Try Out The Revelation Online In-Game Store With No Remorse!

Hello Everyone!

So I’ve been playing some Revelation Online lately, and it’s come quite a long ways since the first closed beta. It’s now in the third closed beta, and preparing for an open beta.

Everyone wants their character to look cool or cute, right? Well, fear not! There was an announcement on the Revelation website that says “You can freely try out anything within the in-game store without remorse as we will wipe the server prior to our Open Beta Launch”.

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What does this mean exactly?

It means that “All top-ups made until February 2nd, 13:00 CET will be entirely refunded to your game account for our Open Beta launch with an additional 15% extra courtesy currency.” Those were the exact words used in the statement. That means you can buy something you want to use until the server gets wiped (after CBT3 ends) and then have the money you spent back in your inventory during the open beta. You could buy something totally different!

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up!

Until next time,

GAME ON!

Black Desert Online: Download The Character Creator

Hello everyone!

If you have been hyped up about the upcoming sandbox MMO Black Desert Online nearing its release, you might be even more excited knowing that you can download the character creator and check it out – before the game even launches.

You can check it out here:

https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/

You can take screenshots of the characters you created, as well as save them. I’m going to guess that saving them will make it so that you can have quick access to an already created character design at launch, which is awesome. More games should definitely do this.

Although I’m still disappointed in the gender-locked classes (due to lore), I’m quite impressed with the character creator. You can edit pretty much…well… everything. While there doesn’t seem to be too much selection in the makeup and tattoo department, there are many options for the face and body shape and color that a lot of other games can’t quite compete with.

I highly encourage anyone who is interested in Black Desert Online to check the character creator out!

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Upcoming Game: Black Desert Online Open Beta

Hello everyone!

Awhile back I mentioned a game called Black Desert Online, and there wasn’t a huge amount of information available at that time. Recently, Pearl Abyss has announced that they will begin open beta testing in Korea on December 17th. The game is still only in Korean, but there are rumors that a closed beta test for an English translation of the game might begin only weeks after. Until then, feast your eyes on the games beautiful character creation tool, and the action-packed combat. So far, the combat looks amazing!

Until next time…

GAME HARD

Tera: Adventures As An Elin #003

Hello everyone!

As you already know, I have done a few blogs about my adventures as an Elin, in the land of Tera Online. After recently starting up a YouTube channel, I decided it would be fun to start a video series of my adventures! I logged back into Tera yesterday to take a break from my excessive Battlefield 4 playing, and was surprised to see a bunch of new mounts and outfits. Some of it was too cool to simply take a screenshot, and I found myself hitting the record button on my video capture software. By the time I was done playing, I had about 20 videos. What the heck was I going to do with these? Oh, that’s right… I need to stuff some more videos into my sparkling brand new YouTube channel. Ok, so now I feel like I’m doing a little self promotion, but I’m really just excited about it.

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Once I move into my new apartment, I’m going to be streaming on Twitch Tv and posting a lot of really interesting videos. Yes, my face will be in some of them too. Curious? Well, you can always subscribe so that you know when those videos come out! Hey, I could get used to this self-promotion thing. Good thing I’m not posting on Reddit *chuckle*. Anyways, back to what this post is supposed to be about! Tera, Elins, and holy shit these mounts are awesome! I don’t know what it is, but I feel like Tera has the coolest mounts of like any game I have played. You can ride giant animals with a fantasy touch to them, or you can go a bit weirder and drive around in a Smart car sized police vehicle – working lights and everything. I spent my time logged in over the past few days admiring all of the pretty things. No, not just the Castanics nearly naked bodies… Little half animal girls in maid outfits, super kawaii fur suits, a giant rice ball on a fork that can be used as an axe-like weapon, and amazingly detailed mounts that make you look more bad-ass than you probably are.

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Sometimes simply hanging out in the towns and people watching can be just as fun as playing the actual game. I don’t have too much storytelling for this post, just some self-promotion, and admiring of the cool things that Tera has to offer. I even indulged and bought my Elin bunny girl a schoolgirl outfit, and danced in the middle of town for a good five minutes just to enjoy feeling like I was a character on Lucky Star or K-On.

Until next time…

GAME HARD !!

FFXIV: ARR – Dreams Of Ice

Hello everyone!

