Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

All Heroes of the Storm wizards playable this weekend

Hey, you! You there in the Blizzard-branded t-shirt, with the Blizzard flat cap, the Blizzard denim vest, the Blizzard cashmere scarf, the Blizard pocketwatch, and the Blizzard gardening gloves: fancy seeing your favourite Blizzardmen in a new way? Blizzard are making all characters in their crossover MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site] free to play with this weekend. What would Zarya out Overwatch say if she met a Murloc? What do the Lost Vikings make of Zergmen? And for god’s sake, will you push mid and win? Find out from Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

World of Warcraft event opens Diabolical cow level

While every day is satanday chez Alice, Blizzard are a little more reserved. They’ve waited until the 20th anniversary of Diablo’s launch to unleash a torrent of satans and skellingtons, and even remake the first game inside Diablo III. We mentioned that before, and now it’s live. But! Beyond that, Blizzard have also put D3 on sale, sent the Dark Wanderer into Hearthstone, and unleashed hell’s herd upon World of Warcraft. Yes, WoW now has a secret Cow Level with special loooot. That’s an elongated ‘oo’ like in ‘moooo’ (which is the noise a cow makes) but with ‘loot’. Read the rest of this entry »

Zul’jin going wild in Heroes of the Storm

Continuing the merry romp across the Blizzard Entertainment Transmedia Franchise Expanded Universe, Zul’jin–no, you’re thinking of Vol’jin; this one is the Warcraft II fella, the Zul’Aman WoW boss–has arrived in Heroes of the Storm [official site]. No, you’re thinking of Hearthstone or Heart of the Swarm; this one is the MOBA. With the confusion cleared up, yup, the forest troll warlord is now flinging axes with gay abandon around… ah, Summoner’s Rift? The Nexus. warworld is called the Nexus in HotS. Heroes of the Storm, that is, not Heart of… ah, nuts to this. Just watch this video of ZJ getting angry: Read the rest of this entry »

You want it darker: Diablo remade inside Diablo III

It is the future, the year 1996. The age of serially abusing the left mouse button has begun – for Diablo is born. Soon, you will be able to transport your haggard soul back to that more innocent age of mass slaughter, blasphemous themes and venal kleptomania. Diablo 3 [official site]’s 20th Anniversary event/patch kicks off later this month, and they’ve only gone and remade the first game inside their latest demonic pinata – right down to the UI, animations and tinnier sound. Take a look below. Read the rest of this entry »

I Dream Of Dun Morogh

It seems absurd to have nostalgia for the 2000s. Surely it was just a heartbeat ago? Yet that is where I find myself. So much has changed in the last decade and a half – politically and personally (child, mortgage, increasing awareness of own mortality) of course, but also in games. These are times of pre-order DLC, culture wars, UHD, annual sequels and developers saying contentious things on Twitter. So much noise, so much division, so much complication, so many games, even. I know I am not alone in finding it exhausting – a friend recently picked up an original Xbox, a CRT TV and a ceiling-high stack of games for pennies, and is absolutely delighted by his return to what feels like a simpler era. It’s not “the games were better then” – if anything, most were worse – but that the entirety of games and gaming seemed so much calmer.

Me? I dream of Dun Morogh, the snowy Dwarf and Gnome starting zone from World of Warcraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch’s plans for 2017 include a server browser

Tracer, one of Overwatch's 23 gay characters.

Overwatch [official site], aka The Shooter Whose Locker You Leave Perfumed Notes In, will be getting a server browser next year alongside other updates, says Blizzard in a developer update. It’ll let you set your daft custom games as ‘public’, and they want to have a working version of it running in “early 2017”. There’s other small changes on the horizon for our best multiplayer shooter of the year, including the ability to have up to four emotes equipped at a time, which is downright obscene.
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RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 18th: Overwatch

Ho ho, you’d thought we’d forgotten about you! (We did) But never mind, we’re here now, sweet friend, with the eighteenth door of our advent calendar, teasing it open like a silky gown, showing you its lacy stockings, its hairy chest, its coy grin. What could it be?

It’s 2016’s best multiplayer shooter, Overwatch!
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