I first discovered SMITE in 2013 and when I started playing, Chang'E was the newest character added to the game. She was the 39th character added to the game at the time. Skip ahead almost four years later and SMITE is still going, stronger than ever and a new patch was released for the game. With this patch comes Da Ji the 88th character added to the game. We are slowly creeping towards that 100 character milestone and it will be an amazing event when it finally comes.
Da Ji is an assassin from the Chinese pantheon and this assassin focuses more on damage than burst like some of the other assassins. Her passive applies a bleed which deals dot damage every time she hits an enemy with a basic attack, and she has the ability to teleport to gods and deal damage as well. Good luck trying to run away with low HP.
Her ultimate attack however is amazing. She summons her signature torture device the PaoLao and can target three enemies with it. Targeted enemies take damage and are chained. After a short duration, chained enemies are pulled towards the PaoLao and then take damage three times over two seconds. Get them beads ready because this is like a more frustrating version of an Ares' Ultimate.
Hi-Rez has also graciously sent along some codes to unlock Da Ji and her alternate "Vixen" skin. I have posted the codes in the comments section below. These are one time use codes and are first come first serve. Good luck! :)
After months of speculation as to whether or not we'd even see a Beta, the wait is finally over: Gwent is here. Well, at least the open beta is.
It's hard to believe that the closed beta was over seven months ago, and while the feedback that CD Projekt Red received was helpful in pushing forward, delays happen and the men behind the fantastic Witcher series are one step closer to bringing the final product to life. The Beta will be available across major platforms this weekend, so be sure to take some time out of your extended holiday and get into some cards!
When I was younger my favorite TV shows were those based on video games, namely Captain N and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. Well let's face it, they're still some of my favorite TV shows all these years later. While quite a few video games did receive their own animated series over the years, for better or for worse, one series that never did was Castlevania. That's about to change as the first season of Castlevania will debut on Netflix on July 7th. Netflix dropped a trailer for the series today and after watching it, July 7th can't come soon enough for me. Plus now I really want Netflix on an NES cart.
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Good. So, you might want to sit down for this. I don’t know how to tell you this but…it seems that video games have…died.
That’s right gaming is dead. I know! I can barely believe it myself, and I write about games. But since the announcement of the Ubisoft and Nintendo collaboration, Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, gaming, much like “the music” in the Don McLean classic, has died.
First sign that gaming might be on its way out came through a cropped image that was leaked on Discord of a Rabbid dressed as Princess Peach taking a selfie -- an image a few other journalists have described as well God help us all.
Shortly after, WWG reportedly received a full-size image (pictured above) of what would be promotional material for a game someone ostensibly would like to play, and not an unstoppable super-plague sprung upon an unsuspecting medium.
Based off the evil vision above, as well as some earlier reports, it seems that the final nail in the coffin of gaming that is Mario+Rabbids will involve the eponymous union fighting enemies with laser weapons. Also it's an RPG. Cool.
Rabbids, of course, are France's Minions, although they predate Minions, so they are sort of ur-Minions, and therefore more dangerous than we can possibly imagine. Why Mario, an occasionally annoying but mostly delightful, playfully racist, and all around wonderful guy would ever team up with such contemptible rodents is beyond me. But someone has to pay for the Nintendo Switch, and it seems that it'll be up to exhausted parents of the children in the 6 - 12 demographic buying their children the gaming equivalent of "Smurfs 9: The Smurfining," to foot the bill.
Anyway this malignant tumor should fully metastasize and end all of gaming as we know it sometime in August, possibly later. Who knows. Hush now. Darkness comes.
Nintendo is not new to publicity stunts, from turning Times Square into a Wii Sports Resort to squirreling JOHN CENA away on an isolated mountaintop for a private party, they always find creative ways to hock their wares.
This year they're taking a touring exhibit called Summer of Play on the road. They'll be constructing pop-up kiosks at malls, fairs and other events across America, starting in Irvine, California at the Irvine Spectrum Center, June 9-11. These events will let consumers demo Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe among other games.
