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It’s finally here, the first episode of the Attack Gaming Report! Yeah, we’re uh, still working on the title.

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Getting the AGR up and running was a massive undertaking but it’s all worth it to be able to share our love of everything gaming with our loyal fans. Here we’ll have a quick rundown of the show and why we think you should check it out.

First up in the AGR, we’ve got the latest in news from around the gaming world. We covered the biggest highlights from BlizzCon, which was a massive, massive show. It’s just further proof of how much of a major player Blizzard has become in the gaming industry–and not just because of World of Warcraft. With big changes coming to StarCraft, WoW and a new character in Overwatch, it’s easy to see how Blizzard’s influence will continue to grow.

Eat your heart out, Ororo

Then we’ve got R2Deepu taking on Warframe. Warframe is a F2P game that has come a long, long way since it first hit the PC in a closed beta back in 2012. The game, which is technically still in beta, has adopted more of an open world format with stronger story elements. I had played Warframe years back in 2013. I thought the gameplay was fast-paced and fluid, and I had loved the dark sci-fi setting. But overall, I felt that the game lacked depth. It was a lot of sprinting through missions in order to kill a boss that had maybe a 15% chance to drop the item you needed. But now, judging from just the short gameplay section that R2Deepu plays through here, it is now a much different game. What I saw here was more than enough to get me to download it again. What about you? If you’re interested you can find Warframe on both Xbox One and PS4. And if you’re on PC, you can get your own copy right here.

Next up we’ve got Christine with Ark: Survival Evolved. Ark is one of the more unique games that has been released this year. It’s a survival game with an open world setting, base building and tons of crafting. But the real stars of this game are its creatures. I mean, it has both dinosaurs and dragons. That’s just an unbeatable pairing. There’re a ton of different beasts pulled from fantasy settings and prehistoric periods. And the scale of some of them is really impressive.

Stay out of the water.

These critters can be tamed or hatched from eggs to be added to your collection. Then you can use them to traverse the world of Ark or take out other animals and players. And speaking of collections, Christine has clearly done well for herself. She takes us on a Cribs-like tour of her base. Not only does she have wyverns stacked on wyverns, but also a brontosaurus, a rock golem and a pair of griffins. She ends the video with an aerial overview of the beautiful surrounding landscape. There’s clearly a lot to see in Ark and probably even more to do. Just try not to get eaten. You can pick up Ark for PC, Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

And that’s the rundown of our show! We hope you guys enjoyed what you saw because we had a lot of fun making it. We’re hard at work on the second episode now, so make sure you subscribe and turn on notifications so you don’t miss out. Remember if you’d like to support Attack gaming you can give to our Patreon or pick up some slick gear over at our t-shirt shop. Now, if you’ll excuse me, we really need to do something about that title…

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Curse of Osiris, the first expansion for Destiny 2, has been out for a few days now. I wanted to put together a quick primer running through some of the finer points of the DLC. I won’t be able to touch on everything here–there just isn’t enough space. And I also won’t be able to touch on the new content brought in separately from Osiris as part of the December update. This will just be about the DLC, and whether or not it’s worth picking up.

The Campaign

Infinite Disappointment

I did not like Destiny 1. Did I play it constantly? Absolutely. But I never really liked it. A big reason for that was the story and the writing. I found it all to be boring, awkward and utterly forgettable. But imagine my surprise upon getting Destiny 2 and finding a decent campaign. One filled with likable characters and tangible objectives, no less. And even, gasp, an antagonist who talks! Over 100 hours played and Ghost still makes me chuckle from time to time–instead of just cringing. So as I started the story missions for Curse of Osiris, my expectations were high. They stayed there for about an hour.

The story revolves around the Vex and the Infinite Forest, an incredibly advanced computer simulation system located in Mercury’s hollowed out core. The Infinite Forest allows the Vex to run countless simulations during the past, present, and future. The forest is run by Panoptes, the Infinite Mind and he’s gathering all of this data from these simulations to create a universe without darkness or light (it still just looks pretty dark though). Panoptes is doing this because…he’s a Vex. And the Vex are bad guys.

It’s rote, boring, characterization that I’d hoped Destiny had finally moved on from. Afterall, Destiny 2 introduced Ghaul.–a compelling antagonist who could actually talk. Sadly, other new characters don’t fare much better either. There’s Osiris, who is billed as this genius, daring, rebel–someone who could possibly even be your enemy! Turns out he’s just an alright dude. Probably not much fun at parties. And then there’s his ghost, Sagira who is written and performed well, but honestly, just made me wish I had Failsafe as my ghost instead.

