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With the release of The Elder Scrolls Online rapidly approaching many players are wondering which class to pick in this exciting new game. Veteran Elder Scrolls players are used to the open-ended system where you don’t need to pick a specific class, rather your abilities and attacks get stronger the more you use them. This system which you may be familiar with from Morrowind, Oblivion or more recently Skyrim is also present in the online version of the game, but there are even more options for customizing your character.

When you create a character in TESO you must pick an alliance, your race and a class. Races do have certain bonuses, but they are typically minor compared to all other customization options and the best advice you can find about picking a race is to simply play what you like. Classes on the other hand have very specific paths to further advance them and the decision about which class to go for shouldn’t be taken lightly. A Sorcerer can technically smash his enemies in melee combat, but it’s far from optimal so you should know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand. Unless you have a very specific non-traditional class build in mind you should probably stick to classic archetypes.

There are four playable classes in The Elder Scrolls Online, and they include Sorcerer, Templar, Dragonknight and Nightblade. Below you can find basic explanations on which class is best for a particular playstyle which will hopefully help you make the decision easier. Furthermore I’ll explain the three skill trees that are default for every one of these classes and can’t be accessed otherwise.

Sorcerer

Typical mage archetype without too many surprises. A sorcerer is adept in casting spells from range, summoning creatures to fight for him and control the flow of the battle with crowd control spells and debuffs. Picking a Sorcerer gives you access to three different skill lines (basically, skill trees):

  • Storm Calling – abilities in this tree for the most part consist of lightning-based spells that deal damage. There’s also a couple of crowd-control spells and weapon-empowering buffs.
  • Dark Magic – besides several damaging spells, Dark Magic is great if you’re looking for a ton of CC spells like snares and knockbacks. It doesn’t include any defensive spells, but this tree is great for both PvP and PvE fights.
  • Daedric Summoning – the last skill line contains mostly spells that summon dark minions to fight for you, at the cost of making your character somewhat weaker. Going deep into Daedric Summoning will not improve the damage of your own character, but for leveling up fast and other PvE adventures this is the tree to go for.

Templar

Another fairly self-explanatory class, Templar is ESO’s version of a paladin, adept at healing, crowd control, group buffs and even tanking. Best use for a Templar is for his extremely potent restorative abilities, and they are unparalleled in that regard. Templars have access to the following 3 skill lines:

  • Aedric Spear – tree fully focused on offense, Aedric Spear has a multitude of spear-based spells that deal damage and CC your enemies. There’s also a couple of defensive abilities to help you survive in combat.
  • Dawn’s Wrath – another offensive skill tree, but this one is more focused on various debuffs, AoE attacks and group utility.
  • Restoring Light – as it’s name sugests, Restoring Light skill tree is purely focused on healing and cleansing spells. A majority of the spells in this tree are various heals, making this the number one choice for healing in ESO.

Dragonknight

Dragonknight is the preferred class choice for players who enjoy melee combat and tanks. They are undoubtedly the best “warrior” or “barbarian” class in the game, and just as effective when it comes to tanking monsters. Dragonknights also have three different skill lines available, and they are:

  • Ardent Flame – focused on fire-based spells and attacks, Ardent Flame is equally good for PvP and PvE combat, with an array of AoE attacks and crowd controls. The signature ability is Fiery Reach, which pulls a targeted enemy towards you.
  • Draconic Power – channeling their inner dragons, DKs with this skill tree are focused on durability, crowd control and sustain. All of the attacks and abilities either give you health or leech, root or snare enemies or improve your defenses.
  • Earthen Heart – conjuring shields and knocking or slowing down enemies is the specialty of this skill tree. It’s just as useful in player versus player fights as it is in a PvE setting, although most players prefer to go with Earthen Heart for the latter.

