There are four objects of gaming desire to look upon, and the first one is a cool little gem called Hearthstone.
I write this article under the assumption that you may be a Blizzard fan—though not necessarily a connoisseur—so you can tell by the name that it is indeed a Warcraft game. Perhaps as much Warcraft-based as a Star Wars-themed Monopoly game is based on a galaxy far, far away, Hearthstone is an interesting and extremely simple gameplay experience. It is a card game not unlike Magic: The Gathering, but with your favorite Warcraft heroes, spells, and all. Ultimately, it's number strategy and a bit of luck. I have never been one for this style, but the game actually had me hooked from the first few minutes. There's something addictive about leveling up… just wait until it leaves the beta stage.
I will continue to strike the Warcraft key and talk (as briefly as possible) about Warlords Of Draenor. This will probably be the final expansion for World Of Warcraft, and it explores orc characters of lore past. Storywise, it may fit just right, as games in the Warcraft universe seem to have an "anything goes" approach. As far as gameplay, graphics, et al, expect some good improvements, as every release of WoW has been a step up from the previous. The level cap is now 100 (predictably), and players have access to new maps, more class abilities, more of this, more of that. We can expect a few innovations as well, like the garrisons and challenge modes. I end this seemingly dreary paragraph of Warcraft nihilism by announcing that my desktop picture is now the Warlords Of Draenor wallpaper.
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Those are some promising releases for such a huge fan base. Great or not, Blizzard has catered to them well, but wait! That's not all. There is a very popular genre of game to be explored—so popular, in fact, that you may participate in tournaments in the U.S. and obtain an athlete visa if you're that good—MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena)!
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|Extremely easy and addictive: Hearthstone.|
How many fans will get into this type of game? How many current MOBA players will at least temporarily leave their haven of choice for a chance at Blizzard's world of interconnecting franchises? That's right, you can play as heroes from all three best-selling household titles. Imagine Diablo, Kerrigan and Arthas versus Tyrael, Raynor and Illidan. That has to count for something. It is currently in beta if you would like to test-drive the game.