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By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Mar, 2016 At 05:37 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDiablo 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?

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Here are the patch notes

 

Diablo II v1.14a Patch Notes

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
admin changes

Known Issues
– Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported

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As everyone has already said it’s hard to believe and year has gone by, but with no complaints E3 media day is back! Per usual Sony followed Microsoft and this year both knew the focus would have to be bringing next gen gaming hype to their respective console. Here’s Sony’s Press Conference in it’s entirety if you missed it courtesy of IGN.

 

Without going too deep into each title here are the high notes from the presser and leading off the conference was this new Destiny Trailer.

The big announcement for Destiny was that starting this Thursday there will be Alpha access for the game and the Beta will begin July 17th. Also announced was a Destiny PS4 bundle including a new “Glacier white” PS4, Destiny and a 30 day trial of PS+. The white PS4 will be released along with the game on Sep. 9 and has the same specs and the others so other than a color change nothing new is being added.

Next Andrew House introduced the new gameplay trailer for the The Order 1886.

If you don’t know The Order was introduced last year at E3 and is a game about a group of knights protecting the world from monsters like the one you saw above.

Also shown was a new indie game called Entwined. Entwined is  brought to you by Pixel Opus, a combination of recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State university.

Entwined, according to the speaker, is a game about “two souls in love.” Throughout the game you’re guiding these souls through sequences and upon clearing levels will have them come together to create a dragon. It’s a cute little game that’s out now in the Playstation store for $9.99.

Infamous Second Son made a repeat appearance this year, but its big announcement was the standalone DLC coming in August featuring “Fetch.” Alongside it was the announcement and premiere of Little Big Planet 3.

One of the biggest reveals was Bloodborne. You might remember a the game being called Project Beast and is Hidetaka Miyazaki’s, director of the first two souls games, new title. If you’re a souls fanboy like me you probably can’t wait for this game to come out.

Far Cry 4 came out with a gameplay trailer as well, but the most interesting part was the drop-in co-op at the end of the trailer.

Far Cry 4’s co-op is called guns for hire and the best part is you don’t have to own the game to play it. If you have a friend that wants to play with you and he doesn’t own it or you’re the one wanting to join you just drop in and play like you’ve always had it. You also get all the experience from that session as well.

The coolest game of the show was a game called No Man’s Sky by indie studio Hello Games.

I don’t even know what to do in the game, but every time I see the trailer I just get extremely excited. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get ruined by the impending hype train that is E3 reveals and expectations.

If you haven’t seen the press conference you really should give it a look. It’s full of cool and interesting things coming to the system in the coming months. Last of Us is getting a remastered release, Ratchet and Clank the movie was premiered, GTA V is coming to next gen and you can upload your PS3 or Xbox 360 save data. It’s going to be a great, guys.

More towards the end of conference Sony took a backseat from games to introduce some of the new hardware coming out like Playstation Tv and project Morpheus.

Playstation Tv allows you to play a huge library of Playstation games with just the device and a Dualshock 3 controller. As for Mopheus more and more developers are starting to play around with it and the PS4 camera giving their VR headset a pretty bright outlook.

Rounding out the evening were two trailers for the upcoming Batman game, Batman Arkham Knight, and a new trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Overall I really enjoyed Sony’s press conference. While the PS4 still isn’t  a must have these games should be more than enough to help you make your decision regardless of whichever console you choose.

By Amy McGarey On 24 Apr, 2014 At 11:26 PM | Categorized As Conventions, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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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.

No Gravatar5aa5523c828151b4_Sony-Playstation-4_1The Sony Conference event, started off light, and on time, with an cavalcade of the history of PlayStation brand through the years; from the PlayStation to the current generation, PlayStation 3. Everything was intermingled with the Dual Shock controller, being focused at some point and other PlayStation item as well. But within the first few seconds after the MC or main presenter, Andrew House began, he announced that Sony is indeed bringing the PlayStation 4, with the release window of Fall of this year. As he continued to speak, he talked about how the developer as well as the consumer is the focal point of the PS4. He additionally wanted it to be known, that the PS4 would be an central hub for all entertainment purposes for next generation.

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The specs of the PS4 have definitely come back down to earth, from the cell processors and its raw power to a more easily programmable, but still power X86 CPU and an Advanced GPU, which easily allows 1st & 3rd party developers to get the most out of it. Sony is additionally giving, what all developers wanted, 8GB of unified memory and a supercharged architecture, again, which is catering to the developers, since Sony learned from previous PS3 development, and the grips most developers, that weren’t 1st party had to deal with. And from the out of the gate, a larger internal storage, which will come in handy with what will be explained next.


Sony has completed an massive infrastructure of involving mobile devices and primarily the Vita as the on the go version of the PS4, with turning your PS4 into a server of sorts. With the mention of the Vita, the games from your PS4 with the of Gaikai Cloud computing, which was acquired by Sony last year, is allowing for your catalogue to be on the go with you, mainly with the Vita but with other devices as well. With the Vita on the go, being more integral than before, it was shown by transferring, a new game for the PS4, called Knack, to the Vita as it was played, without missing a beat or any downgrade of graphics to the Vita’s clearly smaller screen. Also, Knack, slightly reminds me of the 360 launch game called Kameo, but that may just be me.

