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Black Desert Online Review
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Elder Scrolls Online - Previews
Similarly, the new world activity that has continued the trend of finding replacements for the base games dark anchors are the Dragon hunts. Public events that will see a dragon spawn and eventually land allowing a group of players to engage in battle. These are much more challenging and demanding versions of public bosses which will require larger groups as well as those people playing their role, unlike public bosses which can be beaten by as little as a couple of experienced players. While these are very fun and rewarding experiences, you will quickly realize that they are not as dynamic as they first appear and even take place in predetermined areas. I have concerns about how manageable they will be once the initial population spike due to a new expansion subsides again. It gives off the impression that like their impact in the main campaign, they will end up just being there.
I realize that it seems like I am being very critical of the storytelling but I don’t mean to be, it isn’t bad by any means, it just doesn’t meet its full potential. In fact, much like everything before it, what is here is very well written and exceptionally voice acted to its usual high standard. Just make sure you are a fan of the Khajiit and their unique way of speaking, otherwise you will find yourself a little annoyed since they are the most prominent race in Elsweyr. Truthfully, where the main campaign is lacking, the experience is more than made up for in the side quests which are amongst the best we have seen yet. This is the furthest from your boring kill x, collect y quest template of past MMOs. You will come across a wide variety of colorful quest givers with their own personalities and agendas that will send you on what feel like meaningful tasks.
These aren’t you 2011 Skyrim dragons, nor are you the Dragonborn. The dragons in Elsweyr pose so much more of a threat, and you better make sure that you are prepared. These dragons believe that Elsweyr is theirs, and will make sure nobody is in the way to stop them.
The first time the player gets to see a dragon up close and personal is in the tutorial. The dragon is brought down by a horn the player blows that grounds them for a bit. A couple of the adepts and the player go to confront the dragon while it is grounded. It becomes rapidly apparent that the player is not yet ready to kill a dragon. The dragon is called away by a voice on the wind, and honestly, that was a lucky break. For the player and adeptorium alike.
Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr Interview
AusGamers interviewed the Rich Lambert, Creative Director at Zenimax Online Studios, about Elsweyr for The Elder Scrolls Online.
Alongside dragons and getting to see the homeland de los gatos, Elsewyr is also introducing a new playable class – the Necromancer. Something that, no matter the fantasy setting, fans always seem to be asking for. In the world of The Elder Scrolls, Necromancy has been a major presence throughout the history of Tamriel. “Necromancy is a really big thing in Elder Scrolls lore,” Rich confirms. “It’s kind of the precursor to the Mages Guild. The Mages Guild was started because there was infighting in the Psijic Order, around whether Necromancy was good or bad. One of the Daedric Lords is all about Necromancy. It’s something we've always wanted to do and something that our players have always wanted us to do. Even during the initial beta, they were asking, ‘Where's the Necromancer class?’”
Conan Exiles - Treasures of Turan DLC
Some new DLC for Conan Exiles has arrived called 'Treasures of Turan'.
Treasures of Turan Pack now available
The riches of the eastern kingdom of Turan await you, exiles! Our latest cosmetic DLC, the Treasures of Turan Pack, brings the opulent gilded palaces of Turanian culture right to your fingertips.loading...
With the Treasures of Turan Pack you can build palaces adorned with glittering statues, tame rhinos and elephants as pack animals, and dress in the finest Turanian silks and Phalanx armor.
Treasures of Turan comes with new building pieces, placeables, armor sets, weapon sets, warpaints and pets. As Turan is one of the wealthiest nations in Hyboria, it's fitting that this offers the most ostentatious gear and building pieces in Conan Exiles yet. Enjoy the golden decorations of the building pieces and finely wrought weapons and armor.
Treasures of Turan Pack contains:
- 39 Turanian building pieces
- A full set of building pieces with the same stats as existing tier three
- 15 new armor pieces in three sets, such as the Turanian Mercenary armor
- Light, medium and heavy sets with an epic end-game version of each
- 9 new weapons in one Turanian weapon set
- Same power as iron weapons with an epic end-game version of each weapon
- 5 new Turanian warpaints
- Decorative warpaints symbolizing opulence and glory
- 9 new placeables, such as the standing lamp and brazier
- Craft them at the new Turanian Artisan table
- 2 new exclusive pack animal pet skins
- Adorn your rhinos and elephants with rich and golden trimmings
All the new content from Turan is exclusive to this DLC and adds a host of new visual options but does not give any in-game advantage in power. All the new items have comparable stats to existing items.
Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr - Zone Trailer
The Elder Scrolls Online has a new trailer for Elsweyr.
The Khajiiti homeland is under attack and it's up to you to defend it from dragons, undead, Imperial Necromancers, and more. Overcome new and exciting challenges as you venture into Elsweyr.
Explore fertile grasslands with stalking predators, winding canyons whose shadows hide bandits and worse, and wild borderlands where the Khajiit grow their famous moon-sugar crops.
Experience all of this and more in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr. Pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr now to gain immediate access to the otherworldly Rahd-m'Athra Mount, the base Elder Scrolls Online game, the Morrowind and Summerset Chapters, plus get the Noble Clan-Chief costume, Blue Dragon Imp pet, Baandari Peddler Crate, and more when Elsweyr launches.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 4, 2019, with PC/Mac early access starting May 20.
Neverwinter - Undermountain Announced
Bluesnews reports that Neverwinter: Undermountain has been announced for this Spring.
Neverwinter's biggest expansion arrives this Spring! Team up with Durnan, the proprietor of the famed Yawning Portal to seek the truth behind the mysterious visions and forces beckoning Faerûnians to the halls of Undermountain. Neverwinter: Undermountain introduces a new level 80 cap, a complete overhaul of class powers and feats, new Adventure Zones, a new Endgame dungeon, and a much more! Are you ready to enter the realm of the Mad Mage?
Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One, available free-to-play with Gold*.
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Elder Scrolls Online - Wrathstone Next
ExpansiveDLC reports that The Wrathstone DLC will be released next for The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Elder Scrolls Online website has confirmed the next DLC – Wrathstone – will be releasing soon along with Update 21.
This will be the first of three DLC packs this year, along with the next major Chapter, Elsweyr. The four packs combined make up the Season of the Dragon.
Wrathstone will release before Elsweyr on May 20th and will add two new group dungeons – the Depths of Malatar, and Frostvault.
Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr Expansion Trailer
A new expansion has been announced for The Elder Scrolls Online which is set in Elsweyr.
In "The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr" the dragons return to Tamriel! "Elsweyr" is part of the "Season of the Dragon", an all-year ESO adventure. Explore sun-drenched savannahs and gorges, defend the Khajiite homeland, and command the merciless undead necromancer in the brand new chapter of the award-winning "Elder Scrolls Online" saga!
Conan Exiles - Seekers of the Dawn DLC Released
Funcom has released their Conan Exiles - Seekers of the Dawn Pack DLC pack for Windows, with an Xbox One and PS4 becoming available coming soon. The fourth DLC release for Conan Exiles adds Yamatai themed weapons, buildings, armour and pet skins.
Star Citizen - Chris Roberts Interview
VentureBeat interviewed Chris Roberts about why Star Citizen needed to raise 46 million in venture capital.
For me, I think the investment is very important for our independence, because it gives us the ability to take our time. We have the ability to take care of our marketing and not be beholden to someone else. For the future of the company, it’s a really good sign. And it’s a good sign to show that, even at this stage, the company is worth this kind of money. As we grow and get bigger, it should only increase beyond that. That should give people who are worried about whether we’ll be around tomorrow — they shouldn’t be so worried about that.
Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Review
The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire was reviewed by Sknr.
The main quests are some of the most interesting to come out of ESO in quite some time. Upon entering Murkmire you will meet an archaeologist named Famia, who’s scouring the temples to find Argonian artifacts for her museum. Her heart is in the right place, wanting to preserve Argonian culture, but it is unfortunately at the expense of taking those artifacts out of The Black Marsh. The quests you embark on with (and often times for) Famia, have a Tomb-Raideresque feel, carefully tumbling and sneaking your way past various traps throughout the temples. This definitely gives the expansion a more Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe, as opposed to the traditional sword and sorcery feeling you get by playing Summerset Isles.
Star Citizen - Crytek Loses Lawsuit
@YouTuber Law Crytek has lost its lawsuit against Star Citizen.
Crytek Loses. Star Citizen Wins.
In the long running lawsuit between Crytek and CIG, we finally have a resolution. Crytek's lawsuit has been dismissed by the court. Yes. It's true. Crytek can go back and amend (for the third time) the complaint, but for all purposes, this lawsuit is done. Everything has been dismissed. Let's talk.