Nightblade

Nightblades are the go-to assassins, rogues and archers of Elder Scrolls Online. Skill trees are focused on surprise attacks from stealth, critical hits and evasion, and the skill trees are the following:

  • Assassination – if the name of this tree didn’t give you a hint, it’s focused on killing your enemy, and doing it fast. A couple of healing debuffs, ignoring resistances or boosting your critical strike chance or attacks speed is what this tree is all about. It’ll also help you close distance with a blink-like ability, execute low health monsters or players and increase your defenses.
  • Shadow – if sneaking around and waiting for the right opportunity to strike is your thing, then Shadow is exactly where a majority of your skill points will go. Becoming invisible and permastunning your enemies becomes a breeze, and as if that wasn’t enough you gain an AoE fear and a helpful Shade to distract your opponents.
  • Siphoning – as opposed to Assassination, Siphoning is all about weakening your opponents with debuffs and slowly getting them low with a variety of DoT spells. You also gain the ability to leech stamina, magicka and even health from monsters, and a strong AoE stun.

For a more comprehensive list of spells and skill trees available to every class I suggest you take a look at these guides. They will provide you with a more detailed look into every class and help you gain insight and ideas on how to create an effective character you’re going to enjoy playing.

Elder Scrolls Online stayed somewhat true to its predecessors though, and picking a class doesn’t prevent you from exploring different play styles. Regardless of your class choice you still have several other generic skill trees available to everyone, which include various weapon skills (depending on which weapons you wish to use), crafting (improve particular tradeskills and professions), armor skills (variety of abilities you can use depending on whether you use heavy, medium or light armor), and more. Some skill trees are also gained by joining a Mages or Fighters guilds which can be found in the world, or by becoming a Warewolf or a Vampire.

Weapon skills are probably the most impactful for a majority of classes, as equipping a particular weapon gives you an option to use very specific skill set. For example if you were to equip a Restoration Staff you would gain access to several healing abilities, completely regardless or your choice of class or class’ skill lines. Even a fully-fledged assassin can become a viable healer or a tank with the use of a right weapon or armor, respectively.

Such character customization allows for some very interesting and unorthodox builds, so I encourage you to be creative and experiment. Combine the strengths of various races and classes with other generic skill lines and you can make a very unique character for any type of play style.

Neverwinter Leveling Guide

Recently released Neverwinter game has already glued tens of thousands of hardcore and casual RPG players to their screens on a daily basis. It’s been years since the last Neverwinter title and considering Dungeons & Dragons has a strong and significant fanbase it’s not all that surprising the latest MMORPG is a huge hit among gamers.

One of the most pressing things players of Neverwinter have right now is of course leveling. It takes quite a lot of time to reach the level cap in NWN and it’s always a huge ordeal to go through whenever you’re starting another online RPG. That’s why you should really check out this guide I found that can help speed up your leveling time by a significant amount.

Typically leveling can take a long time and if you simply don’t have weeks and weeks to play this game you definitely should consider grabbing yourself a quality guide to help you throughout the process. The aforementioned guide is written by pro gamers who have months of experience playing Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter in the beta and have brought that knowledge over for everyone to learn from. You’d actually be surprised by the amount of helpful tips and tricks you can find in there.

It includes several different chapters which go into great detail about many of the game’s systems. Some of the most important ones are guides on equipment, talent builds for characters, spells and abilities, quest walk-throughs and gold making. It’s currently in my opinion the most detailed resource on Neverwinter you can find online and well worth reading as you will learn a lot about the game.

Neverwinter is a very popular game now and constantly growing and you definitely don’t want to fall behind other players or your friends. The best way to stay ahead of the competition and cut the learning curve and leveling time is to get professional help, and this leveling guide definitely delivers on its promises. I honestly recommend you click here to read a full review of it and see for yourself what it has to offer.

Diablo 3 Crafting window

One of the best features of the forthcoming Diablo 3 and one thing that was definitely missing from the prequel is the inclusion of a crafting system. This adds even more variety in the game and is a source of pretty decent armor and weapons. This post will give you a basic overview of the crafting system.

