Posts Tagged ‘expanded universe’

Marvel Heroes Anniversary Infographic Doesn’t Do It Justice

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

I’m not quite sure how I missed the recent update from David Brevik on the state of Marvel Heroes but I did. Release last week, the new blog post comes with an infographic solely focused on explaining exactly how far the game has come. From listening to the community to delivering on its own intended features, Gazillion Entertainment has changed, overhauled and fine-tuned nearly every aspect of the dungeon crawler. And that’s on top of adding new features, end game content and storylines.

The infographic takes a crack at encapsulating all the developer has done to rechristen the title as Marvel Heroes 2015 but as Brevik himself states it simply falls short. No knock on the designer, but the title has simply changed that much. Heck, we spoke about it with the man himself and Ryan Collins for over 90 minutes and could have continued!

I love infographics mainly because I’m a numbers junkie. Other aspects I would have loved to see would have been the number of lines of code added and altered, registered player details, amount of humanity spent in-game, amount of damage done including biggest crits, times the original storyline had been completed and so much more.

Above is simply the game as it was in pre-beta. Hit the cut for the full infographic. Continue Reading

Supergirl Joins the Struggle of the Infinite Crisis (Video)

19 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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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Marvel Heroes In-house Livestream June 16 (Video)

16 June 2014 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Earlier this week Gazillion Entertainment and the Marvel Heroes community celebrated the first anniversary of the dungeon crawler. Dubbed Marvel Heroes 2015, the anniversary event marks the release of its latest content patch, featuring the demon lord Surtur’s storyline, and, perhaps more importantly, recapping the dramatic changes to the gameplay, systems and itemization of Marvel Heroes.

To celebrate, we’re going to be joining the developers at Secret Identity Studios. Like, in their base, killing their mans. What’s more is we’ll be doing this in a capacity that you, the Lore Hound community, will be fully enveloped in the coverage thanks to the glory of Twitch.TV! The timing of the stream won’t be known until the day of, so be sure to follow us on Twitter in addition to Twitch to be kept in the loop.

What’s on the docket you ask? Why simply the past, present and future of Marvel Heroes. Ya know, no big deal. This includes development options, listening to the community and learning from mistakes. Any questions, changes or tweaks you wish to pick their brains about? If so, leave it in the comments of this post.

Naturally, we’ll be giving away item codes during the livestream and expect to have more after. Continue Reading

Gazillion Re-retools Marvel Heroes (Video)

2 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Shortly after PAX Prime 2013 Gazillion Entertainment dramatically altered its dungeon crawling online title Marvel Heroes. David Brevik explained the changes and what the community could expect in the future (which is now!) to us in an exclusive interview. What no one expected was the amount of change the title will continue to go through.

Gazillion announced Marvel Heroes 2015 and its launch date of June 4, 2014. The rebrand will mark the first anniversary of Marvel Heroes, complete with an open beta of a Mac client. Opening a new platform for the free-to-play title isn’t all MH2015 will bring. Gamers can expect new end-game raid content, horizontal progression systems, the continuing increase in the all-star cast to select from and more of the excellent storylines from the Marvel universe. Surtur, master of demons, raiding anyone?

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The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: War Crimes Review

29 May 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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

Steeped in the immediate lore of Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard Entertainment tasked long-time Warcraft writer Christie Golden to articulate how the entire continent of Azeroth would come together after the events of the Siege of Orgrimmar. The amount of pain, death and destruction spread throughout the continents of Azeroth by one orc, former Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, is unimaginable. No member of any race in World of Warcraft would be looked upon crossly for wishing the death of the perturbed warrior, and yet, it was Varian Wrynn who stayed Go’el’s hand setting in motion the most important trial in the long history of Warcraft.

The dastardly acts perpetrated by Garrosh leave little doubt to his innocence. In fact, the plot of War Crimes never broaches this possibility. The story crafted by Golden is one of potential redemption. Could Hellscream have been simply misguided, like his father? Was he working to perfect his idea of the Horde while putting moral and ethics aside because these ideas couldn’t coexist, like some argue Stalin did with Communism? Or, have Varian, and later Jaina, been right all along in believing the son of Grom Hellscream is simply a monster? It’s these deep moral, heavy topics that Golden sets the reader to. Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Dark Riders Review

14 October 2013 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

This review of the World of Warcraft: Dark Riders novel by Mike Costa is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

World of Warcraft: Dark Riders returns fans to the dark world of Duskwood of the Eastern Kingdoms. Players familiar with the territory will remember the numerous quests involving the mysterious Dark Riders thanks to NPC Sven Yorgen. The quest line features similarities to the folklore of Sleepy Hollow with the typical Blizzard twists. In the all-new graphic novel, Mike Costa creates additional backstory to the mysterious group tied to the Scythe of Elune, worgenism, Karlain and secondary characters Mardigan and Revil Kost.

Duskwood and its Halloween-esque setting is has been replaced by ages of lore for most World of Warcraft players. Because of this, writer Costa spends a large portion of the graphic novel reintroducing readers to the storied area while expanding upon the relationship of the disciplined Karlain, his son Mardigan that was quickly accused of murder and the revenge-set priest Revil Kost.

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The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Vol’jin – Shadows of the Horde Review

23 September 2013 | 3 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

This review of the World of Warcraft: Vol’jin – Shadows of the Horde novel by Michael Stackpole is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

World of Warcraft: Vol’jin – Shadows of the Horde is author Michael A. Stackpole’s first entry into the WoW universe. Fear not, Stackpole is well versed in working among the tight constraints of another’s intellectual property having penned for Star Wars and the BattleTech franchises. Shadows of the Horde is set in the current timeframe of WoW and begins with Vol’jin on death’s door. Rescued by Chen Stormstout, Vol’jin realizes that his meeting was an assassination plot orchestrated by none other than Warchief Garrosh. Severely wounded, the former leader of the Darkspear tribe has to focus on his recovering – slowed by poison – before he can seek revenge.

Stackpole uses this recovery period to address the troll condition. No longer in charge of the Darkspear and beset by antagonistic visions of the death loa Bwomsamdi, Vol’jin is must recover with the aid of Tyrathan, a human recovering at the same monastery Stormstout brought his friend to. The story digs deep, touching upon a variety of issues. The faction war, leadership, character flaws and shortcomings, the history, philosophy and environment of Pandaria; it’s all there. Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part 4

5 June 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

This review of the World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part 4 novel by Richard Knaak is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Before diving into the review proper, it’s important to note that Blizzard is releasing this book in a new fashion. Knaak’s latest work in the World of Warcraft universe will trickle out over the next few months in five installments. Each ringing up at $1.99, effectively costing more for those that purchase the full set. The serialized eBook is currently scheduled to wrap up in mid June. As such, this review will be concise.

Review of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Action packed, it’s simply the most concise way to articulate Part 4 of this eBook experiment. Knaak has been saving his combat chops for this stretch of the five-part novel. It’s been an agonizing wait till this point, but the plot and related subplots finally drive forward with reckless abandon. Kalecgos hidden in the mind of Malygos, and the rest of the future Aspects and other sentient proto dragons set out to confront the behemoth Father of Dragons known as Galakrond. Regardless of his immense size and mutation, the evolving proto dragons understand that his hunger and growing undead army will bring about their extinction in short order.

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