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This video of Overwatch’s Zenyatta may not give you inner peace but it’s still cool

Posted by | May 14, 2015.

Blizzard Entertainment just released an eight minute video of Zenyatta, a robot monk from the company’s upcoming FPS team-based shooter Overwatch pwning face.

 

So far the company has released only teasers as to the game itself, but it looks like an overcharged version of Team Fortress 2 with superheroes and supervillains at the helm. Zenyatta appears to be a hovering monk robot who meditates restfully between throwing out glowing bolts of light, summoning giant floating prayer beads, and vaporizing enemies with “enlightenment”. (Don’t miss the Hindu diety-like multiple arms on that animation.)

The video takes place in a map called King’s Row, a Point Capture/Payload hybrid map set in some urban center of England.

This

Guild Wars 2 dragonhunter elite specialization puts bow and arrows in the hands of guardians

Posted by | May 10, 2015.

ArenaNet just let us in on the next specialization to be found in the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns upcoming expansion and it means that guardians will be getting bows. The bow is the one spirit weapon that guardians can summon they they could not yet equip on their own–amid shield, sword, and hammer. The elite specialization, named “dragonhunter,” also adds guardians to the list of professions who can use traps, which includes necromancers, theives, and rangers.

Dulfy.net, an already well known Guild Wars 2 reporting site, has extremely detailed notes from the recent livestream about this specialization.

Looking at the bow skills, it’s a standard array of attacks, coupled with interesting guardian-centric light effects. Shots cripple, blind, and in the case of latter AoE attacks there’s some of that lovely, lovely burning. These skill synergize with traits that can be selected for the …

Guild Wars 2 chronomancer elite specialization gives mesmers wells

Posted by | May 9, 2015.

Time to make some room, Necromancers, it looks like ArenaNet is giving mesmers the ability to crease ground wells with the elite specialization for mesmers, a time-based elite class called the Chronomancer. This specialization is part of the upcoming expansion to Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, and will introduce special classes for every current profession in the game. chronomancers will also give mesmers access to a new weapon: the offhand shield.

The new chronomancer specialization adds a set of skills to mesmers to allows them to manipulate the forces of time. The first new skill adds a boon called alacrity–the opposite of chill–which will speed up cooldowns rather than slowing them down, only chronomancers will receive access to this boon. With an offhand shield the chronomancer will be able to fire a wall of compressed time that flies forward and then returns, with each pass the wall delivers quickness to allies …

Chapter Nine: Out for Lunch? – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | April 28, 2015.

The team arrived in the “Food Court” by following signs set up on the green glowing walls. With every step they took, the cabled texture of the walls began to dissolve into smooth paneling, and the floor began to show signs of tiles instead of a mass of wires and glimmering lights. Boots seemed perturbed by the slow transformation but Rocky-Road seemed to take it in stride.

In fact, her nose started twitching as they approached the end of the hallway. In the distance, Helvetica could barely make out a dimly lit room that appeared that it could be filled with people milling about slowly. At this distance, they looked like indistinct forms, flittering through each other like a herd of zebra crisscrossing.

“I smell…fish,” Rocky-Road said. “I love fish.”

Boots sniffed the air. “I sssmell… Lots of humanoidsss, dry humanoidsss.”

Helvetica glanced sideways at Boots, he shrugged and said, “What? We eat humanoidsss …

Delta Recruits Let’s Play “Join Up And Die!” Parts 1-7 Now Up

Posted by | April 19, 2015.

Editor-in-cheif Nelson Williams has a series of Let’s Play videos directed at the Star Trek Online audience right now on YouTube titled "Join Up and Die!" The series will explore the adventures of a Romulan character who is part of the STO Delta Recruit’s week’s leading up to Season 10. Her name is Novus Pectora and as the missions progress he will be showing off what being a Delta Recruit means.

Apparently, for Romulans at least, it still means shooting at bugs.

Via VoxExMachinaMedia on YouTube.

GameOgre: Neverwinter Online ‘Elemental Evil’ Expansion First Impressions

Posted by | April 9, 2015.

