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Hearthstone strategies: advanced tips for seasoned card battlers

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:01 GMT By Staff

At its most fundamental, Hearthstone is simple arithmetic. Understanding this is the key difference between casual and competitive players. Once this concept clicks in your mind, you’ll be on your way to getting the most from Hearthstone’s many diverse strategies.

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The key to Hearthstone, and most card games, really, is board control. The key to board control is ensuring the other player uses up more resources removing your cards than you use removing theirs.

For instance, let’s say you pull the underestimated Chillwind Yeti (a 4/5 minion for four mana). Your opponent plays an Acidic Swamp Ooze and a Novice Engineer. On your next turn, you could swing with the Yeti to remove the Ooze or the Novice, or you could take four points off your opponent’s hero.

By attacking the hero, you ensure your opponent loses at least some of their most valuable resource and keep your Yeti healthy for their next turn. This forces them to either drop one of only a few expensive removal spells, or use both of their minions to attack while still leaving yours on the board.

No matter what happens, the math is working against them. This is Hearthstone’s arithmetic at play, and every hero in the game is designed to perform these same equations in different ways. On that note, these Advanted tips will boost your card-playing power.

Hold it! Is this the first time you’re playing Hearthstone? If so, read our Beginner’s Tips.

Selecting Your Hero

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Each Hearthstone hero plays differently from the rest, assuming you select the right cards. Which class is right for you depends on how you want to play. Here’s a basic breakdown of each character with their strengths, weaknesses and unique abilities to help you decide where to spend your early matches.

Mage

Mages are the first class introduced to new players during the tutorial, and as such, are one of the more popular heroes in online play. That might also be thanks to their incredibly powerful removal spells, like Flamestrike and Fireball.

Their hero ability is Fireblast, which can deal one damage to any hero or minion — even their own. Despite their powerful spells, Mages lack interesting, class-specific minions. They must rely instead on more basic neutral minions that offer increased spell damage to maintain board presence. This makes them a solid choice when entering The Arena, where high synergy is less of a concern.

Best if you like: fire-and-forget tactics, board clearance.

Shaman

Shamans take the randomized nature of card games a step further than most.

Their hero ability, for instance, summons one of four totems at random. These can provide extra spell damage, taunt, a 1/1 minion or the ability to heal every friendly minion at the end of your turn. Spells like Lightning Storm and Forked Lightning provide excellent board control, for random damage or against random minions, respectively.

This class also has the majority of cards with Windfury, which grants a minion the ability to attack twice in a single turn. Overload, meanwhile, is specific to Shamans and locks up mana crystals on your next turn, rather than right away. The benefit to cards with overload is that they usually have very small initial mana costs for very strong abilities.

A Shaman’s strength is directly tied to board control. The totems summoned with the c hero ability, in addition to special totem cards, can turn a useful minion into a deadly one in a single turn. However, if you can shut down a Shaman’s board control early on, it’s very difficult for them to transition into the late-game.

Best if you like: board control, delayed payment, lots of minion effects.

Paladin

Like Druids, Paladins are very well-rounded. Unlike Druids, they rely heavily on minions and hoping the opponent will do what you want them to do, rather than doing things directly.

This is because Paladins are highly defensive heroes. They have more instances of the Divine Shield keyword, which absorbs the first instance of damage dealt to a minion without harming it. Used with strong Taunt minions, this can force the enemy to burn powerful spells or creatures on relatively weak opponents.

This class also has the Reinforce hero ability, which summons a 1/1 minion to the field. Because of this, Paladins never lack for at least some board presence and damage ability. This is especially devious with a Paladin’s high number of buff spells like Blessing of Kings.

Best if you like: always having minions, buff spells.

Warrior

Warriors behave much like their World of Warcraft namesakes. Their hero ability gives the player two armor, which unlike health, has no upper limit. Coupled with heroes and spells that also reinforce armor, it can be very tough to whittle a Warrior player’s hit points down in a battle of attrition.

This class also uses some of the most powerful weapons in the game — cards that give the hero damage-dealing potential — which allows them to become some of the most formidable creatures in the game without hardly summoning any minions. And unlike Mages, they don’t lack for powerful minions of their own. Generally, they rely on overwhelming numbers and abilities like charge to attack immediately when they’re played, rather than high power and health.

The Warrior’s weakness lies in its rigidity. This class has no fancy tricks and very little in the way of area-of-effect spells. What you see is what you get.

Best if you like: incredible staying power, not relying on minions.

Priest

A Priest’s hero ability should tell you that they mimic their WoW counterparts, much like Warriors. For two mana, they can heal any unit of two damage (but only up to their maximum health). This can keep them and their minions in the game much longer than they otherwise should, and are thus incredibly hard to rush.

