“Prove your skills in combat with the 2013 World of Warcraft Arena Pass! Compete with the best players in 3v3 Arena matches for rewards, glory and a place at the top of the leaderboard.”
The 2013 World of Warcraft Arena Pass gives players a dedicated competitive environment based on the World of Warcraft Arena system. Players will be able create up to 11 level 90 characters per registered World of Warcraft account, each character will be based on one of a set of template characters with the ability to choose from some of the best items available in the game. You can set up your Arena team just like you would a normal PvP group in World of Warcraft, once created, you can compete with your fellow teammates in the special Arena Pass Battlegroup.
What you can earn for your in-game characters:
Participating in at least 50 rated Arena Pass games on one character and with the same team will be eligible to receive the Armored Murloc pet.
If you are a member of one of the top 1000 teams at the end of the rated phase and have participated in at least 100 rated Arena Pass games on a character on a qualifying team, you will receive the “Vanquisher” title for live characters level 71 and over.
To sign-up for the Arena pass you must:
Have an active subscription to World of Warcraft with an account in good standing, e.g., not flagged or banned for any reason.
Have a World of Warcraft account that has been upgraded to Mists of Pandaria.
Have a valid credit card to pay the registration fee for the Arena Pass, which is $20 in North America and €15/£12 in Europe.
Reside in a country or territory that allows participation (you will see the full list when registering).
Complete the required information on the registration page to register for the Arena Pass.
musicMagpie has put together a great Star Trek navigraphic using original Paramount Star Trek footage, screen stills and archive images to compare the technology of the series to real world equivalents. You will be able to investigate the Earth Space Dock from the Next Generation to the Drydock from the Original Series or London, Earth in Alternate Reality.
musicMagpie are also running a Star Trek themed competition ‘Where would you boldly go next’ where you can win a fantastic Star Trek bundle along with a 32GB iPad, a PS3 plus loads more great prizes.
1st Prize bundle: Worth of £1000 including a limited Edition Photo Signed by 5 Enterprise Captains! The Original Star Trek Series DVD, Star Trek The Next Generation DVD, Star Trek 2009 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray), a Classic Communicator, Original Series Phaser, William Shatner signed photo, Chris Pine signed photo, Levar Burton signed photo + Star Trek movies 1-10 & Star Trek Hand Signed Poster.
2nd Prize bundle: 32GB iPad! Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD black Headphones, Star Trek iPad Sleeve + Star Trek PADD style case
3rd Prize bundle: PlayStation 3 500GB Slimline Red, Star Trek Twin Controller PS3 Charger + Star Trek PS3 Game!
The answer that receives the most Facebook likes wins… simple! Winners will be announced following the competition closing date on Monday 5th August via musicMagpie. For more details and how to enter visit the competition page here: http://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/blog/article.asp?id=698.
Although there has been no date for launch officially released for Destiny, it has had a lot of coverage in recent months and there seem to be a lot of questions surrounding the release that remain unanswered, at least for the time being. Bungie, the developers behind the game in association with Activision, have been careful to avoid labelling the game as an MMO instead describing it as an always-online FPS that will incorporate MMO elements referring to it as a ‘shared-world shooter’ because it doesn’t follow all the traditional elements of an MMO game, e.g., you won’t be able to see and interact with all players on your server, instead you would be matched up with other players by the game which will be driven by a brand new game engine which builds upon Bungie’s ‘hopper’ technology that has been used within the Halo games. It is expected that Destiny will be a cross-platform game being released for the XBox360 and PS3, perhaps even the next generation consoles, particularly the PS4. Bungie have definitely stated that Destiny will definitely have a presence on these new generation consoles however they have not yet stated whether this will be in time for launch. Also, as a PC gamer I was interested in Destiny being released for the PC market and there seemed to be some insinuation that gamers just don’t play FPS on PCs anymore… not entirely sure who came up with that one because it’s definitely not what I see, but in all honesty I can’t see this game being released without a PC version, it is a major game and has been under development for years and given the investment I don’t think it will be left off.
