Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Paladins Lore Cinematic: "A Realm Divided"

As Hi-Rez Expo 2018 came hot on our tail with ongoing Paladins World Championship and the SMITE World Championship, the last day of the event came to an end with the fourth annual Cosplay Contest by Hi-Rez Studios. Meanwhile, the developer studio thought it would be a good time to drop some new video regarding an origin story for the game Paladins: Champions of the Realm that they've been making for us and meaning to show us for some time.

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Paladins Lore Cinematic – A Realm Divided

Hi-Rez Studios released a brand-new cinematic video on Paladins titled "A Realm Divided", which takes the players further into the unexplored legacy of the game.




"A Realm Divided" goes way back into the ancient history of the Paladins from their golden age when they used to fight wars against dragons with their magical power to restore order and balance to the world. After all was settled, the Paladins retired and the former among them formed a council of magistrates. For centuries, there were peace and order under their guidance but then came a time when crafted crystals became a new source of power that brought a new revolution.

RELATED: HRX 2018 Paladins and SMITE Cosplay

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A Realm Divided

However, the uses of this new crystals caused accidents and the council deemed the use of it by common folks should be prohibited. Grand Magister Karnes took a zero-tolerance policy on this matter only to rebelled by an ancient Paladin warrior. As the rebellion stands against the magistrates with weaponized crystal magic, the former took heavy damage but became more determined in their cause. So, the battle to restore balance to the realm begins and the lore of Paladins takes a new step towards expansion.

RELATED: Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

Hi-Rez Studios presents Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play hero shooter game available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For their latest announcement of joining online multiplayer battle royale, the studio itself and the game is currently a hot-topic on the gaming industry for the past couple of days. Then the release of this cinematic short also hints that the game is being readied for a long race in the upcoming time.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

With the insane amount of increasing popularity PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has managed to garner, multiplayer online battle royale has become the new obsession of gamers. Another renowned online shooter game is 2016's Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment. There is another lesser known yet trendy hero shooter game on Steam from developer Hi-Rez Studios called Paladins: Champions of the Realm. The only difference is that people are not overhyped about Paladins like they are about PUBG or Overwatch.

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Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

Recently, the creators of Paladins have announced a new battle royale mode for this fantasy hero-based shooter called "Paladins: Battlegrounds". Hi-Rez Studios have already released an official trailer for Paladins: Battlegrounds game mode for the free-to-play game.




As for multiplayer online battle royale goes, a maximum of 100 players will hunt down each other in a large map and loot whatever they can as they explore the area in Paladins: Battlegrounds. The hustle will go on until there is a last team of Champions or a single Champion remains standing. A new "Team Deathmatch" is announced as well as a new Champion named Moji and a mobile game, Paladins Strike.




From the very beginning of their run, Paladins has always been compared to Blizzard's Overwatch for their similarities and now they are about to closely adapt aspects of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Plus, there is the name "Battlegrounds", which clearly draws comparison towards the game. Hi-Rez begs to differ on this issue because, Paladins: Battlegrounds will be more like a last team standing type of play. However, dropping from sky and looting gears in between battle remains almost the same.

Hi-Rez Studios presents, Paladins is already available for free-to-play worldwide on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Paladins: Battlegrounds is a battle royale game mode for the game which will be accessible sometime around 2018 on all existing platforms.

The Sentry Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

Things are about to shake heavily on Battlerealm as The Sentry steps into the arena of Kabam's mobile fighting game Marvel: Contest of Champions. This Golden Guardian of good happens to be one of the most-powerful characters from Marvel Universe that has now set his footsteps on the vastness of The Contest. He always had too much power at his disposal and then there is The Void whom he has to keep in check to avoid death and destruction of the innocent.

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The Sentry Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

The Sentry is now a playable character in Marvel: Contest of Champions and check out this video to witness the special move highlights of the Golden Guardian.




