We have taken quite a few good looks at the world of massively multiplayer role-playing games on the pages of this website – so why not break the cycle for a bit today, and leave the RPG behind? While most MMOs are role-playing games today, there are plenty of them that don’t involve role-playing in the gaming sense of the word. The MMO part in the acronym refers to their “massively multiplayer” nature, meaning that they can host masses of players on their servers. This is a much wider definition of the genre, involving everything from battle royale games, which have seen a massive increase in popularity since the meteoric rise of Fortnite, among others, to FPS games, racing titles, even casual games. Let’s see a few examples from each. The MMOFPS genre is pretty popular today, although not as popular than battle royale. The acronym covers first-person shooter games that can be played on servers by large numbers of players at the same time. The list of … [Read more...] about No Role-Playing: Massively Multiplayer Online Games With No RPG Involved
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E3 2018: Hands-on with Ubisoft’s open-world pirate PvP game Skull & Bones - So, you want to be a pirate, but Sea of Thieves isn't your cup of tea? If the issue was PvP, well, you're probably out of luck, as Ubisoft Producer Karl von der… E3 2018: Well-earned hype for Rend’s pets, construction, modding, and PvPvE - When I met Frostkeep Studios' CEO Jeremy Wood and crew at GDC earlier this year, I walked away impressed. I finally felt like I understood why other MOP staff are… E3 2018: Hands-on with Pokemon Let’s Go - You know with my being the one at this year's E3 that this would happen. A console Pokemon game that also connects to Pokemon Go? The possibility for a way to… E3 2018: Hands-on with Super Smash Bros Ultimate - With all the online talk about Nintendo this year, it feels only fitting to give Nintendo's Super Smash Bros Ultimate a little time. We've talked recently about the unbundling of MMOs … [Read more...] about All our E3 2018 MMO and multiplayer coverage!
Multiplayer has steadily become the rule, as opposed the exception, when it comes to modern gaming. In our super-connected age, solo experiences alone simply don’t offer enough to keep players interested. There’s no question that adding real people to the fray offers a degree of chaos that can’t be replicated by AI and helps to make games more exciting. But MMOs have come a long way from their usual haunts in role-playing games and can now be found in a wide variety of genres that includes shooters and beyond. One of the best examples of this multiplayer mayhem can be found in Bungie’s MMO, shared-world shooter, Destiny. When Destiny was released in 2014, it was an ambitious title unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Featuring jaw-dropping graphics and first-person shooter gameplay on top of a massively multiplayer world, this was a far cry from World of Warcraft. While the game definitely had some wrinkles to iron out in the beginning, the developers have done … [Read more...] about Keeping Fans Happy is Crucial for Multiplayer Games
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
As we did in 2014, 2015, and 2016, today I’m going to recap our annual awards and other meta articles from the end of 2017. We gave out 19 formal awards this past year, all in addition to dozens of other recaps, roundups, listicles, predictions, bloopers, oddities, polls, provocations, and retrospectives. It was by far our biggest content dump to date, even bigger than last year! Following our deep-dive into our awards and the attached reader polls, I’ll be recapping all of the end-year articles in one convenient place in case you missed something over the holidays – enjoy! MMO of the Year: Elder Scrolls Online (2017), Black Desert (2016), Final Fantasy XIV (2015), Nothing (2014), Final Fantasy XIV (2013), Guild Wars 2 (2012), Star Wars The Old Republic (2011), Global Agenda (2010), Fallen Earth & Dungeons & Dragons (2009) Community Poll: Elder Scrolls Online (2017) Elder Scrolls Online (2016), Elder Scrolls Online & … [Read more...] about Massively OP’s 2017 awards debrief and annual recap