Issue 436
April 25th, 2014
Trion Worlds has gotten busy and put up the order site for ArcheAge Founder's Packs. All packs are available now. Check the information below to find just the right pack to suit your needs.
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Snail Games has announced that the closed beta for Black Gold Online will officially kick off on May 15th. In response to alpha testers, the team has overhauled the UI, revamped graphics and other significant changes to the game.
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In almost all MMOs, there's a balance to be found. Between recognizing true skill, and conferring powerful rewards. Between cliff-face difficulty, and trivial snooze-fests. Between an impossible choice, and the illusion of one. Somewhere in the middle rests WildStar's elder game, an ellipse in a multi-dimensional gameplay chart.
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During last week's PAX East convention, Carbine Studios, developers of WildStar, donated a 50,000 piece LEGO rocket house to the Child's Play charity. The LEGO sculpture is a replica of the in-game rocket house that preorder customers will receive when the game goes live and it will be auctioned off in a forthcoming Child's Play event.
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Hearthstone did the impossible for me; it got me to play a trading card game. I've been gaming since I was around three or four years old and even after being exposed to TCGs by friends over the years, I just could never get over the fence and commit to trying to figure one out. That all changed with the release of Hearthstone last year. True to Blizzard's pedigree, the studio figured out how to create a polished digital TCG experience that streamlined things enough to get TCG neophytes like myself to understand the game while also making the game deep enough to get longtime TCG aficionados spamming game after game.
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The Crew is an open and persistent world for racing across the United States. It takes 90 minutes to drive from coast to coast in-game. The single-player campaign is 20 hours long, and entails infiltrating criminal groups. Missions can be played alone, with friends, or with online co-op matchmaking. The multiplayer mode lets players create teams to compete online in races and other gametypes. There are no in-game loading screens or pauses. Players can also build cars with a tie-in app for iOS and Android. The Crew is being described as a role-playing game with large-scale multiplayer elements. The multiplayer is not separate from the single-player. Players can form "crews" to race together or against ghost records.
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