It's been nearly eight years since Path of Exile went into closed beta testing. Since the week is slow due to the holidays, Grinding Gear devs have put up a cool article that is very much a walk down Memory Lane. In a series of videos with developer commentary, viewers can get a look at the game along various points in its development starting with a gameplay clip that shows combat during 2011's closed beta test. We entered Closed Beta in August of 2011, with the first two Acts of Path of Exile available. This early version didn't have any form of microtransactions or even a trade screen. Players gained access through the popular "Beta Key Timer" on the website, which picked a random player to award Beta access to periodically, and showed everyone who it picked. Check out other points in history including: the open beta trailer the PoE cinematic release trailer the Sacrifice of the Vaal (v1.1.0) trailer Forsaken Masters trailer (v1.2.0) Torment & Bloodlines gameplay … [Read more...] about Path of Exile Devs Take You On a Walk Down Memory Lane
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The other day I was thinking about titles that will never arrive on GOG.com — happy 10th birthday, by the way! — and in addition to The Sims franchise, I know we’ll never see anything from Blizzard’s library. That’s a shame, because Diablo II would be a great fit for GOG, especially considering how big this game was for many people back in the early 2000s. I wasn’t a Diablo II fanatic, but I did put many hours into this action RPG in 2000. The first title largely escaped my notice, but it was hard to ignore the phenomenon that swirled around this hit sequel. Blizzard took what worked from the first game and added a lot more to the sequel — more classes, skill trees, areas, and online functionality. Compared to StarCraft and Warcraft, Diablo skewed far more to the gothic grimdark than Blizzard’s other games. That gloomy and gory atmosphere added a lot to the unique feel, but Diablo II wouldn’t have been as big of a hit if it … [Read more...] about Nostalgia Lane: Diablo II
I’m still working out the format of these pieces. Any thoughts on what you’d like to read/see? Let me know in the comments! This was an incredible set of SMITE, and we’re only in week two! Instead of covering all five of these matches from Day One, I’m going to focus on a few of them, the ones that were possibly the most impactful to me. This was the first match to go to five so far, and it’s beautiful. The other matches were quick and ugly, but Rival is going against arguably the two toughest teams at the start of their season. Though they didn’t win, they were not stomped in any of these games, except game one. I’m sure there are going to be plenty of people that come out of the woodwork and blame PandaCat, who is new to the mid role, but I don’t think this is the case at all. PandaCat showed that he has an incredibly diverse god pool, and even banning four mid gods in Game Four. The strat here was very clearly to force PandaCat to go … [Read more...] about Smite Pro League – Season 6, Week Two – Match of the Week
The focus of this piece is going to be Conquest. Arena will be its own Article. A suggestion was broached recently, and it’s one I’m particularly interested in, so let’s make this a regular column for SMITE until I run out of ideas. The suggestion was to discuss each role in SMITE, and how the gods for that role vary based on their skillsets. So I figured I would go with the role I potentially know the most about – Support/Guardian role. The role of the Guardian is to assist not just the Hunter, but the whole team in getting kills via CC, body blocking, and generally, just being a nuisance. Some Guardians pull, some stun, some pluck. Some have heals, some do not. Today’s piece goes over a few of the best-of-the-best, a spicy pick, and something off-meta that you’re likely to see. So the ultimate goal for the Guardian is to ensure people are getting kills. But I cannot stress this enough – don’t stop attacking or popping … [Read more...] about SMITE – Who Are The Most Reliable Support Gods?
I’d just like to say that I correctly guessed Chernobog would likely be the first Slavic God. It was appropriate, and having the voice of Geralt from The Witcher voice him? There’s something poetic about that. When his kit was being revealed, the Hi-Rez stream chat was exploding. Oh lord, “He’s broken, his kit’s too strong, blah blah blah”. It’s the same as when every god comes out. Does he have a cool kit? Sure. Are some of his powers familiar from other gods? Perhaps. But you know what? Who cares? After some good time playing him, the next thing I heard was “He’s not as strong as insert god here right out of the gate”. Okay? Is it really so bad for him to not come out of the gate being an instant ban? Why not be glad he’s strong without being a busted pile of garbage? Do you not remember Cu Chulainn? Come on, guys. Chernobog is also known as the “Black God”, and is the counterpart of the White Gold, … [Read more...] about SMITE God Review – Chernobog, the Black God