Zu Online: Training on Treacherous Terrain

January 31, 2009 · Filed Under Guides, News, Online · Comment 

Wan Mountain in Zu Online( http://zu.igg.com/ ) was originally where the great master of the Sun Warriors, Master Mind, cultivated his spirit. The Sun Warriors of Wan Mountain originally took the leading role in the direction of the Good forces. However, after Master Mind ascended to heaven, the Flame Master conspired with dark forces, culminating in the incident with the Fire Vessel, and after driving the moderate Master Dazang away, he established his control over the Sun Warriors of Wan Mountain. Soon after that, the Flame Master was lured by Blood Demon into training the Bloodfire Strike ability and eventually leading to the corruption of the once revered Sun Warriors of Wan Mountain.

Wan Mountain is now a good place for Level 120+ players to train. Listed below are the most common, though not easy, monsters on Wan Mountain. Slay them and you will progress very quickly.

Ophidian Man (Level 120)
They belong to the same clan as the Snakey Men in Miracle Town. They escaped to Wan Mountain in a panic after hearing of the fall of Miracle Town.

Snailman (Level 125)
They escaped to Wan Mountain during the Turmoil of Sky Lake, but they became evil monsters after imbibing the tainted water in Sky Lake.

Elite Archer (Level 132)
They are very capable pawns of the Flame Master. The crossbow in their hand is a powerful talisman which can attack at will and hit an enemy critically every time.

Dryad (Level 137)

The Dryads have been living in the Charitable Woods for generations. They are all endowed with the Far-sight Spirit and therefore very gentle. Nevertheless, they have never shown mercy to invaders.

Mephet (Level 148)

They are very fierce, giant birds adopted by the Flame Master. They all have extremely tough wings.

Flame Master (Level 170)

The Flame Master was originally one of the most talented apprentices of Master Mind. He is very clever, but narrow-minded and always seeking to prevail over others. However, Master Dazang, who was one of his fellow apprentices, has often defeated him, leading to an intense rivalry.

The restoration of the dignity of the Sun Warriors of Wan Mountain, as well as your own training, is all up to you.

For more information, please visit http://zu.igg.com/news/newscon.php?aid=1650 .

The First Live Expansion for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

January 30, 2009 · Filed Under Business, MMO, News, Online, RPG, Strategy · Comment 

The Armies of WAR Prepare to Go Berserk Over Dwarf Slayer and Orc Choppa Careers, New ‘Land of the Dead’ Dungeon Zone, and Live Events

GOA and Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, announced the new “Call to Arms” live expansion for its award-winning MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR). Call to Arms will introduce an array of new content for WAR players, including two highly anticipated new careers – the Orc Choppa and the Dwarf Slayer – and a new dungeon zone called “Land of the Dead,” set in the desert realm of the Tomb Kings.

The Call to Arms live expansion, set to roll out for free in early March and running through the beginning of June, will also include three in-game live events, a new Realm vs. Realm (RvR) Scenario, added functionality to the Realm Wars section of the WAR website, the opening of the official WAR Forums, and a new free trial version of the game.

“Since the launch of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Mythic Entertainment and GOA have been committed to bringing European players a rich and enjoyable MMORPG experience“said Ghislaine Le Rhun Gautier, CEO of GOA. “The integration of these high quality, free ‘live expansions’ is a testament to both companies’ continuing dedication to WAR players in 2009.“

“The launch of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning was only the first step in our ongoing quest to make a great MMORPG that players will enjoy for years to come. Over the next few months, we are going to be treating our players to the first of our ‘live expansions’ planned for the game,” said Mark Jacobs, VP and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “With the addition of new careers and a huge Tomb Kings dungeon that is the spiritual successor to the Dark Age of Camelot™ dungeon, Darkness Fall, Call to Arms is an outstanding example of the massive amount of free content we are committed to delivering to WAR players now and in the future.”

Call to Arms Live Expansion Schedule

  • ‘Call to Arms: Bitter Rivals Bitter Rivals’ Live Event (March) : Successful completion allows head start access to the new Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer careers. The event will also include the new Chaos-themed RvR Scenario, Twisting Tower.

  • Two New Careers Join WAR (March): The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer answer the Call to Arms.

  • ‘Call to Arms: Beyond the Sands’ Live Event (April): Details to be revealed soon!

  • ‘Call to Arms: Rise of the Tomb Kings’ Live Event (May): The race between Order and Destruction players begins to unlock the Land of the Dead for their Realm.

