It has been rumored for a long time and now it is finally revealed to the fans. StarCraft: Remastered is indeed real.
Blizzard Entertainment presents a modern take on the original StarCraft experience in StarCraft: Remastered.
StarCraft introduced many revolutionary new features that have since become staples of the real-time strategy genre: asymmetric factions, meticulous balance, and a strong emphasis on deep strategy and high accessibility. After more than ten years, StarCraft continues to headline gaming tournaments worldwide.
This is absolutely amazing news. The game looks absolutely amazing. Hopefully this isn’t the only remaster, and the rumored Warcraft III and Diablo II remasters are also real. Will you be getting this game? Let us know!
Today marks the availability of the Legion Pre-Expansion for World of Warcraft. Servers will be down today until 11:00 PDT, so lets take a look at a few of the changes being made to the game.
Transmogrification is getting an overhaul and will closely resemble Diablo III’s system. Under the new system, whenever you have collected an equippable soulbound item, the appearance of that item will now be stored in a new collections tab called Appearances. Items under that tab will be account bound. You will be able to save outfits and swap them at the Transmogrifier. Also, whenever you change your character’s spec, your outfit will automatically change. Currently under the interface options you can hide helm and cloak. Those options will be moved to the transmogrifier along with the new option hide shoulders.
Player vs Player
A few changes will be made to PvP to prepare for Legion. Starting today, Honor Points and Conquest Points will be removed as currency. Items that were able to be purchased with the old currency will now be purchased with Marks of Honor, which can be earned through Battlegrounds, Arenas, and Skirmishes. Gear will be normalized during PvP combat. What this means is you will receive a pre-determined set of stats for your class specialization. Your item level will give a small boost to those stats. The goal of these changes is to provide a more balanced PvP experience to all players.
Other Notable Changes
Gnomes will have the option to be hunters, however there is no word on whether or not their pets will scale down to gnome height. The talent system will undergo some big changes. Dual specialization will be removed. Players may now change from any three (or four) specializations at any time, as long as they are out of combat. Major Glyphs will be removed from the game, as well as most minor glyphs.
The Legion Pre-Expansion Patch should get players hyped up for the new expansion, which releases August 30. World of Warcraft: Legion is available for pre-purchase starting at $50 USD.
Today Blizzard released another Overwatch short, this time featuring the two samurai Genji and Hanzo. In the short we get more backstory on the rivalry between them and why Hanzo hates Genji so much. Is it because his robot suit looks cooler than his sweet robot kicks? Watch the video to find out!
Diablo 3 may have been out for some years now but it seems Blizzard has not abandoned Diablo 2. The company has released a new patch (patch 1.14a). Read below to see what changes are now in
It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re releasing 1.14a for Diablo II.
This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.
We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day.
There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.
The wording of the announcement definitely is saying more is coming. Would this be just big fixes, or perhaps the rumored graphical overhaul that has been talked about for some time?
Specific Changes & Improvements
– No need to run in XP mode anymore, Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 compatibility complete
– Mac installer and compatibility for 10.10 and 10.11 has arrived
– First client run will migrate saved characters to avoid issues from Windows system
– Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported
Blizzard has just announced this year’s dates for BlizzCon – Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Tickets will be going on sale on two separate dates. The first is May 7th, starting at 7 p.m. PST and May 10th, starting at 10 a.m. PST. Standard tickets will cost $199 plus tax, but there will also be a limited pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner ticket which will cost $750 each. These will go on sale May 14th at 9 p.m. PST and the $750 fee will include general admission to the convention as well. The proceeds of the Benefit Dinner will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Once again, if you can’t make it to Anaheim in November, Blizzard will still sell Virtual Tickets so you can live stream the event from home. BLizzard has yet to announce pricing and further information.
Blizzard has had a busy, yet successful year with the recent release of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and Hearthstone on PC and iPad. What will also make BlizzCon worth visiting is news and demos of the new MOBA, Heroes of the Storm and the new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. With so much win on the way, you really can’t miss this year’s BlizzCon.
The new expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, is available for pre-order today on Battle.net.
If you pre-order Warlords of Draenor, you get a free level 90 boost that you can use today. It is good for one character. If that character is over level 60, you can get your professions to max level as well. If you would like to boost more characters to level 90, you can pay $60 in the in-game store instead of pre-ordering extra game codes.
The Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99 USD) includes the Dread Raven mount and matching Dread Hatchling pet, two Starcraft 2 portraits, and a Warsong Pennant for Diablo 3. The Standard Edition is $49.99 USD and Blizzard expects a release date on or before December 20, 2014.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the instant level 90 boost. Some are saying it’s not fair because they put a lot of time and effort into their level 90 characters. Others are saying dungeon and raid groups will be full of players that don’t know how to play the class they chose.
How do you feel about the instant level 90 boost? Can it take the enjoyment out of the game for serious players? Many players are still on the fence about it, let us know your opinion on the matter.
Community manager, Bashiok, has confirmed on the official World of Warcraft forums that an in-game micro-transaction store will be implemented in the future. The successful MMORPG where subscribers pay $14.95 a month to play has had purchasable items outside of the game but they have stated that they will soon make mounts, pets, leveling buffs, and crafting materials available for real money inside of the game.
Bashiok believes this will be convenient for players so they do not have to exit the game to buy the items they want.
The in-game store is still currently being tested but Blizzard has stated that they will be introducing the store to Asian regions first.
I know you all are eagerly awaiting our write ups on some of the cool things we saw at PAX East 2013! In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of the most exciting news from PAX:
Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced their new free-to-play collectible card game HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft. This new game is focused around 1v1 and also allows for matchmaking through battle.net. This online capability will allow players to duel with other players, and will also allow for medal ranking boosts. There will be 300 cards based on the character classes from their game World of Warcraft (WoW) available at launch. You can purchase cards in packs for about $1 each. The beta will be available this summer for PC, MAC, and even iPad gamers. The actual game will be available at the end of 2013.
Capcom has announced that theyare resurrecting Duck ales and will be remaking the original game from Nintendo into a game available for PSN, Wii/WiiU, and Xbox Live that will be called DuckTales: Remastered.
Ms. Splosion Man, a long-awaited iOS game created by Twisted Pixel, will be released by the end of this month. Joystiq says this version will have power-up capabilities, one of which will let you skip levels if they are too difficult for you. The game is $10, and will also be available on Steam and Windows Phone.
Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Jean Guesdon and the team at UbiSoft Montreal talked about what motivated them to take the game to the sea. Jean Guesdon stated that the idea behind making the protagonist in Assassin’s Creed IV a pirate was the fact that it was an incredibly interesting time in history with compelling characters. One of the characters you can look forward to seeing in the new game is none other than Blackbeard. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be hitting the shelves on October 29, 2013 and is currently available for pre-order for $59.99.
Marvel Heroes will be released on June 4th. Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO set in the Marvel universe. Marvel Heroes combines the core gameplay style of action RPGs and MMOs with the expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players can collect and play as their favorite Marvel superheroes, and you can even go further and customize your character. It’s F2P and will have PvP at launch.
A Mass Effectretrospective video was released today by Bioware. It includes memories from a ton of people who worked on the games.
Red 5 Studios discussed their MMO Firefall (currently in beta) and also announced the development of a brand-new channel devoted exclusively to gaming. The channel will be called Stage 5, and can be found both on YouTube and the Stage 5 website. The channel will soon be available in app form for iPad, Android, and Ouya. Read all about their thoughts on Firefall, the industry, and their new channel here.
The nineteenth EVE Online expansion,Odyssey,was announced today. A website has been launched, and it will be out on June 4th. Odyssey will focus on exploration and will “shake up the status quo.”
Dust: An Elysian Tailis coming to Steam and might be available as soon as next month. The game was originally only available on the Xbox Live Arcade. Creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain also discussed Dust 2, with both saying that they have lots of ideas for the sequel.
XCOM: Enemy Unknownwill be coming to Mac on April 25th and will include all of the previously-released extra content for the game. It will also be released for iOS devices this summer, and will be a complete port of the console and PC/Mac game (minus some maps, due to file size limitations on iOS). Work on the port began a year ago, and the team is really happy with the touch controls. Price is unknown beyond being “premium priced.”
Fuse will be released at the end ofMay – May 28th in North America, May 31st in Europe.Fuse is a four-player co-op shooter from Electronic Arts and Insomniac Games. You play one of four agents – Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble, and Naya Deveraux – each of whom has their own unique skills and weapons. You’ll be able to get it for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Blizzard announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III will feature an in-game menu that allows players, both online and offline, to trade items between each other, as long as they are in the same game. This new system will be making up for the lack of the auction house from the PC version. Diablo III will also have online and offline co-op for up to four players on its console version. There is no release date yet.
