Populous. The Sims. Minecraft. There’s something about simulation games that I’ve always enjoyed. There are other ones that I’m too fond of (honestly, I find World of Warcraft almost too time-consuming for it to be enjoyable), and others that I will spend hours playing knowing there is a definite end point. Examples of ones I [...]
Blizzard announced today that one of its most anticipated titles, previously in closed beta, would become a free Open Beta Weekend for all users with a Battle.net account beginning April 20. All you have to do is download the client here and starting 12:01 PDT, you will have access to five heroic classes up to level 13. This open beta will act as a stress test for the servers leading up to the May 15 release date for the game.
What steps do I need to take?
- Log in or create a Battle.net account at http://www.battle.net
- Create your BattleTag™, which is required to play Diablo III (What is BattleTag?)
- Download the game client, install, and play between 12:01 p.m. PDT April 20 and 10:00 a.m. PDT April 23
Blizzard, the company behind the hugely popular MMO World of Warcraft, has revealed that is constantly looking at ways in which it can bring its title to the iPhone, and admits that it would be “foolish” not to explore the possibility. It promises that as soon as it has perfected the mobile experience, we’ll know about it.
Having WoW in your pocket at all times is something fans have been dreaming about, and they’ll be pleased to know that Blizzard is indeed looking into it. The company’s senior WoW producer, John Lagrave, confirmed during an interview with Eurogamer:
Here’s your platform, you’ve got to put an interface, what do you do? So yes we have [looked into mobile] and we always are. Maybe we’ll stumble on the great way to put WoW on the phone – maybe we won’t, but we’re certainly looking into it.
The only problem is, it seems the company is having a hard time porting the title to the touchscreen. Until it has done that and developed a “decent” experience, you won’t see WoW in the App Store:
We won’t do it until we think it’s decent. But it’s interesting and the world is evolving towards that little handheld device – I’d have fun on it, that’s absolutely the case. It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that.
When we have an epiphany, everyone will know. But for now, no epiphany!
It shouldn’t be too hard for Blizzard to have that epiphany. After all, it only needs to look at Gameloft’s Order & Chaos, a WoW clone, to see how games like this should work on a touchscreen.
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OnLive made headlines earlier this week when the company announced a new iPad app at CES which brings Windows 7 to the iPad, allowing you to run Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Those of you who are interested in the app and you live in the U.S., you can grab it now, for free, from the App Store.
The free download provides you with access to a cloud-based PC desktop running Windows 7 on your iPad, “whenever and wherever you want it.” OnLive promises the new app will bring you “a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.”
I’m not quite sure what that “fast-action media” could be, because as things currently stand you can only access certain applications, including the Microsoft Office suite, and a web browser. You cannot install your own software, so don’t expect to be loading up World of Warcraft on this thing.
There is one other downside, too. I’ve been trying to use the app all morning and all I’ve gotten out of it is a “service is currently full” error, seen below. That would suggest your hopes of a last-minute edit to your PowerPoint presentation will be quashed if too many people are already using the service.
Hopefully this is a problem OnLive will fix soon. If you’ve had chance to play around with OnLive Desktop, let us know what you think of it.
At the top of our list of must-haves this week is Gameloft’s brand new World of Warcraft-like MMORPG called Order & Chaos Online. Set in a vast fantasy world with thousands of other players from around the world, this is the most promising real-time RPG to hit the App Store yet.
Also to feature is the third release of Zenonia – another RPG which promises to provide “greater enjoyment that the previous two Zenonia’s combined.” The Midgard Story has been revamped and upscaled for a truly epic gameplay experience.
Gears is a physics-based 3D ball roller that defines its genre with an immersive adventure across beautifully detailed worlds that feature dozens of unique and challenging levels.
Find out more about the games above and check out the rest of this week’s must-haves – including Unpleasant Horse and Snuggle Truck – after the break!
Order & Chaos Online – ($6.99) Universal – Games
Order & Chaos Online is Gameloft’s iOS answer to World of Warcraft – a true real-time, full 3D massively multiplayer online role playing game. It features a vast fantasy world for you to explore with thousands of other players from around the world. When you begin the game, you use the character creation system to create your hero from one of four races: elves, humans, orcs, and undead. You can customize things like gender, appearance, class and talent – with over 1000 skills and 2000 pieces of equipment to choose from. Once you’ve created your character, you can travel through dark forests, deserts, jungles, mountains and more – on foot or by magical means. Interact with other players to make friends or enemies, trade, challenge, communicate and more; with a wide range of different interactions, and over 500 quests to perform. As well as its $6.99 price tag, Order & Chaos requires a subscription to continue playing: you get three months free when you first login, and after that you’ll have to pay $0.99 per month, $1.99 for three months, or $2.99 for six months.
Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story – ($4.99) iPhone – Games
Zenonia 3: The Midgard Story is a dynamic action RPG that claims to be even better than its two predecessors combined – revamped and upscaled for a truly epic experience. Featuring a whopping 227 unique maps of Midgard with 136 quests of action-packed adventure. Choose from 4 distinctive classes, each with different attributes, and team up with friends for multiplayer co-operative play. Collect all 48 Game Centre achievements plus 47 in-game titles with special effects. Improved features include a whole new range of weapons, helmets, armors, gauntlets and footwear; three different difficulty modes; and a greater RPG experience in an immersive new tale from the world of Zenonia.
Gears – ($0.99) Universal – Games
Gears is the ultimate physics-based ball roller with blow-away 3D graphics that offer a fanciful world of 27 beautiful levels in a wonderfully immersive adventure. Control your ball through each challenging level, picking up as many power-ups as possible along your way, by tilting your device and swiping with your fingers. Four difficulty settings make Gears an enjoyable experience for both professionals and those who are new to the genre. Featuring 3 unique worlds, 27 levels, Retina display graphics and visuals enhanced for the iPad 2, and Game Centre integration.
Unpleasant Horse – (Free) Universal – Games
Unpleasant Horse is the first game from PopCap’s sister studio, 4th & Battery, and was previously rejected from the App Store by Apple thanks to its mature content. It finally got approved, however, and we’re glad that it did. As an Unpleasant Horse, your idea of a good time is bouncing through the clouds on to the backs of cute, loveable ponies who you send plummeting to a gruesome, bone-chewing demise into the carefully placed meat grinders down below. As long as you don’t miss a cloud or pony on your travels then you’ll be fine, but fail to hit your landing and you too will be destined for mince meat.
Snuggle Truck – ($1.99) Universal – Games
Once named Smuggle Truck and featuring a truck load of illegal immigrants, this game has been rebranded as Snuggle Truck and now features cuddly toys to guaranteed its approval into the App Store. It’s an over-the-top physics-based driving game in which you must save your cargo of fuzzy animals from extinction by delivering them to the zoo in record timing. Tilt to control your truck and catch the loveable little animals, drive over rocky terrain and back breaking roads, through hills, caverns, deserts, and forests and deliver your load to safety. Featuring 40 levels packed with challenging physics gameplay, gorgeous visual optimized for the Retina display, Game Centre integration, and a unique medal reward system with multiple gameplay styles.