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My Favorite Games From E3 2015

Here’s a list of all my favorite game reveals from E3. It’s pretty much in reveal order since the start of E3.

Dishonored 2

Fallout 4

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Gears of War 4

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

South Park: The Fractured but Whole

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Star Fox Zero

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Fire Emblem Fates

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Kingdom Hearts 3

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns – A First Look At Guild Halls

Colin Johanson had a segment at the E3 PC Gaming Show and talked about Guild Halls! Sidenote, Colin also announced prepurchase for Heart of Thorns; check this link for more on that! Ok, back to Guild Halls; we got a sneak peak plus a blog post by Game Designer Link Hughes and learned quite a bit! Once your guild goes to a guild hall location and clears out Mordrem that are holed up in your future Guild Hall, there’s plenty to do.

The Six Pillars

There are six goals that form the pillars of what ArenaNet want Guild Halls to perform:

  • Emphasize Community and Fellowship
  • A Place to Call Your Own
  • Build a Shared History
  • Bring Guilds into the World
  • Activate Player Creativity
  • New Ways to Play Together

Guild Hall Types

There will be two guild halls to choose from:

  • Guilded Hollow: a monolithic cave beneath the jungle. Located near the lost golden city.
  • Lost Precipice: a vertical refuge within a hidden canyon with a river. Located on the border between the Maguuma Jungle and the Northern wastelands.

Swapping types will not affect any guild progress.

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Guild Progression

The guild upgrade lines found in the Guild Panel will be in your Guild Hall now. All guilds will eventually gain acess to everything, it just depends on how much a guild invests in making building.

Buildings

There are various buildings to get for you Guild Hall. Here are a few:

  • The Workshop: a building used to learn the new Scribe crafting discipline. The Scribe discipline will allow players to make guild tools like banners, decorations for your Guild Hall, and some offesive and defense tools that can also be used in WvW
  • The War Room: a building that will feature WvW crafting. This crating results in WvW specific tools such as a WvW air strike
  • The Arena: a battle arena for fighting other guildies and also provides some sPvP buffs
  • The Tavern: a building for social lounging

Decorations

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Decorations, as stated before, are used to spruce up your Guild Hall. You can gain decorations via The Workshop, group content and you can even get one item by pre-purchasing Heart of Thorns. Decorations can be placed any where in a Guild Hall. Guild members with the Articfact permission will be able to move and place decorations. Once a decoration is placed, it “belongs” to the guild and will appear in the Guild items tab.

Guild Portal

Last but not least is the Guild Portal. This feature, when claimed, allows player to fast travel to their guild hall in a process similar to GW1’s. You have to open your guild panel and hit the Guild Hall button that’ll be there in order to fast travel into your guild hall. To leave your hall, repeat the process. This portal also allows guilds to travel together to the same map instance when a destination is chosen. This helps removes worrying about some members being on a different instance. Great for guild missions.

Guild Missions Rework

While on the topic of Guilds, guild missions are getting a bit of a rework. Guild missions in the future will run for free without the need of a consumable. Also, all guilds will get the same fixed set of missions to perform each week for more variance in missions.

It’s a lot to take in, but I’m glad we got the info! Also, I’m pretty sure we’ll get a Points of Interest episode on Guild Halls Friday at noon Pacific on GW2’s Twitch channel so looks forward to that!

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns – Pre-purchase Now Available!

I had a feeling pre-purchase news would pop up when I heard Guild Wars 2 had a segment at the E3 PC Gaming Show; but to be able to buy it right after Game Director Colin Johanson finished talking in his segment was the best news of the night for me! You can buy Heart of Thorns at Guild Wars 2‘s purchase page or in-game via the Gem Store. Pre-purchasing will grant you an exclusive title and access to all Heart of Thorns beta weekend events.

When buying Heart of Thorns, there are 3 expansion options to choose from; each option has the standard edition of Guild Wars 2 attached (which new players can dive into right away before HoT comes out) when you buy any of the following:

  • Standard ($49.99 USD) – You get access to the Heart of Thorns expansion when it launches
  • Deluxe ($74.99 USD) – Everything in Standard plus an additional character slot, a Mini Revenant Rytlock, a Revenant Finisher, a Mordremoth’s Bane Guild Hall Decoration (choose between a Charrcopter, a Mordrem vine wall, or a Wyvern head), and a Heart of Thorns Glider Skin
  • Ultimate ($99.99 USD) – Everything in Deluxe plus 4000 Gems ($50 USD value)

In addition to the above, if you’ve had Guild Wars 2 between launch and January 23rd, 2015 you are considered a veteran player and will get a free character slot!

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Age’s Site Update For June 2014

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Hey guys! I wanted to give you a quick update for this month. It won’t be long I promise!

