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.Issue 357, October 15, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Guild Wars 2's Halloween-themed update has been unveiled. Will the Mad King make his return?

Read more here.
MechWarrior Online kicks up its open beta this week.

Read more here.
Wing Commander series dev Chris Roberts makes his return to space sims with Star Citizen.

Read more here.
.Get more news on our site here!
Knight Age: Review
Knight Age is a new game from JoyMax that sports cute graphics and more. We've put Knight Age through the wringer to find out how it measures up to today's MMOs.

Knight Age is an Asian style Free-to-Play MMO presented by JoyMax to the North American market. Its main feature is mounted combat which is the raison d'être for its name, Knight Age. Players familiar with MMOs from the Far East will be familiar with all the little details that almost all of them have, such as the gift boxes that appear in your inventory for certain achievements. This actually is a nice little feature, courtesy of the gift giving culture of the region.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Guild Wars 2: Colin Johanson on the Live Teams & the Future
Last week, ArenaNet announced that there would not be just one Guild Wars 2 Live Team to keep the world fresh and functioning. We were told that there would be SIX (or more as needed)! We caught up with Colin Johanson to talk about the Live Teams and how they will function and what they will bring to Guild Wars 2.

The initial features we're ready to talk about can all now be found on Jonathan's blog post on our main GW2 website. Some of the big features include paid tournaments where players can earn entry into more competitive matches, and custom arenas where teams can practice, setup their own PvP rules, and host their own tournaments. Overall, we've looked at the timelines that other major games have taken to get all their big competitive features up and running, and most of them are 6+ months to a year after launch until they are fully featured. We want to get the core backbone out faster than that so our competitive players can start proving who is the best, and then continue to add features that improve on that experience going forward. You'll see us rolling out features and news soon to support this very important community.



Check out the interview here.

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Game of the Week
Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet's flagship title, Guild Wars. GW2 aims to fix a lot of what's "wrong" in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is on track to be far more epic in scope than the original... while still retaining the F2P business model.

The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer. On top of it all, there will also be several unique forms of PVP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another. ArenaNet hopes there will be something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.


Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, October 8
PlanetSide 2: A Veteran's Comparison - Part One

Tuesday, October 9
PlanetSide 2: Esamir Unveiled

Wednesday, October 10
Devil's Advocate: Concerning Newbie-Friendliness

Thursday, October 11
The Secret World: The New Game Director Speaks

Friday, October 12
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria: Review-in-Progress Part Two
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