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Alright, the polls are closed and you have chosen the Best of 2016. Some of these results were really close. We had to bring in a tie breaker on more than a few of these categories. But, 2016 was a great year for nerds and 2017 looks to be an even better one.

Without any more bantering, here’s the results of the Best of 2016 Poll!!!

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By: JD Hardin

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Several months back, we took the time to let you, the good people, know what we were up to. Among that list was a YouTube channel for our podcasts and interviews. Unfortunately, all that has made it on the channel so far is too videos of a round table with Kevin Eastman. Last week we did a live video feed on vape.tv but still no YouTube. As of this morning, I’m happy to report that promise is finally reaching fruition. Last night, a live streaming test was performed with great success! So, look forward to seeing our ugly mugs every Sunday night!!

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By: Steven Saunders

Title: DC Online

Status: Released

Genre: AMMORPG

Developer: SOE

Publisher: DC

So after my first review of marvel online. I decided to review other comic Style online games out there. DC online is a wow type Ammorpg. it’s worth noting just how good a first impression DC Universe Online makes. With the help of revered comic book artist Jim Lee, Sony Online Entertainment has created the most attractive MMO on the market. Granted, it’s still a long stride behind the sort of visual fidelity found on PlayStation 3 and PC, but the combination of Lee’s art-style and the resonance of DC’s characters and locations give the game an instant appeal that can’t expressed in pixels.

The game world spans Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, and Superman, Batman, The Joker and a host of other famous characters ensure you’re never far away from a welcome nostalgia kick. Most of the shorter missions are taken directly from old DC storylines, while the over-arching plot is a new and utterly convincing addition to the canon. I’m sure most of the references sailed several feet above my head, but I noticed enough to be convinced that only the most ardent fan-boy will find any way to complain.

.DC Universe Online employs a system that has more in common with a straight-up brawler, built around pressing and holding buttons in combination with the thumb-sticks. There are special skills, of course, but the sort of attacks normally used to just wait out cool-down periods are now engaging in their own right, and much more effective as a result. Make no mistake, in terms of combat DC Universe Online outstrips virtually everything else out there.

The character creation has been criticised for lack of variety and cumbersome controls, and while I have no argument with the latter, the former seems to spring from Sony’s desire to go against the grain. At the start of the game you choose your character’s class by selecting his mentor, and define other aspects like their powers, combat style and preferred method of travelling – whether super-speed, flying or acrobatics, navigating DC Universe Online is both tactical and thoroughly enjoyable – but Sony spreads an impressive amount of costumes and accessories across the entire game as rewards. My character’s appearance was in a state of constant flux until I was bearing down on the level-cap.

There are a handful of problems, but DC Universe Online is in far better condition than I would have guessed for a game that is, in many respects, the first of its kind. Certain social aspects like voice-chat have been problematic since its launch, while a lack of explanatory material outside of the story missions might leave new MMO players out in the cold. However, these problems only seem severe in the context of the liberal amount of polish applied to other areas of the game, and for the most part DC Universe Online is commendably stable.

The main question, then, is are you willing to pay for DC Universe Online’s considerable riches? I won’t even attempt to influence. Reviews should be about quality, and DC Universe Online has that in spades.

Pros

1. Beautiful game style

2. All of your favorite dc heroes and villains

3. Nice voice overs

4. Lots of exploring

5. Travel Powers

Cons

1. Pay to win

2. Monthly subscription (needed for good stuff)

3. Limited avatar styles

4. Limited

By: Steven Saunders
 About the game: 

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Title: Marvel Heroes

Status: Released Graphics: 3D

Genre: MMORPG

Developer: Gazillion Entertainment

Publisher: Marvel

Marvel Heroes is a 3DAction RPG. Similar to Diablo in movement and play style, Marvel Heroes lets players assume control of Marvel’s most famous superheroes. Players can choose from a wide variety of superheroes, each with their own iconic skills and unique armor.

