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What is combat like in tree of life?

title. Feel free to leave thoughts on the game in general though.

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What is Tree of Life intending to be: one time purchase, one time purchase w/ subscription, one time purchase w/ subscription and cash shop, F2P w/ cash shop, or F2P w/ subscription?

What is the game developer intending to do on the final version of this game?

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PVP MMO recommendations

If anyone is familiar with Rising Force Online, i'm looking for something similar.

You are only safe inside safe zones, anywhere else is pvp-able/pk-able.

and of course it should be at least decent and not p2w.

paid or free doesn't matter.

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Final Fantasy XIV: ARR or Tera?

I've tried just about every MMORPG in the past ten years except for FFXIV, Tera, WildStar and ESO. I just stopped caring at a certain point but have found as of late that there's a void that was once replaced by a particular MMO in the evenings. That game was WoW, all the way back to 2004. I've since given up on it as I realize that I haven't truly enjoyed the game since 2008 and see no point in continuing to pretend like I'm having fun.

I really like sticking to a game and right now there doesn't seem to be a whole lot going on in the MMO world. I feel like the next big game is right around the corner of something. In the mean time I've heard a lot of chatter about FFXIV and Tera in particular. The rest as far as I can tell aren't worth it at all.

FFXIV has my attention because of the character customization and how alive everything appears. I feel like there's a tight-knit community I'm missing out on or something, and I do love Final Fantasy in general. Tera on the other hand has fantastic combat, but the story seems pretty bland and the game kills my graphics card whenever I'm near other players, which shouldn't happen. Kind of annoying in that regard. End-game seems good, though?

What do you think? How are both games doing? Would you say the sub is worth it for FFXIV?

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Is the best Monster Hunter-style MMO Phantasy Star Online 2?

I've been craving an action-MMO similar to Monster Hunter for a long time, and it seems that PSO2 is still one of the best options in that regard. But I'm just wondering if there's anything else out there that fits the bill, as PSO2 is still not out in the US and has to be manually patched to translate to English.

Thanks guys.

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Lenovo launches depth-sensing laptop and Surface 3 rival

If you're in the market for a mid-range laptop, Lenovo has revealed an interesting option at its Tech World event in Beijing. The 15-inch Z51 laptop has an Intel RealSense 3D camera that can be used for scanning, gaming or gesture control. If you're ...
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Lenovo unveils a $49 Chromecast competitor

Lenovo has unveiled its own media sharing device to keep up with the Chromecasts and Roku Streaming Sticks of the world. But the Lenovo Cast differs considerably from Google's similarly named device, and not just because it looks like a puck instead ...
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Twitch Bans AO Titles from Being Streamed in RoC Update

Grand Theft Auto V
eSports
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Twitch has decided to ban Adult Only games with the intention of fostering a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. This is a very interesting decision on Twitch's part, who up until this point has banned the following titles: 

  • BMX XXX 
  • Dramatical Murder 
  • HuniePop 
  • Sakura Spirit 
  • Second Life 

Now, with the ban, they're calling out a few more specific titles: 

  • Hatred 
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy - Director's Cut 
  • Manhunt 2: Uncut 

Which also, interestingly enough, picks up GTA: San Andreas which was marked as Adult's Only due to the hot coffee incident. 

This is a warning to all streamers out there, you can face serious Twitch related consequences for violating these rules. The Twitch Rules of Conduct outlines what games can and can't be streamed and does allow for some specific instances of games with controversial material like nudity (i.e. Witcher III) with the exception that you play the game and don't sit on the controversial material in an attempt to farm views. 

I don't have an opinion about this, Twitch is a free service and it's up to them what they will and will not allow you to stream. I find it amusing that Second Life is banned from Twitch and can only assume a few dozen bad apples brought that about (whereas other games similar to SL aren't on the list) and even Dramatical Murder's clean version has gotten a few people temporarly banned with the request they don't do it again. 

Anyway - be sure to read the RoC before you stream, or else you might face some steep consequences next time you try to stream GTA: SA, which I find to probably be a sacrifice to prevent games like Manhunt and Hatred from being streamed on their service without having to specifically call them out. I've found instances that players have gotten their bans quickly appealed after a slap on the wrist, but Twitch doesn't have to bother if they so choose.

