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    One year ago, Angry Joe relaunched the AJSA with this website and teamspeak server! Now we're celebrating with a week of events, streams, trivia and a contest to win an awesome Anniversary Award for your forum profile! Keep reading below for a list of events, how to play the Community Quest Contest, and win your Anniversary Badge!

    By DamionRayne, in Articles,

    So, here we are boys and girls, Announcement time! For the Entire Week of the 11th to the 16th of November your AJSA Twitch Stream Team, Game Officer Corps, and Command Council will be conducting a massive One Year Anniversary Event. Let's get to talking about what we plan to do this week shall we?

    First things first, Game Events! How many events you might ask? Boom:

    That's a lot of Events innit mate? Yeah, yeah it is, dats good right there. (See the full list here and with times converted to your timezone: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/AJSAGaming/events )
    What's the full listing? Let's take a looksee,
    Planetside 2 (Thursday: Special Combat Operation)
    DOTA 2 (Mini-Tournament Finals)
    ArcheAge (Tuesday: Guild Gathering, Farm Raiding, Angry Fleet Sailing)
    Guns of Icarus Online (Saturday: Community Airship Destruction)
    SWTOR (Saturday: Guild Raffle and Catina Meet-up)
    Guild Wars 2 (Saturday: Cross Country Zerg and Guild Missions)
    Battlefield 4 (Tuesday & Saturday: 7 Free Days of BF4 play on Origin!)
    TF2 (Wednesday: The final day of Halloween Maps & Mini-karts)
    Smite (Sunday: AJSA Clan Carnage)
    Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (Saturday: Special Black Knight Mod Server)
    XBOX ONE Events (ALL WEEK: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/calendar/event/300-xbox-one-ajsa-anniversary-week/)
    PS4 Events (Look for the hidden code on the Clan message boards)
    Star Citizen (Tuesday: Reveal of the Structure of the Angry Fleet; Teamspeak Discussion and Twitch Stream)
    WoW: Warlords of Draenor Launch (Early Thursday: Launch of the AJSA Guild and Delrith WOD Launch Stream!)
    War Thunder (Friday: Special Racing Event)

    Special Live Streams from,
    Tons + AB (Sunday: 12 Hour Joint Stream)
    Damion Rayne

    Where are you gonna want to go to watch all this? Right here: http://www.twitch.tv/team/ajsa
    That team page will keep you updated on who is streaming, and when, and what, so it would behoove you to follow it, bookmark it, etc.
    {Begin DoctorEvil Interjection}
    We're designing a special One Year Anniversary Badge for your forum profile! Want one? You're going to have to earn it! There are 4 ways to participate in the contest, the more participation increases the chance to win a higher tier of the Award Badge!
    1. Scavenger Hunt
    Throughout many of the incarnations of the AJSA (Forums, Teamspeak, Steam, Twitter, Consoles) we've posted Code Phrases (some harder to find than others), look for these Code Phrases and mark them on your Quest Form.
    2. Events
    During the week attend any of the qualifying events, and you'll hear the Event Lead announce at some-point into the event, their special "Code Phrase". Remember or write down this phrase, and mark the correct answer on the Quest Form (linked to below).
    3. Streams
    The AJSA Stream Team is getting in on the fun too, check out the Quest Form and look for the participating streamers to go live, and they will announce their stream Code Phrases during their streams throughout the week!
    4. Trivia
    Think you know a lot about Angry Joe Show History, how about random moments during Joe's Streams? Now is your chance to prove it my answering some trivia!
    Quest Form: Fill out this form and come back to it throughout the week as you collect code phrases and answers! Link (http://goo.gl/forms/HpzR27ju6l)
    How many correct code phrases or answers do you need to win the Awards? See below!
    Bronze - 8 Correct Codes/Answers
    Silver - 14 Correct Codes/Answers
    Gold - 19 Correct Codes/Answers - Winners of this level and above can choose their own (tasteful) Member Title to go above their Forum Avatar!
    Platinum - 25 Correct Codes/Answers - Winners of this level will be honored in a special Teamspeak Lounge with their names forever listed in the description! (maybe something else depending on how few make it... )
    Some last notes for the Contest: There's nothing wrong with teamwork in doing the contest, we are a community after all! However, posts listing codes and answers on the forum will be hidden (without negative effects to the members standing).
    We hope to see you throughout the week in-game, or on twitch! Contest will end Monday the 17th, and then winners and badges awarded as soon as we tally the results!
    {End DoctorEvil Interjection}
    Not to mention we'll be making several special announcements over the week as well! So stay tuned for more!

