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Silver Surfer hangs ten into Marvel Heroes

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Marvel Heroes
Is more than one color for a superhero costume maddening to your sensibilities? Do you look at caped crusaders and wonder, "If only they used beach sports equipment for physics-defying purposes?" Are you the sole die-hard fan of the second Fantastic Four movie? Then today, my friend, is your day.

Marvel Heroes has added the Silver Surfer to its in-game hero roster. The Surfer is an alien who used to work for the planet-eating Galactus but has since defected to the forces of good. The new hero has two costume options, including the Savage set, and is available to purchase either with money or Eternity Splinters.

Super Hero Squad Online brings out achievements

Super-hero, Patches, Previews, Free-to-Play, Kids, Family

The achievements are coming! Hear ye, hear he! The achievements are coming!

Sorry, we're trying a new type of news dispersal technique at Massively that involves riding around on horses and shouting at townfolk. In any case, Super Hero Squad Online is prepping a "doozy" of an update for the game, and one of the big additions that will be in it is an achievement system. According to the team, achievements "range from simple things like destroying a Troublebot to silly things like farting in the Asgard throne room to really hard things like getting an Adamantium score 1,000 times."

There will be over 5,000 achievements added to the game including destiny achievement sets that earn special rewards.

Supergirl lands in Infinite Crisis today

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MOBA art  > MOBA gameplay
Turbine wants you to know that it has added Supergirl to DC-based MOBA Infinite Crisis. Supergirl is a bruiser "who loves getting up close and personal," the company says via press release. Said release offers a bit of the character's backstory, but more crucial for our purposes is a three-minute gameplay video.

You can view it after the break!

[Source: Turbine press release]

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The Stream Team: Soaring through the story in Marvel Heroes and sharing costume codes

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Have you been in and experienced Marvel Heroes' big 2015 anniversary update? Massively's MJ suffered superhero withdrawals while at E3 2014 and cannot wait to get back to MH and its sweet, sweet loot. She might even have room in her inventory for it! OK, let's not get too crazy. This round, MJ will continue with more story missions on either Storm or Psylocke and take viewer votes on which hero to highlight next. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. EDT to champion for your favorite champion and for a chance at a random costume box!

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Take a look at DC Universe Online's survival mode

Super-hero, Video, Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Free-to-Play, Consoles, DC Universe Online

At first I was afraid, I was petrified - I kept thinking I could never live without you by my side.  But then I spent so many nights just thinking how you'd done me wrong, and I grew strong, I learned how to get along.  And now you're back from outer space, I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face.  I would have changed my stupid lock, I would have made you leave your key, if I'd have known for just one second you'd be back to bother me!
DC Universe Online is gearing up to make survivors out of its players. That's kind of the whole focus of the game's upcoming survival mode, which sets players against waves of enemies in a test of endurance and persistence. So what does it look like in action? Well, you can check that out in a fan video just past the break showing off 11 minutes of action in the survival mode on the test server.

The footage in question isn't the group's full run of survival mode, just a shot at a full group clearing through the first round and some of the second to give viewers a sense of how it works. There's also some mild cursing in the video, so you might not want to turn your speakers up to full if you're watching this at work. But if you haven't jumped on the test server and you want to see what it'll be like to stand against the hordes as long as you can, just jump on past the break.

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Marvel Heroes is adding dual specs

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If superheroes have dual identities, why not player characters? Marvel Heroes is leaning this way, which is why Gazillion is working on a dual spec feature for the game.

"We have dual spec coming sometime in the next eight weeks [or] so," the devs posted on the forum. "The current plan is to offer everyone a free second spec that they can use for PVP or anything else (raiding, solo, groups, different builds, etc). Currently the UI for it is being designed, then we'll get the back end server systems set up for it and put it on test center."

Marvel Heroes begins Mac open beta

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The Mac open beta for Marvel Heroes started yesterday, welcoming a new community of wanna-be superheroes into the fold.

The open beta includes all of the content that PC players get, including the recent Battle of Muspelheim raid. Gazillion is selling two special packages to go with the beta that include heroes and costumes. The packs are available for purchase by both PC and Mac players.

Currently, Marvel Heroes is celebrating its first anniversary with a month-long in-game celebration.

Marvel Heroes celebrates its first anniversary

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Marvel Heroes
Marvel Heroes turns one year old today and it's throwing itself a fabulous birthday party. Don't worry: You're all invited as well.

Gazillion is handing out an anniversary gift per day per account for players level 30 or higher who log in and talk to a special NPC. In addition, the team has toggled the server to boost XP, RIF, SIF, and cosmic chest rewards by 50%.

Marvel Heroes has big plans coming up later this month, including achievements, login rewards, the Silver Surfer, and a special surprise.