Nothing about the campaign’s story stirred me. And I feel like the Vex as antagonists, in particular, are just boring. They’re these emotionless machines that just clank around making stupid, distorted, animal sounds. Vault of Glass has conditioned me to hate Minotaurs and Harpies but besides that–the Vex never elicit much emotion from me. And sadly, that was the main problem with this entire campaign. Your guardian is just a bystander here–more so than usual. Bungie tries to make it a personal story for Ikora but it isn’t told with any depth or compassion. It also isn’t given much time since the main story missions can be completed in a handful of hours. And through all of it, I just didn’t care.

The infinite Forest

Leading into the DLC, one of the things I was the most excited about was the infinite forest. A roguelike element coming to Destiny 2? That’s interesting! Think of the replayability! Images of Rogue Legacy and Darkest Dungeon popped into my head. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Infinite Forest is absolutely forgettable. The entire area is filled with the same bad guys, with the same attacks, and the same dumb faces. Don’t get me wrong–there are some standout moments, and stunning landscapes, but nothing that takes advantage of the concept.

I think I’ll just chill here for eternity.

This was Bungie’s opportunity to get weird and creative. By the game’s own definition the possibilities inside of the Infinite Forest are literally endless. You could’ve had boss rush sections, where you forced to take down baddies from across the entire breadth of the franchise. And there could’ve been an encounter where you had to take on a ton of vehicles on foot in a battle arena. And maybe, just maybe, you could’ve taken on the Last City’s own vanguard. Who wouldn’t love a chance to wipe that metallic smirk off Cayde’s face? Bungie came up with a concept that had so many possibilities and then they did next to nothing with it. Add to this the fact that the new strikes introduced with the DLC are just repurposed story missions that take place inside the “Infinite” Forest and you can start to see why I’m so disappointed. Maybe in future updates, Bungie will add something that fully realizes the forest’s potential, but I’m not holding my breath.

The Loot

This is where Curse of Osiris begins to look up. Most of the exotics in Destiny 2 are somewhat lacking. Very few of them feel very powerful–let alone unique. Thankfully, this DLC introduces a bunch of fun toys to play with. Like the Colony, which is a grenade launcher that shoots out tiny robotic insects.

Pictured here: FUN

Is your aim terrible? No problem! Miss with one of these buggers and they will crawl over to your target and explode anyway. Another fun weapon is the Prometheus Lens. It’s a gun so powerful that it had absolutely ruined the crucible–until Xur gave it away to everyone. Now we all get to play laser tag!

There’s also a bunch of new exotic and legendary pieces of armor and weapons to collect. It’s so nice not to get the same Scathelocke, over and over and over again. Chasing down the new stuff and grinding for the new Lighthouse weapons, gives you something to play for. And for some, that’ll be enough.

Everything Else

There’s also new raid content which Bungie has labeled a Raid Lair. I haven’t been able to beat it yet, but I have heard good things about it. And what small amount of it I’ve played so far was challenging and enjoyable. There’s also a new public event on Mercury and a handful of new adventures to boot. The public event is fun, but its lengthy and I can see it getting old fast. These activities just serve to flesh out the rest of the Curse of Osiris experience, but aside from the raid lair, I don’t see much of it being substantial.

The Verdict

So, should you shell out $20 for Curse of Osiris? Maybe. It all depends on what you’re looking for. I realize my rundown of the DLC may sound pretty harsh but I don’t regret buying it. I’m disappointed by the lack of depth and meaningful content, but ultimately, it gives me a reason to spend more time with a game I enjoy. And that was well worth the money to me. If you’re someone who still feels the urge to login but just wishes there was something, anything, more to do–then Curse of Osiris is probably for you. But if you’re on the fence about Destiny as a whole, if you’ve begun to find the experience tedious and pointless–I would skip it. Curse of Osiris isn’t going to save Destiny for you. It’s a collection of underutilized ideas and a mainly empty story. But I’ve got a gun that shoots bugs now. So there’s that.

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If there’s been one prevailing theme for the current news cycle in the gaming world it would be one of change and fury. Lotsa fury. In truth that isn’t too strange. Gamers are a passionate bunch (read: angry)  and when they’ve got something to be mad about, you had better believe you’ll hear about it. And boy, is EA hearing it now.

