late July

23 July 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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If you’ve been impressed with the open beta testing of Swordsman then get prepared to sharpen your blades or reroll a new martial art house. Perfect World Entertainment has announced that after a few weeks in its open beta phase its latest free-to-play title will be launching to the masses on July 29.

The wuxia-inspired game based upon the best selling universe of Louis Cha has gone from closed beta testing to launch for Western audiences in less than two months.

Testing has led to a variety of changes. More importantly this conversion from testing to full launch end will come with fresh content! The launch will include an updated new player experience and a new end game battle in the Demon Pit. Players anticipate modifications to the ten martial arts schools (classes) and more interaction, meaning battle, with the Ming dynasty. Continue Reading