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Screenshot Frenzy: Banner Saga, An Epically Depressing, Viking Inspired – RPG/Turn Based Strategy Game

Another successful kickstarter baby, Banner Saga – was but a benchmark purchase for me on my thrifty Honor 4x. Excited to test out this cheap Huwawei Octacore’s gaming prowess I picked up a few games from the Google Play Store for kicks. What started off as a fluke buy became two weeks of long loo breaks, 3 a.m. coffee runs from the bedroom and utter chaos in my work flow.

Here’s another installment of Screenshot Frenzy and a few captions to explain why you should pick this up on your mobile.

 

 

 

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This game tends to be depressing, a whole lot, sometimes these sweet little events are the only break from utter sadness.

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I honestly didn’t train a whole lot, but yeah more often only 1 or 2 guys from your party survive the battle to the end.

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The only bad thing about the Android version I played was too many of these screens.

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Day 16, 400 Clansmen and a few dozen fighters.

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So where to boss?

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Getting out of swings way.

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It’s perfectly fine… we’re fracking Varl, this shit is easy.

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Okay so, I see training has its perks.

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Early game, Gunnulf is the man!

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Let’s pitch camp fer now, give the caravan a bit of a rest.

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More loading screens…. eck.

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Even if everyone hates Ludin, let’s try him out.

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Day 26 – On the Varl side of things.

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Woopteedoo more Varl for us.

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Destruction and Sadness: 1km ahead.

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All right, ready?

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This old man was a hoot. Disappeared though after scavenging some supplies for the caravan.

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Up we go.

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Hot damn this scene is intense.

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Ruuuuuun….

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We’re almost there!

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Damn… so many Varl.

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Waving our long ass banner…

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The serpent.

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A psychic serpent.

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An unfamiliar psychic serpent.

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Eyvind… pick up the phone…

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Weird way to say hello on the phone.

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The nothingness.

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Yeah… via phone.

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The hard headed Iver.

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Day 99: We lookin’ good

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All right all right… you can come.

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Up through the mountains again.

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Running low on supplies.

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Phew! A god stone… a place to rest.

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See nothing bad about that.

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Yet another god stone.

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The view is gorgeous.

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Finally… Juuuno… I got your call, I’m here where are you?

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No one’s here but those creepy villagers peeking out from their windows.

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She’s not here Eyvind.

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But the threads said so…

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If yo momma Juno so hot why she ain’t here, why she not pull lightning out of her ass, I mean sky…

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Damn boy you lost.

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Oh yeah… and did I mention someone just died.

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We just run out of Varl so 1 would be a lot of help.

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Day 158: From 500 Clansmen, only about half left.

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But things will be ok.

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Or so we hope.

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We lose some fighters on the way to Boersgard.

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And then the narrator makes things worse.

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I’m supposed to walk through all those dredge?

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Ok I don’t understand any of that, but I’ll assume you know what’s best.

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Bellower looks upon the last of us. No more fighters left.

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Spoilers coming up ahead.

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Time to face him Rook.

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Ok mage upfront, like in all RPGs.

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Nooooooo… Oddleif

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But at what cost.

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Told you spoilers up ahead.

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Fuck this game right?

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So frackin sad…

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Bye Alette..

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…. sniff.

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God Damn you Stoic Games!!!!

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{Sobbing}



Note: Character survival is based on how you play the game.


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Screenshot Frenzy: Persona 4 Golden Is Indeed Golden

Persona 4

It may be a bit late to put my word in, but let me be the one to tell you that you cannot let this game pass you by. It’s been 3 year since its remastered release and it still tops the charts for most consoles it has been ported to. I cannot stress how this game was made. But here let me try and show you with a little screenshot frenzy!

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Coming across this dude made me chuckle a bit

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Much like Chrono Cross’ Technique/Combo mechanic, this rumble option when your opponents are down is a treat to watch.

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Rise Kujikawa buffing the party

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Yukiko in a simple kimono, collecting these costumes became a focal point of the game for me one time or another.

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The investigation team still has no clue.

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Teehee, bikini costume for Yukiko and Chie. If the whole highschool social rpg part of the game doesn’t make you feel juvinile this will.

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I never found out how to trigger this combo…

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The awesome personas make up for the boorish gym clothes.

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Ehem, in every tough man, there is an equally effeminate man hiding somewhere… inside. Or is there…

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Discussing the meaning of life with a cat.

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How this game employs exams as milestones in the game is baffling, but works in making the whole school vibe work.

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The grind requirement though…

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Let’s go!

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The generated maps reminded me of Diablo.

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If you’re an awkward teen, Persona 4 Golden has some pick up lines to teach you.

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Dinner with the Dojimas.

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Ready to face her other self.

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Senpaaaaiiii!!!!

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Bye Rise.

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Tomoe

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Hehe, you got to play this game to find out what this scene is all about.

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Glorious Personas

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Role Reversal.

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Uhhhhhhhhh…..

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Yukiko-san so kawaii.. 😀

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Chilly Night

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Rise-kun is feeling a bit cold.

