Today’s guest post is from DDOCentral’s Matt, who wanted to give Bio Break’s readership a deeper look into Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Masterminds of Sharn expansion. Thanks Matt! Dungeons and Dragons Online (DDO) released its fourth paid expansion on May 14th, 2019 titled Masterminds of Sharn. The three previous paid expansions for DDO are Menace of the Underdark, released on June 25th, 2012, Shadowfell Conspiracy, released on August 19th, 2013, and Mists of Ravenloft, released on December 6th, 2017. Masterminds of Sharn is the first paid expansion for DDO set in the Eberron universe, which was the original DDO campaign setting when the MMORPG launched in early 2006. After thirteen years, DDO finally leaves the small frontier settlement of Stormreach on the southern jungle continent of Xen’drik where the adventure began for the great metropolis of Sharn, the City of Towers, located on the central continent of Khorvaire. Sharn is not only the most … [Read more...] about Guest Post: DDO Masterminds of Sharn review (part 1)
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Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Proving they are indeed paying attention to the lore sometimes, World of Warcraft players went into what our own WoW columnist agrees is a justified meltdown over the expansion lead-in’s apparent storyline, which involves the world tree on fire, a lead NPC acting out of character, and half the playerbase aligned with genocide against their will. While designers have urged “patience” with the story, players are actively protesting, though some have taken it too far. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES WoW Factor: There’s no fixing this Battle for Azeroth story - Let's be totally clear about something: There is no twist waiting for this World of Warcraft story. It doesn't exist. There's no way that this story moves … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Only you can prevent forest fires (August 5, 2018)
We’ve finished rolling out all of our E3 2018 content this year, save a few last stragglers coming this weekend, so now we’ve chosen our favorites out of what we got to see in person and from afar. Read on, then vote for your own best-in-show! Best Reveal: Fallout 76 “The best of the show and the biggest (and most pleasant) surprise was the reveal of Fallout 76 as a fully online MMO,” MOP’s Justin argues. “No, Bethsoft isn’t going to use the ‘MMO’ label, but it sounds far more online and persistent than many survival sandboxes that lack connected official servers.” We’re worried about the PvP and NPC issues, but on the whole, most of us were hyped by the reveal, Justin most of all: “It’s a perfect fit for the Fallout universe and one that I cannot wait to explore.” Most Innovative PvP: Rend Everyone who plays Rend at conventions comes away impressed; this year’s attendee was no different, but … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Massively OP’s E3 2018 awards
Massively OP reader ichi_san has a burning question about the state of the industry. “Lots of people seem to be looking for an MMO they can get into – consider the rush into Bless as an example. Lots of games are being released, but most (or even all) have some glaring issues, like pay-to-win, lockboxes, ganking, poor optimization, heavy cash shop, horrible gameplay, and so on. There’s the WoW model and other semi-successful formulas, and a lot of unexplored territory. The market seems hungry, and there is a bunch of history to build on and new territory to explore, but either gaming companies don’t understand their customers or greed/laziness/expediency get in the way, such that we see release after release that fails to scratch the itch. Am I missing something – are there fun MMOs with good graphics and fair monetization that I’m missing? Or is there a gaping hole in the MMO scene, and if so, why isn’t someone filling it?” I’ve … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Why is no one meeting the obvious player demand for big MMORPGs?
A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games. There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go! 1. Anthem With Destiny 2 reeling from a sub-par launch and disappointing initial DLC, BioWare may be poised to pick up some disillusioned … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: 20 multiplayer games to watch in 2018