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General : Call of Champions Introduces Gameplay Video Series

Posted May 02, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Mobile MOBA Call of Champions this week released a series of videos for players interested in finding out more about the game's core mechanics. Among the topics covered in these by designer Cinco Barnes are The Orb, Power-Ups and the Class System.

The Orb: Essential to lane push/defense

Power-Ups: Controlling strategic objectives

Class System: Tank, Fighter, Assassin, Mage, Support

Call of Champions will be available later this year for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, and will use these (and other) mechanics to offer 5-minute 3v3 matches of core MOBA gameplay.

For more information about Call of Champions, visit the game's official website.

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate : New DLC Features Metroid, Mega Man and Street Fighter Gear

Posted May 02, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

It's that time again - time for this month's free Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate DLC pack. This one comes with new quests and Metroid, Mega Man and Street Fighter Palico gear. And, in celebration of selling 1 million units of the game, Capcom's also releasing a new "Hunter's Weapon Gallery" theme available in the Nintendo 3DS Theme Shop.

Along with these free goodies, players will also be able to download the MH4U Support Pack and MH4U Advanced Pack, which contain "many useful items."

For more detailed information, visit Capcom's MH4U blog post.

General : Indie Sci-Fi MMO Warside Launches May 5th on Steam

Posted May 02, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Russian Indie studio Kraken Games is gearing up for next Tuesday's Steam release of its debut project, session-based sci-fi MMO, Warside. The game's been greenlit for Steam early access May 5th, and will offer players a mix of 2.5D shooter, MMO and RPG elements.

Among other things, Warside's features include:

  • PvP (5 battle modes) and PvE (coop) modes
  • A flexible leveling system
  • Hybrid RPG stats/twitch skills gameplay
  • Lots of weapons, armor and implants
 
To find out more about Warside before its early access release, visit the official Warside website.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : Yoshi-P Says Thanks for Birthday Wishes with "Mystery"

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Yoshi-P wanted to thank the Final Fantasy XIV community for all the birthday wishes. He has released a mystery image along with the cryptic note and a couple of mysterious images that seem to indicate something new about the game and/or the upcoming Heavensward expansion. What do you think?

 

Camelot Unchained : New Wiki, Stretch Goal Achieved & More

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The latest Camelot Unchained newsletter has been unleashed that gives fans and backers some news about the game over the last week. Of particular note is the passing of the latest stretch goal that will bring new programmers to the team to assist with development. In addition, a brand new wiki has been opened that will be filled by the Camelot Unchained community.

The letter rounds itself out with some of the hottest topics from the forum, a bit of lore, and a short Q&A with the community team.

Read the entire Camelot Unchained newsletter.

Cabal 2 : Closed Beta Hands-On

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

We stayed up way past our bedtimes last night playing ESTsoft’s Cabal 2, now in Closed Beta. Though there’s no NDA for the game, so we made sure to livestream about two hours of the beta’s first levels for you. Today, we’re offering our first impressions.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Cabal 2: Closed Beta Hands On.


Dragon Age: Inquisition : Free Multiplayer Expansion Coming May 5th

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Dragon Age: Inquisition players can celebrate this coming Tuesday, May 5th with the addition of a free multiplayer expansion for all platforms to the game. Included in the expansion are three new agents and a new map, the Ferelden Castle. The Bioware team will be on hand on Tuesday with a special live stream to show off the new expansion DLC.

Find out more on the Dragon Age: Inquisition site.

H1Z1 : Well Helloooooooo, Ladies! Female Models Arrive

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

For the first time since launching early access in January, H1Z1 players can now take on a more feminine role in the zombie-themed MMO. The latest update has been applied and the ladies have arrived.

Other notable additions include all players receiving a special t-shirt with the new Daybreak Game Company logo on it and the first-person Battle Royale.

Check out the full update notes on the H1Z1 Reddit.

Lord of the Rings Online : May the Orcs Be With You

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

While May the Fourth might be considered a Star Wars holiday due to the pun (“May the Fourth be with you!”), it's also the day that Lord of the Rings Online publisher Turbine intends on launching Update 16, titled The Ashes of Osgiliath.  In preparation of this launch, Community Manager Andy Cataldo facilitated a livestream preview for the public. We were there and brought back this report!

Read more of Jean Prior's Lord of the Rings Online: May the Orcs Be With You.

TERA : Three Years & Counting

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The TERA site has been updated with a note celebrating the third anniversary of the game's launch. In honor of the momentous occasion, players can take advantage of a leveling event that rewards two times experience through June 2nd. In addition, on May 12th, the T.E.R.A. where special events will give players each of the letters in the game's name. Collecting all four will give players a brand new Jadeheart dragon mount.

The blog post also gives a forward look at upcoming additions for the Gunner class over the next several months.

Read more about the third birthday party and the Gunner's coming updates on the TERA site.

