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.Issue 416, November 30, 2013
Top News of the Week:
World of Warcraft's Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street to leave Blizzard.

Read more here.
Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE gets a March 2014 launch date along with a big money tournament.

Read more here.
New classes have been unveiled for EverQuest Next.

Read more here.
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Excalibur: Review
R2 Games' Excalibur: Knights of the King is a new browser-based title that is often billed as an MMO. But does that title fit and how does the game play?

Loosely set in the time after King Arthur in Roman Britain, you become the chosen one and you draw the sword out of the stone. The story is peppered with NPCs from the Arthurian legends including Merlin and Morgana who are quest givers, among others. It is a side scrolling online RPG played on the browser as well as Android and iOS. This review was done on the iOS version, on an iPad 2.

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
WildStar: Winter Beta Progress Report
WildStar's Winter Closed Beta has been rolling along now for a few weeks, and we pulled Executive Producer Jeremy Gaffney out of the game his busy work schedule to chat about the progress Carbine is making, what the good and bad feedback has been on the beta so far, and when we can expect the floodgates to open and let loose thousands more testers into the fray. Plus, Jeremy may or may not have let slip a detail or two on the final two classes.

There was a break in the beta, Jeremy said, and during the off months the team pulled in all of the feedback and seriously tweaked the areas that the testers believed needed the most work. They overhauled the combat to speed up pacing. They added new and more detailed telegraphs, and overall prettier visuals to make the skills and abilities feel more impactful. They also made the gameplay harder in some ways, and easier in others. For WildStar the key is to make the systems easy to pick up, but deep and varied and layered (hard to master).

Check out the interview here.

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Game of the Week
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is Square Enix's latest online installment in the legendary Final Fantasy series. Players enter the land of Hydaelyn to adventure in the regions of Eorzea, and can switch between four distinct classes and 18 sub-specializations by equipping different weapons.

The PC game was originally released in September of 2010, but was brought back into development for a full overhaul and relaunched alongside the PS3 version in 2013.

Learn more about Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, November 25
EVE Online: Rubicon Certainly Feels Compelling

Tuesday, November 26
Matt Miller: The Directed Experience

Wednesday, November 27
SWTOR: Taking Galactic Starfighter for a Spin

Thursday, November 28
WildStar: Shooting Stars

Friday, November 29
EverQuest Next: The Storytelling Toolbox
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