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This isn't so much a deal as a new night-and-weekend job that you'll pay monthly for, but there's no denying that World Of Warcraft is still very much the Daddy in the MMORPG space. With the latest expansion looming, Blizzard have bundled the base game, 30 days of subscription and every single previous expansion (including Mists Of Pandaria) into a single £10 purchase.
Even I'm not sure I can resist this. Oh gawd. Thanks to rudy691 @ HUKD!
Our Game Buzz podcast this week sees us lament the death of the loot cave and argue that nerfing it solves the symptom rather than one of Destiny's biggest problems, we take a look at the omnishambles that has been Spacebase DF-9, and also deal with the news that Project Titan has, after seven years mired in development hell, finally been axed by Blizzard.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
Diablo III was broken, but Blizzard have fixed it. Not only have the recent patches made grinding fun and rewarding, but Reaper Of Souls adds some great meaningful content (including the best act in the game and brilliant new class), alongside a new way to experience the game in Adventure Mode. Some of you have already abandoned Diablo III and frankly I can't blame you... but it's worth a second look to check out the free updates - then pay a competitive £15.95 for the expansion if you like it.
Remember to use the voucher code from liking their Facebook page! You can unlike and re-like them if necessary. Thanks to Trogador at HUKD for this burninating deal!
I reinstalled Diablo III the other day... and I'd suggest you do the same if you have the time.
It's my job, of course. Blizzard pinged us a code for the long-anticipated expansion, Reaper Of Souls, which launched last night with nary an Error 37 in sight. Offering a new class (the brilliantly cathartic Crusader), a new act with Blizzard's first attempt at procedural urban environments, some great new bosses and a massive adventure mode for item hunters, the new content is matched my a seriously hefty price tag. Naturally I reinstalled Diablo III well ahead of time to make sure that I could take several classes straight into Westmarch to test their tasty new level 70 skills - and our full review will be ready soon. Spoiler alert: it's pretty decent.
However, the last time I mentioned Reaper Of Souls on-site, readers suggested that we took another look at Blizzard's controversial dungeon crawler due to some utterly enormous patches. Update 2.0 revamped Diablo III in numerous key areas earlier this month, rebuilding its progression, loot, difficulty settings and the core gameplay experience in fundamental ways. Some early critics even appear to be giving Reaper Of Souls credit for things that are actually included as totally free updates.
The net result being that Diablo III is now a vastly superior game even if you don't spend a single extra penny. And definitely worth another look.Click here to read more...
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls pre-order| GMG | £22.99 (save £2 vs Gamestop)
Diablo III's first major expansion is now exactly a month from release, adding a new campaign and introducing a terrifying new enemy in the form of fallen angel Malthael. Unlike the fairly useless Tyrael (who transformed from an epic sword-wielding legend into a... bald guy), the Angel Of Death is at the height of his powers, and leads a horrific crusade to steal the Black Soulstone for himself. With new enemies, classes and environments to get to grips with, there should be a decent slab of game here, and Green Man Gaming are making with the savings. Note that you'll need the base game to play - and that the auction houses are set to close in a matter of weeks.
Thanks to ivandias @ HUKD!
After a lengthy closed beta and a month's delay, Blizzard have opened the floodgates for everyone to test out Hearthstone: their staggeringly addictive Warcraft CCG. It's already shaping up to be a compelling thief of time, which you can now download from your Battle.net account. Blizzard confirms that there won't be any more card wipes, so you can start amassing your collection without fear (though expect occasional nerfs, tweaks and potentially some technical hiccups as the entire internet descends upon their servers).
Perhaps in an unrelated note, productivity has been forecast to slump across the EU. Seriously, don't download it if you've got anything important planned over the next week or so. Perhaps Carl's Hearthstone video preview might be a better place to start if you're not currently sold on the idea?
Diablo III was never going to please everyone, seeing as it was in development for so long, and it definitely didn't. Though not as expansive as its predecessor (or Torchlight II), it's still an enjoyable dungeon crawler with a versatile skill system. Shame about the always-on DRM, mind. If you don't want to buy it on consoles and plan to pick up the incoming expansion pack, this is the cheapest deal around and a considerable saving. Thanks to the always-epic Jas10 @ HUKD!
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls is set to throw us into battle against the fallen angel Malthael and his horrific twisted army, which contains all manner of disturbing mobs. You can mug up on them thanks to a new Battle.net blog post, which acts as a bestiary of sorts, containing both pictures and handy descriptions of the Death Maidens, Ghastly Seraphs, War Beasts and more.
Free stuff alert! Blizzard has released a totally free version of Blackthorne, their ancient SNES platformer, which you can download and play via your Battle.net account. Specifically at the very bottom of the Game Client Downloads section.
It seems to be a no-nonsense, warts-and-all port job beyond a little optimisation - meaning that it's still a shotgun-toting, rock-hard laugh.
Despite Diablo III's console version lacking an always-on requirement, Blizzard are adamant that their controversial online framework (or DRM, depending on your stance) is absolutely essential for the PC version. In terms of the spirit of the game, not just keeping the Real Money Auction House secure.Click here to read more...
Blizzard officially announced Diablo III's first major expansion pack yesterday, the grimly-titled Reaper Of Souls. Though we already brought you all the juicy details and entire opening cinematic, we now have a teaser trailer showing off some actual gameplay in very fast cuts. You'll get a look at the new Crusader class (who functions like a more aggressive version of Diablo II's Paladin) and the urban setting of Westmarch.Click here to read more...
Diablo III will indeed be getting a new expansion pack entitled Reaper Of Souls, following some expert teasing last week. As we suspected, the Angel Of Death will be our adversary this time around, throwing players into a battle against the End Of Days. At least we'll have a new class, artisan, loot drop system and more on our side.
We've got all the details and the entire opening cinematic below.Click here to read more...
GAME will be holding eighteen after hours lock-ins to let eager demon hunters try out Diablo III's upcoming PS3 version. So long as you register a place by swinging by a participating store or picking up the phone, you'll be able to play it in co-op - and refreshments are provided.
Better yet, one attendee will win a trip to BlizzCon this November.
We've got the list of dates and particiating locations below. Diablo III releases on PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 3rd.Click here to read more...
Blizzard has deployed a teaser site for something called Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls just in time for Gamescom, which currently only displays a mysterious quote from the Book Of Tyrael. Since Blizzard have already confirmed that we should expect some Diablo-related news at next week's convention, the smart money is on the first expansion pack getting a full reveal.Click here to read more...
If you're not a World Of Warcraft player, there's nothing for you here. Seriously.
If you are, however, you may be interested to know that Blizzard lead systems designer Greg Street has detailed a sweeping glut of class balance changes headed to the evergreen MMORPG in patch 5.4.Click here to read more...
Following some controversy last week, Blizzard confirms that World Of Warcraft will indeed be getting an in-game store selling experience boosters and suchlike.Click here to read more...
After WoW players spotted an item called the 'Enduring Elixir of Wisdom' on the public test realm, a booster touting an "in-game store," Blizzard have revealed that they're considering adding microtransactions to their seminal MMO. Beyond the pet store, that is.Click here to read more...
The current-gen console version of Diablo III will release on September 3rd, Blizzard have confirmed. Xbox 360 and PS3 pre-orders have now opened (RRP: £49.99), with customers netting an exclusive 'Infernal Helm' that increases experience gain.
Diablo III will also be coming to PS4 and presumably Xbox One, having been revealed at the PlayStation 4 reveal event. It won't be integrated with Battle.net or the Real Money Auction House, but will allow for local co-op and features controller-friendly gameplay tweaks.Click here to read more...