Tales of Pirates II: How to Train Your Pirate

December 27, 2011 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Many peg legs in Tales of Pirates (http://top2.igg.com) have groused that it’s tough to level when they first start out, that only Web Mall spending enables one to play the game with decent fun. We beg to differ! With the right way, newbies can embark on a smooth journey in Tales of Pirates as well, sailing their way to pirate greatness.

First, a popular misconception that only Voyagers can train at sea must be addressed. Since all the classes can own and navigate ships, everyone in TOP can enjoy nautical adventures. While other classes may not have skills to speed up their ships or other naval skills like Voyagers, the difference is not really that significant. In fact, this makes training at sea a much easier and straightforward task than training on land.

Pirates who tried their hand at seafaring training would understand the agony of having their ships chased by monsters once the monsters get targeted and attacked. In minutes, their ships often sink to the seabed in sad defeat. How does one train with this frustrating monster-aggro trap? Here is a simple but brilliant tip. Pressing CTRL + left click will command your ship to blast cannons at any desired location on the sea. Do this to an empty space near monsters, but do not target the monsters themselves. The cannons will still deal them some damage. Although the attack power may not be as high as that of a direct target, this is a good way to avoid aggro from monsters and you may even hit other monsters from this “empty space bombing”. The experience earned will be much higher than that of land too!

If you find your gold running out while leveling at sea, don’t be a scrooge and sell the flashy gear you got from the Newbie Goodie Bag! Flashiness is of no real use in maritime adventures in the game. Remember, you’re a PIRATE! Arrrr!

About Tales of Pirates II
Tales of Pirates II is a new adventure game set in the age of the Vikings. It’s a time of great discoveries and also great brutality. Roam the vast oceans of northern Europe and engage in intense battles, using technological superiority and magical powers to determine who will claim mastery over the seas.

Star Wars: The Old Republic goes live

December 21, 2011 · Filed Under News · Comment 

A stunning Star Wars universe.  Thousands of hours of gameplay. Gripping stories.

Engrossing dialogue performed by hundreds of talented voice actors. BioWare is proud to turn on the servers for one of the most anticipated games of all time, Star Wars: The Old Republic, winner of over 100 awards from critics around the world.  Last night, fans lined up around the block on the eve of launch at retail outlets in New York, Paris, London, Austin and other cities across the world, celebrating the debut of the game with gatherings complete with costumed characters and memorabilia giveaways. As the servers go live and fans flood into the game, BioWare customer support teams are managing the network infrastructure to ensure every player has a smooth, easy and fun experience getting into the game.

“Today represents an amazing milestone for BioWare, EA and Star Wars fans everywhere and we are confident it has been worth the wait,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder, BioWare and General Manager, EA’s BioWare Label. “The support and resources going into Star Wars: The Old Republic are not ending today. The innovations we’re bringing to the category are just the start of a journey and ongoing investment in our players that will grow, evolve and transform based on player feedback over the weeks, months and years ahead.”  Read more

EA and Bioware Deliver Riveting Score for Mass Effect 3

December 20, 2011 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Mass Effect 3, awarded “Most Anticipated Game of 2012” at the Spike TV VGAs, features gripping musical arrangements directed by returning composers and leading artists in entertainment. The soundtrack sets the captivating tone for hero Commander Shepard’s struggle to take Earth back from an alien race known as the Reapers.

Like previous Mass Effect games, a number of talented composers will play critical roles in the game’s musical development, with direction led by BioWare’s acclaimed audio team. The roster of composers for Mass Effect 3 includes:

  • Clint Mansell, Golden Globe nominatedHollywood composer recognized for scoring celebrated films including Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream. Read more

Life as a Pirate Detailed in Conquer Online’s Upcoming Expansion

December 16, 2011 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

As one of the longest-running MMOs of eight years, Conquer Online continues to deliver new content to its players.

In the newest upcoming expansion, “Invasion of Pirates,” players will be able to fill the shoes of the new Pirate class, adventuring in what’s known as forbidden domain—the Flaming Sea.

But to walk and talk like a pirate, players must know the proper garb and weapons they can arm themselves with. NetDragon unveils the cannon bomb ability, pistols and more to players awaiting the new Invasion of Pirates storyline.

For the new class being introduced, like most historical pirates, pistols and rapiers are the tools of the treacherous trade. In Conquer Online, pirates will also have another powerful trick up their sleeve—the cannon bomb. Read more

Lineage II Free-to-Play Service for Europe Launches December 16th

December 15, 2011 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Innova officially opens the European free-to-play service this Friday, with huge Goddess of Destruction expansion, premium accounts and item shop

Innova announced that its new European free-to-play service for the popular competitive fantasy MMORPG Lineage II will officially launch in English on December 16th. Featuring the content-rich new expansion Goddess of Destruction, the new service offers hundreds of hours of unrestricted, action-packed gaming absolutely free. Goddess of Destruction brings many improvements to the game’s look and feel, and there’s never been a better time to get into Lineage II: hunt unique monsters in vast, beautiful landscapes, craft and enchant powerful weapons and armour, and feel the visceral rush of player-vs-player combat in one of the most highly developed competitive MMORPGs in the world. With dedicated European servers, friendly community management and full customer service, Innova strives to support Lineage II players every step of the way.

