With launch inching closer, this week Torchlight II
released its official opening trailer. The trailer connects the story from the end of the first game to the start of the sequel. Though Ordrak was defeated at the end of the first game, his heart survived and now controls a mechanical body.
For all those who were hoping to try Diablo III
before release, that chance arrived with this week's open beta weekend
. The weekend served as a stress test for the servers, with millions of players worldwide encouraged to repeatedly try to log in at the same time. By the end of the stress test, the servers were more stable and in a much better shape for launch on May 15th. Blizzard
emphasised that the open beta was still very much a beta test, with diagnostics running in the background and user feedback being taken on board.
Player feedback so far has been quite positive; players are finding the game to be a fundamentally a solid iteration on Diablo II
. Players report that the game feels very much like you'd expect a Diablo
game to feel, from the merciless hordes of monsters trying to claw through your skull to that undeniable urge to smash every barrel and pot in sight. Negative feedback has focused on relatively few usability issues, such as skills auto-aiming at enemies near the cursor, the oversimplified skill UI, and starter quests not emphasising the role of weapon damage in determining a caster's spell damage.
Rise of Immortals
rolled out an experimental new guild system
in the latest patch; it aims to get players grouping up more with friends. Petroglyph
is encouraging players to try the system and provide feedback. The patch also introduced Shard
, a new area-effect tank who is able to deal devastating damage if she's allowed to get up close to the enemy team.
has its own way to implement tanks, but Rise of Immortals
may have hit the nail on the head first time with Shard. In addition to having a massive area-effect stun to peel enemies off pursuing allies, Shard boasts a shield ability that severely punishes the enemy team if the enemies don't attack her while it's up. The shield absorbs incoming damage until depleted and can be detonated at any time to deal massive area-effect damage based on its remaining strength. For a full run-down of Shard's abilities and tips on using her in a game, check out her official immortal spotlight video below:
This week popular web series Extra Credits
produced its second promotional episode for Red 5 Studios
delving into the world of Firefall
. This week's topic of interest is something that Red 5 calls Staged Content but that the Extra Credits team describes as "awesome storyline unlocks."
Instead of developing content and releasing it as soon as it's done, Red 5 plans to produce content for areas outside the accessible map and then let players unlock those areas by completing group missions. As players push one boundary of the map, developers will ensure there's always new content for them to push into. As players progress across the map, they'll unlock new zones, monsters, bosses, and even towns previously claimed by the melding.
was added to the Dota 2
beta in this week's patch, along with several bug fixes and bot tweaks
. Players can no longer deny themselves while poisoned by attacking themselves through the hero icon at the top of the screen, and bots will now use couriers to buy items. If a player disconnects from a co-op game, the bot team will also now select a similar player of its own to retire from the game and even out the match.
' patch 2.4 goes live this week, bringing with it the newest bloodline Dryad
. This musical healer bloodline is pure support, able to heal and shield allies while controlling enemy movement on the battlefield. She has high mobility and several spells that paralyse and knock back enemies. Her Suggestive Tune ability even lets her control an enemy's movement briefly and then paralyse him.
One of the most often requested features for Wrath of Heroes
is some kind of loyalty bonus for players who have an active account in parent game Warhammer Online
. This week developers did just that
, providing a 50% boost to all gold and experience gain for players with an active Warhammer Online
subscription on the same EA
account. This week BioWare
also released a hero spotlight on Bax Dreadtoof, a melee fighter who gets more powerful the longer he's in a fight.
It's been a slow week for League of Legends
, but that hasn't slowed down the game's creative fanbase. This week's Summoner Showcase
highlights some awesome recent fan-art and fan-made projects, from Lulu in a jar
to LilyPichu's adorable parody song Last Hit
. The highlight of this week's showcase is definitely Hyun90's stick figure spotlight video below, mixing awesome animation with some of LoL
's most recognisable attacks.
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