The Daily Grind: Which live MMORPG has the best crafting system?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 May 2017, 8:00 am
A discussion with my guildies this past holiday weekend illuminated a universal truth for us: We love Elder Scrolls Online but strongly dislike its crafting and economy. I thought I was alone, but even those guildies of mine who muck around with the crafting parts of the game criticize the auction hall situation as well as the pay-to-win craft bag [...]


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You’ve got mail in Shroud of the Avatar
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 7:00 pm
Just ahead of the long weekend, Shroud of the Avatar rolled out one of its distinctly consistent monthly updates for early players. The so-dubbed Release 42 includes more combat and AI balancing, the Path of the Oracle content, Virtue Path battle scenes, advanced skill training, and of course, the new mail system. “With Release 42, players will be able to [...]


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Final Fantasy XIV prepares to unveil a trial at E3 2017
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 8:00 pm
It’s almost time for E3 2017, and there are going to be all sorts of new and exciting games on display. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is going to be there as well, although at that point it’ll be close to heading into early access for pre-order players on June 16th. But there’s still new stuff to reveal on the show [...]


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The Stream Team: Memorial Day in Marvel Heroes
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 8:55 pm
After a Memorial Day of honoring the ultimate sacrifices of men and women in uniform, Massively OP’s MJ is wrapping up her night with another type of hero — Marvel Heroes. And it’s only fitting that she plays the Capt himself. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ eradicates evil as Captain America. What: Marvel Heroes Who: MJ Guthrie [...]


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Caravan Stories to bring cross-platform Pokémon-style action to Japan
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 6:00 pm
While Japan is not exactly the hotbed of MMORPG development, there are a few studios working to put the country on the map for gamers. One of these is Aiming Inc., which recently published the mobile game Logres and has another MMO in the making called Caravan Stories. Caravan Stories is a free-to-play cross-platform MMO that will function on both [...]


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TERA’s anniversary event goes out with a bang
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 5:00 pm
You have only a few more days left to squeeze out the fun — and rewards — from TERA’s fifth anniversary event. The good news is that the team is ending the game’s birthday celebration with a bang, so if you move fast, you’ll be able to profit from it. Through the end of May, players can collect blue boxes scattered [...]


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The Stream Team: Watch and win SMITE’s new Da Ji
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 1:55 pm
If you didn’t win SMITE’s newest god — Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox — in MOP’s raffle over the weekend, never fear! Massively OP’s MJ has you covered. At least she has a few lucky viewers covered: She’ll be showing off this new god while giving away keys. Death, destruction, and a devilish diva… who’d want to miss that? Tune [...]


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SWTOR’s development road map is coming this week
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 3:00 pm
It’s the end of May, and Star Wars: The Old Republic players are still waiting for that promised road map about the game’s development going forward. The good news is that the wait should be up very, very soon. In a roundup of developer forum posts, Xam Xam points to a comment from BioWare saying that “it’s still the plan” [...]


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World of Warcraft briefs on its Tomb of Sargeras raid
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 4:00 pm
World of Warcraft’s elite players are waiting with bated breath for the release of the game’s newest and perhaps most challenging experience yet: Tomb of Sargeras. Blizzard has been polishing up the raid, giving players a preview of what to expect when — or if — they dare to step inside. The raid will be offered in four difficulties (raid [...]


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Wisdom of Nym: The future of PvP in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 12:00 pm
We’ve got less than three weeks until early access starts for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. That is honestly kind of crazy. By the end of the week, we will literally be counting down the two final weeks; that is also crazy. So while the live letter this past week probably whetted everyone’s appetites, we’re all waiting for more information pretty [...]


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Conan Exiles addresses weather system, accusations of slow content rollout
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 1:00 pm
Conan Exiles has another new Q&A thread up on Reddit over the long weekend, and the first takeaway is invest in a coat and some sunscreen. Funcom’s Joel Bylos says the team is still working on the weather system, including new weather types in the new biome and maybe some fixes to sandstorms. “Weather will affect temperature, and Exiles will [...]


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The Daily Grind: Which MMO deserves a second chance from you?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 8:00 am
Sometimes we are not very fair to MMOs when we try them for the first time. Maybe we’re not in a good mood or don’t really want to take the time to learn new systems. Perhaps some petty slight turned us off, or we failed to make a connection in the first 10 minutes. It could even have been that [...]