In Diablo 3, every player will have at his or her disposal one jeweler artisan and one blacksmith artisan. The reason this is important is because it allows you to craft your own gear the way you want. This is unlike other games like WoW, where a player has to locate other people with gear crafting abilities. This feature gives the Diablo 3 community a massive advantage as it puts every player on a level playing field.

The following paragraphs will highlight the different abilities of the artisans and will also quench your thirst for information regarding the leveling of a blacksmith.

Salvaging Goods

Diablo 3 will see the introduction of the salvaging system. Simply put, this system allows players to obtain all the raw materials they need by breaking down different kinds of gear. Once you obtain these raw materials, they can be disposed of through a number of different ways. The options in front of you include selling them off in the Auction House, giving them away to friends or using them to create your own new gear. The creating new gears part is where the blacksmith artisan comes in.

All these various options give the players a number of different choices within the game. The players can choose to earn gold by selling off their gear, or they can choose to save all that raw material to help make their own gear. Doing so will obviously help them upgrade their character. There is simply no limit to the number of trading/selling combinations you can devise as a player. There are also many avenues to craft your gear, which in turn helps you in regularly upgrading your character. These are the reasons why the salvaging system is expected to be such a big hit in Diablo 3.

Artisan Leveling

There is only way for you to level your artisan and that is by farming more and more gold. This has cast the spotlight on gold as it now is the single biggest resource in Diablo 3. At the same time, this will also ensure that farming is a harder task than before. So players will find it hard to farm and earn gold without which they’ll not be able to level their artisan. This will also directly affect their ability to improve their gear as gold is needed to craft such gear.

This puts a premium on the amount of gold a player has in the game and it will also lead to many exciting and unexpected developments. This will be due to the fact that there will be changes in the amount of gold from player to player during the course of the game.

Crafting Your Own Gear

One of the best things about Diablo 3 is that it allows players to craft their own gear. This is a very wonderful and distinct feature that will only make the game more enjoyable. As a player, you can use all the random attributes to create a gear of your own. Doing so however will also require you to have access to large amounts of gold.

Such a feature ensures that each player comes up with his or her own unique gear. And it’s likely that each such gear will have its own set of unique weaknesses. Now when you add the prospect of random gear drops by bosses within the game, the scene only gets more riveting and exciting.

With TERA going into headstart tomorrow, I figured it’s still not too late to tell you what hitboxes are in this game. I’m guessing that many players are still undecided on their class and race choice, so hopefully this post will make your decision easier. However, it might make it harder as well, so caution is required.

What are hitboxes?

Races comparison in TERA Online

As you can see from the image above, races in TERA come in different sizes. Every race has a different hitbox, which is essentially an invisible “grid” around the character that determines whether a particular spell or ability will hit you or not.

The biggest race is Baraka, closely followed by Aman. Middle-sized races are Castanics, High Elves and Humans, and smallest ones are Popori and Elin. There’s also a different hitbox size depending on whether you play a female or male gender of a particular race: as you can see from the comparison above, females are generally a bit smaller than their male counterparts.

Baraka and Popori only have a male gender, and Elin are only female (or they’re all something in between, or both, depends how you look at it).

Why hitboxes matter?

When playing a tank, you can literally block entire passageways with your shield thus ensuring monsters and their attacks cannot hit your friendlies. Now that’s tanking! On the other hand, if you’re a DPS class you might want to avoid getting hit, which is often easily done by playing a race of smaller physical size. This is not only helpful in PvE situations, but extremely beneficial in PvP as well.

It’s important to note that hitboxes also determine the difficulty of your friendly neighborhood healers trying to top up your health: targeting you will be just as easy or difficult for them as it is for opponents.

So which race to pick?

