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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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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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