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Wild West Online FAQ says the game is ‘not historically correct’
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 9:00 am
Remember the days when MMOs used to post clear and concise FAQs instead of messy AMAs and lengthy developer livestreams? Wild West Online does, which is why it has a massive and informative FAQ up on its forums containing questions the community has about this project. The FAQ confirms that an alpha test is coming in early-to-mid summer but that the [...]


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David Brevik says Hellgate London was ‘a game ahead of its time’
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 10:00 am
If you were harboring some sort of secret hope that David Brevik would return to the battered and bruised Hellgate London to realize its full potential, it’s probably best to put that notion to rest. Responding to a question about revisiting this past project, Brevik said, “Not anytime soon. It’s owned by Hanbit. A game ahead of its time. Such [...]


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Blade and Soul doubles its firepower with the Maestro
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 May 2017, 11:00 am
Asian MMOs can’t exist for long without succumbing to the temptation to introduce some sort of gun-toting fanatic, and Blade and Soul is proving to be no exception in this department. Next month, the fantasy title is rolling out the Maestro class on Korean servers, with the update presumably coming to the west in the near future. The Maestro, which [...]


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Were 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! Memorial Day weekend: a time for gaming deals, double-experience events, and launches. Mainly launches this year! Black Desert has landed on Steam, The Elder Scrolls Online began the PC head start for Morrowind, Marvel Heroes soft [...]


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The Witcher card game Gwent enters open beta
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 2:00 pm
There seems to be a very rabid, very enthusiastic community that’s developed around CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher (particularly its third installment), to the point where it might be making BioWare a little nervous. And if you have a hit IP franchise with its own TV series on the way, why not make a few extra bucks by developing a [...]


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The MOP Up: Pox Nora’s PS4 launch (May 28, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 4:00 pm
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line! [...]


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EVE Evolved: War declarations need revamped for the citadel era
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 6:00 pm
It’s a universally accepted fact in EVE Online that you’re never truly safe from attack. Low-security space is littered with pirates looking for an easy kill, nullsec alliances respond to invasion of their territory with overwhelming force, and cloaked ships could lurk around every wormhole. Even in the friendliest parts of high-security space, you can still be blown up by a squad of [...]


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Dark and Light continues to woo the elemental demographic
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 12:00 pm
Apparently Dark and Light’s elemental scene is so captivating, so rich, and so diverse that it requires a follow-up developer diary to fully cover this essential topic during the game’s alpha period. All kidding aside, elementals are more than just another mob type in Dark and Light. Since players can eventually craft their own from the remnants of defeated foes, [...]


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The Daily Grind: Do you like sharing player rage stories in MMOs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 8:00 am
We’ve all partied with them. The people who could take the simplest mechanic and screw it up. Players who think that “don’t stand in the bad” means “grab every bit of bad for myself and myself alone.” In Final Fantasy XIV, it’s the Bard who stacks when targeted by an AoE but runs away from the group when finally targeted [...]


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One Shots: Action arrested
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 May 2017, 10:00 am
In tossing out a screenshot challenge last week revolving around combat action shots, you’d think that this would be a piece of cake. After all, we do fight a little bit in MMOs, right? But it turns out that capturing a good-looking combat picture is really difficult in the midst of the chaos… unless your MMO is set up for [...]


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This week in MMO crowdfunding, Legends of Aria — which we’ll probably never stop accidentally calling Shards Online — began its alpha, introducing testers and founder pack players to the revitalized game. While gamers will still be able to roll their own “shards” and play their own way, Citadel Studios has expanded its scope and plans a much bigger map, improved [...]


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The Stream Team: A first look at Legends of Aria (and a giveaway!)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 May 2017, 5:55 pm
If you’ve had an interest in Shards Online but wanted something bigger and more MMO-y, we’ve got someone we’d like you to meet. Well, a something really. MMO fan, meet Legends of Aria. What is the game all about? Let’s take a look, shall we? Massively OP’s MJ is jumping in to discover just that, and she’s inviting you along. [...]


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The Stream Team: A very volcanic ARK adventure
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 May 2017, 11:55 am
Have you ever climbed a volcano? Massively OP’s MJ has. But she’s never climbed into a volcano. Thanks to ARK, she’s getting to cross that off her bucket list — at least the virtual one. Today’s the day MJ is diving into the new volcano. Hopefully she will be able to go more than a couple steps into that dungeon [...]


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