  • For tanks: (Lancer and Warrior): Baraka and Aman are obvious choices.
  • For melee DPS (Slayer, Berserker): Human, High Elf and Castanic
  • For ranged DPS (Sorcerer, Archer): also Human, High Elf and Castanic are good choices
  • For support (Priest, Mystic): Elin and Popori are often the best picks

Tanks and melee damage dealing classes will be getting most damage, which is the reasoning behind players often picking races that are easier to heal. Ranged DPS needs heals quite often as well, but not nearly as, so you can go with a race that is smaller or smallest. Support classes usually can heal themselves and it’s their job to stay alive as long as possible, so picking the smallest races is often a wise choice.

Is it really THAT important?

No, it’s not. Tons of players are picking race/class combos simply because they like their looks, completely disregarding hitboxes. Whether you want to be one of them is completely up to you: this post is intended to be only informational.

Anything else I should know?

As a matter of fact yes, there is. Different races also have different racial skills, both active and passive. You might want to consider them as well when picking your class.

For more detailed information on classes, races and their best combos, I suggest you read this article. It has more detailed comparisons of hitboxes and recommendations on which combos are better than others.

Screenshot of a Human race Slayer in TERA Online

The role of the Slayer in TERA seems destructive and intimidating, and it very well should, as this character is known for their melee damage. Weapons of choice are few, and from all the different classes the great sword is used only by this one, and Slayers are known to force death taking blows to their enemies. Among the blows are the swinging of the sword, the circular motion attacks with the sword, the leaping strikes that deal a lot of damage to enemies, the rush attacks, shouts, and the kicking attack. Although their sword blows are mighty their armor type is very low or light, due to the ability to move swiftly among the battlefield.

If you want to fight like a tornado, taking down the enemies that line your path, this might be the best character of choice. Being the most aggressive player on the battlefield with evasive moves, swordplay, and overwhelming force, this character is able to mow down any opponent that stands in the way of victory. The slayer has mobility and damaging capabilities that make this character the ideal choice for the front line of battle among the team. Leveling up a Slayer gives you access to more skills and more abilities, along with new gear and equipment.

Screenshot of a Human race Slayer in TERA

Where ever you see a Slayer, you will see his one true friend, the two-handed, double-edged great sword packed full of power to deal the most damage possible. If the slayer ever goes into a roundhouse attack, any enemies that stand in front, behind, beside, or in the vicinity is likely to be dealt a death attack with this powerful great sword. On the battlefield, with very light armor, this character has the ability to move quickly to avoid any damage that an opponent might try to deal to him. With being quick, during an attack, they are able to retaliate against their enemy with a death blow.

The MP of a slayer is built up by their combo attacks and when repeated they tend to gain the power they need for more dodging which helps with the damage attacks from the rear. Even though most classes gain extra skills on each level that they advance this certain character differently, each two levels passed he will gain powerful skills to help with his attacks and defense; however, proficiency and power will be gained from using these skills and from his beginning skills. Slayers are great for the every life, because they can do the normal reality things that humans can, by kicking, flipping, whirling, rolling, leaping, swinging, and the thrust of the all mighty great sword.

Screenshot of a Popori Slayer

When a group of enemies decide to attack, the whirl wind defense is the best choice, while twirling around the gigantic great sword, the opponents will fall taking a great deal of force from the sword and more when they hit the earth. Even though their armor is light, they are still in hand to hand combat right beside their friends the warriors. They have more speed and mobility than your berserkers and the ability to take out many enemies at once is one that is treasured. The slayer can also sneak with light armor not making a sound, around behind their enemies for a sneak attack, making them ideal for the perfect team.

That’s right! Much like Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has also joined the ranks of FPS games that have both official and unofficial guides available. Unlike BF3 though, I don’t find MW3 nearly as complex game that would require one, even though it does have a few new features in this latest title.

