Been too long since I had meself a good old fashion retro review and so I thought I might just make up for that and take a look at one of those games that I truly loved for several reasons, but at the same it managed to give me a boatload of headaches through it’s simple unresolvable issues … You guys know, stuff like servers being offline and not being able to play the singleplayer mode either because of the same or other various reasons and more similar snaps, it’s basically Diablo 3, only earlier and much cheaper. Anyways the game was pretty cool in terms of story and most gameplay features, to be honest it crackled a little with the combat system (that was quite important given that it is qualified as a hacker/slasher dark fantasy mmorpg), but once you got used to it things were working out pretty fine because the characters and monsters were more than awesome for 2007 standards. Take a look at the trailer and convince yourselves.

Hellgate: London – Official Trailer

Alright, so you get the point, right? Demons come to the UK (not political ones like those of today when people want to split and then everyone goes crazy and we have a lot of fighting and there are a bunch of casualties and all that) … No sir, “real” demons, guys like the one from the church that carry a bloody scythe and everything in between. So in that demon-infested dump of a city you get to create 3 classes of characters: the ones who die first, the ones who just simply die and the ones you actually get to play (these being the Templars). As the game progresses you gain levels, experience, gear and all the other usual mmo related stuff that you like or that you probably don’t (case in which I must ask myself, what are you doing here?). Couple these with a relatively cool storyline and a decent hacking and bashing of demonic entities and you begin to understand why I actually liked this game back in the days (off course there are other hidden reasons as well, but those you’ll find out yourself once you play it, if you ever get the chance with so many good games coming out on a monthly basis). 

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Even if the game received mixed reviews and wasn’t backed up all that well by the community either, it still somehow managed to sell over a million copies, sadly those weren’t enough to save the company which filed for bankrupcy soon after the release. The game was taken over by diverse annonymous companies which tried to keep it going and even good old Blizzard had some involvent with it (because Diablo), but all these things have led to nothing else but complete revamp (called Hellgate: Resurrection obviously, what the hell were you expecting from a revamp like this?) which I’m quite sure never went to well past beta back in 2011.

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In spite of all the negativity that was all around this game, I for one really enjoyed many of its features and nowadays after the many ups and downs it has went through it is good to see that they finally have made up their mind and although the community is rather small and the game became one of those dreaded “free-to-play” MMO (you can find them over by t3fun.com) it still keeps a pretty decent standard and this time allow me to tell you that servers are working properly. So do feel free to check it out whenever you feel like banishing demons in an even more brutal way than through Diablo. Also if you’re into rock then do please check out this pretty nice mix of Sabaton’s Primo Victoria and the opening cinematic for the original version of the game (just a quick tip, make sure your speakers are maxed out for this one cause it totally rocks).

Sabaton – Primo Victoria (Hellgate Cinematic)

Well sure thing the song is about d day, but the lyrics are totally working out on the video, so I actually think that both elements are fitting perfectly together, video, cinematic, action, rock and everything in between. Now if you still aren’t convinced to check out the game, at least do yourself a favor and look up the cinematics on it and check out those, cause they are pretty nice … And if after that you still won’t get the point of this game just look up a templar chick by name of Avalon (beats me on how did they come up with the name for her) or some south korean cosplay based on the game and you will finally know why the game is actually not interesting to most players (cause they think the game is all about killing demons and won’t relax even a little). That’s my time for now, I do hope you’ve enjoyed the short look at this game and if you liked it, then try it!

Quite some time passed since my last feature and so I decided to grace this new theme and updated blog with a small review and a couple of comments on one of those good guides out there that so far I somehow managed to overlook because … reasons. The guide pack from UltimateWoWGuide that’s better known as Dugi Guides is clearly one of the best guides out there when it comes to everything you need in World of Warcraft due to several reasons (which I will point out as I discuss write every paragraph).

Now off course I could argue for an entire post on just how good these guides are and on how awful it is that they don’t get that much attention as they once used to have and how they had to reduce the bundle pack price from 170$ to 6.99$!!! (Seriously?! It’s a bloody steal for now) … However I won’t do that cause honestly I deem it quite worthless to talk about things past and that’s why we’ll focus our attention on what we have now and on where will the guide pack probably end up once the game updates to Warlords of Draenor (update which is included in the “enormous” price you pay everything). Couple all these benefits with a pretty awesome community that constantly updates the guides with new tips and tricks and what do you get? One of the most awesome set of in-game addons and a full set of online tutorials that comes 10 times cheaper than those provided by the “main competitor” (who everybody knows, but no one will mention by name … see the Voldemort situation and transpose it to the guide section).

