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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : Onward to the Heavens!

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Most of you are likely waiting to learn more about what comes after 2.4, so let’s do a Louisoux-ian timeskip and talk about Heavensward, the first expansion for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: Onward to the Heavens!

General : Blizzcon eSports Preliminary Rounds Begin

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzcon isn't until next weekend, but Blizzard is laying the groundwork for the epic championship battles for Starcraft II, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone players. This weekend is high stakes game play for Hearthstone and Starcraft II players as it is an elimination round on the way to next weekend's finals.

WHAT:  Blizzard’s World Championship Series’ Opening Weekend

WHEN: Friday, October 31 – Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • World of Warcraft Arena Finals – Friday, October 31, Noon – 6:00 p.m. PT
  • StarCraft II Finals – Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. PT – 10:00 p.m. PT
  • Hearthstone Finals – Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. PT – 10:00 p.m. PT

WHERE: Twitch.tv

Check it all out at the times and dates above.

Star Citizen : Tune in During the Wee Hours of Morning for FPS Module News

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Star Citizen team will be on hand during tomorrow's PAX Australia convention to reveal the first information and game play images of the FPS module and, according to press information, a 'few other surprises'.

Like most of our fan events, this one will provide a reveal of something brand new for Star Citizen. And this time you’ll get to see the first demo of the first person shooter (FPS) module in SC plus a few other surprises.

It can all be seen via live stream on the www.robertsspaceindustries.com website. The presentation begins at UTC/GMT +11 or 9 PM November 1 in Melbourne. Translated for folks in the United States, that’s 3 AM Pacific/5 AM Central/6 AM Eastern. And for our European friends, that’s 10 AM in the UK and 11 AM in Germany.

Early birds (or late owls!) can check out the live stream at the times listed above.

General : Marvel Heroes & Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Halloween

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

It's a super hero Halloween thanks to in-game events for both Marvel Heroes 2015 and Marvel Super Hero Squad Online. Both games have plenty of tricks and treats ready for players.

Deadpool’s Trick or Tacos Halloween event (Marvel Super Hero Squad Online)

Deadpool’s Trick or Tacos Halloween event will replace Fractals and Golden Fractals with Tacos and Chimichangas. Collect enough Tacos or Chimichangas to unlock new achievements and rewards as well as a chance to get a spinning, taco hat.

For more information on Deadpool’s Trick or Tacos Halloween event in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, please visit the official website here: https://www.heroup.com/2014/10/trick-or-taco/

Trick or Treat Halloween Event (Marvel Heroes 2015)

Stop by the Avengers Tower hub and check out the Halloween decorations including cobwebs, pumpkins and candy bowls. Some prankster even TP’ed the Quinjet! Earn Trick or Treat buffs and defeat different bosses for an amazing Halloween loot explosion including candy credit drops, Uniques and other highly coveted items. There are also Pumpkin items dropping from enemies throughout the game which can be sold or donated to vendors for a bit of extra Halloween fun.

For more information on the Trick or Treat Halloween event in Marvel Heroes 2015, please visit the official website here: https://marvelheroes.com/news/news-articles/trick-or-treat-halloween-event

Find out more at the links above.

General : Valiance Online - Spiritual Successor to City of Heroes

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

SilverHelm Studios, the team behind Project Gorgon, has announced that a new KickStarter initiative has begun for what is described as the 'spiritual successor' to the now-closed City of Heroes. Called Project Valiance, the game will utilize sandbox elements to put the control of the world in the hands of the players.

"Imagine a world full of limitless scientific advancements, immense magical power, and the unfettered potential of the human body and mind.

In this world, you choose. You can be the one to step up and save the day; the hero who strives to protect the city and the people who inhabit it.

Or you can be the one to cut a swath of destruction through the populace; the villain who rules the world with an iron fist.

Or perhaps you’re something in between?"

Welcome to Valiance Online, a new superhero MMO born from the death of City of Heroes. Like many of you, we too were shattered when our beloved City of Heroes was taken away. But now is our time to rebuild. Our time has come to rise up, and build a stronger foundation against the forces of evil, or a more menacing threat to world order. Help us make City of Heroes one of the only games in history to launch several successful spiritual successors. Be the part of our story that says indie developers can, instead of indie developers can't. We can make a successful superhero MMO, standing on the shoulders of the giants, but we need your help to go all the way!

Check out the Valiance Online KickStarter initiative page.


Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : Free to WAAAGH with the Ork Boyz and More

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Lots of news on the Eternal Crusade front today, Behaviour has officially announced two partnerships, one with Razer and one with Alienware, as well as announcing a new spin on the Free to Play experience, with the new Pioneer Pack. Finally, two contests are running, to give the community members a chance at some pretty excellent prizes. I spoke with Miguel Caron, Studio Head, Online Games at Behaviour to get some more details on these announcements.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade: Partnerships, Pioneer Packs & Contests.

The RPG Files : Does Lords of the Fallen Live Up to Dark Souls?

