Two Cups of Expectations, a Dash of Nerves, a Sprinkle of Faith, and a Bucket of Excitement…

There are many of you out there who rememeber one of the most impactful days in our gaming lives… April 27th 2004. The day City of Heroes was released. This game has a very large cult following even after its death on November 30th 2012. I’m sure many of you have a very close connection with this game whether it was endless nights of grinding, new friendships, and maybe even relationships that sparked over this game… City of Heroes was so special to me because it created a very close bond between my dad and I. We would stay up late on school nights (maybe even be “sick” for a double exp weekend that started on a Friday)… After playing this game for years with my dad, and then dragging friends into it, it was absolutely heartbreaking when we found out the game would close at the end of the year in 2012. Maybe the Mayans were right about the world ending in 2012 because all of our favorite game was put to rest…

– City of Heroes (Digital Trends)

Many of us have tried to fill the void that was City of Heroes with other games such as Champions Online, DC Universe, or other similar game styles, but truly nothing has fulfilled this hole. Luckily there is a light at the end of the tunnel, a very faint light at the moment, but nonetheless a light. For the past five years or so there has been talks about spiritual successors of City of Heroes that have been in the works even since the announcement of NCSoft pulling the plug on City of Heroes. Since about 2014 there have been two heavy hitters in the spiritual successor creation, Valiance Online and City of Titans. An additional two successors that may be a little less known are Ship of Heroes and Heroes and Villains.

Out of all super hero based MMOs the one that seems to be the furthest along is Valliance Online. They are already at the stage of an investor alpha test (which I have gotten my hands on). I have only played it for a few hours, and I will say it felt great to put the spandex on, but it definitely felt like an alpha, No Duh. Obviously the basis of the game is there, but some combat mechanics are a little wonky. A few issues I was running into were: My Commander character’s pets will stop attacking a target after X amount of time, my brawler was having issues hitting targets when I entered combat even though the enemies could attack me. All in all it felt amazing to get back on the streets running some missions and fight some perps. Valiance Online has been taking strides to improve the alpha with constant updates through hearing back from the community feedback. The community is just like us, people who love City of Heroes. Therefore Valiance Online is trying to give us the game we deserve. The game will eventually get to the point of a full release we of course hope sooner then later!

-Valiance Online Steam Community

Out of the spiritual successors, City of Titans is the first one that I heard of and grasped onto very tightly at its announcement. That being said sadly City of Titans has been the one with the most setbacks (it seems). It may have been all speculation, it may have been things said from the company, or a mix of both, but the community has been expecting the game to be further along then it currently is. As of right now we are getting some very beautiful in game videos of combat techniques, movement, character design, and a view of the city we will get to play in. Out of all the projects City of Titans seems to be the most beautiful of the upcoming games, but at the same time this is the one people are starting to fear may end up in development hell forever. They have been making some progress after switching their engine over, which may have been the most brilliant move on the company. (Switching to a new engine gives them the possibility of making the game look like an upgrade from City of Heroes graphics to potentially being the most beautiful MMO to ever release). Which is very exciting, but fans speculate that this may have set them back further then we hoped. There is supposedly going to be some sort of content for us super hero fans to get our hands on by the end of 2018. We will just have to wait, wait, wait, and see if this will be worth it in the end.

-Missing Worlds Media Youtube

Of the four that I previously mentioned Heroes and Villains may be the one that has the least amount of exposure. Their first teaser was released over FIVE years ago which looked very pretty, but in the last year there hasn’t been a whole lot shown of the game other then some absolutely stunning concept art. They do keep up with a weekly update every Friday which does show some promise that the studio is still posting information towards their project while remaining very consistent. This game could have some serious potential with dedicated Plan Z developing the game, but as of right now they might be at the bottom of the totem pole with the spiritual successors .

-Heroes and Villains concept

Now it’s time for the true dark horse of the competition, Ship of Heroes. The unique aspect on this game is it’s going in a slightly different direction then all of the other super hero based MMOs. It’s going to be more of a cosmic based super hero game. By that I mean very heavily space oriented. You will get to have your own ship and travel the galaxy. This game is taking more of a Guardians of the Galaxy approach rather than an Avengers approach which could work out in their favor if City of Titans, Valiance Online, and Heroes and Villains come out around the same time Ship of Heroes will be the one outlier that will be different giving you a reason to play even if you fall in love with one of the other successors. This game only dropped its first video on YouTube ONE YEAR AGO. This game may be further along than a lot of these games that have been open for a few years now. Ship of Heroes has been keeping up with a pretty solid amount of video content on Youtube.

-Ship of Heroes Developer Stream

It will be a very exciting journey till the successors release. Which one are you most excited for? City of Titans? Valiance Online? Ship of Heroes? Or Heroes and Villains? Let us know in the comments! Thank you for your support and hopefully this pulled your hearts strings a little reminiscing about City of Heroes with us!

-Brandon Maj

Here are the links to check out these upcoming projects! Make sure to check them out and like their facebook pages!

https://cityoftitans.com/

https://valiance.shogn.net/home

http://www.heroes-and-villains.com/phpb/home.php

https://www.shipofheroes.com/

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Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams with Dreams

So in the past couple episodes of the podcast you guys have heard me going crazy about Media Molecules current project Dreams, but I wanted to take some time here to sort of expand on why I am so excited to get my hands on this game. Since the game was announced back in 2013 everyone has been curious as to what this project entails. Now with E3 in the rear view mirror we finally have a pretty good grasp of what we will be getting from Dreams and that is literally whatever we want.