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment just came out with a new expansion to Neverwinter Online, Module 6: Elemental Evil. This new expansion introduces four new zones filled with evil elemental cultists—each of the four elements is featured from fire, air, earth, and water—as well as an additional class, the Oathbound Paladin, who can take the tank or healer roles in any group. Kyt Dotson over at GameOgre wrote up a first impressions review of the Paladin as well as an overview of the new zones.

Chapter Eight: The Back Room? – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | March 14, 2015.

First time assimilation subscribers receive bonus energy for six months and free implant upgrades for signing up for lifetime contracts,” the Collective’s chorus boomed over a hidden PA system. “Certain conditions and restrictions apply.

Helvetica, Boots, and Rocky-Road beamed into what looked like an area less crowded with drones than any other section of the ship. Slightly below the center there was an area that the sensors showed was filled with aisles of boxes. The space seemed to have been set aside for storage. The vaulted ceiling soared over the small team as the poked through the contents.

The Borg had laid out the room in a very human-standard warehouse configuration, with tall racks of shelves running in one direction with regular openings to move between them. The floor appeared to be a composite of metal plates, thick rubbery wires, and green lights. This texture continued across every surface—from floor to ceiling—although …

Chapter Seven: No, I Don’t Want to Sign up for Your Credit Card – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | March 7, 2015.

Lower your shields and prepare to be assimilated.”

“Do these guys do customer service work?” Helvetica asked.

She thumbed through the various options on the captain’s console. Photon torpedoes: check. Phasers: check. No mute button.

“Ssshould we ssshoot them?” hissed Ensign Boots. “I would very much like to return fire.”

His reptilian claws clattered on the controls—the sleek panels were nice looking but ill-suited for his cold-blooded physiology. Helvetica couldn’t say she disagreed with him, she opened her mouth to give the order, but the ship’s computer interrupted her.

Enemy facing shield has failed, the on board computer reported.

“Now would be a good time for a torpedo,” the game piped up afterwards. It paused a moment when Helvetica glanced upwards with eyebrow raised and then continued sheepishly, “Would you believe I voice tutorial and tool tips?”

Helvetica’s finger hovered over the “fire volley” button but an emotion passed over her. She deactivated the captain’s reticle and …

Chapter Six: Borg Give Bad Customer Service – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | February 28, 2015.

“What happens if we get to the bridge and the Captain is…dead?” asked Rocky-Road.

Boots shifted on his feet, all of the leather on him creaking. “If sssooo then I nominate Helvetica as Captain. Ssshe’sss most sssenior and I’d rather ssshoot than command the ssstarssship.”

“We will know in a moment,” Helvetica said. She went through her belt-full of weapons, once by one checking their charge and firing mechanism. She’d offered Boots one of the guns but he shrugged it off. Instead she gave the weapon to Rocky Road–a phaser, she made sure it was set on stun.

She checked the turbolift panel. It would arrive at the bridge in approximately ten seconds, if she were reading the little glowing line correctly. Just in case, she levelled both rifles at the door and fluttered her finger over the triggers.

Boots took this as his own cue, drew his rapier and pistol and nodded.

Rocky Road …

Chapter Five: Ensign Boots – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | February 21, 2015.

Ensign Rocky-Road proved to be extremely clumsy with the phaser rifle that Helvetica gave her to defend herself—she couldn’t manage to hold the rifle and her tricorder at the same time. This led to a series of misfires, fumbles, and one instance where the ensign blasted open a wall panel. To prevent this in the future, Helvetica traded the rifle for a pistol and this seemed to resolve the problem.

As they paraded through the corridors, Helvetica started to notice that the number of Borg has precipitously dropped.

“Shields restored,” the ship’s computer announced. “Intruders still present on decks two, three, and one.”

“I think that means the Borg have control of the bridge,” Rocky-Road said, licking at an ice cream sundae.

Now that Helvetica had someone to give the damn things to, she’d been feeding every bit of ice cream to the cat-ensign. Rocky-Road seemed perfectly pleased about this and now wore, jingling …