New Mythos Trailer Launched

Frogster has just released a brand new trailer for the Hack-and-Slay Action-MMORPG, Mythos, which is due to be launched in 2011. The video introduces players to the world of Mythos and will also be integrated into the game as the opening video. It tells a tale of trust, betrayal, destruction and revenge.

In times past, four races formed an alliance based on the promise of peace and cooperation – the cyclopes, the humans, the gremlins and the satyrs. However, some human mercenaries were possessed by greed. They attacked the cyclops village and razed it to the ground in a merciless battle for a mysterious green gem – the eye of Crom the cyclops – which they then stole. After their bloody victory the human mercenaries proceeded further into the Evergreen Pasture to wreak more havoc using the power of the green gem. However, one brave Cyclops survived the battle and was overcome with grief after the massive betrayal of trust within the once strong alliance. Consumed by sorrow and driven by rage, he resolved to hunt down the human mercenaries and avenge the honor of the alliance. This is where players will delve into the history of this mythical land through a quest series by supporting the cyclops warrior in his fight for justice and to avert further catastrophe in the world of Mythos.

Mythos is set for release in early 2011. A newsletter is available on the official website for those wishing to know more, you can register here: http://www.mythos-europe.com.

About Mythos
Mythos brings the highly successful “Hack-and-Slay” formula into an action-packed online role-playing game. Mythos offers players a virtual fantasy world based on an atmospheric comic book style where they must hunt countless monsters in a variety of diverse dungeons. Players may also compete with each other in gripping PvP battles. There is a choice of four races and three character classes which can be heavily customized. Mythos was originally developed by Flagship Studios and since 2010 has been further continued and prepared for its release in Europe by the Korean publisher, HanbitSoft. Frogster will publish the game in four language versions – English, German, French and Turkish. The action-packed online game is due to throw open its gates in early 2011.

Features

Action-MMORPG with fast-paced game play
Hack-and-Slay meets Online Role-Playing
Numerous randomly-generated dungeons and items
Powerful crafting and item upgrading systems
Fully-customizable range of four races and three character classes
Challenging single- and multi-player PVP battles
Free regular and extensive updates with new game content
No monthly fees, free to download

Midnight release of Starcraft II

by Angie Quidim

We are anxiously awaiting at our local gamestop to get one of the most anticipated RTS games in the PC world. For years we have been waiting and the gaming gods will be appeased. It is finally the release of Starcraft II, the Wings of Liberty.
Retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Gamestop and Best Buy will be open midnight for the launch as well as the Fry’s Electronics in Fountain Valley will have the developers signing select copies for fans in California.

More to come on the Starcraft adventure… stay tuned

Star Craft 2: Ultimate Experience

Having gotten my copy of the Star Craft 2 Ultimate Wings of Liberty Experience, I immediately opened it up and tried to install the game…

Sadly, the game itself actually knows what time it is and promptly alerted me that I have to wait until midnight tonight to be able to install it… and as such I’ll start my review taking one step back… to the Ultimate Edition itself.

Collectors Edition Box

Quite a nice box it is, as you can see by the pictures of the box that I quickly put it back together.  As a quick run down here is what is contained within:

Open box

  1. DVD install disk
  2. Behind the scenes DVD with developer interviews, all 13 minutes of pre-rendered cinematic, and 32 minutes of in game “story mode” movies (with director commentary).  *NOTE* if you are interested in playing the story without spoilers, do not watch this first
  3. Soundtrack
  4. Starcraft comic Issue 10
  5. Art book (176 pages)
  6. Jim Raynor “dog Tag” USB Drive
  7. World of Warcraft cosmetic pet (Baby Thor)
  8. Battle.net downloadable exclusives

contents

I’ll go over each one in turn and we’ll see if this box is worth the 100$ price tag.

First off is the game itself, which retails itself for the standard 60$.  With this in mind we can move on to the other 40$ of potential content.

Behind the Scenes DVD: This item is a hit or miss type of deal.  I know some people who love this sort of thing.  Getting designers insight to the game, and watching all the wonderfully rendered cinematic over and over and over again.  (You know who you are)  Then there are those who would toss the extra disk aside never to be pulled from the shrink wrap as they can’t wait to play the game.  Personally, I have the DVD playing while I write this part of the review, but only because I can’t install the game itself for another 11 hours.  Don’t get me wrong, the movies are every bit the visual orgasm that you expect it to be, and Blizzard can officially give Square Enix solid competition for CGI.  With that said, if not for this 11 hour gap I have no need for this extra piece.  If it was at the register counter for an extra 2$ I would pick it up, so that is what I’m going to place its value at.

Soundtrack: Here is another extra of questionable value.  Once again, the quality here is high.  However, I doubt that I will ever be driving in my car, and feel the need to listen to the sounds of battle.  I’m not sure I would even pay 1$ for this one.  But, as I suppose it has to have some value for nerd sake to have this on your shelf… 1$ it is.

Comic: Issue 10?  Really?  I doubt I would read it if I had the first issue, but I definitely don’t have a need for a comic book 10 issues in, it doesn’t even have nerd value unless you have the first 9.  No value here.