Conan Exiles - DevKit Free on Epic Games Store
Conan Exiles dev kit has been released free on Epic Games store.
From the looks of it, this is only the dev kit for Conan Exiles. Both Epic and Funcom did not clarify on the store page whether this was only the Unreal Engine 4 dev kit or not (which is a bit misleading if you ask us). After downloading it, we can confirm that it’s only the dev kit.
Shroud of the Avatar - Free to play
Rock Paper Shotgun reports that Shroud of the Avatar is now a free-to-play game:
Shroud Of The Avatar virtuously goes free-to-play today
Blimey – Richard Garriot’s Ultima successor MMO Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues only launched back in March. Despite leaving early access just seven months ago (to tepid critical response), Portalarium’s dragon-bothering epic has now gone free-to-play. This second debut (third, if you count its 2014 early access launch) comes with an overhaul to the game’s criticised earlier areas, hopefully making for a smoother ride for newcomers. Below, a trailer featuring dungeoneering, dragon-bothering and jolly online co-operation.
Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Available
The Murkmire DLC is available for The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Murkmire DLC Game Pack
Now available on PC/Mac free with ESO Plus™ membership or for 2000 crowns from the in-game Crown Store. Coming November 6 for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.
Brave the Forbidding Black Marsh
Wade into the perilous bogs and mossy ruins of the Argonian homeland and explore a strange land
Learn the Secrets of the Mysterious Hist
Venture deep into the strange and colorful history of Murkmire to recover a powerful Argonian antiquity
Prove Your Mettle in the Arena
Enter the dreaded Blackrose Prison and face waves of enemies in a battle for treasure and glory
Collect Murkmire’s Hidden Treasures
Acquire unique items, collectibles, and gear from this mysterious and dangerous new world
Conan Exiles - Adds Pets, New Dungeon, Religion
@WorthPlaying A new update for Conan Exiles adds pets, a new dungeon, and religion.
Five months after Conan Exiles' launch, Funcom has released the biggest update since the game left Early Access.
In this update, free for everyone who owns the game, players finally get the chance to tame animals and use them in battle or even build a farm where they can produce materials for you. The update also introduces an epic new dungeon called Midnight Grove and a new religion allowing players to summon the massive flying avatar of Jhebbal Sag.
Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Impressions
The Elder Scrolls Online 'Murkmire' impressions by GameReactor.
We were also introduced to a puzzle within the dungeon - something which has been a rarity within the Elder Scrolls Online series so far. This required us to match the heights of corresponding plates that were seen on some pillars and a set of pullies. Lambert told us that this was another example of how players are trained to pay more attention to the environment in this update, as our friend offers a clue to solving it during dialogue. He also told us that this was to make things seem a lot more obvious for the player so that they don't have to search for answers online.
Shroud of the Avatar - RPG Codex Review
Shroud of the Avatar has been reviewed by the RPG Codex.
On the outside, the first thing a player is bound to notice is what is customarily called a “technical mess”. The game's framerate is abysmal, often dropping down to 20-30 FPS in city areas on my I7-4790k with Geforce 980 GTX, a machine that is no longer top of the line as I write this review, but is strong enough to get 60 FPS in games that look much better than Shroud of the Avatar. It becomes even more incomprehensible when you try to analyze what's killing the game's performance. In the busy scenes that trigger the slowdowns, I tried setting the graphics quality to low and there was absolutely no improvement. Meaning the bottleneck was my CPU, which is astonishing considering nothing much happens in the game physics-wise (can I even say nothing at all? I'm not even sure I ever saw basic gravity effects), and in terms of AI the NPCs only need to do some pretty basic pathfinding (and that's only a very small number of them) and follow simple scripts (far from the Ultima VII-style living world that we were promised). I think it may have something to do with the scene being large, and the CPU needing to take care of objects that are extremely far away because of poor optimization?
Who cares! This game is an unoptimized mess. And I'm not sure they'll ever be able to fix it, considering people were complaining about performance years before it launched. Portalarium are clearly aware of the problem - that they do not address it says a lot about what you can expect from the game in the future. Release 54 supposedly featured numerous speed improvements, which went entirely unnoticed by me and even worse, introduced a new bug that made the game ignore my resolution settings, resetting it to 1080p during map transitions. Thanks for that.
But is it pretty, at least?