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GC 2012: Games you should not miss - Blizzard

By Patrick 'Pad93' Strack
Aug 1, 2012 18:04


ImageYou're going to visit the GC 2012, but you don't know which games you should play ? In our new game series we will show you the big publisher and their games. Today we will begin with Blizzard Entertainment.

For the fourth time, from August 15 - 19, the international games community will descend on Cologne to savour the fascinating world of computer and video games. Gamescom, the world's biggest trade show and event highlight in interactive entertainment, will this year be on a larger area with additional themes and even more service and games.

Let's start with one of the most successful publisher within the last years:

Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment is an American video game developer and publisher, who will attend at Gamescom like every year. If you first see their big gaming area, you will be a little bit impressed. This year Blizzard announced 2 playable games: World of Warcraft: Mist of Panadaria and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, which you should test both. Both games are expansions to their successful gaming series World of Warcraft and Starcraft, but you should also not miss the big entertainment stage, where Blizzard will show gameplay from their games like Diablo 3, give away a lot of fan stuff and Pro gamers will compete in Showmatches. First a quick look on WoW:

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Diablo 3 Gaming Area 2011

World of Warcraft: Mists of Panadaria

World of Warcraft is a MMORPG, which is the fourth released game set in the fantasy Warcraft universe. The game was released in November 2004 and has got over 10 million gamers at the moment. Mists of Pandaria is the fourth expansion set and will bring the new continent "Pandaria" to the game. Mists of Pandaria will raise the existing level cap from level 85 to 90. It will introduce a new character class, the Monk, along with a new playable race, the "Pandaren". The vanity pet system will be overhauled and will include a pet battle system. New PVE scenarios will be introduced, and Challenge Modes will be added for dungeons. The existing 41-point talent trees will be replaced by a new system of tiered talents that are awarded every 15 levels. Blizzard has stated that there are plans for nine new dungeons, three new raids, and four new battlegrounds.

Players had the chance to play the "Mists of Pandaria" Beta with a Beta Key during the last months and weeks. If you had no luck to get one, it's now your chance, because you can play the full beta at the Gamescom 2012.

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Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Starcraft 2 was released in July 2010 and is based on the military, science fiction, real-time strategy video game "Starcraft". The game is probably the most successful E-Sport game at the moment and thousands of gamers follow streams of their idols every day. Wings of Liberty focuses on the "Terrans", while the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the "Zerg" and "Protoss". Heart of the Swarm is a sequel to Wings of Liberty. It focuses on Sarah "Kerrigan" and the development of a "Zerg" empire. "Kerrigan" is no longer considered the Queen of Blades. Questions remain about why Kerrigan is no longer with Jim Raynor and whether her transformation has given her new purpose.

The multiplayer will get some new units. There will be new units for each of the three playable races. Blizzard said not very much about the multiplayer, maybe units will be removed from multiplayer and replaced, but the developer is well known for the good balancing. Heart of the Swarm is expected to have a multiplayer beta, which will start at the last 3-5 months of the development. If you want to play the game earlier, visit the Blizzard Entertainment booth at the Gamescom 2012.

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People playing Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm for the first time at GC 2011

Blizzard also released the official timetable for the Gamescom 2012 where you can find all events which Blizzard will host at their big stage.

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