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  • Titan Quest - THQ Nordic Announces Expansion Called Ragnarok - MMORPG.com News

    SBFord said:

    Gorwe said:

    I am all over this. I guess the success of Grim Dawn has rubbed off on the game engine.

    Grim Dawn has nothing NOTHING to do with this. This is THQ Nordic, GD is Crate.

    Still, this is awesome.

    Sorry, not sorry. Crate Entertainment used to be Ironlore that developed Titan Quest. ;)




    Don't be smart now. Let's see how this works:

    ILE made TQ, right?
    Then they decided to do a dumb move and make Soulstorm.
    They went broke.
    The respective IPs were left to their "owners" as a part of bankruptcy payout(TQ at THQ and SS at Relic).
    They went and formed a new studio with like 6 ILE founding members, now named Crate Ent.
    CE decided to make and kickstart Grim Dawn.
    GD is a resounding success.
    THQ went bankrupt.
    Nordic Games eventually manages to get the THQ prefix and becomes THQ Nordic.
    THQ Nordic starts collecting IPs of fallen giant THQ and publishing them under its wing(Darksiders, Titan Quest etc). THQ:N releases TQ: Anniversary Edition.
    THQ Nordic makes TQ: Ragnarok.


    GD = Crate Entertainment
    TQ = THQ Nordic

    GD and TQ have nothing to do with each other. Except that GD is a spiritual successor of TQ.
  • BREAKING NEWS: WOW shrinks your brain!!!!!

    ...who cares? It's not like I'm going to math Olympics any time soon, is it?

    And emotions...meh. They only hinder you. You make bad decisions when you use them. So...

    ...WoW's actually doing you a favor? lol

    edit: I love my emotions deeply, don't get me wrong. It's just...they're not exactly a reliable guide, are they? Almost like using a blind guy as a Tour Guide lol.
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: First Impressions

    laxie said:
    This is a quick review of my Star Wars Battlefront 2 experience. It is based on eight hours of trial playthrough, which should be identical to the release experience. Two hours were in singleplayer and six hours of multiplayer.

    I won't break down the review into positives and negatives, but instead into categories. If you are on the fence about buying the game, you can look at whatever is the most relevant to you.

    This was the biggest surprise. In multiplayer titles, such as the older Call of Duty games, it is common for the singleplayer to be a showcase of multiplayer maps, with some story slapped on. The developers recycle as much of the multiplayer content as possible. This is not the case here.

    The game has a singleplayer campaign worthy of a stand-alone game. The first three missions (about 30 minutes each) are story driven experiences, with most sections clearly tailored for the single player game specifically. There is very little of simply killing stuff, with most of the time devoted to objectives tightly linked to the story. Even in something like a wild space battle, you are being directed to protect an important ship, to clear the tail of your wing pilot, or to disable the enemy target.

    Most Star Wars fans will also enjoy the premise of the story. Without getting into spoilers, it is a new, canon story developed in collaboration with Lucas Films. It follows the story of an elite imperial trooper. There are a lot of nuanced themes, which is something I love about movies in general. It paints imperial troopers as much more than mindless followers. There were several subtle moments in the first three missions that explore empire in a way we rarely get to see in the movies.

    The campaign isn't massive. There is around 10-12 missions total, which should translate to 5-6 hours plus cinematics. Playing on the hardest difficulty (there are three) isn't a giant challenge either. That said, the missions will likely be worthy of the single player label.

    Multiplayer Maps
    The game is graphically stunning. The terrain textures especially make the game stand out. This translates to impressive looking maps, comparable to the first game. There seems to be a larger variety, not just in terms of planets, but also in terms of the environment types. At times you are fighting through swampy fields, other times you are in tight structures, long city streets, larger open buildings, or vast outdoor spaces. It makes for a variety of different experiences and also encourages you to try out different classes.  A sniper rifle is greatly superior on some points, while being completely useless on the next objective.

    In contrast to the first game, the maps here seem to be a lot more thought out in terms of gameplay. For those who didn't play the first game, the maps were often in open areas, with objectives accessible from all sides. Battlefront 2 puts a lot more emphasis on directing players, which makes for a much more interesting multiplayer game. You are still free to move around the map as you please, but key objectives have terrain to support the idea behind them. It's little things like placing a hill on Jakku, letting the snipers juke it out across the map, as the others fight below them. Or having three access points to a capture point in a jungle - one where the defenders have a clear advantage, one for a head on clash, and one favouring the attackers.

    Vehicles and Heroes
    The special classes (including both vehicles and heroes) are unlocked through battle points. There are specific to each match (you always start with 0) and obtained by playing the game. You get 100-200 for a death, 100 for significant damage to the enemy, 200-400 for playing the objectives. Usually, you get from around 250 per life where you did little, 750 for a decent one and can get well over 1000 if you are doing really well. People who are having the game of their lives will easily be getting thousands of points.

