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.Issue 401, August 17, 2013
Top News of the Week:
Guild Wars 2 is the fastest selling MMO ever, according to market research firm DFC Intelligence.

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World of Warcraft: The Dark Below has been trademarked. Is WoW due for another expansion?

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Hit the link for the full WildStar convention schedule.

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FireFall: Review
Now that our Review in Progress series has wrapped up, it's time to reveal our official Firefall review. How did the game fare? Read on to find out!

Firefall has been in beta since 2011, and indeed Red 5 is still very adamant about the fact that the "release" version of their game is a ways off, preferring to call its current status open beta. But worry not: if you pick up the free to play MMO, you won't face character wipes down the road. There's also a live micro-transaction store (using a currency cutely referred to as Red Beans), and because of these two things we're calling Firefall "as good as live" and sticking a score on the thing. Some may disagree with this decision, but as has been discussed many times before, once an MMO is taking money and not wiping progress we believe that it should be treated as a live service. There's a very long and well-wrought lore to the world of Firefall, but rather than recap it all here I'll just point you to the wiki. In short, you're a mercenary helping to push back the mysterious melding and defend the world from the invading Chosen menace. Go forth, shoot things, and grow stronger. That's the idea.

You can read the full review here.

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PvP: Stylized Graphics
Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player. This is the column where writers come to square off on the issues you care about, even playing the devil's advocate to make sure each side is represented. It's an arena battle of wits and words where only you can decide the victor.

The ability to create realistic looking faces and an idealized vision of a hero that you want to be or look at is a great thing, and with the exception of one outlier (World of Warcraft) it's the games with realistic graphics that tend to make their gaming presence better known to gamers than the myriad worlds filled with cartoon hamsters carrying hammers.

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Game of the Week
World of Warcraft is one of the premier subscription MMORPGs, and has helped spread the entire genre into mass markets across the globe. Players enter the world of Azeroth, a fantasy realm of swords and sorcery, exotic races, mystical creatures, world turmoil, high adventure, and war.

Created by Blizzard Entertainment, and based on the Warcraft series of RTS games first released in the mid 1990s, WoW expanded on the early Warcraft single player franchise and is now a vibrant multiplayer world, where players may engage in roleplaying, PvE, PvP, dungeon instances, battlegrounds, arenas, and raids.

WoW has received four different expansions so far, including The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria, and is still going strong.

World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, Mists of Pandaria, introduces players to Pandaria, a new land south of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms that's been magically hidden since the time of The Sundering. Its playable inhabitants are called the Pandaren, a neutral race of humanoid pandas who are heavily influenced by ancient Chinese myth, legends, and wuxia, and who can choose to join either the Alliance or Horde factions.

The expansion also adds more content and improvements to the game, such as raising the level cap from 85 to 90, introducing the new Monk class, a reworked vanity pet system, a new pet battle system, new dungeons, raids, battlegrounds, and more.

Learn more about World of Warcraft here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, August 12
World of Warcraft: The Importance of Story

Tuesday, August 13
WH40k Eternal Crusade: Chaos and Gameplay

Wednesday, August 14
Divergence Online: Pricing Model Announced

Thursday, August 15
Elder Scrolls Online: Racial and Guild Skills

Friday, August 16
The List: Five Things We LIKE About EQ Next
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