I've been meaning to write this post for a long while, but I had trouble putting it into words. Fortunately, Steam's discovery queue came to my rescue, and provided me with a picture worth a thousand words:am I seeing? This is why I'm here on Fractured forums instead of supporting other crowd-funded MMOs with higher profiles or bigger fanbases. This is why I'm not playing venerable World of Warcraft, critically-acclaimed Guild Wars 2, or ever-popular Final Fantasy XIV. This why I hate 99% of MMOs. So what's upsetting me so much? Take a guess, I'll wait. ... ... ... It's the mobs. And it gets worse in ways that the picture did not capture. They will live only on fields filled with exact copies of them and nothing else; or in mixed groups, surrounded by exact copies of their group and nothing else. They will wander eternally, exactly three steps at a time, inside a 2-meter circle. They will chase you for whole 4 meters before giving up or suddenly vanishing. They will come into … [Read more...] about Pinatas, catatonia, and Montgomery Scott (or what matters the most to me in MMOs)
A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Yes officer, these Battle Bards were well above the speed limit and violated many noise complaints in the local neighborhoods. But it was for a good cause, sir! This music from vehicular MMOs is just way too good to keep quiet! What’s that? You’ll let them go with just a warning? You only know they’re going to peel out and look for another score to settle! LISTEN NOW Episode 114 show notes (show page, direct download) Intro (feat. “Snowmobile Chase” from The Secret World, “Harmonic Vengeance” from Auto Assault, and “Racing 4 Pinks” from Motor City Online) “Garage” from Crossout “Smuggler Track S Two” from Grand Theft Auto Online “Assault of Fort Harrison” from Auto Assault “Kharkov” from World of Tanks “A2B” from The Crew “My Garage” from Drift City … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 114: Vroom Vroom!
Unlike the usual battles in MechWarrior Online that are part of savage and cruel wars, the battles in the newly added Solaris arena are there ostensibly for entertainment. In lore terms, anyhow. You might wonder why in the world a society that spends all of its time blowing itself up in giant robots would want to watch giant robots blow each other up as a diversion, but that’s what the lore says, and that’s where we go. And hey, for players it means a new form of 1v1 and 2v2 arena with a totally new reward structure, so why ask too much about it? Players can also pick up the new Fafnir ‘mech or the Solaris hero ‘mechs to provide an extra edge in battle while they climb up the leaderboards. Climbing the leaderboards, signing with patrons, and earning accolades in battle allow for players to unlock new rewards, and if you want an extra bit of flair you can play around with the new bolt-on features for your various giant war machines. It’s not really a … [Read more...] about MechWarrior Online adds the Solaris arena with its newest patch
The world’s first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast is back to venture into a rather obscure title, Myst Online! The Battle Bards delve into this odd, atmospheric soundtrack that isn’t quite like what we’re used to hearing in online games. There’s some love, some hate, some snark, and some indigestion. Also, we discover several of Syl’s greatest fears and force her to live through them. Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM. Listen to Episode 121: Myst Online(or download it)now: Episode 121 show notes Intro (feat. “Spore Me,” “Convergence,” and “Kadish Tolesa Future Vault”) … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 121: Myst Online
Let’s face it: Deep Space Nine has seen much, much better days. But in a way, its better day also arrived with the new expansion, Victory is Life. Apparently the developers spent insane amounts of time and effort revamping the interiors to be as show-accurate as possible, which I’ll have to take their word about since I’m still only in Season 2. Hey, it’s HARD watching hour-long shows when you have four kids and always put gaming above TV time. I do find it funny that the show has this obsession with baseball, as if that would be the sport that would survive to the 24th or 25th century. I mean, I like baseball, but it’s just such a random pick. You’d think that soccer or quidditch would have beat it out in popularity. I spent some time touring the revamped DS9, which looked just as fine as the old one did (again, to my eyes). Good to know that even in the future, the Papyrus font endures. And is that Comic Sans? No story here other than this little … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online: Storm clouds gather