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PAX East 2014 Online Gaming Coverage Recap

PAX East 2014 Content Recap

PAX East 2014 came and went but we have plenty of insider discussions with developers across the board of online gaming. Catch our full PAX East coverage all in one place, right here!

 

Orcs Must Die Unchained

Guild Wars 2

Nosgoth

Magicka: Wizard Wars

Infinite Crisis

Dawngate

Duel of Champions

Project Cyber

 

And of course catch our cosplayer round-up right here!

Atlantica Online Launches Empires of Gold Update

El Dorado Mayan Atlantica

With the Empires of Gold update, Nexon America has added new dungeons, a new mercenary and a new class to Atlantica Online, its 3D massively multiplayer online roleplaying game set in an alternate history Earth. Players journeying in-game to Mesoamerica, the land of ancient magic, golden cities and powerful warriors, will find new content awaiting their arrival. Details below:

New Dungeons

Empires of Gold update adds four new dungeons, including:

·         Forgotten City Chichen Itza (Level 28+, Level 30+ recommended): In a city set aflame by invaders, players must fight back the invaders to save High Priest Cualli.

·         Machu Picchu the City of the Sun (Level 38+, Level 40+ recommended): The Oracle’s Tower lies in this ancient city, which has been captured by invaders. Players must help Tupac Amaru II, one of the Inca’s most celebrated and respected leaders, reclaim his kingdom from the enemy.

·         Golden City El Dorado (Level 48+ to enter, Level 50+ recommended): Legend has it that deep within the highlands of Guyana, on the shore of Lake Parime, lies a city constructed entirely from gold. Though conquistadors have searched for decades, its location remains a mystery. But now the Amazonian Queen Hippolyte has discovered new clues that point the way to the Golden City, and needs experienced trackers to join her expedition.

·         Golden Empire of Defense (Level 155+, Raid dungeon): The evil Riederan and his dastardly minions have descended on the Incan Empire, and it’s up to the player to defend the golden lands and their wealth from his greed. Rumors abound of a secret magical weapon the Incas hold dear, which Riederan will stop at nothing to acquire. Players completing this raid will receive five Hero’s Insignias, which can be traded for items.

 

Atlantica Online Quilla

New Mercenary

In the Golden Empire of Defense, players also can obtain the new mercenary Quilla, an astrologer to the Mayans. Using the sun, moon and stars as her guides, she is able to understand the past and predict the future with an uncanny accuracy. Her skills include:

Star Spite: Quilla calls on the stars to avenge her by damaging enemies who attack her.
Stellar Hunt: Unleashes massive damage on a column of enemies.
Celestial Venom: Damages enemies over time. If the magic is dispelled by Holy Guard, Ocean’s Blessing, or Empress’ Blessing, a secondary effect will be triggered.

 

Atlantica Mayan Class

New Class

Also introduced in this update is the first new Hero Class, which gives players the option to create two additional character slots, increasing the limit from three to five. The first Hero available is the Celestial Hunter, a fierce archer who can best any challenger with her bow and arrow skills.

The Celestial Hunter originated in a small village, where her innate skills with a bow and arrow brought her swiftly to the attention of the village chief, who sent her away to hone her talents. While on her quest, the Celestial Hunter’s village was razed and she returned home to find that everyone and everything she had known before was gone, leaving nothing but ashes in their place. She now wanders the lands, looking for answers and revenge.

The Celestial Hunter begins as a Level 30 character upon creation, and any player who creates this Mayan warrior will receive a free Komodo Mount. The Hunter’s basic attack allows her to hit one main target and up to two ricochet targets. Skills include:

Parting Shot: Passive magic that grants a chance to fire an extra shot.
Agile Counter: Another passive attack, which allows the Celestial Hunter to counter an enemy’s physical attack with an arrow of her own.
Piercing Arrow: Launches an arrow that drives through a column of enemies to deal massive damage.
Hunter’s Mark: Lowers the defense of a single target.

The new Atlantica Online content is available now to all players meeting the level requirements. For full details check out the official post.

