The ‘Grand Acquisition Race’, a new in-game event for Star Wars: The Old Republic, is now available on live servers. In this week’s SWTOR column, we’re reporting on our findings and weighing in with our thoughts.
Similarly to the â€˜Rakghoul Epidemicâ€™ event, the â€˜Grand Acquisition Raceâ€™ was introduced to players via an Imperial News Network video report that is cut into by a representative of the Chevin, an ugly, almost elephant-looking species that is well known for unsavory activities. The Chevin representative is looking for capable agents to assist him in the eponymous Grand Acquisition race, a race to acquire a number of rare items. According to the Chevin, those who seek out these items and return them will be rewarded with great riches
Phantasy Star Online 2 is one of those games that many here in the West have been watching anxiously, hoping for it to come out here soon. We have had ‘boots on the ground’ during the Japanese open beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 and have a full report with videos/screens to share. Check it out!
Gameplay in PSO2 is distinctly old school and doesn’t stray very far from the formula that the franchise has been maintaining for the last 10 years. Most of the game consists of accepting quests from the hub and then heading off into a public (or private) instance dungeon to do what needs to be done. If you’ve played Monster Hunter, God Eater or Phantasy Star Portable, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Now before most of you start groaning about the obvious grind and inevitable monotony of instance dungeon hell, the game does pull off a few (sometimes spectacularly amazing) tricks to spice things up during quest runs.
Funcom has partnered with MMORPG.com to give our readers the first look at custom decks that players will have access to when playing The Secret World. These decks guide players in finding an awesome build for their characters in game. This time, we bring you the Exorcist, Warrior and Slayer decks. Read on!
The Exorcist uses both Blood Magic and Fist Weapons, but purely for healing purposes. He can not only rescue those in danger with powerful healing spells, but can also sacrifice some of his own health to heal his entire team at once. Everyone will breathe easier with an Exorcist at their side, because he can continuously give himself and his allies protective barriers and heal-over-time effects.
From the searing heat of Sorrowâ€™s Embrace to the grandiose halls of Caudecusâ€™s Manor to the haunted depths of the Ascalonian Catacombs, dungeons in GuildÂ WarsÂ 2 come in many different forms.
Dungeons are huge, private adventure areas that only teams of high-level players dare explore. The risks are immense but the rewards are great for those who brave the hazards of the dungeons of Tyria.
Each dungeon is divided into story mode, which features a gripping plot and fearsome opponents, and explorable mode, where players can access even more challenging content with new goals and obstacles.
During your first visit to a dungeon, youâ€™ll experience story mode, which focuses on the ongoing saga of the iconic members of the legendary band of adventurers, Destinyâ€™s Edge. In the Twilight Arbor dungeon, for instance, your party will join forces with the famed sylvari thief Caithe in a deadly clash against the evil sylvari of the Nightmare Court.
If your party successfully completes Twilight Arbor or any dungeonâ€™s story mode, youâ€™ll unlock the explorable mode. Your party chooses which of three approaches youâ€™ll use to tackle the dungeon. Each of these three options creates a different version of the dungeon, with new areas, new challenges, and new and more difficult creatures. In both modes, dungeons have dynamic events that can be triggered by player actions, by location, or even by random chance. Combined with the range of strategic options available to players, these dynamic events ensure a different gaming experience each time you enter a dungeon.
There are tremendous risks for those who brave the dungeons in GuildÂ WarsÂ 2, but the rewards are greatâ€”each dungeon has its own unique armors and weapons that canâ€™t be found anywhere else. The armor from the Ascalonian Catacombs is different from what youâ€™ll find in Sorrowâ€™s Embrace, which is different from the treasure found in Caudecusâ€™s Manor.
Dungeons in GuildÂ WarsÂ 2 reward players who enjoy organized parties, epic challenges, and delving deeper into the secrets of Tyria.
Last week, World of Warcraft’s public test realm was updated to version 5.0.4, which brought with it account-wide achievement functionality, pet battles, AOE looting, a new world event, and more!
Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts
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World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle
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Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Hordeâ€™s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, theyâ€™ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plansâ€¦
In the Public Test Realm, we will be testing this event at specified intervals. Keep an eye on our PTR Feedback forum for more details as they become available.
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Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.
Here’s the official description of the Centurion:
The Centurion is a humanoid, medium weight class, 50 ton ‘Mech with a max speed of 64 kilometers an hour. It is the epitome of a balanced ‘Mech. Good speed, good armour, excellent weapons load out. If you’re unsure of which ‘Mech best suits you, it is an excellent choice.
Boasting a well-rounded load out, the CN9-A variant sports 8.5 tons of armour, an Autocannon/10, LRM-10, and two Medium Lasers, making it a threat at all ranges.
Moving to the CN9-AH the ‘Mech strips out the AC/10 for an AC/20, and removes the medium lasers allowing the pilot to weaken the enemy with LRM’s at range, and use their AC/20 for a knockout punch.
The CN9-AL removes the AC/10 and adds a Large Laser and a Small Laser, six heat sinks and an additional 2.5 tons of armour. This variant is ammo independent and is great for brawling or quick skirmishes. With 11 tons of armour it can take a huge beating, and the mix of lasers allows damage to be done at all ranges.
Truly a solid, functional, and excellent ‘Mech — the Cent
For the first time, World of Warcraft subscriptions have dipped below the ten million mark. According to Blizzard-Activision’s latest financial report, the subscriber base currently sits at 9.1M.
As of June 30, 2012, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG and had approximately 9.1 million subscribers4
Part of the reason for the decline, according to Mike Morhaime, came at the hands of Blizzard’s other huge title Diablo III:
“Historically we have seen usage decline towards the end of an expansion cycle. We saw a similar drop in subscribers in the months before Cataclysm, followed by a substantial return of players around the Cataclysm launch. We’re also seeing that a number of players took a break from WoW to play Diablo III,” Mike Morhaime explained to investors in the most recent financial conference call. Source
The World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria preview site has been updated to give players a look at one of the two roaming world bosses. Salyis’s Warband is the first of the two to be shown. Information includes the abilities players will face off against when battling the group.
The ruthless saurok roam Pandaria, stealing what they can and harassing the island’s other inhabitants. The most infamous of these reptilian pillagers are Chief Salyis and his warband. For years, the saurok commander and his raiders have stormed through the Valley of the Four Winds atop Galleon, a colossal and well-armed mushan that is more a moving fortress than a simple mount
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Elsword Online devs have announced that they will be releasing the next update later this week that will include a level cap increase, three new dungeons and new ninja costumes. All of this takes place in the brand new “Hamel” zone of the game.
In Magmantaâ€™s Cave, players must battle deep into the icy lair of the vile Magmanta, a massive spider with sub-zero breath. Players should have no trouble keeping their cool as they venture into the Temple of Frozen Water, where the other-worldly priest Avalanche lies in wait. Environmental hazards abound in the temple, and players will need to be nimble to stay alive. Finally, players will need the higher level cap for the Halls of Water and the ultimate showdown with Ran, leader of the shadow demons, in a mini-boss rich dungeon that combines new bosses with some familiar foes from previous worlds