Issue 421
January 3rd, 2014
Brad McQuaid promised that all would be revealed about his new project. As of today, we now know the name of the game on which he works according to the latest in a series of Tweets.
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En Masse Entertainment has revealed the first details about the next class to be introduced to TERA Rising. Called the "Flying Scythe User", the new class is a mid-range melee character that will be available to players with at least one level 40 character.
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A new year, and that means it's time to look back at the past. Our annual Players' Choice awards where you get to vote on your favorite games from the year are coming soon, but we're leading things off with the Staff Picks for the best games of 2013 across a range of categories.
As usual, we have our five base categories: Game of the Year, Most Anticipated (for the year ahead), Best Hybrid MMO, Most Innovative, and our Rising Star. But this year, and for all future awards, we're adding a sixth category: Best Veteran MMO. This award is going to be for the game that's at least three years old and had a particularly great year. In addition, it's worth noting that with exception of the Rising Star, Anticipated, and now Veteran categories, the winning games must have been officially launched in the calendar year.
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According to several tips, World of Warcraft players are receiving an email survey from Blizzard Entertainment. In it, they ask players what they feel is a worthwhile price tag for an instant level 90 character in addition to survey how much players feel about a variety of prices for the expansion itself.
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Like clockwork, The Repopulation site has been updated with the monthly developer diary detailing all of the work the team has put in during the preceding thirty days. The blog talks about a pair of live stream tours the team conducted, the launch of the KickStarter stretch goals campaign and all of the changes implemented into the game.
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Panzar is a Russian-developed game that doesn't exactly fit in either the MOBA or the MMO category. We've taken a long look at Panzar and offer our official review.
One of the banner features that Panzar Studios highlights on their website is the use of CryEngine 3 in developing Panzar. I don't know if the game engine is solely responsible for the look of the game, but it looks gorgeous. There are tons of environmental details in different arenas, ranging from cold, snowy environments, to lush jungles, to rocky volcanoes with molten lava. All of these environments are created and rendered in lovely detail, and make participation in the bloodsport a real joy.
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Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play online action RPG from Secret Identity Studios and Gazillion Entertainment with significant MMORPG elements. Players will be able to play as Marvel superheroes and engage in Diablo-style gameplay while adventuring with other players in an MMO world.
The game features action RPG gameplay, tons of playable Marvel characters, loot-driven itemization, character advancement, group content, and a deep storyline.
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