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Age of Conan: Unchained + World of Warcraft + Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Features

  • Is the Warhammer Online game in any way an attempt to be a translation of the table-top war game?

    ComputerandVideoGames.com has posted a preview of the upcoming Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning.

    Stood in a large hall, surrounded by empty tables where hundreds of undersized battles have been decided with hundreds of handfuls of dice, I ask Games Workshop's licensing manager Erik Mogensen a question that I know is a stupid one, but I feel I should ask. Is the Warhammer Online game in any way an attempt to be a translation of the table-top war game?

    "Not at all. It's not about the table-top game, it's about the IP".

    Keep reading to find out more. Tell us what you think about this preview at Warhammer Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Aug 07, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Hooked on WoW?

    Hooked on Games has posted a preview of WoW's soon to be released expansion The Burning Crusade. Keep reading to see how they think this expansion is shaping up.

    The first new race being introduced to the Horde by the expansion is the Blood Elves. The Blood Elves are outcasts of there native homelands, driven out and stripped of their eternal life after they became corrupted by the very magic in which they sought out to possess. Currently the class selection available for the Blood elves will be Rogue, Mage, Warlock, Priest, and Warrior. Their racial traits will be centered around using magic. These traits will include Mana Tap, which gives the Blood Elf the power to drain mana from an opponent, and Arcane Torrent, which silences an opponent for two seconds.

    Check out the rest of this preview and don't forget to head over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news, information and interviews. Stop by the forums and share your thoughts with us about this upcoming expansion.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Frank Pierce Talks with German Site

    WorldofWar.net and their partnersite WorldofWar.de have published an interview with Blizzard's Frank Pierce. This interview took place during the EU Press tour.

    You decided to give the horde the Paladin and the community's response to the news was massive. People are concerned about the balancing. Are there any differences in the classes depending on the faction? what's is the future for the game as there appears to be no difference.

    There won't be any notable distinction between the classes available to the Alliance and Horde but in terms of PvP, battlegrounds and the war and all that stuff, it's all still there. I don't think that because we have this class cross-over that we're going to see any drop-off in the amount of PvP, because at the end of the day, they are still warring factions. I still hate the Alliance as much as I did before :)

    Certainly, the community was very vocal about the announcement and that's healthy. We want to hear what the community has to say, they wouldn't be so vocal if they didn't care about the game and so in that respect it's good to know they care so much about the game.

    Read the rest of this interview and then hurry over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer and let us know your thoughts!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Gameplay Preview #9

    The Age of Conan official site was updated today with this preview. It takes a look at Siege PVP and Massive PVP. Keep reading to learn more.

    This week take a look into the bloody conflicts that players will be able to engage in within the Border Kingdom PVP zones in Age of Conan

    Destruction and betrayal brought about by the thirst for power is the nectar of Hyboria - the one constant in the world of King Conan. Death reaps a rich harvest in the battles for power between rival warlords, tribal chiefs and would be pretenders to the throne of Aquillonia.

    Read the rest of this preview and then hurry back and let us know what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Is Conan For You?

    Gaming Horizon took some time to preview Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures recently. Their preview includes some wonderful screenshots that you will not want to miss.

    Age of Conan, Funcom's second foray into the MMO market, will trade on the world's most recognizable fantasy hero while thrusting its players into a dark, savage and deadly world of demonology, wanton cruelty and human sacrifice. Going to retail with a Mature rating from the ESRB, a potentially risky move for a subscription-based game, will ensure that players will be able to revel in the gritty (un)reality of the Conan universe - complete with in-game guttings and beheadings. However, that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, in this highly anticipated game.

    Our fourms are just waiting for you to fill them up with your thoughts about Age of Conan and all your favorite MMOs once you finish reading this preview. Are you planning to play Age of Conan? Tell us why!

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jul 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Double The Previews

    Today both GameSpot and IGN have previews of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning posted. Keep reading to see what they have to say...

