Monthly Archives: November 2012

Five Things to Look for at GamescomFive Things to Look for at Gamescom

 

 
Gamescom kicks off this week in Cologne, Germany. As with other summer conventions, lots of new things should be coming out of the show. We’ve got a few thoughts about things we hope to hear more about over the course of the week. Read on!
Here in the states we have E3, PAX, and GDC. Take all 3 of those shows, role them into one giant German schnitzle and you get Gamescom. One of the biggest conventions on the planet for video games and something Europe thrives on. The convention used to be held in former Eastern Block city of Leipzig, but for the last few years is hosted in the west side of Germany’s city of Cologne. The show is massive and fans, business folks, major publishers, and yes even Blizzard attend in full force. So with Gamescom kicking off this week we thought it would make sense to go through the top five things to look for at Gamescom this summer.

 

 

 

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Review In Progress – Part OneReview In Progress – Part One

 

MMORPG.com is committed to giving our readers the best and most informative reviews of today’s hottest MMOs. With that in mind, we’re beginning our multi-part series on The Secret World. In today’s installment, we take our first baby steps into The Secret World and give you our thoughts about the game. Read on!
Where characters really get a chance to shine as unique individuals is with clothing. The options at creation are pretty broad though most of the apparel is “the same thing in a different color”. Still there are tons of choices from the get-go. I dressed my girl up in a nice pair of cargo pants and a tank top with a pair of glasses and she was ready to roll. And I could have lived with that for a long time until I discovered Pangaea in London. Honestly, it’s a good thing that TSW players have a clothing store to shop in because, at least to now, I have not had a single item of clothing drop off a monster. But that’s just fine now that I have some ready cash to hit Pangaea’s. I could have spent all day there…well, I actually spent most of my day off there looking at and trying on everything. Talk about choices galore! I ended up buying a few things but am saving my money for a trench coat which just suits my overall mysteriousness in TSW.

Read more of Suzie Ford’s The Secret World: Review In Progress – Part One.

 

 

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End of Nations : Live Broadcast TODAYEnd of Nations : Live Broadcast TODAY

 
Members of the End of Nations development team will be on hand during a live broadcast featuring one of the game’s maps. Senior Producer Chris Lena, Community Directory Elizabeth Tobey, and Community Manager Lance James will show off Icebreaker, a 2v2 Base vs. Base map starting at 5:30 p.m. PDT today.
WHAT:  Trion Worlds today invites gamers to attend the world premier live broadcast of the award winning Free-to-Play online military strategy game End of Nations™ on TwitchTV. Viewers of the live event will get a first-look at the game content they can experience in the upcoming first Closet Beta event, which is scheduled to take place from 12:01am EST Friday, July 20ththrough Sunday, July 22nd at 11:59pm EST. 
 
 

 

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WoW FactorWoW Factor

 

In this week’s , we look at Patch 5.0.4. Also, we stack the game up against some of the new MMO mechanics being seen in games recently.
I was about to write this week’s WoW Factor on Patch 5.0.4 when I started seeing all kinds of reports from payers about Warcraft taking the hit from Guild Wars 2. Now before you get the wrong impressions, I want to talk about World of Warcraft’s staying power in this article. WoW remains one of the best MMOs ever made and while new designs and concepts coming into play over the past few years have made other games amazing, Warcraft still remains an amazing game.

 

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E3 to Remain in Los AngelesE3 to Remain in Los Angeles

 

 

The Entertainment Software Association has announced that the annual E3 convention will remain in Los Angeles through 2015. Earlier this year, it was rumored that E3 would be changing locations.

“The City of Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome E3 back for another three years,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “My office was committed to doing whatever it took to keep the largest annual conference that the City hosts here for another three years. I personally joined in the negotiations, and we worked with all parties to ensure the needs of E3 would be met. The City is grateful the Entertainment Software Association continues to view LA, the entertainment capital of the world, as the ideal location for the world’s premiere video game convention.”

