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    Blizzcon 2014: Everything You Need to Know

    By GameSpot,

    We'll be updating this story throughout the weekend so check back again for the latest updates from Blizzcon 2014. In the meantime, here are the biggest stories so far.


    The Convention



    Blizzcon road trip. Hop in the car with the GameSpot crew as we drive from San Francisco to Blizzcon central in Anaheim.


    Blizzard CEO and Founder Mike Morhaime started off his presentation with a pointed discussion deriding hate and harassment in the gaming community. He added, ""Let's carry the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round."





    The next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is releasing just next week. But the primary Warcraft news at the show focused on the upcoming movie. Director Duncan Jones called it "Avatar and Lord of the Rings at the same," during a panel.


    Legendary and Blizzard also brought down the wall on the Warcraft movie cast list, so you can check out the cast of the Warcraft movie. We got to see a work in progress trailer for the film (which will hopefully be available for viewing for non-Blizzcon attendees soon. But, in short, it looks epic and absolutely nails the look and feel of the Warcraft universe.


    For the World of Warcraft game, 100% of the sales for an upcoming ram pet called Argi will go towards the Red Cross for Ebola relief efforts.





    Blizzard's first new, original game in 17 years, Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer shooter that was announced during the Blizzcon opening ceremony. After spending some time with a playable version of the game, we give our thoughts and initial impressions here.


    The developer has said that there will be a lot more heroes coming in the future, but you can compare the members of first group that we got to play with here. Since it's early, we don't have a lot of other firm details; asked about whether Overwatch would be free-to-play or would come to consoles, Blizzard basically said, "Maybe."


    Is Overwatch just made of the remnants of the previously cancelled project Titan? Not quite, but Blizzard discussed that issue in depth at a press conference for the game following Overwatch's announcement.


    Heroes of the Storm



    Blizzard's entry into the MOBA arena has a beta incoming January next year.


    We also learned about new additions to the game's roster including:


    • The Lost Vikings
    • Jaina Proudmoore
    • Thrall
    • Sylvanas Windrunner


    New battlgrounds will include:


    • Sky Temple
    • Tomb of the Spider Queen
    • Diablo-themed battleground


    Click on any of the images below to see a larger version.



    Diablo III



    At Friday's Blizzcon Diablo III panel, it became clear the Diablo team is focused on the longevity of Reaper of Souls, making pretty substantial additions with each patch. Version 2.1.2 will see the addition of new types of treasure goblins (that drop gems and other materials), and the start of season two, but special attention has also been paid to rifts. The development team behind Diablo wants to improve areas that didn't necessarily make for good rifts due to placement of conduits (that will now be counter-acted by pylons that give buffs), the lack of variation in rift guardians, and problems associated with how and where players died. In fact, members of the development team revealed the possibility of a death timer, but they're expecting feedback if that ever gets integrated into the public test realm version of the game.


    Additionally, some extensive work is going into the adventure mode. Many of the areas that were lacking in randomization are getting some attention. For example, Tristram Fields will be rebuilt with an eye for making it feel a little more dynamic than it was previously, almost by splitting it down the middle. But perhaps the most notable addition coming in a future patch is the addition of the ruins of Sescheron. Fans of Diablo will remember that as the barbarian stronghold laid to waste by Baal in the Lord of Destruction expansion for Diablo II, and it was great to see it interpreted for Diablo III.


    There are several other items coming down the line for Diablo 3 beyond patch 2.1.2, including new monsters like the Rat King, as well as ancient items that are even more powerful than the game's legendary offerings. So while some may have been disappointed by the lack of an expansion announcement, it would seem the team is keeping itself plenty busy.


    Starcraft II



    We got lots of new trailers for Starcraft II's next expansion Legacy of the Void, including an introduction Oblvion trailer and announcement of Archon mode. Sign ups for the beta area available now. Watch the other trailers here:





    Less than a year since its official release, Hearthstone will be getting its first expansion next month: Goblins vs. Gnomes. You can get a sneak peek at 30 of the game's cards right here.