GTA 5, for the time being, remains safe to stream. 

If you don't like these rules, the best thing to do is to not use Twitch. YouTube is very lenient with the content it'll allow you to publish and, if you record the video yourself, you can edit out the nudity with filters, something that's much harder to do in a live game.

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Google is adding a 'buy' button to its shopping ads

That rumor of Google adding a "buy" button to shopping ads? It's true. The company's Omid Kordestani has confirmed to Recode that this super-quick purchasing option is "imminent." He didn't describe how it would work in detail, but the leak described...
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40 Witcher III Tips to Demystify the Game's Intricacies

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
MMO
Gameplay

There is a lot of things in the Witcher III that isn't obviously apparent and with the following list, you should know a lot more of the intricities of the game than I did when I first started, ranging from how to get on a boat to some neat Gwent tips. To start with a bonus tip, look at the window panes inside any building. The weather outside will be displayed on those panes. I won't waste any of your time with a boring explanation of what a tip list is, so here is the list! 

  1. You can only fast travel from a signpost. Boats can fast travel anywhere in water to any harbor that you've located. 
  2. You can sit on a boat and drive it by sitting on the rudder. If you're a passenger, you have to sit on the other end. 
  3. You can climb things you never thought you could with space. 
  4. Lethal fall distance is literally random, depending on if Geralt feels like dying or not. 
  5. Horseback won't allow you to fall off a ledge. 
  6. If a character says come with them now, you'll often teleport to the quest objective. Refuse and odds are you'll either have to travel there yourself or speak to them again to go. 
  7. You can shoot your crossbow WHILE driving the boat. No need to get out, actually, getting out is a horrible idea as you'll probably be knocked in the water. 
  8. You can craft some crazy things, including pheromones that make specific monster breeds not bother you. 
  9. You can have one food and one water at the same time, you can also use potions from your inventory, meaning you can have food/water in your quickslots and then use a Swallow potion from your inventory. 
  10. Wraiths, including nightwraiths, are only vulnerable when they either choose to be, or within Yrden. 
  11. When following people, if you sprint they'll sprint, but not everyone can run as fast as you sadly. 
  12. In a horse race you can troll your other opponents by blocking them from moving forward, great to return stamina while racing. 
  13. In combat, ALT (or dodge) is way better than rolling. Rolling should be for getting out of AoE effects, dodging is for everything that you're not going to parry. 
  14. If an NPC gives you a yellow option, that doesn't mean much. Some of the grey'd options are alternate quest paths too. Additionally, you can ask an NPC a question that may change the quest entirely. 
  15. If you upset an NPC, odds are they won't help you anymore. This is notable in specific quests, like when an NPC is watching a whale. If you say one thing you have to do the alternate method, if you say the other, then you can skip a part of the quest. 
  16. Anytime an NPC dies, it usually has an impact. 
  17. NPCs have a kind of iffy track record on recursive dialog, always double back to things you've visited before, they might have something new to say. 
  18. You don't have to pick every plant. Meditating with liquor in your inventory will restore anything made with alchemy that's consumable (oils, potions, bombs). 
  19. Don't know if you want to make a decoctions or use a mutagen? Make the decoction. Most mutagens provide the same general buff. 
  20. Not sure what to invest your skill points in? Fast attack is the most useful skill - after that, look at Delusion especially early on. You get XP for it when you use it in conversation and don't have to fight, a cheap way to get out of some messy situations. 
  21. Boss monsters are very good at parrying. Don't attack blindly unless you have a reason, it's best to be ready to either dodge or roll then hit them when they're in their "weak" point (usually either when they're resting after an attack or while casting a spell). 
  22. Always deal with someone firing a crossbow at you. They're annoying and will plink you over and over again. 
  23. You can do content above your level, you just have to be on point with dodging. 
  24. You can adjust the difficulty at any given time, so you can turn the difficulty down to do a harder mission to get a better reward, then turn the difficulty back up so the game is enjoyable. 
  25. When the difficulty is set to just story, the game is very easy to the point it's almost a joke, whereas story and sword is an acceptable balance between getting through the game without a lot of difficulty and not having enemies roll over for you. Higher difficulties are appropriately difficulty. 
  26. When tracking tracks, don't worry about the map following you around, if you get to where you need to be then the game will update at that point. So if the tracking isn't tracking you and you're supposed to be following tracks, just keep pushing through. You can even turn quest tracking off for detective track missions! 
  27. Food has no consequence for using it, other than cost. 
  28. You can have a few carnal encounters that aren't part of the main story game - look at the cabarets in Novigrad. 
  29. Signs are useful for all kinds of crazy alternative uses. Igni will light torches while Aard will put them out. This includes enemies that are on fire (Aard will put a fire elemental out for instance). 
  30. Be careful about putting elemental runes like fire on your sword, you can re-ignite fire elementals with burning. 
  31. Bosses don't like signs very much and most signs have little effect, (although Igni can put a damper on some enemy's frost armor). Quen though will always protect you from everything, including in limited use against the white frost. 
  32. There is never a reason to focus purely on the main story - secondary quests and world exploration are encouraged at all times and even if you interfere with something in the main story, it just knocks that part out of the way when you get to it. 
  33. Do quests in the general level appropriate order, the story makes the most sense this way, although the game is perfectly fine with you doing it in the reverse (say if you were to level up in other ways). 
  34. Mods make the game easier and harder - some have released to make grinding enemies an actual for real method to level up. In the default game grinding enemies is somewhat pointless. 
  35. Save often, you only hold the last 3 checkpoint auto-saves, but your manual saves stay with you forever. 
  36. Underwater crossbow is lame, but it seems to do way more damage. Don't forget you can craft speciality bolts that make the crossbow a little bit more valuable above and below water. 
  37. On the consoles, you switch skills while blocking, but on PC you can do it with the mousewheel (or block then pull up the menu). 
  38. Your beard grows as you play the game. I suggest shaving it frequently to the style you want or finding a mod that lets your beard stay the way you always dreamed of. Geralts hair never changes, except for some cutscenes. 
  39. Gwent can be tough to play at the start - it's generally because you don't have enough high value cards. The only two things that matter on a card is how much value it adds to your army and any special ability (oh and its placement). 
  40. Finally, in Gwent, the weather cards are the way you win. If your enemy has say 30 points in close combat and you have nothing but ranged, then once they pass to claim their victory, your weather card will pull victory for you.
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Challengestone 2 Tournament Announced

