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

8 August 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

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. Continue Reading

Zombies Monsters Robots Meets Your Mummy

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

lh_zombie_monsters_robots_mummyEn Masse Entertainment is jamming every fearsome archtype from the coffers of horror for its upcoming free-to-play third-person shooter Zombies Monsters Robots. The company announced the latest addition to ZMR will be Mummies. Sure, the Mummy See Mummy Doom update may severely lack Brendan Fraser, but it manages to sound fun even if it is lacking his dashing good looks and amazing hairline (he still looks like he did in the movies, right?).

The update, which is available now if you’ve closed beta access, contains six new maps, more guns do dish out damage, new gear to protect your from it and a PvP mode in Blood Diamonds that glorifies a horrible human trait to work people to death over shiny stones. So yeah, I guess that is definitely going over the top in this third-person shooter. Continue Reading

Orcs Must Die! Unchained Using Beta to, Well, Beta Test

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


It’s quite a common derision among gamers these days that beta tests are simply marketing. Or glorified demos. Companies, be they makers of a MOBA, MMORPG or MMOFPS, by and large deserve the cynicism because so few appear use this core software programming stage as it’s intended. Instead, it’s a way to test the waters, grab early cash or look to secure whales and hope for a network effect to kick in. What’s worse is that game closures at this stage have become alarmingly frequent. Previously, only a small community would be impacted, that’s if any public awareness was made at all.

Robot Entertainment doesn’t appear to be doing any of this with its MOBA/Tower defense blend in Orcs Must Die! Unchained. Guest Heroes have been added early on to gauge balance and interest, user interfaces and matchmaking have seen slow, if sweeping changes and wipes are promised to be careful considerations. The latter of which came earlier this week. Continue Reading

Neverwinter to Usher in Dragonborn Player Class with Module 4

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

lh_Dragonborn_neverwinter_tyranny_release_datePerfect World Entertainment announced the inclusion of a new race for the latest module for Neverwinter. Introducing the Dragonborn. The free-to-play action-oriented title set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe will begin to feature a playable race spawned of its namesake. These steadfast and honorable people will join the rank and file on August 14.

The quick and easy way to unlock access to the Dragonborn is, obviously, to pay for it. At first glance the Dragonborn Legend Pack is incredibly expensive for a F2P item at a pricey $74.99 (originally marked as a $99.99 value). Yet it boasts several impressive items, including five powerful epic items blessed by Bahamut, access to the new race, a 30-slot bag and Race Change token, multiple cosmetic items and a Gemfinder Enchantment. Full item rundown here.

This blogger feels that you’re effectively buying power with the Dragonborn Legend Pack. Thankfully, Neverwinter is not known for its PvP.

This is the second major feature announcement for Tyranny of Dragons, which is the title’s forth module. The Dragonborn follow the reveal of a new playable class, the Scourge Warlock. Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment promise that the Seasons of Dragons reveals will continue through 2014. Tyranny of Dragons and the Dragonborn will unlock on August 14.

Martial Arts MMORPG Swordsman Launching in Late July

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


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

Perfect World Entertainment Snaps Up Warframe Developer

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

Developer purchases by publishers are always interesting. When the publisher is a public company the news is almost immediate and often tips the hand of the company doing the purchasing. Of course, that’s if the company hasn’t made it perfectly clear, already and that’s exactly what Perfect World International has done. It is looking to expand into the Western market aggressively.

The parent company of Perfect World Entertainment, the US arm in charge of Forsaken WorldStar Trek Online and Neverwinter, the latter two being developed by wholly-owned developer Cryptic Studios, has returned to the US market grabbing the maker behind the third-person F2P shooter Warframe. Although unconfirmed by either branch, the purchase of Digital Extremes will give Perfect World another genre that’s key to the domestic market; shooters. Continue Reading

Get Your Swordsman Closed Beta Access Immediately (Giveaway)

30 June 2014 | 3 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

[UPDATE] We’ve secure a second round of keys for the community. Grab your key and sign-up quickly because open beta testing begins July 3. If you wait until then you won’t receive the exclusive closed beta testing items detailed below!


Are you looking for something a bit different? A massive multiplayer online game that leaves the tropes of fantasy or science fiction? Something with a little bit of style to its combat? Swordsman may be what you’re looking for. Based upon the universe of Louis Cha the free-to-play title will engross players in the Ming Dynasty as they fight for one of the ten wuxia classes against rival schools and the Ming government.

Originally announced in mid-March, the Perfect World has rolled the beautifully animated game into its Closed Beta phase. Interested in joining the ranks? We thought you might be so we’ve secured a grand collection of beta keys for the community. No need to wait for the latest round of keys to be email blasted. Grab one immediately at the title’s giveaway page.

These keys aren’t solely beta access. They will also grant the account creator the Black Mountain pack, which includes a special Black Mountain cloak and the exclusive “Lone Wolf” title.

Don’t fret, the key won’t even require a sign up.

Swordsman Heading to Open Beta in July (Video)

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

Perfect World Entertainment announced that Swordsman, the latest title to grace its Arc gaming platform, will be moving its way to Open Beta after remaining in Closed Beta testing for only a short while. For one thing, players can expect a wipe ahead of the transfer on July 3. Another means that our Swordsman Closed Beta keys, complete with exclusive items, will become rather useless in about a week’s time.

Grab them before they run out!

PWE isn’t putting the early testing phase to rest simply by turning off the servers. The company will have none of that. In fact, the end of CB testing will be met with celebration. Beginning later today, June 27, all players are invited to Fu Giu for in-game fun with GMs. Activities will include trivia, PvP and hide-and-seek. Hero’s packs and other prizes will be awarded. The fun begins at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST.

Have a job or something? PWE will be streaming the festivities. Need early access to Swordsman and a bunch of exclusive items? The only way to obtain such a right is to secure a Hero pack before the perk is nullified after June 29.

In celebration of the approaching Open Beta testing, PWE has released a new trailer, which exists after the cut. Continue Reading