Its only been 2 days since Nintendo and Intelligent Systems released Fire Emblem Heroes on iOS and Android, and while its success cannot be compared to that of Pokemon Go, it remains quite popular. The tactical RPG featuring heroes from various of the franchise’s representatives, such as Awakening, Fates, Conquest, and more, is indeed quite fun and challenging, with various modes, and more updates to come. This guide will help you get started in the game with a strong 5 stars hero (or more depending on your luck and effort).
Step 1 – Obtaining your first 20 Orbs
If Fire Emblem Heroes is a full-fledged Tactical RPG like the other episodes of the license, it borrows some of the mechanics of the mobile market, because let’s face it, the main goal of F2P games is to make money through micro-transactions. One of its mechanics is of course its system that randomly summons heroes from a large pool. It goes without saying that in addition to being random, each draw is not free and that is why we will explain how to optimize the first 5 heroes you summon as much as possible.
First of all, you have to know that to summon a hero, you need to spend 5 Orbs. The Orbs are earned by playing through the story, by connecting regularly, participating in events, or by completing certain missions. And of course, orbs can also be bought with a swipe of your credit card. That being said, Orbs are pretty easy to get at the beginning of the game (but much harder later on) since when you finish the tutorial of Fire Emblem Heroes, you will have as much as 15 free Orbs on hand. It is strongly recommended, however, that you do not summon heroes immediately.
Fire Emblem Heroes offers players a sort of summoning discount when summoning 5 heroes in succession. The first summon costs 5 Orbs, the next 3 each cost 4 Orbs each, and the fifth and last one only costs 3 Orbs. In sum, with 20 Orbs, it is possible to summon 5 heroes. If you leave the summon menu, the initial price will revert to 5 Orbs again, and so on. So again, it is strongly recommended that you play until you have 20 Orbs before you start summoning.
Once these 20 Orbs in hand, you can finally get started.
Step 2 – Summoning and Rerolling
Basically, if you use up your 20 Orbs and aren’t satisfied with the heroes you got, simply delete all your data and start over. You will have to go through the tutorial again and earn the 20 orbs required, but at least you’ll have a second chance at obtaining rare 5 star heroes. And having finished the first 9 chapters of the game, I can already tell that after a while, it will get awfully hard to obtain Orbs. This is why you should not link the game to your Nintendo account before performing the first set of summons.
Let’s also point out that while 5 stars is the maximum rank of heroes you can summon, it is also possible increase the number stars of heroes with a lower rarity, assuming you invest a lot of playing time. Clearly, it is better to get heroes with 5 stars, but having a hero that you like with only 4 or even 3 stars is nothing dramatic.
At the moment it is possible to summon heroes from two different Focus pools, Legendary Heroes and Deep Devotion (note that these will expire on February 15, 2017, which limits your chances of getting the rare heroes).
The Legendary Heroes pool has Marth, Lucina, Tiki and Robin as rare summons, while Deep Devotion boasts Lyn, Roy, Camilla and Takumi.
As a personal tip, I would suggest going with Legendary Heroes for your first set of summons and try to get Robin. Aside from being an extremely powerful mage with good defensive stats, Robin also has an ability that grants his attacks an advantage over colorless units.
Ubisoft has announced the swordfighting game For Honor will start Open Beta next week from February 9 to 12. The full game will be coming out on February 14th, 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
The Open Beta features four modes: Elimination, Dominion, Brawl, and Duel. There are nine heroes in the Open Beta. The full game contains 12 heroes and five modes, so Open Beta players are getting to try a good chunk of the complete game’s content. The Open Beta is being held on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
World of For Honor
The world of For Honor is harsh, yet filled with beautiful wildlands, grandiose landmarks, and majestic ruins. Its hardy inhabitants eke a living as they can in spite of living in a state of near perpetual war. A cataclysm struck a millenium ago, nearly destroying all civilizations. Homelands were sundered, empires burned, and whole nations exiled themselves. From the ashes of this catastrophe, the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai rose again. They struggled to rebuild their nations, trying to recapture the glory of their ancestors.
Carve a path of destruction through vivid, larger-than-life battlefields in For Honor, a ground-breaking action game developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios.
For Honor will be released on February 14, 2017 on PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One, and PC.
Pierce the fog of war and join bold Knights, brutal Vikings, and deadly Samurais as they battle across lush, challenging battle maps. Master medieval weaponry and participate in brutal, fast-paced melee combat in an engaging story campaign and novel multiplayer modes.
The Art of Battle, For Honor’s innovative control system, puts you in total control of your Heroes. Each has distinct skills and uses unique melee weapons. Combat is designed to deliver the feeling of true dueling without sacrificing accessibility and simplicity. It has been created through motion capture by real martial artists and professional stuntmen to bring the action to life like never before.
The Knights of Ashfeld are brash paragons of might.
