Archive

City of Villains + EverQuest II + World of Warcraft + Age of Conan: Unchained + City of Heroes + Champions Online Features

  • You will accept my God or I will kill you, because he is a kind and caring God. And so begins the crusade.
    ComputerAndVideoGames, the site with the longest name in MMOG circles has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades.

    "
    There is a life beyond the world as you know it. I know because I've just been there. But right now I'm sitting in an office in Irvine, California, and sitting opposite me is Blizzard's creative director Chris Metzen, the man whose mind provides the motivation every time an orc raises an axe in anger. Every major nugget of Warcraft lore has passed through his hands - Frozen Thrones, Dark Portals, you name it. He's the man who gives meaning to your daily grind. He's also a full-on rock star: wide grin, muscular build, dazzling necklace, chunky rings and Bono sunglasses. He's the closest man to Henry Rollins the games industry has. And I'm here to hear him talk Orc. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades Preview at ComputerAndVideoGames.
    And there's more!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard's Redux of "Timecop"
    Jean Cluade Van Damme kind of looks like a Tauren, hmm... but you'll see what I mean about "Timecop" in a second. On another note, our British friends at CVG just posted the nuttiest preview I've ever read. I'll stand back and let a one of the tamer snippets fly:

    "That's right, your character is about to make an amazing journey through time and space to some of the most pivotal moments in Warcraft history - all thanks to a handy dungeon managed by a Flight of Bronze Dragons whose humdrum task is to police the timestream. Although they're clearly not very good at it, seeing as anyone of sufficient level (and owning the expansion pack) will be able to wander into their Tanaris lair, speed up to 88mph and hurtle through history. You'll be there on the Black Morass the day the Black Portal was opened, before the land was blighted and split between the Blasted Land and the Swamp of Sorrows, with an environment being made pixel for pixel just as it was in Warcraft II. You'll be one of a party who rescue future orc leader Thrall from a distinctly non-ruined and highly turreted Durnhold keep. You'll even be present atop Mount Hyjal on the fateful day in Reign of Chaos when all the races joined together to put the boot into the wicked bad Archimonde."

    Sounds like fun. More English enthusiasm from the CVG Preview of Burning Crusade here.
    Other links you might enjoy:

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
    Ethec
  • A Game for the Mature Barbarian
    Moggers interviews Jorgen Tharaldson, Conan product manager about the Q2 2006 MMO's unique features: like solo-only to level 20, the single-player focus, brutal endgame, and the "mature" rating. Does this mean we'll see buxom barbarian beauty booty? They don't ask, but we would!

    "Conan is announced as a mature game. This is (as far as we know) the first time developers don't try to get a 12+ years rating. So you expect an older audiance? What is the advantage of this?
    We are definitively going for the mature audience in Conan, and to be honest I don’t think anything else would have cut it. I mean, it’s Conan, you are supposed to be brutal and barbaric in this universe, right? ;P) We also see that the average online RPG player is close to 28 years (27,2 years in Anarchy Online). If I am not all mistaken the average overall gamer is now 24 years old, so the majority of the gamers are hence adults."

    Moggers Age of Conan Q&A, here.
    Other links you might enjoy:

     

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
    Ethec
  • The crusades, the crusades, the crusades are on Fire.... we don't need no water, we need more gameplay.
    ActionTrip has posted a World of Warcraft: Burning Crusades preview. .

    " In my long years of being a game junkie I have never encountered an ethereal substance as potent as whatever it is that's trickling from my monitor screen when I'm playing World of Warcraft. Still, I take solace in the fact that I'm just one of the four and something million souls feeding off the mysterious trickling substance. We need it to trickle as we need the air we breathe and the food we ingest. And if someone asks you, I'm not addicted. Nope. I deny the existence of the word 'denial' and that's that. I'm fine. (The first step in breaking an addiction is to admit you have a problem -Mo.)"

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: Burning Crusades Preview at Action Trip.
    Not enough? Hit our World of Warcraft Community Site or the Meta-Search Tool, or heck, more WoW News.
     

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Another Q&A from Cryptic's evil lair
    Jack Emmert, "statesman" emeritus and creative director for Cryptic Studio's City of Villains, answers a cornucopia of questions (hey, it's November, right?) from MMORPG.com about the infant super-baddie MMO.

    MMORPG.com: What sort of costume goodies are you planning to add for City of Villains in the future?


    Jack Emmert:
    We’re planning on adding trenchcoats to both games…eventually. Many other things to come in the future as well.