League of Legends Jungler guide and All-in-one LoL guide post

Since the new Summoner’s Rift is coming in soon, I decided to hold onto the Jungle guide so I can get the new camp images in. The all in one guide post will be put out shortly after the jungle guide is up. I changed my mind, I’m going to put this out next week and update it when new Summoner’s Rift VU is out.

Game Deals Page

So I’ll be adding a game deals page that’ll be up on Monday (June 16th) that will be featured on the home page of the site. basically it provides you guys with discounts for relatively new or upcoming games. It helps support me and Gamebreaker TV out. I’ll update the page as much as possible. I may have something like a sticky on the side so you guys know which games have been added or removed.

Guild Wars 2 and LCS Weekly Posts

Still going to put out a post for both GW2 and LCS every week. As you’ve may have noticed I’ve recently post the LCS stuff on Thursday (might shift to Wednesday) and GW2 stuff on Friday. I’ll probably do a Fantasy LCS post to tell you how I picked my team and how I manage my roster each week.

E3 and all the Alphas and Betas!

Since E3 is over I might do a post next week about E3 thoughts. I got into Destiny Alpha & Beta and Battlefield Hardline beta so I might do a writeup on those as well.

And that’s all for now, hope you guys have a good weekend! Happy gaming!

– Age

The Console Wars 2013 – Part 3: The Reversal

So I’m back for Part 3 and this will be the last segment for the Console Wars 2013 series. If you’ve read this series up till now, thanks a lot for reading! Also let me know if you’d like to see more of these type of posts. So let’s wrap this up. I first want to cover the interviews Gamespot did with Jack Tretton (Sony) and  Don Mattrick (Microsoft).

I’ll start with Mattrick’s interview because there’s one critical thing I wanted to cover and that’s the quote Mattrick made: “If you don’t have good internet we have another option for you and that is the 360”. Sigh… I really don’t wanna bash Microsoft since they’ve been taking a beating but damn it they’re feeding me so tough for them. Sure stick to you’re policies for always online but to say get a 360 if you have bad internet?  That was a horrible thing to say and if Mattrick was told to say that, then it’s even worse. 360 is a cool console but everyone focusing on E3 wants to play next gen games! What I heard was “If you don’t like the console buy a PS4”.

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Jack Tretton’s interview was interesting too. He did say that DRMs might be implemented from 3rd party publishers but that’s not Sony’s fault if that happens but I’m glad he addressed that when asked. But the most needed thing that happened was the mic drop and walk away. Just the genius marketing, research and presentations Sony did outdid Microsoft this year, the mic drop was well deserved.

So big news happened last week and I have to admit I saw this coming. On June 19th, Microsoft renounced it’s plan for it’s online DRM policies:

  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
  • All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on the Xbox 360
  • Authentication is no longer necessary
  • An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
  • All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
  • Region locks have been dropped

Let’s go over these real quick:

  • The always online requirement was dumb in the first place. There are times when you’re internet can go down and there are places in the world that don’t have decent internet.
  • 24 hour check was also dumb. A first time authentication, ok sure, debatable. But checking if I own a game I bought for a console every day?
  • Games discs is kinda related to the previous points
  • Authentication no longer necessary. If for a game, again debatable.
  • Internet required for initial set up, makes sense
  • Downloaded games should work the same online or offline
  • The additional restrictions on trading or loaning discs is a hot topic. I think that I should be able to do whatever I want with a game I bought. But this is debatable since the issues of developers not getting the money they deserve.
  • Region lock was due to the online authentication stuff most likely, with the authentication gone, they can do this now

So… we can all guess why this happened. With all the negative feedback the Xbox One was getting it needed some sort of edge otherwise they’d really have poor sales (I also think they saw they we’re having poor sales). With this change, I see Xbox One being more competitive with the PS4 (if you don’t mind the other issues like the Kinect “always on” and such). But sadly for Microsoft, the damage is already done. Thanks to Microsoft’s previous policies and smart marketing by Sony, the majority of gamers were convinced to get a PS4 or at least PS4 is the main choice for launching consoles. There are some people that are die hard Xbox fans and will get the Xbox One regardless. I even know a person who’s getting the Xbox One before the policies changed.

In the end, Sony had the best way to start the always online trend. A lot of the top console games at E3 are more online oriented games. This is the way to pave a new path for gaming. Ease gamers into it slowly and we’ll adapt to it. Gamers won’t adapt to it if a new idea and a bunch of restrictions are shoved into their faces, that looks to them like a cash grab and expect them to accept it.

I know Microsoft wanted the One to be the next Steam for consoles but they really approached it wrong. When Steam started out, there was no competition. Microsoft has Sony and arguably Nintendo. So Microsoft HAD to get it right from the start. Sadly they didn’t and they paid for it. Again I think that Xbox One will be fine due to the fan base and Microsoft might perform other improvements down the road.

And this concludes The Console Wars 2013 Series. Thanks for reading and be sure to tune in for more on my thoughts on big gaming news that drops in the future!