It’s a bit disappointing to some Call of Duty fans that not much changes in these new sequels, which is perhaps because they still sell insanely well and a new one gets pushed every year. I’m not sure how many preorders Modern Warfare 3 has, but I’m pretty sure it’ll again break several sales records, much like Modern Warfare 2. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether it’s a good game or just better marketing, but one thing is for sure: there will again be a ton of multiplayer players and matches to jump in to. For those of you who decide to go for it, there are a few changes, although nothing substantial.

Here’s my basic overview of the new Modern Warfare 3, along with some information on where you can learn more about this game:

Weapons mostly remain the same. Standard assault rifles, sniper rifles, SMGs and machine guns remain, with a few interesting gadgets and explosives. It might take a day or two to get used to it, but all in all nothing will really surprise you in that department. Of course, every weapon can be customized with mods, attachments and proficiencies: attachments include various scopes, grips and sights. Weapon proficiencies will enable you to “upgrade” your weapon over time as you use it more and more, for example reducing the recoil or increasing damage.

Not that some proficiencies are locked to certain weapons, such as the aforementioned damage increase can only be used with a shotgun. There’s a total of 10 proficiencies, and while they do provide some degree of customization, you’ll soon realize which ones are best and you’ll just go with it like every other player. Still, it’s nice to be able to press the advantage where you like.

There’s also 15 different perks you can choose from spread through 3 tiers. For example, there’s a tier 1 perk that improves your reload time with all weapons, and when improved (pro effect) it reduces the time required to switch different weapons. As an example of a second tier perk there’s Overkill, which enable you to carry two primary weapons, and with pro effect even the second one may hold attachments. Tier 3 perks are the weakest, for example Steady Aim will enable you to shoot with more accuracy from hip, and the pro effect enables you to fire more quickly after sprinting. You’ll quickly figure out which perks go best with certain weapons and while again it does provide a bit of customization, don’t expect too much.

The biggest change I’ve seen is the one to kill streaks: those are now renamed to pointstreaks and work slightly differently than before. There are 3 categories of kill streaks, each with their own bonuses for a set number of kills. You can find out what they are here. There’s now also deathstreak rewards which I find really nice: I’m usually not the one to die consistently but we’ve all seen those who do, and these bonuses might just give them a break necessary to get back into the game and pick up some kills. They aren’t as strong or as fun as killstreak rewards, but still provide some sort of bonus: for example, after dying 4 times in a row you can move a bit faster and stuff like that. In fact I find these more balanced and less gamebreaking than killstreak rewards, which basically enable you to ROFLPWN people with air strikes, vehicles etc.

I did mention guides for Modern Warfare 3 of course, so here it is: there are several available, and you can find reviews here: MW3 strategy guides, Kosh MW3 strategy guide. If you find any more, be sure to post it in the comments below. There’s also some free beginner guides available on sites I linked before in this article.

Overall MW3 does have a few additions which make it a worthwhile purchase. I’m not sure how much entertainment can it really provide but hopefully enough to make you want more. And with any luck, new sequels will hopefully have a lot more features.

Battlefield 3 is not your usual first person shooter game. There are plenty of customization options for weapons, there are four distinct class kits, a number of different vehicles, maps, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Knowing all of it takes some experience, which can usually only be gained by playing the game. A lot.

However recently several strategy guides have popped up for Battlefield which can take your knowledge and understanding of the game to a whole new level. And no, I don’t mean advancing from Private to General, even though that’s covered as well. There are some fansites out there that do provide some free guides and information on BF3 but none of them really go into much detail, so your best bet truly is with one of these premium, high-quality strategy guides.

