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.Issue 419, December 21, 2013
Top News of the Week:
John Smedley: EverQuest Next Landmark alpha in January.

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Mark your calendars! Diablo III: Reaper of Souls releases in March, 2014.

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FFXIV: A Realm Reborn: Diving into A Realm Awoken
This week Square Enix finally added in the highly anticipated patch 2.1 known as A Realm Awoken. ARA is the first major content update for SEs reimagined Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Guild housing, player versus player combat, and a slew of new features made their way into the game with this update.

This was a rather beefy patch and should be considering this is a subscription based MMO and it has been 4 months since the game was released. There are a number of quality of life features that have been added into the game. There is now a looking for group tool in addition to the duty finder. The LFG tool is very robust and a welcome complement to the games other grouping features. The UI has been cleaned up a bit. The number of icons on the display bar in the bottom right has been reduced from 18 to 6. We saw this in RIFT early on too. Sticking what used to be menus into sub-menus. It will probably take you a few minutes to get used to but I like it when ever we can gain back real estate to our view-able area in a game and get rid of cumbersome UI elements.

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WildStar: Heading to Nexus
Now that the wraps are off the NDA and WildStar coverage, we have even more goodness for our readers in today's column. Find out why heading to Nexus is a great idea before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

What about the lure of Lore? At first glance, WildStar's storytelling is all about the factional conflict. But there's another thread that we discover before even landing planetside - involving the Eldan, Nexus, and much more. While it initially feels like a sideshow, I have a feeling that it might grow to become the main tale.

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Game of the Week
The Secret World is an MMORPG created by Funcom (Anarchy Online, Age of Conan: Unchained), with Senior Producer and Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist (The Longest Journey, Dreamfall). It blends elements of mythological and modern day civilizations, along with a mix of dark fantasy and the supernatural, and has no character classes.

In The Secret World, where urban legends, myths, and conspiracy theories are all true, the only question is: what do you do now?

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This Week
Monday, December 16
WildStar: The Stalker - The Silent Assassin

Tuesday, December 17
MMORPG.comic: We Can Be Heroes

Wednesday, December 18
The List: Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 19
Guild Wars 2: Edge of the Mists Hands-On Preview

Friday, December 20
The Tourist: Taking Flight in War Thunder
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