World of Warcraft : Tanaan Jungle Preview

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

For players looking forward to the World of Warcraft v6.2 update, the new blog post on the official site that previews Tanaan Jungle, the new zone and the new shipyard construction site.

The story will continue and take place in seven adventure zones from the Ironhold Harbor to the Throne of Kil'jaeden.

Alongside the story, players will have tons to discover with new pets, new beasts, new gear and much more.

Check out the preview on the World of Warcraft community site.

Eorzea Reborn : The Benchmark Tool and You!

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix released the FFXIV Benchmark tool, and Victor explains what it can do for those new to to benchmarking (besides just being cool to wet your Heavensward appetite for the next month).

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Eorzea Reborn: A Little Bit About the Benchmark.

Final Fantasy XI : Former Players Invited to Experience the Final Storyline

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix is inviting former Final Fantasy XI players back from May 15-25 to take part in the final storyline for the iconic game. Earlier this year, Squenix announced the last series of updates to the game titled Rhapsodies of Vana’diel. From now through May 11th, players can earn an item in the Assault - Nyzul Isle Uncharted Area Survey campaign after which the Additional Seal Battlefield Spoils will run through May 30th.

Find out all of the event details on the Final Fantasy XI site.

The RPG Files : Paid Mods Are Likely to Return

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Here on the Internet, we love a good debacle. This weekend, the most beloved gaming retailer in the world teamed up with the world’s most beloved RPG publisher to collectively “piss off the internet”. Valve and Bethesda trying to monetize Skyrim mods? It’s on hold for now but paid modding is far from dead.

Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Paid Mods Are Likely to Return.

Cabal 2 : The Daily Quest: Does ESTsoft's Sequel Strike Your Fancy?

Posted May 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Since the news of the forthcoming beta season for Cabal 2, a lot of buzz has been generated both for the acquisition of beta keys and interest in news related to the game. Our own Bill Murphy spent quite awhile in a live stream last night and produced the video below (he'll have a first impressions article later today). Check it out and let us know: Does Cabal 2 strike your fancy? Why or why not?


Hearthstone : The Avengers Are Everywhere...Even Here!

Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Check out this little gem from the official Hearthstone Twitter. Could it mean some special cards are coming to the game? What do you think!?

Dragon Age: Inquisition : Jaws of Hakkon DLC Coming to Consoles May 26th

Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The title says it all: The first Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, released on PC last month, is finally headed for XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and Playstaion 4 on May 26th.

Jaws of Hakkon will set you back $14.99. Be sure to check out our own review of DAI: Jaws of Hakkon.

Crowfall : Eternal Kingdoms FAQ Update & Game Store Goes Live

Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Crowfall site has been updated with a new, updated FAQ about the Eternal Kingdoms, that portion of land that serves as a min-world, in essence a smaller version of a campaign world. According to the FAQ, Eternal Kingdoms allow players to construct, fight monsters, craft and explore, all from the comfort of their virtual home.

The latest article is a great one for players interested in what seems to be the next evolutionary leap in MMO housing: The Eternal Kingdoms.

Essentially, Eternal Kingdoms are player housing, yet with much more attached to them. Buildings can be constructed including marketplaces, housing and more. Fields and materials plots can be placed nearby to keep one's Kingdom self-sufficient.

Lots come in a variety of sizes, as do buildings, each needing to be upgraded over time. The progression includes Estate, Fortification,  Keep, Castle, Fortress, Citadel and Palace. Kingdoms can be upgraded and even traded for a stronghold of another type.

The article also discusses the design of one's plot and the ways in which groups of players and guilds can work together within a larger plot as authorized by a Monarch, creating Fealty. Should a Monarch stop player, players can "pick up" their plots to move them to a new location.  Monarchs can also grant titles to players living nearby: Noble, Vassal, or Tenant.

It's a fantastic read about how Eternal Kingdoms will work with much more information to be found. Be sure to swing by the Crowfall site.

You can also check out the Crowfall store to see the types of items the team is selling to players. Categories include Bundles, Cosmetic Items, Mounts & Caravans, Kingdoms & Strongholds, Game Time & Services and Merchandise.

Marvel Heroes : Need to Achieve? Yep, Now You Can

Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Marvel Heroes now sports a great and very comprehensive achievement system spread across ten different categories. Players can take gain achievements in collections, crafting, exploration, enemies, PvP and in five other categories.

To help players know which achievements are new, there is a new tab in the achievement panel called "Recent Additions" to help intrepid hunters find the ones they are missing.

Read the handy FAQ on the Marvel Heroes site.

In addition, players at level 60 and above can try out Avengers: Age of Ultron mode to defend New York City and gain a chance to win some pretty sweet gear. Find out more here.

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : Lead Level Designer Leaves Project

Posted Apr 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Lead Level Designer Steven Lumpkin has announced via his personal Twitter that he is leaving his position with the development of Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade. Without revealing any further details, Lumpkin said that he will be working with a "young studio" in the Montreal area.

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