Their weakness lies in another of their strengths. Priests have many spells to buff the maximum health of their minions. By using these on a Lightspawn, or casting the Inner Fire spell, minions can translate this health into attack and become some of the most powerful creatures in the game. This kind of synergy must be used wisely, however. This strategy uses a great deal of resources, and an opponent can make it all for naught with a single copy of Assassinate, Polymorph, Hex or any other number of powerful removal spells.

Best if you like: healthy minions, staying power, removal spells.

Rogue

Rogues are the only class in the game with access to the powerful “combo” keyword. Cards with this attribute will activate a special ability when another card has been played that same turn. Headcrack, which deals direct damage to the opponent and returns to your hand if you combo it, is one of the most devastating such cards.

A Rogue’s hero ability allows them to equip a one-damage weapon good for two uses. This sums up where its strengths lie, as they’re more likely to rely on spells, weapons and combos than keeping a creature on the board for very long. This gives them limited board presence, but with return cards like Brewmaster minions and Vanish, they can bring combo’d cards back into their hands for multiple uses.

With the right cards and the right player, a Rogue’s simplicity makes them one of the better heroes to select in The Arena. However, they’re not designed for late-game battles of attrition.

Best if you like: card synergy, card return.

Druid

Druids are incredibly versatile. Many of their cards allow the user to pick between a pair of possible effects. Nourish, for instance, can either provide two mana crystals or draw three cards. Along with Innervate and Wild Growth, Nourish gives Druids the ability to rush extra mana early on and essentially rush into the late game ahead of the opponent.

Their hero ability provides the player with one attack for one turn and one point of armor. This isn’t as effective as either the Rogue or Warrior’s abilities, but provides a measure of both for the same cost. This is a good metaphor for the Druid’s play style. It has no real weaknesses per se, but many of its cards are just weaker — yet more versatile — versions of those found in other decks.

Best if you like: versatility, expensive and powerful cards, sprinting to the late-game.

Hunter

Hunters are one of the most creature-reliant heroes in Hearthstone. Even their primary area-of-effect spell, Unleash the Hounds, summons a number of cheap minions instead of dealing damage directly.

Specifically, they require beast cards. Most of their class-specific minions will buff this subcategory and make them an overwhelming tide of board presence. In addition, they have a number of trap spells designed to stall the opponent while producing more minions for the late-game.

Unfortunately, a well-timed Flamestrike, Abomination or other board clearing measure can wipe out a Hunter’s entire horde in a single turn. To let you take out your frustration on that annoying Mage (and make up for their lack of direct damage) Hunters’ hero ability deals two damage to the enemy hero for the same mana.

Best if you like: delaying tactics, having lots of minions at once.

Warlock

Hearthstone is primarily a battle for board control. Oftentimes this makes the game a battle of attrition. Not so with Warlocks.

This hero’s ability allows them to draw an extra card every turn at the cost of two health and two mana. This presents two very important strategies. First, it effectively eliminates top-decking (running out of cards in one’s hand and having to rely on whatever they draw each turn) and increases the odds of drawing important, powerful cards early on.

Warlock spells and minions also cost little mana, but usually require another sacrifice. A Succubus, for instance, is a 4/3 for two mana but discards a random card from the Warlock’s hand. Used effectively, the combination of high card draw and low mana costs makes this the most effective deck for rush gameplay while forgoing most effects of attrition altogether in the late game.

Of course, if a Warlock ever finds itself with less than 15 hit points, they can always play Lord Jaraxxus. This changes the hero into a demon with 15 maximum health and the ability to summon a 6/6 for two mana and equip a three-damage weapon.

Despite their many strengths, Warlock decks are possibly the hardest class in Hearthstone to play effectively. A Hunter, for instance, can constantly drain a Warlock of its card-drawing resources. If the Warlock isn’t careful, it can ultimately do more damage to itself than the opponent by eating through health and accidentally removing important cards.

Best if you like: rush tactics, kamikaze cards, living dangerously.

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Arena Drafting Principles

The Arena is where any self-respecting Hearthstone player should spend the majority of their time. Its randomized nature makes it enticing for players looking for a challenge, while the rewards for just a few wins more than pays for its entry fee.

However, because decks are at least semi-randomized when entering The Arena, the rules of play are quite different. Players are not limited to just two copies of each card, neutral minions become much more effective and common card strategies can no longer be relied on.

This section should serve as a reference for some simple tips when entering The Arena, and how best to construct a deck that will survive the most competitive segment of Hearthstone.