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Everyone’s in

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Getting ready to storm the castle.

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Whoaaaaa!

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Kick that fool in the nutts!

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Naoto watching in the distance.

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You go girl!

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Hiro

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Rise

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Teddy or Kuma in the japanese version with Yukiko

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Naoto Shirogane and Chie Satonaka

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Yosuke Hanamura and Kanji Tatsumi

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Can’t believe after 80 or so hours I’m finally almost done with this game.

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Or so I think

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Thanks for the update Rise!

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Gotta find her.

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Naoto gets invested in the group.

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Good for you Teddie.

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Learning the truth.

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The fog ensues.

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The meh ending.

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Where no one kinda gives a rats ass you’re leaving.

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Then there is this guy.

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Dishing out the pain.

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Returned in kind

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“Cheering squad uniform”. Naoto cheats though she’s wearing a dudes uniform.

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Kanji on the drums!

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Time to fight some bad dudes in shorts!

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Uh oh… better check the TV

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Kanji-kun!


Hope you enjoyed the mash of images from Persona Golden 4, now I can finally delete them off my Vita. See you guys again soon!


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Too Much Hype But What Lies Beneath: A Few Reasons Not To Play ArcheAge?

ArcheAge Reasons Not To Play

First off, my initial insignificant complaint about most korean MMORPGs, is that the male humans look disturbingly “pretty”. I love how World of Warcraft can make you run with the gnarliest, nastiest looking characters you can think up, DC Universe allows you to draw up the evil looking villains, and who can’t forget Skyrim where the non-human races were menacing enough to interest people to actually play them. Like Guildwars 2, Lineage and other Korean MMORPGS, human facial features for male characters are a bit soft and effeminate. Come on, like were not nerdy enough already, you wanna take away what little testosterone we have left.

We’ve been hyped for this game and are excited to play when the servers open on September 16th but
we don’t want to false advertise and let you waste hours on this game without hearing the bad things the internet has to say about ArcheAge. Just to be fair here are some of them in no particular order.

ArcheAge Offers

ArcheAge Offers

It Is Hella’ Grindy, “Questing Is Boring”

Quest chains feel like they serve little or no contribution toward the story, one quest has you delivering a Subpeona for divorce papers – what the firetruck? ArcheAge will have you traversing the map for 2000 experience points just to have you head back to the same spot repeatedly. It offers little encouragement for partying in early levels it feels like everyone in the map is just doing their own thing. Questing ends up boring and feels tedious and grindy. This might turn you away but there are alternatives to it if you care to find them.

Labor Points And Patron Status

For the casual player who logs in only once or just a few times in a week, the end game may leave you feeling inadequate. Labor points are gained by actually playing the game, or staying online to regenerate them, and are used in building homes and ships and the farming portions of the game. One worry is that people would spend hours afk, eating unecessary server resource, we don’t think this is a heavy blow to the game though – it might be more of a server issue.

A small complaint we had ourselves were the early level purses. These are dropped from mobs and used up quite a bit of labor points to open. They require you to click through 20-100(we collected a few at a time) of them at a time which is a very mind numbing task as only 1 out of 20 would contain a relevant crafting item. Guildwars 2 used the same with WvW Chests but the experience was a bit more rewarding because it felt closer to opening a pack in Magic The Gathering or Hearthstone, in ArcheAge it felt very ‘meh, whatever’.

In order to build homes or even post on the Auction house you need Patron status, which is obtained by paying a monthly fee. Players deduce that Trion Games employed this to discourage bots and gold sellers to waste time on the game, all good, but some wish that there were alternatives to gain Patron status. One suggested obtaining it at a certain level or a high but reasonable cost to it. ArcheAge’s housing and farming facet offer so much replay-ability and value, it is kind of sad that F2P players will not be able to experience this off the bat.

But some say –

It Is Farmville-ish

Some Korean players have experience with players who play the game oblivious of the other parts of the game and spend their time solely on farming. Some find it a nuisance as crafting, building ships and homes require you to farm. I imagine someone somewhere complaining – “Ow Em Gee, if I wanted to spend so much time farming I’d play Farmville, I want piracy and high seas battle! Not Farmville with better graphics”.

Alternative: Guerilla Farming(Haha we’ll leave you to find out for yourselves).

It is a sandbox game though so if this is your cup of tea then who’s to blame you Farmer John.

Everthing Starts At 50

Like life, the ripe age is 50, when you’ve suffered enough and are ready for the real game. This seems to apply to ArcheAge, one netizen went as far as calling it a “filler”. We’d like to believe it’s a right of passage – haha – and hopefully we will reap the fruits of suffering all the things we’ve mentioned above and find a game we’re willing to play for a few years, and not for just one WvW season then feel disappointingly cheated, sorry we have to shoot you down here ______ 2. 😀

Here is to hoping the community, the publishers and developers make more than a shiny polished game. See you guys online soon.

Here is a useful link from the forums that mentions a few things to keep in mind playing ArcheAge.

