Although the Asheron’s Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it’s far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult classic, and as the youngest of the “Big Three” graphical MMOs, it was the easiest to ignore, especially as it used an original sci-fi/fantasy setting rather than, well, something with elves. MMO AC converts I’ve met regularly said the game was more solo-friendly and more story-driven than Ultima Online and EverQuest, receiving monthly updates that felt like downloadable content before DLC was a common industry term. These weren’t simply automated addons but events that were often curated in a fashion that is similar to Game Masters in tabletop RPGs, meaning that those who built the scenario sometimes participated as their own lore characters, placing themselves at the mercy of their own game and community. While several events in both AC1 and AC2 made use of this kind of … [Read more...] about Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary
About a year and a half ago, my colleague, co-worker, and friend to man and beast alike Justin compiled a list of the healthiest live MMOs at the time. Since then, every single one of those games has shut down, except for… you know, all of them. They’re all still doing just fine. So as we wrap up 2016, it seems prudent to look at which games are looking hale and healthy before we head into 2017 and beyond. As before, this is based on a combination of several factors including news trends, news stories, Steam charts, Reddit, and our own experience in the news room. It should not be taken as an ironclad promise, but it does mean that if any of these games were banished to the land of wind and ghosts, we would be quite surprised. So if you’re looking to see what games seem to be doing well and are worth counting on still running in another year? Yeah, here’s the way to bet. If anything, WoW is looking healthier now than it did the last time we went through these. … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The healthiest live MMORPGs at the end of 2016
I don’t have a lot of MapleStory 1 experience, so I have no real expectations or preconceived notions about MapleStory. I’ve played some MapleStory, but the 2D side-scrolling MMO did not really catch on with me. I’ve spent the past week or so really digging deep in MapleStory 2 though, as we’re in the middle of the current Closed Beta testing period and I have to say, that so far, I have absolutely loved it. MapleStory 2 is a 3D MMORPG set in the MapleStory universe, where you pick one of eight fantasy classes (or seven and Heavy Gunner) and explore an adorable world absolutely stuffed to the gills with content. This is a world in peril, despite being incredibly cute, and it’s up to you to set out and set things right, going on adventures, meeting new people, and undertaking dangerous battles. Collecting cool mounts, summoning pets, designing and decorating a house – there’s really a lot going on here. I have yet to see a single P2W … [Read more...] about MapleStory 2 Closed Beta Impressions
Asobimo, the Japanese studio behind mobile MMORPG titles such as Avabel Online and Toram Online, today announced the launch of its new game, Alchemia Story. Available now in English, Korean, and Taiwanese, players enter the vast world of magic and alchemy to embark on a journey to discover true righteousness and their own special place in the world. To celebrate, players who log into Alchemia Story will receive an exclusive bonus. Alchemia Story is a MMORRPG that allows players to create fully customizable characters, all the way down to age and appearance. It also features the innovative “YOME” system that gives players the opportunity to create a specialized support character. Set in a world painted by magic and the logical powers of alchemy, players set out on a journey full of vivid, lively characters and monsters, with a command battle system that demonstrates real power and a story full of happy endings. Enter the world of Alchemia Story right now! … [Read more...] about – New Japanese-style mobile MMORPG launches today
Conan Exiles is Funcom’s take on an open world, survival Conan world where players write the stories and create the fun with the tools at their disposal. The game is finally exiting early access to launch globally on May 8th 2018, and much has changed. Since our review almost a year ago, the dev team has continued to iron out issues and improve gameplay based on early access feedback. Now that we’re a month away from launch, are the new changes worth checking out? Here’s what’s coming. A New Combat System The new combat system is very different and a huge improvement on the old one. The new system for Conan Exiles will have the brutal, tactical and savage combat which a Conan game deserves. The first thing you might notice is the new visual style. All weapons (swords, daggers, hammers, maces, spears, great swords etc) are getting their own attacks and animations. The attacks consist of a wide range of lunges, sweeps, jumps, cleaves, slashes and dashes. This … [Read more...] about Conan Exiles 2018: Is Conan Exiles Worth Playing At Launch Come May 8th?