The Warlords of Draenortm Ride Into Battle This Fall

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/ by Omar T

This fall, World of Warcraft players around the globe will be able to clash with the legends of Warcraft’s brutal past when Warlords of Draenor charges into stores worldwide. Azeroth’s heroes can prepare for the coming onslaught today by pre-purchasing the expansion digitally. Players who answer this call to arms will receive their character boost to level 90 immediately, allowing them to join friends on the battlefield or experience the latest content from a whole new perspective.

The fifth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game leads players to the untamed world of Draenor, where the orc warchief Grommash Hellscream is forging his twisted Iron Horde into a world-shattering weapon of conquest. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, the champions of the Horde and the Alliance must establish a base of operations on Draenor and seek out courageous allies to make a stand against Hellscream’s mighty war machine.

You can read more about this announcement after the break.

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Square Enix says “definitely interested” in bringing future Final Fantasy games to PC

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/ by Jonas Washington

Square Enix is interested in bringing future Final Fantasy games to the PC, it’s said. “Let’s not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC,” Kitase told Eurogamer. ”Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn’t think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security. So we decided not to do it this time around. - Continue reading

Top 10 Best MMOs of 2013

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/ by Menashe

#10 Dragon Prophet

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Seducing with its dragon theme, free to play and quite well done as it even offers advanced housing, Dragon’s Prophet is an MMORPG which does not look ridiculous. But we do have to admit that it lacks some punch to be able to compete against the genre’s stars because of poor polish, an old graphics engine, dull quests and a small amount of races and classes. We note that those drawbacks could be improved by an update overtime which allows us hope. But is trying Dragon’s Quest enough to get hooked? Not really but at least it’s free to try.

#9 The Aurora world

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The Aurora World is a fantasy MMORPG for Windows PCs supporting Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The story takes place after a cataclysmic war between the Gods in Heaven, leaving the world in chaos. Players will venture across the land to unite powers of good and vanquish evil.

#8 Arche Blade

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VERY good competitive moba-type *action* game that has a fighting game vibe to it.
I’m very surprised this isn’t getting more popular. It’s the only competitive game with great music, great visuals and superb gameplay I know of that utilized this sort of 3rd person action view and some fighting game logic.

#7 MechWarrior online

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Its’s a F2P game you can play every night and enjoy with friends. It has classic Mech combat and at this moment I think the balance is the best it’s ever been since Closed Beta. The game is addicting and it’s incredibly fun to design different Mechs. Between this and League of Legends all my competitive Multiplayer needs have been ruthlessly satisfied for many, many months. All the stuff that isn’t in the game yet isn’t a buzzkill to me like it appears to be for many others, and only gives me something to look forward to. Judging the game as it is currently though I figure if I am looking forward to sitting down for a couple hours on it nearly every day then it deserves a rating of ten in my book

#6 FireFall

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Firefall is an upcoming free-to-play MMOFPS from Red 5 Studios, with highly stylized artwork and an emphasis on tactical combat. The game sets players in a world torn apart by the Melding, an energy storm that has spawned monsters called the Chosen. Players must now band together to collect resources, build weapons and vehicles, and utilize special nanotechnology armor suits called Battleframes to fight against the Chosen and reclaim the earth. Firefall is set to have PvE and PvP play, across a virtual game world spanning some ten square miles

#5 WarFrame

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“Space Ninjas”; need I say more? The only thing that could top that would be the inclusion of Space Pirates but then I wouldn’t be able to hear anything else over the sound of the game’s interstellar awesomeness. Warframe is a great shooter made by a company that has a long legacy of action games. Shooter skills and platformer style moves allow you to run on walls, jump chasms, and lay into the enemy with everything from heave repeater laser guns to swords… The weaponry in the game is truly awesome and every Warframe is fun to play with it’s own individual mix of powers and stats. It’s free to play and everything in the game can acquired, with the only limitations being time to get it and how many active weapons/warframes you can own at any one time. A minor investment in the game though ($20) gives you enough coin to unlock a huge garage ready to stock with every warframe in the game and several dozen various weapons. It is well worth the cost if you like a lot of variety and is the only real limitation of the free game. It’s a blast to play with friends or just in “online-instant-group” mode.

#4 Planetside 2

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As a mix of shooter and MMO, PlanetSide 2 is nothing short of a triumph: not quite the best of both worlds, but certainly the best attempt anyone has ever made to fuse them together. Alone, it’s worth checking out just to witness its epic scale for yourself – and with the right friends by your side, PlanetSide 2 is an unforgettable experience.

#3 Prime World

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Prime World has what most people would expect from a MOBA: Decent graphics and animations that, while not the best out there, do their work really well, a 5v5 map with three lanes and jungle with a river splitting it by half.But Prime World also offers much more, it offers different modes, like a one-lane 3v3, a 4v4 race through the jungle, and variations to the usual 5v5 map.There are, however, two special points that make Prime World stand over the rest of MOBAs. One, is it’s customization thanks to the talent system, a well designed system that allows you to modify your hero to better suit your style.The second one is, and this is the most amazing thing, the community. Prime World’s community is one of the less toxic communities in the MOBA genre, if not the least toxic. The rules are clear, Nival doesn’t like toxicity and it’s dealt with in a severe fashion, starting with bans for a while to bans forever.If you come to play Prime World, you will find that which you love from other MOBAs, and more.