Those who calls The Sentry as Marvel's Superman, truly undermines him because there are heroes like Hyperion and Thor to claim that fame. We have game designer Erich Kohlweg and art director Gabriel Frizzera to thank for bringing this Mighty Avenger and all his super-powers on the table and now the Champions of Battlrealm are in trouble. However, the version of The Sentry we got our hands on is an old, rugged version of the hero who came back after being lost in the Battlrealm for the last 35 years.

His alter ego Robert Reynolds was picked up at the very beginning of The Contest by Maestro for his master The Collector. With his unmatched might, he almost effortlessly beat all the others participants of the arena and became an agent of his master. We got the motion comic offerings a small glimpse at that too right here.




Although he has the power of a million exploding suns, he won't be using it all. He will be good defense against the likes of Hulk, teaming up with Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Vision seems pretty likely for him. If a combo can be carried out with him properly, it will cause significant impact on the enemy. Not only is he good for inflicting damage on the opponent, he is better at sustaining attacks too. On low health, Sentry’s can regenerate his health using his Special 3 Attack.

Since The Sentry has already joined the Battlrealm you can just start playing with the character in Marvel: Contest of Champions on your very own Android or iOS devices. If you can gain mastery over his gameplay then other Champions of The Contest should tremble when he will enter a fight. Considering the character recently making appearance in the monthly Doctor Strange comic-book series after long absence was surely a good time to bring him in.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Marvel: Contest of Champions 3rd Anniversary!

After making its way into the world of free-to-play fighting game on mobile platforms in 2014, Marvel: Contest of Champions have successfully marked its third anniversary this week. This incredible milestone has become possible for the developer team of Kabam, who's been constantly introducing new heroes and villains into the mix of the Battlerealm. While this occasion cause for a celebration, it also waves toward many bright possibilities.

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Marvel: Contest of Champions 3rd Anniversary!

Contest of Champions has been going on for a straight three years and The Collector plans on keeping the brawls on Battlerealm ongoing. There is someone fighting someone else all the time and it is what makes this is a crazy place in the universe. Kabam is constantly working on the game to give the veteran players something to get busy with and make things challenging for the newcomers. Thus, they keep everyone on their toes and the brawl never gets boring.

The heroes and villains over the place have been fighting each other and that should've left the place as a complete mess. While the fighting has been going for three Earth-years, time is relative on Battlerealm and that means, they are battling for eternity or maybe for a few moments. However, this concept fits pretty well to fighting game where Marvel characters are picking on one another and hitting on faces.




The developer team receives frequent requests of adapting major crossover events or storylines from Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe but what they are more interested in is to introduce some lesser-known Marvel characters into the mix and let people know more about it. The introduction of Howard the Duck, The Hood or Moon Knight to the lore of Contest of Champions was such attempt.

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Over 1 Billion Hours Played

With new Summoners joining every moment into the fight with their selected Champions, their number has surpassed over 122 million and the number is growing. This massive supportive crowd seems the life-blood of this game. Hopefully, the number will grow more exponentially as the contest now enters into year four and a lot of new surprises will be revealed. The most impressive number is the amount of fights that occurred in this long period; it's more than 39 billion times!

Ever since the brawls have broken into the Battlerealm, 13 Billion crystals opened by the participating Summoners all over the world. We wonder, why The Collector hasn't has been cranky over this matter! Perhaps, he got a huge collection pile of those crystals than we ever guessed. The crystals and the vast domain of Battlerealm are not the only thing that he has in stock. He reveals less than he actually possesses.

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112 Champions Released

As so many battles are taking place and characters are being picked from the roster of 112 Champions introduced till date for the contest, there are some fan-favorites as well. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Colossus, Scarlet Witch and Star-Lord came out as the most picked characters by the Summoners whether or not they are experienced and also these are some of the oldest one from the game.

In another note, this Anniversary week will provide Battlechips, 20% Boost to your XP and Gold for everyone. Some potions and revives will also be on sale this same week just a way of saying thank you to the dedicated players to make Marvel: Contest of Champions such a great success. Kabam also offering the Summoners various titles like SHIELD Agent, Avenger On Call, Seasoned Summoner and Howling Commando based on the time they've playing the game.