  • ‘Land of the Dead’ Opens (June):The deserts of Nehekhara open to players with the addition of a new RvR-gated dungeon zone. To gain access to the Land of the Dead, opposing Realms must battle for control of the zone to access dozens of new Public Quests, instanced lairs, and a massive new Tomb Kings dungeon to plunder in search of the Casket of Souls.

More details on these and other new features soon to invade the Age of Reckoning will be revealed as the launch of Call to Arms grows near.

Bitter Rivals Answer the Call to Arms!

The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer may be bitter enemies, but they have at least one thing in common: they live, eat, and breathe close-quarters melee combat. Choppas are ornery and savage, with a one track mind dead seat on bashin’ heads! This savage dedication makes them ferocious fighters, wreaking havoc throughout enemy lines purely for the sake of satisfying their own self-indulgent bloodlust.

The Slayer is driven by a solemn oath to atone for past sins through an honorable death in combat. However, Dwarfs are a stubborn folk and dying quietly is simply not in their nature. Slayers therefore become ruthless and terrifying fighters, throwing themselves into battle with no regard for their own well-being.

“The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer are two of the most iconic characters in the Warhammer universe, and I have no doubt WAR fans will go berserk for them,” said Jeff Hickman, executive producer of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. “Choppas represent the pure anarchy that the Greenskins embody, and the crazed, mohawk-sporting Slayers are their ideal archenemy. It won’t be long before you see both of them adding a new level of insanity to the Age of Reckoning!”

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide an engaging battleground for years to come. Available for PC and rated 12+.

To answer the Call to Arms and learn more about the live expansion, as well as the new careers, read the January issue of the WAR monthly newsletter at www.war-europe.com

Computer and Video Game Industry Tops $21 Billion in 2008

January 29, 2009 · Filed Under Business, News · Comment 

December Software Sales Help Set New Record

Overall computer and video game industry hardware, software and peripheral sales climbed to $21 billion in 2008, with entertainment software sales comprising $11.7 billion of that total figure — a 22.9% jump over the previous year — the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. The industry set the new record, calculated by market-research firm NPD Group, on the strength of a December sales month in which industry revenue ($5.3 billion) topped $5 billion for the first time in any single month. By comparison, as recently as 1997, the industry generated $5.1 billion over the entire year.

“Even in difficult economic times, the video game industry continues to support our country’s local, state and national economies with record-breaking sales figures and rapid technological innovation,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. “Our industry’s exceptional creators, artists, and storytellers, coupled with a commitment to providing unparalleled entertainment, have fueled high-octane growth, turning video games into the most sought-after medium on the market today.”

“The $11.7 billion in software sales generated in 2008 is more than total industry revenues were in 2005, but even with the strong market growth of the gaming industry over the past few years, what we are seeing is an accumulation of more sales by a select group of titles,” said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “In 2005, when the current console generation began to be introduced, the top 20 games of the year accounted for 9 percent of total unit sales. Today, the top 20 account for 15 percent of total unit sales.”

The NPD Group revealed that, in 2008, total U.S. video game console software sales reached $8.9 billion (189.0 million units), PC game sales hit $701.4 million (29.1 million units), and portable software topped last year’s record sales with $2.1 billion (79.5 million units) in revenue. Overall, retailers sold approximately 297.6 million computer and video games last year.

In 2008, family-friendly video games once again dominated the market, with games that the Entertainment Software Rating Board rated “Everyone 10+” and lower accounting for over half of all sales.(1) Games rated “T” for “Teen,” meanwhile, accounted for 26.7 percent of all sales, while “Mature (M)” games made up only 15.9 percent of the market. Underscoring the trend, the “Family Entertainment” video game category again finished the year as the most popular game genre, with more than 19 percent of all sales.

The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Expo, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.

The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,600 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, visit http://www.npd.com/.

(1) According to NPD’s 2008 sales data, 45.3% of games were rated “E,” and 12.1% were rated “E10+.”

Source: Entertainment Software Association

Valentine’s Day-Event in Runes of Magic has just begun

January 28, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

For those players who want to flee from the cold of winter, they can now indulge themselves in spring fever as love is in the air of Taborea. A Valentine’s Day event has just started in Runes of Magic and marks the beginning of an extensive series of events that awaits players of Frogsters’ fantasy online-role-playing game during 2009.