Popup Dungeon Kickstarter Launches After Successful Greenlight

Popup Dungeon Kickstarter

Triple B Titles Kickstarter project, Popup Dungeon, took a mere 11 days to Greenlight. This is in stark contrast to their previous game, Ring Runner, which took 399 days. Triple B believes the cause of this radical difference is the style and genre of the game as well as their now established fanbase, since Ring Runner was the first game their studio created. Popup Dungeon is a completely flexible Rogue style game with functionality to create any spell, ability, weapon, or character – limited only by your art and imagination.

Long ago or yet to be, a Wizard from another world stabbed his tower into the side of the Earth like an immense dagger. It pierced into stone and time, deeper than anyone can ever dig. The only way in is through portals scattered around the world. These portals are disguised as enchanted board games, and they come with an invitation:

“Come, morsels. Your bodies do not interest me; it is human imagination which I invite into my domain. Only the greatest of you will reach the high spire of my lair, now buried deep in the roiling rock. And I will be waiting, fork in hand, to devour the banquet of your creativity with a side of wits.”

Popup Dungeon is a single player or co-op multiplayer Roguelike game with infinite flexibility on creating, sharing, and building anything you’d like. You’ll never know what will be encountered in each dungeon as you delve into the depths of the Wizard’s tower, or how you can mix your skills and abilities to survive each new challenge as the doors open before you. Find out more at the Kickstarter Page at http://kck.st/1ovuVD9.

CasinoRPG Launch Review – Casino Tycoon Meets Habbo Hotel?

By Jordan Hall (ApocaRUFF)

 

 

Introduction

CasinoRPG is a rather unique MMO that seeks to combine the aspects of RPGs, City Building games, and gambling. On top of having a lot of casino games to play, you can customize your character, your own condo, build your own casino, and interact with other players. There are a lot of activities to take part in, and not all of them are focused on the gambling-side of the game. But, if you do want to play some of the casino games, feel safe in knowing that you aren’t required to spend any real money to take part at all. CasinoRPG has all the makings for a fantastic Casino experience – free gambling, loads of customization, and a sense of progression.

 

 

Customization

As I mentioned in the introduction, there is a decent amount of customization available to you in CasinoRPG. Or rather, there is a decent amount for the type of game that it is. The game is 2D, so you won’t be getting sliders to change every aspect of your characters body, but you do get more than a few options to choose from. You can customize the hairstyle, clothes, and skin color of your character at any time by using a mirror in your condo. I had to admit that the selection is sort of small at the moment, but the game is still early in its life so I have no doubt that more will be added.

 

CasinoRPG Review Character Customization

 

The customization doesn’t stop there, though. As I said, you get a condo and you can customize it a great deal as well. Your condo is split into a grid where you can freely place furniture and decorations, you can also choose which way the items are facing. There is also the ability to customize the flooring – your choices range from a variety of carpets, rug patterns, and tiles. Again, not the best customization I’ve ever seen, but more than decent for the graphics style of the game. I can’t say I was disappointed with the customization in CasinoRPG.

 

 

 

CasinoRPG Review Room Customization

Graphics

The graphics in CasinoRPG are 2D, and the style is somewhere between realistic and cartoony. The avatars and buildings have realistic proportions and lines, but the colors are more bright and happy. The UI design is simplistic and easy on the eyes, so there’s no complaints there. Overall, I have to say I enjoyed the graphics. From the many themed slot machines, to the interesting designs that can be found in the many casinos. It was all more than satisfactory.

 

CasinoRPG Review slots

One of many themed slot machines. As you spin, the two characters shoot at each other.

 

 

Controls

As far as I could tell, you play the game completely with your mouse. There might have been some hot keys that you can use on your keyboard, but I honestly didn’t see any reason to try and find out. Using just your mouse was more than enough. The UI was very responsive, except in a few rare cases. To get around, you will click on a tile on the ground to have your avatar move to it and to interact with something (such as a casino game), you simply walk up to it and left click.