So the new 2.4 patch “Dreams Of Ice” is going to be available tomorrow! You know what that means? It mean rogues and ninjas, new dungeons, new items, and of course – Hildibrand! I’m definitely looking forward to checking the new class and job out. I’m sure a lot of other people will be joining me. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a ninja? I admit that I’m a bit worried about how annoying the rogue might possibly be to fight in PvP, but I guess I will just have to play a few rounds to find out. Speaking of PvP, they seem to be adjusting some stuff, as well as adding some new skills and armor. I feel like they needed to make a few adjustments to balance out the PvP gameplay. The PvP items have always been pretty cool.

There is the new dungeon, Snowcloak, which looks like it will be a lot of fun. I was wondering if they would make a snowy dungeon, so I’m quite happy now. And let us not fail to mention, The Final Turn of Coil! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be even more rough than the last few turns. I haven’t experienced the brutality yet, but I plan to in the future. One more mention is the new Trial, The Akh Afah Amphitheatre, in which you get to fight a sexy baddie who I’m only assuming is Shiva.

I’ve really enjoyed my time playing FFXIV: ARR, so I always get excited when they come out with a new patch. I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about when it actually comes out tomorrow. If you haven’t checked this game out, I suggest you at least give it a try. It’s way better than its original predecessor, and the community is pretty awesome. They are always adding new content. There is a big patch coming up the beginning of next year which will introduce a new race, airships, and some other cool stuff.

Until next time – Game Hard!!

GameView: Warframe

“They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more.”


Hello everyone!

Today I would like to give my first impressions of a cooperative free-to-play online sci-fi action game called Warframe.

You start the game out by making a selection from three different Tenno classes, or warframes, which ultimately affect your style of game-play. The first three include the balanced class Excalibur, the stealth/decoy class Loki, and the supportive energy manipulator Mag. It’s hard to describe the classes in a few words, because they all have some interesting abilities that could be compared to different classes. It’s a mixed bag. You get a quick tutorial that shows you how to use all the different weapons you start out with.  If you forget anything from the tutorial, don’t worry, because there is a menu that allows you to look through a selection of tutorials and learn everything about the game. I chose Loki, and started out with two different guns and a sword. My abilities allowed me to place a decoy of myself to distract enemies, as well as the ability to go invisible and take them by surprise.

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The mission selection screen, which also hold all of the other menus for the game, is actually pretty awesome. All of the loading screens and selection screens seem to have 3D models and scenes, and they rotate so that you can see all the details. To select a mission, you choose a planet and a mission that you can handle at your level. You unlock them as you go, but you can re-visit the missions at any time to farm for items and xp. I started some of the first missions, and I must admit that the game is a bit confusing at first. The mini-map takes a bit of getting used to, and you have to figure out how the objectives work by just jumping in and trying them out. I really like the co-op idea for this game, and you will pretty much eat dirt if you try to go solo on most of the missions. The only thing I dislike about it is that during a mission you can totally lose track of your teammates and they will sometimes leave you behind and finish the mission themselves. So far this has happened multiple times. The idea is great, the actual co-op gameplay could be improved. The few things that I have liked about co-op so far is the ability to revive fallen allies, and that there are actually a few support groups that can drop buffs and heal (when your allies are actually around). I might be biased, but it wasn’t the most amazing first experience for a supposedly co-op game.

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Now, taking a look at the actual gameplay and not factoring in the bumpy co-op faults, the game actually has a lot of really awesome content. You can customize and power up your weapons and waframe with countless different combinations. This is achieved by collecting and purchasing different mods, all of which can completely change your play style.  Enemies drop these mods throughout missions, and there is also a marketplace where you can buy specific ones from other players. You can also buy or collect new weapons and enhancements. You can play the game in whatever play style you want, and use a large amount of cool abilities. There is melee, magic, and guns. All of the weapons also level up as you use them. I like that the game can be played like a third person shooter (third and first person shooters are some of my favorite genres.)

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I also want to bring up some stuff about the whole free-to-play thing. This game is indeed free to play, and you can earn and collect most items during missions, but there are some parts of the game that do require you to pay real money. Obviously there are some vanity items that cost real money, and this is common in most games, but I’m talking about pay to win shit. Boosters, crafting essentials, Sentinels, and much more can be purchased with real dollars, all of which allow a character to get ahead of any free-to-play characters. And if you want a unique looking character, you’re probably going to need to break out your credit card for that as well. This brings up another topic. You can kind of, sort of, customize your character. You can change the colors of your exo-armor, and weapons for free…. wait for it… that is if you don’t mind tapping a “random colors” button until you get a combination you like.

