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Issue 275, March 7, 2011
In the news
ArenaNet unveiled the Thief as the latest profession to be revealed for Guild Wars 2.

Read more here.
The first wave of invites went out for the closed beta of APB: Reloaded, GamersFirst's relaunch of the now defunct cops-and-robbers MMO APB, originally developed by Realtime Worlds.

Read more here.
Gazillion Entertainment announced that Marvel Super Hero Squad Online is now ready to enter closed beta testing.

Read more here.
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Earthrise: The Review
Many players have been seeking a great futuristic sandbox MMO to play. Into this frenzied community launched Earthrise in early February. Does it fulfill the hopes of its fans? Find out in Adam Tingle's review of Earthrise.

So the real question to this all is: should I buy this game? The well-publicized performance issues aside, Earthrise itself is just actually a rather bland game. There is nothing on offer here that we haven't seen a thousand times before but done with more inspiration and ambition. Masthead have created something which harkens back to the past and does just that; there is no nod to refinement within the genre or even progressing the sandbox their game purports to be. Personally I wish that we will see a small-time developer with the desire to make something 50% old and 50% new and do away with this full-loot PvP nonsense that bogs most games down.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Black Prophecy: GDC '11 Preview
Our team is on the floor during the craziness that is the Game Developers' Conference. Drew Wood had the opportunity to check out Black Prophecy as it is embarking on the European open beta and has thoughts to share about what he saw.

The game is free-to-download, free-to-play, with an item shop and Dennis was enthusiastic to point out to me that the goal of the item shop was not to allow players with lots of money buy their way to superiority. The best weapons and the best defenses are not available in the item shop itself but can only be unlocked through completing content. In its time since E3, Black Prophecy has taken a lot of big steps. The controls are more simplified than some games in similar genres, the graphics are polished, and overall, the game looks and sounds good.

Check out the preview here.

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Guild Wars 2 is the upcoming sequel to Guild Wars. Currently in development at ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 will offer the same free to play model as the original game series while introducing a host of graphical and mechanics upgrades.

Guild Wars players will find only their character names and achievements carry over, as everything else is planned to be completely new. Where characters could only move with mouse clicks, now there will be a full range of motion in 3-D for each character, destructible environments, a mentoring system to let higher and lower level players join forces, and additional layers to PvP.

The Mists, a new area, will offer large-scale world versus world battles in addition to the much-loved solo or guild versus guild PvP. PvP and RP characters will no longer be distinguished from each other, and the level cap will be higher than the original game's 20.

Notably, the land of Tyria itself will undergo shifts in terrain and structure following large-scale destruction vital to the game's plot. The plot is set 250 years after the Eye of the North expansion, and concerns the awakening of dragons long believed to have been defeated and rendered powerless in slumber. Their awakening not only causes panic but flooding and massive destruction as others rise up to try and stop this ancient force. A release date is yet to be announced.

Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, February 28
Xsyon: A Brave New World

Tuesday, March 1
Rift: First Impressions

Wednesday, March 2
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Gotta Go Sell

Thursday, March 3
Rift: Staff Impressions

Friday, March 4
Salem: GDC '11 Report
Did You Know?
The network is looking for experienced and / or enthusiastic freelance writers as we get set to launch our new site: As the name implies, RTSGuru will operate in much the same way as does, but with a focus on the Real Time Strategy genre.
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