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Paladins Console Beta Review

Paladins Console Beta Review

Paladins is a free to play hero shooter from Hi-Rez Studios, who created games like Smite, Global Agenda, and Trials Ascend. Paladins name is derived from the historical figure, Charlemange’s Court known as the Paladins or also know as the Twelve Peers.

Paladins takes a different approach to the hero shooter genre that has been dominated by Overwath for the past year. Paladins uses a free to play model which is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Paladins uses a card loadout system to strengthen and put more emphasis on certain character abilites. Cards can be rewarded via loot chest or purchased using one of the three in-game currencies called Essence. Paladins also improves on weakness of Overwatch which is travel time to get back into battle. Paladin uses horses or what they call mounts to get you back into the action as soon as possible, which I think is something Overwatch needs to get from base respawn point back into where the action is. Unlike its competitor Overwatch, Paladins shooting mechanics feel like you really hit your target and its feels like you are doing damage to the opposing side. Where as in Overwatch I feel majority of my shoots miss or don’t hit my opponents at all.  Paladins character customization are very interchangable from changing the head, body, even the weapons your character holds, and your mounts. Paladins also has the usual emotes, voice packs, sprays, and poses like Overwatch. There are some similaraties in characters to Overwatch like Paladins Lex being the equivalent to Overwatch’s Reaper and Paladins Viktor and Overwatch’s Soldier 76.

Paladin beta does have some glitches here and there but nothing that’s truly game breaking, it is the beta so there is still time for improvements. Paladin’s shooting mechanics feel like you are truly making a difference and the card loadout system give you something to shoot with getting the best build for your characters and not just the focus of leveling your character  and looking different from the next player. Paladins looks very promising and if a strong community gets around it, it could be what Battleborn was trying to be to Overwatch which is a strong second option in the hero shooter genre.


Game Leaks Continue for WB as Middle Earth: Shadow of War leaks via a Target website

Game Leaks Continue for WB as Middle Earth: Shadow of War leaks via a Target website

Another leak has hit the internet from WB Games. The sequel to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, was leaked on Target.com for pre-order, entitled Middle Earth: Shadow of War and is scheduled to release August 22nd. Target is showing a Standard Edition and Gold Edition. Below is a description of what it will be about. 

Description: Go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within. Experience how the award winning Nemesis System creates unique personal stories with every enemy and follower, and confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. 

As GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2017 kicks off tomorrow we will continue to keep you posted on leaks and everything coming from the big conference this week.

NEW! Batman Arkham Game entitled Batman: Arkham Insurgency, takes place 3 years after Arkham Origins


This leak of an upcoming Batman game comes from a WB Montreal employee who took to Reddit and leaked a lot of information about an upcoming Batman Game, that takes place 3 years after Arkham Origins. The new game is titled Batman: Arkham Insurgency. There has been nothing confirmed about this being a real game from WB Montreal. We speculate that this being the week of GDC (Gaming Developer Conference) 2017, and this leak coming out just days before the big gaming event it will be one of many announcements we hear this week. According to the WB employee the game will be announced on March 8th, but seeing how this leak  is now out in the public it may force WB’s hand into revealing the new Batman game a week early.Below is the post in its original form from Reddit.

There are some spoilers. You have been warned.

Long story short: WB Montreal employee, well, soon-to-be-former-WB-employee. I was part of the team that worked on the failed Suicide Squad game before that got canned, then me and several others got moved to another team developing a new Batman: Arkham game instead. Since I’m probably not going to stay at WB for much longer, and since you guys are going to get the whole news on 8 March anyway, I figured I might as well leak it ahead of time so you guys have got something to look forward to.

1) The game is called Batman: Arkham Insurgency and it takes place about 3 years after the events of Arkham Origins. It’s built on the same engine as Arkham Knight was and has been in development since around 2014.

2) The game will feature Batman and Dick Grayson as Robin as the main playable characters. Grayson has been Robin for about two years at this point.

2) It’s set in a previously unexplored, coastal area of Gotham that is roughly the same size as the three islands from Arkham Knight on the outside, although the interiors have been substantially expanded so you will be able to get inside most of the buildings now. The Batcave and Wayne Manor are also accessible via fast travel.

3) The plot is that there has been a mass breakout at Blackgate and Arkham Asylum, and several terrorist attacks across the city, which results in the GCPD blocking off a segment of Gotham where they have completely lost control. This is the main playable area and while it’s mostly populated by villains and criminals, there’s a whole heap of trapped civilians that Batman and Robin will need to rescue.

4) The Batmobile is in the game, but it’s been changed. There’s no more battle mode but the controls have been modified to compensate. The combat mostly consists of chase sequences and using the Batmobile’s superior speed and maneuverability to navigate around slower opponents while bombing the hell out of them with the car’s weaponry. The missiles, power winch and the EMP device remain, along with some new stuff.

5) Dual play mode is also present, but it’s been changed. The dual takedown has been removed but there’s a whole bunch of new special moves and combos in its place. There’s an entire new skill tree devoted to the mechanic.

6) Combat has been expanded to better accommodate 1-on-1 fights. It’s still rhythm based where you have to time all the correct button presses exactly, but it’s more complicated than the attack/counter basis of the previous games.

7) Owlman and the Court of Owls are the main villains of the game – although Owlman is really the main focus, especially when he murders all the other members of the Court towards the end of the game and starts targeting Batman’s allies. It’s revealed that the Court views Batman’s heroics as a threat to their control, so they organize a criminal uprising to take him out. The Talons are also present as elite enemies who you never fight more than 3 at a time as just one character, or 4 to 5 as both characters.

8) Other villains in the game are Maxie Zeus, Dollmaker, Killer Moth, Anarky, Two-Face, Blockbuster, Ventriloquist, Cornelius Stirk, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Dusan al Ghul, Mad Monk, Dala, Riddler and yes, Joker. Joker figures somewhat prominently in the story (it’s revealed that he helped orchestrate the Arkham Asylum breakout), but he’s not the main villain but more of a major supporting character who mostly works for himself, but will sometimes help Batman and Robin if it benefits him.

9) Alfred and Lucius Fox are your main contacts in the game. Barbara Gordon helps you out on a few side missions and has a slight crush on Dick Grayson, which he doesn’t reciprocate.

10) Unlike Arkham Knight, there will actually be boss battles this time.

11) The estimated release date is around November of this year, but it’s possible that it could be pushed back seeing as the game was meant to be revealed towards the end of last year but was delayed.