They were sent by the Iron Legions to pacify the land. They’ve since acquired a taste for freedom and have made Ashfeld their home. They believe that many – if not all – of the ancient ruins that cover their lands were built by the Great Empire, the precursor of the Iron Legion.
Disorganized for centuries, Ashfeld’s Knights have mostly been a collection of petty warlords and roving bands of mercenary knights. In the last decade, they have been corralled under a single banner, often at sword point, by Ashfeld’s Blackstone Legion, led by Apollyon.
So far, the Knights have managed to defend Ashfeld from Vikings and Samurai attacks. Apollyon argues that a threat of war is imminent and tells stragglers that joining her Legion is the only guarantee they will hold onto their lands.
History has not been kind to the Samurai.
Originally from a land far away across the seas, they tell a tale of an Emperor and a homeland lost to sea and fire. Nearly a millennium later, the nomadic nation has ceased its wandering and built a new empire near the reclaimed homelands of the Vikings and the contested lands of the Knights.
Having spent the last decades acclimating to the marshy hills known as the Myre, they flourish but remain vastly outnumbered by their neighbors. They have to rely on greater martial skill, cunning, and devotion to their culture in order to survive – for they may be the last of their kind.
The Vikings vanished centuries ago, fleeing their crumbling homelands for shores unknown.
Those left behind were conquered by the Knights and assimilated into their cultures.
The Vikings returned in great numbers a few centuries ago. They came from far across the sea to where they have established a new homeland. They retuned for many reasons, but mostly to reclaim their ancient homeland in the North: Valkeinheim. Hundreds of Viking clans now coexist in relative peace in the frozen tundra. To the outside observer, however, they seem to exist in a state of perpetual civil war.
Vikings are the undisputed masters of the sea and fresh water. When this raucous nation gathers together in massive armadas of dragon-headed ships, they are fearsome to behold and nigh unstoppable.
For Honor features amazing battle maps and arenas created to deliver the best, most realistic melee combat experience possible.
Playable as single-player and two-player co-op, the For Honor story mode is an immersive tale of larger-than-life warriors plunged into one of the bloodiest wars between Knights, Vikings, and Samurai in recent history.
Hundreds of years after a cataclysm reshaped the world, Knights, Vikings, and Samurai have adapted and thrive once more. Each now has the power to defy the other factions, tipping a fragile equilibrium into all-out war.
Embodying the greatest warriors of each faction, players experience some of the defining moments that led to the war. Dealing with manipulation, betrayal, and catastrophic reversal, they will need wits and skills to ensure victory.
Storming castles and fortresses, turning the tide of key battles, and defeating deadly bosses in intense duels, players will incarnate as battle-hardened heroes who will shape the course of a violent history.
In this 4v4 battle you must break the opposing team’s morale and then eliminate them. You do so by scoring points through killing enemies, capturing specific areas, and controlling them over time.
Once a team reaches 1000 points, the opposite teams breaks and can no longer spawn unless they kill opponents or recapture areas. A team wins by killing the last hero of a breaking team.
Battle it out against a single opponent in a best of five-round fight in an arena! Use your mastery of your hero’s moveset to slay your opponent. You must do so without feats or radar to pinpoint your opponent’s position.
Be on the lookout, and tap into your skills!
This is a 2v2, best-of-five rounds battle to the death. Each hero spawns at a different point of the map. A team wins a battle when they’ve eliminated the last hero of the opposing team. There are no respawns.
Battle arenas are filled with traps and ledges, so exploit your environment to your advantage!
If you were worried that Nintendo’s move into mobile gaming would change the quality of their games, Super Mario Run should be a relief. Auto-running and screen orientation aside, it’s a full-featured Mario game that just happens to run on your phone.
Note: A version of this article ran on 12/15/2016. I’ve spent several days playing since launch, and since my original impressions still stand, I’ve expanded this article into a review, adding discussion of the game’s merits and potential pitfalls observed over several days of post-launch play.
When Nintendo announced Super Mario Run, I expected an endless runner, a game where Mario runs from left to right through randomly-generated courses until he dies. That’s not what Super Mario Run is.
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Super Mario Run is technically three connected games: World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder.
World Tour is most like the Super Mario Bros. platforming games we’re familiar with. There are six different worlds, each consisting of three levels plus a boss level. Mario runs automatically from left to right. All the player has to do is jump.
Were these standard mobile runner fair, the 90 second levels would be boring. But these are meticulously-crafted Mario worlds, filled with coins to collect, creatures vault over or jump off and obstacles to avoid. There are blocks that make Mario jump backwards, speed him across large gaps and even stop him in his tracks, allowing players to determine the best time to move forward.
Somehow Nintendo has managed to give this auto-running mobile game the same basic feel as a standard Super Mario Bros. game, that tactile precision that you just don’t find in other titles. Kotaku contributor/game developer Tim Rogers calls it “Sticky Friction.” I’m feeling it.