Blizzard’s Rob Pardo talks to Chris Grant from Polygon about the company’s new game, Hearthstone.Check out the video.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger will bring a new spin to the series. Techland shows us a mix of myth and truth in this downloadable title. Some of the “based on real-life” characters you will see in the game are Pat Garrett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Billy the Kid. With arcade-like action, new environments, and an old west style, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger sounds very promising.
The Elder Scrolls Online boasts new character advancement. This new MMO is just what fans of Elder Scrolls and MMOs have been waiting for. The game will feature PvP, lots of action in the combat system, and skills that level with use. Build your characters the way you want with use of any weapon or armor, but also gain item-specific abilities with each one you choose. The game launches later this year.
Borderlands 2 has a new playable character: Krieg the Psycho. This melee-based character is based on the psycho enemies in the game. Your action skill for Krieg is Blood Axe Rampage, which allows the character to regain health while dealing damage with your Buzz Axe. Krieg will be out in May, and is a $10 standalone DLC. Read more about him here.
What was your favorite part of PAX East 2013? Let us know in the comments!
It’s the days after Christmas. You have gift cards abundant and games coming out for all girls and boys. But what can you get? With all the choices lying ahead?
Have no fear, with all the bundles abound, waiting to be found, I got the ones with the most “extra” kick aside from the gaming bit (Sorry for my cheesiness).
Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition
First and foremost, I love Tomb Raider, so I had to list it first. It doesn’t have the best content, but I believe it has the most bang for your buck. It includes:
A realistically rendered Play Arts Kai Lara Croft figurine approximately 8 inches tall
Weapon pack DLC
3 iron-on experience shield badges
Tomb Raider soundtrack with 10 songs
An Endurance survival tin made to look like it was recovered from the shipwreck
5″ X 7″ Lithographic print
A double sided poster with an island map and the box art
Access to the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt to participate in challenges for prizes and more
I simply love the Lara Croft figure, it’s so detailed and perfectly muddy not getting it would kill me. I hope the DLC weapons are exclusives to these game copies with the collector’s edition to get my money’s worth, and the CD is a nice touch (I legally download all my music).
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition
Starcraft is an MMO with its own fanbase, so I listed it mainly so Starcraft fans can assess if the collector’s edition is worth the extra money. All of the great additional merch that comes with the game seems reasonable to me, especially with the extras for other Blizzard MMOs you might play.
A behind the scenes DVD and Blu Ray 2 disc set
Heart of the Swarm Art Book
Collector’s Edition Soundtrack
Zerg Rush mouse pad
Exclusive in-game content
The in game content includes a Torrasque Ultradisk and portaits in Starcraft II, pet banneling in World of Warcraft, and blade wings and a banner sigil in Diablo III.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition
I don’t have much hope for this game except for the fact it’s made by Sega, but because this list is about the extra and not the game itself, it earns a spot. This game has some very good extra content.
Resin Powerloader figurine in a limited edition Xeno Hive box
USCM Dossier, iron-on badges, and graduation certificate
LV-426 Recon photo
USS Sephora schematic
But this is just physical extras. The exclusive in-game content includes:
Four playable movie characters
Extra game level
Additional Marines character customization features
Exclusive multiplayer weapons
Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
Phase Plasma Rifle
USCM Academy firing range
Bioshock Infinite Premium Edition
This bundle definitely comes with awesome stuff.
Collectible mini edition of The Art of Bioshock Infinite
Exclusive digital soundtrack
Murder of Crow keychain
Lithographic print of propaganda
It also comes with a gear pack that gives three exclusive power ups in the game.
Bull rush: Sprints become melee strikes and can knock down enemies
Extra! Extra!: Audio logs give “Silver Eagles”
Betrayer: In the PC game causes possessed enemies to explode once you kill them. In the PS3 you get Bioshock Infinite themes. The XBox 360 players get Booker and Elizabeth avatar costumes.
There is a way more costly bundle that costs $70 more. What’s the difference? It comes with a Songbird statue. You must really really want that figure to spend so much money for the Ultimate Songbird Edition of the game.
God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition
The God of War franchise has outdone itself with this beautiful pre-order which includes:
An exclusive 8 inch Kratos statue
Premium Steelbook case
Digital game soundtrack
Multiplayer Double XP unlock
PS3 Dynamic theme and PSN Avatar pack
A pass for all future DLC
The last perk seems very promising. Especially since I don’t like always paying for future DLC.