EA Steps In It Big Time

This isn’t the first time that EA has pissed off gamers (I’m still mad about the NFL2k series). And there’s a reason why they’ve been named the worst company in America two years in a row. And their latest scandal could lead to a third win. You’ve likely heard about it by now. The fervor started over complaints about how long it took to unlock iconic star wars characters, like Darth Vader. Characters that were unlocked as soon as you booted up the last Battlefront game. Questions about the progression system led to a rep from EA making what is, up to this point, the most downvoted comment in the history of Reddit.

Fan outrage over Battlefront II was so extreme that it actually gained traction in the mainstream press. Which is bad, but not as bad as politicians getting involved. First there was Belgium, spurred by this Battlefront II fiasco, who decided that loot boxes are a predatory practice that are specifically targeting children. Now they’re trying to get them banned in all of the EU. And they’re not alone because lawmakers in the US are looking at similar measures. To be honest I don’t know if I agree with them but I have never liked loot boxes. In any game. Despite myself I am compelled to unlock them even though I know it’s just going to be some lousy spray, a sticker or an ugly shader I’ll never use.

It is especially frustrating when a game introduces items that are only available in loot boxes. A perfect example of this is Smite. They’ve got a cast of over 90 Gods now and each one has their own set of skins. But if you want any of the really good ones? Like, the really good ones, then you’ve got to get them as part of a special event–or out of a loot box. Which means I’m probably never getting my Lunar Tango Chang’e skin because I refuse to gamble for in game items.

Must….stay…strong..!

Now all of the loot box items in Smite are only cosmetic and have no influence on gameplay whatsoever, unless you factor in jealousy/intimidation. The same can be said for games like Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. Now, compare this with Battlefront II, where not only are some of the most popular characters locked behind strenuous time requirements and random loot box rolls but so is some of the game’s best equipment. Which essentially makes a $60 game pay-to-win. Which is ridiculous.

EA Goes Into Damage Control Mode…But it’s probably too Late

The outrage has forced EA to walk back a number of the games features. They’ve lessened the amount of time and in game currency needed to unlock characters. They’ve also temporarily removed microtransactions from the game. Temporary being the key word here. But now it seems to be too little, too late. First of all Battlefront II is already selling worse than its predecessor. But it seems like it’s far too little too late. Battlefront II is selling worse than its predecessors, by around 60%. And their current monetization scheme for the game is wrecked. Forbes ran a great article about the no-win situation EA is in right now. But worst of all is the massive $3.1 billion hit their stock value took because of all this.

What does this mean for the future?

It’s obvious that EA just got too greedy, too fast. But if they had been a bit subtler with their approach there’s a good chance they would’ve been able to pull this off. But thankfully, since they’re EA, they failed miserably. I feel like the main question here though is if this will have any lasting impact in the gaming world? Will there actually be any legislation created to restrict loot boxes? And will game makers take this as a sign that gamers want to play games not (). I have no idea but it does seem like gamers have reached a breaking point. You can just look at Bungie and the loot box/microtransaction fiasco they’re currently dealing with. If I could tell the EAs and Activisions of the world one thing, it would be this: I get that you guys love money more than you do making games. Just don’t shove it in our faces, or you may not like what happens.

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It’s another fantastic week at Attack Gaming. The team is hard at work on our brand new weekly series, where we bring you the latest in top MMORPG games for pc, mobile, and console! We are very excited to see what everyone thinks about it. Meanwhile, I managed to sneak away and spend some time researching the latest news, mauling nazis in some Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, and [of course] playing tons of the free online fantasy games. But first the MMORPG news of the week.

Project W Revealed

Details about the game codenamed “Project W” have emerged, including it’s official name, Ascent: Infinite Realm. This game has been in secret development, with the earliest evidence of it dating back to November 2016, when Kakao Games announced they would invest in the development in a “forthcoming Triple-A MMORPG” with Bluehole Studios (the makers of the massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ). Here’s what we can safely ascertain at the moment. It’s a persistent MMORPG, one that will allow you to build a character over multiple sessions (not at all like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The evidence for this is in the presence of custom outfits and cooking in the trailer). We also know that some of the game will be linear raids you can embark on with other players, and some of the game will consist of large PvP battles. We are shown highly diverse types of creatures and characters fighting one another: with steampunk armor suits taking on winged swordsmen, and giant dragons taking on futuristic aircraft; the only thing missing is the aliens fighting in space. Thankfully there’s room for DLC.

