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Posts tagged “Perfect World”

Neverwinter Is Looking Orcward

After my time spent on the beta weekend with Neverwinter, I've been itching in my chair to get back to the game. It certainly wasn't perfect, but then it's a beta and they're not meant to be, but a couple of days in Cryptic's envisioning of the D&D realms captured a purity of both fantasy and the MMO that made me want to carry on.…

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Feature: Winter Isn't Coming

Hands On: Neverwinter Beta

Cryptic's Neverwinter had its first beta weekend these last couple of days. I jumped in, rolled a young half-elf, and had a look around for a couple of days. With the game still without a fixed release date, there's clearly still a lot of time for change. But as it stands, here are my hands-on impressions of the game so far.

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Siege It: Neverwinter’s First Beta Weekend Tomorrow

I've kept Neverwinter at arm's length. I don't know what to think about it. I loved NWN2, and while the series more immediately lends itself to the shared world of an MMO than other BioWare properties, I've got those fan-nerves of seeing a completely separate studio take it on. But then that studio is Cryptic, they of the glorious City Of Heroes, so... I get…

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Could Being A Neverwinter Founder Make You Drow-sy?

I spent some time typing experimentally into the headline bar "...Wants You To Founder Its Beta Weekend... Founders Keepers... Beta Found Than Neverwintered" and so on. But none of it made any sense. And that is what I came up with. You know. Because drow. Sorry. My powers are gone. Fortunately, by returning to a nest made of shredded RPGs, held together with mucus and…

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Feature: No relation to Driver's Ed

The MMOnster Mash: Hands On With RaiderZ

RaiderZ is the latest free-to-play MMO from Korea, and those... well, aren't the most enticing words in gaming right now. This one promises to be a bit different though, with its arcade style combat, and big bad monsters in need of a kick up the first available orifice. We sent Richard to find out if its beta has a chance against the big names, or…

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Hot Water Tank: Neverwinter’s Class Profiles Begin

It's been a little while since we caught up with Neverwinter - the last glimpse being the Blackdagger Keep trailer at the start of this month - but things are continuing to tick along towards the game's "early 2013" release. D&D types will know what to expect from the Guardian Fighter class, which appears below as the first part of Neverwinter's class profiles series. He…

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Winter Is Coming… Eventually: Neverwinter Delayed

I came here to tell you about something pertaining to Cryptic's Neverwinter MMO-that-nearly-wasn't, but then - at the 11th hour - my post got delayed into 2013. The news is, of course, disappointing for many of you, but we're confident that we can use the extra development time to bring you a more polished, visceral post with double the number of guns and sextuple the number of…

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War Of The Humans In Tanks: Blacklight’s Siege Mode

Blacklight: Retribution is a bit like a surprise birthday party. For the longest time, I thought nothing of it and went on with my daily business. Then, one day, it crept into my home, turned out the lights, and shouted "SURPRISE!" so loud that I dropped my groceries and grabbed a lamp to brandish in a threatening fashion. I continue to be shocked by how…

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Creatures, Pets: Torchlight 2

The year they call 2012 will be full of dungeon crawling and loot hauling. Thousands of people probably descended on the Path of Exile for the first time this weekend and there's the not inconsequential matter of Diablo III's mid-May arrival. But what of Torchlight II? I feel like it hasn't been clamouring for my attention as loudly as perhaps it should and a short…

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Unforgotten: Neverwinter Free, Delayed

It's not quite clear what IGN's source is for this, but according to them the Dungeons & Dragons online-RPG Neverwinter, which Cryptic said originally was "an old-school tactical Western RPG", but online, is apparently an now MMO more "closer to a game like Nexon's Vindictus". So a free-to-play one where action dominates. Quite how this contrasts against what Cryptic's Jack Emmert told us previously is…

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Prospering? Star Trek Online F2P This Year

The unstoppable march of free-to-playification continues! Cryptic's Star Trek Online - which is published by Perfect World - will be free-to-play by the end of the year. According to this report on Perfect World's exciting Q2 earnings call, chief financial officer Kelvin Lau told investors: "Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end…

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Torchlight II Will be $20, Final Class Reveal

An announcement on the Torchlight II site confirms that the game will ship for $20. Here's the kind of statement that you would think more company bosses releasing PC games would include in their press release: “It’s always been our goal to provide exceptional value for the price,” says Max Schaefer, CEO of Runic Games. “Everyone who wants to play Torchlight II will be able…

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Blacklight: Retribution Contains Guns, Men

The signup for Blacklight: Retribution's closed beta is ongoing and another trailer has emerged for your viewing pleasure. It shows off some shooting, some explosions, some vehicles and a mech with strangely chubby legs. But don't take my word for it - see below and attempt to spot all those things for yourself! Perhaps make some form of checklist. That way the trailer is a…

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Seedy Looking: Blacklight Retribution Trailer

Blacklight Retribution is a strange name for a game. Is it about some creepy serial killer who was caught when his semen showed up in a victim's basement under the investigator's blacklight, and now - having escaped from prison - he plans to destroy every last ultraviolet bulb in the world? No - insanely it is not. It is in fact the sequel to Blacklight:…

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Feature: Overground, Underground

Incandescent: Torchlight II Hands-On

Torchlight II fell into our hands at E3 2011. This is what happened. We've been looking for the bandit camp for ten minutes. 'We' being me, a berserker, producer Brock as a cannon-equipped Outlander, Brock's wolf, Doggy, and my ferret, Marmot. "It's north!" cries, Marsh Lefler, VP of Runic Games. We head north. We kill massed enemies, skeletons, great halberd-wielding beastthings, endless wolf-like things. Almost…

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Blacklight Retribution Is Foxtrot Two Papa

Zombie Studio's shooter Blacklight Tango Down didn't go down particularly well with us. We did shrugging and said "s'ahright, spose...", but our indifference has not defeated it because it's back, BACK this year with a fresh incarnation of Unreal-powered near-future gun action: Blacklight Retribution. And there are robots! Slidey rocket-propelled crazybots, if this trailer is to be believed, which is should be, as it is…

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Cryptic Now In A Perfect World

Perfect World, the MMO company behind, er Perfect World, and also more recently Forsaken World, seem to be gradually expanding away from their Chinese MMO remit. Last year we heard they were publishing Torchlight 2 and the as-yet-unrevealed Torchlight MMO, and yesterday it was revealed that they have acquired Cryptic from Atari. Perfect World have stated that they expect things to be business as usual…

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Making Torchlight II’s Levels And Stuff

Torchlight II is due in July. That's only ten minutes from now! Quickly, we must read as much as we can about the creation of its randomized worlds! Oh God, if only there was something to hand... but maybe there is, because Runic have published this piece on the creation of Torchlight II's world, and this Q&A on level design. It contains gems such as…

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