It’s no secret that Hearthstone takes its inspiration from World of Warcraft. The former is meant to be inspired by the latter. That means that there are no shortage of legendary Hearthstone cards with direct equivalents in WoW, and an enterprising fan by the handle of Jeppz95 has taken the opportunity to pair the inspirations for the cards with the cards themselves in a new gallery.
For those of you who recognize all of the cards from their sources just by name alone, it’s a fun trip down memory lane for characters and bosses that haven’t been cutting-edge content for some time. If you’ve never seen the inspirations, it’s a chance to see the characters who inspired the cards. And if you have at least a passing familiarity with the lore of the setting, it’s an entertaining diversion for the time it takes to page through the full gallery.
Sci-fi sandbox Divergence Online is on the way to Steam’s early access program — at least, it will be when someone at Valve wakes up from the traditional New Year’s stupor and flips the approval switch.
“We’re realizing that although the game was already approved for sale on Steam, that there is still a final ‘final’ approval process that it must go through, which could take ‘anywhere from a few hours to a few days,'” Stained Glass Llama wrote on Facebook, “so just letting everyone know that we’re just waiting on word from Valve right now and will let you know the moment it goes through. Thanks for your patience.”
The self-proclaimed Star Wars Galaxies spiritual successor was Greenlit on Valve’s platform last fall. Massively OP chatted with the game’s lead dev, Ethan Casner, during his Indiegogo campaign in September, when he added a consensual PvP server as a stretch goal as a result of community requests. The game’s most recent patch introduced twitch combat, destructible structures, and a complete refactoring for skills and professions.
We’ve included new screenshots and the early access launch video below.
The new year is here, and it brings with it the promise of more content and options in Shroud of the Avatar. Not in the abstract sense wherein you know there will probably be content, but in the sense that the most recent dispatch from the developers extensively outlines several parts of what players can expect from Release 26. The game’s next major update isn’t due until January 28th, but there’s still plenty to feast your eyes upon just the same.
Resolute, the town that serves as the next destination for those following the Path of Courage, is on deck for the next update, as is the former mining area of North Varisa Foothills. Players can also expect clockwork animals, people, and steam-based power systems in terms of development assets. There’s a current call for players to submit potential NPCs for Resolute and Aerie, as well, so suggesting one now may well mean encountering that NPC at the end of the month when the update goes live. Check out several screenshots of what you can expect just below.
Today’s headlining picture is another debut for One Shots: Funcom’s LEGO Minifigures Online. I don’t know many people outside of MOP who have even touched this title, so it’s cool to see at least one gamer was having fun with the mobile title.
“Here’s a picture of a wizard fighting a red dragon,” reader Weakness wrote. “It’s not going to win any points for originality, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this game had dungeons and that boss mechanics were quite involved. Not only did I have to avoid all those puddles of fire, but there were also water pumps that I could activate periodically to clear the fire out, all while taking down the boss and his minions. But it is rather generic as far as fantasy themes go. In hindsight, I should have gone into this fight as hotdog man. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.”
Aw, you guys! The call for winter and holiday screenshots proved to be a sustaining request, as many of you kept sending in more and more pictures from your gaming folders. As a result, here’s a second column in a row celebrating the season!
We’ll kick off with this artsy shot of reader Jake in The Secret World. “The Secret World is proving to be quite the screenshot-worthy title,” he writes. “Recently I went Shambala chasing a thief for the Templars and did what any other hero would do when the fate of the world rests solely in their hands — I stopped to take some screenshots. Hey, he wasn’t going anywhere and the view was breathtaking.”
Elite Lord of Alliance has done its utmost to make us trip over its name, and now that its first major content patch is out, it’s working hard to confuse us even more. “First Expansion” or “Part 1” is now out, and if you can get past these weird titles, then you might find quite a bit to do in this hack-and-slash title.