The game is set in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth, the survivors of the apocalypse, saved by a being known as the traveler, now call upon a yet unknown power that seems to be connected to the traveler to defend Earth’s last remaining city. As a Guardian of the City you are tasked with destroying the hostile alien races that have taken hold before humanity is completely wiped out. You will be able to choose one of three distinct races as a Guardian: Human, Awoken, or Exo, as well as one of three classes: Hunter, Warlock, or Titan. Each race and class has it’s own unique abilities and it is the combination of a Guardian race and class that determines the kind of Guardian you will be. For more information on what the game will look like and the creative vision of Bungie take a look at the video clip below or for more information visit the official website at: www.destinythegame.com.
“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers”Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment
Select retailers worldwide have now begun taking pre-orders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III — see the official website for a list of participating retailers.
Diablo III was originally released for PC and Mac on 15th May 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. Now console gamers can pre-order the PS3 version which has been tailored especially for the console, with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players.
Players who pre-order the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition pre-order bonuses.
Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters: barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter, embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells.
The game will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99/£39.99, more information about the release will be announced closer to the time.
Ever wondered which games people have been downloading to their mobile devices via the App stores? Well, wonder no more, here are the top 4 best selling game apps across iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry. Generally the apple versions of these games are all in the region of 69p/$1, android versions are usually free, while the Blackberry versions work out much more expensive running into the pounds/dollars (sorry Blackberry users).
“Take on the role of Daud, the legendary assassin who killed the Empress. This second add-on pack for the award-winning first person action game from Arkane Studios gives you a new perspective on Daud, and access to his weapons, gadgets, allies and supernatural abilities.” http://bethsoft.com/en-gb/games/knife_of_dunwall
Now this sounds like my kind of game! And I’m really happy to champion this fun British made game developed by Ambient Studios describe as ‘a freehand strategy game, a unique mix of real-time strategy, god game and business simulation’. Although the game is still in early development there is a demo version you can download from the Kickstarter website here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/229423802/death-inc and will be coming soon to PC and Mac.
The back story…
The disaffected grim reaper ‘Grim T Livingstone’ decides to strike out on his own and found his own reaping business in bustling 17th Century England, Death Inc. His job is to harvest the souls of the townsfolk, he does this by infecting them with Bubonic plague. Once infected a person rises to be part of the reapers army of the undead – but it’s never that easy, the townsfolk are no pushover and they will fight you tooth and nail. You compete in the game against another company – the Ministry of Mortality, and also against other reapers such as Livingstone with their own reaping businesses.
I can’t help but compare this game to the OS strategy game Pandemic, I remember blogging about it last year as that was a game I really enjoyed. Strangely, it also reminds me a little of World of Warcraft, where the Lich King and frostmorne claimed the souls of the dead raising them to create his own undead army, so I like to think of this game as a kind of pandemic-WoW mashup. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this game develops, follow all the latest news on the Ambient Studios website: http://www.ambientstudios.co.uk/deathinc/.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced the the upcoming release of a new free-to-play strategy card game for PC, Mac and iPad which will be called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. There will be a hands-on demo at PAX East this weekend, but beta testing is coming soon. To make sure you are ready for the beta just make sure that you sign up for this in your beta profile settings on battle.net.
In the game, players build card decks baed around one of nine WoW character classes (we don’t know what the nine will be as yet out of the available classes here: warrior, paladin, hunter, rogue, priest, death knight, shaman, mage, warlock, monk or druid) and play each other for the chance to win new cards… oh, and for the win, we can’t forget about that! The game is designed so that all players, even if they have never played WoW before, will be able to pick it up and start playing straight away. You will be able to play against the computer in practice matches, pitting your wits against some of the great strategists of Azeroth, and take on your friends via your battle.net friends list. You will also be able to play in two competitive game modes:
A typical head-to-head with a chance to increase your ranking and earn new cards.
