| || New Diablo III launch site collapses under the weight of fans |
With just over a month left until Diablo III is released, Blizzard launched its new "Darkness falls, Heroes Rise," minisite to get people excited. Fans can enter an art contest with some big prizes, or create a banner to unlock an exclusive in-game banner sigil that will never be given away outside this event.
| || Ready, aim, Firefall: Impressions of the closed beta |
Last year at PAX Prime, I had the opportunity to get my hands on an early version of Red 5 Studios' upcoming MMOFPS, Firefall. The game's come a long way since then, having gone into closed beta shortly after PAX Prime.
| || Buffs coming for League of Legends' Kayle, Teemo and more |
It's been a long time coming, but a major buff patch is about to hit League of Legends. The patch that will introduce new champion Hecarim comes with a whole host of balance changes to other champions and gameplay mechanics.
| || League of Legends IPL swings into Sin City |
Las Vegas is welcoming League of Legends players with open arms as the best of the best compete in the next step of the Challenger Circuit: IPL 4. With $5 million on the line for the season, you can bet that League of Legends players are doing anything and everything they can to get a piece of that action.
| || The Summoner's Guidebook: Practice makes perfect |
If you haven't noticed from previous editions of The Summoner's Guidebook, I emphasize practicing new techniques a lot. Practice is the only thing separating novice League of Legends players from experts.
With Diablo III
's launch just over a month away, Blizzard has launched a new weekly series on each of the five classes: Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. This week's class is the Demon Hunter
, a lone survivor from a demon attack on her village. She is now part of a group that will stop at nothing to rid the world of demons, using ranged weapons, bombs, and traps. Her offensive abilities are powered by Hatred, a resource that regenerates quickly, while her defensive abilities draw from a more slowly regenerating Discipline resource. While the Demon Hunter
may not be able to take much of a beating, her abilities focus on keeping enemies at arm's reach and killing them from a distance.
Penny Arcade made a guest appearance in League of Legends
this week with a special edition sneak peek
of Varus, the Arrow of Retribution. There's no release date for Varus yet, but he'll probably enter the arena after the new mounted spectral warrior Hecarim, the Shadow of War. The new champion was revealed this week with an art spotlight
, lore preview
and full gameplay preview
and will be released with the next major game patch.
Hecarim's passive ability lets him walk through other units, and grants attack damage based on his bonus movement speed from items. Devastating Charge makes Hecarim's spectral mount charge toward the target, increasing movement speed and adding knockback and additional damage to his next attack.
Rampage deals physical damage in an area; Spirit of Dread absorbs health from nearby enemies for a short duration. Hecarim's ultimate, Onslaught of Shadows, summons a horde of spectral riders that charge toward the target, dealing magic damage in a wide area and causing a fear effect.
If you liked last week's Rise of Immortals
April Fool's joke featuring Penny Arcade's Karapyss the Crabomancer
, you're in for a pleasant surprise. This week, Karapyss was actually released in the game, proving that Petroglyph doesn't take itself too seriously
. Karapyss is a tanky initiator with sustained damage output in teamfights and massive lane presence. His first ability, Deluge, silences a target and creates a field that reduces enemy movement speed and magic resistance. Using his Submerge ability, Karapyss can bury himself in the ground and regenerate health over time and then pop up underneath nearby immortals.
Karapyss really shines in teamfights with his cleave ability and a toggled ultimate spell that periodically deals damage to nearby immortals. Karapyss' signature ability also traps enemy players in a circle surrounding him, allowing him to drag enemies across the map for a short duration.
Free to play FPS Blacklight: Retribution
finally ended its long beta period this week and touted its official launch
. Developers celebrated with the release of Blacklight's first new weapon, the heavy assault rifle
, which can now be found in the cash shop. The response from players has been mixed, with some welcoming new weapons and others asking for balance changes on existing weapons before new ones are released.Bloodline Champions
celebrates Easter this week with a new Easter egg painting contest
. To enter, just post a photo of your BLC-
themed painted egg in the official contest thread
before April 18th for a chance to win some in-game goodies. This week the BLC
team also gave a small sneak peek at the next bloodline
and asked players whether grades should be reset
for the new competitive season.
Last week's Path of Exile
public stress test was a massive success
, with 46,911 players checking out the game during the 54-hour event and a mountain of tester feedback delivered straight to the developers. As launch is now rapidly approaching, this week the team at Grinding Gear Games
released pre-order packages. Path of Exile
will be free to play, so the packages contain microtransaction points
and immediate access to the current closed beta. Larger packs also contain bonus extras like forum titles, soundtrack downloads, in-game pets, t-shirts, full boxed copies of the game, and even the chance to design items in the game.
In this week's Torchlight II
developer update, Runic Games
talks about a new charge bar mechanic
that will unleash powerful new abilities. The bar charges up as you kill enemies and slowly depletes if you take a break from combat. Each class can use this charge to perform different signature moves, such as the Berserker's Frenzy in the video below.Wrath of Heroes
released its first hero spotlight this week, introducing hybrid damage-dealer Nethys the Unsated. With a mix of close-range melee abilities and area-effect crowd control, Nethys heals herself to stay alive in a frantic battlefield. Check out the Nethys spotlight video below for information on each of her abilities, suggested mastery loadouts, and tips on playing her in a game.Join us every Monday for Not So Massively, our roundup of the top news from popular online games that aren't quite MMOs. If you think there's a game we should be covering in Not So Massively or you've found some interesting news you think deserves attention in the next roundup, please mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.