Guildwars 2: Heart of Thorns. Feature Overview.

Heart of Thorns

 

You know the deal by now, no spoilers here, I just thought it may be useful to those looking to purchase the first expansion to Guildwars 2 (and those new to the franchise completely) to outline some of the new features that come along with the new story content.

A whole new world

Well, place, “The Heart of Maguuma” is a jungle region housing 4 open world maps. Within each map are 3 different levels or “biomes” the roots, the floor and the canopy. With this comes new races of creatures, new outposts and a new storyline which takes place after Living World Season 2.

The Mastery system

This system adds progression and rewards for characters who have reached level 80. Certain actions will reward mastery points which can be spent levelling up mastery tracks, these add new features, items or abilities to your character. Gliding or crafting a legendary weapon for example.

Revenant – A new profession

A heavy armour profession that channels energy and abilities from characters in Guildwars’ past, which you can switch between to harness the best skills for the situation you are in.

Elite specializations

A way for those who are level 80 to unlock new weapons, traits and skills. Each profession currently has the option of one specialization, the Elementalist’s being Tempest, and this unlocks shouts for these Eles.

Guildhalls!

Yes, like in Guildwars 1, only not really…so, so much better, but damn expensive to obtain. I shall type a separate post on these as and when I can.

Also, new content for PvP and WvW players (I don’t really explore this very much) and raids for those who want to play more challenging content in a group setting. (Again I will post more on these once I have experienced them more for myself) This is what I know of so far, let me know if I’ve missed anything. See you in game!



Blog birthday Q&A

Kezla's First Post.
Kezla’s First Post.

 

My first post on this blog was the one you see above, 3 quick tips for what is probably my favourite game of all time, Fallout New vegas.

So, a lot of you had awesome questions, thus, I have decided to break them down into weekly posts, rather than a very long essay. The first question came from Jon over at The Fun Turret which is a rather good read, so you should go have a look too.

Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in gaming in that time- one good, one bad?

In the past 3 years the biggest change for me, that’s been awesome is the rise of independent gaming journalism. The YouTube review channels, the blogs and gaming forums. These are the first places I go for news, reviews and first impression of games that I’m thinking of buying, and I love that. These writes, videographers and posters are gamers themselves, and have an enthusiasm and passion for it. Yes you have to be careful of those who are paid or sponsered to say good things, but I find that if I do my research, that’s not difficult to avoid.

Something that I’m not so keen on is the elitism and segregation that can occur within the gaming community. I hear people chortle when I say I chose to purchase a Wii U over an Xbox one or PS4. I sense some judgement when I say I have been spending my time playing Guildwars 2 and Hearthstone instead of the lastest releases or Call of Duty or Assassins Creed, and that’s just me. I suppose there will always be cliques and groups within communities, but arguing about the best system, and ridiculing people for their gaming tastes seems like a waste of time and type…I especially see this in younger generations, and it saddens me slightly.

Let me know your thoughts on this question in the comments section, and I’ll return to answer another next week 🙂



New console news…Wii U!

 

Wii U

It was high time I added a new console to the house…given that my PS3 had given up the ghost many months ago…I saved until I had enough to buy a Wii U.

I opted for this for 2 reasons, firstly watching E3, scouring the internet and paper gaming mags, I have found that the games for this platform just appeal to me more than the exclusives that the other 2 main platforms have coming out soon. Secondly, for the price. I got the premium console which includes 2 games for £200…well, slightly less than that, as I had a couple of discount codes to add on.

Initial thoughts

+  The console is sleeker looking, heavier and feels of a better quality than the Wii and than what I was expecting.

+ The gamepad is a joy to use, ergonomically designed and some of the demos I played of other games used it extremely well.

+ The interface is super easy to use and very customisable.

+ The Youtube app has become my favourite way to watch videos on the site.

 

– The massive update I had to download upon switching the console on…taking almost an hour.

– Battery life of the gamepad isn’t superb…I get about 5 hours use before it’s completely dead.

 

The only issues I have with the console are minor niggles, and I am super happy with my purchase, I shall let you know my thoughts on Lego City Undercover when I have got my teeth into it properly. (After 3 hours of game-time, it’s excellent and comes highly recommended.)



My Current Hearthstone Deck

I’m still very much enjoying Hearthstone, and have stuck to playing as Rogue for almost all the games I play. Here’s a peek into a selection of cards in my deck. I play Rogue in a strange way…lots of spells and taunts, using Magic +1 cards stacked to cause some pretty decent damage.

Hearthstone Deck 2014

 

“Backstab” deals 2 damage to an undamaged minion and costs you nothing, great to use this and then do additional damage with other cards to wipe out a mean minion with a half decent health stat.

“Deadly Poison” gives your weapon +2 attack, this coupled with “Assassin’s blade,” which gives you a 3 attack, 4 health weapon already, is useful…when the weapon health is low I play “Blade Furry” which destroys your weapon, but deals it’s damage to all enemies.

I’m heavy on healing cards for when my deck is unkind and isn’t throwing up taunts, or cards that I can combo, so have “Voodoo Doctor” “Earthen Ring Farseer” “Darkscale Healer” and “Priestess of Elune”

The rest are Magic +1 (3 cards), Taunts, minions that have a combo bonus of either 2 damage, or summoning another minion if played after a card (The card I play is usually “Backstab” as it’s free, or Voodoo doctor, as it’s cheap and heals me)… and spells, with the exception of one Sprint, which allows me to draw 4 cards. I only play this when I have taunts on the board, so that I receive minimal damage for using so much mana!

Spell wise “Sinister Strike” does 3 damage to the enemy hero, but a lot more with the magic+1 buffs in place, “Fan of knives” does 1 damage to all enemy minions and draws a card, great to plonk down a couple of magic buffs then play these early in the game. And finally to “Assassinate” which does exactly that…takes out an enemy minion, this is especially useful for Molten giant taunts, or the annoying minion that a priest has doubled both the health and attack of…twice…definitely a card worth holding in your hand until you really need it!

So that’s an insight into how I play as Rogue…let me know your favourite class and how you play, in the comments, or tweet @kezla.



The End of an Era.

Ladies and gentlemen…I had been expecting this for some time now, but that doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier…The YLOD is upon my 6 year old PS3, thus, I am consoleless…posts will be far less frequent now I’m really only playing Guildwars 2 on PC, but I shall endeavour to still ramble occasionally.

Goodbye PS3, it’s been immensely fun!

YLOD