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About damn time – Blade & Soul to get English release

About 4 years ago, NCSoft announced that they were working on a MMORPG game called Blade & Soul. This wasn’t some run-of-the mill MMO, this was to be a MMO that would have the masses “going gorrilla” with it’s fast-paced action, deep combat, and character designs by the amazingly talented Hyung Tae Kim. Seriously, if you’re not familiar with his work, hit up Google and educate yourself. You’ll be glad that you did.

That was 4 long years ago. Along with that announcement, a trailer (of epic proportions) was released and nary a word was mentioned  after that. That all changed a few days ago when NCsoft launched the English language version of the Blade & Soul site. Information is scarce right now, but the game does look like it’s using some form of the Unreal engine, most likely Unreal 3.

Blade & Soul Gon Destroyer with heavy weapon
Smell that? That’s the scent of ass-whipping being handed out in real-time.

What we do know is that if the game-play from some of the trailers actually translate to the final game, then this is going to be an MMO for the history books. NCsoft is really playing up the action and more specifically, the combos of each class. There are 6 classes: Destroyer, Blademaster, Summoner, Kung-Fu Master, Force Master, and Assassain, and all are extremely deadly. We noticed that the combos shown off in the game-play trailer aren’t quite as fantastic as some of the pre-choreographed fight, but they were still very impressive (and acrobatic).

Like we said, details are practically nonexistant right now, so pricing and timing are very much up in the air. Based on what we know of NCsoft’s other major MMO’s, Aion and Guild Wars, Blade & Soul can either be a Free-to-Play game or pay for the physical game and there won’t be a subscription fee. While we are always fans of free, we have the distinct feeling that this will be a free subscription game only. We’re not complainingg though.

For more info on the 4 races, character classes, and the like head over to http://us.bladeandsoul.com/en/ and poke around. We’ll leave you with the official trailer released a few days ago.

CES 2012 Post Show Report – Razer

Razer, one of the leading companies in computer gaming peripherals, landed at the 2012 CES with a little more up it’s sleeve than most expected. Not only did they have their usual fair of gaming mice, keyboards, and other accessories, but they brought the Blade. And even more important than the Blade, Razer brought Project Fiona to CES.

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CES 2012!!

While that title might have stirred your hearts with dreams of all kinds of crazy electronics that are just on the horizon, CES hasn’t happened yet (as of writing). But with it  so close, we thought it would be a good idea to tell you all that we’ll be heading out to the show of shows and posting all of the good stuff here. Check back starting next monday for up-to-the-minute slideshows and product previews. We’ll be posting everything that we see right here, so come back everyday for new toys!

 

Also, not only follow us on twitter ,@themardukreport, but there are plenty of  fellow tech-hooligans that we’re friends with that you should follow as well for all the latest shenanigans from the show floor.

 

People to watch –

– @jeffreylwilson

– @avionFJ

– @2dx

– @TOV

Hope they backed up their data – Thailand flooding

Thai girl walking through flood water
A Thai girl wades through a flooded alleyway near the Chao Phraya River, in Bangkok on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.

 

All kidding aside, Thailand has been getting rocked by some major flooding in the past month. For those of you who haven’t heard, and I’m going to assume that’s most of you, the flooding started roughly around the middle of July and has been since. Media coverage has been lighter than when tragedy struck Japan andvthe public conscious hasn’t been wrapped up in it anywhere near as much. There are a number of reasons I can think of, but none of them are the point of this piece. So why talk about how flooded Thailand is right now?

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