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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Batman: The Enemy Within Have Two Different Endings

One thing fans of Telltale Games would agree without a doubt is that the developer has re-invented if not mastered the point-and-click adventure games of modern times and with each new releases, they prove it time after time. The studio did a great job tinkering with the established folklore of DC Comics' most iconic hero Batman in Batman: The Telltale Series in 2016 and the sequel Batman: The Enemy Within in 2017.

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Batman: The Enemy Within Have Two Different Endings

Batman: The Enemy Within is the second season of Telltale's attempt of re-creating the legends of The Dark Knight for gamers. The first season and the already released episodes of season two is doing exceptionally well so far. We all are now waiting for the season finale and it is going to be released on March 27, drawing conclusion to another thrilling chapter of Bruce Wayne/ Batman trying to save Gotham City from the rampant criminal society.

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The developers and studio is very excited about the final episode as it just doesn't give it a closure but also because this one is the greatest piece of content they have created for the series till date. Telltale's stories are different than any of the stories from DC Universe as they take a unique dig at the saga and the latest twist they added to the list is to create their own version of The Joker.

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The Pact Associates

When he was first discovered by Bruce Wayne in Arkham Asylum as a former patient named John Doe. He didn't become the Clown Prince of Crime back then but his past was anything but clouded. However, he had a deep admiration for Bruce Wayne and just wanted to be his best friend more than anything. He even introduced Bruce to The Pact, a small gang of super-criminals consisting Bane, Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze.

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Just because John Doe was way far from becoming The Joker at that point, many actually started rooting for him. It was a very bold move from Telltale to even pitch the idea of this pale skinned and green haired individual having any sort of friendly relationship with Bruce Wayne because of many Batman fans would start ranting about it immediately but all things worked out fine in the end. Instead of beating him up and taking him back to Arkham, players tried to guide him through Bruce's character.

Since one of the nature of episodic graphic adventure games are the ending and many other aspects of a game changes depending on your actions, your approach towards John Doe in The Enemy Within will shape up his character in the endgame. Whether or not you want him to be Harley's boyfriend or bring down his criminal endeavors, it's all up to you. The way you treat him will shape The Joker of tomorrow.

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Vigilante or Villain?

The finale episode will reach to a certain point with every loose ends and John Doe will either transform into a Vigilante or Villain. If he turns out evil, then you already know that he is destined to become Batman’s arch-nemesis. The end of their friendship will set him nuts and he will wreck havoc on Gotham. Although, The Joker becoming a vigilante would like to team-up with Batman to eradicate all crime from the city.

RELATED: Batman: The Telltale Series on Nintendo Switch Out Now

We better not go any deep with this than we did, because the final episode is dropping within two weeks and you probably wouldn't like the story to be spoiled. You should play the episode titled "Same Stitch" when it is finally released for Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices on March 27 to find out the epic conclusion yourself. The fifth episode contains three and a half hours worth of content and with a few variations of outcomes, it can be even longer.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

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Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

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The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

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Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

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There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

RELATED: Dota 2 Will Be Newbie Friendly

Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Developer Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting an expansion with 135 brand-new cards. Titled "Hearthstone: The Witchwood", this expansion is the first of 2018 that will usher Year of the Raven. Though they have not stated any specific release date for it to arrive yet, The Witchwood pack will probably drop anytime before April 30.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

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Now check out the following clip where the game developers of Hearthstone go to the Irvine California backwoods to reveal more about The Witchwood.

The newly introduced 135 Hearthstone cards are themed on the haunted forest of Gilneas to fend off the spirits of Witchwood. There will be new type of cards and a shift from the usual gameplay mechanics to a new style. For example, if you are to build your deck with Baku the Mooneater or Genn Greymane, then you either has to own odd or even cost cards, so that the former will grant Hero Power upgrade and the latter will cost 1 Hero Power for the whole game for any class.

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New Cards and Mechanics

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The Phantom Militia has the power of Echo, which allows you to play the card many times in the same turn depending on how much mana you are packing and this one is one of the many from the set. Though Rush card Militia Commander cannot attack the opponent's hero like Charge cards, they will attack other minions on a same turn. Before the expansion goes live, claim three card packs and a random Class legendary card for free just by logging into the game.