Ascent: Infinite Realm - Reveal Trailer - YouTube

It may turn out, however, that all this optimism could be the red herring. Upon further investigation, my hope for Ascent: Infinite Realm suffers some minor blows. It all sounds great on paper; a persistent universe where entire realms engage in massive battles with one another; a marriage between the gorgeous detailed character models of Black Desert Online with the western-style hair trigger shooter that was PUBG. But it comes apart at the seams when you start asking the realistic questions. Has either company been good at story? Will Kakao Games microtransaction their userbase to death as seen in Black Desert Online? How vital will these purchases (if any…but come on…) be to the fun/meta of the game? And weren’t the PUBG servers always laggy and inconsistent? My initial take: Project W maybe should have stayed a project, because it’s at risk of being a hodgepodge mess. The racing minigame where you are “rolling inside a barrel and collecting Mario Kart-style power-ups” says it all.


“Can’t wait for everyone to try….this….”

The partnership with Bluehole studios seems like a no-brainer on the surface; Player Unknown’s Battle grounds widespread success has earned Bluehole studios the hearts [and possibly the blind trust] of millions of gamers, who were treated to an experience like any other. But, at present, I’m approaching with caution.

Harry Potter…Go?

Niantic, the creators of the hugely popular Pokemon Go, announced that they are making a Harry Potter game in this press release. The game is called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and promises to be the next step in AR mobile gaming. Briefly summarizing the game, the post read, “ Players will learn spells, explore their real-world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.”. Diehard Pokemon trainers expressed frustration around the web, thinking for sure that this will reduce attention and resources devoted to their favorite game; but Niantic has since released a statement, saying that will continue to work very hard on Pokemon Go. Be sure to check back here often for the latest on the best free mmorpg games, best free to play mmorpg’s, top mmorpg games for pc, mmos that you can play for free, and free online fantasy games.

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This week we put together a special exclusive primer detailing some of the big stories that took place in Q3 2017 in online gaming. It’s been a year of big franchises becoming free-to-play, and gamers being sold prizes in digital crates. The industry has made a heavy pivot yet again, and gaming is good.

Guild Wars 2 News

The sweet folks over at ArenaNet have come up with a way to make our MMO lives much simpler. With a new update that rolled out in September, players can now buy waypoints for cash. You can pay 2000 gems for ALL the waypoints in the five regions of the main game (will not include Heart Of Thorns or Path of Fire locations) and 600 gems for one region. For those wondering what the exchange rate is, 2000 gems works out to about $25 USD, and 600 gems runs you about $8. It’s a price that you will certainly feel in your pocketbook. Just make sure you really hate auto-walking before you confirm the transaction.

The expansion, Path of Fire, has been out since September 22nd and has been met with moderate acclaim. It feels rushed in some areas, like the story. But it makes up for that in other areas, like with the beautiful catalog of mounts that’ve been added, a revamped loot system, and new elite specialization options. Suffice it to say, the hardcore base is satisfied.

Destiny 2

If you’re the one person still taking on Oryx and his Taken Army in Destiny 1 on Xbox One, there is a special prize waiting for you.

A player recently discovered that he was able to access content that was originally only available for Playstation 3 and 4 users. Someone at Bungie must have thought it was time for their Xbox fanbase to collect their due. This update was not announced in any patch notes from the developers. Hopefully this doesn’t in in a lawsuit, because players gained access to a fair amount of fresh content.

The package includes:

One co-op Strike mission named “Echo Chamber”

“The Vex have laid siege to time itself. Attempting to unravel your once-decisive victory against Sekrion, the Vex are constructing a time bridge to call the Nexus Mind from the past in order to execute a terrible future.”

With up to 2 other players, you can attempt to hold off a Vex onslaught while also disabling the bridges machinery to prevent the return of Sekrion.

One new multiplayer map compatible with any mode named “SECTOR 618”

A map that, I can personally attest, will leave you with ptsd. With narrow corridors connected by only two exposed bridges. There are tons of sniping points, you will constantly be on your toes fighting in these yards.That is…if anyone is still there. *Sigh* Thankfully you have all this “exclusive” gear [that you’ve probably outleveled] to take into the fray.

Three new gear sets and one adorable-ass rifle

Each class gets a full armor set that they can complete, which gives a bonus specific to that class. They look pretty good, but if you’ve been playing Destiny 1 this whole time… you have WAY cooler stuff than this already. One thing you may not have though…

Is the Jade Rabbit. It’s a long range 13-shot rifle…with a bunny on it.

“The moon-dwelling Jade Rabbit of yore is made manifest in this adorably deadly exotic scout rifle. Sporting a 13-shot magazine and a sniper-like scope, the Jade Rabbit is a lethal combination of kinetic power and long-range accuracy.”

