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PAX East 2012: Jessica Nigiri, Reviews, etc.

PAX East 2012: Jessica Nigiri, Reviews, etc.

PAX East 2012 kicked off on April 6th and ended on the 8th. I’ve compiled a bit of videos, photos, game trailers and other information released around the time of PE2012. Max Payne 3 has a solid release date of May 29. Torchlight 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5 are expecting June and October dates.

Barely clothed cosplayer and model for Warner Bros. Games Jessica Nigiri was asked to cover herself up. Later she was asked to change. A bit of controversy arose from this incident and here is what I assume is an official explanation. Here is an interview with Nigiri at PE12.

You can now pre-order Guild Wars 2!

Mojang has released a prototype screenshot of 0x10c.

Trailers:
Guns of Icarus Online: Trailer #2
Diablo 3 Barbarian Class Trailer

PAX East 2012:
Hawken: Destructoid Hands-on / Dev. Interview 1 / Dev. Interview 2 / Trailer
Borderlands 2: Interview 1 / Interview 2 / Interview 3 / Hands-on
Torchlight 2: Berserker Video / Preview

Release Dates:
GTA5: ETA October
Torchlight 2: ETA June
Max Payne 3: Releasing on May 29, 2012 in NA and June 1, 2012 internationally.

PAX East 2012 Photos:
Gameinformer: Day 1 / Day 2
Destructoid: Gallery
VGRevolution: Gallery
TheGameEffect: Gallery
Jessica Nigiri: Gallery
TORWars: Galactic Gallery of Awesome
DarthHater: Day Two and Three

PAX East 2012 show floor image source: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/pax-east-2012?before=1334005306

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WTF: Playable Pandas in WoW. Blizzcon Links.

WTF: Playable Pandas in WoW, Blizzcon Links

Another World of Warcraft expansion has been announced titled Mists of Pandaria. It will introduce the MMOs first neutral race – pandas. Yes a PANDA race. Check out the Mists of Pandara trailer. As you can imagine trade chat is booming with players who are making jokes about the new expansion. As is Twitter and the forums. Not only are the martial artist pandas nearly a ripoff of Jack Black’s Kung Fu Panda but it appears that there is a pet battle system similar to Pokemon.

Here is a list of new features in the expansion. Now that World of Warcraft literally is for kids, there’s always Star Wars: The Old Republic on Dec 20.

World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria

Fans are creating a Starcraft MMO from a mod called World of Starcraft.

Sign up for the World of Warcraft annual pass and get Diablo 3 free.

Check out the Starcraft: Heart of the Swarm trailer.

Blizzcon Links:
Destructoid: Day One Blizzcon Photos
Geekrevolt: Blizzcon 2011 – Opening Ceremony Recap
Destructoid: Hands-on with the Pandaren Monk
Shacknews: Blizzcon Show Floor Gallery
Joystiq: Mists of Pandaria will introduce Pokemon-like Pet Battle System

Star Wars The Old Republic:
IGN: The Old Republic: Companions and Crafting / PVP and Warzones
Mos Eisley Radio: TOR Lore 101: The Hutts / The Old Republic’s Trooper is a Monster
TORWars: Stephen Reid Clarifies ‘Press Embargo’ Ends Tomorrow
TheTORChannel: Daniel Erickson Interview NYCC
Darth Hater: Paris Games Week 2011 Coverage

Links:
Deltagamer Review: Batman Arkham City
TORWars: 1-UP Review: SWTOR is WoW with Lightsabers and it’s Amazing
Destructoid: Details on Blizzard’s DOTA
Deltagamer Review: Might and Magic Heroes VI
joystiq: Samwise Didier talks about finally bringing his Pandaren to life
Massively: League of Legends releases champion spotlight for Graves
Gamesradar: Blizzard shares details on pet battle system


Eurogamer Expo 2011: The Bioware Doctors Talk

Bioware founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk talk Bioware history, The Old Republic and answer questions.

Video by Totalhalibut.


Recently in TOR: Guild Launch PH2, Eurogamer Expo

Recently in TOR: Guild Launch PH2, Eurogamer Expo

Update: BREAKING NEWS: The Release Date is December 20th US and 22nd EU.

Well we finally have some great news to talk about. Guild Launch Phase 2 has been initiated allowing guilds to become allies or adversaries with up to three other guilds. Members with permissions can now invite friends via email. This leaves one more phase which will come during launch. Aligning with another guild does not guarantee that you will be placed on the same server.

While reading Edge magazine, I was happy to read a paragraph talking about Customer Service Agents that will be working on The Old Republic. Edge Magazine interviewed Ruben Cortez, Senior Director for European Operations. It seems that Bioware’s agents must not only provide support, but are required to play the game and know about what they’re supporting. Cortez said, “We have mandatory play time. We actually put it in people’s calendars: On this day at this time, get in the game and play” (Source: Edge Magazine).

This week’s Friday Update gave us a seven minute Developer Dispatch: Companion Characters video along with Companion Characters Update: Part 1. The update talks about customization, story and abilities along with two more very short videos.

Eurogamer Expo kicked off on the 22nd and ends tomorrow the 25th. Look below for more information.

An article on VG247 quotes James Ohlen as saying, “Because of the hype around the game right now, our launch numbers are predicting something really huge, which means we have to be ready for the biggest online launch in history essentially”.

DarthHater interviewed Stephen Reid at Eurogamer Expo. Check out the interview here. Also from Eurogamer Expo here is an interview with Daniel Erickson.