The Stream Team: Celebrating Marvel Heroes' anniversary with a dev and gifts

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Marvel Heroes is celebrating its anniversary this week, and Massively's MJ is inviting you to the party. Also attending is Ryan Collins (AKA Ryolnir), a font of knowledge for all things Marvel Heroes and the game's community manager. And what's a party without gifts? We'll have special codes available! Got questions about the upcoming Marvel Heroes 2015 or the Mac beta? Come get answers as well as gifts. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. EDT to enjoy some superhero action and maybe walk away with a special something just for coming.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Marvel Heroes celebrates Mac open beta, releases Surtur trailer

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Marvel Heroes
Marvel Heroes is celebrating the upcoming Mac open beta with two new content packs: the Mini and Pro Pack.

The Mini Pack includes four heroes, eight costumes, five iBoosts, and four of each Fortune Card. The Pro Pack includes eight heroes, exclusive Iron Man Armor, 21 costumes, two team-ups, 15 iBoosts, pet mini Dragon Man, six of each Fortune Card, the Mac Pro Founder forum title, and Iron Man Guardians of the Galaxy White Variant avatar.

These packs will be available to both PC and Mac players. The advance and exclusive content will be available at a later unannounced date. Gazillion says that the Mac open beta is coming "very soon." Gazillion has also launched a new Surtur trailer that previews content coming later this month! View it after the break.

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Infinite Crisis shows off Atrocitus

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The next time DC Comics tries to convince you that they're mature and grim, remember that they have a villain literally named Atrocitus and then feel kind of disappointed.
The Red Lanterns are a pretty mad bunch. That's not to say that they're crazy, that's to say that they are collectively very angry and in fact use that anger to fuel their power rings. (Along with blood.) So it should come as no surprise that the upcoming Infinite Crisis character Atrocitus is himself quite angry, being the leader of the Red Lantern Corps and a font of raging destruction. When he goes live on June 11th, players will have a chance to take his angry antics into the arena.

Right off the bat, Atrocitus is different -- he has no Will meter, instead using Rage to fuel him. Rage is gained by dealing or taking damage, with his skills being free and turning into a more powerful version once the Rage meter is half-full. Those skills include an attack buff, a taunt for drones, a pull and taunt for other heroes, and a cone debuff and DoT as an ultimate. Check out the big guy in action in the video past the cut.

[Source: Turbine Entertainment press release]

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The Stream Team: Starting out as Psylocke in Marvel Heroes

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When it comes to Marvel Heroes, gamers definitely have a variety of superheroes to play. And just yesterday a telekinetic ninja joined the roster. That's right, Psylocke is now available! Although still a big fan of Storm, Massively's MJ is going to be giving Psylocke's powers a spin (and most likely destroying as many things as possible!). Come check out this newest hero and get a little gift as well. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. and take advantage of a special code that is available to all Massively viewers.

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Sentinel siege going on right now in Marvel Heroes

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Marvel Heroes
Siege of the Sentinels is happening now in Marvel Heroes! The towering baddies are spawning randomly throughout Gazillion's action RPG, and they'll be doing so through next week's patch. After you take a few down, you can bring looted Sentinel Parts to Hank Pym and you'll eventually be able to craft a couple of new items, according to Gazillion's announcement blurb.

The devs have also buffed up X-Mansion loot and released Psylocke as a playable hero available in the game's cash shop. If you don't want to pony up for Psylocke or grind shards to unlock her, you can watch Massively's MJ stream her live on May 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Marvel Heroes introduces One-Shots!

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In this issue, CAPTAIN AMERICA takes on the HOARY HOSTS of HYDRA in the HILLS of HOLLAND!
Greetings, True Believers! If you've been enjoying the scintillating storyline swiftly strung throughout Marvel Heroes, you're no doubt happy at the thought of more tantalizing tales of heroes and villains. But when the game is built on a broad base of boundless maps and mazes, where could the writers weave a web of wonder without damaging the delicate designs of Doom's decisive defeat? Why, the answer is simple -- it's time for the game to embrace the might Marvel One-Shot!

One-Shots are episodes carefully crafted to comic concerns, focused on isolated incidents rather than breaking up the flow of the central narrative structure. The first one pits heroes against the sinister schemes of Man-Ape as he seeks to subdue the people of Wakanda and ruin the regency of Wakanda's rightful ruler, Black Panther. Any hero of level 20 or above who's cheering for a change of pace can pick up the One-Shot by selecting the Terminal from any waypoint, so by all means, jump in the next time you're in the game. Excelsior!

SOE announces game-specific player events for SOE Live

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Are you headed to SOE Live this summer? We are, even if the game list is a tad shorter than in previous years. And that's why we're excited to see SOE's latest official post about the convention, set to run in Las Vegas, Nevada, this coming August 14th to 17th. The studio has announced special events for several of the games it plans to feature at the event:
  • Plane raids await EverQuest fans.
  • Deck-building games and PvP tournaments lie in store for DC Universe Online players.
  • EverQuest II players will participate in speed instances and a murder mystery quest.
  • Landmark devotees will be treated to a mega-build event and a harvesting-themed dice event.
  • Finally, the studio has planned a squad showdown event for PlanetSide 2 players.
Early bird registration for SOE Live ends on Monday.

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