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50% off both Guild Wars 2 & WildStar

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Guild Wars 2, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

50% off both Guild Wars 2 & WildStar

Not to be outdone by Blizzard's earlier zinga of a deal, NCSOFT have unleashed their own set of deals by halving the current price of their flagship MMOs. The offer sees both Guild Wars 2 and WildStar fall below the £20 mark, making it an excellent opportunity to investigate two highly enjoyable online experiences.

A few bits of housekeeping - Guild Wars 2 is subscription free but contains optional microtransactions for mainly cosmetic items, although they have recently started charging for access to previous episodes of its ongoing Living Story (which, from what I hear, is worth the investment.) Meanwhile, WildStar does have a subscription of £8.99 per month, but a purchase comes with 30 days of game time, so you'll have plenty of time to decide if life on Nexus is for you. If you need more details, before to check out our review for Guild Wars 2 and WildStar for the full lowdown.

WildStar Preview | Checking out The Defile

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbien Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, The Defile, Video Previews, WildStar

WildStar Preview | Checking out The Defile
I like WildStar. I've made no secret of that fact for some time now, but it's hard to deny that, after a launch period that was filled with hope for a long and enjoyable lifespan, the enthusiasm has waned for many players who invested their time and money. There are many reasons for this - RNG nightmares for gear stats, PVP balance becoming a hot mess, and top level characters not having much to do unless they were working towards raid content. Population issues also hampered the fun, and then in-game Christmas was cancelled. Oh, and there were redundancies. Basically, there was good reason to be worried.

However, the troops are re-mobilising over at Carbine, and with the megaserver merge now live and (kind of) fixed the population situation, the long awaited third content drop is almost ready to roll. With a stronger focus on the narrative this time around, The Mystery of the Genesis Prime will tie up many of the stories that have been going on since launch, while setting up the next chapter for WildStar. Of course, that's on top of the additional group content that will be found throughout the new zone of the Defile, and I was invited by Carbine Studios to get hands-on with The Black Focus - an area that will deliver 5-player group content. It's all in our latest video preview, as I give my impressions on what I was shown, what I'm looking forward to, and if this content drop will do enough to entice disillusioned players to return to WildStar.

Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Dreamfall Chapters, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Shadow Warrior, Shinji Mikami, Sunset Overdrive, The Evil Within, WildStar

Is WildStar Doomed? - Game Buzz #94

This week, we talk about Carbine's staff layoffs and whether or not WildStar can bounce back from a troubling couple of months, Carl drops the lowdown on Dreamfall Chapters and we ask if it's suitable for newcomers, Jon gushes about the power of wang, and I wonder if Shinji Mikami has lost his edge.

Game Buzz | Episode 94 - Is WildStar Doomed? Recorded 17th October, 2014.

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.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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COMPETITION! Win some in-game WildStar swag!

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Carbine Studios, Competitions, MMORPGs, NCsoft, WildStar

COMPETITION! Win some in-game WildStar swag!

If you're a fan of that WildStar game that I wouldn't shut up about for 3 years, you may have seen many opportunities for get hold of some exclusive in-game goodies that were handed out at this year's Gamescom. They were quite the dapper pieces of swag, providing a top hat and monocle costume piece, a rather executive looking table for your house, and a unique dye to give your avatar a special look. You may have thought that your last chance to grab one has past... but I think you'll find that's not true. You see, I managed to procure 10 EU codes to give away, and we're going to have a little fun in the process.

So, how do you go about getting one of these codes? Simple - amuse me!

Click this link to find out how to win >>

VIDEO INTERVIEW | What's next for WildStar?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

It's been almost three months since WildStar launched, and the team at Carbine Studios have already dropped two sizable content patches into the game. They're not done yet though, and so to learn a bit more about what is in store for the MMORPG I sat down with Lead System Designer Nick Roth at this year's Gamescom. We get the lowdown on the new zone of the Defile, the first in-game holiday event Shades Eve, and the all-new 5-man dungeon The Ultimate ProtoGames.

Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2014 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2014 Half Time, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Titanfall, WildStar

2014 has been ripe with fantastic gaming opportunities already. We've already given a nod to some of the best games of the year thus far, but here are a few of our standout gaming moments and personal happenings of note that we've enjoyed in the first six months of 2014.

Jonathan Lester -- This One Time In Titanfall...

Half Time | Favourite Gaming Moments of 2014 So Far

... I'd failed to kill the flag carrier during the very last break point of the match. Desperate to regain my pride, I leapt into my mechanised pal, charged across the other side of the map (Runoff), voluntarily ejected, landed atop their base and then killed the offending wannabe hero with a well-placed satchel charge, diving to ground-level to return the flag and dying a split-second later in a hail of chaingun fire and sour grapes. Worth it.

