One amazing trailer and a day of hype later, Guild Wars 2’s All or Nothing will be live this afternoon for us to play. The episode makes for the fifth installment this season, and I can confirm that it is off to a strong, impactful start! As usual, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the episode a little before its launch to see what it might have in store for us, and I did a little running around of my own thereafter too. What an amazing start to 2019 this content drop plans to be! In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll dive right in with some early impressions for an All or Nothing preview. The dev playthrough focused on the first chapter of the newest episode and ended on some map exploration related to chapter two. While I do try to keep previews relatively light, expect mild spoilers throughout the preview.The story so far I’ll quickly take you back to the events of A Star to Guide Us so you have your bearings before we jump into the preview. An … [Read more...] about Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s All or Nothing
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His jokes always slay the audience: Yes, Mad King Thorn returns to Guild Wars 2 this year as the Shadow of the Mad King is launching next week on October 16th. And hey, there’s new stuff to go with the old stuff! “While ghosts walk alongside mortals, this year’s festival includes: • Reaper’s Rumble: Playable for the first time since the original GW2 Halloween celebration – it’s a fast-paced PvP format where players compete to recover pumpkins and spawn hordes of skeletons to attack the enemy team’s base.Mad King’s Raceway: New this year, the track was built on the same map as Reaper’s Rumble that showcases the star mount of the current Living Story, the Roller Beetle.Three new weapons: These took inspiration from real world horror tropes: a syringe that functions as a dagger called The Cure, a lightning rod players can wield as a sword called Soul Conductor, and a butcher knife players can use as an axe called Revenge. Players … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2’s Shadow of the Mad King Halloween event returns next week
Guild Wars 2’s newest living world episode seems to be grabbing the MMO community’s attention in a way that the season so far hasn’t. It is garnering quite a bit of praise, winning over even some of the game’s grumpier contingents. “In recent episodes I’ve gotten used to groaning or shaking my head at some of the sloppy dialog, in-jokes and all-round loose writing,” wrote MMO blogger Bhagpuss. “This time, so far, there’s been none of that. Everyone sounds like they’re taking it seriously for once, which doesn’t mean there’s no humor and no jokes but that those there are seem to derive — fairly convincingly — from the characters and the situation. It’s a relief.” Jeromai is equally effusive: “That’s perhaps the highest praise I can produce for whatever Anet is doing right in this episode, that I’m more happy to be playing and experiencing the content, than complaining or … [Read more...] about Global Chat: Does Guild Wars 2’s newest episode reach for the stars?
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! World of Warcraft dropped War of Thorns this week, kicking off the commercials and prelude events for its Battle For Azeroth launch later this summer, and it hasn’t been without criticism, as players have pointed out significant plot flaws, community problems, and leveling slowdowns. Meanwhile, No Man’s Sky launched NEXT to wide acclaim and refunded GOG players, Guild Wars 2 launched a throwback festival, Star Trek Online plotted a Discovery tie-in, Fractured successfully funded on Kickstarter, Camelot Unchained got a new beta date, and we took an extensive look at upcoming survival MMO Rend in three epic hands-on pieces. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES WoW Factor: Dissecting the dumb plan in World of … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: WoW’s War of Thorns (July 29, 2018)
This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained is in the home stretch before open beta. Yes, really, open beta. This is happening, people! Clear your 4th of July! As for live Kickstarters, TemTem is up to $320K and counting, far past its original goal with still a week left to go. Most recently, donors unlocked Nintendo Switch play and the replay system. Clubs (guilds) are set to unlock at $400K. And yes, the game is now registered on Steam. The Flower of Knighthood, on the other hand, abandoned its Kickstarter in its final hours, seeing it would not complete. The devs haven’t commented on their next move just yet. Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar was hit with layoffs, EVE Online got its revenge on Star Citizen, Chronicles of Elyria posted lore, Albion Online rolled out a small update, and Crowfall admitted it’s delaying soft launch into 2019 but showed off its procedural world generation. Finally, Fractured prepped for Kickstarter – get ready to … [Read more...] about Make My MMO: SOTA sees layoffs, Crowfall sees delay, Star Citizen sees shade, and Camelot Unchained sees beta on the horizon (June 23, 2018)