Players start with a new deck of cards and use that to play other Forge challengers. Players will not only be able to win new cards but add to their collections by buying new card packs or disenchanting existing cards to craft ones that they might be missing.
There will be hundreds of different cards to choose from featuring all your favourite characters from WoW, their spells and weapons, but it will be up to you to build your deck and create winning strategies.
I guess to be totally accurate this should be the MMORPG and MMOFPS update, but that’s just way too many letters for my liking! That said, Survarium is in fact an MMO first person shooter that has role-playing elements to it. I really wanted to write a short piece on this upcoming MMO as it’s literally risen from the ashes of GSC Game World (their most successful game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series) which unfortunately closed it’s doors in early 2012 – the team then went on to form a new company called Vostok Games and Survarium is their creation.
Survarium is partially set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which ties in with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series somewhat, and like Diablo III the setting is going to emanate that feeling of darkness and veiled evil (day or night) setting the scene for some dramatic in-game events. The game is set in a future where a massive ecological catastrophe has decimated the planet and nature has turned against humanity, the woods encroach into the cities, crazed-animal attacks are commonplace and strange plants begin to spawn everywhere, this chain of events is described as an anomaly and scientists are powerless to help, countries collapse and the new game is survival. You need to survive when everything around you is in chaos, you need to find a role to fulfil in the new world and will need to complete tasks for the various camps in order to get things such as new types of weapons to aid you.
The game is going to feature a host of different modes including a F2P mode meaning that you can just jump right into the game and take a look around. In a lot of ways it really reminds me of Guild Wars 2 with the dynamic world events and the story for the entire world being driven by the actions of the players in-game, and I’m not knocking that at all because it works so well and is a great development in MMO gaming. Players will have to come together when they come into contact with anomalies in order to survive.
More information and future updates can be found on the Survarium website: http://survarium.com/en, including video posts from the developers, wallpapers and other visuals. There is also an informative development timeline which leads up to the beta release in the fourth quarter of 2013. It’s definitely one to keep an eye on over the coming months.
“The road may be long, and the dangers may be great, but the reward is well worth it… the title of greatest Goblin Keeper of all time!”Goblin Keeper Game Guide
Looking for something to play in your downtime or lunchbreak, why not try out the new free-to-play online game from Night Owl Games called Goblin Keeper. I can only describe it as a strange combination of The Sims, Lemmings and Farmville – be careful it’s strangely addictive.
You are an evil overlord and the aim of the game is total world domination! You achieve this lofty goal by building an army of goblins, orcs, warlocks and other creatures forming your very own empire. All you have to do is keep your army happy with food and gold and get them to build for you as needed, dens for sleeping, mines for resources such as gold, iron and crystal and a library for research among other things – the more they learn the more you are able to achieve for your dungeon, more workers, more space and more powerful creatures. The game has it’s own shop, similar to GW2 but of course on a smaller scale, where you can buy things such as upgrades, boosts, and recipes, or you can trade with other players. All this empire building eventually means that you are able to send out your army on raids to villages or keeps, in turn you need to defend your dungeon from other raiding parties. It has all the right elements, levelling, PvP, PvE, crafting, and it also a really good method of introducing you to the game without resorting to the usual tutorial routines, you are gradually introduced to the elements of the game and suddenly you are playing on your own and relying less on the help tips.
Here’s a quick rundown of the game features:
– Dungeon: Build your dungeons according to your imagination.
– Crafting: When your rooms are created, use the workshop to improve them with equipment and furniture.
– Tactics: Develop various tactics to defend your dungeon and to fight back raids.
– PvP: Relaxing belongs to history: face other players in battle, loot their dungeons and eliminate their creatures.
– PvE: Down with the elves! Destroy and loot the homes of these pointy-ears on your overworld raids.