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The Division : Awesome Skill Calculator Let's You Prepare for War

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

While not completely filled in due to the relatively unknown nature of some of the skills that will ship with the game, an intrepid fan of The Division named Miodec has created an interactive skill calculator that shows all skills and talents available and a placeholder ready for perks. By using the calculator, you can plan out your path to glory ahead of next month's release of The Division.

Head to The Division Skill Calculator site to try it out!

Source: VG247.com

Blade & Soul : Finding its Niche Audience

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

It has been almost a month since the EU/NA version of Blade and Soul was released. Many current players have noticed a reduction of the population on servers which is to be expected, of course, though there is some thought that this will continue until the game finds its core audience.

Read more of Catherine Daro's Blade & Soul: Finding the Niche Audience.

Armored Warfare : New PvP Map the Cornerstone of Update v0.13

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

My.com and Obsidian Entertainment have announced that the next update to Armored Warfare will feature a new PvP-oriented map called Coastal Threat. Coastal Threat is the centerpiece of a large patch that will bring other features and content into the game as well.

Players can look forward to:

  • Zhang Feng, the third arms dealer that can sell vehicles to players
  • an overhauled PvE reward system
  • an updated  matchmaker system

You can check out the Coastal Threat map below and then head to the Armored Warfare site for more details.


The List : Top Five Most Fun Marvel Heroes Characters

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Michael Bitton

Marvel Heroes has its share of overpowered and underpowered heroes and many more in between, but which are simply the most fun to play? In this week’s List, we look at five of Marvel Heroes’ funnest characters to play.

Read more of Michael Bitton's The List: Top Five Most Fun Marvel Heroes Characters.

WildStar : What Does the Future Hold? More Content Says Producer

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

WildStar's Chad Moore has penned the latest State of the Game letter on the official site, the first since the announcement regarding the game's move to Steam. Moore first announces that he is now the Game Director on WildStar and is the man in charge of leading the game into the future.

The future, according to Moore, includes a lot of new content that includes new areas of Nexus (and beyond) that have yet to be seen by players. All updates will include new quests, rewards and encounters that are focused on particular game mechanics. Players can look forward to story-based content with fully voiced NPCs and brand new cinematics.

Players can also look forward to adventuring through the Halon Ring, an asteroid belt orbiting Nexus and home to a number of outlaws.

Anything can happen in the Halon Ring, and it probably will. And speaking of marauders, we just announced that the next major raid in WildStar will be the Redmoon Terror. This is an incredible new raid, and although it won’t be going live with Destination Arcterra, we want to get some early testing of it done during the Arcterra PTR so we can get lots of feedback from our dedicated raiding community before its release. We’re also working on a brand new Expedition (super cool and creepy!) as well as the Item Upgrades system, which will enable players to make their gear even more powerful. Lastly we’re taking a close look at PvP, and are working on a number of initiatives to improve the overall experience for our players, along with incenting more participation in both instanced and open-world PvP. This is just a sneak peek at WildStar’s roadmap and what’s coming up in the future, so keep an eye out for lots more info in the coming weeks and months.

You can read the entire letter on the WildStar site.

General : MSI Announces New Notebooks with Eye-Tracking Technology

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

MSI has announced that a new line of notebooks are now available that feature eye-tracking technology that allows players to interact with games simply by focusing or looking away.

“The GT72S G Tobii Tobii adds another dimension to gaming and provides a level of interaction and immersion never experienced before,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America.  “Our eyes will no longer be passive players, they will now direct, command and transport us into the future of PC gaming.”

Find out more about this innovative new line of notebooks by visiting the MSI site.


General : Project Resurgence Fully Funded

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Nectar Games has sent word that the Project Resurgence KickStarter campaign has been fully funded with nearly two months left in the campaign.

Project Resurgence is a "narrative driven roleplaying game" that is driven by actions and consequences rather than "right and wrong".

  • Take direct control of your allies to survive the many dangers of Lumen. Your companions will act independently if left alone, or you can direct their every movement.
  • Tactically-focused combat encourages players to strategize and make the most of their resources on hand.
  • Switch freely between Turn-Based and Real-Time Combat modes when violence breaks out. Change modes at any time to always handle danger at your preferred pace.
  • Turn-Based Combat let’s you take it slow, and direct your party based on their individual Initiative and Action Points (AP) scores.
  • Real-Time Combat cranks up the intensity, but you’re free to pause and queue up commands at any time.
  • Unleash powerful Talents (melee/ranged attacks, spells, etc) to gain an advantage. Talents draw on limited resources, but regenerate quickly after each encounter.
  • Master the 15 utility Skills (Brute Force, Stealth, Persuasion, etc) to approach challenges from different angles. Each skill is useful in a variety of ways and opens up new playstyles.

Find out more details by visiting the Project Resurgence KickStarter page.


EVE Online : Chronicles of a New Eden - Becoming Pay-to-Win

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

It's no secret that the model for subscription-based MMORPGs is rapidly shrinking. Where coughing up fifteen dollars a month used to be par for the course in most online games, things are shifting towards the "freemium" subscription model where the cost of entry for games is free but as soon as you step inside you're likely to be funneled down a corridor made of hands that are constantly groping you until you finally throw them your wallet just to make the awkward torture stop. Of course, some games aren't nearly this bad. And that's a good thing.

Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - Becoming Pay-to-Win.

Dark Souls 3 : Intro Cinematic Lays Out the Storyline

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The newest Dark Souls III trailer is the game's opening cinematic and gives a bleak view of the story that players will be working through when the game is released. Farron’s Undead Legion is just one of the many foes players will encounter along the way. Check it out!

