World of Warcraft is a testament to good game design. An MMO that has players addicted, and one that has managed to stand tall over all competitors throughout its decade long existence. Blizzard has so carefully designed every element of the game to make it act like digital cocaine. So what's the next big feature I hear you asking? Well, selfies of course.
When I think about online shooters, my mind never wanders beyond a lobby with a maximum of 16 or so players. That's because I don;t really play shooters MMOs, but I do know that Planetside 2 is one of the more popular ones. So popular in fact, that the community decided to break a world record this weekend - which tested how big an online fight can really get.
When heart of Thorns appeared on the internet last week, Guild Wars 2 developers ArenaNet simply told fans to wait until PAX for an official announcement. That panel has come and gone, and Heart of Thorns has been properly revealed as the first expansion to one of the best MMOs around. And it's bringing with it some genre defining changes.
Guild Wars 2 still stands as one of the most impressive MMOs I‘ve ever played, even though I couldn’t commit enough time to it to properly follow the regular season updates. The game is constantly updated with new content and lore to keep players coming back, all of which culminated in a Season 2 finale yesterday. A finale which strongly suggests an expansion is en route.
I stopped playing Destiny a long time ago, but I know thousands of others haven’t. The game’s most recent expansion, The Dark Below, was a bit of a disappointment to most, but Bungie has a few chances to makes things right (and better) with their projected expansion roadmap this year. Too bad they’re not getting better at plugging up leaks.
I wasn't overly impressed with The Elder Scrolls Online when I got my hands on it last year. It was a decent game, but nothing to blow me away or get me hooked and willing to pay money every month for it. Now there are hints that the inevitable might be happening - the game could be going free-to-play.
If I could only play one JRPG franchise for the rest of time, it would probably be Final Fantasy. I've been playing these games since the very first one and I am beyond excited for FF XV. However, Square Enix is looking to hire someone and the position is getting me a bit worried.
We’re in age where gaming doesn’t have to have a point. Sometimes, games can be immature, pointless and offer no tangible reward or satisfaction to a player. We call such digital rides YouTube games in the office, as the more ridiculous and trivial a game is, the likelier it is that the YouTube crowd will spend a few dollars on it in order to upload a Let’s Play so that they can grab some hits. Goat Simulator is one such game which epitomises this attitude. And now it’s going into MMO territory.
Warlords of Draenor has launched. In fact, we might have a fun giveaway for you as a result, so keep an eye out in the coming days. However, the launch hasn't been easy for Blizzard as people tried to attack them when they were most vulnerable.
I haven't played Destiny in weeks, and I don't plan on returning soon. I do know that millions of other people are still playing though and loving every social second, and I'm glad not everyone found it to be a waste of hard money. So if you're one of those people, here's a heads up on some server downtime.
Ten years ago I was enjoying my wild youth as a university student while Geoff continued to troll IRC chats. World of Warcraft launched and became the defining MMO for a generation. Despite waning numbers over the past few years, it is making a comeback. WoW isn't going to disappear anytime soon.
A long, long time ago I booted up World of Warcraft for the first time and gave it a try. Unlike millions of others in my position, I did not stay past the first 20 or so levels. So these discounts aren't exactly for people like me to try and get back into Blizzard's genre defying MMO. Instead, they're for people still a bit behind on some key expansions.
I have to admit, I'm still enjoying a few minutes of Destiny every now and then when I get the chance. That's probably because I have yet to reach the level cap and be forced to deal with the game's annoying loot drops. Now I won't have to either, with Bungie making Destiny's loot system a little more fair.
For years now Blizzard has been talking about a new, blockbuster MMO known only as Project Titan. The game has never been formally shown, and just last year it was delayed until 2016 at the earliest. That delay has been, let's say, extended.
So far, Destiny’s loot has been an odd shaped ball to me. Like trying to play football with a rugby ball. You expect what’s going to happen when it bounces, but then it just does the opposite. Just like getting a Purple engram and then get handed a Green reward. If only there was a way to farm for those precious engrams endlessly.