Well, I’m back from my vacation/honeymoon, which was spent cruising on the Oasis of the Seas in the Eastern Caribbean. My right shoulder is a little sunburned and I feel about a hundred pounds heavier (man, they really feed you on those things) but otherwise my time away from the real world and the virtual world has left me feeling quite rested. As honeymooners are wont to do, my better half and I closed ourselves off from the outside world and shunned our cellphones, internet, and all other means of communication with the world at large. As such, I came back to hundreds of unread emails and messages, and a mountain of blog articles in Google Reader. Looks like a lot has happened in the last week, but how nice it is that none of my favorite games seem to have imploded or went under while I was gone. Hey, with this industry, you never know. Gee, where do I start? More and more, I’m starting to appreciate the wisdom behind Anjin’s use of bullet points, especially when … [Read more...] about Picture Points: What’d I Miss?
High stakes on the high seas
Welcome to the MMOs.com Game of the Year Awards 2018 Edition. Note that only games released in 2018 qualify for these awards! Without further ado, I give you our games of the year. MMORPG of the Year - MapleStory 2 2018 was not a busy year for MMORPG releases. While many existing games received major updates, few new contenders made an entry. Even our pick for MMORPG of the year, MapleStory 2, is a bit of a fudge since it was initially released in Korea back in 2015. Despite a 3 year wait for the Western release, MapleStory 2 enjoyed a very successful launch. The bright, welcoming graphics combined with many social activities make MapleStory 2 appealing to a much broader set of gamers. The game's first major update, the Skybound Expansion has already begun rolling out and should help keep the game fresh well into 2019. MapleStory 2 still faces problems, but it in a far better state than some of Nexon's other recent launches. Best Expansion - Path of Exile: Betrayal Another year, … [Read more...] about The MMOs.com Game Of The Year Awards 2018 Edition
It’s really hard for me to not to gush hard about Sea of Thieves. I know many out there won’t agree, and it’s easy to say why, especially for RPG and theme park fans. It also may be because I’m late to the party, as the game came out while I was at GDC. That being said, Massively OP doesn’t do ratings because we expect the games we cover to evolve, but we do post impressions and hands-on coverage, and as I’ve played the game before and after it’s latest patch, I figure it’s time to lay out some judgments. Don’t worry, we’ll run through the game’s grimy pockets before looking at its actual treasure! Hostile waters Let’s get started with character creation: It sucks. While I understand that Rare may have wanted to get people in and playing ASAP (to the point that its abbreviated character customization was heavily criticized), I still spent far longer on its system than I did in games with actual … [Read more...] about Impressions of Sea of Thieves, one month in: Deep-diving retro world PvP