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[font=arial, sans-serif]Sentinel Heroes Studios announced that Duty of Sentinel officially changes name to Sentinel Heroes and enters OBT today. If you haven’t joined in the epic adventure yet, now is your chance! Take a breath and prepare to start recruiting legendary heroes, building your teams, and dueling players from all over the world in a strategic RPG for everyone (http://www.sentinelheroes.com/ld.html). [/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]During 2 months of Closed Beta, Sentinel Heroes Studios has been closely monitoring many aspects of the game and releasing numerous modifications, fixes, and tweaks to bring a better gaming experience for everyone. If you join the game now, you can not only access all the contents of the CBT, but also enjoy all the new features introduced in during the CBT, such as Talent System, Strengthen System, Wisps, and Eclosion, which have largely expanded the gameplay and increased the playability of the game. [/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Still, another competition way “Knockout” makes its official debut in the Open Beta. There are 3 different thrones up for grab. Every player is allowed to knockout the king to claim the throne. Once you take the throne, Hulk will start timing for you – the longer you can defend your throne, the better the rewards will be and the higher the reputation you’ll get. Hulk believes that players will take their length of reign into consideration when they compare their strength and understanding of tactics from now on - numbers speak louder than words.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Players are also welcome to claim all the 8 giftpacks and join the 2 forum events during the OBT:[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]1. Starter Giftpack (Mysterious)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]2. Legend Creator Giftpack (Worth 2000 dollars)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]2. Level Cap Giftpack (Worth 1000 dollars)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]3. King of Dungeons Giftpack (Worth 800 dollars)[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]There are also generous rewards for players, who can dominate Ranking Challenge, who can get the highest reputation points, who can excel at compounding or strengthening, and etc. In a word, all the efforts of players are cherished and rewarded in Sentinel Heroes.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]All the details of the giftpacks and events for the OBT can be found here: [/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]http://www.sentinelheroes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=285[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Play and enjoy Sentinel Heroes now - see you in Orson Land![/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]About Sentinel Heroes Studios[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]Inspired and raised up by Worldcraft, one of the greatest game, Driven by the big dream of making a great game for everyone worldwide, Five young and passionate people gathered together and started the journey. Till now, we've got 19 members in our team, different personalities, different background, but we share the same dream. [/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]As a team, we are small in size, but we are big in creativity![/font]
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Since the release of Defense of the Ancients (also Dota), it has inspired lots of fans. Among these Dota fans, there are some game makers who put inspirations from Dota into games they make. Gradually, there appeared lots of so called Dota games. Among these games, some inherit the classic gameplay of Dota while some retain the core spirit or just partial features of Dota. Let’s see some representative titles that show the evolution and variation of Dota Games.
 
The Most Original Dota Game – Dota 2
Known as the official follow-up to the Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancient, Dota 2 borrowed many elements from Dota and was based on its engine. The major change lies in graphics. Dota 2’s graphics is more dynamic and appealing to the eye. Dota 2 also enjoys more reasonable operations and an easier learning curve. It’s absolutely the best choice besides Dota itself for players who wants the most original gaming experience of Dota games.
 
The Most Popular Dota Game - LOL
Speaking of games inspired by Dota, League of Legends is a title that can’t be skipped. As a game always compared with Dota, LOL’s gameplay is very similar, except a few changes. What’s the biggest difference between Dota and LoL? Easier, perhaps that’s the answer most players would give. LoL is easier to learn, more accessible, and more suitable for new players. This is also one of the reasons for the popularity of LOL.




 
The Most Accessible Dota Game - Heroes of Order and Chaos
With the popularity of smartphones, more and more console and PC games are moving to mobile platform. This trend is also seen in Dota games as Heroes of Order and Chaos is released on the android. This game doesn’t stray too far from classic Dota game in terms of layout and gameplay.
Its popularity is mainly for making Dota games accessible to smartphone gamers.
 
The Most Casual Dota Game - Duty of Sentinel
Duty of Sentinel (also DOS) is an unconventional Dota game that focuses on creating more casual gaming experience by adding RPG elements and adopting turn-based battle. It keeps the arena style hero vs hero battle in Dota as well as the feature of tons of heroes with unique skills, allowing players to shift between conventional Dota gaming experience and fast-paced casual gaming experience.
 




[font=Times New Roman]From above, we can see that Dota games are evolving and changing, also showing the trend in the whole game industry – games are getting easier, more accessible and more casual.[/font]
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At the beginning of 2014, when people are celebrating the great success of video games in 2013 and looking hopefully forward to incredible growth of mobile games in 2014, the future of browser based games aroused great debate. Some people think browser games market will crash in 2014 while others predict 2014 to be a big year for browser games market. I think it depends on two aspects, namely, whether old browser games can remain popular and even keep attracting more players and whether there are good new browser games in 2014.

1. Browser Games Market in 2013

Drakesang Online, Runescape 3, King’s Road, Wartune…, actually, the list of popular browser games in 2013 can be very long, among which Drakesang Online and Wartune has the greatest growth.

Drakesang Online
Drakensang Online, one of the top MMOs of 2012, proved that browser games still have what it takes to enthrall and entertain gamers in 2013 by attracting over 10 million players. Its amazingly good 3D graphics and fun, classic RPG gameplay ensures its popularity in 2014.



Wartune
“It’s a fun mixture of action RPG and city-building strategy gameplay along with some extras such as dungeons, world bosses, and even farming.” Ok, it sounds attractive but is actually NOT, at least to me. However, this game has over 100 million players now, which means people love it. And I believe the number will grow in 2014.