... I single-handedly held a hardpoint location for an entire perfect game, glommed to a wall and laughing as the same irate attackers continually breached into the room expecting me to be waiting in the same location. All they succeeded in doing was bringing me a fresh stash of weapons to use, and earning me an Autopistol challenge or two to bulk up my Gen Rank.

... I destroyed a Titan via a rodeo attack and squashed its vengeful pilot with my own, hurtling down from orbit and turning his grimacing face into a pile of slag.

...Profsaurus joined us in a Game Night and laid down his virtual life so Matt, Carl and I could extract safely. We salute you.

...I fell off a roof like an incompetent tit-end.

... a thousand other brilliant and embarrassing things happened. Typically involving epic parkour and massive robots.

Titanfall may have fallen from grace (ugh) in recent weeks due to its increasingly quirky matchmaking and tedious wait times, but its gameplay is evergreen.

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WildStar: The Evil Noob #8 – Knock Knock

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, MMOs, NCsoft, PC games, Videos, WildStar

Last episode, we found ourselves desperately searching for a nobleman's daughter -- Lydia Horacos. Now, with Tideborn on our tails, and dangerous foes on all sides, Mechdusa and Bob clear out the Research Centre, and infiltrate the Eldan Tower where Lydia is being held. Will Corrigan Doon make himself useful? Can our heroes defeat Cortex Prime? What's the meaning of life?

All this and more in today's episode of WildStar: The Evil Noob.

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2014 Half Time, Danganrompa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Dark Souls II, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Watch Dogs, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far

It's Half Time, folks. We've hit July, the dead month of the release schedule, and so what better time than now to reflect on the happenings of the past six months? This week's Game Buzz is all about taking a look over some of our highlights from the first half of 2014.

Game Buzz | Episode 82 - Half Time: The Best Games Of 2014 So Far. Recorded 4th July, 2014.

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.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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WildStar: The Evil Noob #7 - Drunken Rescue

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, MMOs, NCsoft, PC games, Videos, WildStar

After chasing down some illicit fraternising in the last episode, today's jaunt down to Nexus is all about a search and rescue. And killing giant birds.

Some rich noble's daughter has gone missing, and the adventurer sent to find her has gone missing too, presumed drunk. And the henchmen sent to give the drunkard a kick up the backside have also gone missing too. So it's up to us to venture into the local pub, siober up the sozzled mercenary, and try and find the daughter ourselves.

WildStar: The Evil Noob #6 - Filming Sex Acts In The Woods

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

Happy Monday folks! Some bizarre activity from Virgin over the weekend meant that there wasn't as much time for WildStar as I would have liked, but I did manage to squeeze in enough for another episode of The Evil Noob.

In today's dip into the narrative waters of Nexus, things get a little bit messed up as we're tasked with conducting some internal investigations. After breaking into Commander Toric's office and hunting for salacious evidence of depraved misdeeds, we're ordered into the woods to see if we can catch him in the act.

To be honest, I probably should have called this episode Mechdusa and Bob: Sex Police!

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, DICE, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Razer, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

On this week's Game Buzz we tell DICE exactly why people love the Bad Company games and stop just short of calling them idiots, we check in with WildStar now that the massive review is complete and try to determine if that subscription is justified, we wonder aloud why on Earth Razer are making an Android microconsole, and we applaud the introduction of a dedicated stealth button in Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail. Recorded 27th June, 2014.

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.

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WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Games reviews, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

Platform: PC

Developer: Carbine Studios

Publisher: NCSOFT

Here we are – finally at end of the review that just wouldn’t stop coming (blame Carbine accordingly for their gigantic game, I say.) There’s still a lot to get through before the verdict, but here’s a helpful hub if you’ve missed my previous instalments or want a refresher on my previous musings on WildStar.

WildStar Review | Part 1 – Initial Impressions | WildStar Review Part 2 | Blazing a trail with PvE content | WildStar Review | Part 3 – Arts & Crafts… for money!

We begin this instalment by taking a look at the Limited Action Sets and the AMP system, which acts as the skills and talent tree for WildStar respectively. As long as players are out of combat, the flexibility and user friendly nature of the LAS is one of my favourite aspects of Carbine’s efforts. Being able to swap out abilities at a moment’s notice ensures players can try new tactics and combos, along with the option of powering up equipped abilities with Tier Points to unlock bonus effects. On top of this, being able to buy new abilities from the menu without having to travel to a trainer is a godsend, as it means players no longer have to make their way back to the nearest one upon levelling up (something a lot of MMOs still do, annoyingly.)