Check out this seven minute Developer Dispatch video “Designing Companions”…

Eurogamer Expo Links:
DarthHater Interview: Stephen Reid / Daniel Erickson / Photos
Eurogamer.net: Expo Opening Footage

Links:
TORWars: Dev Blitz on Dual Spec, Force Users, Stealth
Shacknews: Bioware Talks Old Republic Polish, beta testing
TORWars: Reid Tweets First Pics from Eurogamer Expo
DarthHater: DevTracker Highlights for the week of September 22 2011
TORWars: Getting to know Georg Zoeller QA
Republictrooper.com: Bioware’s Charles Boyd Shares Intel About the Story of the Trooper


Mos Eisley Radio: Open Bounty 009: PAX Prime

Mos Eisley Radio interviews James Ohlen from Bioware at PAX Prime.


Recently in TOR: PAX Prime Info, No Release Date

Recently in TOR: PAX Prime Info, No Release Date

The Eternity Vault

This week’s Friday Update gave us another lengthy peak at the Eternity Vault operation. In the last 30 seconds of the video we get to see a montage of later portions of the operation which we haven’t seen in the past. I’m sure many of you have already seen a walkthrough of this raid and were aching for more interesting news to come out of PAX Prime. Take a look at the DarthHater dissection of this video.

No Release Date Announced, The Hat is a Lie

In the grand scheme nothing special was announced and PAX was yet another let down for fans. The vast majority of fans that were speculating on release date information have believed that information would be released at PAX. I’ve heard many speculations about this over the past few months. Even though this was the most realistic speculation I’ve heard, I didn’t see it happening considering how things have gone down recently. We were told that when the train was rolling along, we would know. Then Stephen Reid donned his conductor hat a while back. Since then, nothing significant has happened. It has seemed as if the track derailed. For many months I have said that we were likely looking at a November release date. At this point I just can’t be sure anymore and December is not at all an unrealistic assessment. According to developers, we are looking at a “Holiday 2011” release date now, so December is becoming very likely.

We all know that Bioware wants this game to have a solid release. They’ve been quoted saying exactly that many times. The problem is that it’s looking like they are stuck in the age old perfectionist artist mentality. At some point you have to leave things as is. And this is an MMO we’re talking about. Things can and WILL be corrected and improved upon as we go on after release.

“Art is never finished, only abandoned” (Leonardo Da Vinci). At some point you have to stop perfecting, modifying, removing and adding new features.

What have we learned?

Open world PVP has been announced. Beta testing weekends begin September 2nd. That’s really the extent of “worthwhile” news.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

The Star Wars: The Old Republic train "left the station" but... it's nowhere to be found.

Video:
YouTube (TORWars): Trooper vs. Sith Assassin
YouTube (TORWars): Trooper vs. Marauder and Juggernaut
YouTube (TORWars): Huttball w/ Stephen Reid Commenting
TORWars: Dr. Ray on SWTOR and Dragon Age 3
YouTube (sillyboy9865): Sith Warrior Origin Gameplay
YouTube (sillyboy9865): Jedi Consular Origin Gameplay
YouTube (TORWars): Commando vs. Mercenary (Alderaan Warzone)
YouTube (SWTORVision): Sentinel vs. Marauder (Alderaan Warzone)
YouTube (TORWars): Sentinel Huttball
YouTube (DarthHater): Sith Sorcerer Aldeeran Warzone
Destructoid: Hands-On Review from PAX
YouTube (steve519): Huttball PvP (Jedi Sentinel)
YouTube (willb206): Huttball PvP (Bounty Hunter Powertech)
YouTube (gamercurtis872006): Huttball PvP (Trooper Commando)

Audio:
TORWars: Interview with Bioware’s David Bass from the PAX Show Floor
TORWars: Entire SWTOR Panel (60 Minutes with Beta and PvP Reveals)

Links:
TheOldRepublicOrdie.com: SWTOR Weapons List
TORWars: PAX Prime Day One at TORWars
TORWars: PAX Prime Day One: Huttball Hands-On
TORWars: PAX Prime Day Three
TORWars: Bioware Swag w/ Jennifer Hale
TORWars: First Look: The SWTOR Booth at PAX Prime
DarthHater: PAX Prime Day One: Day 1 Live Blogs of Developer Presentations / Day 2
Corellian Run Radio: Operation Info
Corellian Run Radio: Hints About “Open” Conflict
DarthHater: PAX Prime 2011 Day 1 Photos
Curse: Huttball PVP Hands-On
DarthHater: Developer Meet and Greet Live Blog


Recently in Gaming: Deus Ex Release, PAX Prime

Recently in Gaming: Deus Ex Release, PAX Prime

Deus Ex: Human Revolution released on August 23 in NA! Updates have already been released increasing load times by up to 50%, correcting crashes on some machines and fixing other issues. I’ve been playing it myself and it’s a great game. The cover system is a bit hard to get in and out of in a bind, but that’s the largest negative that I can come up with. I will likely be reviewing the game in the near future when I’ve completed it. If you’re looking for a Let’s Play video, check out J2JonJeremy.

PAX Prime is on-going. If you’re looking for Star Wars: The Old Republic coverage check in with DarthHater, Corellian Run Radio and TORWars.

Videos:
YouTube (xboxuk): Skyrim PAX Prime Trailer
YouTube (Destructoid): Lollipop Chainsaw Pre-Release PAX Demo
YouTube (saveandquitvideos): Counter Strike: Global Offensive off-screen gameplay
YouTube (mattvisual): Guild Wars 2 5v5 PvP Tournament Gameplay

Torchlight 2 will only be $20.

Red Orchestra 2 multiplayer gameplay video and 20 minute early beta footage.

Steam is offering refunds for From Dust. Customers were led to believe that there would be a one-time online activation for the game. Now that the game has been released, players have found out that it requires an active Internet connection.

These Ace Combat: Assault Horizon screenshots look bad ass.

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