    GameSpot starts us off today.

    Nothing says "summer" quite like having a bunch of video games in one place. At a recent press event at which publisher EA Games showed off a great many of its upcoming games, we had a chance to take an updated look at Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the upcoming massively multiplayer game from developer Mythic and its brand-new publisher and corporate owner.

    According to Mythic's Jeff Hickman, much of the content for the game's first "racial pairing," the dwarves versus the "greenskins" (a faction of orks and goblins), is complete, including many of the lower-level areas and items. In addition, though we were unable to see it in action, Mythic has begun production on the game's high-level player-versus-player (PVP) content, such as capital city raids, which will offer multiple types of treasures (including open, undefended loot and special items that can be obtained only by defeating specific enemy characters, such as merchants, barkeeps, and kings). These raids will let players capture enemy dignitaries and hold them hostage (and for some cheap humor) until they can be rescued by players from the opposing side.

    Does IGN feel the same about this forthcoming game? Take a look and see...

    Electronic Arts was prominently featuring Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning at its press event today, as the game's developer, Mythic, was recently purchased by EA. We got to play the latest build, and while it was basically the same game we played at E3 a couple months ago, there are a few significant updates to report.

    Tell us what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Actiontrip Takes a Look at The Burning Crusades

    Actiontrip.com posted a preview of WoW's forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Did they like what they saw or think that it needs to head back to the drawing board? Keep reading to find out.

    It goes without saying, but yes, World of Warcraft is the most successful MMORPG of all time. It is the 800-lb gorilla of MMORPGs, but what’s striking is that WoW is the first game to truly bridge the gap between hardcore gamers and the mainstream crowds. Blizzard’s giant cash cow is becoming a part of popular culture, supplanting The Sims as the “it” game of choice for both gamers and non-gamers alike.

    Head over to Actiontrip.com to read the rest of the preview. Don't forget to visit WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all your latest WoW news and information!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Blizzard's VP of Game Design, Rob Pardo Talks To CVG

    ComputerandVideoGames.com had a chance to sit and talk with Rob Pardo about World of Warcraft's much awaited expansion The Burning Crusades.

    World of Warcraft is such an unstoppable behemoth of a success story, it hardly even needs an introduction anymore. Still, there's plenty that developer Blizzard is keeping tight-lipped about regarding the forthcoming expansion Burning Crusade, so we'll seize any chance we get to weed out further nuggets of fact.

    We sat down with Blizzard's VP of game design, Rob Pardo, to probe his impenetrable cavern of revelations regarding just what we can expect when Azeroth's dark portals finally open, the benefits offered by the expansion's two new races and, of course, the new level 70 cap. Read on for more.

    Read the interview at CVG.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Gameplay Preview #8 - Spellweaving

    The official site for Funcom's Age of Conan offers a look at spellweaving. Keep reading to see what you can expect from this forthcoming MMO.

    This week we take a look at the dark and arcane arts that are part of the magic system in Age of Conan, and in particular our unqiue spellweaving system!

    In Age of Conan we wanted the magic to reflect the world in which the game is based. Dealing with the arcane arts and siphoning the power of ancient gods is not something to be taken lightly. Just like our melee system, our magic system will also call upon the skills of the player. The player learning to balance their lust for powerful affects with the dangers that calling upon such extraordinary magic incurs.

    Head over to the Age of Conan site to read the rest of this preview!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Questions Answered at Stratics

    In a bi-monthly series, the team at Stratics has posted the results of their Q and A with the develiopers of World of Warcraft.

    Q. When designing quests do you use usability testing to see how different cultures would interpret them? - Douglas Meinhardt from the Uldum realm.

    A. Localization and usability are one of our top priorities when we design quests.We have dedicated localization teams who translate game content for each region. When something is found to be off color or unidentifiable, they make changes to insure that the text works in that particular region.

    Find out more about this game and how you can submit your questions!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jun 20, 2006
    LadySirse
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