Do you remember that quirky personality-filled Plants vs. Zombies lane defense game from way back when? Popcap has been expanding that series franchise ever since, and the latest iteration is about to launch on October 18th as a multiplayer shooter-thing. In fact, reader Mark wanted us to let you know that Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is currently selling founder’s packs for the upcoming release. PvZ:BfN (that’s a load of alphabet soup right there) includes 4v4 PvP, co-op fun, and even an amusement park. You may want to check out the official trailer to see if this is your kind of deal. And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)! Bless Unleashed’s parade of lore profiles continue this week with a look at the dragon … [Read more...] about The MOP Up: Plants vs. Zombies goes multiplayer
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[Play free now] 1047 Games has officially released the fast-paced, sci-fi, competitive multiplayer first-person shooter Splitgate: Arena Warfare. Free to download and play now on Windows PC via Steam, Splitgate uses player-controlled portals to create a new dimension of arena combat. Splitgate evokes gamers’ favorite memories of gaming’s most-revered shooters, embracing the classic feel of close-quarters arena action with a multi-directional twist. Create portals strategically around the map to cross huge distances and outmaneuver all foes in the blink of an eye. Think Portal mixed with online shooter Halo! Designed with intuitive controls for both FPS newcomers and veterans to pick up and play, Splitgate’s near-limitless skill cap lets players pull off jaw-dropping plays once mastered, rewarding constant jetpack movement, flanking and 360-degree ambushes. Made with futuristically stylish visuals using Unreal Engine 4, Splitgate features a variety of ranked, unranked … [Read more...] about – “Halo + Portal” online shooter launches free on Steam
Recent tweaks to the taxonomy structure of Massively OP and coverage of what we formerly called “Not-So-Massive” games prompted a resurgence of internal discussion about the types of games we cover and just what the genres mean. MOBAs are easy to separate out, but the line between “multiplayer” and “massively multiplayer” is just as hard to define now as it was five or 10 years ago when we were first struggling with blurring lines. Are Marvel Heroes, Trove, and Devilian, for example, massive “enough” to make them more like EverQuest and World of Warcraft than they are like Diablo III and World of Tanks? Do we care whether a developer has adopted or shunned the word “MMO” when covering a game as one? What precisely makes a game massive — what’s the magic quantity or quality? I posed these questions to the Massively OP writers for this week’s Massively Overthinking. Andrew Ross … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Just how massive is massively multiplayer?
With word that Stardew Valley’s multiplayer update is almost upon us, we only have one question: Which of you peasants will toil the rich fields of Massively Overpowered and bring us the harvest of turnips that we so desire? For those who have been eager to play this farming/life simulator with friends, you can get a preview of it thanks to the debut of the beta. Steam users can jump into the open beta of the patch right now, with GOG players expected to gain access in the coming days. In the multiplayer edition, up to four players can farm and adventure on the same server. Players can invite friends from their Steam or GOG lists, or else they may choose to send out invite codes to populate their little fiefdoms. The multiplayer FAQ answers some other questions, such as how marriage and festivals work among multiple players, but there still is no official word as to when this patch will go live. Source: Stardew ValleySHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Stardew Valley’s multiplayer edition is finally in beta testing
“You filthy casual.” “No, you.” Common, pointless banter between gamers who prefer different genres. But really, who is the most casual and most hardcore about their gaming? It’s time for another research post to find out. Today, I’m asking “out of the active player base, how frequently do the players actually play the game?” This is a PC only test because Steam Spy and Steam Charts makes gathering data easy, but console numbers likely follow suit. Boring Sciencey Stuff Skip to the next section if you just want to see the results. Methodology: For each genre, select 3 popular games, limited to titles at least one month old if possible (to limit newness/hype influencing results). I’ll use Steam Spy to determine active number of players (calculated by those who have played the game in the last 2 weeks). Then I’ll divide the average number of players in the past 30 days on Steam Charts by the active player count to determine the … [Read more...] about The Statistically Most Casual Multiplayer Genres