Completing World Tour stages awards coins, used to purchase decorations and buildings in the Kingdom Builder portion, as well as Toad tickets, used to challenge other players in Toad Rally.
Toad Rally allows players to challenge friends and strangers to one-on-one races, the goal of which is to collect the most coins and earn the most color-coded Toad fans. The gameplay is basically the same, with a slightly different aim. In a clever twist, defeating enemies in either World Tour or Toad Rally eventually causes them to level up, which makes them drop more coins when defeated in the rally mode.
Those collected color-coded Toad fans and coins all come into play in Super Mario Run’s Kingdom Builder. Players use coins to buy decorations, buildings and accessories that can be placed in their own personal Mushroom Kingdom, while collecting colored Toad fans upgrades the kingdom’s castle and unlocks new items, including buildings that add new playable characters to the game.
The three different modes come together to form a game that’s a far cry from the standard mobile fare I feared it would be. This is a Nintendo game through and through, and no matter how they might be handling other franchises, Mario always gets the star treatment. Check it out:
Super Mario Run is available now on iOS, with an Android version arriving later. A free download gives players access to the first three World Tour levels and a taste of expanded content, with a one-time $9.99 purchase required to unlock everything.
Six days after the launch of Super Mario Run I’m still having fun, albeit in small doses. The initial run through the paid version’s 24 World Tour stages was a fun couple of hours, and revisiting those 90-second levels in order to gather up all the special coins is a fine way to spend a bathroom break.
But the game’s two other modes, Toad Rally and the Kingdom Builder, are wearing thin. The idea is that players compete against their friends in Toad Rally in order to gather resources (color-coded Toad fans) to unlock new decorations for their kingdoms.
Aside from unlocking additional characters, there really isn’t much satisfaction to be had in kingdom decorating. Once the banality of placing Mario-themed items on my screen kicked in, Toad Rally, a mode with the primary function of unlocking new items to place, lost much of its charm as well. While some may enjoy the challenge of clambering up their friends leaderboard, I’m feeling very “What’s the point?”.
Since launch day I’ve spent as much time reading about how disappointing Super Mario Run is as I have playing it, and I’ve played quite a bit. Complaints about requiring an internet connection, large data downloads and the $9.99 in-app purchase required to unlock the full game are perfectly valid.
This is Nintendo’s first major in-house mobile game, and while the gameplay is quite enjoyable, the company could have done a better job navigating the gap between the two platforms. Mobile gamers have had years to get used to games requiring an internet connection, but it’s a major disappointment in the traditionally offline Mushroom Kingdom. If Nintendo released a playable demo of Super Mario Run on the eShop and sold a separate full version for $10, console gamers wouldn’t bat an eye, but on mobile it’s a substantial leap of faith.
With Miitomo being a social app and Pokémon GO a licensed Niantic creation, Super Mario Run is Nintendo’s first real foray into mobile gaming. They’ve fumbled the execution somewhat, but these first stumbling steps bring with them a game that’s worth playing.
Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card game Hearthstone has been an absurdly popular hit — to the tune of over 50 million players as of last April. While this player-friendly title has served as a perfect introduction to card games for many players (including myself), others who have been playing collectible card games for years have wondered: Why didn’t Magic: The Gathering ever get a truly great digital experience?
If publisher Wizards of the Coast is to be believed, that could finally change in the near future. Wizards of the Coast president Chris Cocks published a statement today, claiming that the company will be making “increased investments in our digital teams that will give us the capability and flexibility necessary to fully realize the enormous potential of our games.”
Going into further details, Cocks said Wizards of the Coast will be “reimagining digital versions of Magic and other Wizards games.” The company recently formed a new team known as Digital Game Studios that includes video game industry veterans from Valve, Warner Bros. Interactive, Activision, BioWare and more.
“They’re all thinking about how players might tap mana and prepare spells in the future,” Cocks said, adding, “and I can’t wait for you to see what they’re working on.”
Beyond digital versions of their existing games, Cocks said Wizards is working on taking the characters and worlds the company owns to other games and genres. He provided two examples: a Magic: The Gathering-themed massively multiplayer game, and a Dungeons & Dragons-themed augmented reality game.
“We want to play games like this too, so we hired David Schwartz, an industry veteran with 25 years of experience,” Cocks said. “He is building a publishing team to explore partnerships and collaborations that will bring Magic and D&D to unexpected settings, genres and platforms.”
Beyond new games and digital experiences, Cocks promised that the existing Wizards of the Coasts products will become “more efficient, connected and convenient.” It’s unclear what that means specifically, but he noted that the company has a revamped technology team working on “in-store and online interactions so you will have cohesive and connected experiences with our games.”
Chris Cocks is a relatively new name at Wizards of the Coast. He joined the company in April 2016, replacing previous president Greg Leeds who had been with Wizards of the Coast for eight years. Cocks was previously at Microsoft; both Wizards of the Coast and its parent company, Hasbro, have been increasingly boisterous about shifting properties to digital since Cocks joined.
Previous attempts by Wizards of the Coast to take Magic: The Gathering into a digital format include Magic Online — a “full” version of the game weighed down by a notoriously clunky client and difficult-to-parse user interface — and the Duels of the Planeswalkers series of spin-offs, which are more user-friendly and nicer to look at but generally considered a little shallow compared to what longtime Magic players are looking for.
While it’s still unclear what forms Wizards of the Coast’s new big push into digital will take, or when we’ll find out more details, we’ll continue reporting as soon as we know more.
Hey Guys, hope you all are having a great new beginning to 2017! So here’s a guide for Dragon Nest Mobile on how to efficiently use each the characters, quickly gather skill points and level up. As I had mentioned in my article before, Dragon Nest Mobile is quite an interesting game which can be played for hours together. For those of you who wish to know more about the game, click here for a comprehensive review about the game.
Dragon Nest Mobile has been designed in such a way that the method of collecting skill points is different for each character, this means that the time taken to level up and learn new skills will vary a little from character to character. The mobile version of Dragon Nest features the same characters that was present in the Pc version, the standard characters that are available as of now are: warrior, archer, sorceress, cleric.
Before dwelling deep into how we can use each character to gather skill points quickly and level up let me let you guys know the various methods in which skill points can be collected. There are several ways in which this can be done;
a) COMBAT b) UPGRADATION c) COMBINATON MOVES d) COMPLETING QUESTS
Let us now take a quick look on how we can gather skill points from the above mentioned methods
This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to upgrade your level by gathering points. This is where each character plays a role and carefully using the perfect character tailored for your ease assumes importance.
SHORT RANGE COMBAT (Cleric and the Warrior)
Both these characters are extremely powerful and deliver powerful blows to the enemy. The cleric is apt for beginners considering that the character provides the standard attacking features. The warrior on the other hand can also be used by beginners but creating efficient combo skills and moves might prove to be a bit of the challenge, but if this can be done then the warrior and the cleric can help players who enjoy close combat and plain on the offensive front. This in fact will help players gather a lot of skill points during the game.
The reason why these close combat characters help in collecting so many skill points is because of the fact that they can quickly attack several monsters at the same time. Consider the cleric, one of the special moves easily available is to take a 360 degree sweep ensuring that every monster present around is hit at the same time. While striking a single monster fetches enough skill points, being able to attack several of them at the same time will help in collecting combo points which will double or maybe even triple the chances of collecting these points.
If you are comfortable using these close combat characters then it will attribute to helping you collect more than 50 % of the required points in order to level up at any given point. One of the disadvantages of the close combat method is that it puts the player right between the crossfires of the enemy’s. This means that while attacking several monsters at the same time it will be harder to slip out and escape the attacking blows. One way around this is to use the quick slide move which is provided for every character, this will ensure that the player can swiftly move out of the attacker’s path. The key for this move is present adjacent to the attacking key on the right hand corner of the screen.
LONG DISTANCE COMBAT (Archer and Sorceress)
The main advantage of using these two characters is that one can attack from a safe distance without receiving any damage while at the same time ensuring that skill points can be collected.
It will come of great help if the Archer and wizard are improvised quickly with various combination moves because this will ensure faster attacking, helping the player collect points quickly. For those of you who have just started with the game it is not suggested that they start playing with the sorceress or wizard because compared to the close combat characters they do not collect skill points as quickly. This is primarily because when attacking from a longer distance several enemies cannot be targeted at the same time which means the players will not have a lot of opportunities to collect points from combination attacks.
However, there is a way to circumvent this. The archer and sorceress are excellent choices for multiplayer gaming. The wizard especially will play a pivotal role in this aspect. Considering the fact that her skill moves take a longer time to build up she can be used to provide effective assistance to the short range attacking players while engaging in multiplayer mode. This will help in creating combos which will in turn help you collect skill points.
One of the added benefits of using either the archer or the sorceress is that they will not be in close proximity to the enemy’s attacks. This can be used to the player’s advantage as they can engage in the offensive while not having to dodge any attacks constantly as they can quickly anticipate an attack and move away from that path.
Another quick way of collecting skill points is by upgrading your characters. Adding value to your character ensures that you can dwell more heavily into the game and play more efficiently and quickly thereby helping you to collect points faster. This is one of the most important things which need to be kept in mind as upgrading your character will help you in progressing through the game quickly and smoothly.
Some of the quests require a specific level for you to be qualified to play, in order to this the characters must be levelled up as quickly as possible else you will have to work your way through various tasks in order to get to the required level which can be quite tiring.