It may not be much, but it is a respectful gesture to the Xbox loyalists. As well all know the Xbox-loyal been through a lot the past couple of years.

Elders Scrolls Online

ESO tecently hit 10 million unique players! They are honoring the achievement with the campaign hashtag, #10millionstories, where you can email in your tales of combat and adventure and they will share them on social media as well as ElderScrollsOnline.com

A week ago, they showcased their new zone, Sotha Sil’s steampunk lair “filled with mysterious automatons, fantastic sights, and hidden dangers.”

Be sure to check back with the latest in MMO news on Attack Gaming.

Deepu G.

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The world is ablaze with hype after Sony’s latest conference at Paris Games Week 2017. The higher ups at Playstation succeeded in making our mouths water with anticipation. We go behind the scenes to bring you coverage for this exclusive event. The two and a half hour presentation showed off gorgeous single player games, VR games, and yes….lots of MMO news as well! Be sure to look out for our in-depth coverage of a VR MMO League Of War!

The Monster Hunter Series finally puts on some big boy/girl pants with it’s latest upcoming iteration, Monster Hunter: World (slated for release on January 26th, 2018). After seven years of being a Nintendo-exclusive (at least, in the United States) IPO, the series will at last come to the PS4, XBONE, and PC platforms. If you’ve ever played Monster Hunter, you’ll know it’s an acquired taste. You take your time tracking down huge creatures in the wild, then engage in long battles as you slowly wear down your target. It’s a franchise that has been known to give players tons of cool gear and options, but oftentimes at the expense of losing players with this complexity. It’s a formula that has been a huge success in Japan, but has only attained niche popularity in the United States. As someone that has tried it, I will say that it is dense. This might be the high fructose corn syrup talking but let’s face it; there are some days you just can’t read another paragraph explaining a game mechanic. Be warned, though. Mashing through a Monster Hunter tutorial will cost you dearly.

Monster Hunter: World has a special open beta event for Playstation Plus members from December 9th-12th (be sure to check back here for coverage). It’ll give the developers over at Capcom a chance to tighten the netcode and make any balance tweaks that may be necessary. Another big announcement was the exclusive content Playstation 4 players will be getting with their copy. PS+ members will be able to hunt down giant beasts as someone very experienced in that field, Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn. To me, it’s more of a symbolically cool DLC than it is a “wow I want to play that” DLC. But to me, it’s one of the cool parts of gaming; a really fleshed out character making an out-of-nowhere appearance in a series that, in a lot of ways, is mainly for Japan. This cameo is bordering on “Spiderman in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2” territory; perhaps even “Solid Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl”.


“No metal on the exterior, huh? Easiest…. Gig… Ever” ~ Aloy in Monster Hunter World

The conference also had an announcement for the first expansion of Destiny 2. If you’re like most people who devoted all of September 2017 to it, you beat the single player, played the multiplayer for a while, got some nice gear [maybe even a new ship], and then called it quits. I remember right after beating the main story and not playing for awhile, I got this email from Bungie saying “Please come back! There’s more to do!!!”. I had to reply and be all “Sorry Bungie. It’s time we said goodbye.” My rationale was that the only thing left for me to do in Destiny 2 is try to ascend to the highest ranks of the ladder, but that is just not my jam. But there’s a new DLC announced. The crowd hushes as the trailer starts.

This outfit just screams “you don’t even know, bro”

An massive army assembling on Mercury intent on “reshaping the universe in their image” (perhaps they should “chill out” to some Willie Nelson). The expansion is revolved around a legendary Guardian, Osiris; a once great ally that was outcast for his beliefs. He has gorgeous armor that I can only hope is attainable. The trailer shows him in some heavy action mowing down baddies very capably. It was a quality display filled with hype that left the room curious about the new ally and optimistic for a promising continuation of the story. Ultimately this all amounts to 10 or so co-op missions and a couple of maps. So at a price point of $34.99, you do get enough bang for your buck. The expansion is due to release on December 5th.

Conference By R2Deepu 11/1/17

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It’s a good thing MMO’s have Halloween events in them. Because otherwise, we probably wouldn’t know it’s happening until it’s wayy too late to get candy and a costume.

