Jan 30 2015

HB Survives SMT Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha VS The Soulless Army Part 9

Jan 30 2015

eSports Weekly (Week of 1/26-2/1)

It’s an XL version of eSports Weekly with Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. A Blizzard insider reveals the status of some of your favorite Blizzard games, as well as some you’re hopefully looking forward to; we look at Twitch’s 2014, as well as week two of the NA and EU LCS; and Valve and ESEA drop some banhammers following an investigation into match fixing. This and a lot more in this week’s eSports Weekly.

Blizzard Leak: Good News for Hearthstone, Questions about Overwatch, Concerns for Heroes

Blizzard-entertainment[1]A Blizzard insider, who cannot be named, reached out to Yahoo Finance with news regarding several current Blizzard titles including Hearthstone, Starcraft II, and World of Warcraft, as well as their upcoming titles Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. The numbers for the competitive card game Hearthstone, which came out in March, are reportedly “off the charts.” Their player numbers have tripled since the last player numbers were released. The success of the game is “beyond even the most optimistic expectations.” Blizzard is currently focusing on a PvE-focused expansion that should come out some time around April, and the company is experimenting with a 2v2 format.

Overwatch, Blizzard’s in-development class based shooter that appeared at BlizzCon after their Titan project fell through, is currently in a state of flux regarding its payment system. Reportedly, the company is trying to decide between a free-to-play system or an expansion-driven model. Initially, you can still play for free when Overwatch releases, but Blizzard is still deciding on how heroes will be paid for (if it were up to me, I’d choose a LoL-type system where you can unlock heroes by gaining experience and using points you’ve earned). Blizzard is trying to release the game by the end of 2015, but many in the company are skeptical that this can be accomplished.

While Blizzard has high hopes for Overwatch, they have quite low expectations for their developing MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. Along with the low expectations, the insider thinks many members of the Heroes senior staff will be laid off in the next few months.

But we move on to good news for you crazy Starcraft fans (I say crazy because you must be crazy to be able to follow what’s going on during a hectic Starcraft game), because the new Starcraft II game is finished and ready to go. No word of a release date yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how the new game shakes up the WCS standings upon release.

Lastly, the members of the Diablo III team have been moved onto a new project set in the Starcraft universe. According to the insider, “the game will be similar to Warframe and contain gameplay aspects from Left4Dead, DayZ, Smite, and other MOBAs.” Keep an eye out for this upcoming project to be released, most likely, in late 2016.

You can read the whole insider post on Yahoo Finance’s Tae Kim’s column, The Firstadopter. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30 2015

Heads Up: JumpJet Rex [Early Access]

Jan 29 2015

HalfBeard Survives BioShock Part 6

Jan 29 2015

Heads Up: Grim Fandango Remastered

Jan 28 2015

HB Survives SMT Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha VS The Soulless Army Part 8

Jan 28 2015

Review of Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk

Atelier Ayesha Plus_Logo4 Stars

Another week, another RPG review it seems. This week specifically we’re looking at the recent VITA re-release of Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk. While it’s no secret that I’ve got some fondness for the Atelier series, I actually missed out on this game when it first released on the PS3 a couple of years back, so I was looking forward to getting to check it out now. That said having played its sequel (Atelier Escha & Logy) just last year, it’s very clear just how much of a stepping stone Ayesha is between that game and the prior Atelier trilogy, especially when it comes to the mechanics and the storytelling. As such I would really recommend newcomers to the series actually go and play Escha & Logy instead as it’s a markedly better game and doesn’t require any prior familiarity with the franchise. For Atelier veterans though Ayesha Plus provides some mild degree of extra content while moving the experience to the handheld without too much compromise, making it a great way to relive the first entry in the Dusk trilogy or to fill in a blank spot in your Atelier knowledge like I was doing. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 27 2015

HalfBeard Survives BioShock Part 5

Jan 27 2015

Heads Up: Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame

Jan 26 2015

HB Survives SMT Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha VS The Soulless Army Part 7

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