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.Issue 351, September 4, 2012
Top News of the Week:
Runic Games finally announced a release date for Torchlight II during this year's PAX Prime.

Read more here.
NCsoft has announced that both City of Heroes and its developer, Paragon Studios, will shutdown later this year.

Read more here.
The folks behind Black Prophecy have announced that the game will cease service this September, citing financial woes as the reason for the shutdown.

Read more here.
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Seven Souls Online: Review
Our team had the chance to check out Seven Souls Online to add it to the scoreboard. Check out what Tyler had to say about this fast paced MMO.

On first impressions, Seven Souls Online (also known as Martial Empires Online) seems to be a game that should've been released in the US a couple years ago. Upon further inspection, this is the terrible truth. The game has an extremely eastern feel, and it follows the typical mantras of MMOs of the past few years. Coming in so late to the game here in the West, I can't help but feel like this particular venture probably won't see much attention. Seven Souls is not a buggy mess, and genuine work has been put into making the world. However, it was released in the shadow of many big titles, and I sincerely doubt it will break free from the shade over its head.

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Guild Wars 2: Review-in-Progress Part One
Now that Guild Wars 2 has finally arrived, we are ready to get down to work and get started on our Review in Progress. During the next few weeks, we'll take you with us on our journey through the game and give you our impressions as we go along before finally presenting our final review. Check out Part 1 and see what you think!

So here we are. Guild Wars 2 is a live, changing, tangible thing. For five years, we've waited with bated breath on every detail ArenaNet wanted to offer up. Now, the fun part comes: we get to see it grow, mature, watch its community develop, and we get to find out of a massive AA MMORPG can do the no-sub model from the start. Over the course of the next 4-5 weeks, I'm going to keep a running journal on my experiences with ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2. Like recent big releases, we're calling these "a review in progress". They will not be scored, but should do a decent job of explaining to our audience how we're feeling about the game as we play it and work towards the official review. These games take time to play, and we're not about to rush out in the first few days with some score based on beta weekend events. That's not our style.

Check out part one here.

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Game of the Week
City of Heroes is a premier free-to-play MMORPG from the vaulted game companies NCSoft, Paragon Studios, and Cryptic Studios, and holds the distinction of being the first super-hero MMORPG. Players enter Paragon City or the Rogue Isles and create a hero or villain from 10 archetypes, add Powers from a list of over 40 primary and sub classes, then set about questing to rise to the top of the hero or villain hierarchy.

Meet and fight alongside many signature heroes and villains, including Statesman, Lord Recluse, Sister Psyche, Scirocco, and others. Ally yourself with other heroes and villains and build your own super Base of operations. Players may also use the Mission Architect to create and share adventures.

Slip into your superhero tights, click to the official website, and play City of Heroes for free today!

If you've never checked out City of Heroes, we encourage you to take the game for a spin before service ends later this year.

Learn more about City of Heroes here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, August 27
Firefall: Spotlighting the Awesomness

Tuesday, August 28
Guild Wars 2: Launch Edition

Wednesday, August 29
The Secret World: Musing on Funcom

Thursday, August 30
PlanetSide 2: Taking a FragTour with the NC

Friday, August 31
WoW Factor: Patches, Mists, and Mechanics
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