Destiny May Have Solved the Grind Issue That Typically Plagues Online RPGs

Destiny Landscape 2Destiny is an MMO. Bungie may not be too keen on admitting it, but it’s hard to deny. So don’t be surprised when the game asks you to repeat dungeons and grind reputation for gear. This is normal.

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The Problems with Mists of Pandaria – Nothing More Than a Stepping Stone

Mists of PandariaMists of Pandaria is one giant macguffin for the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Azeroth had managed to eliminate the threats of Kil’jaeden (well, temporarily anyway), Arthas, and Deathwing before discovering Pandaria.

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The Problems with Mists of Pandaria – So Much to Do, But Not Really

Mists of Pandaria

Hitting Level 90 in Mists of Pandaria gave World of Warcraft veterans an unfamiliar thought:

“What the hell do I do now?”

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The Problems With Mists of Pandaria – A Bad First Impression

Mists of PandariaThere was plenty of enjoyment to be found in Mists of Pandaria. Sadly, I wasn’t there for any of it.

Turned off by the lighthearted nature of the Mists of Pandaria reveal trailer and cinematic, the harshness of Cataclsym seemed long gone. Blizzard painted a picture of a World of Warcraft that needed to “relax, slow down” (a phrase said by many Pandaren NPCs). [Read more...]

Guess Who Said This: An Exclusive Approach

Mario Question BlockIt’s been no secret that console launches haven’t always gone smoothly.

The Saturn burned out the second Sony announced the price-tag of the original PlayStation. The GameCube launched without a Mario game (sorry, Luigi) before eventually falling off the mainstream radar. The Wii U has (unfortunately) not seen the same successes its predecessor did. The PS3′s launch was an absolute shitstorm. The Xbox One’s release was marred with a severe case of inserting-your-foot-into-your-mouth disease.

Nobody is perfect, and it’s important to remember that the next time we see sales figures released.

We pulled the following quote from the Internet and censored out the clues, and now we’re asking you, the GeekParty reader, to figure out who said it. Would you kindly play along?

“We have a very different approach to exclusives than some of our competitors.”

Can’t figure it out? Click here to see the answer.

Destiny’s Limited Editions Make My OCD Go Insane

Destiny ghost editionI’m not going to lie: the Ghost Edition of Destiny is a really, really tempting purchase. The replica of Ghost would go nicely next to my Alduin statue and Big Daddy figurine. The steel box would also go nicely next to my boxes of BioShock and Skyrim, complete with their different cover art and packaging, on a one-way trip straight to hell.

When it comes to my game collection, I’m incredibly OCD. I can’t have any of that ugly “Greatest Hits” box art. My copy of Halo 3 has seen the Xbox 360 lettering stained blue by sunlight. I freak out about the tiniest of discrepancies on my boxes.

I get that Activision and Bungie are trying to make the Special Edition copies of Destiny seem, well, special, but aren’t there other ways to accomplish this? Like, for example, the Ghost replica that comes with the game? I just want my boxes to look completely uniform on my shelf. That’s not an unreasonable request, right?

At least they didn’t pull a Blizzard and include an incredibly thin DVD game case inside their giant chests of Collector’s Editions.

DuckTales and How to Kill the Soul of a GeekParty Editor

Josh Wirtanen, GeekParty’s Editor in Chief, really doesn’t like it when we misspell DuckTales.

See, Josh is a super huge fan of the amazing cartoon, as am I, so I can relate to his misery. But it’s really hard to not poke the bear:

Here's How to Kill our Editor-in-Chief's Soul I guess a part of my soul would die too if I saw those mistakes time and time again.

…woo hoo *sniffle*

Mario Kart 8 and the World Cup Can Be BFFs with Wii U’s Off-TV Play

The Wii U’s Off-TV Play and the World Cup are BFFsI like Mario Kart 8. I also like watching the World Cup. What’s a gamer who enjoys sports to do? Both, of course!

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I Was so Excited for the Secret Ponchos Early Access I Bought a Four-Pack

Secret Ponchos screenshotThe notion of buying a game because you’re excited about it is far from new. I promise you that this case is different.

Our all-powerful Editor-in-Chief Josh Wirtanen (don’t worry, Alcoholic Luigi, you’re still numero uno) mentioned that he might have access to a Secret Ponchos review code. I was ecstatic; I spammed him with multiple posts of “YES! YES! YES!” The problem was that I’d have to wait for the code.

I was so excited for the Secret Ponchos Early Access I bought a four-packScrew waiting; I’ve waited long enough for Secret Ponchos. Enough was enough, so I went out and purchased a four-pack. The fine folks at Switchblade Monkeys have been working long and hard at the game. Finally, I have the means to play it in the comfort of my own home. They deserve my money.

Plus, it was nice that it came at 25% off.

Normally games in Early Access should be approached with caution, but Secret Ponchos is different. The game’s been demoed several times at E3 and PAX. This isn’t a “here’s our prototype” scenario; it plays more like a multiplayer beta. A very, very, enjoyable multiplayer beta.

A Female Assassin Would Have Doubled Ubisoft’s Development Work? I Call Bullshit.

E3 2014 - Assassin's CreedAccording to VideoGamer.com, a playable female character in Assassin’s Creed: Unity would have doubled the work.

“It was a feature on our list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production,” Ubisoft technical director James Therien said. “So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animations, a lot of costumes. It would have doubled the work on those things…It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of game development.” [Read more...]