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SWTOR: Free month, Tauntaun pet, Reactivation

SWTOR: Free month, Pet, Reactivation

As part of a 1.2 Legacy promotion Bioware is offering lots of nice freebies to past and active subscribers to The Old Republic. If your subscription is not currently active you can return return for free for one week on April 13th through the 19th to preview the update.

If you already have an activate subscription you will earn a Legacy Tauntaun Ram pet. Those with active subscriptions and level 50 characters will receive 30 days of game time for free.

Surely there are many players without 50s that have stuck around for a while. I have lots of friends who have never been interested in getting to end-game soon. Personally, I have about 8 high level characters, but no maxed level 50s. In essence if I had returned a few weeks ago and did not max out a character I would not be eligible. This is a great offer, but somewhat unfair for a large number of players. What do you think?

Links:
1.2 Update Patch Notes

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Recently: 0x10c, EA’s Poo Award, Aion F2P

Mojang's 0x10c, EA's Poo Award, Aion F2P

On April 11th Aion will be free-to-play and you can download the client now to get ready. We will be streaming Aion live at our Twitch.TV on the 11th. Vanguard will be going free-to-play this summer.

Those with an active subscription of Star Wars: The Old Republic are now able to invite 25 of their friends for a seven day trial. TOR offered up another free-to-play weekend for new players. That trial period ends at 5:00PM AEST April 9.

Mojang and Notch’s newly announced possibly-to-be online (with monthly charge) space travel game called 0x10c is slightly reminiscent of Eve Online. Their may be seamless space-to-planet transitions. Seamless transitions are relatively new to games but have been done before (Evochron Mercenary and Infinity Universe). That doesn’t mean they’re not awesome!

Check out Infinity Universe’s seamless transitions:

Minecraft 1.2.5 is officially released. Check here for the change log. Changes include: shift-click support for furnaces, fixes for chat crashes and changes to cat behavior.

Electronic Arts has received the 2012 Golden Poo award from Consumerist for being the Worst Company in America. Rightfully so! Well, I wouldn’t say the worst company ever but they have a bad reputation in gaming for valid reasons. Back in 2004 EA was sued by employees for unpaid overtime. Read Forbe’s Paul Tassi’s thoughts on the pre-win and Erik Kain’s post-win thoughts.

Secret World is now accepting pre-orders.

Trailers and Videos:
The Shotguns of Max Payne 3
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter trailer
Destructoid: New Aliens Colonial Marines gameplay & Borderlands 2 Hands-On
Megaman X Fan Video
Far Cry 3: First in-game multiplayer footage
Borderlands 2 New Gameplay + PC Co-op Hands on Impressions
Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition New Elements
Starhawk: Ride, Drive and Fly

Articles:
Starcraft II World Championship Series details
Borderlands 2 Exclusive Hands-On: Returning to Pandora never looked so good


Recently: D3 Rel. Date, Scrolls, Amalur MMO

Recently: D3 Rel. Date, Scrolls MMO, Amalur MMO

You might have already heard – Diablo 3 is releasing on May 15! I don’t think there’s much else to say other than “Hells yea”. The Collectors Edition has been revealed.

Bethesda is working on an Elder Scrolls MMO. Like Knights of the Old Republic (now an MMO) I think a lot of fans want another single player Elder Scrolls instead. We will just have to see how this pans out. It could be quite interesting.

Borderlands 2 will have offline LAN mode and a FOV slider among other welcome features. Far too many console ports omit these features. Not having LAN pisses many PC gamers off. Not having a Field of View slider literally indicates that the developer did not correctly port the title.

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s 1.2 update is on the Test Center Server. Watch the new features video. Also read the Community Q&A here. There are lots of nice new features in this update including the ability to customize the UI.

Todd McFarlane says in this video that their will be a Kingdoms of Amalur MMO which is currently codenamed Operation Copernicus. A lot of people felt that Kingdoms of Amalur felt a lot like an MMO. This too could be quite interesting.

After many years, a new Wing Commander game is being released on March 22. This one is fan-made.

Games To-Be-MMO:
Elder Scrolls
Kingdoms of Amalur

Videos:
Skyrim Update 1.5 – New Kill Cameras
TERA Temple of Temerity
Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai Dev Diary
Destructoid: Elder Scrolls MMO, Borderlands 2 PC Perks, Baldur’s Gate and DOA5’s Jiggle Physics
Wing Commander Saga: Feature Trailer

Articles:
RIAA and ISPs to police your traffic starting July 12
Baldur’s Gate I and II Being Remade


Recently: The Old Republic 1.1 Update

Recently: The Old Republic 1.1 Update

Bioware released the 1.1 Rise of the Rakghouls update to The Old Republic this morning. The update fixed a great deal of bugs and added a new flashpoint. That’s awesome!

What’s not so awesome is Sith are still overpowered and no nerfs were handed out to them. Snipers still outrange every class in the game. Sith Inquisitor’s are still overpower Consulars. Imperial Agent operatives still 3-shot (which Scoundrels simply can’t do very often) and it’s nearly impossible to react 75% of the time. Sith are so overpowered that thousands of players are switching from Republic to Sith, making the 2:1 outnumbering even worse. The fact is, Bioware needs to react quickly in the coming weeks and correct many issues with PVP, balance and end-game.

The update put 50s in warzones by themselves. 50s can no longer farm low levels in warzones. You will find most Sith on Ilum where they outnumber Republic and can farm Republic and valor. Completing dailies as a Republic player is quite a task right now. Republic is outnumbered about 30:1 on Ilum since the update this morning. Watch the video below to see how extensive the issue is.

