The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line! Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! You can catch up on new MMOs, word on the testing process, smaller patches and updates, in-game events, essential videos, and more, all waiting for you after the break! New Games and Testing Prosperous Universe: This up-and-coming space MMO just picked up one of the former Das Tal devs. Patches Orbus VR: Patch 6.90 has emerged — and with it the new Defend the Realm event! Dauntless: A small patch integrated the Razer Chroma and added Ostian-flavored cosmetic weapon skins H1Z1: An August 30th PlayStation 4 update … [Read more...] about The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds lets gamers tattle on each other (September 2, 2018)
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Let me start by sharing with you what I don’t do: I don’t buy every new MMO on the market I no longer feel a strong interest in playing on the first day of Alpha Much of this has to do with acquired skepticism. A decade ago, I used to get super excited about upcoming MMORPGs. And then I experienced those games losing their playerbase in droves while the developers/publishers failed to meaningfully address the concerns of the community. This happened with Warhammer Online, Aion, Allods Online, RIFT, and SWTOR. The collapses of WAR, RIFT, and SWTOR were particularly personally disappointing to me, because I saw so much promise in each of those games. WAR had epic battlegrounds (aka scenarios) and RVR, and you could level up through PVP. RIFT had the most flexible class customization system ever – for a given class you could choose 3 out of 9 talent trees – and the battlegrounds were superbly designed. SWTOR was so much fun and felt epic – the writing and … [Read more...] about Is It Worth Your Time to Alpha Test?
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! It’s been a meta week for MMOs: We posted our E3 awards, counted up the good MMOs in the Steam summer sale, kept an eye on the latest leg in the spyware scandal, and booed the WHO’s attempt to stigmatize gaming. Meanwhile, WoW offered a rare freebie weekend, and the Guild Wars 2 community is finally getting new content this week. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Massively Overthinking: Massively OP’s E3 2018 awards - 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… The MMOs of the Steam Summer 2018 Sale - Valve's summer Steam sale is here, complete with a space theme. Here's what's notable in the … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: The best MMOs of E3 and the summer sale (June 24, 2018)
Dota 2 is a competitive, fantasy MOBA and is the successor to the incredibly popular Warcraft 3 custom map. Dota 2 features a standalone client, a brilliant musical score, and a huge cast of heroes. Publisher: Valve Playerbase: High Type: MOBA Release Date: Jul 9, 2013 Pros: +Over 108 playable heroes. +Great e-Sports scene. +Good variety of skins, UIs, and voice packs. +Well-balanced. +Custom game support. Cons: -Steep learning curve. -Community can be toxic. -Slow update schedule. Overview Full Review Screenshots Videos Links System Requirements Music Additional Info Overview Dota 2 Overview Dota 2 is the successor to the original Dota and features polished graphics, smooth gameplay, and an excellent amount of variety (heroes, game modes, and skins). Despite the steeper learning curve than other MOBAs, Dota 2 appeals to a broad audience and is one of the most popular and widely played MOBAs in the world. The game was developed by IceFrog, the the same designer behind the … [Read more...] about Dota 2 Game Review
Over the last couple of years, we’ve redoubled our efforts on our science-related articles, as you may have noticed from our roundups in 2016 and 2015. Last year, we even hired on a staff writer specifically to cover gaming science, especially as it relates to MMORPGs, and we’ve been collecting all of his work along with our other science posts in their very own category. Read on for a recap of our best science-related MMO articles from 2017, from EVE Online’s real-life hunt for exoplanets and the economics of MMO monetization to how lockboxes use psychology to manipulate us and the math behind the gamblebox phenom. Dr Richard Bartle even announced a new gamer matrix this year. Don’t worry; there won’t be a quiz at the end! Academics weigh in on ‘gaming addiction’ claims - We've previously discussed that according to the Manual of Mental Disorders and the industry standard Diagnostic and Statistical Manual … [Read more...] about A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2017