I am still recovering from having my emotions toyed with by Hearthstone this week. Ben Brode and his team have launched an onslaught of troll-y antics in The Tavern. Upon logging in on Wednesday, I was awarded two free packs from the Whispers Of The Old Gods expansion, which I was surprisingly very happy about. When I went to open them, some Hearthstone demon character floated directly over my packs, preventing me from clicking them. He lingers there for a while as you slowly realize….. this is Halloween related. The packs disappear. “That motherf****k”, I mumbled to myself. Then, after a few rounds of my latest concoction – a hunter deck with ALL SPELLS except for two legendary minions, Barnes and Y’Shaarj – I realize my confiscated packs are now back for my opening pleasure. I cracked open a Black of C’Thun, which is a card I’ve never had and always wanted. It’s the one card that can jack up your C’thun to RIDICULOUS size. Thanks Blizzard!

Say hello to my gigantic friend

Now to make sure that wasn’t all just a fever dream, I went online to verify that this all is happening. Indeed it is. Next week, everyone gets a free Knights Of The Frozen Throne pack! There is also a new Hero skin that you unlock if you visit any tournaments! Too bad going to a tournament can be very lame. Sorry. I’ve honestly really tried it. All I’ll say is this. Please stop bringing your infant children to the Hearthstone meetup. When was the last time anyone in their 20’s seriously had real fun around a baby? The scientific name for infants should be Goodtime-us Ruin-us. In any case….

As I’m verifying the story, I see an announcement for a Hearthstone Cookbook. Wha? A Hearthstone cookbook? I can barely think of any food in Hearthstone. I mean… there’s funnel cakes. There’s beer, but not really….

So I dug around to see if this is really going to be a book…. and it….sort of seems to be the case. Apparently a year ago, Blizzard Entertainment commissioned a cookbook based on the world of World Of Warcraft. They hired Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, who had previously done the Game Of Thrones Companion Cookbook. Suffice it to say, her work looks stellar in the Warcraft Book. But there is something very odd about the sample photos from the alleged Hearthstone cookbook.

It’s so odd because each recipe they show seems fraudulent in different ways.

For instance, the first one I saw was for something called “Blood Of The Ancient One” (clearly an old gods reference). And it shows your standard recipe for a Bloody Mary, except for one modification. The usual one tablespoon of wasabi paste has been replaced with one teaspoon of wasabi paste. So the Hearthstone Bloody Mary is actually weaker than a Standard Bloody Mary? Is this more of an adjustment for how powerful wasabi pastes can be? Was that correction not even done by the author of this recipe? It begs so many questions.

Here’s a photo of the “finished product”. There’s no explanation for where the tentacles will come from, unfortunately. How great would it be to have a bloody mary grow calamari for you? Now that’s a dish!

The other oddity was a recipe for meat-stuffed pastries. I can’t imagine making something this nice for people that go to a Fireside Gathering. The very idea of that couple that brought their infant eating all my meat puffs is making my blood boil. The details here show how to make “Polymorph Puffs”. But here it seems they took a recipe for something else and simply crossed out the word “beef” and wrote in “sausage”.

You’d think the cash cow that is Hearthstone could shell out the extra dough for a book that doesn’t have text written over by hand. This is what leads me to believe that this is a joke. The only evidence that I found that indicates this book is indeed real, is a press release from Gamespot.com, and an official book listing on Amazon here.

Happy Hallow’s End From Attack Gaming!

By R2Deepu

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This week we put together a special exclusive primer detailing some of the big stories that took place in Q3 2017 in online gaming. It’s been a year of big franchises becoming free-to-play, and gamers being sold prizes in digital crates. The industry has made a heavy pivot yet again, and gaming is good.

Guild Wars 2 News

The sweet folks over at ArenaNet have come up with a way to make our MMO lives much simpler. With a new update that rolled out in September, players can now buy waypoints for cash. You can pay 2000 gems for ALL the waypoints in the five regions of the main game (will not include Heart Of Thorns or Path of Fire locations) and 600 gems for one region. For those wondering what the exchange rate is, 2000 gems works out to about $25 USD, and 600 gems runs you about $8. It’s a price that you will certainly feel in your pocketbook. Just make sure you really hate auto-walking before you confirm the transaction.

The expansion, Path of Fire, has been out since September 22nd and has been met with moderate acclaim. It feels rushed in some areas, like the story. But it makes up for that in other areas, like with the beautiful catalog of mounts that’ve been added, a revamped loot system, and new elite specialization options. Suffice it to say, the hardcore base is satisfied.

Destiny 2

If you’re the one person still taking on Oryx and his Taken Army in Destiny 1 on Xbox One, there is a special prize waiting for you.

A player recently discovered that he was able to access content that was originally only available for Playstation 3 and 4 users. Someone at Bungie must have thought it was time for their Xbox fanbase to collect their due. This update was not announced in any patch notes from the developers. Hopefully this doesn’t in in a lawsuit, because players gained access to a fair amount of fresh content.