It also launches a single-player experience called Monster Hunts and it will start within two weeks of the release of the expansion. If you have played Kobolds & Catacombs then this mode may seem familiar to Dungeon Run to you. Players collect their loot bounties to upgrade a deck upon killing the bosses following eight progressively challenging fights for staying alive and exploring further into The Witchwood.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion pack is priced only 49.99 and you can get a special 50 card pack bundle on pre-purchase. As an included bonus, you will also receive the exclusive In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs. The only other thing that you will need is a Blizzard account to enjoy playing this intense collectible card game on Warcraft folklore.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

What developer Frictional Games have done with their survival horror Amnesia game series is quite commendable. Even YouTube's most popular channel PewDiePie used to post videos of Felix Kjellberg playing Amnesia a lot back in the days! If you are fan of the series, then we got good news for you. Amnesia Collection containing with two of the titles from the franchise is now absolutely FREE this weekend on Steam for a limited time.

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Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

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Collecting Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs as a bundle that is worth $34.99, this offer is something that you cannot afford to miss if horror games are your favorite. Frictional Games have previously offered Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free and that was quite a long ago. It is very much possible for you to miss that opportunity to grab the copy and look now; you can have the entire series at one place.

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To have Amnesia Collection free for lifetime, all you have to do is to go to Steam within the period of this limited time offer and then click "Install Game". Both The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs will start installing and the games will remain in your library even after the exclusive offer is expired. There was no word on how long this promotion will last but we believe either it would be over within the weekend or over the week long.

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The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs

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Two of the titles from the series have the near similar taste of horror but apparently, the sequel has made things a bit simpler. That being said, it still is more than enough to scare the hell out of you on any given day and will leave you in chills.

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So, go and grab those two modern horror-classic games from Steam while you still can, so that if you are in crave for some good horror-game time, you can just get your fill with either one of Amnesia series. Playing Amnesia series will give you the idea of from where the scare tactics of Resident Evil 7 got their inspiration from.

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Five Release Date

Developer Telltale Games have done a great job recreating the legends of Batman with inspiration taken from the source materials of DC Comics and adapted a new version of the character where the players build their own saga as they progress further in each episode of the game. Telltale has officially announced the release date for the fifth and final episode of Batman: The Enemy Within titled "Same Stitch".

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Batman: The Enemy Within Season Finale Release Date

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As you know that previously made choices will shape-up things for you in Batman: The Enemy Within, a huge turn-of-event awaits the finale depends on how you reaped your steps in the past episodes. We are talking about a twist of the character John Doe, who is destined to become Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker. Based on your actions in prior episodes, John Doe will evolve and whether or not he becomes a problem for Bruce Wayne still remains a question.

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Classic Clown Prince of Crime

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We are dropping the official episode description of Batman: The Enemy Within's Season Finale below for you to take a look at.

"What would you choose: a friend whose unhinged approach to justice turns your allies against you, or a sworn enemy who will stop at nothing to see you suffer as your city burns? Based on the relationship you’ve built with John Doe, you'll see one of two very different stories play out. So what’ll it be, Bruce: friend...or foe?"

We believe, John Doe will either become the maniacal Clown Prince of Crime we know him to be or an unlikely ally for Batman/Bruce Wayne that we have never seen before. Telltale already planned out two different ending for the story and developed over 4,500 lines of dialogue for 38 characters from the episode. Amanda Waller of the Agency, Bane, Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze may appear in supporting role of the story as well.

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The Other Unpredictable Vigilante

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Season Finale of Batman: The Enemy Within, "Same Stitch" will be out on March 27, to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices. With that, Telltale's second season of episodic point-and-click graphic adventure based on The Dark Knight will come to an end. Judging by the very positive reception from the fans, Batman: The Telltale Series is much likely to return with a third season, where we will see the Caped Crusader in more actions and tackle more bad guys.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

March 31, 2018 will mark for the 20 year anniversary for Blizzard Entertainment's sci-fi real-time strategy game StarCraft. The game originally came out on March 31, 1998 for PC and spawned a successful series of games that ran on Mac as well. Now, this occasion causes for celebration and Blizzard decides to rejoice this anniversary with a bunch of in-game giveaways like skins and rewards for their other fan-favorite titles.