Art of Starcraft:  Now this is worth something, hard cover, nice jacket, and 176 pages of art (with almost no pages wasted on text).  Even if you don’t collect art books, the fact that you are thinking about buying the Ultimate Experience box means you are probably a Star Craft fan.  All in all, this little piece might make the entire thing worth the price.  But since I started this review I’ll give it a price tag of 25$.  To some it may seem like a lot, but that’s what art books cost, and this one is a pretty good one.

art of starcraft

Dog Tag USB Drive: 2GB – Not a bad size.  Design – Pretty good.  And if you are a Star Craft nerd it comes with a nice surprise.  Star Craft and Brood War expansion set are preloaded on the drive.  The game may be old, but I’ll slap a 10$ price tag on this just for nostalgia and a useful 2GB usb drive.

usb  drive

In game Baby Thor for World of Warcraft: While WoW might be the most played MMO, if you are about to get serious into SC2, then I suspect you won’t have much time to log on.  Still, there will be a few thousand players who are bound to be willing to trade off quite the few Epic level items to get this.  I would say it’s worth at least a few thousand gold worth of items in game.

Exclusive Battle.net content: ah, now here is something worthwhile for SC2 players.  Army icons, Avatar portraits, exclusive version of the in-game Thor unit.  Nothing that unbalances the game, but all things to let other players know that you picked up the Ultimate edition and they didn’t.  Now all that’s left is to Zergling rush them into oblivion.

All in all, it looks like there is 41$, an epic ring or two, and on and offline nerd cred.  To be honest, as far as Ultimate/Special editions of games go, this one really is quite good.  I would personally recommend picking up the Ultimate Experience pack.  So with that said, I’ll see you all online tonight.  Hope you like my special edition Avatar as my exclusive skins for the Thor units shoot you dead.

Chris Hori

HAMILL, CONROY LEAD ALL-STAR VOICE CAST FOR DC UNIVERSETM ONLINE


Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that two of animation’s most well-known talents lead a triple-A cast of voice actors in providing their skills for the upcoming online action game, DC UniverseTM Online. Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: The Animated Series) will once again voice The Joker, while Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Arkham Asylum) will bring to life everyone’s favorite dark knight, Batman.

“We’re excited that not only will Mark and Kevin bring their talent back to the DC Universe as part of DC Universe Online, but we’ve hit the jackpot with a full cast that are veterans of movies, TV shows and games that our fans are crazy about,” said Sony Online Entertainment Vice President of Development, John Blakely. “Several of these actors are recognized as the definitive voices for these characters, and will help us in creating an authentic and exciting experience for fans when they get in the game.”

Besides becoming an international pop-culture icon as the protagonist in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, Broadway veteran Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed virtually all aspects of modern media available to an actor – stage, screen, television, movies and video games. Hamill received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Michael Stewart’s Harrigan ‘n’ Hart. He has also performed in hundreds of TV cartoons: Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, Samurai Jack, Spider-Man, Powerpuff Girls, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Little Mermaid, Phantom 2040, Johnny Bravo, Fairly Odd Parents, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest and Scooby Doo. He’s also provided his voice for several animated feature films: Joseph, Prince of Dreams, Balto II, Wizards, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, for which he received two “Annie” award nominations.

Kevin Conroy is best known to audiences for his role as Batman in Batman: The Animated Series. Conroy continued to voice Batman in the subsequent series The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. His tenure in the role also includes the films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. He also voiced Batman for the character’s guest appearances in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock and The Zeta Project. Conroy has also voiced Batman in the DC Universe Animated original movies Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. In a full tally of his performances, Conroy has portrayed the superhero longer than any other actor in either live-action or animation.

The rest of the cast will provide voices for the following iconic characters:

Adam Baldwin (Superman) -Baldwin has amassed an impressive and expansive range of film roles, from large studio projects to gritty independent films. Baldwin has worked with many of Hollywood’s most successful actors and directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Kevin Costner and Richard Donner. In the sci-fi world, audiences know Baldwin for his starring role on Firefly recurring roles on The X-Files, Angel and The Visitor, and guest starring roles on Stargate SG-1 and the new The Outer Limits. He followed up his Firefly character once again in Joss Whedon’s motion picture, Serenity. This fall, he returns as John Casey in the NBC drama Chuck.

Gina Torres (Wonder Woman) – Currently starring in the new ABC Family series Huge, Torres’ most notable television credits are her performances as assassin Anna Espinosa on Alias and Zoe Washburn, the shotgun-toting mercenary on Joss Whedon’s Firefly (and the feature film Serenity), in addition to her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Cleopatra 2525, which earned her an ALMA award. Her film credits include The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded, I Think I Love My Wife and Hair Show. She has also voiced the characters of Vixen in the Justice League animated series and Superwoman in the DC Universe animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

James Marsters (Lex Luthor) – James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the cult favorite punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then on the final season of the spin-off show Angel. He is a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide honoring the show and sci-fi genre. Marsters played the role of Brainiac on the series Smallville and can also be seen in his recurring role on the hit BBC America show Torchwood, playing the ruthless and sexually deviant Captain John, as well as his recurring role on Battlestar Galactica as Barnabas Greeley. On the big screen, Marsters was featured in the live action adaptation of the hit Japanese video game Dragon Ball, in which he portrays Lord Piccolo, the evil war lord set on destroying the earth. Marsters’ upcoming role will be as the recurring villain on CBS’s reboot of the classic series Hawaii Five-O.

Michelle Forbes (Circe) – One of the industry’s most prolific actors, Forbes brings an intense quality to every role she tackles. She has appeared in such independent films as Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks. Last year she made her debut in the groundbreaking HBO series True Blood starring as Maryann, a wealthy local who has mysterious intentions. She has also appeared as Kate Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment. In 2005, Forbes received rave reviews when she starred as Admiral Helena Cain in the intelligent and politically charged series Battlestar Galactica.

In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe.

DC Universe Online is scheduled to ship November 2, 2010 for both the PC and the PLAYSTATION® 3 Computer Entertainment System, and his expected to carry a rating of “T” (for Teen) by the ESRB. For more information, check out the product website at http://www.dcuniverseonline.com.