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.Issue 339, June 11, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Turbine has announced the launch date for Riders of Rohan, the latest expansion coming to The Lord of the Rings Online.

Read more here.
Check out the E3 2012 trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online!

Read more here.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will go free-to-play...up to level 15 beginning next month.

Read more here.
.Get more news on our site here!
Diablo III: Review
Diablo III burst on the scene a few weeks ago to instantly become the best-selling computer game in history. Since that time, we've been putting it through its paces to see how it succeeds. See how Diablo III fares in our latest review.

Let's face it, on a technical level, Diablo III already looks a bit dated. We've seen the game at BlizzCon for a number of years now and it really doesn't look much different now than it did then. However, like Blizzard's World of Warcraft, where Diablo III is deficient in the latest technical whiz bangs and DirectX technology, it makes up for it in art style. Sure, it's not as gloomy and gothic as the original Diablo games, but it's dark and gritty all its own. Over the course of the game's four acts, I traversed through all manner of environments, from the muddy outskirts of Tristram, to the desert, and heck, even Heaven itself. Each area features its own distinct art style and the ambiance comes off distinctively well.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The Elder Scrolls Online: You Got Elder Scrolls in My MMO
During this week's E3 convention, our team had the opportunity to check out a developer presentation about Zenimax Studios' The Elder Scrolls Online. We've got a lot to say about one of the most hotly discussed games of the recent past.

Elder Scrolls Online is the kind of thing MMO gamers have been dreaming of since Morrowind landed on the RPG scene years ago. "A long time coming" doesn't begin to cover it. Finally, after years of speculation and lots of doubting Thomases, ESO was announced and the gaming world ate up every bit of info they could get their hands on. Then, almost as quickly as you can say "Arrow to the Knee" the fan backlash began to surface. "It uses the Hero Engine!" (No, it doesn't.) "It's not Elder Scrolls enough!" (Yes, actually it is.) "It will be WoW all over again." (Not even a sliver of a chance.) After our presentation from Game Director Matt Firor (of Dark Age of Camelot fame), we quickly became believers in Zenimax Online's vision for the MMO version of Tamriel. No, it really won't be Skyrim Online. But that's okay.



Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
PlanetSide 2 is a sci fi MMOFPS currently in development that takes all the best features of the original PlanetSide and brings them into the modern gaming age, adding improvements that are expected in the genre. Players join one of three factions (Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, or Vanu Sovereignty) and engage in combat on foot, vehicles, or the skies. Battle across open fields to urban centers with and against hundreds of other players to control key territories and valuable resources.

Sign up now to be a beta tester at the main website!

Learn more about PlanetSide 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, June 4
The Secret World: Ranged Skills Interview

Tuesday, June 5
The Free Zone: F2P at E3 2012

Wednesday, June 6
PlanetSide 2: E3 2012 Hands-On Preview

Thursday, June 7
Defiance: Trion's Bringing the Big Guns

Friday, June 8
Neverwinter: Three Men and a Dungeon Crawl
Did You Know?
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