The package includes:

One co-op Strike mission named “Echo Chamber”

“The Vex have laid siege to time itself. Attempting to unravel your once-decisive victory against Sekrion, the Vex are constructing a time bridge to call the Nexus Mind from the past in order to execute a terrible future.”

With up to 2 other players, you can attempt to hold off a Vex onslaught while also disabling the bridges machinery to prevent the return of Sekrion.

One new multiplayer map compatible with any mode named “SECTOR 618”

A map that, I can personally attest, will leave you with ptsd. With narrow corridors connected by only two exposed bridges. There are tons of sniping points, you will constantly be on your toes fighting in these yards.That is…if anyone is still there. *Sigh* Thankfully you have all this “exclusive” gear [that you’ve probably outleveled] to take into the fray.

Three new gear sets and one adorable-ass rifle

Each class gets a full armor set that they can complete, which gives a bonus specific to that class. They look pretty good, but if you’ve been playing Destiny 1 this whole time… you have WAY cooler stuff than this already. One thing you may not have though…

Is the Jade Rabbit. It’s a long range 13-shot rifle…with a bunny on it.

“The moon-dwelling Jade Rabbit of yore is made manifest in this adorably deadly exotic scout rifle. Sporting a 13-shot magazine and a sniper-like scope, the Jade Rabbit is a lethal combination of kinetic power and long-range accuracy.”

It may not be much, but it is a respectful gesture to the Xbox loyalists. As well all know the Xbox-loyal been through a lot the past couple of years.

Elders Scrolls Online

ESO tecently hit 10 million unique players! They are honoring the achievement with the campaign hashtag, #10millionstories, where you can email in your tales of combat and adventure and they will share them on social media as well as ElderScrollsOnline.com

A week ago, they showcased their new zone, Sotha Sil’s steampunk lair “filled with mysterious automatons, fantastic sights, and hidden dangers.”

Be sure to check back with the latest in MMO news on Attack Gaming.

Deepu G.

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This week we put together a special exclusive primer detailing some of the big stories that took place in Q3 2017 in online gaming. It’s been a year of big franchises becoming free-to-play, and gamers being sold prizes in digital crates. The industry has made a heavy pivot yet again, and gaming is good.

Guild Wars 2 News

The sweet folks over at ArenaNet have come up with a way to make our MMO lives much simpler. With a new update that rolled out in September, players can now buy waypoints for cash. You can pay 2000 gems for ALL the waypoints in the five regions of the main game (will not include Heart Of Thorns or Path of Fire locations) and 600 gems for one region. For those wondering what the exchange rate is, 2000 gems works out to about $25 USD, and 600 gems runs you about $8. It’s a price that you will certainly feel in your pocketbook. Just make sure you really hate auto-walking before you confirm the transaction.

The expansion, Path of Fire, has been out since September 22nd and has been met with moderate acclaim. It feels rushed in some areas, like the story. But it makes up for that in other areas, like with the beautiful catalog of mounts that’ve been added, a revamped loot system, and new elite specialization options. Suffice it to say, the hardcore base is satisfied.

Destiny 2

If you’re the one person still taking on Oryx and his Taken Army in Destiny 1 on Xbox One, there is a special prize waiting for you.

A player recently discovered that he was able to access content that was originally only available for Playstation 3 and 4 users. Someone at Bungie must have thought it was time for their Xbox fanbase to collect their due. This update was not announced in any patch notes from the developers. Hopefully this doesn’t in in a lawsuit, because players gained access to a fair amount of fresh content.

The package includes:

One co-op Strike mission named “Echo Chamber”

“The Vex have laid siege to time itself. Attempting to unravel your once-decisive victory against Sekrion, the Vex are constructing a time bridge to call the Nexus Mind from the past in order to execute a terrible future.”

With up to 2 other players, you can attempt to hold off a Vex onslaught while also disabling the bridges machinery to prevent the return of Sekrion.

One new multiplayer map compatible with any mode named “SECTOR 618”

A map that, I can personally attest, will leave you with ptsd. With narrow corridors connected by only two exposed bridges. There are tons of sniping points, you will constantly be on your toes fighting in these yards.That is…if anyone is still there. *Sigh* Thankfully you have all this “exclusive” gear [that you’ve probably outleveled] to take into the fray.

