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2016-06-09

Black Desert Online Review

Aubrielle sets out to uncover why Black Desert Online isn't your average MMO.
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2015-03-12

Asheron's Call Retrospective

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June

Conan Exiles - Isle of Siptah Review

by Silver, Tuesday - June 15, 2021 05:07

CogConnected has reviewed Conan Exiles expansion Isle of Siptah.

Although it takes place on an entirely separate and substantial map, it does require the base Conan Exiles game and a bundle is available that includes both. Throughout its time in early access, the developers have taken note of the somewhat negative community reaction to the expansion’s content and mechanics and have continued to make adjustments leading up to Isle of Siptah’s full release, so this final version is a very different beast than in its early access premiere.

Perhaps even more important, the Isle of Siptah is so full of new content that it could almost be considered a sequel instead of an expansion. Comprised of several distinct biomes and on a land mass nearly as large as the base game’s Exiled Lands, the Isle of Siptah is packed with stuff to see and do. In addition to new low and high level building sets, there are new animals to hunt, kill and harvest plus over a dozen new vaults, a wealth of enemy camps to raid, thralls to enslave (and a new mechanic to capture them), new mounts and an extensive main quest that funnels the player towards the center of the Isle with a mysterious tower that unleashes a landscape-altering, monster-producing storm for several minutes at a time.

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Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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May

Final Fantasy XIV - Endwalker Release Date: November 23

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 16, 2021 16:43

The expansion Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker will be released on November 23:

FINAL FANTASY XIV: ENDWALKER Full Trailer

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Final Fantasy XIV

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Official Deadlands and Damnation Trailer

by Hiddenx, Sunday - May 16, 2021 15:33

IGN presents the official Elder Scrolls Online: Deadlands and Damnation trailer:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood - Official Deadlands and Damnation Trailer

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Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming Blackwood chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online, available on June 1, 2021, for PC, and on June 8, 2021, for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

Before the events of The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, there was a deal made with the Prince of Destruction. Discover the desperate schemes and mortal ambitions of the Longhouse Emperors that set up the storyline for the upcoming Blackwood Chapter and Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure.

 

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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April

Elder Scrolls Online - Earnable Loot Boxes

by Hiddenx, Sunday - April 18, 2021 17:52

PC Gamer reports that if you like some grinding you can get ESO-loot-boxes for free:

Elder Scrolls Online loot box items will soon be earnable with in-game currency

Khajiit has wares if you have time to grind.

The forthcoming Update 30 for The Elder Scrolls Online, "Tentatively scheduled to launch in June", will add daily and weekly challenges called Endeavors. Completing these tasks will give players rewards like gold, experience, and a new currency called Seals of Endeavor that can be exchanged for items previously only available in crown crates—loot boxes that cost real-world money. 

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Play for free until April 13

by Hiddenx, Sunday - April 04, 2021 15:57

You can check out the Elder Scrolls Online until April 13:

Play Free: March 31 – April 13

Explore a world without limits now until April 13 at 10AM EDT and begin your Gates of Oblivion story with the Blackwood Prologue Quest.

 

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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March

Star Citizen - New Videos

by Silver, Sunday - March 07, 2021 03:21

@Twinfinite Some new videos for Star Citizen which show the Orison Landing Zone & Visual Degradation system.

The first video showcases the new Orison landing zone that will finally bring a visitable location on Crusader, the gas giant in the Stanton System.

Due to the nature of the planet, it will be a complex of floating platforms, creating a very unique environment.

We also get to take a first look at the visual degradation system, that will add dynamic dirt and wear to our ships.

The second video features a round table with the development team discussing the development of landing zones.

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Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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January

Old School RuneScape - Launch: February 24

by Hiddenx, Friday - January 29, 2021 19:01

The old school version of Runescape will be released on February 24:

Old School is RuneScape

The best retro fantasy MMORPG on the planet. Old School is RuneScape but… older! This is the open world you know and love, but as it was in 2007. Saying that, it’s even better than that – Old School is shaped by you, its players, with regular new content, fixes and expansions voted for by the fans!