    So, that Community Spotlight is back in Action! Holy crap can you believe it? Yeah, me either. We'll not talk about why it was gone for weeks, but we will instead talk about the future!

    First things first, I'll be using many more means of getting content for the Spotlights for you guys each week than ever before. This includes our Game Officer Corps, and our Moderators Corps searching the forums for your win vids, epic discussions, art, let's plays, you name it! however if you want to see your content on the Spotlight you need to Private Message Damion Rayne. Oh and make sure you title is "Community Spotlight Content Submission [NAME]"

    We've a few tidbits to post up here in the news section before we move on,

    One the "In the news section" will also be making a full return to full operation moving forward, take a looksee here: http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forum/8-in-the-news/
    We're still toying with the Idea of AJSA Radio, if this is something you'd like to see in operation, let us know!
    We've got some big games coming up that we plan to take a look at and possibly be a part of. Stay tuned for more on this.
    I'll be heading up a new bout of servers soon-ish that'll be hosting some nice indie-sandbox games such as Space Engineers, Minecraft, 7DaysToDie and Starbound. If you're interested in possibly becoming a server admin, let me know!

    Interested in Star Citizen? Seen Eye on the Fleet yet? No? Well, here ya go..

    Bow howdy what an art spotlight we have today folks!

    First off, Veteran Trexrell's Pixels,


    Secondly, Veteran saigonrice,


    Stay tuned next week for more awesome artwork!

    Wanna get Social with the rest of your Fellow Soldiers? Well then,

    https://twitter.com/AJSAgaming @AJSAGaming
    Teamspeak! Get on it! http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/topic/13-the-ajsa-teamspeak-video-tutorial-instructions/

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    It's finally here, the AJSA dives into WoW with it's newest expansion, Warlords of Draenor! Keep reading below on how to join us in the Alliance on the Madoran Server!

    By Delrith, in Articles,

    Hey guys, Delrith here!
    I wanted you all to know that we will be doing ALLIANCE on MADORAN!

    The actual game will unlock at 3 AM EST, 2 CST, and MIDNIGHT PST - Be on and ready at the Dark Portal!
    We will be pushing for this since a lot of people like WoW and will be coming into the expansion.. be sure to join us!
    My character name is "TheDelrith" on Madoran. It will also be "Catamari" once the transfer completes.
    This will be the official AJ WoW Guild for both raiding and otherwise. Also, please be patient as we set up forums and topics and get everyone invited.
    Here is a list of officers to look for in-game to get invites:
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    Planetside 2 Action this weekend! Same Time (2PM EST), Same Place (ts3.ajsagaming.com)!

    By Dark Templar, in Articles,

    When: Saturday, November 8th, 2014, Operation will commence at 2PM EST (7PM GMT)
    Where: EMERALD Server, AJSA Teamspeak: ts3.ajsagaming.com
    How: Platoon and Squad Leaders will create specific Squad Channels in the Teamspeak to match the name of the in-game Squad in PS2. Join the Teamspeak Channel that matches the squad you join in game, so you can hear your Squad Leader!
    New members read the "READ HERE" forum post to see a list of Sergeants/Officers to send in-game messages to so you can get invited to the outfit or loo for them in teamspeak.
    What: Our objective during Ops is to play together as a large team and cooperatively fight as an unit semi-seriously, while still having a fun time. Squad members are expected to listen to their Squad Leaders to ensure the AJSA is victorious in battle.
    Event Outline:
    Kick-off Phase: - Mosquito Swarm
    To celebrate the AJSA's first anniversary and to announce that the AJSA is here, we will do something together as one large blob, before normal combat operations begin. For this operation, we will pull a flock of mossies from the warp gate and proceed to dominate the skyies or assist in attack an enemy base! After we all die horribly, we can begin normal operations.
    Combat Phase:
    We will then break off to our platoon and squad assignments. If an Alert has started, we will play the objectives of the alert, otherwise, we will go to hot spots where we are needed (splitting continents if called for).
    Racing Phase: AJSA RACING LEAGUE, Race #20: TBA during op
    Once the Combat Phase winds down, we will have another exciting edition of the AJSA Racing League. This time our 20th Official Race will be announced after the combat portion of our operation. The race route will be decided by command depending on conditions in the field, friendly fire WILL be allowed during this race!