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
eSports

Earlier this month, we were exposed to a new kind of Hearthstone tournament. Challengestone demanded that its participants build new decks on the fly, given certain constraints. This meant that competitors had to be more than excellent players; they had to be skilled and innovative deck builders, as well. This was Brian Kibler's time to shine, as he managed to take home the title. He battled to the final game in the best of 7 finals against Jeffrey "Trump" Shih, and in recognition of their efforts, both players have been invited back for the second Challengestone.

The tournament will be held from June 27th - 28th, and is once again hosted by Octavian "Kripparrian" Morosan and Tempo/Storm, with a live stream on Tempo/Storm's Twitch channel. There are still some key details that have not yet been revealed, such as which players will be competing against Trump and Kibler, as well as what the new rules will be for this edition of the tournament. The first Challengestone was a blast, and it's safe to say the second one will be incredibly entertaining. We're looking forward to it, but in the meantime (in case you missed it), here's Kripp's initial announcement of Challengestone and why he's so excited about what it brings.

 

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Witcher III - Geralt the Sherman Tank and Flower Picking Simulator 2015

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
MMO
Respawn

Geralt is a f'n tank and I can't stand it. I have so many hours put into the game that it's stupid at this point and every time I want to do anything, all I can think about is a M4 Sherman making its approach to Germany. Sure, it has a lot of firepower, but turning that around is a mission and a half, one of the reasons for its obvious success is that it didn't turn away from the battle - something that Geralt needs to do sometimes. 

Geralt drives like a car with one of the rotors jammed, you can go straight but moving in any other direction is going to be hell and a half. The problem, the big problem here, the major huge big problem right here, is that it's console controls. Batman, it's okay, because in Batman you don't need an ounce of finesse. You don't, you're dealing with simple combat and simple mechanics. The stealth is the most important aspect and even Batman has a turning radius below 180 degrees. 