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Blizzard celebrates 20th anniversary of StarCraft

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To celebrate this grand achievement of StarCraft, Blizzard has picked up Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, Starcraft: Remastered and World of Warcraft for players to earn these exciting rewards in-game.

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Instead of the end of the month, Blizzard decides to spread the joy of their accomplishment for the entire month of March and some of the reward items are for you to claim just by logging into the game. Following are the free rewards waiting for you to take in-game within the respected titles.

  • Diablo III: Dominion’s Revenge is a terrifying Battlecruiser-themed Pet that you can receive by logging into the third installment of the popular action RPG title after March 6.

  • Hearthstone: You have to play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl game to get three Kobolds & Catacombs pack rewards anytime from March 21 to 25.

  • Heroes of the Storm: From March 27 to April 7, get the 20th Anniversary Portraits for Protoss, Terran and Zerg species in exchange for a single log in.

  • Overwatch: To get the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for the defense hero Widowmaker, just log in to the team-based shooter game between March 6 and April 3. This skin of Sarah Kerrigan is akin to her Nova skin and themed on the character before the time when she turned into the Queen of Blades.

  • StarCraft II: Onwards from March 6, log on to the original sequel of StarCraft and get a special UI Skin for each playable race. Then within March 6 to April 3 logging into the game once again will get you a Portrait and Decal.

  • Starcraft: Remastered: A memorial 20th Anniversary UI Skin as a tribute is just waiting for you to claim by simply logging into the game.

  • World of Warcraft: This multiplayer online role-playing title grants you the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength for saluting any one of the StarCraft-themed pets among Baneling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Zeradar or Zergling within March 31 to April 6.

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Sarah Kerrigan Ghost Skin for Widowmaker

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Aside from the in-game cosmetic item giveaways, the developer plans to host anniversary StarCraft stream of Twitch personalities, which will run from March 30 to 31. Also, on March 31, the very date of StarCraft's original release, Blizzard is going to release a video titled StarCraft is Life: A Celebration on YouTube, featuring the biggest fans of the game sharing their experience with the game for the last two decades.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

RELATED: Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

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We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

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That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

Blizzard Entertainment has released their fantasy real-time strategy game Warcraft III more than a decade ago, in 2002 for Mac and PC. The 16-year-old game is getting a brand-new Patch 1.29 has been released by the developer for testing. The updates include 16:9 widescreen display support instead of last year's 1440x1080 resolution upgrade, a 24 player servers in an experimental mode, hero balance changes and Map Pools.

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Warcraft III Update Suggests Remastered Edition?

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This sudden update after quite a while isn't the real news here even if it seems a bit odd because Blizzard dropped the last update for Warcraft III in 2017. They've been also working to update their other classic fan-favorite games like Diablo 2 and StarCraft to restore them to glory they deserve as par present day games running on modern operating systems. The recent updated installer interface is what that drew attention of keen eyes of game theorists already.

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It was pointed out that Warcraft III has an updated installer now which is akin to the current launcher. Now, this fresh change to one of the legacy games can be for better merger with Blizzard’s client. The installation process of the game has also changed as it installs both of the games now. So, that brings hope to the fans that it can lead to a Warcraft III Remastered Edition just like Blizzard's StarCraft Remaster last year.

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Warcraft III Updates Installer Interface

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Coincidentally enough, the news of the update hits us at the same time Blizzard is busy making an announcement for a Warcraft III competitive tournament invite that will run from February 27-28 on Twitch. This contest is open for Free-for-All, 4v4 battles and other friendly fights for Warcraft III professionals from worldwide. This is just an initiative to bring the game to the arena of esports tournament trend of recent times.

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We won't be much surprised if Blizzard Entertainment decides to announce the Warcraft III: Remastered during the Warcraft III tournament and this is very much a possibility. Although the official sources haven't yet releases a statement on the speculation but it's good to see that a renowned game developer like Blizzard isn't giving up on their old titles just yet. A community-created mod for the game named Dota 2 is ruling Valve's digital distribution platform Steam for years.