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RuneScape

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Gates of Oblivion announced

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - January 27, 2021 19:13

The Elder Scrolls Online gets a new chapter:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion - Official Cinematic Announcement Trailer

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Fire and ambition come to Tamriel with The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, part of the Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure. Explore the diverse region of Blackwood, gain powerful allies with the new Companions system, and uncover the terrible schemes of Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion!

Pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood now to begin your adventure immediately in the Base Game or previous Chapters, gain instant access to the Nagahide Welwa Ravager mount and Nightmare Bear Cub pet (only available now until March 17), and receive additional bonus items at launch. Coming June 1 for PC/Mac and Stadia* and June 8 for PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.*Available only in limited territories.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Is this any good now?

by Hiddenx, Monday - January 11, 2021 19:50

Technewstoday checked out The Elder Scrolls Online:

The Elder Scrolls Online Review – Is this any good now?

The multiplayer Tamriel experience has improved so much since its debut

The Elder Scrolls Online is a challenging game to review. It’s the reason why The Elder Scrolls VI still doesn’t exist, even if Bethesda is building a new graphical engine for the game. Even if it exists within the fantasy world of Tamriel, the Online RPG doesn’t feel like a part of the franchise it entails.

Many years after its launch, though, the game is indeed playable. The best thing about this persistent MMORPG world is how it doesn’t require monthly fees or additional payments. Check-in once, and your wallet will be safe to play the rest of the content.

If you want to play the next chapters, though, you’d have to pay for the DLC, albeit most of them carry plenty of extra content.

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Final Say

Ultimately, everything we discussed makes for a great MMORPG game. Yet, it’s not the exact recipe for a great The Elder Scrolls entry.

TESO is a successful game on its rights, but it just falls flat against Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowing. The difference lies in its plot, storytelling, characters, and overall writing. The single-player experience has the level of…well, an MMORPG title.

Still, roaming across Tamriel with a squad of friends is a rewarding experience. Even if the combat is not very thrilling, the number of things to craft and create and the multitude of skills to explore make for an immersive experience.

Overall, I say The Elder Scrolls Online as a 7/10 game. It’s worth a try, don’t expect this to be an excellent single-player RPG. It is what it is. TESO is an online, ongoing experience with a broad crafting system plus an okay skill system.

I have to close by saying Bethesda is planning to create an Xbox Series X/S version and a PlayStation 5 version. However, because Microsoft bought Bethesda recently, we don’t know if the title will stay on the PlayStation storefront for long.

Lastly, TESO is commonly on discount on the Steam store, selling for under $10. The standard game includes all of the content except for Greymoor. For that kind of money, TESO is worth it!

 

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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December

WoW - Shadowlands becomes the fastest-selling PC Game

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - December 09, 2020 19:33

World of Warcraft is still the #1 MMO:

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands becomes the fastest-selling PC game of all time

Who said World of Warcraft was dead?

In a recent investor report, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands publisher Activision says that the latest expansion to the popular MMO is now the fastest-selling PC game ever, racking up 3.7 million sales on its first day alone.

Shadowlands beats out the previous title holder, Diablo III (also produced by Blizzard Entertainment), which sold 3.5 million copies on its first day.

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Source: Techradar

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WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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September

Conan Exiles - Isle of Siptah Expansion Released

by Silver, Sunday - September 27, 2020 04:50

Wccftech reports on a new expansion for Conan Exiles called Isle of Siptah which has been released in Early Access.

What is best in life? Some might say it’s to receive a new expansion to one of your favorite games. If Conan Exiles happens to be that game for you, you’re in luck as Funcom has released the Isle of Siptah, a new expansion that’s exclusively available on Steam Early Access for the time being. This major expansion for Conan Exiles adds in more than a dozen new dungeons, a Maelstrom map, and even a special Wartorn Rhino mount skin for picking up Isle of Siptah while it’s in Early Access.

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Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Ultima Online - New Legacy

by Hiddenx, Friday - September 25, 2020 17:55

MMORPG reports that Ultima Online celebrates the 23rd anniversary by announcing Ultima Online New Legacy:

Ultima Celebrates 23rd Anniversary By Announcing Ultima Online New Legacy

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Announced during a livestream today, Ultima Online: New Legacy, as well as released a shiny new trailer to celebrate the announcement. The MMO is meant to be a brand new shard, forgoing the current trend of bringing cassic MMOs as they existing at launch to life again in a modern world. 

