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Elder Scrolls Online only £7.59 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PC games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online only £7.59 on PC

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PC? This £7.59 deal is currently the cheapest price around. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £10

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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game keys, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £10

Need to book in 60 days of World of Warcraft action? Well, you'll want to take advantage of this brand new deal that has it flying off digital shelves for just £10. The next best deal we can find is about £16. So you may as well stock up.

Thanks to MizStar.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Interview | Drew Cady & Jerry Schroeder on Sound Design

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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ArenaNet, Audio, Drew Cady, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, Interviews, Jerry Schroeder, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Sound design, Video interviews

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Interview | Drew Cady & Jerry Schroeder on Sound Design

I've stated many times that I think Guild Wars 2 is a visually pleasing game thanks to its distinctive art style, but I have just as many good things to say about the audio side of things. I'm not just referring to the soundtrack, either, as the sound design is often the unsung hero for ArenaNet's MMORPG. From the sword swing of a Warrior, to the explosive fireball of an Elementalist, to the sounds of a character running over sand - each action has had a sound effect forged for it.

ArenaNet have shown us how these sounds are created in the past - such as when the sound design team played with fire - but today they have released a new video in collaboration with Sennheiser that focuses on the audio effects and ambiance for the Heart of Thorns expansion. Ahead of its release, I was invited to chat with two of ArenaNet's sound designers, Drew Cady and Jerry Schroeder, to learn more about the sound design throughout the Maguuma jungle. While this one is obviously geared at Guild Wars 2 fans, I'd recommend checking it out if you want to learn how sound designers come up with some (frankly ingenious) methods to create audio effects for your favourite games. You can hear the interview in its entirety after the jump!

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Pre-order World of Warcraft: Legion for just £23.74

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Blizzard Entertainment, cdkeys, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft: Legion

Pre-order World of Warcraft: Legion for just £23.74

Expected sometime before June next year, this is the cheapest price for the sixth expansion to World of Warcraft. As it stands, it works out around £7 cheaper than the next best offer. In addition to the expansion, you'll also be granted a level 100 instant boost, ensuring any existing or brand new character hits is ready for the new content in The Broken Isles. You can learn more about the upcoming expansion by checking out our coverage of the World of Warcraft Legion reveal from earlier this year. Do please note that this is not a standalone product and will require the base game and its previous expansions to work. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - Raids Preview with Crystal Reid

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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ArenaNet, Crystal Reid, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, Raids

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - Raids Preview with Crystal Reid

After three weeks of players stomping around the Maguuma Jungle, later today a brand new challenge arrives in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. The first wing of the much anticipated Raid content will become available for brave groups of 10-players to tackle, offering a whole new difficulty level compared to the content that has come before.

I know this because last week I was taken on a virtual tour to meet Gorseval, the first boss of three that await players in the Spirit Vale. With a group of ArenaNet employees at my side, and lead designer Crystal Reid offering me pearls of wisdom and answering my questions over voice comms, I dived in to see if the team had successfully created finely tuned epic encounters that worked with the gameplay Guild Wars 2 is known for. While I hate to paraphrase something from 'that other MMO' in a Guild Wars 2 article, there’s no other way to put it...

I was not prepared.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns - Raids Preview with Crystal Reid

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Review | My Jungle Love

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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ArenaNet, Expansion, Games reviews, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Review | My Jungle Love

If I had to describe Heart of Thorns in one word, it would be ‘humongous.’

Even after two weeks in the Maguuma Jungle I still haven’t traversed all of the new multi-layered zones, which in turn means I haven’t unlocked all of the masteries or taken part in all of the different events. Of course, all the content in the world means nothing if the game is no longer fun, but that is certainly not the case – Guild Wars 2 continues to be an enjoyable MMO experience, and Heart of Thorns adds to that with its own, non-traditional progression.

Most MMO title launches, and even expansions, tend to come with launch day issues. Less intensive titles like Destiny have fallen prey to this apparent curse, and even World of Warcraft’s servers couldn’t handle the sudden influx of players back when Warlords of Draenor launched last year. It’s something that most of us on the MMO scene have come to accept as the norm, and so we bunker up around launch time for the inevitable bumpy ride.

But it didn’t happen with Heart of Thorns. No, everything went smoothly.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Review | My Jungle Love

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches with more than 7 million active accounts

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, Infrographic, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches with more than 7 million active accounts

Earlier this morning NCSOFT and ArenaNet launched Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns. Two very surprising facts came from that launch. Firstly, the servers held up and there were absolutely no issues - a rarity in MMO launch days. Secondly (and this makes the first fact more impressive) there are more than 7 million registered accounts when the expansion went live. It's all explained on a brand new infographic, which you can see for yourself after the jump.

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Get a last minute Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Pre-order for just £19.94/$30.78

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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ArenaNet, cdkeys, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs

Get a last minute Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Pre-order for just £19.94/.78

We've only got to wait until Friday for the release of Heart of Thorns - the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. If you've not pre-ordered it, or have been dabbling in the main game which is currently Free To Play and decided you want all those additional perks, this is the cheapest deal around. For under £20 you'll get the base game as well as the expansion, which includes a whole new multi-tier zone to explore, a brand new class and new specilisations for the existing classes, new guild hall features, and a brand new PvP mode called Stronghold. In short, there's a lot of quality MMO gaming to be had in that £20 asking price. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

WildStar Free-To-Play Launch Interview | Donatelli & Moore on the MMO's past, present, & future

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Carbine Studios, Chad Moore, Free to play, free-to-play games, Interviews, Mike Donatelli, MMORPGs, NCsoft, WildStar

WildStar Free-To-Play Launch Interview | Donatelli & Moore on the MMO's past, present, & future

I tried convincing a number of friends to play WildStar when it launched last year. Many liked the idea of fast, twitch-based combat in an MMO, as well as the idea of taking part in challenging large-scale raids, but they were too put off by one thing – the subscriptions. No matter how much I tried, the monthly sub was too much to get over in an age where most other online games had scrapped them. In the end I couldn’t blame them – hype for the game waned very quickly as the initial subscription levels dropped, and Carbine Studios seemingly went through a rather turbulent time during the second half of 2014.