Forget What You Know About Synergy

The most entertaining aspect of constructed play is building combos that work well off one another. Buying a Windfury minion time by buffing another unit with Ancestral Healing can be incredibly satisfying. Unfortunately, such tactics can’t be relied upon in drafted decks.

When thinking of synergy in The Arena, think of the cards that work well with others in just about any situation. Windfury is great when the minion in question lives long enough to use it, but it’s hard to guarantee that without Taunt. A Spellbreaker’s silence ability, however, will affect any minion with an ongoing ability, and at 4/3 for four mana, it’s a solid card in its own right.

Conversely, you can also expect the other player’s deck to be slightly less reliable. Sure, Mages will probably draw Fireballs now and again, but there’s no guarantee they have an Ogre Magi or Malygos to go with it – or even a second one in their deck.

The upshot is that you can often rely on cheaper, less interesting minions like Amani Berserker and Harvest Golem. Your opponent won’t want to waste a limited number of clearance and removal spells on “nonthreatening” cards, and you’re free to make amazing trades on the board.

By the way, remember that Chillwind Yeti we mentioned at the beginning? Always include him if you can. The Yeti is one of the best examples of a card that is always useful, and in The Arena, these unassuming minions win games.

Some Classes are Better than Others

Regarding the previous concept, some classes are better suited to Arena play than others.

Rogues, for instance, sport the Combo keyword. Cards like Headcrack, Defias Ringleader and SI: 7 Agent are useful in their own right, and will activate their special abilities when any other card is played first that turn.

Likewise, Mage spells are simple and geared toward removal and clearance, which makes them come in handy. In fact, The Arena suits the class perfectly, since the neutral minion cards they must rely on are usually at their best in this mode anyway.

Priests, Hunters and Warlocks, on the other hand, generally rely on specific card synergy to be at their most effective.

None of this is to say that any particular class is useless in The Arena. It’s only that in the random draft process, certain classes can avoid relying on luck more than others. In the end, it all comes down to who plays their respective deck better than the other.

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Some Great Arena Cards

There is, of course, no guarantee you’ll get the cards you want in The Arena. However, there are certain cards that make for great choices in just about every deck, and should usually be chosen when the opportunity arises. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Spellbreaker

This is a great card – not just in The Arena. Its higher power and toughness make it a better choice than the comparatively inexpensive Ironbeak Owl, and having a Silence in your pocket is a necessity. Period.

Harvest Golem

It’s cheap, durable and (practically) immune to removal. This card rarely makes a noticeable splash alone, but it does force the opponent to trade at least two attacks or removal spells to get rid of it. This can severely drain an opponent’s resources without them ever even realizing their mistake.

Acidic Swamp Ooze

Weapons are very effective in The Arena. They’re nearly impossible to remove, they don’t cost a thing past their initial play, and they often come with special effects all their own. Acidic Swamp Ooze is one of the only effective counters against these useful little items while still being cheap and strong enough to be a solid second turn drop.

Chillwind Yeti

This is our third time bringing up the Chillwind Yeti in this guide. That’s how serious we are about this minion. The reason is that no other basic minion card can match it in stats for the same mana cost.

Boulderfist Ogre

Think of this as the Chillwind Yeti’s bigger brother. It’s not exactly awe-inspiring at first glance, but it’s incredibly cost-effective and that makes it perfect for The Arena. It also has enough health to survive most direct-damage spells – including the dreaded Fireball.

Mad Bomber

Not many people understand the Mad Bomber. That’s all right. You just need to understand that this is one of the only situational cards useful in an Arena deck. That’s because the number of situations he’s useful for is quite high. Use him to possibly activate your Enrage minions, burn an enemy’s Divine Shield or for a chance to wipe their one-health minions out on turn two.

Sen’jin Shieldmasta

This little troll is the best neutral minion with Taunt in the game, and one of the best such minions overall. You always want to have a bit of Taunt in any deck if you can help it, and one that has nearly the same stats as a Chillwind Yeti for the same price isn’t half bad.

Youthful/Ancient Brewmaster

Really, either Brewmaster variant will suffice. The Ancient variety has great stats for his cost, and as such, can be played when your side of the board is clear to negate his effect. The Youthful Brewmaster is less stoic, but half as expensive. Either version can be used to double up on other minions’ Battlecry and Combo effects, recharge Divine Shield or as a makeshift healing ability. These are the most reliable of the situational cards in the neutral card arsenal.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the advanced guide for Hearthstone and should have a better understanding of each class’s strengths and weaknesses, and how best to play in The Arena. Hopefully, you can take these basics, use them to form your own best strategies with every class and earn the many rewards available to those who brave the competitive scene.

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    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]