    Vehicles cost from 750 to 2000. Special classes, like a Wookiee of Battle Droid, cost 2000-3000. And heroes are in the 6000 - 8000 range. This makes vehicles extremely accessible, even for players who are not that great. Chances are you will get a vehicle at least halfway through the match if you want one. There are still limits on them (to prevent 10 tanks in the game), so there may be times where you have the points but can't call one. Overall though, I often found it completely feasible to play an y-wing bomber ship several times in a row. Special classes don't seem to have this restriction (or people play them very little), as I could always pick that if I wanted.

    The 2000 point special classes are about 2-3 times as strong as a regular one. That said, if multiple people decide to focus a special enemy, the special will drop very quickly. This is also the case for heroes, which end up being very situational. A Jedi can do great havoc in tight quarters, but will die nearly instantly if he rushes across a city street against a group of snipers. I think this makes for a much more fun system, where it's not punishing to try take on Boba Fett or Darth Maul, as a lowly assault class.

    Squad Mechanic
    There is a new feature in the game, where you are automatically grouped with 3 other people who died the same time as you. This means you nearly always spawn with 3 other people next to you. The game rewards you with double battle points if you play near your squad. It is a really interesting mechanic that promotes a fair bit of cooperation in an otherwise manic battle. I found that people don't always play around this - but I am guessing people will learn how to make use of the squad with time.

    It's a great feature. That said, there are cases where you genuinely won't want to use it. You may pick a sniper this life, specifically to get rid of a crucial enemy on the left side. At the same time, your squadmate might be picking a vehicle, to help escort people on the right. All in all though, I was excited to see people changing their picks, based on the squad composition. At times, people would see a supportive class in their squad, swapping from their own support to something offensive. Or people would see a ship and would use their own points to play a ship as well.
    We've seen that part of Empire already. Partly through Krennic and mostly through Imperial Agent in SWTOR. The gist being that: a) Not everyone on Imp side's a tool and a drone and b) not everyone in Empire adores the Sith(to quote Agent on Hutta: "...It's an I.I operation. Sith have no rights to meddle with things they don't understand").

    Gorwe said:
    Gorwe said:
    Does this game actually get interesting? Sure, the audiovisuals are breathtaking and the world building's amazing. Even the little stories are fun and interesting. BUT! The combat S.U.C.K.S. Really, it's one of the worst combat systems I ever saw. No impact, very spammy(this comes from someone who likes the likes of Arsenal Mercenary in SWTOR!), next to no sense of progression(yeah, thanks One Tamriel! I thought that we graduated this issue with Oblivion...guess not), too open zones...

    This is almost painful to play. Sure, visiting Hammerfell or Elsweyr or the like is always awesome, but...THAT COMBAT!

    It's more about the lack of direction than how open it is. I have nothing against big worlds provided you are guided through them. Now, the modern open world sandbox like design? /pass
    It's as guided or free-form as you want it to be.

    The main story arc will absolutely keep you moving forward if you choose to stick to that. If there's not a direct goal "at present", the Prophet will appear to you when there is, and say "Hey, we're ready to move forward, come meet with me at the Harborage". Otherwise other NPCs will do the same. There are quest markers on your compass, and on the world map. You can go into the Quest journal, select the desired quest, press 'M', and it'll show you where you need to go.

    Now, if you get easily sidetracked by other stuff? Well, understandable with how much the game offers you to do at any given time... but still, that comes down to self-control and focus, which is on the player, not the game.

    No matter how long I'm doing other stuff, once I've decided to hop back on the main questline, or a side quest-line, I've had every bit as much guidance as I could have wanted, or expected from another MMO (except maybe FFXIV; that game's rails are on rails).

    Or.... you can take a break from that, go off and work on other stuff and then return to it when ever you want.

    ESO is designed very much designed as a World. It seems you're more drawn to titles designed as Games. Nothing wrong with that. But, there is a difference between the two. I very much prefer ESO's approach over the linear, strictly guided approach.

    Yeah, I prefer games to be games. And entertaining in that aspect. I've no use of open world.

    edit: I don't necessarily like strictly guided experiences like Dark Messiah or Half Life. But they are MUCH BETTER / FUN to me than, say, Minecraft or Skyrim or GTA.
  • Tera really deserve more hype than this.

    TERA by itself is actually fun. They just need to speed up leveling. It serves next to no purpose and is kinda boring too. If they made you do only area quest lines, it'd be perfect.

    Then people would be aware that TERA's not only fun, but that it actually has quite charming story. Rather typical though.

    Maybe utilize AION's Fast Track servers? /shrug