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EverQuest Next
Your Next: Friendly Competition

This week we begin with a little trip down memory lane and a few thoughts about Guild Wars 2. I know I’m supposed to be talking about EverQuest Next and Landmark, we’ll get there really soon, I promise.

With the rumors of a Guild Wars 2 expansion looking more solid every day (at this point we’re just waiting for the official announcement), I found myself downloading the client for a trip down memory lane. After years invested in World of Warcraft, and the disappointment of Star Wars: The Old Republic, GW2 sits as my second MMO love. It’s true that it’s sweeter the second time around, but you never forget your first.

As this column goes live GW2 will be on sale at 75% off, and after the announcements at PAX South interest in the game will be peaking. I imagine many old faces will be returning to mingle with the new ones. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth your time, I definitely recommend it. It’s fast paced, fun and polished with plenty to do, and it’s really grown into itself over the last year. While there’s no shortage of things to do with other players, the traditional raiding endgame is absent, so if that’s your one and only love you’re better off looking elsewhere. No doubt there will be big things happening over the next few months, so it’s a perfect time to jump in.

Two of my favorite aspects of the game are the build system (which is beautifully elegant in design) and the combat system. Both these systems are best demonstrated in the various PvP types; the PvE content is not the best light to see them in, but it’s been this way since launch and the efficiency-obsessed corner of the community has only made the situation worse. This may be about to change though, and the reason why might interest those of you keeping a close watch on the development of EverQuest Next and Landmark.

We got to the part about EQN! If you made it this far, allow yourself a little treat as congratulations. A bon-bon, perhaps, or a glass of wine. Don’t overdo it though, there’s a few hundred words to go.

Final Fantasy XI
Announcing the Next Version Update!

The February version update of Final Fantasy XI has just been announced! Among the planned changes and additions, Square Enix has announced a new Seekers of Adoulin quest, new job adjustments which include high-tier magic spells, new Alluvion Skirmishes, and much more!

Excited for this upcoming version update? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

General News
Film Friday #26: Seven Sensational Snippets

Seven Sensational Snippets

Today on Film Friday we got seven trailers for you, from Project CARS to Witcher to Evolve. Sit back, relax and check out the games!

General News
Friday Update Arcade: Episode 16

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed include The Elder Scrolls Online's big announcements, H1Z1's rocky early access launch, Blizzard mailing out gifts to long-time World of Warcraft subscribers and more.

Nosgoth
Nosgoth Goes Into Open Beta

Nosgoth has launched its Open Beta! Players interested in jumping into the free-to-play multiplayer game set in the Legacy of Kain universe can do immediately, and enjoy double experience to boot during the coming weekend.

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Battleline: Steel Warfare - January Update

Battleline: Steel Warfare, currently in its second beta testing phase, just pushed live its latest update, introducing six new unit tanks into the game.

Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2: PAX, Double XP and Huge Sale

Last week, we reported that ArenaNet is hosting a Guild Wars 2 panel in the Main Theater at PAX South this Saturday to talk about what they have planned next for the game. We already knew that the panelists would include ArenaNet President and Co-Founder Mike O'Brien alongside GW2 Game Director Colin Johanson, but today ArenaNet has announced that the panel will be hosted by Jennifer Hale, a star voice actress with a long list of work including Queen Jennah in Guild Wars 2.