WildStar Review | Finale - A Cozmotronic Effort

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WildStar Gameplay - Veteran Bosses or: Welcome to Telegraph Hell | Dealspwn Playthrough

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, WildStar

In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, we take a look at how the difficulty of WildStar - specifically involving the telepgraphs - plays a huge part in the Veteran dungeons at level 50. To illustrate this, Carl provides commentary over footage of him taking on the bosses of Stormtalon's Lair, demonstrating both how to succeed and how to perish. Horrifically.

WildStar: The Evil Noob #5 - The Hero of Levian Bay

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

Those dastardly Exiles play us for fools in today's instalment of WildStar: The Evil Noob. The Elder Cube is gone, the Dominion forces have been slightly overrun, and we're forced to make an incredibly tactical, not at all cowardly retreat.

Not until we've smashed some Exile skulls and beaten up their Warbot, though.

WildStar: The Evil Noob #4 - New Toys

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

Man, the Dominion really has a thing against house elves. On today's episode, we're once again massacring the big-eared creatures on the hunt for a special key to unlock the power of the Elder Cube. But really trhis episode is all about new powers, and the introduction of Mechdusa's shiny new artillery bot -- Bob.

Game Buzz | Episode 80 - GTA Oh No

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Battlefield: Hardline, Destiny, Game Buzz, GTA Online, GTA V, Podcast, PWNCAST, The Last Of Us, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 80 - GTA Oh No

After a little break last weekend, Game Buzz is back! On this week's episode we rant about the mythical heists of GTA Online, chat about the GTA V and TLOU remasters that are coming this year, and discuss our impressions of Hardline, Destiny, and WildStar.

Game Buzz | Episode 80 - GTA Oh No Recorded 20th June, 2014.

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.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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WildStar Review Part 3 | Arts & Crafts… for money!

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC, WildStar

WildStar Review Part 3 | Arts & Crafts… for money!

Platform: PC

Developer: Carbine Studios

Publisher: NCSOFT

Our in-depth and ever-growing review continues for WildStar - because if you're going to do something, you may as well drag it out for several weeks. Or do it properly considering the size of the game. Yes - let's go with that one. If you're a latecomer to the party that is my review, or if you're a swine who has been all like "MMOs? Nah," then I suggest you SHUT THE HELL UP and check out the convenient hub I've provided below for you to click on.

WildStar Review | Part 1 – Initial Impressions | WildStar Review Part 2 | Blazing a trail with PvE content

One of the biggest complaints about MMOs in general is the crafting and economy elements. Cries of “it’s too complicated!” or “it’s too boring!” can be heard from across the interwebs, as a large percentage of those that try it will simply go “nah, it’s not for me” before becoming a hoarder of all the crafting materials they can find, vendoring away at the earliest opportunity. Thankfully, Carbine have created mechanics that are not only varied in nature, but far more hands-on than first glance, providing a multiple levels of depth depending on the comfort zone of the player.

I won’t go all FAQ here with the details (if you want that you can find my rather in-depth article on it here) so I’ll give a quick overview - It’s the usual affair of selecting two professions out of the bunch that are available, some of which are better paired than others, while everyone has the ability to cook (labelled as a ‘hobby’ activity.) The strong theme with these crafting elements is that of player choice, providing players with the ability to customise items with stats needed for specific roles (or, if things are being made to order, with a specific balance of stats for maximum class build efficiency.)

WildStar Review Part 3 | Arts & Crafts… for money!

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WildStar: The Evil Noob #3 - Murdering House Elves

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, Videos, WildStar

On today's episode of WildStar: The Evil Noob, we finally give our scanbot a name, retrieve intelligence from the corpse of an enemy, fight a bunch of robots, hack some Exile weaponry, and massacre a bunch of Dobby the house elf's cousins.

Why?

Because that's what bad guys do.

WildStar Video Preview | Strain Ultra Drop

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, WildStar

We're still in the process of our on-going review for WildStar, but Carbine Studios are still busy at work and yesterday let us have a look at the content that will be making its way onto Nexus in the very near future. The Strain Ultra Drop will bring new zones, new enemies, new mechanics, and plenty of disgusting things to swim through if what we got to see is any indication. Carl provides commentary in this sneek-peek video that gives you a taster of what is to come when the content patch hits.

If you have yet to do so, you can get up to speed with our in-progress review of WildStar by checking out Part 1 and Part 2.

WildStar - Shiphand Mission Gameplay | Dealspwn Playthrough

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, NCsoft, WildStar

In our latest episode of Dealspwn Playthrough dedicated to WildStar, Carl provides commentary as he makes demonstrates one of the many Shiphand missions to be found throughout Carbine's newly-released MMO. As well as demonstrating the sort of activities these missions away from Nexus provide (including some sort of dance-off... no, really) Carl gives us his overview of how the game has been since launch.

If you have yet to do so, you can get up to speed with our in-progress review of WildStar by checking out Part 1 and Part 2.