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When it comes to guide fragmentation we clearly have a less fragmented version of the same good old guides with which we already got used. If you ask me I believe that this is yet another factor that contributes at ridiculously lowering the overall price (along with other things which were named by the guide master as well in a more extensive video that can be found on their official channel), but anyways let me get to the point here and lay down before you all that there is to know about Dugi and his guides that come in the following forms: leveling (per factions), loremaster/dunegeon, dailies/events, achievements/professions and off course gold. There’s also a free trial which for a limited amount of time (not sure about the limit’s limit tho) is going up till level 40, because if you can afford to pay your Warcraft subscription to actually be allowed to play till 40 or beyond I’m quite sure that you will never find some spare change to buy the complete guide, right? Speaking of complete guides take a look at this before continuing:

Mists of Pandaria – 1 to 90 in 3 days & 3 hours of /playedtime

Download Dugi Guides!!! (Thought I might insert the link in as well because of the video ending)

OK, so did you see it? A pretty nice and swift run up on how does one get to level 90 (soon to be 100 once the new … I mean old Draenor is released) in 3 days without any heirlooms or by having some other high level punk boosting your ass by helping you out with stuff. Basically what the leveling guide does is tell you exactly what to do next whenever there is nothing left to do and yes I get it, experienced players already know all this stuff, but do please asks yourselves, how should somehow who barely started playing know all the stuff without asking some of you bastards about stuff? … Then again how many of you are actually that nice to help out all the random strangers who just begin to play? I sure don’t feel like helping out all the beggars from all around the capital cities that’s for sure. And the arguments can keep on going on like this forever … Anyways that was the leveling guide at this very point, once it will get updated I’ll let you know.

Now for all the rest of the guide combos there are some pretty nice and explicit videos that kind of explain everything till the smallest details so I will refrain myself from talking too much about what is already well known and the stuff that you’ll already see once you get on the official website and on the respective pages, so as not to repeat myself I will just let this one slide and say that you should be a real pro or a real fool to let an opportunity like this slide away, because although the price may be darned small for now, I am quite sure that it won’t remain like that for long (just like the free trial that won’t be free to 40 forever) so I would kindly suggest you skip candies for one day and join up cause you only have to gain from all that there is.

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However if you are of those bold headstrong bastards that feels like paying for someone’s effort just isn’t worth it do allow me to tell you that good old Dugi has the solution for you as well, since he keeps a blog with plenty of good tips and has even a pretty cool forum which has all the suggestions, guides, strategies and whatever else you can think of in terms of WoW, available for free! So just click on the home button from the upper right corner and enjy the freebies … And after you realize that he’s the real deal, then do please feel free to subscribe as well while the 7$ offer still stands so that you can then brag to your friends that you got to 100 faster than they did!

Well I assume that I already talked way too much and I gave you to little room to actually drop by and enjoy the presentations alongside the good old testimonials from the many happy customers who used the guide well enough so far and had nothing but advantages. Well anyways that’s my time for now and this is where my feature ends, I do hope you’ve enjoyed the little presentation and will have fun while stepping your game in preparation of new adventures on Azeroth!

Blog Guides’n’Updates

As I assume that you may have noticed by now (off course if you’re a regular reader) I have made some changes to the blog, including but not limited to the theme and design and chose a more appropriate gaming theme (however you may quantify that). Alongside these more visible changes I have also thought of adding some extra features and change the way in which the blog will be updated, as from here onwards I will try to be more organized and hopfully come up with a nice regular date of when new stuff will be posted (again hopefully). And speaking of new stuff I will also go for a pretty nice new set of posts, specifically game reviews, guide reviews, news and updates for both of these (only things that I find of interest and noteworthy) and finally I will also try to be slightly more creative with my recommendations (if possible) and come up with new helpful websites and articles at any given time.

This brings me to my final idea of update, a small gaming newsletter that was on my mind for some time now. With this petite mailing list I will be sending out a small bi-weekly gaming newsletter using the services provided by TinyLetter to anyone who subscribes, the e-mails could contain anything from a website/guide/game/article recommendations alongside useful tips & tricks for any of the games that I play at that time (mostly WoW and Hearthstone, cause I am stuck on these for now, however I am constantly taking breaks, especially in these times of waiting the big expansion updates).  So for those of you who wish to subscribe use the form on the top right corner or use this link: tinyletter.com/game_guides and simply enter your e-mail then confirm your subscription and you’re good to go. Now up until things get a move on there might be some time between e-mails, but after I get a hang of it (as in this my first mailing list so try not to be too harsh to my messages, eh?) the newsletter should flow without any problems.