“The launch of our free-to-play Lineage II service for Europe will be a very special moment for all of us,“ said Gevork Sarkisyan, Innova’s CEO. “We have already seen our Lineage II community grow significantly during the beta phases, and we are looking forward to opening the full service to everyone tomorrow.” Read more

2012 Game Industry Predictions

December 14, 2011 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Closing out a year of significant growth and numerous company milestones, Exent, the world’s largest Games on Demand provider, has released its 2012 Game Industry Predictions.

Below are five industry developments that Exent’s Head of Content Programming, Rick Marazzani, says are coming in 2012:

Android tablets go mass market and gaming along with it!
“Led by the Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle Fire, Android tablets will be on more night stands and in more purses and school knapsacks than ever before.  As powerful and easy to use as most portable gaming consoles, these tablets offer affordable, massively appealing games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds, plus they can be used for web surfing, reading, and playing music and movies. With the extensive functionality and low price points of these tablets, look for them to take a much bigger slice out of the iPad’s market share in 2011.”

Location-aware mobile gaming will break out
“Your smartphone is always online and GPS location-aware.  Game developers will harness this fact to deliver gameplay that will change and offer challenges based on where you are.  Social game makers like Zynga, Mocospace and Booyah will make their games more social by tapping users’ social graphs in locations to enhance the mobile versions of their games.” Read more

Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition

December 13, 2011 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, announces the latest, greatest and most extreme achievements in the world of videogames in its upcoming publication of Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition released on 19thJanuary 2012.

Praised by critics as a “definite almanac of all things games” (LA Times), the fifth instalment in the best-selling series is a must-have for any fan of gaming.  Packed with official gaming records, trivia and never-before seen pictures, the new edition covers every genre with an outstanding selection of in-depth spreads on some of your favourite games including Battlefield, Pokémon, Starcraft, Gears of War, Angry Birds, and Ultima Online.

Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, Gaz Deaves, says: “The brand new Gamer’s Edition is packed full of the best and brightest of the last 12 months in videogaming, with amazing achievements, bizarre behaviour and incredible industry insight. We’ve adjudicated records with the best gamers in the world to give our readers a complete picture of all the most astonishing facts from the wonderful world of gaming.”

As well as records, Gamer’s Edition 2012 is full of interesting features such the as the Top 50 Videogame Endings Of All Time as voted by over 13,000 readers; Gaming Fail, a fun look at the greatest ‘Epic Failures’ in gaming history; Star Wars, a guide to the spin-off games that have come from the iconic movie; and of course, a comprehensive Twin Galaxies Scoreboard that allows you to see how you compare with the best in the gaming world.

Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2011 is out in the UK on Thursday 19th January 2012!

Spike TV 2011 Video Game Awards Winners

December 12, 2011 · Filed Under News · 1 Comment 

Hosted by star of NBC’s “Chuck” and avid gamer Zachary Levi, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett and featuring cutting edge in-show augmented reality and world premiere footage from hotly anticipated releases, Spike TV’s ninth annual “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) proved to be a night to remember.

Industry giants gathered as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the world of gaming over the past year during the two-hour global event which premiered LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT from Sony Studios in Los Angeles. Internationally, the “VGAs” were seen in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

A host of the most influential members of the gaming industry, as well as stars from the worlds of sports, television, music and movies gathered at the biggest night in video games, and watched Bethesda Studios release “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” receive the highest honor a game can receive when it took home the coveted Vector Monkey after being named Game of the Year.  “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also won Best RPG, and garnered Studio of the Year honors for Bethesda Game Studios.

Other multiple award winners included “Portal 2” which won in five prominent categories, including Best PC Game and Best Multiplayer, and “Batman:  Arkham City,” which won four  Vector Monkeys, including awards for Character of the Year for the Joker, Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Action Adventure Game.

“The Legend of Zelda” creator Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprise appearance to accept the first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award on the groundbreaking franchise’s behalf. “We always push ourselves,” said Miyamoto, “and we’re grateful you notice.” Read more

Christmas Comes to Stronghold Kingdoms

December 9, 2011 · Filed Under News, Online, Strategy · Comment 

Stronghold Kingdoms will be giving away hundreds of thousands of presents this Christmas in the great Stronghold Kingdoms Christmas Giveaway.

As a big “Thank You!” to the Kingdoms community, Firefly’s two weeks of Christmas are almost here.

Starting next week players of free-to-play online strategy game Stronghold Kingdoms will be given the chance to win an in-game present every day.

Each day in the run up to Christmas, players will have the chance to win a prize by opening one of nine festive boxes when they login.

Prizes range from rare strategy cards to premium tokens, with a guaranteed win on Christmas Day.

The competition is open to everyone with a Kingdoms account, but it must end on December 26th.

So put on your chain mail, find that oversized Santa hat and get to it!

EverQuest II is now free-to-play

December 8, 2011 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Sony Online Entertainment announced that massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) EverQuestII(EQII) is now free-to-play.

All PC users will be able to freely download, install and launch the game without charge. Available free content includes the base game and all expansions up to and including EverQuest II Sentinel’s Fate  as well as the brand new Freeport Reborn game update. The game’s eighth overall expansion – Age of Discovery – is also now available for purchase as a digital download, and introduces the fan-favorite Beastlord class and Dungeon Maker feature!

“Since EverQuest II’s introduction in 2004, our team’s mission has been to deliver a continuous flow of rich content that is both engaging and accessible,” said Dave Georgeson, executive producer of the EverQuest franchise. “The new membership system, game update and expansion are a direct response to our community interaction, and we’re confident that this will take EverQuest II in an exciting new direction.” Read more

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