Fortunately there are a few different ones to choose from. I’ve found three so far: the official strategy guide by PrimaGames, and two unofficial guides, named Relik’s and Stark’s guides. By reading some reviews I found that the unofficial ones are in fact much better and more useful than the official one. A lot of players pick up those official guides at Gamestop and other retail stores, so if you’re one of them, too bad for you: you should of spent your money on the unofficial guides. And here’s why…

Relik’s and Starks guides contain tips that the official game guide will never contain. While all the tricks they have is perfectly legal to use, those kind of tips are in a gray area and it takes quite some time to figure out on your own: knowing hidden locations on maps where you can gain an advantage and having a detailed breakdown of game mechanics and other elements (weapons, attachments, …) is really amazing to have. Not to mention the fact that these unofficial BF3 strategy guides are frequently updated with new tips, which are always free to download. A paperback edition of PrimaGuide will most definitely not be updated with any new maps, tips, tricks, tactics, strategies, and whatever else you can find in these guides.

Basically, if you still haven’t I strongly suggest you pick up either Relik or Stark guide, both of which can be found on leveling-guides.com & strategy-guides.org. Apparently Relik is a bit better, but they do seem to be very close in quality despite. Whether or not you really need them is up to you, but considering how 90% or more of players I’ve seen so far play, I would strongly suggest you get it. They really won’t break your budget, and if you like the game, do yourself a favor and learn to play it properly. The other 63 players on your team will thank you for it.

I found this amazing Rift powerleveling guide here which can easily take you from level 25 to 50. The only downside to it is that you’ll have to grind. However, I think it’s best paired with Xerxes leveling guide, so whenever you run out of quests or if you simply get bored with them, do some grinding for quick speedleveling.

Hey guys, in this guide I will show you how to level from 25-50 in a matter of days with my grinding “hotspots”. This worked well for me so I know it will for you too. Thanks for reading!

  • Scarlet Gorge : 25-28
  • Coordinates : 3173 , 2669
  • Area Name : Stonecrest
  • Description/Notes : Undead Graveyard

  • Scarwood Reach : 28-30/31
  • Coordinates : 2851 , 2800
  • Area Name : Howling Plateau
  • Description/Notes : Mining Camp or Elemental Area, grind your preferred mob.

 

  • Scarwood Reach : 30/31 – 33
  • Coordinates : 3052 , 3931
  • Area Name : Auld Warden
  • Description/Notes : Grind in the circle, mobs will respawn by the time you pat back around.

  • Moonshade Highlands : 33 – 35
  • Coordinates : 7126 , 2384
  • Area Name : Twilit Stand
  • Description/Notes : None.

 

  • Droughtlands : 35 – 38
  • Coordinates : 7232 , 6198
  • Area Name : Trappers Rest
  • Description/Notes : Grind in a circle around the big rock, best spot.

  • Droughtlands : 38 – 40
  • Coordinates : 7614 , 6739
  • Area Name : Stormbrood Lair
  • Description/Notes : Farm up the hill and back down.

 

  • Iron Pine Peak : 40 – 42/43 (EXP Hotspot)
  • Coordinates : 2630 , 817
  • Area Name : Frozen Valley
  • Description/Notes : The Alpha wolves give extra experience!

  • Shimmersands : 42/43 – 45
  • Coordinates : 5821 , 5897
  • Area Name : Jeweled Heights
  • Description/Notes : None

  • Stillmoor : 45 – 46
  • Coordinates : 2056 , 2268
  • Area Name : Ravenna
  • Description/Notes : Farm either the Werewolves or Elves.

 

  • Stillmoor 46-50 : (EXP Hotspot)
  • Coordinates : 1613 , 2283
  • Area Name : Twisted Hollow
  • Description/Notes : Best grind spot in the game, Every single ogre gives 1.8x normal experience. I went from 46-50 here in a day and a half. 49-50 I timed, only took me 1 hour and a half pure grinding. Amazing spot. Don’t tell anyone about this certain area, that’s not in the guild. Please.

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This is by far the best compilation of grinding locations I was able to find. If you’re having trouble leveling in Rift, this should definitely point you in the right direction. Again, if you combine these grinding tips with a quality leveling guide like Xerxes you can probably reach the level cap in 4-5 days. It’s insane!