Blizzard Entertainment's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is starting to make its way to the iPad as of today, although it's currently only available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. That could change, though, as the night goes on. Designed by the makers of popular games like World of Warcraft and Diablo III, Hearthstone presents a fun, free-to-play take on the genre probably best known for Magic: The Gathering and, in true Blizzard fashion, it makes it easily accessible for the most novice of players.
If you’re the type of fantasy role-playing gamer more accustomed to orcs and fearless paladins, sliding into the role of an anthropomorphic panda bear is admittedly difficult. But Blizzard has done a fantastic job of creating an engaging story around World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria's Pandaren race. And its new, Asian-inspired continent, with its detailed shrines and stoic monks, may be some of Blizzard’s best work.
A giant sea of corpses; what a fitting image for the Halloween season. But for a large number of World of Warcraft players, the sudden demise of throngs of characters was less than amusing. According to Blizzard, someone discovered an exploit which allowed insta-deaths in some of the game's biggest cities for a period of time.
It's the Halloween weekend and while some people we know will be out waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we'll be inside gaming our scared little butts off, shooting zombies and trying to escape the minions of evil. And we'll be sitting down with a nice cup of steaming hot apple cider because this week was full of hot Apple stories. And there was tons of scoring hot game news this week. See ya on the flipside.
What's there to say? As you've probably heard by now, Blizzard has officially announced its World of Warcraft "Mists of Pandaria" expansion pack, the company's long-standing meme of pandas and panda people becoming concrete as you'll be able to create an anthropomorphic Pandaren warrior to train and send out into the world to join either the Horde or Alliance factions as they see fit.
The expansion, which incorporates an ancient Asian feel in its look and art style, will also allow players to use the long-awaited Monk class, thereby crafting the martial arts-based melee warrior of their choice.
The idea of World of Warcraft coming to iOS has been a mythical rumor since the first iPhone hit the first palm of the first user. Years have gone by since that time without a peep out of Blizzard about any sort of iOS development. Today however, we at least got a hint from an inside source that Blizzard could get into iOS development at some point.
I’ve never been big into MMOs. I don’t want to pay a subscription and the hanging carrot gameplay and ominous warnings from friends (“promise me you’ll never play an MMO”) made them sound less than appealing. So when I heard Gameloft was making a World of Warcraft spinoff, I didn’t really care. But then things changed.
Gameloft has been receiving a ton of flak for its highly ambitious upcoming MMORPG called Order and Chaos Online. However, today Gameloft has announced that they are forging ahead and have released the new iOS game, but only in Canada. Moreover, the game comes standard with three free months of play time for 99 cents.
Gameloft has made a lot of money for themselves by - shall we say - taking inspiration from other classic video games. For a while most iOS gamers were willing to accept this for a variety of reasons. For one, "inspiration" and even outright copying has been around since the earliest days of video gaming. Many were also just thrilled to have near-copies of their favorite games on their iProducts. Gameloft's new MMO Order and Chaos may be too much for some gamers to stomach though.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is out, the world of Azeroth has been violently remodeled by a rather large dragon named Deathwing and, like it or not, this is going to make a World of Warcraft fan out of you or suck you back in style if it’s been a while since you played the game. After four months of beta and review play, here’s are some tips and tricks we're imparting on you, Azeroth journeyman (or woman!).