Tractors in farm simulator operate better than Geralt's feet, capable of turning sometimes on a 0-point radius, thanks to advances in farming technology. Geralt... he can't pick a single flower without having to do fly around as if you're waiting to land your Cessna at the local airport but some dude's having difficulties with his gyrocopter - amature. 

Geralt, a grumpy old man who can't pick flowers even though it's literally his favorite thing, is part of a game with more bugs than I could ever count. Crashes, horses floating in the air, quests that bug to a dead stop, and is pretty much Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity ALL OVER AGAIN. The key difference is that people hate Ubisoft but are totally much more lenient with CD Projekt Red. 

There is a plethora of reasons why, so many that I ran out of fingers and toes, but for the most part let's just say that horses could fly, characters would jump and spin, and you could reach hard quest stops that required a reset - unacceptable for most games. However, CDPR gets away with it because for one very good reason: they're nice people who aren't trying to f you over. 

Let's look at Witcher III, even sold by them, has been on a discount (Good 'ol Games (GOG) is part of the CDPR family). They're including a plethora of free "DLC" although I don't specifically see most of it as anything more than small enhancements, it's still very nice of them. There is two DLC missions that you can purchase that were announced far before the game launched and literally have nothing to do with playing through the game at launch. In addition, they've been fixing bugs at rapid pace. 

I'm honestly excited for their Cyberpunk based game coming up in a few years. They've claimed recently it's all Witcher for the next year and a half and that's some dedication - which is a good thing, because even if you're like me and have gotten most of the secondary quests, horse races, and more out of the way - there is still the mods that will likely remake the world in some interesting, hilarious, cute, and awesome ways. 

Anyway, it's fair to say that the game launched with more issues than a cup with holes in the bottom, they've done their absolute best to make the issues mean as little as possible.  

However, no one can fix Geralt's inability to pick flowers in flower picking simulator 2015. Geralt will drive like a broken down Sherman every day for the rest of his life. A sad ending to a great man.

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GoPro is working on a spherical camera rig for VR, and a drone

In case you were wondering what the next move is for GoPro as it keeps its action cameras one step ahead of cellphones and DSLRs, we have answers: virtual reality and drones. CEO Nick Woodman announced both projects tonight during an interview at the...
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Android Pay's arrival means a new direction for Google Wallet

As we suspected, you'll be hearing more about the new Android Pay setup -- announced a couple of months ago during Mobile World Congress -- during the Google I/O event this week. According to a New York Times report, Android Pay will let retailers ta...
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Top 5 Burning Questions for the NA LCS 2015 Summer Split

League of Legends
eSports
Preview

Two new teams, some critical roster changes and questions around team's levels of performance are going to make this split of the NA LCS an intense one. With only a few days before it begins, these are my top questions heading into the action.

 

Can the reigning champs keep their throne?

Team SoloMid has returned to the top of the North American LCS, having won each of the last two splits, defeating Cloud9 in the finals each time. For a time, it was thought that the current lineup is the strongest collection of players TSM has ever assembled, as the additions of Santorin and Lustboy seemed to be working out extremely well. However, their experience at MSI told a different story, as opposing teams consistently dismantled SoloMid, using the “camp Dyrus” strategy extremely effectively. There’s no question that the synergy between the top lane and jungle was practically non-existent, and the team couldn’t even use that to gain advantages elsewhere on the map. Mid laners from other regions stated they didn’t feel Bjergsen is as good as we typically give him credit for, and while that’s a debatable point, it just goes to show that TSM was a very beatable team. Their lineup has plenty of talent, but they can’t be complacent, and need to make sure their issues are fixed if they want to stay at the top of NA.

 

Will this new Incarnati0n of Cloud9 be better than the old version?

(I’m not sorry for the pun. I stand by it.)

One of the longest standing rosters in competitive League of Legends is no more, as mid laner/team captain/shot-caller Hai Lam had to step down from his role as a player after the Spring Split due to health concerns. The team has replaced him with Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen, a player who is considered to be far superior mechanically, and could represent an upgrade for the team. However, many questions remain. Having spent so much time as a solo queue star, will Incarnati0n be able to adapt well to team play? Will Meteos be able to command the same level of respect as a shot-caller that Hai once had? Chances are pretty good it will take the new mid laner some time to adjust to his new surroundings, and at first, C9 may be weaker than they were last split. However, they’ve shown the ability to rebound from slow starts (they were 1-3 to begin last split before finishing in 2nd.) With time, this new-look Cloud9 team might be better off, or they might miss Hai’s in-game leadership more than they realized.

