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.Issue 325, February 27, 2012
Top News of the Week:
ArenaNet opened up beta signups to all last week for a short 48 hour window. The result? Over one million sign-ups! Wow!

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Earlier last week, NCsoft announced that Aion would become "truly free" with the launch of Aion: Ascension later this spring.

Read more here.
Set your calendars, folks! The Secret World will be open for exploration beginning on June 19, 2012.

Read more here.
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Dragona Online: Review
Dragona Online is self-described as a world where swords, sorcery, dragons and monsters exist. It sounds like a high-fantasy gamer's paradise. See how Dragona measures up in our latest review.

There's been a trend of MMO burnout recently, and games like Dragona are part of the reason why. The game plays it safe taking cues from all the big MMOs on the market and while there is a few interesting ideas, the execution is rushed and lacklustre. I suppose I just summed up this review in the first two sentences, so I should take a moment to praise some highlights with more details on them later in the proper sections. The art direction is very well done, especially the environments, but character models are disgustingly fan service, an auto travel feature, while badly implemented, is a nice try at the very least and classes do feel distinct from each other even though ability gain is far too slow. I suppose each of those points came with criticism but get used to that, it will be the entire tone of this review. Pour a glass of wine for this one, you may need it.



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More reviews can be found on our site here.
Guild Wars 2: The Closed Beta Preview
ArenaNet and the Guild Wars 2 team are ready to let loose the hounds as coverage of this past weekend's limited closed beta event goes live! In our first feature, we give a general overview and our thoughts about Guild Wars 2 in a must-read editorial for all.

Have you ever wanted something so bad, maybe in your youth, that you felt like it would never arrive? It would never happen? I remember when I wanted Ocarina of Time for Christmas. That was the longest month's wait of my short life. Well, that's what the next several months leading up to GW2's launch are going to feel like for me. I may have more time in the beta if I'm lucky, but now all I want is for the game to come out for my characters to be real. And more than that, I want all of you to see just what makes this game so special with your own eyes.



Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
Guild Wars 2 is the upcoming sequel to Guild Wars. Currently in development at ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 will offer the same free to play model as the original game series while introducing a host of graphical and mechanics upgrades.

Guild Wars players will find only their character names and achievements carry over, as everything else is planned to be completely new. Where characters could only move with mouse clicks, now there will be a full range of motion in 3-D for each character, destructible environments, a mentoring system to let higher and lower level players join forces, and additional layers to PvP.

The Mists, a new area, will offer large-scale world versus world battles in addition to the much-loved solo or guild versus guild PvP. PvP and RP characters will no longer be distinguished from each other, and the level cap will be higher than the original game's 20.

Notably, the land of Tyria itself will undergo shifts in terrain and structure following large-scale destruction vital to the game's plot. The plot is set 250 years after the Eye of the North expansion, and concerns the awakening of dragons long believed to have been defeated and rendered powerless in slumber. Their awakening not only causes panic but flooding and massive destruction as others rise up to try and stop this ancient force. A release date is yet to be announced.

ArenaNet recently completed a press beta event, so be sure to follow the link below for all our coverage!

Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, February 20
The List: The Good and Bad of Guild Wars 2

Tuesday, February 21
Guild Wars 2: Ascalon Catacombs Dungeon Experience

Wednesday, February 22
Guild Wars 2: A New Breed of MMORPG?

Thursday, February 23
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Update 13 'Web of Chaos' Preview

Friday, February 24
The Secret World: Immersion Day Preview
Did You Know?
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