StarCraft II Gets a “Starter Edition” Version

StarCraft II Gets a “Starter Edition” Version

To be honest, I’m somehow interested in StarCraft II, only because I keep watching the I Suck At StarCraft II series but… well, I sucked playing StarCraft and I bet I’d suck even more on StarCraft II in the ladder games and the full realization of that would send US$ 60 down the drain.

Also, I’m not sure why, but Blizzard Store site somehow makes me believe that I can’t buy the English version of it here in Brazil, although I was told you can — and I still have nightmares from the dubbed version of “Gabriel Knight”.

Realm of the Mad God

Realm of the Mad God

A free-to-play rogue-like MMO.

For the little bit I played, the graphics, although 8-bit-looking, were nicely made and it run mostly ok. The loading process, though, froze my Firefox for a good 20 seconds.

Edit: Ok a bit more playing later and it seems they have lagging issues. Once I joined a map with a lot of people (about 75 of the maximum 85), my magical spells were lagging hard and movement was erratic. I’d drop all keys and my character would still move around, fires were going to places where my mouse was 2 seconds ago… That kind of mess. I can’t fully blame their server load or game mechanics (they should have a huge load right now, since the game was featured in Ars Technica) ‘cause I played on a Mac and it’s a widely known fact that Flash on OS X is incredible bad.

Guild Wars 2 Hands-On

Guild Wars 2 Hands-On

A “hands-on” with some of hi-res screenshots.

Here’s the thing, compared to Star Wars: The Old Republic (the last MMO I previewed), Guild Wars 2 is spectacular – it feels fresh, it feels alive and it feels diverse… three adjectives that I’d never use to describe BioWare’s upcoming MMO, at least from what I’ve seen so far.

That’s one thing I’m saying since I saw the first video of ST:TOR.

There is a small mistake, though: First I thought they changed the human biography questions, but it seems the author just mixed humans with Norn — but that’s ok, he said he never played the first Guild Wars and, to be honest, Norn just looks like human (although you need to put both one right next to the other to see the difference).

Guild Wars On Sale On Steam

Guild Wars On Sale On Steam

The original Guild Wars is now on sale on Steam, with a 50% discount. You can get the triology for US$ 14.99 and Eye of the North for only US$ 9.99.

Who knows, maybe you can farm some of the achievements to unlock the rewards in the Hall Of the Monuments in Guild Wars 2.

(Even if I already have the original Triology, I’m thinking about getting this and starting over, ‘cause my PlayNC account is messed up and I can’t even get Eye Of The North — which probably means my points are messed up too.)