As players level up in game, they will gain access to new abilities which can be swapped out freely, allowing players to customize their superheroes role. Players can unlock new superheroes through random drops, which can then be switched to at any time during play. New costumes can also be found in game, but must be crafted with items dropped from random mobs. Depending on what items are used to craft the costume, players can create costumes with unique attributes such as increased health or defenses. Everything in the game can be gained with time in game or bought.
Players will team up with other superheroes and embark on a custom story written by one of Marvel’s most famous comic book writers, Brian Michael Bendis. The game features unique, a fully voice acted motion comic, aka cut scenes, which pay homage to classic comic books.
Unlike traditional RPGs, players can explore and fight in many areas of the game without having to party up. Certain areas are not instanced, which allows players to team up and fight iconic super-villains that serve as world bosses including Venom and Doctor Octopus. The game has many wonderful perks, taking ability’s from other heroes to make your favorite become more, give rouge colossuses armor. The Dev’s listen to the players but do not give you everything. No real overpowered characters. Downfalls, controls can be hard to get used to, same stories, no difference from character to character.
So far my favorite has been Ghost Rider. Love the banter he says and the motorcycle abilities are a blast, so give it a try and be your own hero.

PROS

• Devs listen to players.
• Everything is open for free to play you do not have to pay anything (Not a buy to win).

• Steady updates with new characters (Recent Dr. Doom).

• Control of spec path making each character different even if same hero.

• Character Banter (hilarious).

• Voice acted motion comics.

• Free game.

• Diablo style dungeon crawling.

• Based on Marvel comic universe.
CONS

• Storage space (fills quickly).
• Better in game tutorial (Not well explained).

• End game tutorial (Need to know by level 60).

Myst On My TV

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Klint Abston, PC Gaming, TV

By: Klint Abston

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Ah, Myst, you classic point andclick masterpiece that had me jotting down more notes than a nuclear engineer would ever need to take.  With all of its puzzles and a story that stands as one of the best ever written it is no surprise that it has been considered several times for a feature length movie but sadly,they never panned out. It is looking however, like a TV series based on the game is in the works.  A script has been completed and Hulu seems to be interested. If approved it could go straight to a series rather than just a pilot. Here’s to hoping.  Now where is my notepad……..

He hasn’t been with us very long. Having only joined us a few weeks ago, Klint Abston came out swinging, writing an article a day a few days in a row during his first week. Klint writes our PC gaming articles and is a very gifted writer. We’re so very grateful to have him on our team.

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(I hope you don’t mind me grabbing this-JD)

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Sweet Revenge

Posted: May 8, 2015 in Klint Abston, PC Gaming

By: Klint Abston

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Have you ever encountered a hacker? No No, not the young Angelina Jolie type from the classic “Hackers”…..although a boy can dream. I’m talking about the type of gamer that lacks the skill to compete on equal footing or just likes to watch the game world that you love burn. In the last few weeks a hacker had been terrorizing the MMO Guild Wars 2 massive PvP game mode World vs World. Players had noticed a character taking and dealing massive damage beyond what any normal player could achieve and flying around so quickly that the Man of Steel himself would be envious. The game’s official forum was over run with complaints about the individual’s super skills but without clear evidence, other than some low resolution screenshots, the game moderators could do little. Luckily, a rather persistent player spent several hours tracking him down to gather the proof needed via video. Game security lead, Chris Cleary, with video in hand found said hacker and logged into his account. What follows brings a tear of joy to this gamer’s eye.

WoW What A Feast

Posted: May 7, 2015 in PC Gaming

By: Klint Abston

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World of Warcraft, the worlds most subscribed MMORPG, recently put on a lot of weight with the release of its Warlords of Draenor expansion.  It’s subscriber base swelled back to over the ten million mark for the first time in many years. But apparently the feast is over.  Since the expansions release in November of last year the current subscriber count has dropped by three million.  Are Blizzard or their partner Activision worried? Not really.

WoW is a money printing machine,even with the loss of so many players they are still raking in around $90,000,000 per month in subscription fees alone and let’s not forget their little mobile money maker, Hearthstone, which recently passed 30 million players.  Bring on the second course.

By: Klint Abston

Add another “X” in the con column for the PC release of Mortal Kombat X.  The latest patch for the highly anticipated release has been marred yet again causing the latest update to be pulled by it’s developer, Warner Bros. This recent patch addressed many issues but caused another major headache, players started reporting data loss in game, deleting their progress in the Krpyt and removing unlocked characters. Adding insult to injury the size of the patch, a hefty 15GB and another 15GB update to revert the files- making one update consume more bandwidth than the entire game did at release. Not good for gamer’s that struggle to play under data caps.  Hopefully, Warner Bros. and Valve can correct this issue timely and with a much smaller download.

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