Obliviously, though the whole browser based games market is not as cheerful as video games market or mobile games market, it still saw some growth in 2013 and shed some light on 2014.

2. New Browser Based Games to Be Expected in 2014

Duty of Sentinel
This game also shows the mashup feature of Drakensang and Wartune. It’s a role-playing game merged with turn-based strategy, wrapped into an adventure mini-series about the Epic War between Sentinel and Scourge. Cross a vast range of landscapes, chat with smart NPC, recruit legendary heroes, loot mysterious dungeons, refine souls…it's not only a feast for the eyes but also a breathtaking fantasy adventure. The game has what it takes to be a big heat in 2014.



Ballistic
Another game that may rock 2014 is Ballistic, a first-person shooter designed to deliver a mainstream shooter experience on a browser window. “The game’s visuals look like something out of AAA games like Activision’s Call of Duty or EA’s Medal of Honor” said Unity CEO David Helgason.

With Drakesang Online, Runescape 3, King’s Road, Wartune and other mature products, it’s very difficult for browser based games market to crash in 2014. And with Duty of Sentinel, Ballistic and other upcoming high quality browser games, we can expect a good year for browser based games market.
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My Top TPS Games List by Mid 2013: Beyond Expectations!

Oh man, there are lots of games due to be released this year. We don’t yet know what’s coming later, but 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for TPS games. Here is my top TPS (third person shooter) games list by mid 2013.

1. Tomb Raider



Tomb Raider became a big hit immediately after it’s released on March 5, 2013. Personally speaking, this game is definitely stunning for me. The great music and sound design gives great incentive to explore more of the game. It also involves a mix of puzzle solving, platforming and combat in an open world environment. Most of all, I love the story a lot and it’s really fun and pleasant to see how Lara Croft gradually grows from a frightened girl to a female warrior.

2. Dead Space 3



Dead Space 3 is a TPS video game released on February 5, 2013. As the third entry in the Dead Space series, the game has lost the dark side of the series. Instead, the thrill of the game lies in the physical, viscous and feral combat. It also introduces brand new weapon crafting and upgrading system to enhance the combat experience. As a person that would like to trade survival horror for action, Dead Space 3 is a perfect choice for me.

3. Warframe



Warframe is a free-to-play third-person four-player co-op shooter video game, released on March 25, 2013. Though like all games in beta, at the moment, it feels somewhat buggy and unfinished, Warframe has shown some wow factors. The fast-paced action, the various customizable options, the co-op mode, the competent storyline…all demonstrate the potential of a great game. I’m really looking forward to the finished edition.

4. Zombie Battlefield



Have I got you by surprise? Sure, Zombie Battlefield is not a BIG game; it may even not sound so familiar to you and it actually fits in this list mostly for being a TPS game released in 2013. It’s a zombie game, yet not as scary as Tomb Raider; it has various gears and weapons, yet not having a weapon crafting system like Dead Space 3; it is a free-to-play game like Warframe, yet having no co-op mode like Warframe…But it’s fun, fast-paced, not so time demanding, and can be a perfect choice for killing time. That’s just how I fell in love with Zombie Battlefield.











As I prepared to write this Zombie Battlefield review, lots of game titles crowd into my mind. Bubble Witch Sage, Plants vs Zombies, the Walking Dead…the game does, after all, blend various genres. I’m also amazed by how such a small game can combine so many elements but still remain so simple and unique.
 
It’s really a pleasant surprise to find the animation at the beginning of Zombie Battlefield; since as we all know, to start a game with a piece of well-made animation telling the story behind the game is quite common in video games, yet definitely not in facebook games. In despite of the lack of voiceover or sounds, the quality of the animation has exceeded my expectations for a facebook game.




 
Once I get into the game, my attention was captured by the arrogant, funny and smart zombies first. “Serve us dinner!”; “Run faster, live longer“; “Good news from Zombie Troopers! We've killed the stupid and fat human!”…See? That’s what the zombies think, which really makes me want to kill them.
 
Of course, the core, also the most interesting part of the game is killing zombies and how to kill zombies, which rightfully defines Zombie Battlefield as a strategic shooting game. At the beginning, all you can rely on is a Pressure Cooker Cannon and a Hand Grenade. But as you level up, you’ll get more powerful weapons and gears. Once your gears outnumber your gear slots, you’ll have to choose which gears to equip and which to put aside; that’s where the game becomes really strategic. Creative gear combinations will bring unexpected effects, which will save your bullets and get you a higher score. Using gears at the right time, bouncing bullets in a right angle like what we do in Bubble Witch Saga, and upgrading your force also have favorable effects on your scores.
 
As to pleasant surprises brought by Zombie Battlefield, how can we neglect the insane zombie-robbing fun? On the special coin levels in Zombie Battlefield, some zombies are bound with ties, vulnerable to attacks, perfectly “prepared” to be robbed.
 
There is also an Achievement System to reward and inspire better gaming performance in Zombie Battlefield. Over 50 titles are up for grabs and generous rewards are provided with each title.
 
Ultimately, Zombie Battlefield succeeds in bringing fresh and interesting gaming experiences. Its strategy nature adds more fun, yet also imposes more pressure on players unfamiliar with FPS or strategic games.
 
Pros: Well-made opening animation, interesting zombies, various weapons and gears with countless combination possibilities, a shocking encounter between Strategy and FPS, insane zombie-robbing fun for everyone, integral Achievement System with generous rewards
 

Cons: More intense and faster-paced than common casual flash games