| || Firefall video blog says farewell to levels, hello to skill |
The team at Red 5 Studios has been working hard on making Firefall the best game it can be, and as it turns out, that happens to be a game without traditional levels.
| || New Firefall dev blog discusses raising the skill ceiling |
The other day we talked about Red 5 Studios' new development philosophy for its upcoming MMOFPS, Firefall, and its decision to take things in a direction that's more focused on player skill than levels or gear.
| || Blizzard denies Diablo III authenticator hacking claims |
We've been following the mass reports of hackers bypassing passwords and authenticators to rob Diablo III accounts blind, and now we have a new twist on the story.
| || Diablo III achieves fastest-selling PC game and biggest PC game launch titles |
Launch bugs, server problems, and silly single-player online requirements didn't stop Diablo III from becoming the biggest launch in the history of PC gaming.
| || Blizzard talks Diablo III hotfixes, delay of real-money auction house |
In a post on the official Diablo III forums earlier today, Community Manager Nethaera addressed a few of the concerns that have been brought up in the game's momentous first week.
This week marks a year since the release of the League of Legends
tribunal that lets players vote on whether to pardon or punish players reported for misconduct. To celebrate, Riot
has launched a few improvements to the tribunal and released some interesting statistics
on its use over the past year. Over 47 million votes have been cast in total, with 51% of cases being given a guilty verdict and 49% of cases dismissed. Of those guilty cases referred on to GMs, only 5.7% resulted in a permanent ban.
These statistics are impressive, but conflict with reports of tribunal activity released five months ago
. While today's punishment figure is 51%, in December 2011 it was claimed that 94% of cases that faced the tribunal resulted in punishment. Although only 16 million votes had been cast by then, that's a pretty big drop in conviction rates.
Last week Riot released details of new champion Darius, the Hand of Noxus. This week's champion spotlight video below shows Darius' axe-swinging abilities in action, including laning strategies and advanced tactics for both Summoner's Rift and Dominion
redesigned the Dota 2
hero picker and dashboard with this week's beta update
. The new interface includes a search tool for heroes and filters that let you select a hero by role, attack type, or by your own personal tracked stats and favourites. With the huge array of heroes Dota 2
will have at release, these new options will come as a welcome addition to the game.Diablo III
's server woes were put into perspective this week as we learned that the game had vastly outsold Blizzard's already high expectations. Sales of 4 million units were predicted within the first 90 days, but that prediction was smashed in just over 24 hours. Selling 6.3 million copies in its first week
, Diablo III
became possibly the fastest selling PC game of all time. This impressive statistic has been unfortunately overshadowed by six-hour-long server maintenance periods during which even singleplayer games are not possible.
This week saw a number of account hijackings, leading players to suspect that the Battle.net servers or authenticator databases had been compromised. Blizzard assured players that neither had been compromised, and that the total number of hacked accounts wasn't very high. Complaints also continued this week of poor itemisation on Legendary items, most of which have random stats and many of which are outclassed by rares.
difficulty mode has encouraged players to find creative ways to handle the challenge. Wizards using an energy shield build to trivialise Inferno
were disappointed when the skill was nerfed in a hotfix this week
. A player also published the video below showing a witch doctor killing the first act's end boss on Inferno
mode in just nine seconds
Your favourite MOBA
may have some great heroes and interesting items, but does it have a gibbering tentacle demon? This week Heroes of Newerth
released Bramble, a mutated mantrap plant that's more Cthulhu than wallflower. Bramble's first ability, Spore Breath, deals damage every second to players in a cone in front of her, ending with a stun. Ensnaring Shrubbery places a shield on Bramble or an ally that slows nearby enemies and heals both the target and any nearby allies for a portion of any damage dealt to them.
As the shield heals for a percentage of damage taken, it can act as a form of damage reduction. Bramble is a strength hero and so will have a huge health pool by the late game stage, allowing her to absorb a huge amount of damage in team fights and heal all nearby allies. Bramble's third ability, Combat Vigor, grants Bramble and all nearby allies movement speed every time an attack is landed. Her ultimate ability summons a wall of impassable vines that slow and damage nearby enemies.
You might not have heard of Smashmuck
as it's being developed by indie studio Kiz Studios
, but this upcoming MOBA
has turned a lot of heads. The developer's ambitious plans include four separate game modes
: Capture the flag, classic DotA
style tower defense, control point capture, and a more StarCraft-like resource combat mode. Featuring a more cartoony style than most MOBAs, Smashmuck
will be launching with four maps and a full roster of champions. The game entered closed beta yesterday and you can sign up now
for a chance to play it.
Upcoming action game Hedone
has been a little quiet lately, and this week we found out why. Developer Acony
has signed a deal with Sony Online Entertainment
and rebranded the game as Bullet Run
. You can sign up to the beta now
using your Station account.
The Torchlight II
beta officially closed this week on Thursday May 24th
. Developers will now begin the process of collating the masses of feedback and bug-reports it received during the beta and finishing off the game.Wrath of Heroes
released details on its newest hero this week, the Tomb King Liche Priest Amenadresh
. His abilities include area-of-effect damage-over-time and heal-over-time spells, a nuke that removes armour from the enemy, and an area-effect nuke mixed with a heal.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 email@example.com.