Halloween, also known as All Saints’ Eve, is celebrated in many countries around the world, although the way in which this event is commemorated can vary greatly from region to region. Here in the US we mostly recognize Halloween by eating candy corn, carving jack-o’-lanterns and wearing crazy costumes, but if you are an avid gamer then you know there are other ways to have fun during this event.
Of course, I’m talking about the seasonal in game updates. I believe that for many us this is one of the most exciting parts of the year and I decided to list a few exciting events and updates.
Guild Wars 2
Shadow of the Mad King
For this event the capital city of Tyria is redecorated to reflect the spirit of Halloween. Piles of candy corn, lanterns and pumpkins are scattered across the city and ominous black clouds cover the sky that is ruled by a ghastly moon.
The update is not only cosmetic; it includes a new five player dungeon, a new map with events where one can farm candy corn and trick or treat bags, an absolutely maddening jumping puzzle (that I have been trying to finish since the game came out) and a new set of achievements to unlock.
Of course, this event comes with its very own lore, introducing a character named Mad King Thorn, the spirit of Halloween.
League of Legends
The Harrowing first started in the October of 2010 and it continued ever since as a yearly tradition. During the event there are cosmetic changes to the maps and the opportunity to unlock new items and rewards. Some of these items were summoner icons, ward skins, holiday runes and the opportunity to unlock limited edition skins for a short time. This year’s event is titled “Shadow and Fortune” and it will revolve around Bilgeawater and the Shadow Isles.
Although, this adventure will continue this month it has been confirmed that Riot will change how seasonal events will role out in the future, so they won’t have to limit themselves to a specific time of the year.
“In Runeterra, the Harrowing can strike any day of the year, not just on a certain night/month, so only being able to tell Harrowing stories in October felt a little restrictive.”
2014 Harrowing Intro
You might remember that I reviewed this game a few months back; I liked it to begin with but now it’s starting to grow on me.
The new update includes a number of fixes that make the game more enjoyable, such as the increased randomness factor of the maps, a new difficulty level, checkpoints and more secrets. The more Halloween related update includes an entire new level with new enemies and traps.
What is your favorite Halloween themed update? Leave a comment below!