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Absolver shows off the basics of character creation and equipment

When you play Absolver, your character’s face is a mask. You don’t get to see more than that. But there’s still room for character creation despite that; players can choose different genders and hairstyles, after all. A new video from the game’s development team shows off the character creation as well as what it means to have a game where character faces are never seen, moving customization in a different direction altogether.

Obviously, this means offering players a wide variety of outfit choices and ways to differentiate characters thusly; the flip side is that players will have to carefully consider the properties of each piece of equipment. More defensive gear is often heavier and will slow players more, while lighter gear might not blunt the impact of a blow to the same degree. Check out the full video below for a look at creation, lore, and armor all in one place.

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Check out World of Warcraft’s 7.3 scenario in full video format

Along with everything else coming to World of Warcraft in patch 7.3, players will also have a new scenario to introduce the lore explanation for taking the fight to the Burning Legion directly. Not that you exactly need the explanation, considering that every single resident has ample reason to take the fight to the Legion, but it still exists. And you can watch the whole thing in the video down below if you’re curious.

Needless to say, there are spoilers in there. That’s, like, the entire point.

As you can imagine, it involves more drama between Azeroth herself, Magni, and the various Burning Legion avatars that players have faced off against through the years. If you can’t wait for the actual patch to see all of the lore, check it out for yourself down below.

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Bless Online kicks off its Rebuild testing

So, let’s talk a bit about Bless Online. It’s been a long, strange road. First, the game’s Western version gets cancelled. Then it’s getting published here again by Neowiz. Then we were told the entire game was getting rebuilt, and we even got a look at some of the rebuild ideas. Now the rebuilt version of the game is in testing as of August 1st in South Korea, although it’s not the localized version of the game, so you’ll still have to deal with the language barrier.

Two classes, the Mystic and the Ranger, will not be available for this testing round. You can find out a bit more in the video down below or just download the client, although you’ll need a Korean account to do that and some knowledge of the language to puzzle your way through the actual game. We’ll hopefully learn more about the rebuild as we get closer to the localized release for the game; it’s not like rebuild projects are never successful, although they do have mixed track records.

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Neverwinter launches Tomb of Annihilation today

Dinosaurs, jungles, and tombs, oh my! All of these can be found in the latest major update to Neverwinter. The Tomb of Annihilation update goes live today for PC players, bringing players to Chult in order to explore new ruins, enjoy a new social hub, and dive deep into fighting all sorts of monstrous foes to get that sweet, sweet loot. It’s the journey and the destination.

To be a bit more specific, this addition includes the new adventure zone of Chult Jungle, the Port Nyanzaru social hub, and the Tomb of the Nine Gods dungeon. It also features the new monster hunts with Volo and the continuing campaign storyline for players to enjoy. Check out the launch trailer just below, and log in and start patching if you can’t wait to be welcomed to the jungle. (And, quite possibly, welcomed to the internal digestive tract of a tyrannosaur shortly thereafter.)

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Check out the character creation options for Black Desert’s upcoming Mystic class

As it has always gone with Black Desert, there’s another new class coming to the game dubbed the Mystic, meant to function as the female equivalent of the male-only Striker class. (This is apparently easier than just making one class open to both genders.) There’s a full gallery of screenshots and a teaser trailer down below; the Mystic herself is supposed to be an orphaned girl from Calpheon who was taken in and trained in the Far East, only to journey back when her male sparring partner (i.e., the Striker) headed back.

You can also check out character creation screenshots and video courtesy of Dulfy. The video is just below and shows off the options available, from character build (very skinny to “slightly thicker Michelle Rodriguez”), muscles (waifish girl to a waifish girl with the hint of abs covered in enough baby oil to slide on sandpaper), and hair (high ponytails and cute pixie cuts rule the day). Between that and the class trailer/screenshots down below, it might be hard to wait for your punch-happy lady character, but at least you’ll know how you want her to look.

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Check out previews of two areas coming in World of Warcraft patch 7.3

If you’ve missed the memo, World of Warcraft is taking players to Argus in patch 7.3. That’s the former home of the Draenei, a stronghold of the Burning Legion, and probably not a great place to stop if you’re looking for the best boneless wings money can buy. Previews for the areas of Mac’Aree and Krokuun are now available courtesy of WowHead, and you can check out the tours just below if you can’t wait to explore the landscapes offered by this alien world.

Of course, you might want to know a little more about how you got here in the first place. That’s also fine, and it’s something covered by the next installment of the Warcraft Chronicle series coming out in March 2018. While we don’t know the details, it looks like it’ll cover events around the time of Warcraft III, so it may be useful to bone up on that information once you’ve gotten through the threats available on Argus.

