Monthly Archives: October 2012

Guild Wars 2 : Raising the BarGuild Wars 2 : Raising the Bar




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. Read it in its entirety and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

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.  Please read on, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Esamir UnleashedEsamir Unleashed

Last week, Sony Online Entertainment partnered with to bring our readers the first ever look at the Esamir map. Today we’ve got a full preview of the location and some of our thoughts about PlanetSide 2 overall. Read on and then add your voice to the comments!

Have you ever jumped into a TV series halfway through the season, and found that you kind of know what’s going and who the major players are, but you’ve got a lot of catching up to do to understand the nuances of the show?  That’s how I feel when playing the PlanetSide 2 beta, having a general sense of what to do and where to go but lacking the hard-fought allegiances and knowledge of gameplay minutiae sported by veterans of the original PlanetSide.  Granted, PS2 is pretty easy to get into for anyone who plays modern FPS games, and the game’s main objective – take over and defend locations in the game’s persistent world and troll other players while doing so – is pretty straightforward.  Still, the deeper aspects of gameplay, such as tactical squad considerations for attacking a base, best use of vehicles, and small things like the ability to teleport to “hotspot” contested locations for instant action, take some time to get used to.



Founder’s Pack Contest — Enter Now!Founder’s Pack Contest — Enter Now! has partnered up with Firefall developers Red 5 Studios to give out Firefall Founder’s Pack codes to a number of lucky winners. We’ve got codes all the way from the base Ensign to Commander ranks, but you’re going to really have to work for some of the better rewards.

This will be a dual contest of sorts, with our top prizes reserved for our video contest.

Contest #1: Video

One Grand Prize Winner: One (1) Firefall Commander Founder’s Pack w/ five bonus beta invites.

Two Runners-Up:  One (1) Firefall Lieutenant Founder’s Pack w/ three bonus beta invites each.

Details and Rules:

Create your very own Firefall video using any format you wish. It can be a guide, fan-made trailer, or whatever you want. However, the video must be no longer than 2 minutes 30 seconds in length. You must denote that the video was created for the Firefall Founder’s Pack Contest either in the video itself or in the video description. Also include your username in either the video or description as well.

Video links must be submitted via e-mail to community AT mmorpg DOT com with the subject line “Firefall Video Submission”. Mis-labeled submissions will be discarded. Please also include your username in the e-mail body.

All submissions must be made by October 22, 2012.

Contest #2: Screenshots

Ten Winners: One (1) Firefall Ensign Founder’s Pack w/ two bonus beta invites each.

Details and Rules:

Select your best Firefall screenshot and post it in the comments below. Please include a short description of what we are looking at. Ensure that your screenshots are posted in reasonable dimensions so as not to break the display of the thread.

All submissions must be made by October 22, 2012.

Winners of both contests will be announced on October 25, 2012. Contest entrants may submit to both contests, though only a single entry in each contest will be accepted.

Additional entries will be disqualified


Try Something NewTry Something New

As part of this week’s The List, we took a look at five of the most awesome aspects of Star Wars: The Old Republic Update 1.2: Legacy. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the opposite side of the coin and highlight a few of the worst aspects of the update.

BioWare has been aggressively courting both current and former subscribers with a number of initiatives, but the latest promotion was handled quite poorly. In order to celebrate the launch of Update 1.2: Legacy, BioWare announced that their most loyal subscribers would be awarded with 30 days of free game time for their dedication to the game. If this sounds like a great promotion it’s because it is, in theory. The problem was that BioWare defined these most valued or loyal subscribers as players that had level 50 characters, dividing the community into the haves and have-nots.
As much as many of us clamor for something new and innovative in the MMO genre, we are similarly repelled by the ‘newness’ of it all. In our latest Pokket Says column, we take a look at that and opine that trying something new isn’t always a bad thing. Keep reading and then add your voice to the conversation in the comments.

There are also plenty of games in the genre that try to be a lot different, like TSW and Darkfall. I know a lot of people that had a hard time getting into TSW for various reasons (clunky gameplay, didn’t like their skill based system, didn’t like the graphics, didn’t like the combat, didn’t like the questing, etc). There were other reasons, as well, but a lot of those reasons basically add up to “it’s something different and new and I’m just not a big fan of it.” Then they go back to WoW, SW:TOR, GW2, etc. Darkfall was another story, a few people liked it, but it was buggy and had some issues it needed to work through (so much so that, instead of fixing it, they are making a new game completely).


Battle Pets coming just in time for Halloween!Battle Pets coming just in time for Halloween!

Outspark just recently announced that the Battle Pets update is on its way just in time for Halloween. Buffs, AOE damage, and so much more the Pet System is sure to up the ante in Dark Blood’s action-combat.

Just in time for Halloween, BATTLE PETS are coming to Dark Blood to cast their wicked spells!  Play with them, fight with them, even go Trick or Treating with them – these loyal sidekicks will become your BFFs as they release pulse AOEs that scorch enemies, lodge spit balls to take down the baddest of bosses, and clear dungeons with spin attacks that smash up mobs.  They’ll even buff you to boot!  These combat companions begin life as just an innocent little egg to nurture and love, but once they evolve, look out!  They’re party animals! 

Glory or Death – Part OneGlory or Death – Part One

Square Enix is preparing to relaunch Final Fantasy XIV nearly two years after the first iteration was disastrously panned by nearly MMO player on the planet. In a new EDITORIAL at, we take a look at whether or not players should care. See if you agree and then add your voice to the discussion in the comments.

We all know that Square Enix’s latest foray into the online realm is, shall we say, troubled. Final Fantasy 14’s launch was about as successful as that of New Coke, with many accusing the legendary Japanese studio of releasing an unfinished product: and if we are being honest we’d have to agree.


Tank Ace to Hit Open Beta Tank Ace to Hit Open Beta

Tank Ace is packed with engaging battles and accurate specifications like realistic recoil action and tank tactics. This action-packed tactical-shooter features realistic World War II battlefields and vehicle stats based on actual historical facts. Players will create their own clans and devise winning strategies as they utilize terrain features, coordinate assaults by using historically accurate tactics and more! Just some of the other gripping features include World War II Factions including Russia, Germany and the U.S.A, easy to pick-up controls and an Area Specific Damage System. In the game, players will lay an ambush, outflank the enemy divisions and charge across the battlefield in the mightiest war machine ever created
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GamesCampus has announced that its tactical third person shooter, Tank Ace, will officially hit its open beta phase of development on September 1st. Tank Ace allows players to use and customize historic WWII tanks as well as participate in WWII tank battle locations.