I hope you’re as ready as I am, prepare to die edition is coming to PC August 24th and I’m not sure my body will be able to contain the anger this game is going to ensue and I can’t promise my mouse will survive.

Prepare to Die edition will include:
New Bosses – Including Black Dragon, Sanctuary Guardian, and more
PVP Online Matchmaking System – Quick matching for co-op or PVP
New Areas – Including Oolacile Township, Oolacile Sanctuary, Royal Wood and more
New Enemies – Including Wooden Scarecrows, Chained Prisoner, Stone Knight and more
New NPCs – Including Hawkeye Gough, Elizabeth (keeper of the sanctuary) and more
New Weapons and Armor – Equip some from the new bosses, enemies, and NPCs

Once again this will be released August 24th, but PS3 and XBOX users will be able to download Artorias of The Abyss DLC which will be out later on in the Winter so make sure you have another controller on hand for the imminent destruction.

The Mid-Week Madness

Dead Space 1 and 2 75% off on Steam

Are you ready to not sleep for awhile?

The two games are both normally 20$. If you can’t do the money math like me because you are not Jewish, that is both games for 9.98$. If you ask me both games are worth the 20$ bucks, so that means they are a steal right now.

The Secret World

The Secret World or TSW is the new action packed modern based MMO that came out about a month ago. The best time to discuss a MMO is a month after its launch, due to the usual first month that comes with the purchase of the game. Questions to ask after that month. Does it get people to subscribe? Did the bugs at launch get dealt with to some extent? Is there new content planned? What do you hear from other players?

The answer to the first one is far from easy to answer. Funcom is notorious for not releasing its data for subscribers. I have checked some estimates and it was released on steam which leads me to believe that a number of players will pick it up. So, as of now I am estimating a good amount of players have resubbed. Not wow subs or anything but enough for a small niche market game such as it is.

The next two questions are much easier to answer. Funcom has initially said they would attempt to do monthly updates to the game. In fact they have already made good on this promise and had an update that brought in 7 new missions and a new nightmare (hardmode) dungeon. The update also fixed a number of minor bugs and updated some initial issues. So check and check.

The last question is the hardest to answer. I believe a lot of the players are using the game as a bridge to GW2 and waiting for it to come out. I actually hear a lot of that and it scares me for the games future. I also hear the usual WoW fan boys who bought the game and still talk shit about how it isn’t WoW…so i am not sure on them. Then a large amount of the population enjoy the story lines, the intensely hard quests and the challenging instances. So, this is kind of a wash. Not sure what to believe till I see the release of Guild Wars 2.

The reasons why this game doesn’t suck are very easy

1. There is no need for you to reroll multiple characters to get the different classes. There aren’t any classes. In fact it is possible to have every skill and ability in the game on a single character.

2. Three factions. In my opinion one of the most important parts of a successful PvP game is to have three factions or purely open world combat. Dark ages of Camelot (three faction) and Shadowbane (purely open world) are two such examples of hugely fun PvP games.

3. Fantastic cut scenes and voice acting. This one is easier to see if you just play.

4. Dark. This game is not for kids. In fact if I had a child I would keep them real far away from it. This isn’t WoW or Rift. This is a really dark and messed up world you are playing in.

5. Dungeons are extremely challenging. The dungeons in this game are intense and interesting and have a vivid story line. Something that seems to be lacking in a large amount of the MMOs who seem to be dumbing it down more and more.

Problems that I hope to see fixed

1. Killing a player in the persistent PvP map has no purpose. In fact it is much more valuable to just avoid combat and complete the two other quests.

2. Low level Battlegrounds have no one in them. The two non persistent PvP maps never launch because not enough people want to play them because there are no brackets until the top “level.” So, low quality geared players will get stomped by higher quality players.

3. Interactions are minimal. Nearly the entire game other than dungeons and PvP is soloable. So, you have no need for other players until you want to do these.

So, my recommendation is to try it out. This game definitely isn’t for everyone. Yet, it has an appeal that can seriously only be measured by trying it out.

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August 13th, 2012

Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen rumors of a third faction in Team Fortress 2 but only today do I find out that those rumors would come to full fruition today as robots have come to invade TF2!  Will man triumph over the advanced robotic race?  Only Will Smith knows the answer to the conclusion of this Mann vs Machine update.

This update will include a horde mode that allows 5 teamates to work together to hold back the machine invasion with new achievements and extra loot! “probably hatshatshatshatshats!”.

The update is due to go Live August 15th, and I know my friend Zack is going to be bolts deep in this one.

Mann vs Machine Update

About a week ago a friend asked me if I wanted a beta key to some new game. I didnt really know what it was about but I figured I’d give it a shot. If you haven’t heard of Smite, its somewhat of a mix between League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

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    First off, you’ll notice that in that picture is what looks to be an angry Zeus. If thats what you see, congratulations, you are correct. The basic idea of Smite is that you play as one of about 20 or so Gods in an arena very similar to the DotA or LoL map. The key difference between other MOBAs is that you play in the third person perspective, as you do in WoW. At first I didnt think it would really work out, but after playing a few games, it kinda grew on me.

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The UI is pretty similar to WoW as well.

Without going in to too much detail, I’ll say what I think is good and what I think is no good about Smite.