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Next, is the new PS4 controller, which is simply called Dual Shock 4, its almost the same design as before, but with a touchpad where the Sony logo and Start & Select buttons were on the Dual 3. This gives the controller, a look of being a bit heavier, but it’s one of those things, people were saying the Dual 3 was too small, and cumbersome. With the touchpad comes, the integrated share button, right on the controller. It looks to be out of the way from accidental sharing, but convenient. Also, the light on the front of the controller, is continuously sending information to an almost Kinect like device, which is a stereo camera, which will track the controller as your playing.

The Share button takes me into the complete social integration as well other steps Sony is taking to further advance the PS4, with 5 words, each explaining the functionality of the PS4. First was Simple. Allowing for developers, be it, big companies or Indies to develop more easily for the PS4, and for the consumer to simply share and gain games for their PS4, more easily than ever before. Second, was Immediate. This was explained in the way of, a second chip, specifically, for background downloads, updates while playing a game either online or offline. Also, allowing for almost immediate, see what I did there, pick up and play from a suspended state of the game, even when its turned off. Third was Social. This is the heavy integration of the Share button.

PS4-1The PS4 will be partnered with Facebook and Ustream, to allow for a better PSN profile, almost Facebook like, but Sony tailored. Also, with the Ustream and Gaikai, you can stream gameplay or upload screenshots or bits of gameplay directly to Facebook and other social media, and allow for immediate access by your friends on the media site as well as, your PSN friends, all the while retaining your anonymity, if you want. With the ability to stream, you or your friends can sit in on one another, if the person allows it, to watch them play, or even “pass the controls onto them” for help if need be. Also you can leave comments while they’re playing, be it helpful or even trash talk. Fourth was Integrate, allowing for the consumer to continuously, regardless of location or device do almost anything with the PS4. Finally was Personalization. This feature, is like smart shopping where, over time collected data from your purchases, from the PlayStation Store, or actual disk, and give you games and content, already fully downloaded to your PS4, and you’ll have to do is hit the buy button.

Moving back to Gaikai, Dave Perry, mentioned that, over time, the PS4 will have the catalogues of the PS1, 2, and 3, able to play digitally on the PS4, with the use of its technology. Also, with the service, they are adding, the Free to Try ability, giving the consumer, the ability to play actual full games, not a shortened version or a downgraded version, and buy at any point and time during that trial, and all without hassle.

LB_0788_large_verge_medium_landscapeAfter the beginning, they began to show games, videos, and live demos, from both 1st party and 3rd party. First up was Guerilla Games, with live gameplay of Killzone: Shadow Fall. The game is brighter than previous versions, and looks amazing. Next was Evolution Games, game Drive Club, a team based driving game about challenging the World as a team or Club, with a heavy integration in mobile devices for the challenges. Next, was Sucker Punch, bringing us back to the world of Infamous, the game calling Infamous: Second Son, and I was giddy with joy over this announcement, and I can’t wait. After which, Braid developers, Jonathan Blow, with the next game for the PS4 at launch, with The Witness, this has 25hrs of unique puzzles, and the music amazing with a Celtic feel.

Quantic Dream, creators of amazing Heavy Rain, showcased its pushing of the PS4 with a live demo of rendering facial and eye design and emotions with amazing lighting and textures, and small nuances. Media Molecule, the creators of Little Big Planet, shows full use of the Move with an sculpting and allowing your dreams to be created. This gave way to a recorded live performance of a show featuring “puppeteers” of a musical performance. With that, House mentioned that it had full support from, almost, if not, every major 3rd party developer for the PS4.

watch-dogs-logo1Capcom, with Yoshinori Ono, showing a gaming engine code named Panta Rhel, built specifically for the PS4 and a game being developed in conjunction with Panta, called, Deep Down (Working Title), showing beautiful lighting, character models, and amazing action, that seemed to be what real time action will be. Square Enix, showed the tech demo running the Luminous Engine by Hashimoto Yoshihisa, and the other Hashimoto, Shinji saying a new Final Fantasy title is in opening stages of development and more information released at E3. Ubisoft Montreal, showing an live demo of Watch Dogs running on the PS4. And the game looks amazing, and can’t wait till I get my hands on it. Blizzard, with Chris Metzen, announced that Diablo 3 will be coming to both the PS3 & PS4. And finally, the last announcement was from Activision’s Eric Hershberg, bringing Bungie’s new IP Destiny, to the PS4 as well as, the PS3, with exclusive content to the Sony family. All gameplay trailers, demos and videos will be on our site as well.

Sony came out hard hitting in this press conference. Showcasing that they have learned from their previous mistakes in the current generation, and looking forward to showing why Sony’s PlayStation was always a bright star, and not a waning one, as they were saying Sony was. Sony, came out saying, contest us now Microsoft, we will see you on the field of battle come this console launch. And Sony certainly means business, this generation.Ps4Holiday2013-610

By OSkG_Pinto On 6 Jun, 2012 At 04:03 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No Gravatar 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!

 

 

No GravatarSpike TV and Gametrailers recently just had their Video Game Awards show, and with it came a bunch of new and big trailers for games that are expected to come out next year. Some of the reveals came from top studios within the industry, including Blizzard, Bioware, Konami, and Naughty Dog. Down below, you can check out all the trailers that were revealed at the VGAs. Be sure to check by again for our impressions of the Spike VGAs.

 

Metal Gear Rising Revengence

 

Mass Effect 3

 

Diablo 3 Opening Intro

 

Transformers Fall of Cybertron

 

The Amazing Spider-Man

 

Rainbow 6 Patriots

 

Command And Conqure Generals 2

 

The Last of Us

 

Alan Wake American Nightmare

 

Hitman Absolution

 

Bioshock Infinite

 

Fortnite

 

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

 

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD