Many MMO players desire an informative gaming experience, others enjoy a clutter free UI with hopes to become immersed in the game world. Elder Scrolls Online is bringing these two worlds together. In the game it has become a good experience, out of the game players push to make the game into what they want. Add-ons will allow a certain amount of customization, mostly UI and cosmetic changes, changes they promised would not effect game balance.
Long term testers have had a chance to get an early start developing add-ons for the game and last week Tamriel Foundry debuted their sought after add-on: Foundry Tactical Combat. As many gamers have taken issue with the mod as have fallen in love with it and I'll attempt to briefly explain why.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
In my previous write up on ESO: Elder Scrolls Online - The Good, The Bad & The Awesome, I covered a handful of issues I had with the game in "the bad" section and noted that they were subject to change as Zenimax continues working on the final build. That speculation has become reality for several issues in the latest version of the game.
A full list of the changes was leaked on reddit before the last beta (which caused a bit of confusion before the beta test that didn't include the changes) and hundreds of tweaks were made to address bugs and game balance. We are only going to focus on a few major changes though that addressed complaints not only by me, but several other players and reviewers recently: collision detection, changes to starter areas, and the addition of dark fissures.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
The second part of our coverage for our ESO playtesting focuses on the Alliance war and Player vs. Player.
In my first article on ESO I mentioned that this is my first MMO experience (though far from my first Elder Scrolls experience) and that ESO managed to turn me from a doubter into a customer. PvP certainly played a part in that, and as of this morning we are officially permitted to share our experiences with you.
I was hesitant to enter Cyrodiil at first. I didn't feel powerful enough at level 25 after seeing maxed out characters running around here and there, I could only imagine the devastation awaiting me in PvP. But, eventually I ran into one of those maxed out players, they offered me some tips and dragged me into Cyrodiil to check it out. (They also gifted me enough money to buy a horse and gave me a ballista for being the first person they ran into playing on a mac).
When you first enter the Cyrodiil campaign you will get a chance to run through some tutorials about the seige equipment and about questing in Cyrodiil, even offering you some starter quests to adjust. Upon leaving the first keep, death is not waiting for you around every corner as I first imagined. Granted, there were less players in a beta test than in the game after launch, but the map gives you a good idea of where the fighting is, what territory may be relatively safe to venture into, and what territory the enemy may be pushing into.
Friday, February 7, 2014
I had a chance to play ESO from character creation on up for several days and here’s what I learned about the game and myself.
Let’s get some caveats out of the way first. I’ve never played an MMO. Like, not at all, not even to check one out. The most social games I’ve played with random internet strangers are Call of Duty multi-players and co-ops on Fable 3. I have, however, played a bit of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim (If you count my almost 2000 hours in Skyrim as a little bit). So I came into this game looking for my next Elder Scrolls Adventure and very worried about what I would get.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
X-Files fans pay attention to this one. Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) has been signed by Simon & Schuster with co-writer Jeff Rovin for their EarthEnd Saga sci-fi series. The first novel, A Vision of Fire, follows a psychiatrist treating traumatized children of war and natural disasters and comes across a "uniquely troubled" girl.Over the course of spending time and helping her and investigating the origins of the girl's trauma, [the psychiatrist] begins to realize that the girl's behavior is tied to much greater forces in the universe, and as the story unfolds, she must prevent destruction on a grand scale.
I guess after news broke yesterday of Michael Douglas being cast as Hank Pym for Ant-man and nobody had predicted it, everyone started pumping their Ant-man sources for information because suddenly it's a big issue.
Even though Marvel denies any talks are going on (don't they always?), The Wrap, THR, Collider and several other major outlets are reporting that Michael Pena is in negotiations for a role in the movie. The part is unknown, but Marvel has been scouting for a "tough Latino" who is ready for a very physical role.
This Is Infamous says that they know what the role is for however, saying Pena will play Castillo.
Marvel just announced a new casting for Edgar Wright's Ant-man: Michael Douglas. Kevin Feige shares his thoughts on the casting:
With Hank Pym's rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves. We felt incredibly relieved when Michael Douglas agreed to step into the part with the charm and fortitude he brings to every character he inhabits, and couldn't be more excited to see what he will do to bring Hank Pym to life.
Plus, though it's probably common sense after this news, they confirm that Paul Rudd will indeed be playing Scott Lang.
Latino-Review dropped a bit more gossip on everyone about the upcoming Superman-Batman movie, saying that it will shoot back-to-back with it's follow up: Justice League. They say this is mainly due to the hectic schedules of all the big names involved like Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, adding that Henry Cavill is starting to get a lot more attention in Hollywood as well. Not only that, but also because they plan to leave fans hanging at the end of Superman-Batman.
Because Batman vs Superman is going to end with an insane cliffhanger/teaser that leads right into Justice League and, like those other back-to-back productions, they want to be able to deliver the second film within a year to strike while the iron is hot.