 

 

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Latest Development Update PostedLatest Development Update Posted

    Funcom’s Oliver Kunz has posted the latest Age of Conan: Unchained development update that gives players an inside look at what the team has been working on for the last month. Most compellingly, Kunz talks about how the ‘single server technology’ utilized by The Secret World will be rolling into AoC over time.

This means that we can start the process of rolling Age of Conan onto the new platform. This process is now in motion and will continue in stages until probably early next year. Retro-fitting a new system like this is not just “plug and play” when it comes to not just an existing game (that wasn’t originally designed to support it), but an existing game with over four years worth of data. This means that to mitigate risk, we have chopped the process up into smaller steps so that we can ensure it is done as smoothly as possible, and that we aren’t all hanging around waiting for a year before absolutely everything we want to do with it gets done.
 

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Coming to Facebook in SeptemberComing to Facebook in September

 
Requiem is coming to Facebook in all of its glory. Requiem will not be ‘just another Facebook game’ but will give players the same in-game experience they enjoy with the stand alone client.
To prepare for the Facebook launch, the game developers took a long look at Requiem’s introduction and have made numerous changes all the way from level one starting areas, to the cap of level 85. The Facebook edition of Requiem also introduces a new type of party challenge: Chaste Sanctum is an instanced dungeon intended for multiple players to enter, socialize in, and grab treasure while completing quests that take them deeper into the haunted catacombs where the most horrifying monsters yet will appear
 

 

Read more at http://www.mmorpg.com/newsroom.cfm/page/35#sgqlj1yJtegym3ZZ.99

 

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Guild Wars 2 : Launch Times & Game Worlds AnnouncedGuild Wars 2 : Launch Times & Game Worlds Announced

 

The Guild Wars 2 blog has been updated with a pair of exciting announcements as the game nears the head start launch date. The first lays out the exact times that players will be able to access the game depending on the prepurchase option chosen. Also, the team has revealed the final list of world names for both the US and the EU.
Pre-Purchase with 3-Day Headstart: Everyone who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2 will enjoy three full days of Headstart Access. The three-day Headstart Access will officially begin at 0:00 AM Pacific time (GMT -7:00) on August 25th. However, please note that in order to ensure that we’re fully prepared for that fateful hour we may bring servers online up to 3 hours prior. If you’re a player committed to getting in first to grab that character name of your dreams you’ll want to be keeping an eye on things during that time period.

Find out more at the links above.

 

 

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Guild Wars 2 : One Hour Stress Test TODAYGuild Wars 2 : One Hour Stress Test TODAY

 

 

 

The Guild Wars 2 Twitter has been updated with the news that there will be a one hour stress test in about 90 minutes from the time of this writing. The stress test is open to anyone who pre-purchased Guild Wars 2.
 We will be conducting a Stress Test TODAY from 1:00 PM PDT to 2:00 PM PDT.

 

We will be actively working on the game during the event, so you might experience connectivity problems or discover features that are not working as designed.

 

Any issues you experience are a result of the rigorous conditions of the stress test, and are in no way representative of the state of the game at launch.

 

By participating in this stress test, you’re helping us make Guild Wars 2 a better game.

 

Please note:

 

* The Stress Test is open to anyone who has pre-PURCHASED Guild Wars 2.
* You will not be able to purchase gems.

 

Thanks for your cooperation—we’ll see you in-game!

 

~RB

 
 

 

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Combat, Ships, and CompanionsCombat, Ships, and Companions

 

 

In the second in our series of “Review in Progress” articles, we take a look at Pirate 101 and several key features of the game. In this week’s installment, we take a second look at combat, ship-to-ship battle, companions and questing. See what you think before adding your thoughts in the comments.

Combat, for instance, is something that grows on you and you learn to be very strategic about the way and the how of attack. Not only do you have to consider which enemy your character will attack but also which enemies your (up to three) companions will attack AND what skills they will utilize when so doing. Really, strategy lovers would groove on this aspect. There’s a lot of depth to the combat system and it’s definitely something that an adult would find compellingly fun.

 

 

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