Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

The World before time: original WoW, revisited

Last year, I tried to indulge my nostalgia for Dun Morogh, the wintry original Dwarf & Gnome starting zone in World of Warcraft, by returning to it as it is now. It did not go entirely well – in the 11 years since WoW’s launch, much has changed. Where once this was a slow-starting MMO, defined by long wandering, hard work and a certain degree of solitude, these days its early questing is an explosion of instantaneous rewards and high-speed levelling. I thought that this first World of Warcraft was lost forever. But there is a way back.
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Diablo in Diablo III works well despite itself

Check your expectations. The Darkening Of Tristam, the free, time-limited new mini-campaign recently added to Diablo 3 [official site], is most certainly not the full-on Diablo 1 (number added merely for clarity) we hoped for. Nor is it a meaningful bolt-on for those D3 die-hards who crave another hit of over-statted loot. If, however, you are a filthy casual, it’s a refreshingly straightforward, aesthetically-tweaked way to return to an otherwise bloated game.
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Overwatch gets new Oasis map, plus Roadhog hook fixes

Overwatch [official site] aka The Shooter You Watch From Afar With An Increasingly Disturbing Intensity, has got a new map, the high-tech paradise city of Oasis. The map has been in public testing for a while but it went into the full-fat game yesterday. You can see how shiny and new it looks in a trailer below. In other news, tanky hero Roadhog will be soon getting his slightly-broken hook ability fixed, says one of the game’s designers.
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