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11:00 PM on 04.07.2014

This may be the best character creator system for a game yet

Black Desert is an upcoming Korean MMORPG and that sentence is usually more than enough to get a majority of people to start tuning out. That is until you watch this video, showing off the game's amazing character creator sy...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


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12:30 PM on 02.20.2014

Monarch: Heroes of a New Age soundtrack out now

Korean fantasy MMORPG Monarch: Heroes of a New Age features beautiful orchestral music by composer Goomin "Nauts" Nam. Nam's previous works include the drink mixing sim series (no, really!), Bar Oasis, currentl...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 01.10.2014

Kingdom Under Fire II will have exclusive content on PS4

Just a small Kingdom Under Fire II update for the lot of you that were excited to learn that the game, originally announced in 2008, is totally coming out this year for PC and PS4. According to 2P, the open beta on PC will la...

Steven Hansen

6:00 AM on 12.26.2013

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix

After our look at the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last week, I wanted to turn my attention to this year’s special release, dedicated entirely to the music of Ragnarok Online. Elemental Tunes features f...

Jayson Napolitano

6:00 AM on 12.19.2013

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at

We just featured an issue of Note Worthy last week, but I thought the elaborate packaging and contents that GungHo put into the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last year deserved its own moment in the spotlight. It i...

Jayson Napolitano

1:45 PM on 11.07.2013

MapleStory 2 announced, beta begins in 2014

Don't lie, you've heard of MapleStory. The immensely popular 2D MMO took up many hours during its heyday, and it's still got quite the fanbase today. Now, Nexon has officially announced a sequel. Developed by N Square, MapleS...

Alessandro Fillari

3:30 PM on 09.18.2013

Capcom removes Ghosts 'n Goblins Online from Greenlight

What a strange thing it was to see Ghosts 'n Goblins Online surface on Steam Greenlight. I've long wanted to try the game out for curiosity's sake and although I never expected too much from it given the free-to-play premise,...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 08.09.2013

A Civilization MMO is a thing that is happening

Civilization Online is an upcoming MMO being developed by XLGAMES and 2K Games. Unlike other Civilization games where you control entire empires, this one has you playing as an individual unit in one of four different cultur...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 AM on 05.17.2013

PSY is a minin', craftin' grieferman

Everyone was totally diggin' Korean pop sensation PSY when his "Gangnam Style" music video became an international hit. Then he just kept riding it... and riding it... and riding it. Then he starred in a pistachio commercial...

Tony Ponce

10:15 AM on 04.15.2013

Celebrate Pangya's 4th anniversary with Pangya Challenges

Pangya, the greatest MMO golf game in the universe, is turning 4 this week. SG Interactive has all kinds of fun things lined up for Pangya Challenges to celebrate this anniversary, including giveaways and online events.  ...

Dale North

8:30 AM on 04.15.2013

Nintendo Korea calls weather reporter a brainless bitch

Nintendo of Korea is in hot water after its Twitter account insulted TV weather reporter Eun Ji Park. A mystery representative of the company criticized Park's growing fame, suggesting her looks were respo...

Jim Sterling







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Review: Tactical Intervention
by Allistair Pinsof

[This post originally ran as impressions on the open beta and is now updated to reflect the full release, which came two weeks later.]

Call of Duty has dumbed down the modern shooter to being about planting bombs, capturing points, and getting headshots. In contrast, Tactical Intervention is a breath of fresh air and feels evolutionary in its ideas -- one could say next-gen, but it'd be hard not to laugh when looking at its budget production values. Dog barks sound like Doom imps and the visuals somehow look worse than anything in Half-Life 2, despite having all the niceties that have come to the Source engine since '04.

Before Call of Duty fever swept the nation, I loved online first-person shooters for the chaos that car combat and hostage encounters can bring. I'll never forget surfing on an airplane wing in Battlefield 1942 or using hostages as human shields in a pitch dark cs_mansion in Counter-Strike.

Tactical Intervention brings back the good memories before FPS were marketable to the mainstream, along with reminders that mods like Counter-Strike weren't born with that layer of polish later achieved.

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7:30 PM on 03.13.2013

Korean MMO Rockman Online is OFFICIALLY canceled

Le gasp! No! Say it ain't so, Joe! Say it ain't so! Back in September, we heard rumblings that the Korean Mega Man MMO, oh-so-creatively titled Rockman Online, had halted production following a restructuring of developer Neow...

Tony Ponce

10:30 PM on 02.28.2013

Counter-Strike successor Tactical Intervention out Mar 28

Update: I just received a press release announcing a March 28 release. I guess Gooseman is trying to poke fun at the skeptic in me or make my dreams come true. One of the two. Hurrah? A year ago, Counter-Strike creator Minh '...

Allistair Pinsof

11:00 PM on 01.31.2013

Lucky Koreans: Ghosts 'n Goblins Online beta videos

Show of hands if anyone remembers that a Ghosts 'n Goblins Online Korean MMO was unveiled back in 2010. I figured it would have be cancelled by now -- I'm still bitter that Rockman Online was silently shut down. But nope! De...

Tony Ponce

2:00 PM on 01.24.2013

Pangya: Challenges: New season brings new character Spika

Pangya is still, in my mind, the best thing ever. Ever. Right under corgis and tiramisu. Videogame golf, folks. Don't knock it until you've tried it. If you have tried it, and are playing golf MMO Pangya, know that the next ...

Dale North