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Take an in-depth look at Destiny 2’s Endless Vale PvP map

It’s not going to blow your mind to find out that there’s going to be PvP in Destiny 2. Heck, it seems almost the norm for anything that is a shooter and has a console version. But even veterans of the original Destiny will find new things to appreciate with the PvP maps, and so you might as well catch up with a tour of the new Endless Vale map and the Control gameplay type.

There’s also a nice chunk of footage of the map being played with the Void Warlock and Sentinel Titan courtesy of IGN, so you’ll get to see the concepts behind the map and see them in action. All told, there’s a fair bit of footage, so while it may be safe for work you probably shouldn’t try to watch it all at once. Come back to it throughout the day.

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Armored Warfare reworks the Ghost Field map

After some major mechanical changes, it’s possible that a lot of maps in Armored Warfare just don’t have the pop they used to. But you needn’t worry about the Ghost Field map, because that map has recently undergone an extensive overhaul for both PvP matches and Global Operations encounters. And these changes are all made with the recent mechanical revisions in mind, so you can be sure that things like foliage and cover are arranged accordingly.

In addition to new objectives for the Global Operations encounter, players will also note that tank commanders are no longer required to pay for ammunition or repairs. This allows you to focus more on controlling key points and deploying NPC assistance to take control of the map as a whole. Check out some screenshots and a video preview of the map just below. We should note that despite the name, the redone map still does not feature any ghosts; whether this is a positive or not will depend on your personal attitudes about fighting ghosts in tanks.

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Path of Exile previews the upcoming Harbour Bridge area

Players testing Path of Exile’s upcoming The Fall of Oriath are going to be hit with a beta server wipe later this week when Act 8 lands for testing. That means new content to play, including the new Harbour Bridge area for people to explore. And you can preview the area right now with the video just below, so you don’t have to head to the bridge with no idea what it will look like.

Of course, it’s a short preview, just giving the barest idea of what the enemies and environment will be like in action… but it’s rather pretty regardless. Whether you’re in the beta test or just waiting for the full release, Path of Exile players will want to take a look.

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Check out The Crew 2’s gameplay in action

So what’s it going to be like playing The Crew 2? If you said “a lot like playing The Crew,” well… all right, you’re cynical, but you have a point. If you said “drive car around,” you’re even more cynical, and this time you’re only partly right. You will also be driving boats and piloting planes, and you’ll be hopping between them freely while not racing. And you can even see the races unfold before you in the latest preview video.

The video is just below and shows the boat, car, and plane races all taking place, although the narration during the video makes it clear you won’t be limited to a race settings for these various vehicles. Check the whole thing out just below, and consider what you’ll want to do in the 2000 square miles of recreated America in the game. Including going on a cross-country joyride in a plane, if that’s your thing. (It’ll be harder in a boat.)

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood early access is live

The time has come, everyone. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is now available for play on PlayStation 4 and PC, assuming you pre-ordered and registered your early access code. You can log in right now and explore everything! Or you can sit at work and know there will be a queue and everyone will have Red Mage to 70 by the time you get home. One or the other.

And yes, there is a queue. At the time of this writing, an issue is also affecting instanced content, preventing certain job quests or content in the Duty Finder from being accessed, but the development team is hard at work correcting the issues. So expect issues, but also expect work on them. It’s almost like an expansion launch or something.

Of course, if you are stuck at work, you can enjoy a video tour of the expansion dungeons just past the break. And don’t worry, it’ll still be here in a little bit. There are only, like, five level-capped Red Mages so far. That’s hardly any.

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E3 2017: Capcom announces Monster Hunter World for consoles and PC

First, the bad news: Monster Hunter World is not an MMO version of the long-running franchise. But it is a new installment bringing in everything that’s long been celebrated about the series, with the same skill-based gameplay and the same core loop of hunting enormous beasts for materials. It’s also a chance for you to play with friends, as the game will support online drop-in drop-out co-op play, so you can jump in from the comfort of your own home to help your friends hunt down creatures.

It’s also going to be a multiplatform release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The console versions are planned to release first in 2018 followed by the PC version later, but if you’d like to treat this seamless open-world game as something of an MMO-like experience, the platform options will support that. Check out the trailer for the new title just below.

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Secret World Legends covers blades and hammer weapon specialties

Over the past day, Secret World Legends has broadcast (taste and see) two more weapon specialty videos for the upcoming reboot. So what mechanics are in store for blades and hammers?

Hammers are all about building and spending rage, which is acquired any time a hammer user attacks or is attacked. When a rage meter fills up, a player becomes enraged and can do super-charged attacks that do extra damage and throws out additional effects.

Meanwhile, blades occasionally generate chi when used. Five doses of chi transforms your blade into a spirit blade, doing extra damage for a short period of time. Chi can continue to be accrued while in spirit blade form.

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