This is the best of the best I’ve gathered so far. I hope as the year reveals more new games to try out, they come out with more tempting bundles like these.
After ten long years, the wait is finally over, Diablo III is a fact and many of us have been stomping through the content like professional demon exterminators. After a mysterious comet fell from the sky it’s up to you to find out what the “Hell” is going on in Sanctuary. You take on this titanic quest as a powerful Wizard, determined Demon Hunter, bloodthirsty Barbarian, disciplined Monk or wacky Witch Doctor. Get ready to slay thousands of minions from Hell, gather a gazillion shiny pieces of loot and tinker around for hours with the many different skills you can customize your class with. The road to Inferno is long and very hot indeed!
GAMEPLAY| Diablo III is all about questing, slaying and looting. You can do this alone, with three friends or three random people in the so called public mode. Players start with the normal difficulty and unlock new difficulties as they progress. (Nightmare, Hell, Inferno and Hardcore) The level cap is set at level 60 and this is where the real fun actually begins. You’ll get access to “Inferno gear” and will be able to unlock your hero’s true potential. Boss fight’s get really challenging and working as a team will be the only way to succeed and loot those shiney legendary weapons.
Each class has unique skills and runes that create a warrior that can adept to any situation.The classes you can pick are:
Wizard: A powerful master of the Arcane arts that uses numerous lightning and ice based spells to inflict massive damage from a safe distance. As you progress you will also be able to mix in some fire magic, spectral blades and a whole bunch of other devastating skills. Certainly one of my favorite classes.
Demon Hunter: The hunters are all about speed, laying traps and shooting from a distance. Skills like Vault and Caltrops are awesome abilities you can use to escape dangerous situations and arming yourself with explosive bolas and grenades will make you a force to be reckoned with.
Monk: These masters of Martial Arts are so much fun to play with. You just pound and kick the snot out of any undead that is standing in your way. The Monk is all about speed and power and can be a bit challenging to master. Practise makes perfect though!
Barbarian: The bloodthirsty warrior from the North is a demon wrecking ball thanks to his devastating attacks. Barbarian + Mobs = Destruction! Running a Barbarian/ Wizard co-op team has been a real fun experience and I recommend it to players that prefer co-op play.
Witch Doctor: A shaman with knowledge of the dark arts. Summon a bunch of spiders or zombie dogs to take care of your enemies, while you casually shoot at them from a far with poisonous darts. You also get to use fear and many other handy crowd control spells.
What I like about the control of Diablo III is the simplicity. You have your left and right mouse buttons for your primary and secondary attack/ skill. The primary attack gaines you energy that you spend by using your secondary attack and signature skills. Finding a good balance between the two is the key to spamming devastating abilities without worrying about cooldowns or resources. Signature moves are placed on the 1,2,3 and 4 keys of your keyboard and are easily accessed.
(TIP! Players get to place numerous powerful secondary skills on their hotbar by activating the so called “elective mode” in the options menu. This could lead to an unbalanced character build, but is really fun when done correct.)
CONCLUSION| One of the things about Diablo III that really impresses me is the fluid drop in/ drop out co-op functionality. Playing solo is fun, but the game really shines when you play with three friends or a bunch of random people in public mode. The epic hack & slash gameplay feels so much better when you’re surrounded by a dedicated fellowship of like minded demon slayers.
The other thing I love is the replay value of this game. Finding loot never gets old because you get to transfer every piece of loot you find to your other characters. This is done by placing your loot in special “stash” boxes you can find in the major hub cities. Loot you can’t use can be salvaged into crafting materials to make even better weapons and armor. When you finally get a hero to level 60 the fun really starts. Inferno is where you will find all the good stuff.
As a retired World of Warcraft player I do miss some of the character customization options in Diablo III. You don’t get to pick any facial features, haircuts, etc. Luckily the plethora of gear gives most players their own distinctive look. The use of different dyes also let’s you change the colors of your gear, so this does add some customization. The graphics look really good too, beautiful particle effects and rich environments. Armor and weapons look very detailed and are very rewarding for the loot addicted players amongst us.
Diablo III is a true Blizzard game and players (such as myself) will be sucked into the game immediately by the epic cinematics and solid storytelling. If you like to play hack & slash games with a bunch of friends I highly recommend taking a look at Diablo III. It is a game that will keep you occupied for months and possibly destroy your social life, but the epic boss battles, shiney loot and eternal war songs might be worth it!