Posts Tagged ‘mmorpg’

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.

Instance Gratification 14: Maintenance is Over for Warlords of Draenor…?

3 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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I’m fighting for this?!

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.

Blizzard Entertainment put the World of Warcraft servers to task yesterday. The game was fairly stable after the extended maintenance, but authentication servers remained bunked well into prime time for the east coast of these United States of America. I remain well on my way to getting into that retuned level 100 Molten Core eking my way past the level 94 mark on Mr. Solidsagart just recently. The trusty rogue is slumming it back at level 90. Naturally, that means we’ll be running on her holiness later today. It’s unlikely that I will make break that level 95 barrier to head to my first taste of Auchindoun but anything is possible with rested experience and two hours at my disposal.

This may leave the fourteenth edition of Instance Gratification cataloging me collecting weeds, skinning birds (somehow) and repeating last week’s dungeons. That means that if Auchindoun  doesn’t come to pass you’ll be stuck being entertained by my lack of wit, nails-on-a-chalkboard voice, a face for radio and an encyclopedia of knowledge on all things Warcraft a solid three pages deep. That’s inclusive of the copyright page and the introduction. Making matters still worse, #Psylockethecat won’t even be making an appearance! You’ve been warned.

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!
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Instance Gratification 13: Warlords of Draenor Servers Are Actually Playable!

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

lh_bloodmaul_slag_mines_instance_gratification_draenorInstance 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.

*Warning* The odds of me mispronouncing one or a dozen of the names of areas, zones, boss names, etc. of #WarlordsofDraenor is roughly 100%. I can barely pronounce Draenor correctly with any consistency.

Oh yeah, you better believe I took the dive into the Iron Horde along with millions of other players. As I’ve mentioned on previous Instance Gratification episodes I’ve already purchased six months of this expansion. I don’t know if I will get full use of that time but I will definitely be around for the full brunt of the 10-year anniversary celebration, which is only a week away at this point. The evil virus that is the flu (sic) – not to be confused with ebola – won’t keep me away from IG the next two weeks (yay immunity!).

ilvl well above the required level of 500 there’s no doubt that dungeon runs will happen. Ms. Solidsagart is well on her way to 92 as of this post making her credibility as a healer more than if she was level 90. Yeah, I take small victories where I can. Slag Mines, Iron Docks, they’re both in the sights of…well a character that doesn’t personally perform violence but has no qualms with those around her murdering dozens for the sake of phat lewtz.

Come watch me watch others murder many without remorse.

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