Guild Wars 2 lead designer has joined Amazon Game Studios

Guild Wars 2 lead designer Eric Flannum has left ArenaNet to join Amazon Game Studios. He’s working on a PC game which will utilize “the latest technology to explore third person, competitive, melee-oriented action gameplay in an entirely new light”. That’s presumably the same project Amazon was hiring for back in June.

That quote above comes from a LinkedIn post by Flannum, where he’s listed as a creative director at Amazon Game Studios. He lists a handful of employment opportunities at the studio and claims the current team has talent from “projects like Guild Wars, Forza, Halo, Starcraft, Half Life 2, Left for Dead, Dota, Infamous, Sunset Overdrive, Destiny, and Shadow of Mordor.”

The studio does indeed boast some interesting talent, including Portal’s Kim Swift. Far Cry 2 mastermind Clint Hocking was employed in 2014, but left in August. That apparently prompted two other designers-principal game designer Jonathan Hamel and director of narrative design Eric Nylund-to leave too.

There’s still been no public announcement regarding Amazon’s mysterious project(s), but whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see what Amazon brings to the table-especially with its apparent PC focus.  Buy cheap GW2 gold

FIFA 16 vs PES 2016: Which Is Better?

For almost as long as I’ve been comparing these two games-traditional “reviews” seemed increasingly pointless as the years wore on, especially since people generally only wanted to know which of the two they should side for-one has been outright better than the other. EA’s FIFA, flush with cash, emerged around seven years ago as the dominant football title, superior to Konami’s rival PES series in almost every regard.

Look past the results, though, and in the past few encounters the flow of the game tells a more nuanced story. One of a FIFA series, resting on its laurels with a dated engine and minimal improvements, being pegged back by a resurgent PES, running on Konami’s new Fox Engine and desperate to claw back the crown it held for most of the 00’s as the football game to beat.

There’s an obsessive focus on small details, changes, tweaks and updates compared to those found in last year’s version. On the one hand, I get it, these games don’t change that much year-to-year, so coverage needs something to focus on.

A lot of this year’s FIFA reviews, for example, are doubling down on things like a small goalkeeping AI change and a new way to send faster passes. Those are important to note, sure, but are they that big of a deal when looking at the game as a whole?

This game needs more than little changes. It needs a serious overhaul. There’s precious little that’s new about FIFA 16. From the menus to the commentary team to the half time replays, it’s tough finding genuinely fresh and meaningful additions or improvements to the core FIFA 16 experience outside of a new draft system in Ultimate Team, some extra depth to manager mode and a promising women’s game.

FIFA also dominates PES when it comes to licenses, mostly down to the fact it has the rights to the entire Premier League, from on-screen graphics to a recreation of all 20 stadiums. This year, that gulf has only grown wider, because FIFA also now has the exclusive rights to the German Bundesliga, with similar slick presentation. That’s in addition to a ton of other leagues, covering everywhere from Australia to Brazil.    Buy Fifa 16 ps coins

Blizzard’s Biggest ‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ Expansion to be Released Soon

Buy cheap wow gold   The creators of the famous World of Warcraft have been teasing fans about what to expect with the next expansion. In this year, Blizzard has released two updates that are said to improve game experience and add more features. But fans are actually growing impatient for World of Warcraft: Legion which reportedly has been in planning for years now.

In an interview done by Game Reactor with Game Director Tom Chilton and Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas, it was revealed that Blizzard has been planning World of Warcraft: Legion for three years. Chilton said, “We go through multiple expansions at a time and there was a point in which we were trying to decide the order of which should come first, Warlords of Draenor versus Legion … and we had decided that the right thing story wise was for Warlords to come first and lead into Legion. So we have known what we are going to do on core level since two and half three years ago or so now. It was around 2012 we were talking about that.”

Earlier this year, Blizzard released Patch 6.2.0 titled “Fury of Hellfire”. The patch brought Tanaan Jungle and the Shipyard and provided players with a host of new gameplay options, according to Master Herald. Then on September 1, the company released Patch 6.2.2 officially titled “Draenor Pathfinder: Prepare for Flying”. The patch enabled gamers who already have Draenor Pathfinder achievement the ability to fly in the skies of Draenor. But fans are wondering why Blizzard seems to have missed an update. Where is Patch 6.2.1?

Following Blizzard’s announcement in August, fans are hoping that Legion would finally be coming next. According to Master Herald, “World of Warcraft: Legion” has become one of the most awaited strategy games since its announcement. So not only did Jonathan LeCraft, senior game designer, announced that the next expansion would be released sometime in the latter part of next year, he has also revealed some of the additions for not only the existing gamers but also to encourage new gamers to join.

