While I was taking my test drive of the Revenant class at ArenaNet’s recent press event, I wasn’t just playing through old familiar portions of Guild Wars 2. No, I was being welcomed to the jungle, mercifully without having to listen to that tired old Guns N’ Roses chestnut in the process. And then I was taking on Strongholds, which meant less dusting off my withered PvE skills for the game and more immediately developing PvP skills I’m not entirely sure I ever had.
So how were they? In the former case, I honestly think I didn’t get enough of a playground to say much about it one way or the other, but it certainly didn’t have me leaping for joy at the content. In the latter, though, I was very thoroughly pleased with how balanced the gameplay felt and how much fun the whole thing was, though it was buoyed somewhat by the fact that I kept being on the winning team. Let’s hit this one point by point.
Riot Games President Marc Merill says he regrets comments made in the heat of the moment regarding the recent SpectateFaker controversy. Riot issued its ruling on the matter this week, confirming that it will take the stream down as Faker believes it’s harming his career. League of Legends also got a new champion this week with Bard, an odd new support champion who grows in power by collecting musical chimes that appear randomly on the map. Hearthstone was also rocked with its own scandal recently as players began aggressively investigating female competitive player Hyerim “MagicAmy” Lee over accusations that someone else was playing her tournament matches for her.
In lighter news, Blizzard announced that it will have a huge booth in March’s Intel Extreme Masters event and will be giving out Heroes of the Storm beta keys at the event. Infinite Crisis faces low player numbers as it closes down the Gotham Heights matchmaking queue. Diablo III players have found a way to power-level extremely quickly and have already broken the 800 paragon level barrier. Third person MOBA SMITE has released new goddess Bellona, the Ancient Roman Goddess of war. Destiny‘s patch 1.1.1 has now landed along with new goodies like mobile vault access and a new hardcore Inferno game mode. And mobile MOBA Vainglory released new mage hero Celeste as part of patch 1.2.0.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of this week’s news from popular online multiplayer games.
During her last two Midtown Madness adventures in Marvel Heroes
, MassivelyOP’s MJ was able to get Squirrel Girl from level one to 52. But can she go all the way? Surely she can get eight more levels during one hour, especially with all the bonus buffs and XP that the events rain down on players! With an endless supply of Midtown bosses to pave the way, MJ is on a mission to get her first max-level hero. And she just wants to throw squirrels at people.
Don’t touch that dial! OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team is live at 8:00 p.m.!
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 2nd, 2015
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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s third developer livestream spent a good amount of time talking about the Eldar and its sub-factions, although that’s not all that was discussed for this upcoming title. The team also revealed that there will be some form of stealth in the game, confirmed that friendly fire will be present, and said that more will be shown of the gameplay in the next few months.
Eternal Crusade is aiming for a fall release window for its early access. You can watch the livestream after the jump!
Are you keeping an eye on Eleven, one of the two Glitch revival projects that have received Tiny Speck’s blessing? It’s posted a new behind-the-scenes video this week, one that might be a little technical for someone who really just wants to log in and play, but it shows how the game’s platform structure injects dimension and interaction into the world.
The game opened its alpha to 13 testers in December, widening the base to 32 players in January.
The video is below. Stay tuned for this week’s Jukebox Heroes, in which Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti explores the recently released two-volume Glitch soundtrack.
Shroud of the Avatar isn’t even in proper alpha testing yet, but the fantasy title has already been host to its first in-game wedding.
Players Roper and Keira tied the virtual knot in an action-packed proceedings that included intense vow-making, fiery battles, and a knighting ceremony. Lord British and several members of the dev team also made appearances to bestow blessings on the newlyweds.
You can watch the highlights of the ceremony after the jump!
Have you seen that new Star Citizen promo from Western Digital? It’s worth a look if you’re a fan of the upcoming space sim sandbox. The two-minute clip focuses mainly on Cloud Imperium boss Chris Roberts, and it features a lot of in-game footage, behind-the-scenes development footage, and interview snippets with Star Citizen devs including producer Travis Day and community director Ben Lesnick.
“I want to play a game and get lost in that world,” Roberts says. “But it’s hard to do that. It’s hard to get to that level but when it does, those are the great games.” Click past the cut to see the clip!
The insanely ambitious Ascent: The Space Game may make a new friend or two this week with the space sim arrival on Steam Early Access. Even better for its future growth, the title is 10% off on the platform until March 6th, meaning that you can pick it up for $17.99.
Like most early access titles, Ascent is still missing many features, although the developer claims that there is an overwhelming amount to enjoy in the game already, including mining, harvesting, colonizing, politicking, constructing, and exploring. You can check out the new release trailer after the jump.
Forget the living world; it may be that finally allowing players to zoom into a first-person view will be the most significant event that’s ever happened to Guild Wars 2 — and perhaps the world. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but for those of us who have been frustrated trying to take screenshots without a giant noggin in the way, it’s a revelation.
A new dev diary talks about both the first-person camera view as well as the other camera options coming in March. “A new feature we’re excited about is something we’re calling collision sensitivity,” the team posted. “We’ve all been there — you’re running along, happily dispatching ambient rabbits, when suddenly a small tree comes between your camera and your character, causing the camera to snap in very close and completely ruin your immersion. Well, we fixed this!”
Other camera changes include zoom sensitivity, a field of view slider, an update to the position slider, and an option to restore to the default camera settings. The latest episode of Ready Up, which demonstrates the new changes in action, is embedded below.
MassivelyOP’s MJ has done many things in ArcheAge, but one thing she’s never experienced is the Hadir Farm dungeon. In fact, none of the Minions has! It turns out everyone just out-leveled it and never came back. So now MJ’s inviting you along for the Minions’ very first trip down into the depths of this dungeon. What will they find? Possibly death… hopefully riches… but definitely fun!
Tune in to OPTV at 12:00 p.m. when this Stream Team goes live!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Last time MassivelyOP’s Mike Foster played PlanetSide 2, he died a bunch while providing little value to his team. Tonight should be no different, but at least he finally has a gun he likes. It’s time for a little shooty, huge-battle carnage. Join us at 7:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you…
What: PlanetSide 2
Who: Mike Foster
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Black Desert just got a new class called the Blader, which Steparu describes as the “fastest playable character” in the game. Bladers wield a sword — duh — as well as a composite bow, and they’re also able to conjure some sort of spirit weapon called a Tiger Blade, which turns them into a dual-wield class.
Steparu also mentions endless attacks courtesy of delay-canceling skills as well as effective evasion, heavy damage, and a quick dash that instantly closes the distance on targets. Click past the cut to see a clip of the Blader in action.
There’s much to love about The Secret World, as MassivelyOP’s MJ and Justin will both tell you. But why settle for just telling when they can also show you? This duo is teaming up once again to show off one of the best places in game: Savage Coast’s amusement park.
Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to play in the park as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you…
What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie and Justin Olivetti
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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