I have a love/hate relationship with StarCraft II. I love it because it’s fun, and claiming victory over an opponent is ridiculously satisfying. But then I hate it because I’m no good at multitasking and concentrating for longer than 5 seconds at a time – exactly what is needed to be any good at Blizzard’s RTS. No matter, I will definitely be picking up Legacy of the Void when it lands, for both the conclusion to the story and access to the brand new units for each faction. A new flying Terran unit has just been added to the expansion’s closed beta as a matter of fact, and now I’m even more excited.
Boys, look who it is! It’s a Hearthstone league with big cash monies up for grabs! Fame, fortune, and MONEY await those who know how to play magical cards real good, and by play real good, I mean have the luck of the Irish on their side.
Overwatch has been getting a bunch of sudden attention over the past month. Just last week Blizzard showed off the game’s gunslinger, Jesse, and the week before that we got to see Zenyatta, the robotic monk. Now we’re getting a taste of the resident bowman, Hanzo, compliments of brand new gameplay footage.
Apparently card games are popular these days. Which is good news, because my Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards are starting to gather dust. The catch here of course however, is that it’s digital card games which have really taken off. And you can thank Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft for that resurgence. It’s been a great year for Blizzard since the game officially released. A year of expansions more cards and experimental ideas that have proven to be successful. But Blizzard wants to keep that momentum rolling, and elevate Hearthstone above being a mere one-year wonder.
For a game that was dormant for months, Overwatch seems to be gearing up for something if the past two weeks are anything to go by. Last week we got a good look at the busy, robotic monk Zenyatta in action - and for a support he looked incredibly fun to play. This week things are a little more on the offensive side, and Overwatch's very own cowboy doesn't play as you'd expect.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a million times more; If you’ve even remotely considered getting into the MOBA craze, Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm is the best place to get started. It stripped away part of what makes other titles in the same genre difficult; namely items, gold management, and even skill selection to a certain extent. The open beta kicks off today, meaning that if you somehow didn’t grab a key over the past few months already, you can hop into the Nexus right this second. Alternately, if you’d rather skip the clicking, and favour drawing instead, you can enter Blizzard’s new design contest; there are $13000 worth of prizes up for grabs!
If you’ve ever considered getting into the MOBA scene, Heroes of the Storm is definitely the best entry point. Blizzard stripped away a lot of what makes the genre difficult, making their game accessible to even the most inexperienced players. This is not to say it is easy though – it’s still very much competitive and difficult to be good at, and if you’re really good, you can now turn that skill into money. Blizzard have announced a World Championship for their MOBA title.
Overwatch made a huge splash with its "we're better than Pixar" cinematic and interesting aesthetic for in-game visuals during debut. The first-person, team-based shooter from the creators of Diablo and StarCraft hasn't really made a peep since then though - which was all remedied with a long look at one of the support characters you'll get to play as. And for a support, he looks incredibly offensive.
I spent a large portion of the long weekend playing Diablo III. The bug really has bitten me again thanks to the launch of Season 3 (I hate you Blizzard), and I was more than happy to spend loads of hours mindlessly clicking and looting. I managed to take my Crusader up to level 70 (solo; not with the help of other high level friends) as well as accumulate some paragon levels. Overall, level 1 to paragon 30 took me around 15 hours, not the greatest time by a long shot, but not too shabby either, right? I didn’t think so too, at least until I compared my time to Dat Modz. He took his Monk from amateur to the max level in a little over a minute.
Blizzard are known for their quality products; If they announce a game, there’s a good chance it won’t hit shelves for at least a few decades. Imagine my shock this morning when I found out that their MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, has been given the go ahead, and it will be officially released in less than two months. I’ll give you a second to wipe that coffee off your screen. I’ll also tell you everything you need to know after the jump.
As much as I love Diablo III, I’ve never gone out of my way to max out a character with regards to an amazing skill build and complementary items. I hit level 70 yes, as well as klap several dozen paragon levels, but that’s where I stop. I’ve never purposefully farmed specific items - my only requirement for equipping a piece of gear really is that it ups my damage, toughness, or healing by a decent, even fractional margin. Even my skill choices boil down to what I feel is the most fun to play with, not necessarily what works best. If you’re the opposite of me, ie, you scrutinise every tiny detail of your items and skills, this tool may just help you squeeze every last bit of potential from your character.
I love me some Blizzard gaming. Diablo III continues to keep me clicking away merrily, and every now and then, Heroes of the Storm distracts me from that other MOBA I play. Take those games away from me,and I would be a very sad panda. That’s the horrible reality that gamers in Crimea are facing at the moment. Due to ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Blizzard have had to suspend their service, Battle.net, in the region, and thus, deny Crimean's access to the titles above along with the likes of World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Starcraft too.
Oh StarCraft, how I’ve missed you. I’m going to be dead honest here: Until last week, I had not touched a single game in the StarCraft II universe. No Wings Of Liberty, no Heart Of The Swarm. None of that, at all. So naturally, I was the right guy to throw into the Legacy Of The Void beta. Naturally. And you know what? The game was easy enough for this noob to pick up on. Here’s a couple of things that I dug the hell out of from the beta.
HEARTHSTONE! Blizzard’s hit card game just keeps on trucking, having earned plenty of converts and fans since it went public. A free to play model that actually works and a meta-game that is open to newcomers and experts has resulted in Hearthstone being one of Blizzard’s big hits of 2014. Still, the game is going to need to keep that momentum going through 2015. And it’ll look to do just that with some new cards in the upcoming Blackrock Mountain expansion. IT’S TIME TO D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!
Ever feel like all games are the same? Sure, sometimes we get a cool new one, but especially on mobile every game starts to feel like a clone of another game. Heroes Charge already looked like a weird DOTA clone when we saw it during its Super Bowl ad, but apparently there's another company who thinks they've been copied.