This is the first reason I am so excited about this game. It gives you the tools to do whatever you want. If you want to play a unique story, it has three different stories to play through. Have you always dreamed of making your own game? Have you ever felt you could make a good narrative with a phenomenal story idea? You can actually make a game from scratch. You design the levels, the characters, the items/weapons, the animations, create the voices, and even make the music all yourself.

The music creation tool is another thing that has me all sorts of excited. One of our news stories on the podcast was about the show that the Molecules put on to wrap up E3 and it was incredible. It did a tremendous job of showing off the extent of detail in the music creation tool reflecting well on the entire game. Just thinking about being able to perform a concert with friends on a PS4 is mind blowing. Whether you want to be the next Skrillex or Metallica, the video game allows you to create any style of music. Music is just a small piece of the puzzle within Dreams.

The beauty of it all is that the puzzle can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. If you just want to make a fun platforming single level you have all the tools to do that. If you want to make the next Witcher game with a full score and set of voiced characters you can do that too. Dreams truly gives you the freedom to innovate and create how you would want. To top it all off, it streamlines all of these features for ease of use. In their E3 showcase, the presenter of the demo explained how quick and easy it is to animate an object you create in the game. He completes the whole process in less than a minute which would take an actual game animator a full thirty minutes. The fact that they have managed to make this game creation tool so user friendly is astounding.

I know many people who have watched how the game creation tool works and have said “that looks cool and all but I don’t have interest in making a game so it’s just not for me.” Well, for those people consider this; even if someone doesn’t want to make games in Dreams, they still have the opportunity to play other people’s creations. So you can have a shooter, platformer, and RPG all in one experience with Dreams.

Just from the demos shown on it this far, I can tell that Dreams is going to be an incredible experience not only for creative types, but for everyone. I for one, cannot wait to see what things I can dream up with this ambitious project. There is no word on a release date for Dreams sadly, but Media Molecule has already stated that they are going to be releasing a beta for the game before the year’s end. Be on the lookout for that, and be sure to share your awesome creations with us when Dreams does come around!

Elex Gets a Prologue Trailer

 

Elex, an upcoming sci-fi roleplaying game from THQ Nordic, has a new trailer out that gives us a pretty solid backstory behind the different factions and motivations of said factions for the game. Near the end of the trailer it even gives you a brief insight on the character you will be playing. It does a good job of introducing this character without actually giving away any specifics of your mission, so I guess we will just have to wait for Elex to launch later this year to know the purpose of Jax quest that will “change the fate of Magalan.”

What do you think about THQ Nordic’s next venture? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Don’t forget to also like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Nintendo Working on SNES Classic

Now that the NES Classic is done being produced, it seems Nintendo has jumped right back on the wagon with their next classic system remake. Sources confirmed to Eurogamer that Nintendo is indeed working on a Super Nintendo Entertainment system similar to that of the NES Classic. Not only is it in production but it is expected to be ready for release this holiday season. I wouldn’t expect the SNES to be around forever though as Nintendo explained when they announced the discontinuation of the NES Classic that the classic system was meant to be a novelty item for the holidays last year. Nonetheless, you should all start getting hyped for the SNES Classic because the game library on the system was superior to that of the NES with games like Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, and A Link to the Past.

We will be sure to keep you guys updated when we learn more about the system and a release window. For now, let us know, what SNES games would you want to see on the classic? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers.

Overwatch Insurrection Event…

Today is the start of another Overwatch event… So grab your mountain dew and Cheetos, and get grinding! This will being so many new exciting skins for all your loved characters in Overwatch! Not only will new skins drop a new 4 player PvE game mode will be available! The new game mode is a very Gears of War Horde look alike. Take on waves and waves of enemies untill you are overwhelmed. 

If you haven’t seen the incredible new trailer here it is!

Overwatch: Insurrection Trailer
The event will be running from April 11th to May 1st! So make sure to get all the skins possible​, and have a blast taking on a new wave of fun! Let us know what you think @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also don’t forget to like us on Facebook! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch Teaser???

Today on the Australian and New Zealand Blizzard Twitter posted a short video that teases some upcoming Overwatch details! We already got Orisa early this competitive season, so what else could they be bringing to us? The only real information we got from the teaser is April 12 is when we will know what is happening. Are we getting a new map? Why was Kings Row the focal point of the video? Possibly a new event? Are we getting a new character? What do you think is happening April 12th!? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheNerdChambers. 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Destiny 2 Rally the Troops!!!

The trailer has finally hit the public, and it has made a boom! In less than an hour the trailer had already totaled over 138K views, and is sitting at a solid 16K likes. Not only did the trailer bring some excitement for combat and adventure… It also brought a sense of humor. The trailer has two characters explaining why we need to join together and help the cause for Destiny 2.

One commander takes a very serious approach explaining the sad defeated warriors, and why they need to take back their home. The commander does a very good job at getting the troops excited for the vengeful crusade. So they are ready to take on the Red Legion and take on Ghaul…

On the other hand… We see the same fun loving drunken guardian from the teaser trailer Cayde giving a not as heroic speech. He goes on to explain that we need everyone, but you might die in the adventure. He then can’t remember the name of the evil villain’s name… “Starts with a g? Gary?! No…” No one seems to be buying his speech, and he changes the reasoning to loot. That everyone should get all the loot they possibly can, and this hypes up the guardians!

Bungie did a very good job in the trailer explaining why you’ll be starting over in the sequel. The fact that Ghaul and his legion came through and destroyed the tower with all of your loot inside. You’ll have to begin a new story in a new part of the world. Hopefully Destiny 2 will have more sustained success then it’s first game had. All together the first game did well it just didn’t hold all of its gamers from the start.

Watch the Destiny 2 Trailer here!

What do you think about the trailer for Destiny 2? Will you be jumping on board and rallying with the troops on September 8th? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers or in the comments below!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)