    The First Place Winning TEAM of the Race will receive the lovely AJSA Racing League Champion Award on the forums. View the award and our hall of champions here:
    and don't forget:
    AJSA Event MVP

    Officers and Sergeants will be on the lookout for the player who best exemplifies the AJSA during this event. This means players who not only demonstrate skill on the battlefield, but are great team members as well. A player who meets those high standards for this event will receive the AJSA Champion Award to adorn their forum profile!
    Note, that a MVP is not guaranteed to be awarded every Op, you have to earn it!
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    Delrith reviews Lords of the Fallen in written format!

    By Delrith, in Articles,

    Hey guys, next up on my written reviews after Destiny is Lords of the Fallen. Still working on this whole 'writing reviews' thing so I ask that you give me some slack and assist with suggestive criticism! Cheers!
    Lords of the fallen is a third person action RPG with strong elements such as combat taken from the Dark Souls universe. It has an extremely dark world with an environment to match and a highly rewarding combat system for players who figure it out or are familiar with similar systems. That being said, there are strong pros and cons to this game.
    You start the game as Harkyn, a prisoner who has been guided to a fortress that is under siege by the Rhogar - seemingly demonic entities from another realm that are invading the world of man and lead by a dark god. You're immediately thrust into this world with a very simple tutorial (Simple, not bad!) and begin to press forth to free mankind of this scourge and restore balance.
    The game's entire plot is that you stop the siege by killing the Rhogar "Lords" which are scattered throughout various parts of the game and in some cases other 'dimensions' that you travel to. You kill things, get experience, level up, and use weapons accordingly with your stats.
    Think Dark Souls with an extreme focus on story this time around. Simple, right?
    Yeaaah not so much. Let's discuss pros and cons now.
    - Graphics and design
    First and foremost I'd like to state flat out that in my opinion this game is BAR NONE the most beautiful game of the entire year. It was clear to me from the beginning that the game was only going to get better in this regard. Every single enemy has an amazing level of detail in it and I was HARD PRESSED to find any set of armor that wasn't entirely unique and handcrafted from the ground up.
    Each level has an amazingly unique environment. The shadows, lighting, texture quality, and ambiance are all perfectly synced with what is going on at all times and give you immense satisfaction when tied into killing your enemies in various brutal ways. Even on the medium settings this is still the case, with ultra simply being icing on the cake to the entire thing.
    Hell, even the quest dialogue scenes look amazing.

    Here's a video of ultra, just so you can get the idea.
    The visuals in combat are stunning. Sparks fly off of your shield as you block attacks and blood will come spurting forth out of your enemies as you stab them in various locations.
    Tie that in with FANTASTIC weapons that are all unique (I had over 60 different ones and had missed a lot of secrets) and you have an overall art style that CANNOT be rivaled this year.
    Here's an example of the weapon screen.

    The sounds are absolutely fantastic as well. Weapon strikes, blocks, and general ambiance throughout the entire game are spot on and never once bothered me in the slightest.
    -Kickass loot system & implementation
    The loot system in the game is similar to Dark Souls in the sense that killing an enemy yields a chance for you to acquire the weapon that they are using. This holds true to bosses as well, which gives an extreme sense of gratification when you kill one and get a 'legendary' version of the weapon for you to use in combat.
    Here's an example

    Loot has three levels of quality. White, purple, and orange... Or generic, magic, and legendary. Generic being simple and unspecial versions of a weapon, magic having sockets for runes to go into, and legendary having unique abilities based on what weapon you're wielding. This can be a healing pool for example, or a chance to light enemies on fire.
    There are two factors from what I saw that influence your ability to get loot. The first would be your 'multiplier' - a stat that is given to you the longer you do not spend your souls based on the number of enemies you have slain since the last time you did. This can get up to a 2.0x multiplier which drastically increases your chances of getting a purple or higher quality item from random enemies in the world.

