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Hearthstone Goes Dungeons & Dragons with Kobolds & Catacombs

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Hearthstone has taken the world by storm thanks to its slick gameplay, easy-to-learn-yet-difficult-to-master rules and mechanics, and its constant expansions and updates. Today, at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced the latest expansion for the game, the Dungeons & Dragons inspired/themed Kobolds & Catacombs.

The most important feature of any collectible card game is how it sets itself apart from other, similar games, and more importantly, if the game’s developers can continue to introduce new and unique mechanics. Since Hearthstone‘s next expansion is D&D themed, it will introduce treasure chests and loot to the game. Players will have to bash open the chests to get at the loot, but it will be well worth it, since what lies inside might just be some of the most broken and overpowered cards in any CCG. Not only will players be able to summon (and destroy) treasure chests, but many cards introduce the keyword “recruit” that lets players summon a random minion directly from their decks.

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Kobolds & Catacombs will finally introduce new legendary weapons, one for each class. The first weapon that was shown off during the Hearthstone panel was the Priest’s Dragon Soul weapon that lets players summons a powerful dragon with five attack and five health  after they play three spells. The second weapon was the Mage staff Aluneth that lets players draw three cards at the end of their turn. I told you these cards were broken. But, weapons aren’t the only broken cards in the expansion, as players will also be able to use three different unidentified item cards. No, seriously, that’s what they’re called, because players don’t know what these items do until they’re drawn. Kobolds & Catacombs will also come with special class-specific spellstones that can easily make or break a match.

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What is a Hearthstone expansion without new minions? Well, Kobolds & Catacombs comes with Guild characters who spawn treasure chests and focus on the recruit keyword. But, the Guild isn’t the only potentially game-breaking set of cards in the expansion. Rin, the First Disciple is potentially the most powerful card in Hearthstone, if not any CCG, because she gives players a set of Seal cards that summon demons. Once gamers play all the Seal cards, they can summon Azari, the Devourer, a demon that destroys your opponent’s deck. Yes, you read that correctly. Also, since the expansion is called Kobolds & Catacombs, it comes with a bevy of Kobold minions to summon and slay.

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New cards aren’t the only additions to Kobolds & Catacombs; the expansion will also introduce the Dungeon Run, a special rogue-like single-player game mode that tasks players with fighting random boss monsters with limited decks. Each time players defeat a boss, they gain new rewards, some of which are too overpowered for regular gameplay, but whenever players lose they need to start over from scratch. Only the players who make it to the end of the Dungeon Run will get the best cards; the risks may be huge, but so are the rewards.

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Hearthstone: Kobolds & Catacombs looks extremely promising and brings in mechanics I never thought I would ever see in a CCG. I can’t wait for its release, and neither should you. Plus, if you were lucky enough to either visit BlizzCon or get a Virtual Ticket, you will gain a special gold edition Kobolds & Catacombs card.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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