Purchasing equipment’s for the purpose of developing the character that you’ve chosen is one way to collect more skill points. In addition to this, it also adds to the strength of your character, upgrading the weapon, adding more combat resistant armour etc. will also help you in tackling the different kinds of monsters that are present in the game. As you progress the game the difficulty only keeps increasing and therefore it is wise to purchase equipment and add it to the character.
This is one of the best ways to level up quickly in Dragon Nest Mobile. The quests usually follow the storyline of the game and can be quite interesting, therefore it won’t bore you either. Some of the quests require that you need to team up with other players, at this point you can use the characters who can attack from long distance in order to finish the quests quickly. This feat can be achieved by completing dungeon quests which require you to have a certain level of stamina. So bear in mind this fact before beginning a quest as if you don’t have the required stamina you will not be able to enter it.
Some of the levelling up techniques that has been mentioned will require a considerable amount of gold. For example, purchasing equipment’s etc. will require gold. Now, there are several ways in which gold can be collected quickly.
The first one is by completing quests (Dungeon and tower). This is one of the quickest ways to collect a large amount of gold. On completion of a quest, gold is given to the player as a reward, however the amount of gold that is rewarded will depend on how you performed during the quest. When a quest is completed the player will be given stars, a player obtaining three stars will get a higher amount of gold than when compared to those who get a one star.
Another method of collecting gold is by upgrading your character. Whenever you upgrade your player and level up you will get coins, this can again be reinvested on the character as it ensures that you will gain more points and gold once the character levels up.
Follow these methods to quickly progress through the game and to collect skill points and level up.
Heavy Gear Assault entered into Steam early access. Developed by MekTek Studios and published by Stompy Bot productions, Heavy Gear assault seems to be a promising game. Here is an in depth review of the game if you guys are planning to purchase it.
INTRODUCTION AND PLOT
The Heavy Gear Series was introduced into the gaming regime quite a long time back. Since the introduction of the concept of the game it has expanded its fan base and garnered a lot of attention. Heavy gear assault is the latest game in the franchise. The game features you handling a humanoid robot in the distant planet of Terra Nova. As a pilot of the Gear you engage in duels and gather fame and money to rise to the top. Here’s a quick look at the trailer for Heavy Gear assault.
Heavy Gear Assault is set in the distant planet of Terra Nova. The game features an open world with genuine graphics which are powered by the Unreal Engine 4. This ensures that the players can enjoy the game in high quality graphics and stunning environment. The developers of the game have not made the environment too complicated or too simple, they have rather done a remarkably good job of striking the perfect balance between the two ensuring that the players have enough space to go offensive and take cover for defence.
Unlike all other games, the tutorial in Heavy Gear Assault is optional and the players can either take it or skip and directly enter the game. For those of you who are new to the Heavy Gear franchise, it is recommended that they take the tutorial. The tutorial in Heavy Gear assault does not go into every aspect, this can come as quite a difficult task for those who are playing the game for the first time.
The tutorial guides you through the basics of the game. It walks you only through the controls and movements. The tutorial provides guides for both the keyboard and the gamepad. The disappointing part of this is that it does not teach you on how to use the primary and secondary weapons, how to equip weapons, how to use quick dodge movements etc. The new players will have to take some time to figure this out before entering the game.
Heavy Gear Assault provides the players to buy the pack that they desire. While purchasing the game pack the players will receive a set of gears and cash which can be used while playing. Now coming to the gears, the most common humanoid bots available in Heavy gear assault are the Jaegers and the Hunters. Both these gears come with a set number of features. The players can use the money that has been obtained from the starter pack to customize their gear. This will ensure that their gear stands out in style during combat.
Now the gears in Heavy Gear Assault can be customized to meet the player’s requirements. This involves a detailed weaponry system to intricate paint jobs. The gears can be equipped with a lot of primary and secondary weapons which can be used during combat. Regarding the paint job, the gears can be designed as per the wishes of the player, the game provides a plethora of options ranging from metallic to gloss paints for this purpose.
All Gears are equipped with a secondary movement system (SMS) in the form of wheels or threads. This feature allows the player to move faster and silently across different arenas. This provides the gear with a higher top speed at the cost of a lower acceleration. All the gears are equipped with jump jets which allow the gears to jump higher and further. The gear movement is fluid and flawless and is one of the most interesting features of the game.
The online multiplayer gaming is hands down one of the best features of Heavy Gear Assault. The game can be played in different modes online, these include:
2) Team Death Match
All these game modes are thoroughly enjoyable and there are plenty of exciting environments and weather conditions in which the game can be played. Players can browse the servers and join the game that they like. The game also comes with an option to show those servers which the player cannot join. While the server list is up the players can see the mode of the game, the region and the number of players who are involved. In addition to this, the game allows the player to create and host his own server, the server can be customized according to the player’s needs, he can select the arena, the number of players, the time for which the game is to played etc.
