In 2018 alone, the MMORPG industry saw no less than 14 major expansions release for various titles, and in 2019 we’ve had at least nine packs launch or announced for this year. In fact, over the past few years, we’ve seen a trend of far more expansions than new titles launch, a testament to the sluggish state of new development and the long tail of these games. But here’s an interesting question that I was mulling over: Which MMOs boast the biggest number of expansions to date? It’s a slightly tricky question, as not all MMOs define “expansion” the same way, but if we look at it from a classic large content release with at least one or two major features (new zones, classes, races, or systems), then I think it’s possible to draft up a list. So starting with the most overall, we’re going to give tribute today to the MMOs — and their development teams! — that have gone above and beyond in expanding their game worlds via … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The MMORPGs boasting the most expansions
Rebellious Software announced that World of Myths will have players tackling Faction Wars soon and that new mythologies will also be joining the game. Faction Wars will have players championing a faction of their choice for rewards and reputation, to ultimately sway the tide of war. World of Myths is pushing aside the standard Daily Quest model of CCGs, and instead of using factions. Players will champion a faction of their choice, and by winning matches in that mythology, players earn reputation and will gain rewards. This way, they can unlock more content by playing the way they want. With Faction Wars, players will be able to assist their pantheon in dominating the world map. During the Faction Wars, mythology communities will decide which areas to attack or defend in an attempt to increase the area their faction controls on the world map through organized contests. Members of each faction will fight it out in tactical 1v1 battles, with the victorious mythology unlocking massive … [Read more...] about World of Myths Introduces Faction Wars and New Mythologies
As PWE and Cryptic prepared to kick off Star Trek Online‘s annual summer event, they ended up on the receiving end of criticism from players regarding the decision to include a clip from the song “Dixie” as an audio emote. For those unfamiliar with the tune, it’s widely associated with the US South, particularly the Confederacy, and racism. Not surprisingly, some members of the Star Trek Online community took some issue with the song’s inclusion, with one Reddit post noting that it doesn’t fit with a franchise “built around an ethos of tolerance and diversity.” Links to Wikipedia in the thread also noted the association with blackface. Of course, the thread kicked off some debate about whether or not the song should be excluded based on its history or if everyone should move on. But debate aside, the outcome is that the developers have decided to nix the emote from the summer event content. Actual historical associations aside, the song … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online Pulls “Dixie” Emote From Summer Festival
(This is part of my journey going playing through 2004’s Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) It’s a laugh riot playing a Malkavian (and it makes me hope that John Malkovich was compensated by White Wolf), as the most hilarious dialogue options pop up even in the midst of super-serious conversations. While infiltrating a museum, I was momentarily amused by the inclusion of several dinosaur exhibits (unfortunately, however, most of the museum action takes place in the bland basements). Then afterward as the prince is asking if I was able to obtain the sarcophagus, I got to say, “It was stolen, but there were a lot of dinosaurs, so I had fun.” Ha. Thanks for the laugh, Bloodlines. Anyway, the narrative backbone of the game — this coffin with a dead god of sorts in it and the scramble to secure it — might just be the weakest part of the whole story. I can scarcely bring myself to care about … [Read more...] about Vampire Bloodlines: Hello Hollywood!
So, truth be told, I’ve not really played much MapleStory (outside of MapleStory 2), as it’s an MMO that never really caught my attention. But I was offered a chance to get my hands on the Pathfinder class a little early, to see what I thought about it. I had two character slots to play, one at level 30, and one in the 200s. The level 30 had access to a new area – the Secret Forest of Elodin dungeon. So this is the most exposure I’ve had to a high-level class in MapleStory, and if I’m honest? It’s not that bad The Pathfinder has a lot of pros, and once I rebound most of my keyboard to have a more practical MMORPG set-up, I began exploring this cute forest. So, what exactly is the Pathfinder? The Pathfinder is a ranged character, who has an overwhelming thirst to explore for ancient relics, and of course – kick the stuffing out of surprisingly adorable bad guys. They’re a DEX-based class, who wields a mighty weapon, the Ancient Bow. Their … [Read more...] about MapleStory – Pathfinder Class Preview