    Put on your tights and fasten your utility belt, it's time for another City of Villains interview at MMORPG.com.
    Related links:

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Burning Crusade, everywhere and anywhere.
    Jolt has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    "

    For such a successful game in the genre, the announcement of a
    commercial add-on is as surprising as waking up to find that you
    haven’t changed into a female Night Elf after all [What!? – Ed], and it’s with an equal level of astonishment that we learn it will contain new lands, dungeons, items, quests and playable races, as well as offer an increased level cap. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at Jolt.
    Other Interesting Links:

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Jack Emmert's villainous plans revealed to the public at last!
    It's launch day for Cryptic Studios' City of Villains the standalone dark-side sequel to superhero MMO City of Heroes. Producer Jack Emmert tells of the rather substantial differences between the two games, from the dingy feel of CoV starting zones to the design of a self-important villain as opposed to a group friendly hero. I wouldn't cram all this into a snippet unless it gave you a glimpse of thought cryptic has put into this game:

    Comic book villains, however, are more selfish and individual-oriented. They don't always turn to their teammates for assistance. Instead, villains exploit one another to the greatest advantage. We scattered some new powers into the Archetypes and gave each villain a special inherent ability to set them apart from the heroes. Brutes are all about melee damage. A Brute's Fury ability means that the more damage he takes, the more damage he gives. But a Brute can't control aggro as well as a Tanker and he lacks the resistances of a Tanker. The Brute relies on offense rather than defense. So he doesn't fit into the "meat shield" MMP role. Instead, that's ably filled by the Mastermind. This Archetype summons minions to do his bidding. The Mastermind sends his lackeys into the fray to absorb the initial strike, then lets his teammates do the rest. A Corruptor, on the other hand, has some buffing and debuffing abilities, but he doesn't compare to the heroic Defenders. His key ability, Scourge, comes into play when victims are low on hit points. The lower the hit points of a target, the greater the chance a Corruptor can score a devastating blow. In combat, the Corruptor acts like the ultimate scavenger. He skirts the periphery, helping his teammates with buffs, and then swoops in once an opponent is injured. "

    The rest of the City of Villains interview is available at Jive.
    Related Links:

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • What's a crusade without some burning?

    GamePro weighs in on the World of Warcraft expansion madness in the first BlizzCon article that doesn't look like it was written on a cold expo hall cafeteria floor. Flyable mounts, new spells for everyone level 40+, and a new tradeskill class- Jewelcrafting- made an impression on GamePro.

    The new Blood Elf race is based in a new region of Quel'Thalas with areas for level 1-10 and 11-20 characters. Although originally the noble High Elves, the Blood Elves became corrupt in their insatiable hunger for arcane power. This is reflected in their racial attributes, which gives the race two exclusive abilities: Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent. Mana Tap (20 yard range, 10 second cooldown) is a stackable ability similar to Rogue's combo points that drains 50 mana from the target, which is then converted into arcane energy. Stackable three times, the power then can be unleashed with Arcane Torrent (8 yard range, 2 minute cooldown), which converts the energy into 5 Rage per "combo point," or 140 mana per point. The known class choices so far for Blood Elves are Warriors, Warlocks, Mages and Priests. Will there be Blood Elf Rogues that can convert mana into energy? Blizzard has yet to finalize the class choices, so that remains to be seen.

    GamePro's BlizzCon coverage of the World of Warcraft expansion, here!

    Related links:

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • My EQLive Ranger was a bloodied elf, but I guess Blizzard is talking about a different kind of Blood Elf

    Blizzard's official site coverage of the just-announced World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade features pics, information on new epic weapons, crafting and enchanting updates, and of course the introduction of the Blood Elves race for the Horde and the raising of the level cap to 70.

    • New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world.

    • Higher Level Limit: The game’s level cap is being raised to 70, and every new level will offer meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class.
    • New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players.
    • Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region’s more hazardous terrain.
    • Jewelcrafting, Socketable Items, and More: Crafters will be pleased to know that the expansion adds an all-new profession to the game: Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting comes the advent of socketable items in World of Warcraft, which will give players additional variety in how they can customize their gear. In addition, existing professions will be enhanced to take advantage of the increased character-level limit.
    • New Quests, New Monsters, and New Challenges: As the boundaries of World of Warcraft are stretched farther than ever before, there will be exciting new quests for players to undertake and new monsters to confront. And with greater challenges come greater rewards….

    Read the World of Warcraft expansion press release, enjoy official BlizzCon coverage, or bask in the new World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion site.

    Related links:

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • More burning questions crusade around us.
    AtomicMPC has posted a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade preview mentioning among other things, auction houses in every city.

    " It's safe to say after that Blizzard is on the right track with its first expansion to World of Warcraft, one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Attendees were shown a preview of the game at the inaugural BlizzCon, a celebration of Blizzard's games. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at AtomicMPC.
    Related Links:

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
RSS feed

News from around the 'Net