"We asked a simple question: 'What is your Britannian Legacy?,"' UO designer Greg Havlusch explained during a celebration livestream today. "And trhe response was overwhelming. And what it showed us was, just like us, people who have had a chance to experience Ultima Online have an incredible connection to it: the nostalgia, the friendships [...] You just can't find that anymore. And started thinking and talking about how we can recreate that. And that's where this idea of Ultima Online: New Legacy came from, that is our ultimate goal: to recreate that nostalgia you once felt when you played UO, without having to be bogged down and face the barriers of entry that you would otherwise face trying to get into a gameworld that is 23 years old."

Ultima Online: New Legacy is leaning into creating a place for new players to jump into the MMO, as well as capture the nostalgia returning veterans can feel about jumping back into the world. New Legacy is the first new shard the team has released in 15 years, and will have an all new ruleset aimed at making the experience more intuitive, including changes to skill and gear progression, resource gathering, crafting and more. The New Legacy shard will be available to free-to-play accounts, though no official date for its release has been given just yet. 

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Ultima Online

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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RuneScape - Steam Release on October 14

by Hiddenx, Thursday - September 24, 2020 20:49

The classic MMORPG RuneScape will be released on Steam on October 14:

RuneScape

RuneScape is a high fantasy open world MMORPG. Explore an ever changing and evolving living world where new challenges, skills, and quests await. Featuring unprecedented player freedom, you choose how to play, adventure, and grow. 

From ProtoxxGaming:

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RuneScape

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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June

Conan Exiles - Offline Play Issues

by Silver, Thursday - June 18, 2020 22:25

PC Gamer reports that an update to the server browser for Conan Exiles has disrupted offline play. The update also removed Denuvo DRM.

Players have been struggling to play Conan Exiles since its latest update introduced what the community is calling an always-online requirement.

With Update 41, Funcom announced the introduction of "Funcom Live Services", while also removing the previous Denuvo DRM. While the removal of Denuvo is usually a guaranteed home run for any publisher, this update has been plagued by connection problems and other bugs, leading to accusations from players of Funcom hamstringing the game's offline play modes.

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Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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April

Final Fantasy XI - Interview @Twinfinite

by Silver, Friday - April 24, 2020 12:55

Twinfinite interviewed producer Akihiko Matsui and director Yoji Fujito about Final Fantasy XI which will be 19 years old this May.

Ed: Speaking of Absolute Virtue… Can you please share with me what was going through the minds of the members of the development team during these years where the strategy to defeat Absolute Virtue remained a mystery to players?

Did it torture the developers that players weren’t figuring it out? How tempted were you to just give the secret away over the years? Or, did you secretly enjoy torturing us and watching us suffer at the hands of Absolute Virtue?

AM: Absolute Virtue was created based on a request from Tanaka-san to create an enemy that could be defeated in theory but not in actuality. All our other monsters that were really, really hard but not invincible, were always obliterated the moment they were released. In that respect, Absolute Virtue was the exception. I certainly didn’t enjoy watching players suffer through it!

Ed: The Wings of the Goddess expansion, ultimately, I believe is remembered by many fans as one of the best storylines added in Final Fantasy XI. However, the amount of time it took to fully release turned off many players and, at least from my perspective as a player at the time, was a point where many long-time players started to lose interest.

Could you tell me a little bit about what was going on behind the scenes during Wings of the Goddess that led to such a long period of time between story and content updates? Was it a deliberate choice or were there constraints that players weren’t aware of at the time?

YF: It was an issue of how quickly we could create the story. Any time we deal with past events, we are filling in a backstory that has to be consistent with the existing lore and verifying that everything matches up takes a tremendous amount of time. Additionally, the number and quality of cutscenes we added only increased from expansion pack to expansion pack, and the work that had to be put into creating the story increased as a result.

When people say that they enjoyed the story, much of the praise we got revolved around the way the story was expressed, particularly in animations and the like that aren’t necessarily related the actual text itself, and the amount of work-hours put into ensuring they were high quality is difficult to overstate.

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Final Fantasy XI

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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