Unfortunately, the game requirements are extremely high. Considering the graphics and the gameplay the requirements are very high.
Operating System: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core I3 processor
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 680+
Direct X: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 4 GB
Operating System: Windows 10
Processor: Intel I7
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970+
Direct x: Version 11
Network: Broadband internet connection
Storage: 4 GB
The game is quite entertaining in the given genre. If you are a die-hard fan of the Heavy Gear series then it is only apt that you go ahead and play it. However, the attached price tag for the game is quite expensive and stands as a barrier for certain people. After having an overall look of the game, it can be given a rating of 7.5/10.
SureAI’s huge Skyrim total conversion Enderal: The Shards of Order [official site], which builds a whole new game upon Bethesda’s foundations, is getting an expansion of its own in 2017. Enderal’s launch this year was dang impressive – “play this excellent mod,” said Cobbo – but a few bits were cut from the initial release. Now the game’s lead writer has picked those up off the cutting room floor and is polishing them up for Forgotten Stories with 10-20 hours of new quests and new quest lines, along with a few other nice odds and ends. Have a peek in the announcement trailer below.
The announcement says players will get to join the merchants guild for “an exceptional non-linear story that deals with intrigue and greed”, poke around the cult ruling the Undercity, and go on quests fleshing out the stories of several notable characters. A new secret ending is in too.
Forgotten Stories will also fiddle with the Enderal formula. Changes include “hidden talents, rebalanced and overhauled crafting skills, high-level crafting, and enchantment that makes investing in craftsmanship a lot more rewarding.”
Enderal: Forgotten Stories is due to launch some time in 2017. The expansion is mostly the work of Enderal lead writer Nicolas Samuel, though some other folks have chipped in. He stresses that this not being a full team project “does not mean that SureAI doesn’t exist anymore or is somehow compromised: It simply means that Forgotten Stories is more of a private side-project by me as Enderal’s writer.”
Enderal also made Joe’s list of his favourite mods of 2016.
Have you ever played a Mario game and wished there weren’t so many buttons to press? Good news! Super Mario Run is upon us, and it’s going to take over the world for a little while. In this guide, we’ll teach you all about Nintendo’s biggest foray into mobile gaming.
WHAT IS SUPER MARIO RUN?
Mario’s mobile adventure is an auto-running side-scroller that harkens back to his origin on the NES (and the sequels on every Nintendo console and handheld since).
HOW CAN I PLAY SUPER MARIO RUN? AND WHERE DO I GET IT?
Super Mario Run launches on Dec. 15, 2016. You can download it in the iOS App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Android users can join the fun (join the run?) in 2017.
HOW MUCH DOES SUPER MARIO RUN COST?
You can play the first three levels as a free demo, but unlocking everything will require a one-time purchase of $9.99.
WHAT’S THIS I HEAR ABOUT SUPER MARIO RUN REQUIRING AN INTERNET CONNECTION?
It’s true: If you want to play Super Mario Run, you’ll need an internet connection.
Here’s what Nintendo recently told Polygon:
“Online connectivity allows us to offer a variety of features and services that enhance the play experience. Super Mario Run is not a static experience, but rather one that players can continue to return to again and again to enjoy something new and unexpected. For example, online connectivity can offer the following:
“Access to other users’ play data and scores for automatically generated Toad Rally challenges.
“In-game events that will offer players new challenges and rewards for a limited time.
“Linkage to Nintendo Account to access save data from multiple devices. For example, if players have Super Mario Run on their iPhone and iPad, they can share one save file across the different devices. However, this save data cannot be used with different devices at the same time.”
WHAT CAN I DO IN SUPER MARIO RUN (IF I HAVE AN INTERNET CONNECTION LOL)?
There are three ways (or modes, to use Miyamoto’s word) to play Super Mario Run: World Tour, Toad Rally and Kingdom Builder. Let’s talk about each of them.
World Tour is probably where you’re going to spend most of your time — this is the core of Super Mario Run.
In most levels of World Tour, your goal is to get from the start of the level at the left to the end of the level on the right, where you’ll find the iconic flagpole. You’ll jump over obstacles, enemies and gaps and collect coins along the way.
SORRY TO INTERRUPT, BUT I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THERE MIGHT BE ANY REASON OR INCENTIVE FOR ME TO PLAY THE LEVELS MORE THAN ONCE?
Yup! If you want to do everything there is to do, you’ll also be replaying every level three times (at minimum). Mixed in among the standard gold coins in each level are five pink Challenge Coins. Collect these to unlock the purple Challenge Coins. These purple coins will be scattered through the same level in different and harder-to-reach locations or inside blocks. Collecting all five of these will unlock the black Challenge Coins. These are usually even harder to get to. Think of collecting Challenge Coins as getting three stars in an Angry Birds level.
