2014 February

February 22, 2014

Heroes of the Storm in Beta Testing

Powerful warriors from Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Koprulu sector and beyond have been sucked into the Nexus, a trans-dimensional storm. Stranded in the Nexus, these heroes engage in an endless battle for glory and survival.

Heroes Game Screenshot

Heroes of the Storm will be a free-to-play online team brawler for PC and Mac, starring your favourite Blizzard characters. The game is currently in beta testing as of 2014 and although Blizzard do not yet have a release date, they say that they should be in a better position to announce this after beta testing has started.

The game allows you to build and customise heroes from across every Blizzard universe to suit your play style. Team up with your friends and engage in fast-paced action across varied battlegrounds that impact strategy and change the way you play the game. In each match you can select from an array of Blizzard heroes and join a team to battle against enemy players, with the ultimate goal of destroying the enemy base.

Summon all your favourite characters: Thrall, Kerrigan, Diablo, Arthas, Zeratul, Tyrael and others from more than 20 years of Blizzard games. In Heroes of the Storm, players are distinguished through the accomplishments and overall success of their team. Every role is valuable and viable over the course of each match, and every player benefits from each hero takedown and each epic victory they contribute to. The battlegrounds in Heroes of the Storm mix up the experience with a variety of maps and advantages that you can unlock including powerful allies, friendly towns, and valuable vantage points offering multiple paths to victory and that reward teamwork, strategy, and creativity.

Heroes of the Storm Roles

This ‘team brawler’ is now available for beta sign-up via battle.net and for updates about the game and it’s expected release date keep an eye on the official website: http:/www.heroesofthestorm.com. You can also follow the game on Twitter @BlizzHeroes, and on the official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BlizzHeroes.

February 22, 2014

Upgrade to the desktop App for Battle.net

Blizzard Beta Launcher

In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to Blizzard’s new desktop app for Battle.net. This update is designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline Blizzard gameplay. But you don’t have to wait until then to check out the new launcher, the open beta test is underway and you can download and install the app now – I would highly recommend doing this, I love the app is absolutely brilliant: http://www.battle.net/en/app/

So, what does this app give you?

Single Sign-On
Log in once to access all your games and stay logged in for up to 30 days, easy.

Install and Auto-Update Games
Install games directly through the app and, you can leave the app running on your desktop and keep them up-to-date automatically even while you’re away from your computer.

Get the Latest News
No need to check elsewhere for the latest news and update information, the app is a central hub for this information. You can filter news based on the games you play.

For more information about the launcher visit: https://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/launcher-update-testing

February 6, 2014

Amazon has bought Double Helix

 

Late yesterday, Double Helix, the studio behind the Killer Instinct Revival on the Xbox One, was purchased by Amazon. The online retail giant has been in the rumor mill as of late, with rumors speculating a possible android based console or becoming a publisher. This is not the first games studio that Amazon has purchased. In 2008, the retailer bought Reflexive Entertainment. Double Helix has a rather stable, if not unremarkable, resume. Double Helix was formed by the merging of Shiny Entertainment and The Collective. They recently have had success with the revival of the Rare fighting franchise, Killer Instinct, and were picked by Capcom to revive the Strider franchise. Previously they had two titles in established franchises that were mildly received, Front Mission Evolved and Silent Hill: Homecoming. Outside of those titles they have had a string of movie tie-in titles that were poorly received. Microsoft has responded to Games Industry International about the transaction saying “”We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We’re excited about the future of this popular franchise.” It will be interesting to see what comes of this, if any rumors come to light. The Strider reboot that Double Helix is putting the finishing touches on, will be downloadable, which will be available on February 18th and 19th, 2014. The title will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The title will run you $14.99.

February 5, 2014

Gaming in Stereo: The Ambiance of a Hunter

 

It has been quite some time since the last music article I posted and I apologize. With the busy holidays and my wedding coming up in just a few short months, my schedule has been hectic, but enough excuses, lets get to some tunes! Both tracks today are from the same ReMixer, Argle, and come from OverClocked Remix. Both tracks are from the Metroid Prime series, a series that I love to death and hope that Retro and Nintendo can bring a new spin on the Prime series to the Wii U. One interesting fact about Argle’s remixes is that the original tracks had a faster tempo, the remixes have a slower tempo making them feel more ambient in nature. The tracks have plenty of layers and surprises ranging from acoustic guitars, chip tunes, and pianos; though they do retain their electronic feel. Listening to these tracks over and over makes me want to fire up the Wii and play through the trilogy again, maybe a good way to spend the weekend.

 

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“Relics of an Ancient Race” – Metroid Prime – Argle

Starting with a warble, the track quickly kicks into gear with vocals and effects accompanied by chip explosions. The ambiance this track makes with the stings and stead drum beat is awesome, making the track feel like you are exploring worlds from behind visor. Heavy guitars and the melody pick up at (2:30) and finishing with some very nice harp and piano work around the (4:30) mark. The soundtrack to the Prime series is already rather heavy with electronics and ambient noises, and to remix that is quite a feat that shines through the remix.

 

“Bogged Down” – Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Argle

I love the organ implementation in the beginning of the track and it follows through out. This track has more heavy guitars than the previous track but fits with the darker image the followed Echoes. Hitting at the (2:28) mark, a beautiful piano production takes over the melody. Finishing off the track at the (4:00) mark, a suave acoustic guitar finishes off the melody. This track has as much variety as the previous track. Enjoy.

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