Part of what he has revealed for the next expansion is the level cap that will be raised to 110. He also revealed that a new hero class called Demon Hunter will be added whose characteristics involve spectral sight, metamorphosis, and unrivaled mobility. Moreover, there will also be a new area called The Broke Isles with new dungeons, raids and bosses, and of course, Artifacts, which are customizable weapons that level up in power as players do.

Why Guild Wars 2’s Structured PvP is Superior to Most

Most MMORPGs have a system that helps lower-leveled players take part in PvP through a bolstering system. Some do it based on the character level (such as Echo of Soul), and some go based on gear and level (such as RIFT). There’s one thing that they all have in common, though, which is that while they work hard at getting all participants to a somewhat equal footing, the simple fact is that they aren’t completely equal.Guild Wars 2, however, does things a bit differently in its structured PvP system.

From the moment players enter the Mists, they are set to level 80 (the current cap of the game). Along with this, they are set up with a full set of gear, and all possible skills, as if they had fully leveled up and gotten geared through normal play.

Another benefit of GW2’s sPvP system is that it allows you to experiment and explore different ways of playing. This also carries over into PvE (in that the skills you learn with your new setups can be transferred once you’ve unlocked them there as well), so it’s really a benefit to all players.

While the ability to fight other players is a great benefit in sPvP, there are also siege weapons within the Mists. These allow for learning how each of the weapons works, as well as how to target with them (there are various targets that can be aimed at, allowing players to hone in their skills).

GW2’s sPvP system (and the Mists itself) provide a great way to play some balanced PvP. All players are equal within (other than class vs. a different class), and there are tons of tools that can be used to work on strategies for both defense and offence. And if that wasn’t enough, you can enter them as soon as you exit the tutorial of the game, allowing the ability to test each class at its maximum level to decide what to play next!    Buy cheap GW2 gold

WildStar: Reloaded update ushers in the era of free-to-play on September 29

Wildstar Gold Online    The success of World of Warcraft sent many a company scrambling to create its own subscription-based MMORPG so they could start raking in the cash, but it quickly became apparent that few games could actually sustain this model. While some games, like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn have managed to make this business model work, most MMOs have had to transition to free-to-play.

One such game is WildStar, a sci-fi MMORPG that launched in June of 2014. While the game was well received, like so many others it just couldn’t keep enough subscribers to sustain that model. We’ve known since May that the game would be transitioning to free-to-play, and now we finally know when exactly that will be.

WildStar: Reborn-the update that sees the introduction of free-to-play-officially launches in just a few weeks on September 29. In addition to doing away with subscriptions, the update will also see major changes coming, much like an expansion for a traditional MMO.

The update will see revamped character creation and a new intro experience, likely in an attempt to make the game friendlier to first-time players. Class stats will be reworked as well, and dungeons, world bosses, and tradeskills will all see improvements. WildStar: Reloaded will also see “new quality of life features,” but it’s somewhat unclear what that means.

Like many other free-to-play games, WildStar: Reloaded will feature an in-game store featuring items that can be bought either with real-world money, or the game’s OmniBits currency. On top of that the game will offer a Signature service, which “provides new bonuses and rewards on top of the basic game,” according to the post announcing the update on the WildStar website.

World of Warcraft Players Can Finally Use Flying Mounts In Draenor

After the initial plan of a WoW expansion without flying, the folks at Blizzard changed their minds-and now, the patch that adds the ability to fly is here and it completely changes our time on Draenor.

We’ve seen Draenor from above by using flight paths and certain items, but those only revealed parts of the world.

Draenor not only looks beautiful from above, but flying also makes a bunch of things easier. Had trouble finding all those fishing pools for your level 3 Garrison Fishing Shack? Instead of getting lost with a ground mount now you can just fly around and check the minimap for pools. Same with archaeology (although no one cares about that). Collecting hidden treasures are now also super easy and since these spots contain a lot of gear, getting a fresh level 100 alt ready for endgame content is now only a matter of hours.

Unlocking the ability to fly is a little bit different this time. In previous expansions if you’ve reached a certain level you could just buy it from a certain vendor. In Warlords of Draenor you need to complete seven achievements which unlock a meta-achievement, flight ability included. They are pretty easy, and if you have a level 100 character you probably already have half of them unlocked. There’s one exception though: Tanaan Diplomat. For this one, you need to hit “revered” reputation with a bunch of newly introduced factions. That might take time if you haven’t played WoW in a while and only returned to have some fun with flying mounts. If you don’t want to grind, there’s an alternative, quicker way: Get Medallion of the Legion items from the Auction House. Each of these give 1000 reputation points to every Draenor faction, so eventually you’ll reach the needed number.        Buy cheap wow gold