GOOD

1. If you’re big into DotA-likes, its a nice break from being teamed up with brazilians and losing all day.

2. Its always enjoyable to mess around with new characters with new abilities.

3. The games are fairly short (~30 minutes typically)

4. Most characters are pretty balanced (minus a few, Ill get into that soon)

5. The queues are fairly short, and I havent ran into too many DCs yet. Maybe 2 in 30 or so games.

6. The graphics are very nice aside from the poor rendering of creeps that are >100 or so feet away from you.

7. There is an auto-skill and auto-buy item option for new players.

8. I would say that the learning curve compared to LoL or DotA is very, very low.

9. The Gods are actual Gods from actual religions. Who doesnt want to run around killing Gods?

BAD

1. Ill start with the big one. The pure physical damage characters are broken. Kali, Artemis, and Bakasura are the big three. They are on par with others until late game. Once theyve built the cookie cutter items (again, more on that soon) they can easily sustain themselves with lifesteal and destroy entire teams.

2. The items are pretty meh. They are very similar to LoL. Theyre all “200 HP, 20% attack speed, 10% lifesteal”. Feel free to exchange lifesteal, attack speed, and HP with move speed, attack damage, magic power, etc.

3. The mini-map size is too small. Yeah, its a minor thing to the untrained eye, but considering in a game like this you need to watch the minimap like a hawk, it needs to be larger. Your player icon covers an area about 3x the size of your lane which conceals vital information.

Thats really all I have to say about it.

If you’d like a beta key, leave a comment or send an e-mail.

As the title suggests the WOOT DLC for Magicka has just been released and supposedly Paradox forgot to set the price!  The people over magicka will never cease to make me laugh.

* 4 new PvP maps
* 3 new Challenge maps
* 10 new Sporting Goods items, including dumbbells, water bottles, and the Elevennis Racket
* New “Athletic Techniques” magick, including Performance Enchantment and the crowd-pleasing Wave
* Waves upon waves of nasty creatures who hate teamwork, wizards, and robes
* The satisfaction of not having spent any money

Check out the full announcement here: http://www.paradoxplaza.com/press/2012/8/magicka-releases-%E2%80%9Cwoot%E2%80%9D-dlc-forgets-to-set-price

*UPDATE!* Not only is the new Magicka content free, but now you can get Magicka for 75% off on steam today!

In a press conference at Valve HQ in Bellevue Washington this afternoon, many suspicions were confirmed when Gabe Newell released this official statement:

“We’ve tooled around for a long time with balancing characters in DOTA2. We liked the direction Icefrog was headed towards by trying to make everyone in the game viable, but we didn’t feel his goals and ambitions quite aligned with what we wanted. We had a lot of complaints that there weren’t enough ‘absolutely broken’ characters in DOTA2. With the addition of Slithice we hope to remedy this.”

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When speaking of various DOTA2 heroes ’round the hearth at the inn, most names are thrown around freely. But there is one that is only spoken in hushed whispers, and strikes fear into the heart of the meek.

Slithice. Naga Siren.

Born a mere human, she was raised by wolves on the island of the Lotus Eaters. At a young age she was voted off the island after getting an ultra kill while playing hopscotch. Ever since, she has done nothing but dominate the field of battle, destroying ancients left and right, and putting even the strongest of warriors to sleep, and then devouring their souls.

In all seriousness, I hadnt messed around with Naga too much since her release. I didnt really play DotA 1 long enough to get annihilated by her enough to have fostered a hatred toward her. But now that I’ve given her a test drive several times, I can safely say that she is one of the most broken heroes currently available.

In a recent game, I decided to give her a whirl and see what I could do. 17 minutes in, we were down 10-1. With a fed Pudge, we were all but done. Down by several towers, and morale running low, my teammates had nearly given up hope.

How could you ever recover? 

After a few minutes of playing carefully (and a few lucky ganks) things started to look up. We got in some good teamfights, and our Phantom Lancer and I purchased diffusal blades so we could drive the Pudge (and others) to 0 mana before they could do any damage. we kept farming and playing carefully and eventually managed to even out the kills.

One more decent push and we were in their base, destroying barracks, killing heroes, and physically assaulting them. It was over. We’d won. But how?

Lets get down to WHAT naga siren does exactly. Shes a melee agility carry first off, which typically means that you’re very easy to kill, and should usually be picked off first in fight. Unfortunately for anyone playing against her, this is easier said that done.

Her first ability, Mirror Image, does exactly what you would think. It splits her into multiples of herself which deal damage at a reduced rate. While the damage is a bonus, the best part is the confusion it brings to a fight. Where there was one target before, there are now 4, and by the time you figure out who is who, youre toast. Buying a diffusal blade, which burns enemies mana on every auto attack, means that it gets applied 4x. You can burn 1k mana off an enemy within a few seconds, leaving them useless and vulnerable.

Her other abilities are great, but dont compare to her Mirror Image. She has a 5 second snare which is great for holding people still while you completely dominate them. She also has a high damage nuke, which is decent in early to mid game, but falls off in the later stages when people have 3k+ HP.

Her ult is what makes her absolutely broken. Siren Song puts all enemies in a large radius around Naga into a sleep state for 7 seconds. They cant be attacked, but this can be used in two ways. First you can easily just push lanes, and the second you are met with any opposition, pop the ult and run away. Or you can use it in teamfights to let everyone on your team position themselves to crush your foes.

Basically, Slithice is probably the most broken character currently in game. If youve never used her, give her a go.