War is Eternal This preview has been on my mind for about a week now. Originally we were going to produce a video on the episode, where I went over my thoughts and what people could expect. But I don’t want to inadvertently spoil anything for this episode, because it’s absolutely wild. We saw all of the cutscenes, so I know exactly what goes down. Instead, I’ll put up some video footage of the area we’ll be going through instead. Since this is the season finale, we’re going out with a bang. If you’ve been keeping up, you know the ultimate goal is a battle with Kralkatorrik, but in Episode 5, Aurene was defeated – she was our only hope to best Kralkatorrik. So what are we going to do now? You’ll group up with your allies to figure out exactly what we’re going to do – if there is anything to do, but it’s not our style to give up. Kralkatorrik has a lot to answer for, and it’s up to us to do something about him once … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 – Living World Season 4 Finale Preview
You’re going to see this again in my Set review, but I firmly stand by this: I don’t think Horus is a warrior. Horus is incredible, and if I have a feeling the heals on his 3 are going to catch a nerf bat before too long. The heal is not too bad, especially once your opponents start building anti-heal. If they don’t build to counter a tanky healer, that’s not my problem. Perhaps Hirez is moving away from class-based designs, which is awesome. I go into this thought in a bit more detail in my Set write-up. Horus is really just a guardian that’s not as tanky as his brethren, nor does he deal guardian damage. Horus is one of the two gods released in this patch, and since it’s a double release for the first time, I had to pull double duty and work on both gods at once. I focused on Horus first, because his kit appeals to me more, and has a playstyle that synergizes with how I approach the game. So let’s talk some SMITE! Horus is the son of Osiris … [Read more...] about SMITE – Horus God Review – No Justice, Just Us
The Final Fantasy XV crossover with Final Fantasy XIV is in full swing in Square-Enix’s MMORPG, and though it is planned to end on May 27th, you still have time to get in, complete the three quests, and earn the best prize of all: The Regalia. The ultimate prize of this crossover is a four-seater mount that plays one of the most mellow Final Fantasy XV tracks. You do not receive the Regalia for completing the quest chain though – that comes later. It does require some MGP (Gold Saucer currency), but I go into that below. The actual quests to get through to the end battle are fairly easy. In order to begin this quest, you must first be level 50 on a DoW/DoM class (so not a crafter/gatherer) and have completed “The Ultimate Weapon” Main Story Quest. The actual quest chain begins near the Aetheryte in Ul’dah (x8.5, y9.7). Kipih Jakkya is your point of contact alongside Noctis of Final Fantasy XV. At Black Brush, you meet a strange young man with an awesome … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy XIV – ‘A Nocturne for Heroes’ Event Guide
Note: The Elsweyr expansion is still in the PTR/Testing Phase, and things may change between now and then.Elder Scrolls Online’s latest Chapter, Elsweyr is well on the way, and over the weekend, I spent a little time in the PTR for Elsweyr. This gave me the opportunity to take a peek at the upcoming story, the new Necromancer class, and in general, just explore this beautiful new addition to Tamriel. These expansions are called chapters instead to appeal perhaps, to the Elder Scrolls fanbase, and to make them more personal/story-related, instead of the impersonal “expansion” title. It’s a marketing thing, but there’s nothing wrong with that. One of the other things I love about the ESO chapters, is they always appeal to new fans as well as the returning fanbase. As someone who does not play ESO half as often as I’d like, I can always step into the new expansion/chapter content without having to have completed the main story, hundreds of other quests, … [Read more...] about Elder Scrolls Online – Elsweyr Preview
Ever since I was a wee lad, my life has revolved around two primary forces: video games and books. I remember my mom’s humble book shelf when I was a kid, laden with such authors as Anne McCaffrey, Mark Twain, Jean M. Auel, and a variety of others. We even had an honest to goodness Encyclopedia Britannica. We also had an Atari 2600, then an NES, and a Genesis. My neighbor Charles had an SNES, and I’d spend a good deal of time over at his place, especially during summers. Point being, these two media sources were two of my largest influences growing up. So, when I discovered LitRPG, I found myself in something akin to heaven. The first LitRPG I read, Survival Quest (The Way of the Shaman), by Vassily Mahanenko, was about a man who found himself trapped in a Virtual Reality MMORPG. Really, it was almost something more akin to the Matrix. Mahan, the main character, was described as being in a fully self enclosed pod which took care of his physical needs, while also stimulating … [Read more...] about What is LitRPG, and Why Do I Like It?