And this sort of sums up what I wanted to say in this unsual small post with no videos and no pictures used (don’t worry I will make it up on the future posts whenever those will come out). So to say I am trying to step my own game up and hopefully before this whole thing is over I will actually manage to take things to the next level with this hobby blog of mine. Till next time, y’all take good care of yourselves and yeah, subscribe! :P

There’s a lot of fuss about all the news concerning the updates made on Warlords of Draenor, especially around the capital city controversy, which might or might not be resolved in due time, because reasons … But anyways that’s not really my field (cause – Strategy Game Guides?!) the problem that concerns me is the fact that shortly after the launch or just before it, there are going to be loads of bastards selling guides and plenty of other giving them away for “free” all over the internet just to amuse themselves on the naivite and noobness of young players who have no idea how to properly level and gear up and what to do once there are no more yellow exlamation marks left to tend to. Now to avoid that (at least for those few beginners reading this) I thought about compiling a list of websites that you can trust and you can check with confidence now or during the launch because it would most certainly be safe from all points of view. I will mention both paid and free guides that cover all that there is to be covered from leveling and gold making  to raiding and pvping so hold on to your hats cause we got a lot of stuff to cover and little time to do it.

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Because it is quite clear that most people actually prefer to take the easy way and go for the free version of online guides, allow me to say that the only website (that’s not official and doesn’t charge a dime for its services) for which I can vouch when it comes to Warcraft is wowhead.com (and it’s subsidiary websites that cover the other Blizz games as well and that are listed under the “Head Databases” on the right where the links are). They basically have all the guides and community comments you’ll need to handle everything and anything, provided off course you have time to read all of them posts and go back and forth between the website and the game itself (the same applies to any other free online guide/website that you can get from the web). In this category I am including all the training and tutorial videos that you can find all over the video hosting websites because they basically stand for the same thing.

When it comes to addons, the situation is a bit different, because although you can find plenty of addons to download for free all over the web, most of them are rather useless or infected or trialed or something in between. So to avoid all these problems and basically be happy with my recommendations I will only be speaking of the premium guides that I’ve tested and shared so far and that proved to be worth all the money you’ll pay for them on more than several ocassions (in spite of what “experinced” players think).

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The tip top in terms of in-game guides for World of Warcraft (based on sales, customer response and price) are without any doubt the guides offered by Zygor who remains to this day from 2008 when it was first launched the leader in terms of complete in-game addons for leveling and everything else you can think of. The only downside of it is the big number of guides and thus most people only prefer to buy one or two of them and quite few get the whole bundle of six guides because of the high price (that’s still a bit expensive for your average Joe with discount and all), however only by having the full pack can one truly enjoy it properly.

The second best recommendation comes in the form of the four addons created by Dynasty with a special emphasis placed on their most representative stand-alone Tycoon Gold Addon that has to be the best gold making addon out there … And when I say that, I mean it is better by far than the one that Zygor provides through its profession bundle that contains a small feature on farming, crafting and thus gold-making, however not being very specific it somehow manages not to deliver all that it promises in conclusion making it less useful than the specific guide mentioned in the beginning of this paragraph. The gold addon is so good in fact that it actually totals 80% of the whole sales that Dynasty makes on its addons, with the other three (Impulse, Edge and Booster) bearly coming in with the rest of 20%. These other addons are somewhat useful as well, however in their case Zygor clearly has the upper hand and in terms of leveling at least it clearly has better programs.

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Now there would still be quite a lot of guides (more or less useful) that could be mentioned, however I said that I will only mention the most useful, which you can use in order to prep for the coming of Warlords and better still update them as soon as the expansion launches and use them right away on patch 6.0 as well (please note that any updates for all the guides presented are given for free and no further money are needed once you own either of them), so from among those good guides I will only suggest you check out Dugi’s Guides and X-elerated Guides as well for these two show the greatest promise out of the entire bulk of the extra not quite top of the line guides for Warcraft out there.

Now with this I assume that I should be getting close to the end for I have already spoken too much, however I do hope that at least some of you guys reading this will find these guides useful and with the aid of one of them (or more for that matter) you will be able to get that good head start that everyone will want once Warlords of Draenor is launched on 13.11.14. Off course I invite you all to check out everything that there is to check out on all these websites and why not compare and decide which one suits your gaming style better before you decide on buying one or another. And  finally if you don’t wish to spend any extra cash then you can always go for the free websites I spoke of in the beginning of the post, however knowing that it will be slightly tougher than actually using either of the premium addons/guides mentioned above since you’ll be doing a lot of windowing till you get in hang of how the game works, but off course its good sides and bad sides to them all … Till next time, y’all take care of yourselves and keep your game up!