Monthly Archives: January 2016

Blade and Soul First Impressions

After years of waiting, NCsoft’s wuxia MMO Blade and Soul has at last landed on Western shores. After all this time, was it worth the wait? Read on for our initial impressions of this free to play MMORPG.

I know kung fu:

A screenshot from the free to play martial arts MMORPG Blade and Soul

Blade and Soul does not leave the best impression out of the gate.

I was a little put-off as early as character creation. The character models, at least for females, are bizarre, to say the least. It’s not even that they’re over-sexualized, although they are. They’re these bizarre, disproportionate horrors from the darkest depths of the uncanny valley.

Thankfully… Continue reading

Which MOBA Is Right for You?

All but unheard of a few years ago, MOBAs (massive online battle arenas) are now one of the fastest growing genres in gaming, enticing players from all the over world with their intense action and fierce competition. But if you’re new to the genre, where should you begin? We’ve taken the time to write a breakdown of some of the biggest and best MOBAs to help you choose between them.

Heroes of the Storm:

A team zones into a match in the MOBA Heroes of the Storm

The newest big name entry in the genre, Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard Entertainment’s attempt to to take the core gameplay of MOBAs and strip away the more arcane or… Continue reading

MMORPG NPCs Need More Witcher and Less Skyrim

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are both hugely popular fantasy RPGs with massive, detailed game worlds, but there are some key differences between them. Notably, their non-player characters are very different beasts, with Skyrim’s NPCs being mostly shallow and uninteresting, mere wall-dressing for the player’s journey, whereas The Witcher gives depth and meaningful personality for its NPCs, whether they’re part of the main quest or a minor side quest.

The Witcher Ciri NPC

For example, in Witcher III we are introduced to the Bloody Baron. Warning! Character spoilers ahead (though I’m doing my best to keep out anything really important)…

When first meeting this Bloody Baron, he comes across a generic abusive… Continue reading

10 Free MMO Games That Aren’t Pay to Win

Last updated: 08/31/2017

As pretty much any gamer knows, free MMO games are rarely truly free. Servers and new content cost money to create, and developers aren’t running a charity service. Therefore, they need to monetize their games to pay for those things and to pay for their time. Unfortunately, a most games give insurmountable advantages to big money spenders that free players simply cannot achieve. This is pretty frustrating, even gamers willing to spend money, because it means everyone has to pay just to keep up. The ideal system encourages players to spend by providing options to supplement a fun activity, rather than putting that fun activity behind a paywall (commonly referred to as a pay to win or p2w game).

Below is a list of… Continue reading

Eight Creepiest MMO Locations

As MMO players, we take on the role of adventurers and heroes. We fight evil and save the world on a daily basis. But being a hero often means going where others fear to tread, and fighting evil means facing it in its lair. As a result, we sometimes end up in some pretty frightening places.

These are some of the darkest and most disturbing virtual locales found in the MMO genre.

8: Icecrown (World of Warcraft)

WoW Icecrown

World of Warcraft isn’t a game many would think of as particularly scary, but over its many long years of operation, it has occasionally produced some fairly unnerving stuff.

Near the top of that list is… Continue reading

Six MMOs to Watch in 2016

A new year — and a shiny new site — are upon us, and now is the perfect time to take a look at what 2016 will offer for MMO gamers everywhere. Today, we’ll be covering the titles most worthy of your attention in the coming year, from exciting new entries in the genre to old favorites with interesting new developments coming down the pipe.

Blade and Soul:

Blade and Soul fight

North American MMO players have had a long wait to get their hands on this title, which has been live in Korea for some time, but after years of waiting, Blade and Soul is finally on its way to the West.

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