Game Preview: Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire gameplay preview

 

The ‘Fall of Games’, a glorious time of the year where some of the most anticipated game titles are let loose to an eagerly waiting populous (usually during the autumn), is so close you can practically taste it. So to fan the flame of awesomeness game developers, publishers, and the like are giving people a little sample of what’s to come. This time around it’s BioWare and their next DLC ‘Knights of the Fallen Empire’. Set five years after the current game your character, recently freed from carbonite, is all that remains of the old. Because the galaxy has been effectively conquered by the Zakuul and their Immortal Emperor. Now you would think you can go all hero mode, start and revolution and save the galaxy from the super dark side (and you totally can). However according to the story you might actually be able to join the Zakuul and really 180 this whole thing (while that’s just a guess). BioWare says in this DLC “choices matter and impact outcomes” and they haven’t disappointed me yet. However a twitch stream showing some live (-ish) gameplay also doesn’t hurt either, enjoy!

 

 

 

Trailer-Rama: SWTOR – Become the Outlander Trailer

 

If there is such a thing called a sequel to any MMO,  Knights of the Fallen Empire will be one of the best. The Outlander Trailer reveals the players role in the game, which will be multifaceted: either become the hero that avenges the fallen factions of the previous game or maybe even join the Emperor in his new kingdom. Ether way this one will be a DLC to remember.

Armada’s E3 picks: Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire (10/27/15)

 

Now we’re talking! As a lifelong swtor fan this is always a pleasant sight, especially in E3, a new DLC for the best MMO on the market. However with the Knight of the Fallen Empire it be different: as the Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire raged on a new force enters the conflict – Eternal Empire. Not spoiling the story for players not up to the point (like me sadly – I’m working on it) but basically the imps and pubs got 0wned. Five years later Eternal Empire is now in charge and the only hope the galaxy has now is you. As this DLC starts you waken out of carbonite to find everything changed; you’re allies, your resources, even your name have been taken from you. Now known as the ‘Outlander’ you must survive in a galaxy where chaos and the Dark side truly reigns. That my friends is only the beginning; BioWare (the masters of video game storytelling) promises not only our choices will have impact on outcomes throughout the Fallen Empire arc, and you can recruit (or betray) new and old allies, but you can determine the fate of both the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic within the expansion. I’ve played a lot of BioWare games people and even though they weren’t perfect, never once did they disappoint me, and I expect no different from Fallen. It might be their version of WoW Catasyism but I know like swtor they’ll manage to outdo them again with their titanic DLC. If you like MMOs or Star Wars please download & play this free-to-start masterpiece, then when kotfe (cof-fe?) drops this October you’ll be ready. Or wait and just start a level 60 character from the get-go, whatever works, just don’t miss out.

 

 

 

Game Review – WildStar: Puts the Massive in MMO

Wildstar

 

WildStar, a game from NCSOFT (the same NCSOFT that a couple of years ago released Guild Wars 2), is a title that catches your eye with its ‘Jak and Daxter’ art style. You think by sight alone it’s a soft, humor-based, game with some light action RPG elements, but people that’s only the tip. This game is an awesomely packed onion with layers upon layers of content, challenges, customizable creativity, and yes even character cruelty. There’s more than meets the eye here people, in fact I dare say that even gamers who don’t like the standard MMO game might be interested in what this game offers.

 

 

So as per the MMO usual players will have their choice between ‘The Exiles’ (Chaotic good) and ‘The Dominion’ (Lawful evil) in which they are fighting over the mysterious planet of Nexus which holds more dangers than both groups realize. Each group has their own races to choose from. Classes and ‘Paths’ (Jobs outside of your class) are all available to both factions (although there are Class restrictions to some non-human races). After an obligatory tutorial on either the Destiny or the Gambler’s Ruin (depending on your faction) you’ll land on the planet and the real game begins. Combat is very action & skill oriented, using ‘telegraphs’ players (and enemies) can line-up their attacks to their opponents and light them up – auto attacks don’t exist in WildStar. The Paths will keep you very busy as well because they give players a wide variety of tasks to accomplish for their faction, yourself, and sometimes other players. Challenges also exist in WildStar and they can be active by killing something or interacting with an object. All this, and the usual questing, crafting, PVPing you can want.

