While there are some beautiful, fun games in the genre it is lacking in ingenuity. Many of the games have just taken the basic concept of the genre and slapped a different art style or setting on it. That isn’t enough to make the game stand out and it isn’t enough to pull people away from Fortnite, a game that is much more established and always has enough players for a match. That may not be the fault of the developers, rather the restrictions of the genre. There are only so many ways you can combine the idea of the survival game with last man standing gameplay. There are different modes that are being introduced in Battle Royale games, so perhaps not starting with the traditional mode would work for new games. … [Read more...] about Battle Royale Weekly: State of the Battle Royale Genre
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MapleStory 2 was originally released in its home market of Korea back in 2015. Western audiences have been eagerly anticipating a localized version ever since. Nearly 3 years later, its finally happening! Over the years, English speaking audiences did have the opportunity to try the gamer on Korean servers, but doing so required a local Nexon account and fiddling with custom translation files which were bug prone. … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Are You Excited For MapleStory 2?
Lost Ark deserves a special mention as it released into open beta this week (Nov 7) in Korea after spending 7+ years in development and with a budget of over $88 million so far. Its also very likely we in the West will be getting Lost Ark before China, largely due to China's ongoing game approval freeze. … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: The Road To G-Star 2018
Several games have found a band-aid solution to this problem in the form of level-up potions. These allow players to instantly level up to either max level or to the level cap prior to the latest major patch. While I don't have a problem with this solution if it comes packaged with a retail expansion such as with World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2 offer this. Most MMORPGs also offer this service as a stand alone paid product. Final Fantasy 14 is perhaps doubly guilty by not including an exp potion with their expansion packs. … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: How Should MMORPGs Handle The Early Game?
This optional subscription trend is not limited to MMORPGs. Even Dota 2, Valve's flagship MOBA is getting a similar treatment. Dota Plus, at a cost of $3.99 per month, grants players a whole host of account progression features along with an in-game assistant that offers real-time suggestions. … [Read more...] about Weekly Raid: How Do You Feel About F2P Games Adding Subscription Options?