From today until Valentine’s Day on February 14th 2009, fans with a sweet tooth are invited to produce in-game chocolate to strengthen their in-game characters. During this time friends of flowers will also be able to obtain rose seeds on a daily basis. If cared for these flowers will bloom and grant growers a strong buff. To compensate players for all their efforts, roses will be exchanged for special gift boxes. With a bit of luck and perseverance, gardeners will find one of two time-limited mounts designed exclusively for this event: a Pegasus or unicorn. Those who collect 30 roses during the event will be awarded a special title as a reward

Runes of Magic started the open beta with an English and a German version in the middle of December 2008. All interested players can now download the online-role playing game and enter into the fantasy world after creating an account for free on www.runesofmagic.com.

Runes of Magic – a world full of wizardry and adventure
With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free2play MMO games. Runes of Magic conveys an absorbing story through more than 1.000 quests embedded in an atmospheric fantasy setting. Players can choose between six main classes and combined with a secondary class they present 30 individual combinations of character classes over all. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts like war horses and more. A particularly attractive feature for guilds and players is the possibility to arrange their own virtual homes with individual furnishing. Thanks to an extensive crafting and reputation system, thrilling PVP, as well as demanding dungeons and boss-monsters, no wishes remain unsatisfied. The Taiwanese developer Runewaker has developed Runes of Magic according to western MMO standards within a time frame of three years. The studio will provide new challenges for players every three to four months with free add-ons and updates. MMO fans can find more information, pictures and videos on the official website www.runesofmagic.com.

Features

  • Free2play: no monthly fees, free download
  • Extensive dual class system (six primary and secondary classes)
  • Versatile spell- and attack-combinations
  • Enthralling background story
  • More than 1.000 quests and quest series on launch
  • No zone boundaries thanks to seamless architecture
  • Dungeons: Instanced and tile based as well as persistent
  • Individually developable skills and spells
  • Armour sets with special bonuses
  • Dynamic item system with hundreds of runes for upgrading
  • Optional PvP system with arena battles and guild wars
  • Ranking system with player-ranking lists
  • Multitude of unique mounts
  • Epic crafting system with the chance to improve existing items
  • Personalization of player houses through individual furnishing
  • Reputation system
  • Customisable user interface with the option to use Add-Ons
  • Map and radar system to find dealers, resources and quests easily
  • In-game auction houses for trading items
  • Teleport-Runes for instant travel
  • Mouse and keyboard controls for movement
  • Regular updates with new content
  • Cross-server fights in three-server-battle in development
  • Guild houses in special zones in development

Design the CITIES XL Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Monte Cristo offers fans a chance to determine the content for the Collector’s Edition of their upcoming next-gen city builder

Monte Cristo, developers of the upcoming next-generation city-building game, CITIES XL™, is offering fans a unique opportunity to help design the Collector’s Edition of the game. Visitors to the official Web site can submit suggestions and vote on current ideas for the Collector’s Edition, which Monte Cristo is planning to release alongside a standard retail package in Q2 2009.

To submit an idea, or vote on current ideas, please visit –

http://www.citiesxl.com/index.php?/content/view/54/24/lang,en/

CITIES XL™ allows gamers to develop cities on realistic 3D maps using an incredible collection of unique structures and monuments based on American, Asian and European-influenced architectural styles. The maps feature a variety of environments: mountains, hills, canyons, beaches and islands, all set in different climates from tropical to desert, Mediterranean to temperate. Players must create the right combinations of social services, leisure activities, special events and other job opportunities within their cities in order to feed, clothe, employ and entertain their citizens. Be it planning and building a new zoo, public park, residential neighborhood or transit system – there’s always a fresh and exciting challenge for would-be city managers and mayors in CITIES XL™.

The game’s online features and services will allow players to create interconnected cities on virtual and persistent planets. Mayors can share and trade with one another, specialize their economy and team up with befriended cities to create sprawling metropolises. Life on the planet will be punctuated by events and competitions – a concert held in one town may, for example, be attended by visitors from other areas who can also enjoy a walk around the city to admire the urban creations of multiple players. By combining a fantastic single-player game with the social and multiplayer aspects of an MMO, CITIES XL™ will shape the future of the genre by offering more variety, bigger cities and multiple gameplay layers.

For more information about CITIES XL™, which will ship in 2009, please join the continuously growing community at www.citiesxl.com

New Feature Lets CABAL Online Players Spin for Prizes

January 27, 2009 · Filed Under Competitions, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

OGPlanet, a publisher of massively multiplayer online games, announced the Nevareth Arcade System for its popular MMORPG, CABAL Online. This system, referred to as NAS for short, acts like a capsule machine, adding a fun spin to the game.

