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.Issue 356, October 8, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Blizzard's 'Mists of Pandaria' expansion for World of Warcraft has sold 2.7 million units in its first week.

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The War Z's closed beta has been dated and we've even got news on pre-order pricing. Get it all at the link!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic lead designer Daniel Erickson has announced his departure from BioWare.

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Guild Wars 2: Our Review
This summer's hottest release was Guild Wars 2. We've spent the last few weeks giving a few thoughts about the game in our Review in Progress series. Today we wrap it all up and present the official review for your perusal.

Guild Wars 2 lives up to its hype. If our reviews were one sentence in length, that would be "all she wrote". I've been tallying my adventures, offering insight to the ups and downs of my time in Tyria for weeks now. Finally, I feel confident that I've spent enough time in the game's myriad of systems to offer my own conclusive thoughts in just how much mustard ArenaNet's sequel cuts. It won't be the game for everyone, but it has most definitely proven itself as a compelling next step in the evolution of the theme-park MMORPG. Nearly everything it does, it does with aplomb and swagger. When throughout my weekly logs, I found myself harping on about server queues for World vs. World as the main annoyance; it became apparent to me that my biggest gripe about the game was that a feature was too popular. Guild Wars 2 has and is going to change a lot now that it's out in the wild and being enjoyed by millions, but as it stands today and after 70+ hours with my characters, this is how I see things.

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
RIFT: There's a Storm Brewin
Trion Worlds and the Rift team are close to the final unveiling of the first expansion to Rift, Storm Legion. We recently had the opportunity to check out Storm Legion firsthand and have a lot to say about it.

Our tour of Storm Legion was captained by Design Producer Hal Hanlin, Design Director Simon Ffinch, and Senior Producer Adam Gershowitz, along with several other members of the Rift team. Storm Legion, as will be familiar to fans of the Rift story and lore, will focus on taking the fight to the dragon Crucia, who is making her move against the weakened Regulos. The expansion's two new high-level continents, which will more than triple the land mass of vanilla Rift, are meant to reflect what the world could look like if the planes had conquered Telara over the Ascended.

Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
Mists of Pandaria is the fourth major expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Players will be introduced 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 Pandaren, a race of humanoid pandas heavily influenced by ancient Chinese myth, legends, and wuxia.

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

Learn more about World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, October 1
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: The F2P Review

Tuesday, October 2
Guild Wars 2: No Game is Perfect

Wednesday, October 3
Michael Bitton: Is FFXIV: A Realm Reborn a Dark Horse?

Thursday, October 4
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria: Review-in-Progress - Quests & PvE

Friday, October 5
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria: Donning My Alliance Uniform
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