Jonesing for a fun mobile Diablo-like title? Then it might behoove you to check out the recently released Spirit Lords on both iOS and Android.
Spirit Lords is a free-to-play action RPG in which players take on one of two classes and acquire numerous “spirits” that add various abilities to aid in battle. It’s a hub-and-instance setup that allows for both solo and multiplayer, with the added factor of a guild system for social and cooperative support.
The game was made in part by Daniel Erickson, the former creative director of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Erickson said that his passion for MMOs was a driving force behind this game: “On Spirit Lords, we’ve been able to talk the grand scale and scope of epic console RPGs and MMOs and attempt to recreate that feel on the mobile platform while still having room to experiment.”
You can check out the launch trailer for Spirit Lords below!
Heroes & Generals has Utz! No, not the potato chips. It’s a patch named Utz, after General Willibald Utz of the German forces, and it adds in a new Forward Airfield assault map for players to storm. It’s a different sort of map from what already exists in the game, with a mix of long-range and short-range combat to deal with and three main objectives for players to capture.
Beyond the map, the update adds more realistic soldier movement and makes some tweaks to semi-automatic rifles. You can take a look at the full patch changes on the official site, and there’s a developer walkthrough of the new map in a video just below.
How can Crowfall be made with less than $10 million in this day and age? That’s the big question of the day that Executive Producer Gordon Walton decided to answer for fans at this year’s International Game Developers Association meeting.
“We’re doing a much smaller than normal MMO by choosing to be PvP-focused, doing algorithmic world generation, tight (but effective!) constraints on character customization and heavily reliance on off-the-shelf technologies,” Walton said. “Our cost for the core game will be in the $6 million range.”
The funding for Crowfall will be a combination of early investors, Kickstarter monies, continued donations on the website, licensing foreign rights, and securing additional investments. The game’s current stretch goal is aiming to hire an additional graphics programmer and localize for six additional languages.
Not only are vehicles useful in H1Z1 thanks to the trunk space and ability to cover large distances fast, but driving around in them has got to be one of the funnest things you can do in game. And MassivelyOP’s MJ has snagged a sweet truck! That means the team can explore the farthest reaches of the map with ease. Hop in and join MJ and crew live at 8:00 p.m. EDT to celebrate surviving tax day with some off-roading supply-run adventures.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
The prison island of Alcatraz is the hot new destination of Defiance players following yesterday’s patch. If you’re a curious looky loo or a former player pondering a return, then we’ve got a closer look at the update to satisfy your curiosity.
A recent dev diary expands upon the Alcatraz patch’s key features, while fan site Defiance Data has a great guide covering all of the new features and changes. The patch includes the titular player hub, four-player expeditions, the ability to self-revive, a higher EGO cap, and more types of loot. With the third season of the TV show on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how the game and series continue to tie together.
We’ve got pictures and a video from Alcatraz below, so take a gander and then excuse us for using the word “gander!”
For all the many times MassivelOP’s MJ has done Heritage Quests in EverQuest II on various alts, it somehow escaped her that the increases in level caps introduced even more such quests at the higher levels! That means there are a slew of Heritage Quests that she’s never experienced before, and it’s high time she dived into one. Join us live 3:00 p.m. to help her choose which one to start — and hopefully finish — today.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
A little game called Grand Theft Auto V launched last night. You may have heard of it. Well, technically it launched on the PC, as consoleers have been playing it since 2013. What’s the big deal, then? Well, Rockstar has ported its massive open world title with resolutions “up to 4K and beyond” as well as a client that runs at 60 frames per second on capable PCs.
Customization options get an upgrade, too, with 25-plus configurable settings. Oh, and don’t forget about GTA Online, which supports 30 players and two spectators. Still not enough? OK, there’s the Rockstar Editor which allows creative types to capture, edit, and share pro quality clips from inside both GTAV and GTAO.
Now that we know that Ghost in the Shell Online will definitely be coming to Western shores, there’s all the reason in the world to be very curious about how it’s going to play. The fine people at Steparu took the game’s first Korean beta test for a spin to see how it holds up.
The verdict? It’s an FPS. It does what it says on the tin. There are a handful of mildly neat systems with some bracingly overpowered skills, and there’s some fun stuff to be done with the tachikoma, but at the end of the day it’s a pretty standard FPS. Of course, fans of the series can take heart that it’s also not doing anything wrong. You can check out the full review; the video walkthrough of the tutorial mission is below.
Could we be on the verge of an MMO mobile gaming revolution? Several mobile versions of Asian MMOs are in the making, including Aion
and Final Fantasy XI
, and now Forsaken World
is throwing its plumed hat into the ring.
Perfect World Entertainment announced the new project with the debut of the Forsaken World Mobile website. The title is being built with the current Forsaken World engine and will be made available to both Android and iOS devices. It looks to have many of the same features as its fantasy PC sibling, including raids, PvP, mounts, and pets.
You can watch the Forsaken World Mobile teaser trailer after the break.
You can play Guild Wars 2‘s upcoming expansion PvP mode right now! The Stronghold public beta is today! And then it closes up shop again tomorrow, so if you don’t play it today, you’re going to have to wait. You should probably do that now if you can. Maybe not if you’re at work; your boss probably wouldn’t appreciate your running off to play instead of doing your job. You know what we mean.
Are you nervous because you don’t have the slightest idea how to play the map beyond the universal points of not dying and doing damage to other players? Not to worry; there’s a helpful video guide available from the preview events that should give you a clear picture of how to play. And if all else fails, you can always fall back on the defense of this being a beta wherein no one is an expert just yet. The old standby.
League of Legends finally applied a nerf to controversial champion Nidalee, but players warn that it won’t harm her jungling potential. Riot Games has also decided to run this year’s World Championship tournament series in Europe and revealed the event venues it will use. Hearthstone‘s community manager confirmed that modding the game in any way is not allowed and those caught using any mods will be banned. Armored Warfare released a new sneak peek video on its upcoming M551 Sheridan tank, Infinite Crisis released new champion Lex Luthor, and Bloodline Champions ran its first cash tournament in a long time.
Star Citizen Alpha 1.1.1 was released this week, and developers discussed two new innovations to the game’s FPS module with its stance and breathing mechanics. MassivelyOP got an advance look at Path of Exile‘s colossal upcoming Act IV update, and signups have now opened for the Act IV closed beta to be released on April 20th. Five Elite: Dangerous players have won brand new Geforce Titan graphics cards in the game’s recent scavenger hunt contest, and the latest newsletter revealed the the highly requested cargo drone is coming to the game.
Read on for more details of the above stories and more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.
Even if they share common lineage, MMOs must have a distinctive angle or face death by mediocrity. For the upcoming Icarus Online, that hook is flying combat — and lots of it.
Icarus Online is moving forward in Korea and Japan and features both ground and aerial combat. In fact, the title even boasts “flying raids,” which is a good indication that the flight aspect is more than a marketing gimmick.
The fantasy title is using the CryEngine 3 and is heading into open beta in Japan on April 16th. While the Korean version has a regional block, it’s uncertain whether Japan’s beta will too. You can check out the Japanese trailer for Icarus Online after the jump!
Even though MassivelyOP’s MJ already has a slew of heroes she needs to work on, it’s hard to resist when Marvel Heroes
introduces a new one. Her resolve held firm through Nova, Iceman, and Winter Soldier, then she caved on She-Hulk! Part lawyer, part face-pounder — how could MJ pass that up? She may be back to level 1, but that will change quickly as she has a little Midtown Madness fun. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to check out this green-machine’s powers.
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 13th, 2015