Here in the states we have E3, PAX, and GDC.

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.

ArenaNet has given players a massive world to conquer and explore.  Last weekend we were shown that this world in Guild Wars 2 will continue to expand over time, as new threats crawl out of the cracks.  Some threats in the world of Tyria are just animals found in the wild and small in size.  Others are mighty warrior centaurs and other opposing factions.  But the really exciting enemies are the big ones.  The giants and the dragons being the largest.  Well, one should get excited from fighting them anyways.

I spent a ton of my time playing video games.  Defeating goombas and slaying ninjas became an everyday activity.  But I lived for the boss fights!  It doesn’t matter what genre of game of you play, the big boss is always waiting around the corner  to put your skills to the ultimate tests.  With ArenaNet throwing dragons into Guild Wars 2, you will fight against one of the most powerful creatures in fantasy.  For me, the larger the enemy is, the more rewarding it is to bring them down.

The first time I faced off against a dragon it was an exciting experience, but when I ventured off to slay the other dragons they didn’t seem so tough.  Here I was fighting a dragon that could alter the very ground I stood on just be flying above it.  Why was this dragon standing on the ground so much?  Why was I able to stay alive so easily during the fight?  I’m fighting a great beats called the Shatterer!  My character should /wetpants whenever the dragon looks in its general direction!

 

CCP Games has announced that beta registrations for DUST 514 are now being taken on the official site. EVE players and attendees at this year’s FanFest will have preferential access but all registrants have the potential to be included in the ever-increasing number of beta players.

If accepted, beta registrants will be notified with an email invitation and instructions on how to access the beta. Thousands of players have already been able to experience DUST 514 during its closed beta, and CCP is beginning to let limited numbers of players join the action. Select players from CCP’s MMO EVE Online will gain entry into the DUST 514 beta this week, as well as all those who attended the EVE Fanfest convention in Iceland this past March. The beta will continue to expand throughout the summer, and CCP will discuss more details at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Register on the DUST 514 site though at the moment a database error is presenting itself. 

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