And that, my friends, is the main strength of the game: number of things to do. Most MMOs, even the best ones, are very straight forward and somewhat predictable. WildStar excels at ‘choosing your own adventure’ and even rewards you for going off the beaten path. Sure things start off with fetch quests and grinding but the deeper you get into Nexus the more epic your adventure becomes. Secret events, alternate paths, hidden treasures, non-quest related elite enemies, challenges of skills, way, way, more are available outside main story. In fact this game is so fully loaded that it would take me several more pages highlighting in great detail how this game breaks the mold – and it’s all good. So anything that’s bad with WildStar? Sadly yes.

 

 

For one; people with AMD Radeon graphic cards, like myself, are subjected to less than stellar frame rates (put the graphic on low to get some playing done). Also the game doesn’t like to save configuration options when you change them, so every time you log out you’ll have to redo those setting over & over again. These problem are annoying but NCSOFT patches things constantly (gold farmers and spam is almost a thing of the past thanks to past patches) so I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt. The biggest miss of the game, non-bug related, is the player’s part in the WildStar story. The Old Republic’s storytelling is amazing, because it makes players seem like the most important character in the game. No matter the class, the storyline for that class puts you front & center in the Star Wars universe as the next force (mind the pun) to reckon with – and doing that in a game of thousands is impress. WildStar doesn’t have that; it has every else going for it, but I can’t help but feel like I’m just some NPC’s gofer.

 

 

Ranking

TPoP-Pass-sign

 

WildStar doesn’t disappoint, it was everything it advertised and then some. Seriously I didn’t even talk about the five man VR missions with multiple endings, players housing with insane amount of customization, costumes for your characters (with dyeing options), crafting that actually takes some skill (or luck) to craft the good stuff, sharing elite quest kills without being group together, PVP that actually pretty balanced and doesn’t make the warrior a walking p0wn target, and the even more still. If only the graphic cards and options hiccups weren’t here the game would be perfect software wise. As for the story and our place in it, well, WildStar is more about the journey than the destination and trust me there are a lot of journeys on the planet Nexus. Speaking of which – if you’ll excuse me I’m going to set my personal record of licking a toad, break gravity, and try to lick more toads in the tall tree house of bunnies.

 

 

 

Game Prview – Wildstar Warplots

 

I know, I know I said I wouldn’t show or talk about Wildstar anymore til the game launch, but after I found out about this I couldn’t help myself: Warplots. I won’t say anything else just follow the link and watch the videos and I’ll allow the awesomeness to effect you in that way.

 

 

 

 

Game Preview: Wildstar Week Pt.3 – Wildstar Release Date

 

Well people we wrap this three week journy of awesomeness with the annoncent we’ve been waiting for (or at least I’ve been waiting for): pre-order and Release Date! Yay! Sadly it is not soon enough for me but my 7th generation consoles will make the  time go that much faster (by the by Titanfall and Second Son Reviews coming soon). Now I’ve showed all the important bits, in my opinion, to get you all ready for Wildstar but they more to show and see just hit them up at their website or youtube page to get even more informed. Til then people see you on Nexus!

 

 

 

Bonus!

 

PVP! You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Game Preview: Wildstar Week Pt.3 – Adventures

 

The end, it’s sad I know but sooner or later you reach the end – of a game story. It’s especially sad in MMOs where you reached the highest level, have gear spec’ed to the max and you’re basically unstoppable only to have nothing challenging to fight end game. Well the Wildstar devs heard your cries and came up with something that even the most angriest of video game nerds might like: Adventures. Basically Adventures are a cross between the Matrix and Smash TV, a group enters into a virtual reality where they challenge the some-what unstable AI to a series of simulations ranging from alternate timelines to crazy no-way scenarios. If the group is successful then great rewards and bragging right would be theirs, but if they failed then everyone would die a very real death… I don’t imagine people taking the VR adventures in the Wildstar more than once, but hey for us this is a very perfect way to separate the gamers from the lamers – and people I’m no lamer. All that’s left to say is Adventure Time!!!!1! Sorry couldn’t help myself…