Three new gear sets and one adorable-ass rifle

Each class gets a full armor set that they can complete, which gives a bonus specific to that class. They look pretty good, but if you’ve been playing Destiny 1 this whole time… you have WAY cooler stuff than this already. One thing you may not have though…

Is the Jade Rabbit. It’s a long range 13-shot rifle…with a bunny on it.

“The moon-dwelling Jade Rabbit of yore is made manifest in this adorably deadly exotic scout rifle. Sporting a 13-shot magazine and a sniper-like scope, the Jade Rabbit is a lethal combination of kinetic power and long-range accuracy.”

It may not be much, but it is a respectful gesture to the Xbox loyalists. As well all know the Xbox-loyal been through a lot the past couple of years.

Elders Scrolls Online

ESO tecently hit 10 million unique players! They are honoring the achievement with the campaign hashtag, #10millionstories, where you can email in your tales of combat and adventure and they will share them on social media as well as ElderScrollsOnline.com

A week ago, they showcased their new zone, Sotha Sil’s steampunk lair “filled with mysterious automatons, fantastic sights, and hidden dangers.”

Be sure to check back with the latest in MMO news on Attack Gaming.

Deepu G.

Engineer / Livestreamer
Call: 9177977498
Message: deepu@streamguru.net
Timezone 7:30 AM local time

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It’s that time of year again. Halloween.The leaves are starting to turn. The crisp fall air has begun to nip at our flesh like an undead kitten. Homes around the neighborhood are strung up with fake cobwebs, and are guarded by inflatable bad guys (with presumably low HP). It’s a time when we gather around and place pumpkins in every crevice, stock up on pounds of cheap candy, and proclaim on Facebook how good a costume we could have made if we “only had the time”. It’s a celebration that has certainly gotten lost in it’s roots, yet here we are. In the frightening spirit of the occasion, developers of some of our favorite digital worlds have drawn up adventures so that even our avatars can enjoy the old Hallows Eve festivities.

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online has an exciting package in store for players called Halloween in Wonderland. Upon jumping into a server, you will notice that the towns of Heidel, Valencia, Calpheon, and Velia have all gotten a scary facelift. The moon is blood-red, and all the streets are lit with Jack-O-Lanterns. You will have access to a special mission, in which the White Witch tasks you to take down the Black Witch. Rewards for this week include themed outfits, like the stunning Angelic Queen and Demonic Queen outfits. You can even score a skeletal outfit that turns your horse into a demonic mount!

Guild Wars 2

Longtime Guild Wars 2 players know they’ll have access to all sorts of goodies at the end of October. Their yearly tradition is the Return of the Mad King Thorn. On October 18th, you’ll notice some outposts are decked out in ghoulish Halloween flair, and that word is spreading about the arrival of the Mad King. Then, on October 31st (07:01 UTC), the Mad King will appear in the glowing circle. If you so choose to enter the ring, your battle with him will be a tough one. He is guarded by Necromancers made out of candy corn. Yuck! Only the most disciplined warriors will be able to to keep their lunch down as they fight these ugly beasts and make it to the boss finale. The battle ends with a simon-says type minigame where you must repeat the commands shouted to you. Every time you properly copy a command, you’ll win a Trick-or-Treat Bag, which can contain various sweets or even a Vial of Absinthe! Talk about a wallop of a package for just Halloween, eh?

Star Wars: The Old Republic

SWTOR fans will be treated to a scary event from October 17th through the 24th. Recommended for levels 25 and up, players are tasked with responding to an emergency alert from Alderann and combat the spreading waves of the Rakhghoul plague. The organization recruiting you, by the way, is T.H.O.R.N.

“Coincidence? Bwahahaahaha…. probably”

The event will have a fair amount of exclusive gear you can earn. You can acquire a new Alliance Contact, two rare mounts, two armor sets, ferocious Rakghoul pets, and more!

Runescape

It’s a great time to be a new Runescape player and the good folks over at Jagex have a wonderful assortment of events for players new and old. The main event, called the Dimension of the Damned, pits you and your group against waves upon waves of the undead. Luckily for you, you battle as the maxed out version of your account. Killing zombies will earn you points. On October 28th, the fighters with the most points will go through one last round of zombie-survival. The winner is promised “great riches and glory”. I am making an account right now. The Halloween update will also offer lots of great storytelling. New ghost-NPCs will send you on new missions; some that were scripted based on fan submissions, and some written by the dev team.
One thing for certain, there’s no way you can say you had nothing to do this frightful Hallow’s Eve 2017. Happy Halloween!

Deepu G.

Engineer / Livestreamer
Call: 9177977498
Message: deepu@streamguru.net
Timezone 7:30 AM local time

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