 

Will the mid lane time share work for CLG?

Hey, it works for SKT!

Obviously, the reasoning for Counter Logic Gaming deciding to split time in the mid lane between Pobelter and HuHi goes beyond just that, but it’s a good starting point for conversation. Part of the reason that switching between Faker and Easyhoon works well for SK Telecom T1 is that the two players have different sets of strengths, but are both immensely talented. Utilizing those strengths most effectively has returned SKT to prominence in Korea, and they looked like the best team at MSI before losing to EDG in the finals. In a recent AMA, Pobelter stated that he and HuHi aren’t actively trying to have different playstyles (mages vs. assassins, etc.), but rather that they’re both just looking to push each other to be the best they can be. This is something pretty different, and they’re treading uncharted waters in North America. However, it was clear that CLG needed to shake things up, and this is certainly one way to do that. Mid lane wasn’t the only area of the roster that has received criticism, but it was a logical place to start. CLG looked like an extremely strong team in the early parts of the Spring Split, before getting swept by Team Liquid in the first round of the playoffs. They’re hopeful that this move (along with some organizational re-structuring) will be what they need to become a top team in NA.

 

This little piggy went to North America

There was a lot of debate/controversy surrounding Team Liquid’s AD Carry position during the Spring. They imported Piglet to have a superstar ADC, only to have the Korean struggle both in and out of game for quite some time. Substitute player KEITH did quite well, but it was clear that the team needed to get Piglet going if they wanted long term success. After committing to using only Piglet for the last few weeks of the split, he rewarded the team by playing significantly better. Now, he’s once again going to have all eyes on him during the Summer, as he’ll have the full time job (presumably) for the entire split. He initially struggled to deal with the expectations that were placed upon him, but he seems as though he might be more comfortable now in his new role. If he can perform consistently at a high level, and if FeniX has finally lived up to his own potential, Team Liquid just might be the team to beat.

 

Will fresh blood shake up the region?

It’s not common for two Challenger teams to get into the LCS in the same split, but Enemy eSports and Team Dragon Knights both earned their place here. There’s some familiar names from both teams, as players like InnoX, Kina (Seraph) and Kez all make their return to the LCS. With Team Coast and Winterfox gone, this split is going to look quite different from the last one. Will either of these new teams be led to victory by their veteran players, or will their overall inexperience cause them to simply try to avoid relegation? With new teams and new players comes a certain level of unpredictability, as they can either crash and burn, or surprise everyone with their success (like certain Unicorns did over in Europe.) Seeing how this plays out will be a lot of fun for the whole season.

 

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to have our questions answered! The EU LCS starts tomorrow, and the North American version isn’t far behind, with the first games kicking off on Saturday, starting with Cloud9 vs TSM!

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: New Blog Teases Things in Forthcoming Udate

The Final Fantasy XIV site has been updated with a new developer blog that gives out a few non-spoiler tidbits of information about the forthcoming "Before the Fall - Part 2" update. As expected, the patch will bring the original FFXIV storyline to a close before the launch of the Heavensward update later this year.

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Warhammer 40.000: Eternal Crusade: Live Stream Give Aways & Production Update Tomorrow

The Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade team has sent word that tomorrow's live stream will feature a production update, a first look at the game's UI, a developer Q&A and some great give aways.

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General: The Daily Quest - How Do You Define Pay to Win?

It's a touchy subject, but spurred on by the recent discussion regarding Skyforge's monetization model I figure now is a good a time as any. Let's do this: how do you, the player, define Pay to Win (P2W) in your games?

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Rift: Echoes of Madness Wardrobe Update Detailed

The Rift site has been updated with a new developer blog post to lay out all of the details about the forthcoming "Echoes of Madness" patch that most notably will contain significant changes to the game's wardrobe system.

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Neverwinter: XBox One Pre-Load Available to Prepare for March 31st

Cryptic Studios has announced that XBox One version of Neverwinter is now available on the Marketplace for pre-download. Neverwinter's XBox One version is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, March 31st.

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