    Source: GameSpot

    Even Blizzard Isn't Sure How to Save the RTS Genre, but MOBAs Might Help

    By GameSpot,

    During an interview with Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Lead Producer Tim Morten, GameSpot asked about the waning popularity of the the real-time strategy genre, and if Blizzard has a plan to make it more appealing to a wider audience in the future.


    In short, even Blizzard, whose StarCraft and Warcraft games helped define the genre, doesn't have a clear answer, but it hopes that the popularity of MOBAs like Dota 2 and League of Legends is a good sign.


    "We talk a lot about that internally and there's a hope on my part that the audience that's playing Heroes of the Storm, that's playing MOBA games, will be interested in feeding into more complex gameplay," Morten said. "In a way that's a gateway to what RTS is, and of course grew out of RTS in the first place. I hope there's some synergy there."


    Morten added that part of the problem is that RTS games have a steep learning curve, and that Blizzard is trying to address that issue as it's revisiting the tutorial and training missions from the previous games in Legacy of the Void.


    Additionally, Blizzard hopes that players will be less intimidated to play online with Legacy of the Void's Archon Mode, a brand new cooperative mode where two players share control of a single base and units.


    "But there's a lot more thinking that I'd like to do. it may wind up being the case that it becomes the focus of something in the future, but it is something that we'd like to figure out how to solve. I wish I could say we knew what the magic bullet was."


    Blizzard has not yet announced a release date for Legacy of the Void, the third, final, and standalone expansion in the StarCraft II trilogy. You can sign up for the game's beta today at Battle.net.


    Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.


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    Source: GameSpot

    Last Big Xbox One System Update of the Year Rolls Out Today

    By GameSpot,

    You might notice some changes if you turn on your Xbox One today, as Microsoft is rolling out its November system update, the company has announced.


    The November update adds the ability to create custom backgrounds, which Microsoft said was the "number one requested feature" from fans. This isn't quite the custom themes Xbox head Phil Spencer said he wanted to support on Xbox One eventually, and we won't see that functionality at least until next year. As Spencer explained, we might see smaller system updates next month, but Microsoft doesn't want to roll out big updates in December as many new consoles bought during the holiday season are coming online.


    Other additions to the November update include the option to attach a up to six game clips or achievements that will be displayed in a carousel format. You can also share your favorite Xbox One game clips on Twitter, but not screenshots, another feature that the Xbox One won't get to until 2015.


    A full breakdown of updates, written by Microsoft, is published below, while a video walkthrough is available in the video above.


    Show Who You Are – We’re including some of the top fan requested features this month. Among them is the ability to customize the background on your Xbox One, show off your top achievements and share game clips in new ways.


    • Custom Backgrounds – For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color as a theme or achievement art as your background image and those will show on any Xbox One that you Sign In on with your account. Additionally, you can use the Media Player app to pick any JPG or PNG image off of a USB attached drive or a home media server that supports DLNA. While viewing a picture/photo in full screen mode, press the Menu button and choose “Set as background” – your custom image is stored locally on that Xbox One console.

    • Gamer Profile – You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile. You can set these options on your Xbox One console and use Xbox One SmartGlass to browse to other people’s profiles and check out their showcase items. Additionally, you can now select a set of showcase items that are displayed when other gamers look at your profile on an Xbox One console. You can use Xbox One SmartGlass or Xbox One console to add or remove up to six game clips or achievements that will be displayed in a carousel format.

    • Tweet about your Favorite Game Clips – You can now share your favorite Xbox One game clips with your followers on Twitter. Use the Share button on any game clip you have created and select Twitter to compose the Tweet.


    A New Way to Watch TV – For the first time, you can discover new shows and see what people are saying about them in real-time with new Live TV and Twitter integration.


    • Live TV Trending – Xbox One owners in the U.S., Canada and the UK, will see a new “Trending” tab in OneGuide that displays the top 20 most watched TV shows, with the list filtered down to the shows that are currently available to you based on your OneGuide settings. The Live TV on Xbox trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers.

    • Twitter TV Trending – Additionally, if you are in the U.S., you’ll see what Live TV is trending based on the highest number of tweets. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Live TV on Twitter first and Live TV on Xbox trending second. You can tune to a specific show from either trending list by pressing the A button.

    • Tweets in MiniGuide – Also, initially available in the U.S., you will see the actual tweets for the Live TV shows in real time and quickly find the Twitter #hashtag to join the conversation.

    • Recents and Favorites in MiniGuide – MiniGuide has been updated to include your favorite TV channels in a combined Recents and Favorites area and MiniGuide can now be activated via voice by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide” while watching TV.


    Store improvements and SmartGlass updates – We’re introducing cool new features for SmartGlass and Store as well:


    • Xbox One Store improvements – The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons are moved to the far left so you can find them easier. You can also more quickly find game add-ons, perform store specific searches and recommendations are more prominently displayed. Finally, store categories have been standardized so you can easily see the top items in each query at a glance.

    • Friends’ Game Activity on SmartGlass – You can now see a list of your friends that have played a given game within the Xbox One SmartGlass experience.

    • Games with Gold & Deals with Gold on SmartGlass – For gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can browse “Free Games with Gold” and discounted content with Gold and initiate download of the content to your Xbox One console from your mobile device.

    • SmartGlass Store Improvements – We added a new section for Apps to make it easier to find and download apps for your Xbox One, as well as adding a Coming Soon filter for Games and Add-ons to make it easier to see upcoming Xbox One releases sorted by anticipated release date.


    Other Fan Requested Features:


    • Snap IE – From the Address Bar in Internet Explorer, you can now easily snap from a full screen experience and move Internet Explorer into snap mode.

    • IE Featured sites – Now, Internet Explorer will show a number when something is newly-added to featured sites. Newly-added sites will also display a badge (denoted by an asterisk (*) in the upper right corner) until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.

    • Restart now – If you want to restart your Xbox One console without getting out of your chair, you can now do it by going to Settings - Power & startup, and choosing “Restart now.”

    • Console update information – Under Settings – System – Console info, you can now see the latest status (e.g. “update successful”) for Xbox One console updates, including date last updated and last automatic update check.

    Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.


    For all of GameSpot's news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email [email protected]


    Source: GameSpot

    Watch Nintendo Shooter Splatoon's Single Player Trailer

    By GameSpot,

    Earlier this week, Nintendo revealed that Splatoon, the company's new multiplayer third-person shooter, will have a single-player mode, focusing on "nature's epic battle" between squid and octopus.


    In August, Nintendo's iconic game designer and senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto said that Splatoon could have been another Mario game, but that ultimately Nintendo wanted to create a new IP. However, you can see more of that Mario DNA in the single-player trailer than the multiplayer, arena gameplay we've seen until now, where two teams of four players armed with paint guns have to try to cover the level with as much of their team's color.


    Instead of just letting you take on bots, the single-player mode seems to have a variety of enemy types and elaborate platforming sections that take advantage of the game's painting mechanic, which allows you to swim up walls or under obstacles painted with your team's color.


    Splatoon is set to release on Wii U in 2015.


    Are you more excited for Splatoon after watching the single-player trailer? Let us know in the comments below.


    Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.


    For all of GameSpot's news coverage, check out our hub. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email [email protected]


    Source: GameSpot

    What's Next for Heroes of the Storm

    By GameSpot,

    2722321-blizzcon_hots_interview_110814.jpg Travis Gafford sits down with Alan Dabiri to learn more about the future plans for esports, dealing with people that leave games, and how Blizzard chooses new heroes for Heroes of the Storm.


    Source: GameSpot

    The Greatest Video Game Bosses of All Time

    By IGN,

    The Greatest Video Game Bosses of All Time

    IGN's Never-Ending Boss Battle pitted more than 100 beloved video game bosses against one another. The Face-Off match-ups are chosen randomly, leading to plenty of tough choices: Glados vs. Ganondorf, Ridley vs. Dracula, Goro vs. Master Hand, and plenty more.


    After more than 2 million votes, IGN readers have helped determine who are the most beloved and badass video game bosses of all time. Below are the top 10 and bottom 10 (sorry, General Sturm!) video game bosses, as chosen by your votes.


    And remember - if you don't like these picks, cast some votes! You have the power to let us know who you think are the most badass game bosses.


    Continue reading…


    Source: IGN

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