 

 

Community

A large part of the appeal in CasinoRPG is the community. Playing by yourself or against computers can get a bit boring and lonely. That won’t be an issue in this game, however, as there are a variety of local and global chats you can participate in. You can also play against other players and chat with the people at your table. So, if you’re a slots guy, you can chat with the other people in the casino or in the global chat while you spin. Or, if you’re more into poker or blackjack, you can sit back and hang out with the people at your table. And, from what I saw, the community was mostly mature. I even noticed a few people with “GoldFire” under their name, so I assume they were developers hanging out with their players, which is always nice to see.

CasinoRPG Review Community

 

 

 

Gameplay

The feature that’s going to get the most attention in this game is the gambling. Or so I thought. In my opinion, the gambling isn’t even the main attraction for this game. However, gambling is definitely a part of the game (and a big part at that). Honestly, I’m not a fan of gambling. I hate the idea of wasting your money away on chance (an often rigged chance). But the fact that you can easily participate in the gambling in CasinoRPG without investing a dime of your own money made it a lot more enjoyable and I even found myself getting absorbed into a few of the games (mainly Blackjack).

 

CasinoRPG Review Blackjack

 

What’s odd about this game is that there is a level system present. Depending on your level, you might be restricted in how much you can bet, or you might gain access to features that help you win more in slots. The more you play, the more experience you gain and the more you’ll level up. For example, at level 3 you can only bet 50 chips in Blackjack, and to unlock higher bets, you’ll need to continue to level up. I guess this is the first of the features that put the RPG in CasinoRPG.

 

CasinoRPG Review Lines Advantage

 

The other feature that helps the RPG aspect is the quests. At first, the quests are honestly more of a tutorial to help you ease into the game. You can find NPCs with coins over their heads who will give you tasks, such as win one-thousand chips at slots or poker, and then will reward you with more chips and experience points. There’s even a main-story line that helps you start from the bottom as a janitor and move up to owning your very own casino. The story was honestly more interesting than a lot of browser-based RPGs I’ve played.

 

CasinoRPG Review Quests

 

As I mentioned, you start out as a janitor. That’s your job. You can work shifts where you play mini-games, to advance your job experience and gain access to newer and better paying jobs. For example, the step after janitor is bartender. The jobs have interesting mini-games, such as the bubble-cleaning game you do when cleaning a slot machine. Needless to say, you’ll get both experience and chips for completing your shift.

 

CasinoRPG Review Minigame

 

Last I’ll talk about the achievements and cash-features of the game. Achievements are much like they are in other games, ways to show off what you’ve achieved in the game. Whenever you get an achievement in CasinoRPG, you get a pop-up that asks if you want to share it on social media. As for the cash features, the game uses CasinoPoints as its cash-currency for purchasing stuff in the game. The CasinoPoints are used for buying furniture and items for your person, condo, and your casino. There’s even the ability to buy and sell CasinoPoints to other players using chips – so I’ve got to say, the game isn’t buy-to-win in any fashion and it seems like you can enjoy the game with no problem without paying a cent of real money (especially considering the multiple ways to get CasinoPoints just from playing the game).

 

 

Conclusion

I have to admit I was surprised with how much I enjoyed playing CasinoRPG. I generally hate gambling games, but the fact that the game is far from pay-to-win makes it very attractive. It’s easy to hop in and play some casino games to pass the time, or you can just chat with the other players. The customization features are nice, especially since it gives you a goal to work for. Somehow, GoldFire Studios managed to actually make a decent Casino game with RPG aspects, and I applaud them for pulling that off. I would definitely say give CasinoRPG a try if you’re a fan of casino games, or if you’re just looking for a new browser game to play.

 

 

 

Features: 4/5 – A surprising variety of features.

Customization: 3/5 – I like the direction they’re going, but would like more options.

Graphics: 3.5/5 – Decent graphics for a 2D-browser based.

Controls: 4/5 – Only a few minor problems that were probably on my end.

Community: 5/5 – Great community.

 

Overall: 4/5 – I can safely recommend this game to other people.