Well here’s something we haven’t done forever! I hope you missed it, because we’re giving Heroes of the Storm loving once more with some hero spotlights. A long time ago, we looked at Nova, the sneaky ghost who excels at sniping off weaker targets. This week we will check out Anub'arak, the traitor king from the Warcraft universe.
Just a few months ago, things weren’t looking so hot for World of Warcraft. Granted, there were still millions of active players, but it was on a slow and steady decline. Blizzard were hoping that Warlords of Draenor would revitalise things somewhat, and it has.
World of Warcraft has been around for a decade or so now (believe it or not), and the game shows no real sign of slowing down. Blizzard have kept it fresh with regular updates and frequent expansions, meaning there are still millions of regular subscribers. Many of these gamers experienced all manner of issues with the launch of the latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. As if busy servers weren't enough of a headache, a recent DDOS attack made matters worse. It all seems to have been fixed for the most part, and Blizzard have since said sorry. They are also offering some free game-time as compensation.
Blizzcon took place this weekend and it brought a whole lot of new announcements and reveals for all of Blizzard’s titles. I of course had my eye on the MOBA side of things. Heroes of the Storm isn’t even out of Alpha, at least not yet anyways, but it will be receiving even more content in the coming months - new heroes, new battlegrounds, new competitive features, and finally, a move from Alpha to closed Beta
It’s very hard to keep a secret in today’s industry, but Blizzard has been doing just that for years. While everyone focused on the now cancelled MMO, Project Titian, Blizzard was working on something else. That something is Overwatch, a new competitive class-based shooter that was revealed this weekend at BlizzCon.
Heroes of the Storm is insanely action-packed. What with all that creep killing and spell casting which kicks off the moment the gates are pulled down, it’s almost too much to take in visually! There’s no doubt that the title is going to spawn a plethora of merchandise and media, before and after its official release. Things have already kicked off though, as GUNNAR Optiks have announced a partnership with Blizzard. They have a whole range of Heroes of the Storm eyewear lined up for you to protect your eyeballs with.
Hearthstone has come a long way in the last year. From an experimental stab at an alternative genre with a smaller development crew, the game has blossomed into a fun (and profitable) experience over at Blizzard. It’s also a game with a surprising amount of longevity, as Hearthstone is still sitting pretty with gamers. And that’s thanks to some new content in the form of the Curse of Nik Nax. So what’s next for Hearthstone? A visit to other lands by the looks of things.
At onepoint this year, I was incredibly addicted to Hearthstone. As soon as it hit the iPad I was hooked again, making university a slightly more difficult task to undertake. Hearthstone is perfect on the go, but it’s taking a little while longer to get it running on all your handheld devices.
Destiny may not exactly be a critical success. For some, it’s one of the biggest disappointments of the year. That, however, hardly matters. What’s really important is that people are still playing it, a month on. It might surprise you just how many are.
There’s no denying that Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls is a tad bit more casual on console. And that’s a good thing. Hell, it’s fantastic, as the different approach made for a better game overall. That’s going to change slightly however, as the game is about to get patched up to match the recent PC additions. So prepare to say goodbye to your loved ones as you descend into hell once again.
HEARTHSTONE! While the Curse of Naxxramas is still fresh in that collectible card game world, plans are already underway for more Hearthstone content to drop in and kill your mighty summons that you spent several turns painstakingly setting up because Geoff is a bastard who always seems to have a magic card or two in his hand and I’m drifting again. Expect the next expansion, to re-balance the game all over again.
When I think eSports, I think the usual; Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Counter-Strike… you get the picture. Ever considered World of Warcraft as something worth watching competitively? I certainly haven’t. It’s something that Blizzard will be working on going forward.
Hearthstone has proven to be quite popular, amassing a whopping 20 million players into its virtual tavern. The digital game is easy enough to understand, especially because just about everything is automated and all the player has to worry about is playing the cards. What if it were made into an actual physical game though?
We’ve all been there before. Despite constant windows begging us to think twice, sometimes we can’t help but accidentally click through all of them and go on to proceed to killing off our World of Warcraft character. I get you guys, that kind of sucks. All those fetch quests for extra levels, down the drain. But soon, you can get a second chance at resurrecting your beloved warrior in World Of Warcraft.
For years now Blizzard has been talking about a new, blockbuster MMO known only as Project Titan. The game has never been formally shown, and just last year it was delayed until 2016 at the earliest. That delay has been, let's say, extended.