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If you want to change your class and get a different looking Tenno, you don’t necessarily have to pay hard earned dollars for it. The game has something called the Foundry, which gives you the ability to craft a bunch of items, and even new Warframes, using blueprints. You can purchase the blueprints with in-game earned credits.

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The last few things I would like to mention is that the game has some cool looking maps, and the combat and missions are really fun and fast-paced. They feel a bit repetitive and grindy, but knowing that you’re scoring some useful resources, achievements, and XP makes it worth-while. It seems that the game allows voice chat, but I haven’t heard one person use it yet. Voice chat seems crucial to completing these missions with your team and not suffering from complete chaos. There are some doors that can only be opened with two teammates, and some sections of the missions that just go smoother if everyone has a job and communicates where they are and what they are doing. I’m going to give the game a chance and see where it goes as the levels and player experience progress. It is definitely a lot of fun when you get a good group. Some of the best reviews came from players who had invested 900 – 2000 hours into the game. Don’t believe me, check out the game’s review page on Steam!

I suggest at least giving this game a try, and it does have a pretty decent amount of devoted players. Collecting, and grinding for more powerful stuff is pretty fun, and if you have some people to play with, I would suggest hooking up your headset and giving them an invite for the co-op stuff.

Until Next Time!

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Gameview: WildStar (Beta)

Hello everyone!

This week my game of choice is WildStar, a science fiction fantasy MMO from Carbine Studios. The game is currently in Open Beta, and even though it is in Beta, it seems pretty polished.

The first impression most people might get from WildStar is that it seems kind of like World Of Warcraft… ok, a lot like World Of Warcraft. And, truth be told, the graphics and questing really do make it feel like an expansion to WoW (Or Ratchet and Clank?). The rumors are that a lot of ex Blizzard employees have taken up jobs at Carbine. That would definitely explain a lot. Putting comparisons aside, the game actually has a lot of its own personality. Once you get into it and actually start playing, you realize that the game is really just it’s own. The graphics and characters are definitely likeable, and I actually found myself paying attention to the storyline. There is a lot of lore to collect in the game as well. The character creation offers a lot of options, sliders, and varies from race to race. This is another one of those games that furry lovers will like. There are a lot of options to play characters with ears, tails, and… robot parts?

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The first thing I want to mention is the User Interface. It is really intuitive and good looking. It’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for, and the menus are easy to navigate. The quest tracker could use a little work, but it gets the job done. Speaking of quests. Do you know that annoying feeling of running back and forth to turn in quests. You run all the way across the map to kill something or talk to someone, and then find out you have to run all the way back to turn it in. This is time consuming and frustrating. Well you won’t be doing much of that in WildStar. You can use your Holocall to accept and turn in (most) quests remotely, which is basically like a high tech cell phone to communicate with the NPCs. I actually squealed in delight when I saw this feature come into use.

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The world of WildStar truly feels alive. The environment is filled with moving plants and animals, and a lot of stuff is interact-able. There are natural hazards, and places to jump up to. Sometimes you even get the ability to have enhanced jumping, which allows you to reach heights you wouldn’t normally be able to reach and discover new things. The NPCs interact with each other, and have their own conversations. With the default settings, I noticed it was hard for me to even tell the NPCs and players apart, considering that there are no names above the players heads. The game also does a good job of making you feel like you have a reason to be there. I originally chose the Path called Settler, and it allowed me to collect resources and build helpful items for players. It also allowed me to fix broken things throughout the cities and towns, and make the area look more like home. It made me feel useful and needed. There are a lot of things that only certain paths can do, and interact with.

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I haven’t gotten very far into the game yet, but I wanted to give my first impressions. So far the questing feels pretty much the same as most other games. There are some interesting quests that involve jumping puzzles and such, but that’s about it. And the Use of remote quests pickups and turn-ins is a pretty cool addition. I’m liking the characters, classes, battle system, and personality of the game. Depending on which side you choose, the storyline of the game is actually a bit different. I’m looking forward to checking out the housing, and the battle arenas. The player housing is a big selling point for the game, and from what I’ve seen, you get a pretty nice piece of land to build on. I might just have to post an update on this game in the near future. I highly encourage you to take advantage of the open beta that ends on the 18th!

Until next time!

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