2018 was an odd year for MMO monetization. Oh sure, we saw Star Citizen offer things like $27,000 ship packages, but obviously most people aren’t buying that – they’re outliers. No, it’s much easier to slip in lockboxes and pricey lifetime subs that’ll fly a bit more under the radar, especially in older games. So now that we’re in 2019 and we’ve got our “best value” games list locked down, maybe we can sort out which MMORPG is actually the most expensive, and which one offers the worst value for your coins. I don’t meant which one has the most expensive stuff; I mean which one is the worst for starting fresh. How much would it really cost you to get reasonably up to speed with the right expansion packs, DLC, or “necessary” cash shop addons like bag slots? Do sub games that charge for expansions too still ask for the most? Or are the “hidden” fees of cash-shop-driven play significantly more burdensome? … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s the most expensive MMO to play at the start of 2019?
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Today’s edition of Choose My Adventure features results that were both a landslide and extremely close. On the one hand, most people suggested that I trade in my current ship for a new one. On the other hand, by a margin of one vote, exploration won out as the activity. So it is that I continued my quest to map out the Elite Dangerous galaxy, or at least part of it anyway. As for the new wings, almost every suggestion in the comments was for the Cobra Mk III, which was described as a ship that was just as versatile as the Sidewinder I started with. That prevailing opinion was right; the thing even looked quite a bit like the Sidewinder, only larger and flatter. To that end, I named it “Cheesegreater” to both honor the old ship and because I am extremely clever. After the expense and a couple of new item installs for Cheesegreater, I picked a random star — Wolf 620 stuck out for obvious reasons, perhaps — and took the new ship for a spin to see what felt … [Read more...] about Choose My Adventure: The lonesome job of star charting in Elite Dangerous
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
With 2017 drawing to a close and 2018 rushing up to meet us, the Massively OP team has regrouped for another round of bold and goofy predictions for the year ahead. We’re feeling pretty good after our fairly successful predictions from last year! What’s in store for the MMO genre next year? Here’s what we think. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): OK, this year, for sure, Star Citizen will finally come out, but again, it can’t live up to the hype. It may be serviceable at best. Chronicles of Elyria may get its MUD online, but I can’t imagine much more than more demos of the MMO proper. Daybreak will retire Planetside 2 because it exists but isn’t making bank. H1Z1 (both versions) won’t make any major comebacks as the survival genre’s time is passing. Yes, the arena play style for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground is up, but Daybreak’s baby’s probably too old already and losing its following. Warner Bros (which sadly owns Turbine) … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2018
Sometimes even the most die-hard MMORPG player finds him or herself a little tired of constantly looking at the back of a head and a running butt. We yearn to slip the surly bonds of the world to explore the cosmos in our very own rocket ship to see what is out there. E.T., are you taking house calls? Can we hang for a little while? I brought Reese’s Pieces! Getting this experience isn’t quite as easy as, say, finding an MMO that caters to the dragon-slaying crowd. It’s well-known that sci-fi MMORPGs are in the minority, and only a fraction of those center around or contain some element of space flight and combat. However, over the years we’ve seen online games here and there allow us to live out our fantasies of being a space jockey, whether in the form of a trader, a fighter pilot, or an explorer. Today, let’s look at 10 MMOs, past and present, that helped us get our spaceship on! The first stop on our tour is perhaps the most obvious, since you … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that help you get your spaceship on