WildStar : Dungeon Chase to Kick Off February 10th

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

WildStar players hoping to score some awesome loot will want to check out the Dungeon Chase that is set to begin on February 10th and run through February 18th. Completing dungeons will see players earn "Small Game Scraps" that can be exchanged for "Big Game Bucks" used to buy limited tim housing plot decor.

Of course good ol’ NCoin or OmniBits can be used to buy Big Game Bucks in bundles from the In-Game Store, as well as three unique Dungeon Cases only available during select times of the event. Dungeon Cases might contain housing plot décor pieces in addition to other exclusive rewards like the Torine Swordcat mount, the Torine Swordkitten pet, or one of the new Dungeon Crawler décor NPCs (decked out stunning Osun armor). Collector Davarn also offers crates of randomly assorted Protostar-themed Proto-Tector décor NPCs for your Big Game Bucks.

Read the full details, as well as check out the daily dungeon schedule, on the WildStar site.

 

Guild Wars 2 : Precursor Crafting: Pre-tty Cool Or Curse-Worthy?

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Precursor crafting has long been Jason's #1 desire in Guild Wars 2. How does the implementation in Heart of Thorns stack up?

Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: Precursor Crafting - Pre-tty Cool or Curse-Worthy?

Wild Terra : New Official Trailer Spotlights Game Features

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Juvty Worlds has put out a brand new "official" trailer for Wild Terra that shines the spotlight on the game's most significant features. Wild Terra is an old-school throwback with some clear nods to Ultima Online. Check it out and let us know what you think!


General : Unsung Story to Remain So - $660k Project Slows Production

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

After raising $660,000 via a KickStarter campaign in January 2014, Unsung Story, a tactical RPG, developers have announced that the project has hit the doldrums. While technically not cancelled, the project is on hold pending hiring external developers to assist with getting the game out.

Unsung Story was to have been released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita in summer 2015 putting any future release either far into the future or not at all.

After we posted our latest development progress, we unfortunately lost a few key staff members that were part of Unsung Story development, and that has had an impact on any progress since then, as well as our product focus. We now have one internal team capable of working on a single project, and for the financial strength of the company we need to focus on a few products in the near term that have the ability to get to a retail release before Unsung Story is able to. While this is a difficult choice to make, it is one we need to do for the ongoing financial health of the company. For Unsung Story, we will explore options for outside development help, and will look to see if we are able to bring on an outside team that can assist us in furthering development.

Read the full update notice on the Unsung Hero KickStarter page.

Source: Eurogamer

Chronicles of Elyria : First Creature Concept - The Canis Rabbit

Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Chronicles of Elyria Twitter account was updated late last week with a piece of concept art that shows off one of the unique creatures that will be found in the game. Called 'Canis Rabbit', it is quite literally a carnivorous Leporidae. Check it out!

The Repopulation : Joshua Halls on the Move to Unreal 4

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by William Murphy

Recently, Above and Beyond Technologies announced that The Repopulation, their long-in-development MMORPG would be switching to Unreal Engine 4 from the now defunct Hero Engine. Not only did we all breathe a sigh of relief when the news was announced, but we actually began to get excited for The Repopulation once more.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Joshua Halls...

General : The Culling: Survival Meets The Hunger Games

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Xaviant has announced the The Culling will be joining Steam Eearly Access beginning March 8, 2016. The Culling features 16 player battles for supremacy, coexisting alongside survival mechanics. 

Unlike add-on modes in open-world survival games, The Culling redefines the battle royale genre by providing a tightly focused stand-alone experience that delivers incredible thrills and a competitive arena for players to duke it out. Only one will be crowned the winner. Do you have the guts to survive?

Find out more by visiting The Culling site.


Hero Zero : Carnival Arrives In A Big Way

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Hero Zero has been updated with a new patch that brings Carnival into the game from now through February 10th. Players can run special event missions and earn Carnival items and even a special sidekick. In addition, February 14th is Valentine's day and players can score a romantic item.

What would carnival be without the perfect outfit? Get out of the winter clothes and into a funny, pompous or a traditional carnival outfit. These days, the Hero zero online shop provides several masks, suits or crazy accessories. As a matter of course, fitting gadgets and weapons should not be missed. A yellow not unknown, but special sidekick looks forward to meeting the players in the game. Be surprised!

Find out more on the Hero Zero site.


General : Worlds Adrift: New Developer Q&A Video Released

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Bossa Studious has released the latest episode of the Worlds Adrift show with developers discussing news and information about the game as well as fielding questions from the community and some behind the scenes feature development.

Check it out and let us know what you think.


General : Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Released For PS4 & Vita

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Bandai Namco Enternainment that the English language version of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth has been released world-wide for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is a turn-based JRPG that features cross-over play between PS4 and PSV. 

Mysterious events have caused the digital world to merge with the real word, opening portals for dangerous Digimon to enter our reality intent on destroying it. Players will become cyber detectives as they cross-over between the two realities in a race to solve this diabolical digi-mystery. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth enables players to interact with over 200 Digimon: including fans favorites such as Agumon, Patamon, Gaomon. Players will scan, raise, train, and digivolve their all-star Digimon team to take on their digital adversaries as well as battle other digi-destined players online.

Head to the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth site to find out more.


General : PAX South: Dreadnought, Take Two

Posted Feb 07, 2016 by Suzie Ford

At last year's PAX South, Dreadnought was fun but difficult to play. How has it improved since then? We've got the scoop from this year's con!

Read more of Jason Winter's PAX South: Dreadnought, Take Two.

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