Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

Returning To World Of Warcraft With Patch 6.2

By Ben Barrett on June 29th, 2015.

Featuring my friend Mair, his cat-man follower Leorajh, *his* skeleton dinosaur mount and some plant-based hallucinogens. Video games.

I’ve been playing WoW on and off for most of my adult life and quite a bit more besides. It is my comfort game, a warm blanket of mob-killing, number-crunching and loot-grabbing that has always been there when I’ve needed it. Latest expansion Warlords of Draenor [official site] was, on release, the best the game has ever been in terms of quality, though rather quickly ran out of interesting things to do once max level was reached. I burnt out early this year but 6.2 and its laundry list of changes and additions piqued my interest and pulled me back in. Here’s how it played out.

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Quite A Treasure: Diablo 3 Adding Kanai’s Cube

By Alice O'Connor on June 25th, 2015.

“You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Handbag!” A friend dressed as Deckard Cain for Halloween one year. “You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Cup!” he’d declare, identifying everyone’s possessions. “You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Hat!”

If Diablo II’s Horadric Cube could bring such joy, what about an even more powerful cube? Blizzard will introduce Kanai’s Cube to Diablo III [official site] in the next big update, with powers like turning a Legendary item’s special effects into a passive skill. You’ll find it in a new zone.

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You Can Watch These Overwatch Videos Over and Over

By Jem Alexander on June 21st, 2015.

I hope you like watching footage of Overwatch [official site], because over the last month since our last look, Blizzard have released eight new character gameplay previews for their upcoming team FPS. That’s around seventy minutes of direct capture Overwatch videos to enjoy.

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Fiiight! Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Mode Now Going Down

By Alice O'Connor on June 17th, 2015.

Fiiiiight!

Would you mind terribly if I told you about a game that’s out and you can play now? I realise this is the week for announcement and so very many trailers for games you won’t get to play for at least four months but, look, I’ll give this a try and well see how it goes.

Hearthstone‘s [official site] new Tavern Brawl mode opened this afternoon. It’s a grab bag of modes run under different rules, with new rules each week. This first hands players pre-built decks.

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Heroes Of The Storm: Eternal Conflict Adding More Diablo

By Jem Alexander on June 17th, 2015.

We knew Diablo’s Butcher was coming to Heroes of the Storm [official site] with its Diablo-y Eternal Conflict expansion, but Blizzard had saved up a little secret or two. They don’t let you even into Los Angeles this week unless you have something new to show off, you know.

The Monk and dear old King Leoric the Skeleton King are also making his way to the free-to-play Dote ‘em up, Blizzard showed off last night in a new trailer.

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void’s Free Prologue

By Alice O'Connor on June 17th, 2015.

Those po-faced Protoss will be romping all over the place in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site], the third part of Blizzard’s drawn-out RTS sequel, but a little taster’s coming sooner. Blizzard have announced Whispers of Oblivion, a Set of Three single-player Missions of Prologue coming free to all People of the Earth before the Release of the Game. Come watch the Trailer of the Announcement.

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Get Ready To Rumble: Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl Mode

By Alice O'Connor on June 11th, 2015.

Whoa whoa, no one told me this rumble had been upgraded to a brawl.

To me, the rumble is most fun kind of pub fight. A barney is too personal, a brawl too sloppy, a fracas too hoity-toity, and a plain old fight is the kind of thing that’ll get someone killed. No, give me the spectacle of a rumble in a pub, bar, or wine lodge and I’m happy. Blizzard beg to differ.

A new Hearthstone [official site] mode named ‘Tavern Brawl’ is coming soon to the free-to-play CCG, bringing a new surprise PvP challenge each week.

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Meet Hearthstone’s New $10 Portrait

By Emily Gera on June 7th, 2015.

If you enjoy Hearthstone [official site] and, like me, spend your lofty unemployed weekdays buying ludicrously priced tat online like some sort of teen heiress moron: Congratulations! You are very possibly Blizzard’s target market for the latest addition to its in-game store.

Blizzard have released the first of an apparent series of animated Hero portraits. At a $10 price point, players of the digital card game can switch out the current warrior portrait (which is of Garrosh Hellscream) with an animated portrait of Ironforge king Magni Bronzebeard. As described in an official post, the New Heroes will feature individualised emotes and voices, as well as a unique card design.

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Fresh Meat: Heroes Of The Storm Getting More Diablo Stuff

By Emily Gera on June 7th, 2015.

Sweet Western deities, Blizzard does work fast. Heroes of the Storm [official site] has only just come out of beta, but from deep in the dark MOBA death-mines the developers have apparently been working on a new content expansion themed around the Diablo universe.

It’s called Heroes of the Storm: Eternal Conflict, and it’ll introduces a new map and two new characters; this according to a live-streamed launch event that took place over the weekend.

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Wot I Think: Heroes of the Storm

By Marsh Davies on June 1st, 2015.

Every time we talk about MOBAs on the C&C podcast, we get plaintive tweets from people so incensed by their mere existence that they demand timestamps marking the beginning and end of our MOBA talk so they can continue in blissful ignorance of this benighted genre. This doesn’t happen when we talk about any other genre of game - not even football games! And football games don’t even have goblins! What even is the point?

Heroes of the Storm [official site], which launches out of open beta today, is Blizzard’s take on the MOBA – and if the very mention of the ‘M’-word made you want to heave your monitor out the window then it may just be a game you should play.

Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas are popular in direct proportion to the degree with which they are hated by people who don’t play them – and there are very good reasons for both of these things. Blizzard have made a game that seeks to make peace with each side. I think, if given time by either party, it would succeed, even if these impulses sometimes leave the game in conflict with itself. I, personally, bloody love it.

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Overwatch Watch: Another 35 Minutes Of Blizzard’s FPS

By Alice O'Connor on May 22nd, 2015.

Blizzard are jolly good at observing trends in games, noting what other developers are doing, then reworking existing ideas to repackage into a polished and accessible game of their own. EverQuest and other MMORPGs became World of Warcraft, Hearthstone riffs heavily on Magic: The Gathering, Heroes of the Storm is one of the few interesting League of Legends/Dota-inspired doodads, and Overwatch [official site]… hm. I’m not sure Overwatch is working out so well.

More long gameplay videos showing complete rounds are arriving, and the more I see, the more I think Overwatch looks like an iffy attempt to combine MOBAs and Valve’s Team Fortress 2.

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Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes Of The Storm Now In Open Beta

By Alice O'Connor on May 20th, 2015.

There is, I know for a fact, a special drum in the Blizzard offices. This drum is chained in a dark oubliette “lest it awake”. Carved from glimmering red-flecked obsidian, its five-metre span is topped with a skin that feels eerily familiar. Some swear they’ve seen obscene glyphs tattooed into the skin, dark marks which vanished upon blinking. It is Blizzard’s launch trailer drum. Crows rising from the trees this morning to pelt themselves at my window mean the drum has been sounded.

Heroes of the Storm [official site] has launched into open beta, and the drum booms mightily in its launch trailer.

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I Herd U Lyk Throwbacks: Diablo III’s Cow Level

By Emily Gera on May 17th, 2015.

Happy third birthday, Diablo III [official site]. Why it feels like it was only yesterday you were a little tyke that wouldn’t load on my computer. Now look at you! All grown up and making, ah, cow puns.

In celebration of the anniversary, Blizzard are breaking the fourth wall, giving a cheeky wink to the camera, and calling upon something called The Cowpocalypse. Read the rest of this entry »

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