    The second thing that influences this is the Luck stat which is a part of the character leveling panel. Putting a crapload of points into this will of course reward you with more drops but drastically impair your ability to fight (As it becomes much harder to grind the needed level of souls) in the late game.
    Factor this in with runes which are used to apply special stats and features to your armor and weapons and the identifying system for them (Which is later in the game) and you have a unique and satisfying take on a gear system that in my opinion was a flat out improvement from Dark souls.
    -Boss fights
    Bosses in this game are badasses. Within the first ten minutes of the game you encounter one that requires you to learn quickly or die to single combat to him in a humiliating fashion.
    As stated previously these bosses are called Lords, and are generals of the dark god that you're engaged in fighting throughout the story to stop the invasion.
    Each boss has a unique fighting style, arena, and moveset. Every fight will require you to adapt to the situation and adjust your actions appropriately. There was not a single boss in the entire game that you could simply walk at and beat into submission.. you'd die.
    These bosses can appear suddenly as well in situations that are already dire.. rewarding you greatly if you are valiant enough to defeat them without dying or heading back to a checkpoint to heal. As well, there are situations where the bosses you are fighting are MASSIVE when compared to your character.

    This gives the whole 'David versus Goliath" feeling which is absolutely fantastic and feels reminiscent of the Monster Hunter series.
    -Combat system
    A lot of people I've spoken to have mixed feelings about the combat system but I personally thought it was one of the best that I had ever had the pleasure of experiencing first hand.
    Before I go on though, it's important that in this game you realize that: You. Are. A. Man. - You are not a demon. You are not a demigod. You are not some superinfused demonslaying badass from another dimension. You're a human being for the most part and the combat revolves HEAVILY around that.

    The enemies you are fighting, however, are superhuman/demons.. and they don't like to follow the rules and limitations that mankind has.
    When we were at Pax Joe and I had the pleasure speaking with the developers on a personal level in a private play test of this game. During that session they explained that the animations in the game were as realistic as possible for Harkyn. In every instance they had brought in an extremely muscled individual to use properly weighted weapons in a motion capture studio.
    This means that heavy weapons will swing slow as hell but hit with immense force while daggers will stab quickly and allow you to chain combos. As well, trying to block with daggers instead of using a shield will not work in the slightest.. and you will be sent flying from where you were standing when you get hit.
    As well, when you hit enemies with an immensely heavy weapon and they're using lighter equipment THEY go flying.. tying into the satisfaction of having to time your attacks perfectly with such devices.
    There are multiple combat styles that appeal to the primary damage attributes of the game: Strength, Dex, and Faith. Daggers and light or quick weapons will use dexterity. Heavy weapons like battle axes rely on brute strength, and blessed hammers and staff weapons rely on faith.
    Daggers are quick blitz strikes that require you to get behind your enemies or wait for the opportune moment.
    Staves and hammers are well rounded and usually are enchanted with magic damage of some sort.. fire, poison, etc.
    Heavy weapons weigh a TON but will devastate your enemies with extremely powerful strikes that take a while to prepare.
    There are also backstab animations and parry animations for certain type of weapons and shields.. all of which are SUPER GODDAMN SATISFYING if you can execute them properly.
    More than enough styles for everyone to enjoy!
    -Lack of direction/mini-map/decent quest log
    This is probably, if not for sure, the biggest issue with the game and something that dragged it down quite a bit throughout my playtest. It showed QUITE A BIT during my live stream when I would get lost for an hour or more at a time. The experience of being lost and not being able to continue the story for extended periods of time really drags down the immersion of the game.
    There is no mini-map or map at ALL to show you where you are in relation to where you need to be. Quests are dumped on you in a fashion that requires you to backtrack or go to a door across a level you barely recognized; leaving you to search the same areas you've been in for extended periods of time until you get lucky.
    There's no fast travel or ability to move between waypoint shrines. This leads to constant running back and forth as you try to get to new places or complete side quests for NPC characters.
    It was absolutely infuriating for me to have to deal with this. At times I had to stop playing the game due to the fact that I WAS SO FUCKING LOST and didn't have a clue of where to go next or what I was looking for.
    Sometimes it was as simple as finding a lever.. that was back the way I came after progressing on some ledge in an obscure place with no indication it was there, relying on you to find it through hours of exploration.
    Ask NPC's for directions? Nope, general vague area given. Look into your quest log for pointers? Just a basic "Do this" message. It really could've been done so much better and honestly just felt lazy on behalf of the developers.
    See, look!

