Blizzard’s Hearthstone has been doing well to sell the idea of an online card game, but that is because it has yet to release a proper expansion set. The recent single player campaign in Curse of Naxxramas added roughly 30 or so cards to the environment, but it overall didn’t have as much as the rebalancing of some of the cards like Starving Buzzard. This will change as the developer is preparing to release its first 100+ card expansion set.
The F.E.A.R series goes free-to-play this next month with F.E.A.R Online. Originally developed by Monolith, the online multiplayer version of the hit horror shooter is now developed by Korean InPlay Interactive. The game offers co-operative modes similar to the Left4Dead franchise, while also coming up with some new twists to PvP gameplay.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez’s ban from all football apparently extends past the barriers of the real world and all the way into Electronic Arts’ FIFA 15. Players beginning the game in charge of Barcelona will receive a message saying that he is banned from games until 26 October; which is incidentally the same time his real ban ends.
Every real major sporting event needs a theme song, and Riot Games apparently thinks that this applies to eSports as well. The company has teamed up with Imagine Dragons to create an entirely new song for the League of Legends Season 4 World Championship that begins this week.
Steam is holding a Warner Bros Games weekend; but more importantly, it is also the first weekend sale for the platform in RM. If there will ever be a good time to catch up on some Batman games, this would be it. Almost all the titles from WB Games are going for 75% off; the only exceptions being the unreleased Shadows Over Morder and Gauntlet.
Those with access to the PlayStation Network should log in and take a look at the Capcom catalogue. Prices have been discounted by up to 75% on some titles, ranging from the popular Street Fighter series to the horror based Resident Evil franchise. Capcom’s statement on their website appears to say that they want to provide something special for their console based fans who missed the Capcom sale on Steam last weekend.
The League of Legends Season 4 World Championships begins this week when the Group A and B matches kick off in Taiwan on 18 September. Once those are complete, the action moves to the Group C and D matches which will be playing in Singapore starting from 25 September. The tournament cumulates in the grand finals in South Korea. Lowyat.net will be giving out free tickets to all four days of the Group matches in Singapore over the next three days.
The new 15.6-inch Gigabyte P15F v2 gaming laptop is now available in Malaysia. As a gaming platform aimed at the gamer on a budget, the P15F cuts surprisingly few corners in trying to balance cost and performance. It also provides several upgrade options for those with a little extra money to spend.
A documentary about Football Manager (previously known as Championship Manager) is set to be screened in the UK early next month. Titled An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary, it examines how the game has impacted the modern game of football; from how former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær grew up with it, to the advent of Premier League scouts using the game database to assist with discovering new talent.
A interesting piece of malware has been discovered to be infesting Twitch chatrooms. It spreads by using the traditional phishing scam that invites users to participate in a sweepstakes to win rare items from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Once the link is clicked, the malware then logs into the nearest Steam account and begins to clear it out.
A new free-to-play version of Counter-Strike will be entering an open beta phase later this month. Known as Counter-strike Nexon: Zombies, it was originally assumed to be a Western port of the Korean Counter-strike Online 2. However, it is apparently a genuine new standalone title, and will feature new game modes and models. Despite all this, it appears to be unavailable in Asia.