To play NAS, players must purchase or win Silver or Bronze Tickets that can be redeemed for Medals. Each spin costs 10 Cabal Medals and is guaranteed to result in a useful in-game item, but some lucky winners will receive each month’s special items. At launch, grand-prize winners can receive the dark Epaulette of Night Walkers, the cool Hip Hop Spirit costume, or even a Little Gry pet!

“The Nevareth Arcade System is going to be a huge addition to CABAL,” explained Chris Woolley, CABAL Online’s Associate Producer. “The system itself is fun, plus you are guaranteed to get a great item to use in-game. I think our players will really enjoy NAS.”

CABAL Online
In CABAL Online, players are called upon to protect the people of Nevareth from an evil entity known as Cabal. Set in a diverse environment that includes ice temples, forgotten ruins, desert hideaways, mutant forests and volcanic citadels, CABAL engages players with dynamic quests that tie-in beautifully to the game’s storyline and more than 300 dungeons to explore. CABAL includes both Player vs. Environment and Player vs. Player gameplay, with some servers designated specifically for PvP combat, and a unique Player Kill system.

CABAL Online can be downloaded at http://cabal.ogplanet.com/.

Weapons added to the free web MMORPG Golemizer

January 27, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

Dave Toulouse, an independent game developer, announced a new weapon system in the free web MMORPG Golemizer (http://www.golemizer.com).

A free 2D steampunk MMORPG, Golemizer requires no download or plug-in to play and features a rich sandbox environment.

Opening doors to a new way of playing in Golemizer, the weapon system allows players to enter combat side by side with the golems they have created.

Faithful to the steampunk theme, the following weapons are the first to make their appearance in Golemizer:

  • Junk Shotgun, shooting anything but bullets
  • Steam Thrower, fire is overrated
  • Slime Gun, firing toxic waste
  • Raygun, typical deadly steampunk weapon
  • Time Warper, freeze your opponents in time

Just like any other items found in Golemizer, all weapons are entirely crafted and customized by players through 27 new weaponsmithing skills. Once a weapon is crafted, expert weapon smiths will be able to experiment on them to try to improve theirs properties (range, damages, accuracy and failure risk). With the addition of weapons in the game, players can expect new high-end content and new systems in following updates.

Since its release in September 2008, more than 14 000 players have roamed the creative world of Golemizer. In their journey, they have created 400 quests, using the player created quest system, crafted over 400 000 items and created more than 2 000 new zones using the player dungeon system.

The free-to-play MMORPG Dragonica unveils its multiplayer PvP system

January 26, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

The free-to-play MMORPG Dragonica unveils its multiplayer PvP system

Dragonica, the free-to-play 3D side-scrolling MMORPG, will be available this Spring in English, French and German from the http://www.gpotato.eu portal. While the gPotato team prepares for the European launch, we are proud to announce information about the PvP system which will be available to all players once they reach Level 20.

Dragonica’s PvP features frantic arcade-style action, a straightforward and easy to use interface and epic battles allowing up to ten players to battle head-to-head. Players have the choice of a variety of options to play alone or as part of a team, with free for all, team death matches and last-man-standing modes available. There are also plenty more modes to come including capture the flag and dedicated Guild War modes.

These can be played in a variety of locations from across the land of Dragotaka. Battle on a narrow strip of land in a magma chamber deep underground or elude your foes in the mysterious labyrinth. Bring the fight to a mushroom village hidden deep in a forest or descent into the crater of an active volcano. Regular players can earn special achievements, while Combat Points earned in PvP mode can be cashed in with an in-game character for a unique set of armour to assist you in the main quest and identify as a top PvP player to the rest of the Dragonica community.

Whether you are a hardcore or casual player, you can quickly jump between the main quest and battle modes. Starting or joining a multiplayer game in Dragonica is simple, easy to understand, and allows you to quickly get straight into the action with a click on the PvP button. From the matchmaking screen you can view your friends list to see who is online and join them, or browse through the games and join the match that best suits your mood and skill level.

As with all gPotato games, you will be able to download and play Dragonica for free, for life! You can discover lots of additional information, screenshots, artwork and videos about the game at the official website http://dragonica.gpotato.eu.