UPDATE: http://forums.archeagegame.com/showthread.php?1356-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-When-Starting-Archeage

Here’s our run with closed beta:

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A happy monkey pretending to be a boy.
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Destiny Live Action Trailer

Destiny PS4 Bundle

Hints of a hat tip to recent box office titan Guardians of the Galaxy, Bungie and Activision’s recently released Destiny live action trailer is entertaining on its own. The game just recently hit gold and will be pulling more players via this ad running tonight on NCAA Football broadcasts.

Besides this, Sony will be releasing this sexy white Destiny bundle on release. Ooooohhhh creaaaammmyyy.

Destiny PS4 Bundle

Destiny PS4 Bundle

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Strife: A Second MOBA From S2 Games

Strife

S2 Games of Heroes of Newerth fame, are trying a second round at MOBAs with Strife. The game is said to be more casual than its predecessor, and adds pets and item crafting to the genre. We had a try at it and appreciate the effort to simplify the MOBA genre for new comers yet keep the game intricate and complex for competitive play, but will it hold up against the competition?

Strife is currently in Open Beta and is available through their website.

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ArcheAge Release Announced, But Should You Play Open Beta?

ArcheAge Launch

Trion Games has just announced that ArcheAge will finally be released on September 16. After the long wait, Trion and XLGames finally spilled the beans at PAX, Seattle. For the some who have been playing on the Alpha servers the announcement will make no difference as these players will be able to keep their characters as alpha will simply be moved to public test. Closed beta and open beta players will get wiped on September 10 to give way to the four day head start for Founder accounts. So you got the info, it will be your decision if you can wait or if you’re gonna dive into the open beta at the risk of losing everything on release.

ArcheAge Dates

ArcheAge Dates

We’ve experienced ArcheAge first hand and find its unique approach as a sandbox MMORPG is quite intriguing, from building homes, playing righteously or intentionally playing rogue style and breaking the law, there is little in this game that will hinder you from playing the way you want to. Here’s an example of how you can take the sandbox mmo to the next level.

Maximum Douche-baggery – ZiggyD Gaming

Phrases like WoW killer or “Next Big MMO” get flung around cheaply in this saturated multiplayer era, but with its Free To Play tag we think ArcheAge will indeed bite a big chunk from the population of a lot of games. A lot of us from TheGameArmory will be spending late hours grinding and questing in this game, of course we will share our adventures with you, but it would be a lot cooler if we catch you guys in game 😀

Here’s our run with closed beta:

ArcheAge 4 Day Headstart

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The great world of warcraft experiment! PvP? it should be OPvP!

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After setting up key bindings and going through a multitude of macros to try and eek out as much competitive edge out of my 85 toon (level cap without Mists of Pandaria), I found that battlegrounds could leave a bitter taste in one’s virtual chomper. I can say this because of the simple reason that at this bracket in PvP, 90 level toons get to mix it up with the rest of the 80s and I can tell you that it’s no fun at all. These massively overpowered level 90 war machines simply go about extinguishing the fragile flames of their opponents and although you might put a dent or two in them, the fight is simply too unbalanced. Basically victory hinges on which side has the more 90 level players within their ranks. I’m not totally sure how those at Blizzard do the bracketing but the only thing I could say is this could potentially whittle down a PvP inclined player in his quest for rated glory but still we have to say that nothing keeps a good MMOer down. So, whether it is OP versus P, I say ‘bring it son!’

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World of Warcraft Lore at it’s best…should you give Blizzard a hand?

Lords of Draenor

The first entry into the “Lords of War” series is out and there is no doubt that Blizzard is going all out in its campaign to support the up and coming release of their new expansion “Warlords of Draenor”. The beginnings of the Shattered Hand is featured in this first episode and we see Kargath born as slave turned ruler. The story is a  bit ‘Spartacusy’ (excuse me the term) if you ask me but non the less, worth the watch . To sum up without getting into any spoilers being further mentioned, all of us here at The Game Armory can only say that you need to be a serious customer to even think about entering the ranks of the Shattered Hand. Or would you…really…give them…a hand.

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A Refreshing Hybrid, For A Steep Price. Sanctum 2 Gameplay

Sanctum 2

Sanctum 2 is a first person shooter mashed up with tower defense. It’s fast paced and forces you to think fast between creep waves.

Sanctum 2 was free over the weekend, it’s now listed on Steam for $14.99.

Sanctum 2 on Steam

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We will not be slaves! But we will be conquerors!

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

Finally the cinematic trailer is out for Warlords of Draenor and we are loving it here at The Game Armory. As expected from a World of Warcraft cinematic, it’s action packed with a lot of pows! bams! and splats! And how the plot of WoW is twisting.

This cinematic makes you further wonder what’ll happen next. Asides from the much awaited game improvements of this WoW expansion, I know that all WoW fanatics out there are wondering what’ll the game plot actually be like. This trailer hints at the content and further whets our appetites to know more. I only hope that Warlords of Draenor delivers the content that patrons and newbies will both enjoy.

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