#2 Dota 2

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This game improved so much since it was released on the beta. There are over 90 heroes to choose from currently and the gamplay is as intence and as rewarding as DOTA 1. I know alot of people will be hesitant to try it at first but there has been a new tutorial system implemented in DOTA 2 and I think it will help new comers. I know some people who play LOL might bash in this game, but both games are compleatly different. Its like comparing COD and Battlefield, they are so different that connot be compared. (no preference on either game, I think bot of them are good) Give this game a try, the learning curve is very steep but it is rewarding when you learn. I think this is the best gave valve has ever developed and has been the most played game on steam ever since the second year of beta development. Try it out, its free and badass!

#1 Neverwinter

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Neverwinter certainly has room to grow, but the amount of game that’s available with no barrier of entry — neither fiscal nor educational — is mind-boggling. It misses the mark somewhat on that Dungeons & Dragons feeling of absolute character ownership, but that doesn’t make the game any less refreshing to play. With its fast-paced combat and ubiquitously streamlined design, Neverwinter nails the concept of what an action-MMO should be.

Top 5 Best MMOs of 2012

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5. Age of Wushu

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I gave it a try, i was looking for a good sandbox game but the whole skill gain by time played really annoys me. The graphics we decent and i didn’t get much into combat. I guess im just waiting for a UO or Star Wars Galaxies clone.

4. Path of Exile

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A great hack and slash game, with a great player base. Not only is the player base growing, but it also quite friendly. Another great thing about this game, is that it not pay to win. Getting gear can be done by spending a decent amount time farming (the act to keep killing monster to find items). Some unique features that make this hack and slash different from others, is it skill system (it kind of like the one from Final Fantasy VII(7)), it currency system(Items base), and it passive tree(it kind of like the one from Final Fantasy X(Ten)). In all, Path of Exile is a great hack and slash game, but unless you are going to put a good amount of time, learning it rules and ways, I feel some players will be confuse or lost to what to do.

3. Rift went F2p

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Fantastic game with lot of fun. I feel like in 2004 when I discovered MMO games with everquest2. Lot of things to do: history quests, discovery, hidden stuff and quests, rifts, invasions, events, pvp, craft… I didn’t had so much fun with MMO’s since Eq2, si i recommend it to everybody who get bored with their actual game!

2. Hawken

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Mech fans should love it. Unhappy people that are used to getting instant gratification will be frustrated. This game is very much still under development. New patches come out all the time that give people cause to troll the developers. These are the same people that have never made anything in their life. 30 years old, still attending community college, kinds of people. Games like this live and die by their community. Unfortunately, for all the dev’s hard work, the community currently leaves something to be desired.

1. Wizardry Online

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Wizardry Online is like no other. The class changing system, the open PvP is what makes this game completely different. While other critics and gamers may paint this game in pitch black, it’s a game for those who are up for the thrill of PK, puzzling dungeons, and making your character unique. If you’re not willing to put up the time to try out this game, clearly it’s not for you. Overall, Wizardry Online is one of my favorites and deserves to be checked out

Grizzled Veterans Podcast EP#22: 2013 year in review + our GOTY!

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/ by Jason Rose

Another year down the tubes and with it comes GV’s second annual year in review episode. After initially thinking we’d hold off until January, all that changed with a few rum and egg nogs. In our longest main-lined episode yet, Donovan and I touch on our highs and lows from the eventful year of gaming that was 2013.

The 3DS and Wii U represent both realms of the spectrum here — as well as next-gen being a success on the whole — leading into our biggest disappointment of the year: games journalism/coverage on the whole. It’s time to upgrade our expectations for how this pastime and passion is covered, ladies and gentleman!

Direct Download/Streaming Link here or Subscribe on iTunes by searching Grizzled Veterans!

After a quick musical interlude, we return in the second half to award our 2013 Games of the Year by category. Covering everything from soundtrack and DLC of the year, all the way to the inevitable game of the year, Grizzled Veterans gives you our take on the best the year has to offer.

Of course, and as always, we bring to you the top-notch editing and sound quality you’ve come to expect from us, but also, a personal touch on just what the holidays means to us and how it can remind us of the best and the worst of times as well.

In closing, 2013 marks our second full year of this audio adventure and we’ve watched it grow along the way and it’s all thanks to you, YES, YOU! Without our listeners, we wouldn’t have a reason for doing this and whether you agree, disagree, love, or hate us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us your time and downloads every episode. Peace and love friends and let 2014 be your best year yet!

Special thanks to Gaming Enthusiast Nintendo Enthusiast for supporting us and be sure to hop on over there and check all we’ve been up to. Look for GE’s relaunch next year!

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Jason Rose is a criminally underutilized features contributor/freelancer. Recently, he’s been acknowledge as an IGN All-Star. Continue the conversation by following him on Twitter @JasonRoseEh and be sure to listen to his podcast, Grizzled Veterans-The most seasoned podcast in existence. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes.