It’s that time of the week again! Last week I covered Valla the Demon Hunter from Diablo III. This week we move over to the Warcraft universe, focusing on the ridiculously cute Murky the Murloc.
Who doesn’t know about World of Warcraft, the game that really cemented the MMORPG genre? There have been loads of expansions over the years. The upcoming fifth expansion is titled Warlords of Draenor. We caught up with Blizzard at the Activision stand at Gamescom to have a chat about what players can expect.
Don’t lie, I know you all missed this feature dearly! Last time I told you all about Zagara, the broodmother from StarCraft II who excels at sieging and being a general nuisance thanks to all the Zerg units at her disposal.
I have high hopes for Heroes of the Storm. It’s a MOBA and it’s made by Blizzard, so it really should be amazing when it sees its release one day. I’ve had a fair amount of time with the game myself and I like what I have seen so far. What are the plans for it moving forward?
Well that was a horrible pun. World of Warcraft’s next expansion drops it like its hotter than a Burning Legionaire on November 13. If you’re looking to add something extra to your purchase, then here’s the collector’s edition for the expansion that will probably have you shouting for the hoard.
Blizzard is desperately trying to plug the hole in the World of Warcraft subscriber base. The MMO is consistently losing subscribers, with Warlords of Draenor possibly bringing a few people back at the end of the year. New, interesting looking content can do that, but increased subscription prices is probably the exact opposite of what on-the-fence players want.
Blizzard are the undisputed kings of cinematic CGI trailers. It makes me wonder why their art team isn’t just making the World of Warcraft movie themselves. I mean, just look at how damn amazing the opening cinematic for Warlords of Draenor is.
You know what’s annoying about gaming? It’s the constant bickering between fanboys. My console has X, your's has Y, therefore I am better. It’s silly, because we all know the glorious Master Race wins every time! Blizzard are looking to level the playing field, at least in the patch department.
I’m slowly turning Thursdays into Heroes of the Storm day with a hero preview and accompanying gameplay each week. Last time I did a spotlight for Brightwing the faerie dragon, an adorable, homicidal creature with awesome support abilities.
Oh Warcraft III! You taught me all about the importance of heroes and even fathered the mod that would go on to be my biggest gaming addiction. Do you all remember that original campaign? I recall cleaning up town as Arthas before I was attacked by an abomination, that absolutely disgusting pile of walking corpses. It was a scary unit that went on to become Pudge in Dota. Blizzard have taken the vile creature and given it a whole new identity in Heroes of the Storm. Say hello to Stitches the abomination.
World of Warcraft players have been starved of new content for a long time. Blizzard have been working hard on the next big expansion for their massive MMO, with Warlords of Draenor looking like a meaty cut of content. Blizzard have been hush hush on release details, but that's all going to change at an event next week.
Many games today allow some sort of access before an official release. The benefit is that gamers get to play the game and give their feedback which developers then use to improve the overall game experience. Very recently, Blizzard added Artifacts to Heroes of the Storm. Feedback from the community has led them to scrapping the system.
Have you read my preview of Heroes of the Storm? The MOBA from Blizzard shows a some real promise, and I’m really looking forward to spending lots of time with it. I’ve decided to start an on going series where I will show off one of the many heroes via a gameplay video. Today we have a look at Brightwing, a faerie dragon with some awesome support skills, and one of my favourite heroes thus far.
Diablo 3 on console is a superb game. So damn superb, that I’m dreading starting all over again in the upcoming Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, when I switch from the Xbox 360 version of the game for a PlayStation 4 experience. That means losing hours of progress, skills and an arsenal of rare weapons. Turns out, I was worried for nothing, because you’ll be able to access your mighty character from across the console divide.
Did you know that the first MOBA wasn’t actually the DotA mod for Warcraft 3? It was called Aeon of Strife, a mod for the original StarCraft. Blizzard were indirectly part of the creation of an entire genre, simply because they gave gamers some tools to play with. Now, many years later, after years of renames, redesigns, as well as a certain dispute with Valve over the name Dota, we finally have Heroes of the Storm; Blizzards own take on the MOBA genre.