Torchlight is up there with my most favorite franchises of all time. The existing multiplayer ARPGs are just pure fun, with bubbly colorful graphics and plenty of satisfying clicking and looting and carnage. So Torchlight Frontiers’ announcement last year was an incredibly welcome one (and not just for me – our team voted it most anticipated in December!). That said, I was super anxious when logging in to play around in the alpha this weekend. I really didn’t want it to suck. I’m relieved to say it doesn’t suck, even in alpha. It definitely needs some work – it doesn’t quite have the buttery combat flow I expect just yet, and I saw a lot of crashing on one of my machines – but the loop is right, the map is comforting, the layout is mobile-friendly, and I’m really intrigued by the approach to the player forts. I’m not sure it’s really going to be the Next Big AAA MMORPG that’ll satisfy traditional themeparkers and … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What do you think of Torchlight Frontiers so far?
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Assuming the archives are correct, the first Daily Grind ever was penned by Krystalle Voecks on November 3rd, 2007, a day after Old Massively was founded – or I suppose to be more accurate, a day after it was rechristened from a Second Life blog into a multi-MMO website under AOL. In other words, a Daily Grind has been written almost every single day for the last 11 years. That’s like over 4000 Daily Grinds. That is a legacy, people. We’ve been kicking off the day with a community discussion topic for a very, very long time. So today, in honor of that legacy, I’m gonna pick out my top favorite Daily Grinds from 2018 – one from each month! This TDG provoked interesting discussion but no consensus other than “it depends.” While some folks are against it no matter what, others are willing to consider it if the mechanics make sense and it doesn’t become a grind. Again, the comments were mixed. Folks seem to agree on two points: PvP content is … [Read more...] about The best Massively OP community Daily Grinds of 2018
We don’t give out a formal end-of-the-year award for MMO graphics at Massively OP. It’d be almost impossible to come to a consensus. As we wrote a few years back, “Where some people aren’t satisfied until games are hyperrealistic, others require fanciful and dreamlike artistic rendering and still others can look at a cutesy retro game and squee. Some people juggle geese.” I fully admit I juggle geese; I’ve been happily playing a classic MMO for many months now, and while it holds up OK with mods, it’s not winning any beauty contests in 2018. However, I can still look at games like Black Desert, which saw a major graphics upgrade this year, and give it a hearty salute for pushing the envelope in a genre that doesn’t often put bleeding edge graphics first. If you were going to give out an award for best visual appeal in an MMORPG, new or old, as long as it’s live, which game would walk home with the prize? Every morning, the Massively … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the best graphical appeal as of 2018?
Pretty much any time that Project Gorgon comes up in discussion around Massively OP, a discussion invariably takes place among readers that weighs the game’s feature set against its graphical prowess (or lack of it). There’s your “the gameplay makes up for the looks” camp and then there’s your “I’m sorry, but I can’t get over the looks to access the gamplay” crowd. I think most all of us have some standards in how games appeal to us visually. If a game is truly ugly or looks off-putting, it can be difficult to force yourself to give it a shot or stick with it. For me, I don’t mind low fidelity and older-looking graphics as long as there’s some personality and style to them. But I cannot abide games with uncanny valley or plastic-looking characters (EverQuest II comes to mind) and have an adverse reaction to the bland green-and-brown landscapes that are covering many upcoming indie fantasy MMOs. Be honest with us today: … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How much of an MMO graphics snob are you?
I’m a huge fan of Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box, even if I am not the best jumper in the world. My kid loves it, I love the graphics, the rewards are fun – really, it’s something we look forward to every year since it became a permanent event fixture. On the other hand, when the update doesn’t change much from year to year aside from QOL fixes, some of the shine does wear off. I definitely felt that way in World of Warcraft in the years when Blizzard just put the annual events on repeat (it’s gotten better about giving those events refreshes in recent years, I’ve noticed!). Still, I hate to look a gift sparklepony in the mouth. It could be worse: I could be one of those Secret World players who are practically begging for the return of some of the events they miss from the old game in the new game because they’ve been cut off while Funcom slowly rolls them back out. Do you get grumpy over MMO events on repeat? Would you prefer them … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you get grumpy over MMO events on repeat?