Posts Tagged ‘mmorpg’

Instance Gratification 19: Guild Wars 2: Acorns & Hearts

27 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_guild_wars_expansion_instance_gratification_heart-of-thornsInstance 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.

For whatever reason, that’s what I thought the title of the expansion was the moment of the reveal. To be fair, my head was down in a notebook jotting some thoughts to paper. An expansion for Guild Wars 2 wasn’t unexpected, but PAX South, the fledgling latest edition to the growing ReedPOP franchise, didn’t appear to be the predictable outlet. Caught me by surprise. Digesting that information for a few microseconds and stifling a bit of laughter I decided to look at the screen for confirmation. In actuality the first expansion for GW2 is going to be Heart of Thorns.

Not to be confused with Heart of the Swarm. Similar maybe, but oh so different in actuality. As perusal, the attendance of PAX South has my brain being pulled in all sorts of directions. Mostly away from anything but playing videos games. As such, tonight’s Instance Gratification will feature Guild Wars 2 for the first time! I haven’t played the ArenaNet product since early launch. Truthfully, I didn’t put much time into the MMORPG mostly due to having no immediate friends being a part of the scene. That means I’m going to be on an ancient character that hasn’t been touched since late 2012.

One being played by someone who barely remembers how to play the pudgy beast.

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 at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and its new day, Tuesday! Holy crap, what’s going on?! Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 18: The Forgotten Realms Returneth

21 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

NW_PaladinScreenshot_010715Instance 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.

Being completely honest with everyone there have only been two MMORPGs that have fully grasped by cerebral cortex and sucked me in for any lengthy time in 2014. And while I’ve documentedplenty of my return to World of Warcraft lately, the other has seen less op-ed attention (but plenty of on-air play, interviews and news pieces). That being the world of Dungeons & Dragons, the Forgotten Realms section specifically and, to be even more specific, Neverwinter.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that Cryptic Studios has been in the news quite a bit lately. What with the upcoming Xbox One version of the action MMORPG and the next module hitting the newswire yesterday.

Neverwinter hasn’t ever been dropped, steadfastly soaking up precious space on my small SSD main drive that La Juega contains. Yes, my computer has a first name. Its action combat is thoroughly enjoyable. The gameplay is perfectly designed for my lizard brain; getting in, getting something done and getting out. Let’s not kid ourselves, Cryptic Studios (and Perfect World Entertainment behind them) know how to keep us hooked. The development studio consistently pushes new content patches or teases the next as soon as the general community begins to hunger. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during the marketing/product meetings as they review metrics and come to those decisions.

At any rate, it’s out with the new Warlords of Draenor and WildStar and in with the old. At least for this week on Instance Gratification.

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 at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and continue until approximately 9:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the level has improved! Continue Reading

WildStar & ESO: 2014 AAA MMOGs with Big News Today

15 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

WS_2015-01_Looking_Ahead_02One bit of news is official, the other is unofficial and certainly rumor. We’ll go with the rumor from an unsubstantiated source first and that is this; The Elder Scrolls Online is no longer investigating a free-to-play transition, but fully preparing to make the business model change. Reports from retail sources across the globe are seeing boxed copies of TESO removed from shelves. In late 2014, Bethesda removed long-term subscription options under the guise that players haven’t opted for them. On the other hand, the company gave out hundreds, maybe thousands of copies for free during QuakeCon 2014.

The official information for WildStar gives new light to the MMORPG’s future after a series of layoffs and departures that have put some, including this blogger, on eggshells. Not to worry, says game director Mike Donatelli in a new community update. The post details three pillars of focus for the first half of 2015.

  1. Listen to player feedback to make gameplay more fun and “less grindy”
  2. Support a multitude of play styles, not just the hardcore or solo, newbs or end game
  3. “Invest in, enhance and grow [the] game”

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Instance Gratification 17: Dare I Enter the Quagmire of LFR?

14 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_wow_warlords_highmaulInstance 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.

I’ve repeatedly stated that my return to Azeroth *cough* I mean Draenor, is entirely due to the Tenth Anniversary of World of Warcraft. The thing is that’s firmly behind us now. A whole 24 hours in fact. And while I didn’t get a chance to stream my Molten Core run as I had hoped that doesn’t mean Solidsagart didn’t score a Ragnaros kill. It simply happened so late at night that I was terrified of disturbing others in the house. Psylocke can be a real curmudgeon.

This means that not only am I level 100, finally, but I’ve increased my ilvl to the required ilvl 615 to enter the Looking for Raid conundrum. Considering I didn’t manage to throw ole Rags up on the stream the least I could do is make a few attempts at Highmaul. I hear the first Warlords of Draenor raid now has all of its pieces available for me to stumble my way through. I better get my crap together, revamp my action bars for the most optimized finger stretching and bring my A game or face the rather of unexplained kicking (which one can only assume is because you “sucked”). Here’s to grabbing a few sexy purpalz to increase my epeen before I am not summarily dismissed from a random group of strangers.