There was something of a rebirth at the start of the year, though. New content began to arrive in the form of new instances and mission types, and then back in May Carbine announced that WildStar would switch to being Free-To-Play this year. In fact, by the time you read this article the switch will already have happened – you can download and play the entire game for free right now – but at the end of last week I was invited to speak to Product Director Mike Donatelli & Creative Director Chad Moore over the phone to discuss the imminent relaunch of their MMO title.

As always with anyone at Carbine, the conversation was fun, enthusiastic, refreshingly honest, and ultimately ended in talk of hats.

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Crowfall opens European servers after successful pre-alpha testing

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Carl Phillips
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News
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ArtCraft Entertainment, Crowfall, MMORPGs, PC games

Crowfall opens European servers after successful pre-alpha testing

You may remember at the start of the year I took a look at the Kickstarter campaign for Crowfall. The “Throne War simulator” – which is a cross between an MMORPG and a real-time strategy game – went on to beat its $800,000 funding goal by a comfortable margin, ending on $1,766,204 overall. Since that time the team at ArtCraft Entertainment have been working hard on the game, keeping its community of backers informed of the progress and delivering what they called a successful pre-alpha combat test a few weeks ago. Today, ACE announced that they have launched their European servers in preparation for the game’s planned launch next year.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on Xbox One falls to £22.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Base, MMORPGs, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games, Zenimax Online Studios

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on Xbox One falls to £22.99

After yesterday's deal for the PS4 version (which is still available) the same offer has now been extended to Xbox One owners. It's the lowest price we've seen for the console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, beating the next best offer by £5. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, for £23 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review for more details.

Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Carbine Studios, Free to play, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, release date, WildStar

Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

After months of waiting, we finally know when everyone and their rowsdower will be able to head down to planet Nexus. This afternoon NCSOFT and Carbine Studios announced that WildStar will be making the switch to its free-to-play model on September 29th. This will coincide with a massive content update that will add a new streamlined starting experience, many quality of life improvements, and additional content throughout the game. To ensure that everything is running smoothly, a second closed beta phase will kick off tomorrow.

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Guild Wars 2 made three big announcements this weekend - Get the details here

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Carl Phillips
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News
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ArenaNet, Free games, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, release date

Guild Wars 2 made three big announcements this weekend - Get the details here

ArenaNet were very busy this week, delivering a trio of big announcements for its MMORPG Guild Wars 2. From a release date for the upcoming expansion Heart of Thorns, to the long-awaited reveal of raids, to the announcement that the base game is now free, we have all the details and reactions for your perusal after the jump.

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COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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DLC, EA, funcom, Horror games, MMORPGs, PC games, Puzzle games, The Secret World

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.

Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.

Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £12.96 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PC games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £12.96 on PC

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PC? This £12.96 deal is currently the cheapest price, although we've seen it for a bit less in recent weeks. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

If you fancy a rare Steelbook Edition of the game on PS4 and Xbox One, check out Buzz's hot deal.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to Krissto.

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, Gamescom 2015, MMORPGs, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

Live from the show floor of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Blizzard Entertainment pulled back the curtain on the sixth expansion for World of Warcraft, simply titled Legion. Along with a raised level cap and a new continent to explore, a new hero class will be available – the Demon Hunter. We’ve got the entire presentation embedded for you to watch should you wish to get all the details, but we’ve got a helpful summary of the highlights for you after the jump.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

[Update: If you're not bothered about the Crown Edition on PS4, you can pay just £28.50 at CoolShop]

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 and Xbox One? This £30 deal is currently the cheapest price, although we've seen it for a bit less in recent weeks. On the plus side, this is the Crown Edition of the game, coming with 750 in-game crowns.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to KoopaDuckie.

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited cheapest PS4 deal yet

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited cheapest PS4 deal yet

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4? This could be the one for you as it's the best deal we've seen for the PS4 version. You can now order a new copy for just £26.31 with this voucher code.This is about £4 cheaper than the next best deal. The code could be a one-use per account one, so just create a new account if you've already used it.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review. PC gamers can order the game for just £9.45.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Bethesda Softworks, MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, The Game Collection

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

Here's yet another chance to get hold of The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4 for under £30, saving you a few quid over the next cheapest deal elsewhere. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, at under £30 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII for the find!

Be sure to check out our The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review for more details.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 / Xbox One falls to its lowest price yet

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Bethesda Softworks, MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, The Game Collection, Xbox One Games

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 / Xbox One falls to its lowest price yet

Here's yet another deal thanks to the birthday voucher code currently running over at TGC, knocking the price for TESO Unlimited on current-gen consoles below the £30 mark for the first time. Our review will finally be live later today - our last from Jon before he leaves (*sob*) - but from what I can gather TESO on consoles manages to do enough right to warrant your attention, especially now the subscription fees have been removed. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, at under £30 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Stay tuned for our full review later today, but in the mean time you can check out our launch impressions for more details.