    Maybe I got lost more than others, but either way - I hated it.
    - Very poorly implemented skills/skill trees.
    This was another huge issue that I had with the game that I felt really held it back from being able to obtain high 8 or 9 scores in reviews.
    At the beginning of the game you are given the choice to chose between three skillsets. Warrior based skills, Rogue based skills, and Cleric based skills.
    Once you choose this.. you are LOCKED to this skillset for the rest of the game until the NG+ portion. There's no special spells you can get off of bosses, no trees to unlock new skills.. just presets you're forced to hold onto even if you regret them later.
    The skills themselves aren't very interesting for any class. There's no elaborate trees or talent points for you to invest in unique abilities or actions. There's no going multi-class and getting skills from other trees later on.. and with the faith requirement holding you back on a lot of the abilities, strength characters generally get screwed over with anything but the warrior tree.
    In fact, this gets so bad later on that you are stuck with a absurd amount of skill points leftover that you cannot use unless you invest in faith. Even if you do invest in faith you're stuck with an over abundance of them just sitting in your stats page collecting dust. At the end of my playthrough I was maxed out in my chosen tree but had FOURTEEN points sitting in my inventory collecting dust. Great!
    Still had some left over, even in NG +!

    Had they allowed you to bounce between skilltrees or put more thought into each individual one and expanded upon them it would've been a lot better. As of now though, it's an extreme flaw with the game that I hope gets remedied in the second one.
    The game itself is extremely short, with a player able to do it in 7-9 hours if you're familiar with what you are doing. My playtest took fourteen hours due to the fact that I WAS LOST FOR AT LEAST FIVE HOURS TOTAL.
    There are no 'extra' areas for you to go and explore, or optional bosses for you to fight. There's really hardly any deviation from the path that is set before you.. with most areas being roundabout loops that get you confused as to where to go.
    The side quests aren't special from what I found and don't take you to any new and unique areas. They're simple things like 'kill these guys' 'get this' 'clear this area for me' and pretty much only add maybe an hour to the game if you know what you're doing.
    Even though there are a lot of bosses they come far too quickly with too few enemies inbetween, leading to a somewhat 'meh' feeling when you complete the game. It leaves you wanting quite a bit more and wanting to play longer.... hoping the DLC will fill in the gaps and give you more content to enjoy.
    The final boss buildup is also pretty crap. He's also somewhat of a huge pushover in comparison to some of his 'lords' which was a let down for both the stream and myself all in all. Bummer, right?
    Don't get me wrong what it does have is great - There just isn't enough to justify the 60 dollar tag.
    All in all I enjoyed the game primarily for the combat and loot systems. For the first of a game in a series it wasn't bad... it definitely has time to grow on us and I hope that the added content and future expansions improve upon it greatly and fixes the glaring issues that hurt the experience in the way they did.
    Considering everything the final score for Lords of the Fallen comes down to
    If you've got the money around and can afford to purchase it I definitely would. It's worth a playthrough or two even with the issues it has and I'm confident with feedback it can be improved over time.
    Cheers! - Del
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    On November 4th, the 3rd continent for ArcheAge will be unlocked, bringing with it land to claim castles, and the ability to siege existing Castles! Will you join the Angry Fleet as they sail to the New World?

    By commanderbeef, in Articles,

    The Battle for Auroria begins!!!!

    We and our allies will be landing on the new continent and will be making this new world ours!

    The event will held in Teamspeak and will start at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST/ 7 PM GMT)