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 approximately 3:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Continue Reading

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Founder’s Options Boggle The Mind

8 January 2015 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is easily one of my most anticipated MMORPGs. Not that Behaviour Interactive, the title’s developer, has an impressive resume in the genre or the intellectual property has a fantastic track record of, you know, coming to fruition. Those are some historical happenings that can easily change. The way Behaviour has progressed with Eternal Crusade provides faith in its upcoming release. The dark intellectual property itself and seductive feature list are what drew me to investigate joining the Founder ranks, so I tracked myself to the Founder page and was dumbfounded.

There are over 23 freaking items to chose from. Many of which don’t even include access to the game itself. Very confusing at first glance.

Upon further inspection many of these options are meant to unlock additional options to various Founder packs. If you’re interested in unleashing more than just the WAAAGH! you’ll only be set back $10. The Pioneer Pack Ork Edition on the other hand is tailored to expand the newly-announced F2P version. Those six options get you in the game. The other 18 offer Rogue Trader Points, act as gift cards or head tantalizingly close to the pay-to-win model by unlocking racial weaponry. Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 16: Here’s to New Internet in the New Year (and Level 100 Before it!)

31 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Remember when you could enchant weapons with glows?

Instance 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.

The Tenth Anniversary of World of Warcraft is, in all honesty, what really drew me back into WoW this year. Sure, Warlords of Draenor has some new additions, multiverse, garrihousing and time paradox storytelling but they’re nothing compared to Molten Corgis and a Level 100 version of Molten Core. I don’t care about the idea of rose-colored glasses and how painful it actually was to farm fire resilience (or be sat) or tracking multiple timers to ensure we sneak around or end trash before it pops back up wiping us. Ahh, those were the days, kids. Up hill in the snow, 60 mile an hour winds and the reflecting sun burning your retinas. Both ways!

Sadly, I’m behind the leveling eight ball. Again. This means that tomorrow, heck, the rest of the week, will have a major focus on finally hitting level 100 on Solidsagart and gearing up said holy priest to enter the depths of Ragnaros’ lair. I mean, heck, it should be good practice for Highmaul, right? Or it’ll send me into a tailspin of depression and I’ll take all that advice from select community members and simply uninstall. Either way, it makes for some good Twitch viewing!

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 approximately 3:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Continue Reading

WildStar Testing 20-man Raiding Means What?

15 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_20man_40man_wildstar-raid-datascapeCarbine Studios was never shy about its target demographic. For one, it hoped to engage those of you reading this, the Lore Hounds. Creative director Chad Moore has made this a consistent effort. Expanding the lore in interesting ways, holding back aspects and always, always engaging the community to attempt to understand what sticks, what we’re interested in and to leverage some of our ideas. Another of the four pillars was raiding and that was strictly hardcore. Interview after interview reiterated that dungeons and adventures were introductory, tutorials if you will, to the “true” challenge of old-school raiding.

During my road trip I came across a reminder that Carbine Studios made the hard decision to cut raiding from the incredibly complex and dedicated 40-man affair to a more consumable 20-man outing. At the time it was upcoming with an unplanned release date. Now the 20-man Datascape is live, albeit in the testing phase. When Drop 4 comes next year it’ll mark what could be a dramatic shift for WildStar. And I’m torn.

What attracted me to WildStar was its ideals. Its aspiration to return us to the hardcore. To be World of Warcraft in its The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King mix with ten years of new technology, game design innovation and storytelling bolted on. And there’s no doubt that now it’s being watered down. Those achievements and server firsts of old will mean more but few will realize or care. And clearly this has been necessitated by business needs. Fortunately, in a way, this means I can join the raiding legions of the Nexus. Hence the splicing.

Where do you stand?

The LoreCation Begins December 4 (Giveaways)

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

lh_lorecation_giveawayTimeAfter a hard year’s work it’s only fair to receive a little bonus, rest and relaxation, right? I hope you agree because we here at Lore Hound have decided to throw the bonus your way. All month we will be giving away an insane amount of prizes that we’ve collected over the year. The codes you’ll see on our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages will cover the gauntlet of games. We’re talking MMORPG, MOBA, F2P, subscription, FPS, the works. And this is simply in addition to our everyday giveaway love that’s provided on our right panel.

I’ll be honest. It’s not all out of the goodness of our hearts. Many of us have various functions we need to attend to. Others have children to watch. Some are roaming across the country in an automobile. That last one will be me. You can take part in the “extravagance” on my personal Twitter or my Instagram. I can’t guarantee that those accounts won’t be full of cats. But hey, at least she’s named after an X-men.

Now, don’t mistake this as “December is going to be a post void.” Oh, no, we shant leave your mind unattended. New, current, and returning writers will continue pushing out the goods and I’ll be doing my best to get items online during my expedition, including the promised lore interview with WildStar creative director Chad Moore. Unfortunately, the LoreCation will cause a ruckus on our Twitch channel.