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Prepare to Die. Has there even been a more appropriate tagline for an RPG than From Software’s Dark Souls? In an age where accessibility seemed to be the mantra, the Dark Souls franchise seemed to stick out its chin in defiance. As “punishingly difficult” and “supremely rewarding” became its selling points, masses of players rallied under its mystique, guaranteeing the rest of the industry would answer. Lords of the Fallen is that answer. The question is: does it stack up?

Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Does Lords of the Fallen Live Up to Dark Souls?

Destiny : On Launch, the Loot Cave & a Vision of the Future

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Destiny came out of the gates in a big way not too long ago. Bungie has been exceedingly flexible in ensuring that the game stays playable and that issues are resolved in a speedy fashion. We caught up with Destiny Community Manager Eric "Urk" Osborne to talk about Destiny's beginning, where it is now and what the future holds.

Read Garrett Fuller's Destiny: On Launch, the Loot Cave & a Vision of the Future.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor : Lord of the Hunt DLC Announced

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor team has announced that it will be releasing a new downloadable content package called "Lord of the Hunt". New screens were revealed on the Shadow of Mordor Facebook page.

Prepare for more tall-tales from Torvin, in the Lord of the Hunt DLC, coming soon. Battle beastmaster warchiefs, dominate new monsters, and much more in hours of new added gameplay.

    

Lands of Hope : New World Bosses & Halloween Activities

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Lands of Hope Redemption has been updated with some new world bosses and a new Halloween event, according to the latest information from indie developer Daniel Paull. Players can take on a pair of new world bosses in open world fights.

Added on Wednesday 29th October - Spewrax a level 100ish accessible World Boss with 1million HP and a few tricks up its sleeves.

Added on Thursday 30th October - Mother Chrystal a level 200ish accessible World Boss with 1.5million HP and a lot more tricks up its sleeves. She is the final “story” boss of the game and one that is necessary to kill to complete the game. Although Endgame content is available beyond that to keep you busy for months to come!

Find out more on the Lands of Hope: Redemption site.

General : TOME: Immortal Arena Steam Launch Announced

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

KIXEYE has announced that its MOBA brawler, TOME, will launch on Steam on November 21st. The launch will arrive with a brand new 5v5 map called "Sanctuary".

Check out the brand new trailer and then head to the TOME: Immortal Arena Steam page to find out more.


ArcheAge : Much to Do, But Not Always Worth Doing

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

After a hundred hours, lots of olives harvested, lives taken, hearings attended, fish captured, and donkeys ridden we’re ready to put ArcheAge to the test. Do XLGAMES and Trion Worlds have a winner on their hands? Read on for our full review.

Read more of Bill Murphy's ArcheAge: Much to Do, But Not Always Worth Doing.


Trade packs and donkeys… you’ll spend a lot of time looking at your ass’ ass.

Moonrise : Combat System Revealed

Posted Oct 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Moonrise team has posted a lengthy article on the Undead Labs site that gives fans an inside look at how combat will play out. The hallmark and unique feature of combat is that every decision truly matters when taking on an opponent and that the balance of power during battle can shift at any time based on a number of factors.

Combat in Moonrise is fluid. There’s a real sense of back and forth, as every skill “moves the needle,” shifting momentum toward you or your opponent. I charge a buff for both of my Solari while you charge an attack. Your attack lands first, and now I’m behind: advantage you. Meanwhile, did you set up a block? Do any of your passive Traits prevent damage? Did you Dispel my Solari’s buffs? If not, my souped-up Solari will come crashing down on one of yours, clearing them off the board: advantage me.

Every decision made in combat matters. That’s a bar we set early in our design. No attack is small enough to ignore, and none is so important that one error will ruin the fight. You’ll find yourself testing your enemies, trying out various strategies and skill combinations. Not everything will work, but when you find patterns you like, you can to use them time and time again.

Read the full article about combat in Moonrise for more details.

General : Trion's Halloween Tricks & Treats

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Players in Trove, Defiance,ArcheAge and Rift have a lot of spooky thrills and chills now that Halloween events are in full swing.

  • In Trove, it’s time for Shadow’s Eve, a ghoulish new in-game event loaded with tricks, treats, and fearsome fun. Visit the Peaceful Pumpkin Lair to plump up your garden, and use the seasonal spoils to craft a Smashing Pumpkin recliner! Load up on limited-time loot including a Caskart Mag Rider and Autumn Piñata mount.
  • In Defiance, it's Halloween Arkfalls & Hulker Madness! Paradise will be threatened by a new kind of arkfall: Hulker Hell. (Do you like Hulkers? Do you think they’re friendly? They want to play!) New jack-o’-lanterns appearing around these arkfalls hold a variety of treats … and tricks. Look closely at their smiles for clues about what they contain before you break them open!
  • In ArcheAge, Hallowtide has Arrived! The harvest season is upon us, and with it comes ArcheAge’s first in-game holiday event: Hallowtide! This Halloween-themed festival will be held from October 21 to November 4 when the Conquest of Auroria begins.
  • In RIFT, Autumn Harvest is Revived! Telara’s season of ghoulish tricks and treats returns now through Nov. 12. Your favorite events from last year are back – but this season comes packed with a host of new prizes and frights!
Find out more about each event at the links above.

