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March 19, 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is Almost Here

The Prime Evil has been trapped within the Black Soulstone, but before the artifact can be sealed forever Malthael, the Angel of Death, returns to steal the Black Soulstone and use its power for his own ends.

Are you ready to face the Angel of Death? Check out the offical gameplay trailer for Reaper of Souls.

Go anywhere, slay anything. March 25th 2014.

Remember if you pre-order before the 25th you’ll get the following bonus items:

  • The Wings of Valor in Diablo III
  • Unlock Valla the Demon Hunter in Heroes of the Storm

 

For more information and to pre-order your copy of Reaper of Souls vist the Battle.net shop now.

October 22, 2013

Ah…There is a certain beauty in the stillness. Let’s kill it!

tattooed kittyWith the upcoming Diablo III expansion ‘Reaper of Souls’ comes a brand new class, enter ‘the crusader’. The Crusader is a mid-range melee class wielding a flail/sword and a shield, but also has mid-ranged spells at their disposal using Wrath as their energy source. The class is based on the Paladin from Diablo II. Resourceful and resilient, Crusaders are a different breed of holy warrior, trained to wield powers unlike any before. They are a group of men and women chosen for their prowess and cunning on the battlefield, and also for their unyielding dedication to the Light; their purpose, to hunt down the enemies of Zakarum and rid Sanctuary of their corruption – they will not let anything stand between themselves and their goal finding strength in their unshakable confidence in their cause.

The Crusader

Background of the Crusader
The origins of the Crusaders lie during the time of Rakkis’s crusade against the Western Kingdoms. As Rakkis’s paladin forces moved westward, one of the leaders of his forces sensed Mephisto’s taint in the Zakarum faith, and secretly founded the Crusader order. The order was specifically founded as a separate entity from the paladins for fear of carrying over corruption into their new sacred duty. Over the centuries, the Crusader order was hardened through combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary as their quest to cleanse the Zakarum of Mephisto’s taint, the corruption of Sanctuary as a whole drove them on and they were intent on achieving this goal through any means necessary.

Male and Female Crusader

Primary Skills

Punish
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Smash your enemy for 130% weapon damage, plus 10% of your shield’s block amount as damage. Your strikes heighten your battle senses, increasing your block chance by 2% for 3 seconds.

Slash
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Ignite the air 5 yards in front of you with Holy fire, causing 135% weapon damage to all enemies caught in it.

Justice
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Hurl a hammer of justice at your enemies, dealing 140% Holy weapon damage.

Scourge
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Scourge your enemies for 120% weapon damage. Striking an enemy surrounds it in hallowed threads which have a chance to jump to 3 nearby enemies.

Secondary Skills

Shield Bash
Costs 25 Wrath. Bash all enemies in front of you with your shield, dealing 270% weapon damage as holy, plus 10% shield block amount as damage as holy. / Enemies struck have a 20% chance to be stunned, increased by 25% of your shield’s block chance. / The skill can also be used to reflect projectiles.

The Fist of the Heavens
Costs 25 Wrath. Call a lightning bolt down from the sky, dealing 220% weapon damage to any enemy within 8 yards. When the lightning bolt hits the ground, it splits into 6 piercing charged bolts that fire outward, dealing 50% weapon damage to enemies they pass through.

Sweep Attack
Costs 25 Wrath. Sweep a mystical flail in a wide arc through enemies 20 yards before you, dealing 230% weapon damage to all enemies caught in the arc.

Blessed Shield
Costs 25 Wrath. Hurl a celestial shield at enemies, dealing 200% weapon damage and 10% of shield block amount as damage. The shield will ricochet to 1 targets nearby.

Blessed Hammer
Cost: 10 Wrath Summon a blessed hammer that spins around you, dealing 125% weapon damage to any enemy hit. Hammers have a 100% chance to pierce.

Defensive Skills

Shield Glare
Cooldown: 12 seconds. Light erupts from your shield, blinding all enemies 30 yards in front of you for 4 seconds.

Judgement
Cooldown: 20 seconds. Pass judgment on all enemies in an area, rooting them in place for 4 seconds.

For more information about Diablo III and what the game is all about check out the game guide here: http://www.battle.net/d3/en/game/what-is. While you’re at it, you could grab yourself a virtual ticket to Blizzcon 2013, along with your ticket you get a Diablo III in-game gift – the Murkalot, this is a murloc based on the Crusader. The crusader sounds like a fun character to play, I can’t wait. For gamers who love their MMOs there are often difficult decisions to be made regarding how many games you play at any one time, in my own experience I have a main game that I play in-depth, WoW, and try to play other games in my downtime – but Diablo III is a bit of a rogue element, it’s definitely going to be getting a good share of my time once the expansion is released. Killing monsters and looting dungeons hand-in-hand with some apt one-liners… bring it on!

April 10, 2013

Real Time Strategy with Death Inc

Death Inc media image

From some of the minds that brought you LittleBigPlanet, Fable and Burnout comes a pungent re-imagining of the Black Death.http://www.ambientstudios.co.uk/deathinc

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/.

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