It’s almost time, oh faithful crusaders of the Blizzard brand. Diablo III expands like a waist line during the festive season with the Reaper of Souls add-on this year. And if you pre-order it, you’ll get a bonus or two.
For the past few financial years and months there has been a common thread running through all reporting and that is what World of Warcraft as a business entity is doomed. When WoW was first released t blew everyone out the water and quickly sky rocketed to a massive 12 million subscribers.
There are only three things in life that are a certainty, and that’s death, taxes and a new Call of Duty every year. For the last couple of years, Treyarch and Infinity Ward have taken turns releasing a Call of Duty game every two years. And now, that threesome just added another partner.
So you’ve downloaded that free to play game from Blizzard, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. You’re all eager to start playing, you’ve done the tutorial and then WHAM! You forget that the closed beta participants have been packing major cards for the last couple of months. You need help. And I’m going to give it you.
If there was one game that convinced me to get a Playstation 4, it had to be Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. Jamming the game with fellow writers and getting my couch co-op on was just too much fun. And yes, I did click around on PC as well. Blizzard’s Andrew Chambers, John Hight and Matthew Berger had plenty to say about the game. So stay awhile and listen.
If there is one genre that has really proven to be a success, it’s the MOBA game. Titles like League of Legends and DOTA have proven that gamers can’t get enough of the tower defense genre, which started as a mod for Starcraft way back in the day. Since then, it’s grown to become something massive, and now it’s coming home to Blizzard.
If there was one game that got the Alliance and Horde frothing at Blizzcon this year, it was the latest expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Warlords of Draenor takes the franchise back to the very beginning, bringing back familiar faces and lands. I got a chance to talk to Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas about the new content, and why Orcs have such awesome death metal names.
MOBA games began with Blizzard. Or at least, the tools that Blizzard provided with their games. That genre has grown massively over the years, resulting in massive tournaments with even bigger prizes on the line. Blizzard has seen this, and they’re bringing their own long-in-development MOBA game to free-to-play battlegrounds. Prepare yourselves for the Heroes of the Storm.
There’s a ton of love for all things Blizzard at Blizzcon, and nothing sums that up better than seeing those fans create some extraordinary costumes. From Night Elves to Terran Spectres, there was a wide variety of cosplay present. And it was all so damn cool.
Out of all the games that Blizzard is busy with right now, Heroes of Warcraft: Hearthstone could be their biggest and most surprising hit. It’s a card game for everyone, and it’s ridiculously addictive. And when it hits mobile devices, I might never lift my head away from my iPad ever again.
Out of all the conventions I’ve been to this year, Blizzcon may just have them all beat. There’s an infectious enthusiasm that permeates the entire event, and it’s impossible to not get infected by all that energy. I’ve been snapping pictures like crazy, so you can all see for yourself.
Man, it must be swell to be Activision. They’ve got a ton of studios underneath them, and Call of Duty is a license to print money. EASY PEASY! Except, the company believes that it has taken far more risks lately, than people know about.
Despite good intentions to give gamers a chance to make some real cash, it looks like Diablo’s 3 auction houses just don’t fit in with the game. Which is why they’re getting the chop next year.
We first heard about Hearthstone, Heroes of Warcraft a few months ago when Garth chatted to Blizzard about its new, free-to-play digital collectible card game. Recently, we got to actually play it, and we’re pretty convinced it's digital crack..It’s currently in closed beta – so you’d have to be pretty lucky to be playing it right now. We’re going to increase your chances.
We’ve actually already reviewed Diablo 3 way back in early 2012 before our nice new site redesign and before Garth abandoned us for print *spit* media. As such I’m not going to review the entire game again as the story and basic game is exactly the same; but things have changed in this console release.