Summer is typically a little slow for game releases. This week however isn’t so bad with a new Sid Meier game and NCAA Football 14. If culture wars and college football are your type of thing, this may be your week.
Attention 2o2p readers!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! Shameless Plug Alert!!! This is a big week for the gaming community. This week the rubber hits the road for Sony and Microsoft as E3 is finally upon us. Will Sony unveil the PS4’s top secret design? Will Big Brother, errr...Microsoft, showcase the Xbox One’s gaming capabilities as promised? Or will we get another in depth look at Microsoft’s advanced DVR? Will we see 4th generation gameplay? Is the used game market obsolete? Tune in to 2o2p this week for answers as our E3 coverage promises to be bigger, better and bolder! Ok, now that we got 2o2p’s shameless plug for our awesome E3 coverage out of the way, onto the new releases! This week affords you the opportunity to be the mayor of Furrytown and avoid mushroomheads whose sole purpose is to, you got it, turn you into a mushroomhead.
Path of Exile (PoE) from Grinding Gear Games has reached the halfway mark for its open beta. For the uninitiated, PoE is a totally free to play (anti-pay to win) action RPG in the style of Diablo and Torchlight, except it does many things, much much better than either of those two titles.
While PoE received minor and moderate patches and updates almost on a weekly basis thus far, this week we’ll see the first major open beta game-changing update. Here’s what you Exiles can expect:
Anarchy League is a new 4 month Standard League mode. This plays pretty much like the current Standard League except there are 13 different rogue exiles wondering about that you will randomly encounter. These characters are equipped with the same type of weapons and powers that player characters have and will drop a ton of loot on death.
Onslaught League is a new 4 month Hardcore League mode. Monsters will all have 20% increased movement, attack and casting speeds. As always, if your character dies in this mode, it’ll end up in Standard League just like the current Hardcore. This mode was done at the request of players who thought the game was too easy.
Each of these new leagues will run for four months, at which time your character will be placed back into Standard League, if you were playing Anarchy or Hardcore, if you were playing Onslaught.
Both Anarchy and Onslaught will have a new feature called challenges. There are eight challenges to be achievable over the long haul and need quite a bit of commitment. Players who manage to check off all the challenges in both leagues as complete over four months will be awarded a Path of Exile T-Shirt by Grinding Gear Games. As an example of a few of the challenges and their difficulty, one is to receive 34 different items via vendor recipes and one is use all of the currency items.
Why would you want to play these new modes? Well, new different loot is the reason why, you loot whore! These leagues have the following new items : Moonstone Ring, Amethyst Ring, Diamond Ring, Turquoise Amulet, Agate Amulet and Citrine Amulet. These items are taking the place of Prismatic Ring, Onyx Amulet, Thief's Torment, Lori's Lantern, Astramentis, Carnage Heart, Eye of Chayula and Kaom's Heart which will not drop in either of these two new leagues. Also there are six new unique items, two drop only in Onslaught, two only drop in Anarchy and two will drop in both.
I won’t run through the huge list of all the other changes, but one fundamental gameplay change is a reduction in monster damage. Even though, at first glance, it’s pretty overwhelming the amount of build diversity that should be possible. The reality of the situation is most of your build choices have to be wasted on health and energy shield/armor options especially for higher level characters. This severely reduces the amount of choice a player has and this change is suppose to address that, along with giving people Onslaught mode who want the ultimate challenge. Since this is a fundamental change, everyone will be awarded a total character respect resetting their skill tree and letting them re-apply all their skill points.
For a complete list of the upcoming changes, look at the patch notes on Grinding Gear Games forums: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/403446
So I thought I was gone, you thought I was gone but apparently I’m not gone. I’m like the cousin that came to stay the week but that was three months ago and I still haven't paid rent. I’m like the stray cat you picked up out of the garbage and fed once and now never leaves your side. I’m like the clap.
Microsoft revealed their latest creation, the Xbox One, and showcased the new machine in a live event on Tuesday, May 21st. Although the presenters demonstrated the new console along with its capabilities and applications that will be bestowed unto paying gamers later this year, the event, unfortunately, left many of us with more questions than answers.
When exactly will it release? Was that a shipwreck simulator or a game? Why does it look like a HAM radio from the 1970’s? Is Microsoft seriously going to charge $60 to play a rented or used game? Normally, gamers must wait until E3 before our questions are answered, but this is not a normal gaming site so we'll answer your questions before E3.
On Thursday, May 30th, Thick-n-Thin will feature a special guest who'll answer your questions regarding the new Microsoft console. Resident aged gamer, and Xbox One designer, Brian “Styles” Parks is the big-brained know-it-all who'll be here to answer your Xbox One questions. Keep in mind that Styles works on the console, not games, so keep your questions Microsoft and console related if you want answers. You can post your questions in the forum thread, http://www.2old2play.com/forum/talk-back/topic/list-your-questions-brian-styles-parks-one-designers-xbox-one-504931, or leave a comment here, if you prefer.
For the first time in around seven years it didn’t snow this weekend! There is a long curse that plagues the May long weekend in Southern Alberta. The weekend before and after are typically gorgeous but May long is cold, rainy and eventually we end up with snow. I actually look forward to that as I can stay inside and play some games. Mother Nature obviously had other plans as the sun was shining two out of the last three days. Stupid Mother Nature always ruining my gaming plans....grrrr!
Phew! The day after Mother’s Day. Time to just relax. Thankfully this is another slow week in game releases and gives me time to not only catch up a little bit but also catch my breath from the weekend.
At PAX East 2013 I caught up with some great Indie studios for interviews.Then life and Bioshock Infinite ate up all my waking free time and I promptly forgot everything we talked about before finding time to write up my notes. In short, they were super nice people who make awesome games. Here’s some info to check out their games for yourself.
So I apologize. I am a little late this week but after Free Comic Book Day, Star Wars Day and the first nice weekend in seven months that allowed me to clean up the yard, I was beat. I know, you want results not excuses so lets start this weeks new releases off!
Are you a fan of Marvel Superhoes? How about a fan of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games? If you answered yes to either, then you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel Heroes this weekend on PC.
To get into the beta, all you need to do is create an account on www.MarvelHeroes.com . Once that’s done, you can download the client and once the Beta goes live, the client will connect to the servers and you can suit up as your favorite Marvel Superhero.
Marvel Heroes is made by some of the same guys who worked on the Diablo and Marvel Ultimate Alliance series of games. The game is free to play, giving you the choice of Daredevil, Storm, Hawkeye, Thing or Scarlet Witch. Other characters as well as alternate costumes can drop as loot while you play. If you like the open beta and want to support the developer, you can buy a starter pack which will give you a pack of other Super Heroes along with a couple extra costumes and in-game cash to spend.
The Open Beta kicks off Friday May 3rd at 7pm PST and goes until Monday May 6th at 10am PST. To get started, visit www.Marvelheroes.com .