Dragonica
Dragonica is a 3D side-scrolling MMORPG available at http://www.gpotato.eu gaming portal during the Spring of 2009. With an original keyboard-controlled gameplay, a colourful universe and plenty of humour along the way, Dragonica intends to attract all types of players by offering a lot of fun and plenty of interesting content to keep players busy. For more information about the European version of Dragonica, visit the official website: http://dragonica.gpotato.eu

Voyage Century: New and Old Version Comparison

January 26, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Many players have experienced the new version of Voyage Century since it’s release on January 16th. Today we have invited the folks at Voyage Century to talk to you about the differences between the new version and the old one.

Difference 1: New Professions VS Non Profession Directions

Compared to the old version, which doesn’t have the distinct directions of the profession development, the new version offers 5 specific professions for players to choose from, based on the most special skills of the old version. In doing so, not only is the powerful skill system maintained, but players also have a distinct direction in which to develop.

Difference 2: More mall items available in the game

In the past, we tried hard to but didn’t totally solve the contradiction between mall items and in-game items until the release of the new version. Players now have a much better chance to obtain those items which previously could only be purchased in the Item Mall. In doing so, the “Free to Play” promise is really being kept.

Difference 3: Merchant Alliance System VS Simply Guild System

The Merchant Alliance system is the highlight of the new version. Players will not only represent their guilds in fights, but also their Merchant Alliances. So wars are no longer just limited to guilds or individuals. You will be able to join in wars on a far larger scale. Fiercer, more cruel, and more involving.

Difference 4: More Instances

Many newly added instances will solve the problem of powerful guilds monopolizing the instances. Many precious and useful items can be obtained in these new instances, and most of the players will have the chance to obtain them. The differences between rich and poor, low-level and high-level will become less important.

Generally speaking, much of the original content of the game hasn’t been changed instead some new elements such as new professions, new skills, new items, new instances, and new maps have been added. In addition, the game-play environment has had many aspects improved.

The new adventure is waiting for you to explore.

For more info about the new version visit: http://vc.igg.com/news/1483/New_and_Old_Version_Comparison.html

EA SPORTS Predicts SUPER BOWL XLIII Champion Using MADDEN NFL 09

January 25, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator, Sport · Comment 

Black and gold will reign supreme in Tampa Bay, according to the official EA SPORTS simulation of Super Bowl XLIII by Madden NFL 09. According to the award-winning video game, the Pittsburgh Steelers will win an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title in a tightly contested game against the Arizona Cardinals, by a final score of 28-24.

Holding off a fourth quarter comeback by the Cardinals, the Steelers bring the Vince Lombardi trophy back to the Steel City for the second time in the past four years and for a sixth time in franchise history, setting an NFL record.

Madden NFL 09 is the most authentic and adaptable game in sports video game history, and utilizing each team’s current roster and the latest player statistics, EA SPORTS matched the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals in a simulation of Super Bowl XLIII. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 3 touchdowns and was named the Super Bowl MVP; joining teammate Hines Ward who was the Super Bowl XL MVP. Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin, became the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl, at the age of 36.

The start of Super Bowl XLIII became a defensive struggle, but Pittsburgh put the first points up with a 10-yard touchdown reception to Santonio Holmes, with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.

The Cardinals returned the favor with their reinvigorated running game as Edgerrin James diced through the vaunted Steelers defense with 8-yard touchdown run, near the start of the second quarter. Pittsburgh, showing great balance, quickly swung the momentum in their favor with two consecutive touchdowns – a 10-yard scamper by “Fast” Willie Parker, and a 13-yard strike to Hines Ward. The Steelers headed into halftime with a 21-7 lead and the route appeared to be on.

Despite their high-powered air attack, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, kept to the successful running attack as the third quarter opened. The Cardinals made a statement as again they punctured the Steel Curtain with an Edgerrin James 14-yard touchdown run; drawing the score to 21-14. The Steelers, unfazed, looked like they had potentially put the Cards down for good with Santonio Holmes’s second touchdown reception. At the close of the third quarter, the score was 28-14 in favor of Pittsburgh.

Taking a page from the Steelers defense, the Cardinals held tough and would not surrender any additional points. This coupled with Pro-Bowl receiver, Larry Fitzgerald’s 15-yard touchdown catch midway through the 4th, brought the Cards within seven points. Neil Rackers added a 45-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining in the game, closing the gap to 28-24. On the following possession, Pittsburgh was able to break through for a few first downs; leaving the Arizona comeback short.

Super Bowl XLIII kicks off Sunday, February 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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