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.Issue 400, August 10, 2013
Top News of the Week:
Trion Worlds announced the return of Scott Hartsman as their new CEO.

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Mark your calendars! Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn beta phase 4 begins August 17. Early access begins August 24.

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Carbine Studios' latest WildStar Wednesday offers fans a look into the current state of the beta.

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FireFall: Review-in-Progress #4
The fourth in our Review in Progress series for Firefall is hot off the press and ready for your perusal. In this week's edition, we take a look at a missing "hook" for some folks.

This week, we'll talk a bit about why my playtime in Firefall has slowed down as of late. Quite simply, despite how much fun I wind up having when I log in, there's not a lot to Red 5's freshman offering that hooks me and tells me I need to come back. I often log in at odd times in the morning, which is actually kind of nice. The world is always in one of two states: either completely overrun by the Chosen (the invading NPC force that captures POIs on the map) or completely void of events leaving me little to do. In either case, I go exploring. There's something oddly cathartic about seeing Copacabana a little empty, when it's often bustling with people during the later primetime hours. But there's the catch: if the world is overrun by Chosen in the middle of the night, there aren't likely enough players around to make a dent in their defenses. And if it's the opposite, and I login to find no Chosen but also no events, then my impetus to rove about the world and find something to do is cut off.

You can read the part four here.

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Marvel Heroes: A Superheroic Summer
The Marvel Heroes team has been very candid about its rocky start and is hot on the trail of making the game improvements that need to be made. We recently had the opportunity for a round table discussion with Dave Brevik and the crew. Find out what's been done and what's coming next for super heroes the world 'round.

From what Gazillion tells us and from personal experience, the team put a lot of extra work into Torch to make him worth the wait. Everything from the fact he has more powers than any other character currently in the game, to simpler touches such as the fact he's always flying and his 'flame' effect increases or decreases in proportion to the amount of Spirit (mana) he currently has. Torch doesn't currently have a chase (loot exclusive) costume, but he did launch with simple red and blue outfits available in the store. However, Gazillion is working on Torch's 2099 look along with my personal favorite, the Light Brigade (Annihilus) outfit. One of the costumes will launch this month, while the other is slated for September.

Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
TERA Online is a fantasy MMORPG from the team of Bluehole Studios, Frogster Interactive Pictures, and En Masse Entertainment. TERA's story is simple: the world is under siege by evil gods, monsters, and beings from the underworld, and it's up to the players to stand against their onslaught to save the world.

True action combat is the main draw here, meaning fighting is based on actual player skill. For example, in order to avoid getting hit in combat, a player must dodge attacks, and not just stand in place and rely on an arbitrary armor or skill rating. There are no factions, either. Players simply choose from seven races and eight classes and take on quests and over 600 monsters.

Learn more about TERA here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, August 5
EverQuest Next: The Class Panel Recap

Tuesday, August 6
Elder Scrolls Online: A Noob's First Steps in ESO

Wednesday, August 7
Civilization Online: It's Real, and It's Happening

Thursday, August 8
TERA: Three Faction PvP Comes to TERA

Friday, August 9
Devil's Advocate: Games Journalism
Did You Know? has its very own Twitch.TV channel where we regularly stream all sorts of MMO goodness -- including live interviews (and demos) with game developers.

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