Below we will dive right into the game and familiarize ourselves with the main menu and all its functions. Step by step, we will then arrive at our most desired destination – the battlefield! Let us begin.
Part one: Installation process
Once you have obtained a beta key, the installation process is fairly simple and straightforward. If you do not know where you can apply for a beta key, just follow this link which will take you directly to the game website! Hopefully, you will one of the many lucky receivers. But let us get back on track. The game uses Steam as a distribution platform which for people with experience should prove to be a very convenient move.
For those that have not used Steam, do not worry – the game and Steam are both set up and installed in the click of a button so no Herculean effort on your part is required. As the project is still in closed beta, you will be required to link your Steam e-mail account (be sure to remember that) to the game so your Nosgoth and Steam account can synchronize, yielding excellent in-game experience. Once the installation is over, simply click the Play button and dive right into the world of Nosgoth!
Part two: The Main Menu
The main menu greets us with the drums of war. Conveniently the first thing you see is the latest news surrounding the game. The developers do not want to leave anyone in the dark, especially new players and it is well worth spending the first 2 minutes just skimming through their message, just in case something is unclear. A couple of links here and there can take you to valuable sources of information about the project and upcoming additions among other things. In addition, the game has integrated the Steam friend system so you do not have to open Steam every time you want to message a friend or invite him to play with you.
The main menu.
On the top left, four buttons conveniently named “News”, “Profile”, “Armory “ and “Inventory” are located. While the first two are self-explanatory, we will take a look at the latter two. By clicking on “Armory” the game takes you to a section where you can explore the playable classes in the game. Here you can expand your knowledge and familiarize yourself with both your potential allies and enemies on the battlefield. It is important to note that as the game progresses you only level up the class you play. In other words, if you only choose “Scout”, then that is the only class that you will expand upon. The same, of course, goes for the Vampires. In the same section you can review different unlockable skins, detailed explanation of a certain class’ skills, including a numerical breakdown and an overview of the selected class.
The Armory screen.
The “Inventory” button takes you to a selection where all the items, classes and modes are listed. It is a rather detailed listing, but as you progress into the game, a good classification of all the things you “own” is definitely a big plus.
Now, we take a look at the two buttons that are at the top right, namely “Store” and “Play”. As I do believe we have more important things to discuss, we will leave the “Store” for another piece! Game time!
Part three: Entering Nosgoth
By taking the Play button, you are immediately given the choice of three game modes – New Recruit, Team Deathmatch and Siege. The last, however, is locked to players below level 10. Given that we start from scratch it is better to start with New Recruit. Afterwards we are taken to a lobby and once the game fills up with 7 more enthusiasts, the fight begins!
Once on the battlefield, you will randomly be assigned, along with three teammates, to a faction – Humans or Vampires. The choice ahead of you is which exact class to pick. Immediately after, the battle begins and you, together with the help of your companions must seek and eliminate your opponents on the map. Each kill and assist guarantees not only points, but also XP which helps you level up your selected class.
Onto the field of battle.
The time limit for the battle is 10 minutes and the kill limit is 30 per faction. Should one team hit the kill cap, they guarantee themselves a victory in stage one. Alternatively, the team with most eliminations after the time is up wins. In stage two, the members simply switch Factions as the Humans become Vampires and vice-versa. Again, the same rules come into play.
Complements should definitely go to the level designers who have done their best to give us a detailed and complex enough terrain which can work in favour of both Factions’ member classes. The world around you is truly a battlefield and the ruins of houses, bodies scattered around the map and smoke are constantly there to remind you that this is a conflict of survival – life or death.
The "death recap" screen.
When it comes down to fighting, the interface is very clean. By scoring elimination, you gain XP which can be seen by a pop-up text on your screen that conveniently disappears seconds later. Assists yield the same reward. Should you die to an opponent, however, a recap screen comes quickly detailing a summary of what happened – damage done by each opponent, which abilities were used, who killed you and your respawn time. It had a clear and very intuitive layout and I personally had no problem in quickly learning my dos and don’ts while fighting.
Once both stages are over and a clear victor has been established you will be taken to a summary screen detailing the performance of all the players, including some neat stats so you can keep track of how well you have done.
Rinse and repeat and we will soon find ourselves at Level 10! Join us next time where we will go not only more in-depth about “New Recruit” and “Team Deathmatch”, but also the unlockable at level 10 Siege modes. Our adventure in the realm of Nosgoth continues! Do not forget, you can apply for a beta key here and hopefully, join the struggle between the two factions.
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
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