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Monday, November 17, 2014

Preview: Dragon Age: Last Flight Review

Fans of BioWare’s Dragon Age series have no-doubt been eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third game in the series that follows the highly-praised Dragon Age: Origins and its mediocre sequel Dragon Age II. Part of the Dragon Age series’ appeal lies in the first game’s call back to “proper” RPG form with gameplay that focuses heavily on strategy and immersion. Another part however, is the dedication BioWare shows in making the game’s fantasy world of Thedas feel truly alive through both stunning visuals and engaging lore. Llane Merciel’s new novel, Dragon Age: Last Flight, manages to conjure the same vivid attention to detail that first drew players in when Origins was released back in 2009. While it doesn’t tie directly in with the events of Inquisition or any of the other Dragon Age games, Last Flight is still a must-read for any true fan of the series.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: Khans of Tarkir brings some exciting changes for Magic vets

In its never-ending quest to keep itself relevant to modern trading card game players, the venerable Magic: The Gathering series has gone to some pretty interesting places. Few of the TCG's efforts however have been as ambitious as its recently launched Khans of Tarkir expansion. Packed into the expansion's total of 269 new cards are several new gameplay mechanics and strategies, all based around the five powerful clans of the plane of Tarkir. But how well does Khans of Tarkir fit into the core Magic ruleset and, more importantly, how accessible is it?

Monday, September 1, 2014

(Preview) Five Batman Comics You Should Read Before Playing Arkham Knight

Batman fans who are looking forward to playing the Dark Knight’s final Rocksteady-developed adventure Batman: Arkham Knight still have a bit of a wait ahead of them since the game has been delayed into 2015. However, for Arkham fans who have always wanted to explore more of the fiction surrounding Batman but never knew where to start, this prolonged waiting period provides the perfect opportunity. Below are five different pieces of visual material set within the Batman universe which, while not necessarily required to understand what’s been going on in the Arkham series (and what will happen in Arkham Knight), should give players a better understanding and appreciation for the characters and events depicted in the games.

Read the full article at GameCrate.com.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

(Preview) The Order of Abstergo: The Rise of the Templars in Assassin's Creed

"Even when your kind appears to triumph ... Still we rise again. And do you know why? It is because the Order is born of a realization. We require no creed. No indoctrination by desperate old men. All we need is that the world be as it is. And this is why the Templars will never be destroyed."

These powerful and terrifyingly truthful words, spoken by grandmaster Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III, best sum up the enigmatic Order of Templars; the central antagonists of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. However, Haytham’s words reveal only a small fraction of the Templars’ true breadth and influence. With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and through it, the chance to see events unfold through the eyes of an Assassin turned Templar, now is the perfect time to look back at how the Templars were first conceived, where they are now, and what could be in store for them in the future.

Read the full article at ShackNews.