Trove : Open Beta to Kick Off on November 5th

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion Worlds has sent word that the Trove open beta will officially begin on Tuesday, November 5th. Players can look forward to starting the game as Knight, Gunslinger, Fae Trickster, or a Neon Ninja, Dracolyte. The team also added that the Candy Barbarian will be coming to Trove soon.

Prepare to craft mighty new items and a towering Cornerstone to call home, or pick up where you left off in Closed Beta – no wipes are planned!

Stay tuned for a roundup of features coming this month and next and get ready to rock the block – for FREE – this Nov. 5!

Source: Trove site


Star Trek Online : Talaxian Playable Species Announced

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Star Trek Online site has been updated with the news that the Talaxian species will now be available the game's lifetime subscribers. Players of both Federation and Klingon factions will be able to create Talaxians that also come with a unique species trait. Perfect World is enticing players to buy a lifetime subscription by dropping the price $100 to $199.99.

Natives of the planet Talax in the Delta Quadrant, Talaxians are a jovial, friendly humanoid species who enjoy food and family and have a strong spiritual outlook on life. Talaxians have pale skin with areas of yellow to reddish spots on their heads, arms and bodies, and a plume of hair on the top of their heads. They are stocky and have dense musculature on their upper bodies and twin spinal columns. Most males have whiskers that develop in puberty.

In the mid-24th century, the Talaxians fought a violent and punishing war with the Haakonian Order, which ended after the Haakonians unleashed a metreon cascade on one of Talax's moons, killing more than 300,000 colonists and forcing the Talaxian government to surrender control of their world. As a result of the war, many Talaxians have left Talax. Some are wanderers and traders who range throughout the Delta Quadrant, but other Talaxians have gathered together in an attempt to settle a new world and found a new society.

Read more on the Star Trek Online site.

General : Razer Introduces Naga Epic Chroma Gaming Mouse

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Razer is introducing the gaming world to a new mouse today in the form of the Naga Epic Chroma tailor made for MMO players with nineteen configurable buttons and 16.8 million color options. The Naga Epic Chroma will mark its official debut on November 7th.

The Razer Naga Epic Chroma showcases the new Chroma lighting on its tilt-click scroll wheel and mechanical thumb grid, a feature that allows personal color customization through Razer Synapse. This one-size-fits-all ergonomic MMO gaming mouse offers a total of 19 buttons with 12 mechanical buttons situated on the iconic Razer Naga’s thumb grid. It is outfitted with an 8200 DPI 4G laser sensor that captures up to 200 inches per second and offers a maximum acceleration of 50 G, and also features both a wireless and wired mode with 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling and a 7-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable.

Find out more about all of the Chroma peripherals on the Razer site.

WildStar : More with Less

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Last week, NCSoft announced it was “restructuring key operations” across Western properties, with WildStar’s Carbine Studios hit particularly hard. In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer takes a closer look at the possible impact of the layoffs.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: More with Less.

Conquer Online : Conquer Online Newbie Pack Giveaway!

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Craig McGregor

Conquer Online's new expansion, King of Kung Fu, is now available! To celebrate this fantastic event, MMORPG is teaming up with Conquer Online to give away limited gift packs! Join the new era as the King of Kung Fu, and challenge the best martial artists in the world of Conquer!

Dragon Oath Pack Contains:

  • EXP Ball(B) x7
  • Double EXP Potion(B) x7
  • Praying Stone(M)(B)
  • Meteor Scroll x7
  • +1 Stone(B) x7
  • +2 Steed(B) (Optional)
  • 1,000 CPs(B)

Newbie Pack: You can open this pack to get exclusive items, including a Level 60 Unique equipment set (Super Starry Nunchaku, Unique Mercy Hood), a Level 90 Elite equipment set (Elite Shadow Hood, Elite Death Nunchaku), and a Level 110 Super equipment set (Super Thunder Nunchaku, Super Lead Hood) that can help you through the battles you will face!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE GIFT KEY NOW!

 

Lord of the Rings Online : The Beornings and Central Gondor Are Coming

Posted Oct 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Recently, we were invited by Turbine to check out Lord of the Rings Online's Update 15.  In it, we were presented with a first look at the Beorning class and also the new big battle that centered around the off-camera lore story of the retaking of Pelargir, an important Gondorian port that Aragorn and the Grey Company needed to liberate in order to prevent a devastating attack upon Minas Tirith.  Backed by the summoned army of the dead, the former Oathbreakers from the Stone of Erech, the would-be king of Gondor and Arnor needs the players' help in achieving his goals, else darkness will consume Middle-Earth.

Read more of Jean Prior's Lord of the Rings Online: The Beornings and Central Gondor Are Coming.

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