COOL, THANKS. CARRY ON.
No problem. Just one more thing: Completing these levels also earns you Rally Tickets that you can cash in to play the Toad Rally mode.
Toad Rally is where you go to compete against other players in an asynchronous race — you’re not racing at the same time, you’re racing against a ghost version of your opponent, replaying their fastest time.
The race isn’t solely about the fastest time, though. Pulling off cool jumps will earn you a crowd of toad fans, the number of which factors in to your final score. These style points also go toward filling a star meter that will unlock a Coin Rush, filling your path with a ton of coins to collect.
In Kingdom Builder, you create your own little corner of the Mushroom Kingdom. You spend the coins you collect in the World Tour and Toad Rally levels to buy buildings and decorations. Some of these are just for appearances, while others unlock the other playable characters or bonus games.
HOW DO I PLAY SUPER MARIO RUN? I HAVE 10 FINGERS — FIVE ON EACH HAND, ACTUALLY. IS THAT ENOUGH FINGERS AND HANDS, OR WILL I NEED MORE?
As Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, said in a video introducing the game, Super Mario Run is a Mario game that you can play with only one hand.
It may look like a Mario game, but developing a side-scrolling platformer for touch-based devices like smartphones and tablets means that some things have changed. In fact, let’s talk about that right now.
WELL, THAT’S DIFFERENT. HEY, SO HOW DO I CONTROL A MARIO GAME WITH, LIKE, ONLY ONE HAND?
The controls in Super Mario Run could not be simpler. That doesn’t mean you’re without options, though. Let’s run through the basics.
Tap to jump. Tap longer to jump higher. That’s it. Mario even automatically vaults over small enemies, low obstacles and small gaps.
When Mario jumps onto a wall, you can tap to jump again and reverse direction. You can string wall jumps together to climb. This is also a good way to change direction and backtrack a little if you missed something nearby.
Landing on a slope will trigger Mario to slide down on his butt. Sliding automatically kills enemies, earning you extra coins — and it gives you a bit of a speed boost, helping you reach otherwise unreachable areas.
HEY, I’VE BEEN PLAYING MARIO GAMES FOR MY WHOLE LIFE, SO I KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. (I’M KIND OF A BIG DEAL.) ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL BLOCKS OR POWER-UPS?
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In Super Mario Run, you’re not limited to the basic brick blocks and question mark blocks. There are some fun toys that add some twists to your game — everything from the standard Mario power-ups to new mechanics just for this auto-runner.
The dashed-outline blocks with arrows in them spawn a few coins in the direction of the arrow. There are also arrow blocks on the ground that change the direction of your jump if you jump on them.
You collect bubbles throughout the levels — usually from question mark boxes. Using a bubble floats you backward in the level a little bit, letting you redo sections (and saving you from the horror of falling to your slow and agonizing death as you decend into an endless, bottomless hole).
The red blocks with the pause icon do exactly what they say on the tin. When you stand on a pause block, Mario stops automatically running, giving you a second to think and decide how to proceed.
The standard Super Mushroom acts just like you’d expect. You get bigger — Mario’s Super form — and can break brick blocks.
The stars in Super Mario Run grant the same invulnerability as always, but also add in a vacuum effect that collects coins from a greater distance.
LOOK: I LIKE MARIO JUST FINE, BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO BE TOAD? IS THERE MORE THAN ONE PLAYABLE CHARACTER?
Mario is almost never alone on his adventures. and that’s no different this time. You start out with Mario, but playing Super Mario Run will allow you to unlock three more friends to do some running in his place.
What friends? Good question! Here’s what we know:
Mario. OK, technically he’s not his own friend. But his name is in the title, so it makes sense that Mario is your starting character.
Luigi. As always, Luigi has a bit higher jump than Mario, but is still the less cool brother. You can unlock Luigi by building a house for him in Kingdom Builder.
Yoshi. Yoshi brings his standard flutter jump to the game, giving you a little bit extra after jumping. He also makes a terrible sound while doing this.
Toad. Toad can run fast, and that’s about it. He might be the worst. But The Mountain Goats and Kaki King have an amazing song about him. Sign into your My Nintendo account to unlock Toad.
This weekend I came up against player after player with level 11 and 12 commons below 3500 and so I decided to embrace my higher level cards and start the journey to 4000. Previously I had only written guides on decks with 10/7/4/1 card levels capable of reaching 3500, which brings me to introduce my bread and butter deck, the Three Musketeers.
