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Gotham City Imposters now free for Gold users
4 years ago

Gotham City Imposters now free for Gold users

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As of today Games with Gold has now been updated to include Gotham City Imposters and it will remain there until July 16th when Battleblock Theater will take its …
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July Games with Gold titles announced
4 years ago

July Games with Gold titles announced

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Just in from Major Nelson today is the list of games that Xbox Live Gold members can download for free during the month of July. For the Xbox One, …
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Guardians of Middle Earth review (XBLA)
6 years ago

Guardians of Middle Earth review (XBLA)

Guardians of Middle Earth was developed by Monolith Productions and published by WB Games. It was released December 5, 2012  for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes. 

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA for short, is not a genre typically associated with the Xbox 360. Sure there have been a few good attempts to bring this style of game to XBLA, titles such as Awesomenauts or Monday Night Combat, but no company has found a runaway success, a game so good, and so well loved by the fans, that it could sit up there with the big PC titles like League of Legends and DotA. The people over at Monolith have taken it upon themselves to finally break the mold, and bring a deep MOBA experience to console. Guardians of Middle Earth does exactly that, bringing one of the best MOBA experiences you can find to XBLA, showing that a console can be home to this genre just as well as any PC.

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Bringing a MOBA game to XBLA: Guardians of Middle-earth detailed
6 years ago

Bringing a MOBA game to XBLA: Guardians of Middle-earth detailed

XBLAFans was able to sit in on a conference call last week with Guardians of Middle-earth Producer Bob Roberts and Senior Producer Ruth Pomandl. They shared intricate details about the game’s development process, what it was like to balance a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game for the console space and some details about how various systems will work in the game.

Players new to the MOBA genre should consider checking out Monolith’s own video tutorial series explaining it. The basic idea, though, is that players choose one of a number of heroes (five of them are unlocked initially, and the others are unlocked via in-game currency), and fight on a team of five champions against a team of five other champions. While each champion has unique talents and attributes, there are five basic character archetypes. These include:

  • Enchanters –- low maximum health and low physical damage, but they output lots of ability damage and withstand ability damage better than other classes.
  • Defenders –- high survivability but low damage.
  • Warriors –- the most balanced class and the most versatile as a result. They take a fair amount of damage and deal a fair amount in return.
  • Strikers –- the physical damage equivalent of Enchanters, meaning lots of damage but very low survivability.
  • Tacticians –- slightly more survivability than average but focus on AOE disruption and controlling the flow of movement across a lane.

In most PC MOBA games, players shop at an item store for items to upgrade their characters as the game progresses. Guardians mixes things up by introducing a less UI-intensive series of systems that should help make the console experience go more smoothly. Players can set loadouts similar to League of Legends rune and mastery systems  before a game begins, except that the loadout options in Guardians are even more extensive. There are three loadout systems in place for players to manage and utilize throughout a game — Potions, Commands and Guardian Belts.

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Gandalf and Gollum are Guardians of Middle-Earth
6 years ago

Gandalf and Gollum are Guardians of Middle-Earth

Guardians of Middle-Earth, the upcoming Lord of the Rings-themed MOBA from Monolith, will feature some of the series’ most iconic characters as playable characters. The Battle Profile series will show …
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Gotham City Impostors checked into Arkham Asylum
6 years ago

Gotham City Impostors checked into Arkham Asylum

It’s official: those psychotic bats and jokers are clinically insane. Gotham City Impostors will soon be receiving a new map based in Arkham Asylum, free of charge. The new map brings …
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New Gotham City Impostors update brings players to East End
6 years ago

New Gotham City Impostors update brings players to East End

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Good news, children of Gotham! Monolith will be delivering yet another free update to Gotham City Impostors. The new update will feature a brand new map, The East End, …
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Gotham City Impostors-related announcement coming April 18
6 years ago

Gotham City Impostors-related announcement coming April 18

Monolith Productions, masters behind Gotham City Impostors, will be making an amazing announcement April 18. Beyond the fact that the announcement will involve the amazing multiplayer shooter, it’s hard …
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First Gotham City Impostors DLC out today
7 years ago

First Gotham City Impostors DLC out today

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The first DLC pack for Gotham City Impostors is available now for the low price of free! The pack includes a new map, two new weapons, many new costume …
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Gotham City Impostors helping players affected by stats glitch
7 years ago

Gotham City Impostors helping players affected by stats glitch

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If you were affected by the stats glitch like some players in Gotham City Impostors, there’s a temporary fix that WB Games will help you out with. Go to …
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