Once again, I'm hoping these events will let Nintendo get all that ARMS/Splatoon 2 hype out of their system so they can show off something new at E3, instead of the same paltry handful of launch window games we've been hearing about for over a year now. A new Metroid would be nice, is all I'm saying.
I'm naturally suspicious of Steam Greenlight games--the service is going to be superseded soon anyway--and I'm doubly suspicious of entries in the oh-God-not-another-2D-platformer genre. Eon Break might just be the exception to the rule, however. Yes it's another side-scroller, but you play as a time-traveling Nicola Tesla who uses his dimension-bending powers to fight the Nazis and an army of mushrooms on the side. I would say that's at least worth a try. The new trailer looks pretty slick too. Eon Break is headed to PC later this year, and PS4 and Xbox One in 2018.
The thrill of launching your hopped-up Focus down a hillside course is one thing, but launching it around a track with 10 other cars is a whole other race. This newest World Rallycross trailer for Dirt 4 shows the type of passion, skill, and madness that it will take to go up against other opponents with the same 600 horsepower that you've got.
So, there's a lot going on in this key art for the freshly announced Far Cry 5. It's an orgy of extremist White America imagery. There's an Iron Cross-like set of stars on the American flag. Next to the church is a flag pole that flies the American flag underneath this clan's personal flag; to explain, flying the American flag underneath any other flag is in direct violation of flag display protocols. The guy with his knife jabbed into the hunk of red meat even rocks the Alt-Right Richard Spencer haircut. The one woman in the scene is reduced to marriageable material, and is literally holding a "lily white" flower. And the front-and-center preacher-like character is in full religious cult mode—you can even see how everyone's arrangement at the table is a bastardization of Leonardo da Vinci's painting of The Last Supper, complete with bread, wine, and a presumably Holy Bible. Oh, and to solidify the religious zealotry, there's a character bound at the wrists in front of the table, with the word "sinner" scrawled on his back.
Woo. Like I said. There's a lot. All of this is done with a good assortment of Far Cry staples embedded in the image. Weaponry scattered at the table (guns, check). There's aircraft (check). There's a gray wolf (animals, check). There's a barn on fire in the background (a literal barn burner, with flags fully splayed in the wind, meaning the fire spreads, check).
Rural America, y'all. But in GN Slack, Jeremy Duff brought up the idea that maybe—maybe—these aren't the actual bad guys. Did you ever think of that? Because I sure didn't. And if Duff is even half right, then we might have an even more interesting story on our hands than I thought. We'll see where Ubisoft goes with this. My knee-jerk response to this image is that, yes, of course these are the bad guys. Far Cry 5 wouldn't post a picture of scary alt-right White American religious cult stereotypes and tell us that these aren't the extremist nut job militants you're looking for.
New video for Far Cry 5 coming this Friday, May 26. I'm anticipating it'll be a gameplay reveal, as opposed to the initial live-action videos posted Monday. I'll watch it. I don't know if I love or hate everything I'm seeing in this one piece of key art or not.
Players of Torment: Tides of Numenera recently received a content update as well as some additions this week. The biggest feature introduced was a new companion called Oom ("The Toy"). Oom is a shape-changer and a guardian and is somehow connected to the Tides. It doesn't speak and its thoughts are just some alien metaphors, but it does push you to increase your understanding of the Tides and to learn secrets about its past. The update also includes the Voluminous Codex. This basically serves as an encyclopedia of your travels and updates with more entries as you proceed through the game.
Torment: Tides of Numenera is available for purchase on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. More info can be found at http://tormentgame.com.
The NEOGEO hit classic Windjammers is making it's return soon on the PS4, but DotEmu is giving players a chance to get in on the action early by holding a closed beta for the game from June 8th - June 12th.
To enter for a chance to enter the closed beta, you have to subscribe at their official website. www.flyingpowerdisc.com/
The beta will only be available for those in North and South America, the Middle East and Europe. You also may have the chance to play against WWE Superstar Xavier Woods or Keikun, the present Windjammers World Champion.