Today’s update raises the level cap from 36 to 40, giving players four more levels to explore. Additionally, ELOA has added a high-level monster journal, the Crying Land zone, two level 40 dungeons, and the expected assortment of new quests, titles, and achievements to master.
Read up on the patch notes and show those monsters who’s the boss (the answer is Tony Danza).
Have you checked out the open beta for post-apoc online shooter Survarium? Developer Vostok Games wants to make it easier on you: It’s given us a boatload of keys for Survarium Bandit Sets, worth $9.99, to hand out to our readers just in time for the holidays.
Get a unique UZI Hurricane submachine gun, Bandit pants and jacket and join the fight! With this equipment you will be well protected from the dangers of the New World and you’ll definitely stand out among other survivors! Premium equipment from the Bandit Set increases reputation gain towards Black Market (+20%) and increases your income per battle (+25%).
Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys.
A few weeks ago we put out a call for winter and holiday-themed screenshots. Two readers responded with multiple pictures each, so today’s column is brought to you by Tyler and Stormwaltz. Take a bow, both of you!
Our headlining shot is from Tyler in World of Warcraft. “Here my monk is taking in the sights during a snowstorm in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit zone,” he writes. “Whatever other problems Mists of Pandaria might have had, they sure nailed the world design.”
Hardcore PvP MMO Sphere 3 is but a few weeks old now, and developer Nikita Online would like to wish you happy holidays in between all the “political deceit, war atrocities and vile treachery” that you’ve been dishing out inside the game. In fact, Nikita put together an exclusive bundle of goodies to help new players get started and old players kick even more butt. Here’s what’s in it!
One Mask of the Plague mechanic (30 days), one Ashen Armorback summon whistle (7 days), five resurrection scrolls, five teleportation stones, and five banker summoning scrolls.
We’ve got 50 keys for the bundle for our readers, so clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home a key of your own.
In celebration of WildStar’s Winterfest events, which just so happen to begin today, Carbine Studios has granted MOP keys for 20000 WildStar toys: the Proto-Present Turrets shown above.
It’s that magical time of year, Winterfest is finally here! In a holiday-miracle type of giving spirit, the Protostar Corporation would like to generously provide you with a FREE Proto-Present Turret. Nothing says, “Enjoy my holiday decorations, but from a safe distance!” like this one-of-a-kind, festive item.
Massively OP reader DeviateFish let us know that the item is claimable more than once. “You set out the turret, press F to use three times, and it shoots out a present each time, and in the presents are pretty bows for your noggin. The turret sticks around for a few seconds afterwards, then disappears.” NCsoft has since confirmed it’s not expressly a decor item, so there you go!
Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab a key and for your very own Proto-Present Turret.
Say this one ten times fast: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online is live today on Steam’s early access platform. The EA packs run from $4.99 to $29.99, though there’s a steep price cut for the middle tiers right now.
Nexon and Neople consider this phase a beta and have asked for feedback; they’ve also addressed why such an iconic IP has been turned into an online shooter:
With such a wealth of great content covered in Stand Alone Complex, picking a genre was no easy feat. However, while watching the series we were particularly excited by Episode 24 of Season One, in which the wrongfully accused team at Section 9 are tested to their limits, forced to take on an opposing Special Ops team in order to clear their names. This episode really made us imagine what it would be like to fight together as a perfectly synchronized team like Section 9, which helped us decide to bring that fantasy to life in a tactical team based shooter.
Spelunking isn’t just a fun word to say but an exciting activity in its own right. Players who take the time to explore under the surface of the world can often uncover wonders such as this one from reader Erin.
“I was exploring among the coasts in Elder Scrolls Online and grinding mobs for XP when I noticed a quest marker I hadn’t done yet,” she submitted. “I followed along with the story and the NPC into a truly beautiful cavern alight with the glow of these crystals.”
What glorious sights will you behold when you go spelunking into today’s community screenshots column?
Oculus and CCP have just announced that the EVE-spinoff VR shooter, EVE Valkyrie, will launch bundled with the Rift itself in 2016.