There is one other thing that the Summoners and Champions should be aware of, which is The Mad Titan is coming and he will wreck havoc on the Battlerealm. A newly released trailer gives us a glimpse of the kinds of madness Thanos is about to unleash!




While The Collector and the Summoners were busy with their fights for the Contest of Champions on Battlerealm, someone else has been working on his own plan of destruction. No one of this grand arena will stand a chance against Thanos when he will complete his Infinity Gauntlet. The trailer showcases the barrage of heroes going against the tyrant and Thanos just shakes them off like gnats. The ending conflict will surely be EPIC!

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The Mad Titan Returns

Kabam has been building this grand event towards the moment since 2014 after releasing the game; just like the MCU have build-up every detail for Avengers: Infinity War to this point where it is relevant. Marvel: Contest of Champions is celebrating its third consecutive year and the game is available to play on Android and iOS devices.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hela Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

Directed by Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows), the third movie of Thor series from Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok has been released worldwide and is smashing the box-office. After causing death and destruction on the realm of Asgard, film's antagonist, Cate Blanchett's Hela, the Goddess of Death has set her eyes on the Battlrealm and cutting anything that comes into her ways, she heads there fast.

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Hela Enters Marvel: Contest of Champions

Hela will be a playable character in Kabam's mobile fighting game Marvel: Contest of Champions and check out this video for some of her special move highlights.




Since she is the Goddess of Death, you certainly expect her to cause chaos and death wherever she walks and Hela intends to do just that. Good for her that The Contest has a place for both. She has a beef with Thor already and Battlrealm will open up possibilities for a lot of victims for her to pry upon. As seen in the movie, she can conjure up blade-like sharp mystical weapons to through at her enemies at will. Plus, she can be pretty resistant against high damaging attacks.

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Hela Base Stats & Abilities

One of her special ability is Fury of the Dead, where she just stabs the heart of her opponent. Then there is Soul Breaker to throw twin blades and an axe in full force. Her third special move is Hand of Glory, where she mercilessly unleashes a wave of blades at her enemy. Hela is pretty great to team-up with Angela, Dormammu, Loki and Mephisto in order to take down Champions with high health.

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Hela from Marvel: Contest of Champions

Hela has stepped into the Battlrealm now and whether you're playing Marvel: Contest of Champions on Android or iOS, you should pick her up to rule The Contest with the Goddess of Death and unleash Hel onto The Champions.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Back in August, during The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition, Valve made an announcement regarding Dota 2, which was highlighted for them introducing two brand-new heroes. Now, the Dota 2 7.07 Update titled "Dueling Fates" is here and players can download it from Steam, which will take up 1.8 GB of your space. Now, this update also brings some changes to the gameplay and a few other aspects of this free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game as well.

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Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

The first character among the two is anthropomorphic pangolin goes by the name Donté Panlin, the Pangolier. This dashing fellow from Nivan Gallants has a resembling appearance of a cat that is stylized in the manner of the feline protagonist from Puss in Boots. In the beginning, some even mistakenly considered him as an armadillo too. This guy is always-on defense, ready to take on any monster and woo any creature that he crosses paths with.

Then there goes the innocent-looking fairy-like creature named The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, who is not as harmless as she seems. She was born to a fae merchant king and is full of fae tricks to charge at her enemies. Since she was raised in Revtel, she adopted the norms of manipulation and murder quite naturally. As it molded her character, she eventually ended up killing her own family and set out to choose her own path in life.

The Tweet from the official Twitter handle of DOTA 2 has twitted about the "Dueling Fates" update that contains all the details.



As per the official patch notes, Dota 2 matchmaking rating system is more accurate now, which ensures a better gaming experience for everyone in the arena. In this revamped MMR system, ranked and unranked players both will now be ranked on a six-month seasonal system. The exciting news is that the first ranked season is starting off within two weeks. There will also be profile medal for players on each season for their max MMR.

