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.Issue 310, November 14, 2011
Top News of the Week:
Subscribers for World of Warcraft drop for a third straight quarter as Blizzard reported a loss of 800,000 subscribers this quarter.

Read more here.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that over one million players have signed up to DC Universe Online since the game went free-to-play last week.

Read more here.
ArenaNet debuted some new footage of character creation at this year's GStar event in South Korea. Since the event, ArenaNet has updated their official blog with a dissection of said video by Guild Wars 2 Lead Game Designer Eric Flannum.

Read more here.
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Guild Wars: Eye of the North: Review
Eye of the North was released four years ago and was the final expansion for Guild Wars. In our latest review, MMORPG.com's Som Pourfarzaneh checks out Eye of the North and offers his thoughts on how it holds up after four years.

There's no denying that Guild Wars 2 is one of most hotly-anticipated MMOs on the market. ArenaNet and NCSoft have the potential to shake up the genre with all of the innovative concepts that they're putting into their new MMORPG, a true sequel to the original Guild Wars. Mobin Koohestani recently re-reviewed Guild Wars Trilogy, which is a compilation of the original three campaigns of the game, and with the release of Guild Wars 2 coming in 2012 and hopefully a beta this year; we're of the mind that now would be a great time to take a look at Guild Wars: Eye of the North.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Republic Companions Preview
As the next Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend looms close, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy, Garrett Fuller, Mike Bitton, and Chris Higgins had an opportunity to chat with one another about their experiences with companions during their game time recently.

Rest assured, those who are worried, that while companions are a main facet of the game, it's not hard at all to manage them, and it doesn't make the game suddenly "single-player" because the companions won't fulfill the need of having more people on harder missions. What they do is add to the story experience the same way characters add to the story of Mass Effect or KotOR. And while it is a little silly to see dozens of Coros Riggses or Aric Jorgans running around, there is some customization to help make them look somewhat different from player to player. Still, it's a significant thing to mention: everyone has companions, in the beginning you'll all have the same ones, and it's a bit weird to see people running around with doting clones. That said, we each feel that the depth of characterization and gameplay is enhanced by having them at your side, so it's really a double-edged sword.



Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
This week's Game of the Week is DC Universe Online, the super-powered MMO based on the iconic DC Comics IP. Developed by Sony Online Entertaiment for the PC and PlayStation 3 home console, DC Universe Online allows players to create their own heroes or villains and take to the streets of Metropolis and Gotham City to do good or evil.

In the game, players choose from a number of iconic heroes or villains to serve as their mentor as they work their way up in the world, undertaking action-packed missions that often culminate in stylized motion-comic cinematics and engaging boss fights against some of the DC Universe's most notable characters.

Earlier this year, SOE released their first DLC updated focused on Green Lantern content, including a new Light powerset. More recently, SOE re-launched DC Universe Online as a hybrid free-to-play MMO with a subscription option.

Learn more about DC Universe Online here, or check out our game list here.

This Week
Monday, November 7
ArchLord X: Exclusive Pre-GStar Interview

Tuesday, November 8
Guild Wars 2: Holiday Events in GW2

Wednesday, November 9
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fansite Summit #2 Reactions

Thursday, November 10
Devil's Advocate: Why the F2P Trend Won't Last

Friday, November 11
RIFT: Chronicles of One Telaran: Sanctum
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