Back before Lightning became popular this deck was a beast but even now it still holds its own. The deck has various variations which I will go into later but right now I’m at 3969 trophies with the deck below, fingers crossed tomorrow I will cross the 4000 threshold:
Three musketeers (8)
Ice Golem (7)
Ice Spirit (10)
Mega Minion (7)
The Log (1)
Previous versions had the:
Miner instead of the Knight
Canon instead of the Mega Minion, this version was a little too defensive and could sometimes turn up a trash hand
For those who don’t have The Log, Arrows is a replacement
The deck is very methodical and is easy to use. The general strategy is to split push down both lanes using your tanks and splitting your musketeers. From here see how your opponent responds to both sides and next time react accordingly. You will find that generally your opponent will struggle to stop both attacks without taking tower damage allowing you to rinse and repeat your split push, chipping his tower(s) lower and lower.
The Three Musketeers when placed should nearly always split up, two down one side and one down another. When the opponent is a tower down, to split your musketeers they have to be placed at least four tiles forward of your King’s Tower.
Ice Golem and Zap will kill Minions
Ice Spirit and Goblins is a cheap and potent combination in both defence and attack
If the opponent is dropping Barbarians to defend and kill your Muskets, have the Ice Spirit follow the Muskets and then use Log to push the frozen Barbs back. This should keep your Muskets alive and give you a positive elixir exchange.
Be cautious of greed, dropping your three musketeers in the heart of the enemy’s side to take the second tower can be exactly what the opponent wants you to do. Only do this to finish the game and if the opponent has no quick answer.
Top Tip: if you can, defending against a push from your opponent with your three musketeers can make for a terrifying counter push.
Lightning: so far I have gone two wins in ten games versus Lightning…To stand a chance you have to use your other cards and if the opponent uses their Lightning try to take advantage of the limited time before they cycle back round to it.
Fireball: if the opponents’ Fireball is a level higher than your Musketeers this is worse than Lightning as it will one shot your Muskies for two elixir less. However, so long as this is not the case the opponent will have to use either Log or Zap to finish of your two Muskies which is fine as your untouched Musketeer on the other side got into the arena for three Elixir (nine elixir for Three Musketeers equals three elixir per Musketeer), one less elixir than normal. Just make sure not to allow your opponent to fireball two of your Musketeers on the tower he/she wants to destroy.
Fast chip decks: due to their flexibility they can deal with the split push pretty well. Minimise the damage in normal time and then start your split push just before overtime kicks in.
This deck has served me well. It was the first deck to boost me over the 3000 trophy mark back when the reset was at that level and still works very well now. It does not work well against Lightning users which is a pain, however against most other decks it stands up well, just make sure your Three Muskies are at the same level of Fireballs that you are coming up against. If you have any questions let me know and please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel Galbers Gaming for more strategy, guides and tips in Clash Royale, it really does help and allows me to produce the content like the article you are reading right now .
The epic free to play MMORPG League of Angels II from GTArcade has attracted 30 million players from 45 countries and launched over 1,000 servers since its release. Selected as Facebook’s Featured Game on 3 separate occasions, LoA2 quickly swept across North American, Europe, and Asia. Today marks the release of LoA2’s first Expansion: Angel of Desire! The Eternal War reignites and a new generation of Angels will lead players to a new era!
Powerful New Additions to the Squad
As a key figure in the history of Sapphire, Dora, the Angel of Desire, has finally revealed herself. Some observant players may remember in the first Chapter of the Main Story Dungeon, Dora once appeared to have a little chat with Mikaela. Born as a princess of the Angels and raised in the upper nobility, Dora descends on Sapphire with the title of “the Best Support”. Will she have a big impact on the current squad formations?
Additionally, Dora has also brought her Soul Arm: The Staff of Desire. Burning with a violet flame, this staff serves as the best carrier of Enchantment. The Staff of Desire can deal great AOE damage, as well as restore Rage to your entire squad. How will you take advantage of this Soul Arm in battle? It’s time to discover new strategies!
New Cross-server Game Mode: Eternal War
The Eternal War officially launches today! Last week, this mode was released on EST Servers in advance and drew mass interest from players. The Eternal War is an experience that’s completely different than anything players have seen in LoA2 so far. Players can join Legions, which are divided into 3 Elemental Factions: Fire, Water, and Wind, and wage war across a huge battlefield over territory and resources. Build weapons of destruction and deploy strategy and tactics to crush your enemies. You’ve never experienced anything like this!
The Season of Giving
As the annual shopping frenzy known as Black Friday approaches, League of Angels II is preparing multiple events to bring amazing bargains to all players! Lucky Bar is back and giving out 5× prizes, including Dora Shards and Staff of Desire Shards. Special Elemental Orbs will drop from Elite Dungeon that can be exchanged for more rewards. In addition, there will be special Recharge events for the Expansion and a Group Deal for Mythic Heroes.
League of Angels II: Angel of Desire is now out and brand new challenges await the warriors of Sapphire! Who can form the greates Legion to conquer this new battlefield? Who will win the glory of the Eternal War and become its greatest champion?