Keeping your previous season’s MMR on note, all of your MMR will be re-calibrated at the end of each season. Hero guide system has gone through the update to make more easily accessible for all 115 available heroes. The Turbo Mode will reduce your average re-spawn time, while serving you up more gold and experience. Ability Draft has gotten a new interface and the players are now allowed to change hotkey order of abilities.

There are so many stuffs detailed in the original patch note that is nearly impossible to mount up here. So, you are welcome to check them out by following the link given in the Tweet.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

Valve has just finished The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition a day ago with a blast, declaring two fresh out of the box new legends coming to the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game. While Valve did not announce either hero in a trailer staged in front of an audience following the day's matches, one of the heroes obviously took after a habitually guessed on expansion to the game.

The last time Valve added a new hero into the DOTA 2 roster was Monkey King, but even that was in December, 2016.

2 New Dota 2 Heroes

As references to the character showed up in Dota 2's codebase in May of this current year, Sylph has been supposedly chosen for quite a while. This additionally comes after Team Secret director Matthew Bailey revealed on his Twitter, that Valve notified the players and their associations that they would be adding more legends to the game as soon as they can.



Now check out this "Dota 2 – The Dueling Fates" clip below and witness the legends collide.




The main character is a smart sword-wielding pangolin, using a blade reminiscent of Zorro and somewhat Puss in Boots. The video displays him bouncing around on slopes, moving around his foes and incapacitating them with speedy swipes of his sharp edge in style of course. The second anonymous hero was given considerably less screen time, however has all the earmarks of being the supposed fourth soul, Sylph.

Our crisply presented pangolin warrior discloses to her the forest is safe now because of him and then she unexpectedly assaulted him with a minion of hers. The video draws its ending with a tease for the upcoming "Dueling Fates" update, which will probably be out not long after The International Dota 2 Competition finishes, just as always.

New heroes and some major changes will be part of the update. The International 2017 has been stuffed with many announcements so far and one of them was a new Dota 2 Card Game is also out now. Earlier, Valve and Open AI tests the capability of their artificial intelligence of their DOTA playing bot's ability to best against DOTA's most celebrated player.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Valve Corporation, inventors of DOTA 2 has really made so much improvement not just to Dota but to the world of the game and this is applaudable. However, the online battle arena of Dota is not a very friendly one to step your foot onto. Every new comer in a new game or existing game has, most times, faces hostile environment and a toxic one.

Now, Dota is allowing new players to enjoy the game by making them comfortable at first so they can ease into the game and not just run away from it by getting manhandled by the pros. In fixing the hostility to new player's experience, Valve made sure they only match new players with reliable high score, reducing chances of new players been bully in game.

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Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Another way of making DOTA 2 interesting is by restricting the number of hero a new player can choose from. The process of choosing from over 100 heroes before can be frustrating for new players because they do not know which hero to pick from the numerous one available. Now this has been made much easier because it has been restricted to just 20 heroes but that is only for your first 25 game, which Valve believes will be awesome at helping players in learning and enjoying the game, so you can expect players like Juggernaut, Lich, Lion, Shadow Shaman, Sniper, Sven and Zeus.

Another intriguing moment in Dota is found at the first stage of learning the game; intricate strategies begin to take shape around you in the battle as against the numerous issues that caused unnecessary challenges for new players previously. More like a game of boards, just reading Dota’s rule all day would not make you a pro, only constant playing and playing with a friendly partner would make you a better player. Dota comes with a lot of mechanics and interactions that can be challenging to understand of course.

This is a game that lovers of Dota would really want to play but most especially, new players of the community. Dota 2 was built especially for new players and thumbs up to Valve for this welcoming initiative. Also, don't forget that the International Dota 2 Championships begins on August 7, worth a total prize amount of $23 million.