World of Warcraft is a testament of time. Every time it looks like subscriber numbers are irreparably dwindling, Blizzard manages to suck dedicated fans right back in. Last year that came in the form of Warlords of Draenor, which served as a rather fantastic expansion for the ever popular MMO. This year, it's a new feature that will allow you to play World of Warcraft for free. Sort of.
One day, humanity will take to the stars. And if cheap science fiction novels and movies have taught me anything, it’s that our future astronauts will be outfitted as astronutbusters, clad in high grade armour that will allow them to murder their way across the galaxy. That’s the kind of future that StarCarft 2 has shown me. And even though I’ll be dead before I can step into power-armour of that calibre, I’m hoping that I’ll be alive long enough to afford a small replica of that kickass gear.
Some days, I honestly have no idea why I still play certain games. Take Diablo 3 for instance. I love the game, make no mistake, but I have realised that at this point, I’m bashing away at my controller to inflict higher numbers of damage on foes in order to gain higher numbers of power that my enemies will soon scale their numbers to. It’s a vicious and never-ending cycle and holy crap that little treasure goblin bastard just dropped a legendary mace!
For years now Warcraft fans have been hoping for any word about Warcraft 4 from Blizzard. They’re still painfully stringing us along, but at least now some far more talented individuals than I have recreated Warcarft 3 in a far more modern engine. That’s because the official assets for the game have finally been let loose, letting anyone go wild with mods.
Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm MOBA is pretty much fan fiction made real. You’ve got heroes and villains from all across the Blizzard Universe, joining forces to hit one another really hard. Or something with towers and map defense. I’m not really that big on the MOBA scene, but the game still sounds kinda cool, and having the chance to ride a pony into battle as a prime evil will always be a great draw for me. Right now, Heroes Of The Storm has 33 characters available. And Blizzard isn’t ready to stop adding new units anytime soon.
Some days you get stories that you look at and think "yeah, that's not happening", and other days it isn't so clear cut. Looking at a rumor posted late last night, I was sure that I was reading a lot of misinformation seemingly straight out of Blizzard HQ. But looking at it again, it seems a lot of it could be true. Maybe. Ok, probably not. That includes a rumor about the final StarCrat II's release date.
Hearthstone has been a roaring success for Blizzard, which only multiplied tenfold when the game finally reach iOS and Android last year. It's the perfect game to play when you should really be doing some studies, or work, or basically anything productive. It's digital crack, but it's still undermined by some incredibly unbalanced cards. The most unbalanced one though is getting a major nerf.
Metacritic. You either love them or hate them but in the end it really doesn't matter as scoring games and having someone aggregate those scores is never going to go away.
HEARTHSTONE! There’s a reason why Hearthstone is so popular, and that’s because the game is a perfect blend of being easy to learn, and damn challenging to master. It’s also bloody massive these days, with tournaments popping up everywhere, and players throwing down cards in an attempt to be number one. It’s also the kind of game that is more vulnerable than my emotional core after I weigh myself at gym, because it happens to be especially open to DDOS attacks.
You know, I honestly have no idea how to segue into a story about a new Diablo 3 patch. So I’m just going to start yammering about incremental changes and new features being added to the game. That totally counts, I reckon.
Blizzard working on a game that doesn’t end in Craft these days is about as rare as a New Year’s resolution which lasts beyond January. But that gym membership development process is indeed something real, as the developer unveiled Overwatch last year at BlizzCon, a team-based online shooter with no set date yet. A shooter which may actually need a new name thanks to one developing bugger-up in the trademark department.
Hearthstone is one of this year’s standout mobile game, even though it’s been out exclusively on Apple devices for months now. The game works far better on the go, and acts as a devilishly terrible distraction from everything else you’re probably meant to be doing during a regular day. So if you’ve been avoiding it purely because you can’t stand Apple, then you’re in trouble.
I lost interest in Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft a long time ago. It’s not because the game is terrible, not by any means. It’s because I am horrendous at it. I can’t even begin to count the number of times a plethora of swear words has left my mouth when one of my high level cards got turned into a fuzzy little sheep at the hand of that goddamned Mage. It’s just one of the few things that put me off. For those of you who have endured the hardships of the game, and unlike me, have actually taken the time to construct solid decks and learn different strategies, I hope you’re ready for more punishment… I mean fun. The Goblins Vs Gnomes expansion is out today!
I don’t think there’s been a card game since the original Magic: The Gathering and Yu Gi Oh! arrived, that has managed to garner as much interest as Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft. While I prefer playing more casually and not dipping my feet too deep into those card battle waters, the game has managed to create a deep meta-system over the last year with various tactics and strategies. And you can expect the first expansion for Hearthstone to make that rabbit hole even deeper.
Alright folks, it’s time to check out another character from Heroes of the Storm! Last week, I showed you Anub’arak the traitor king. This week, we take a look at Sonya, the badass, dual-wielding female barbarian from Diablo III.