Guild Wars 2 captured hearts and minds this week with the rollout of Bound by Blood, the first part of the game’s new season-like “saga.” While it’s just another explorable map for some players, for franchise vets it’s a chance to revisit nostalgia-laden scenery with an all-new storyline. And more importantly, motorbike derbies. Priorities, people. Meanwhile, Gamigo delayed ArcheAge Unchained, PlanetSide Arena hit early access, Astellia Online rolled into its headstart, and World of Warcraft is prepping to launch its 8.2.5 patch this week. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga prelude, Bound by Blood, now live - It was just two short weeks ago that ArenaNet invited its fans to Seattle for the announcement of the continuation of Guild Wars 2's living world … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: A new spin on Guild Wars 2 nostalgia
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There are a few of us here on MMORPG that sit down and relentlessly hammer the same drum about Guild Wars 2 having one of the best communities in gaming but today we are going to try to show you why. For many of you in Tyria, you’ve heard of MightyTeapot. This British based streamer pops up on Twitch TV most evenings clad in his dressing gown and churns out hours of spicy memes, clown fiestas, and genuinely insightful views on the game he loves. Now this limey and his supporters have captured the communities imagination with a competition called ERP 3. If you haven’t seen the trailer to this then check it our below while we get settled with a cuppa and talk to the face of the ERP himself Mr. MightyTeapot. advertisement MMORPG: What is the ERP?TEAPOT: So the E R P stands for the Elitist Raiding Party which is, as you can probably tell by the name, a bit of a tongue in cheek affair for the raid scene in Guild Wars 2. It boils down to being a speedrunning … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: A Mighty ERP Approaches
Let’s pretend for a moment that the reason Blizzard appears to be dropping the ball with World of Warcraft right now is that it’s working on World of Warcraft 2 for announcement at some point once Classic is out the door. It’s pure speculation, but fun speculation, and really, wouldn’t you be shocked to find out Blizzard isn’t incubating a new Warcraft game? So that’s our topic for Massively Overthinking for the week: What would you want to see from WoW 2? And maybe more importantly, what don’t you want to see in WoW 2? Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): In WoW 2, I’d like to something like The Secret World or PlanetSide 2. Leveling skills instead of your character, factions but the ability to play the game together, open world, varied gameplay, plenty of tools to teleport players to the field, flying vehicular combat… and probably some kind of mobile app companion. Maybe a pedometer with some mini-game to level up pets or … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: What would you want out of a World of Warcraft 2?
NetherRealms’ Injustice 2 is not an MMORPG. It doesn’t have a persistent world or a massive number of players actively engaging with each other graphically on screen. However, it has levels, character stat and appearance customization, randomly generated loot and boxes, guilds, and boss fights requiring explicit coordination. For the moment, it’s about the most MMO-ish a 2-D fighter has gotten. And my guild experience with the game has shown me the traditionally solo-oriented genre has created a demand for those with a traditional MMO skill set: socialization skills, group planning, and grinding. All aboard the loot train Loot alone doesn’t make a game an MMO, but our genre has traditionally been about delving into dungeons and getting randomly generated gear to trick ourselves out with, either for power or social status. While modern MMOs may have focused more on the “best in slot” approach while funneling players into the same routine to … [Read more...] about MMO Burnout: Approaching DC Universe’s Injustice 2 as an MMORPG fan
In third grade, my teacher sent home a report card with the note that “Justin is wonderfully strange.” Ever since then, I never found the terms “strange” or “weird” to be pejorative but rather a signpost pointing the way to interesting paths less traveled. To be weird is to deviate from the safe and predictable and instead venture into the wild and woolly lands of the imagination. When it comes to MMORPGs, I feel that more devs would love for their games to be more strange while the risk-averse studios (and their publishers) pull hard to keep traditional tropes in play. Still, every once in a while a game comes out that walk on the weird side. These MMOs don’t usually boast universal appeal, large numbers, or even great respect, but they do offer vivid imagination, hidden qualities, and a certain uniqueness that is rarely found elsewhere. Today, we will celebrate the wonderfully strange in online gaming with these 10 titles. 1. Furcadia … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that walk on the weird side