The game still has a few graphic glitches which occur at times. The 1.1 update caused an issue which shows the loading screen randomly. Another issue was present prior to 1.1 that caused walls and objects to flicker on and off. Here is an example.

Update: Bioware responded quickly to issues created by 1.1 and applied a hotfix.

Read the patch notes here.

Star Trek Online is now Free to Play. Not that anyone really cares.

Links:
AsAJedi: Breakdown: Social Gear Sets for the Republic
TORWArs: Bioware Working on Content for 2013


The Old Republic: Release Notes

The Old Republic: Release Notes

I have barely given myself time to come up for air since the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Bioware did a great job and the release of TOR has been a huge success.

There aren’t a lot of MMOs in which I enjoy PVP. I love PVP in SWTOR. Huttball is frackin awesome. For a while almost everyone was able to enjoy PVP. I play on a lot of alts and I can tell you it’s no fun playing against level 50s in their welfare epics on a lower level.

Bolster works really well for players <50 when there are no 50s in the warzone. The good news is that Bioware will be giving 50s their own warzones. A good thing because players with massive egos and welfare epics are already flaunting their egos because they can actually survive being attacked by a noob now.

Kids have already started complaining about no win buttons in TOR. One flashpoint boss has already been nerfed, because bad players couldn't take an extremely easy boss down within 3 minutes before it enraged. I don't expect Bioware to fully give in to these babies, but it's inevitable for their to be nerf upon nerf in an MMO. It's unfortunate so many unintelligent care bears can't handle using one brain cell in a video game.

As I have been saying for months, the player base in TOR will be less mature than in World of Warcraft and that is exactly what we’re seeing. Higher and higher level areas are being flooded with trolls and Republic/Imperial Fleet is the troll hub. If you thought Barrens or Trade Chat was bad then you will remember those days proudly once you experience the trolls in TOR.

A few patches have been released since Early Access. The issues that were fixed by these patches didn’t all appear to be high priority to a lot of players. Regardless of what we feel the priorities are, bugs are getting fixed on a regular basis and that’s awesome. We can’t complain. So settle down and stop crying about maintenance.

I’m really enjoying crafting. In the first few days I noticed that bio (for implants) and cybertech (for earpieces) were two of the better crew skills just because you don’t get upgrades to those as often. Crafted armor and weapons aren’t as good as they could be, but with a crit (augment slot) on a good recipe you potentially have an excellent upgrade. Now that slicing has been nerfed, I no longer have my bankroll and crafting can get expensive.

Minus the whiners, trolls and ego-maniac panda converts it’s everything I hoped for.


Beta Review: Star Wars The Old Republic

Beta Review: The Old Republic

I have been waiting for this game since before the forums opened up on Oct 21 2008. I’ve been waiting for a new Star Wars MMO since Star Wars: Galaxies’ combat upgrade around 2004. This weekend was the massive stress test. Just about everyone who signed up for beta access on the official site (ever) got invited. As soon as the beta started this weekend; I was online within a minute.

Having played a Bounty Hunter prior to this weekend, I decided to give Jedi Knight a try. Later on I played with the Trooper, Smuggler, Imperial Agent and Inquisitor.

You probably have or had a specific class in mind. As did I. Originally I planned to play the smuggler. The least likely class I thought I would play: trooper. By the end of the beta my mind was changed. Trooper Commando (heal spec) is now high up on the list. As is Jedi Knight and Imperial Agent.

My experience with the Bounty Hunter was good, but not what I imagined. At least in the first 18 levels. The story just didn’t grab me. Bear in mind though: Bounty Hunter is still kind of a bad ass.

Each day (Friday-Sunday) saw a new wave of beta testers unleashed on the servers. At no point did I ever see a latency higher than 30-50ms. As soon as players were able to hit the play button on Friday their were around 150 players on Tython. Sunday I saw over 300 in some areas. If I counted correctly (give or take one) there were 52 servers on Sunday packed to the brim. Not counting EU servers.

Stress Test Servers

Will dealing with a packed server be a problem? From this experience I don’t think so. The servers handle players extremely well. Areas are large enough. Phasing is done in the right places (and I wouldn’t mind if it was done more often). At one point there were around 50 players in a semi-small area (when the beta first started). I didn’t have any real issues doing my quests at that point and no lag at all (perfect 40ms latency).

Throw away your perceptions of what it’s like to play a healer. In World of Warcraft it seems like you’re constantly on the edge. One mistake or moment of lag and your party can easily wipe. Your peripheral vision is none existent. You’re either staring at the party bar or Heal Bot and just can’t immerse yourself in the game you are playing. In The Old Republic the opposite is true. You’re able to be immersed in the fight and the flashpoint (instance). There are also attacks that you can use to do damage without wasting ammo (or whatever your character uses to power heals and attacks). In other words: you can actually enjoy the flashpoint rather than going cross-eyed as you stare at health bars.

As far as bugs: not many. Small things like momentary issues with the map. Nothing inhibited gameplay other than a few crashes over the entire weekend.

Players were responding very well in-game. The same goes for Twitter. I would estimate that less than 1 in every 20 players weren’t entirely happy. The rest seemed extremely happy. I can’t recall any players that just outright hated the game. Unfortunately you can expect drama and immaturity. No differently than in World of Warcraft. The only difference being many SWTOR players won’t put up with it and are more likely to use the ignore feature.

Odds are if you are thinking about buying this game then you should buy it because you will love it. Get it and be ready for December 20th. It’s going to be the biggest (and likely smoothest) MMO launch in history.


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