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.Issue 367, December 28, 2012
Top News of the Week:
The War Z controversy continues as the game comes under fire over at Valve's Steam digital distribution platform.

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The Thunder King rises in Patch 5.2 for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. Hit the link for the first teaser image!

Read more here.
EA has announced "Rise of the Hutt Cartel", the first digital expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Read more here.
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PlanetSide 2: The Gold Standard MMOFPS
SOE's taken a second crack at the MMOFPS with PlanetSide 2. Does the sequel succeed where its predecessor fell short? We offer our take in our official review!

PlanetSide 2 is SOE's second crack at properly tackling a large scale MMOFPS since the release of the original PlanetSide back in 2003. Like its predecessor, PlanetSide 2 pits players in a three-way conflict over the resources and territory of the planet Auraxis. The three factions of the Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, and Vanu Sovereignty make their return and players can choose to align themselves with any of the three in their efforts for global dominance. If you're a fan of the original PlanetSide or a long time veteran of the Battlefield series, you're sure to be excited by what's in store for you in SOE's sophomore MMOFPS effort.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Marvel Heroes: Clickng with the Beta
The Marvel Heroes closed beta has been going on for some time now but the lid has been kept tightly sealed. Today, however, we blow the lid off and bring you our impressions of Marvel Heroes. See what we've got to say and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

I've had the pleasure of toying around with Marvel Heroes' closed beta during the past week or so, and what I've found is a game that's both addictive and a little rough around the edges. It's fun and aggravating, but mostly? Mostly, I just want to keep killing things with Deadpool because that's what Marvel Heroes is all about. As Dave Brevik's follow-up to Diablo 2, Marvel Heroes feels a lot like what Diablo 3 could have been if Blizzard had gone the route of the more MMO-like Action RPG. It's beta, and small balance and tuning issues are to be expected. But the idea of building an army of Marvel's best and brightest is definitely an idea I'm fond of. I know folks wanted their own heroes in the Marvel Universe, but as an Action MMO, this setup works and I have to say it could keep me playing for a good while if Gazillion can manage to capture the essence of the characters.



Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
City of Heroes is a premier free-to-play MMORPG from the vaulted game companies NCSoft, Paragon Studios, and Cryptic Studios, and holds the distinction of being the first super-hero MMORPG. Players enter Paragon City or the Rogue Isles and create a hero or villain from 10 archetypes, add Powers from a list of over 40 primary and sub classes, then set about questing to rise to the top of the hero or villain hierarchy.

Meet and fight alongside many signature heroes and villains, including Statesman, Lord Recluse, Sister Psyche, Scirocco, and others. Ally yourself with other heroes and villains and build your own super Base of operations. Players may also use the Mission Architect to create and share adventures.

Unfortunately, the venerable superhero MMOG shut its doors recently.


Learn more about City of Heroes here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, December 17
Guild Wars 2: Wintersday is Here!

Tuesday, December 18
Forge: Fun & Frantic But...

Wednesday, December 19
World of Warcraft: From BlizzCon to Landfall

Thursday, December 20
The Secret World: Joel Bylos' Game Director's Letter

Friday, December 21
Devil's Advocate: The War Z - Feelin' a Bit Uncomfortable
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