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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4 photo
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4
by Chris Carter

The time has finally come for the last phase of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation 4 beta, which will carry over all of its data into the final release -- a release that's set in stone for next week (April 11th for early access, the 14th for everyone else).

Naturally, I took this opportunity to get back into the game in anticipation last week after leaving my level 20 Lancer in the frozen void close to launch, and I can't stop playing. I've already made a ton of progress on the PC version, and I'm absolutely addicted to the PS4 port -- it's just that good.

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Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch) photo
Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access and Launch)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing The Elder Scrolls Online over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our new Reviews in Progress program.]

I've been hard at work playing Elder Scrolls Online this week (you can check out our initial impressions here), and now my low-level Imperial Dragonknight is sitting at a very formidable level 20. I've completed many dungeons, traveled to a heap of locations, and I've seen a ton of story-related quests.

So should you jump into Tamriel and pony up for the hefty $15 subscription fee? Well, it's complicated.

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Over 5 million people registered for the Elder Scrolls Online beta photo
Over 5 million people registered for the Elder Scrolls Online beta
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The Elder Scrolls Online is officially available today for the masses on the PC and Mac. To celebrate, Bethesda has released another badass cinematic trailer, titled The Siege.

Along with this trailer comes a neat little infographic Bethesda put together. Highlights include that 5 million people registered for the ESO beta, there's over 40 million weapon variations, there's so many character variations that the number can't even fit on the infographic, and that it would take 32 hours to read the over 2,000 books in the game.

Wondering how ESO is? Check out our first 24 hours with the game, and check back frequently as we'll have ongoing coverage of the game up until we do the full on scored review.

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Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access) photo
Review in Progress: The Elder Scrolls Online (Early-Access)
by Chris Carter

[We'll be reviewing The Elder Scrolls Online over an extended period of time. For more details, check out our new Reviews in Progress program.]

In many ways ZeniMax is fighting an uphill battle with Elder Scrolls Online. In an era increasingly filled with free-to-play MMOs, subscription-based games are a tougher sell. Then you have the fact that Bethesda isn't involved in any capacity, and that this is ZeniMax's first ever MMO.

Yes, there are many things going against The Elder Scrolls Online, but based on my time with the live environment, it's still a serviceable game -- provided you're highly accustomed to the genre.

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Introducing 'Reviews in Progress' photo
Introducing 'Reviews in Progress'
by Chris Carter

For years now readers have been asking us to cover more MMOs and open-ended games, and we didn't always have the resources to do so. But starting this week all of that is changing, as we're now rolling out the new "Reviews in Progress" initiative, with the goal of covering larger games over an extended period of time. These projects are massive undertakings, but we're expanding our coverage to accommodate.

For larger games as a general rule, we'll cover the week of launch, then provide a recap of the first month, followed by a final scored verdict. You'll then be able to use all of these tools to decide whether or not a game is worth your time -- instead of waiting for one giant post.

The criteria for a final verdict will be stringent, and involve exploring a massive amount of content, such as endgame dungeons, as well as experiencing the game up to the maximum level cap. If we don't reach that mark we'll let you know the exact details.

We're kicking off the program with The Elder Scrolls Online this week. In case you're wondering, this isn't necessarily restricted to MMOs, but due to their nature that will likely be the central focus.

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9:00 AM on 03.30.2014

The Elder Scrolls Online launches today for Early Access folk

The Elder Scrolls Online officially launches today by way of the Early Access program for select pre-orders. Specifically, it kicked off at 7AM EST this morning, and I was there to test out the soft launch and see how Zenimax...

Chris Carter





9:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Final Fantasy XIV producer defends subscription models

The free-to-play model has taken the game industry by storm, and with the ability to rack up easy money by charging consumers for "premium" content, it's easy to assume this route is a no-brainer for companies that create MMO...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 03.28.2014

Dragon Quest X has sold 1 million copies

Square Enix's Dragon Quest X has sold 1 million copies since release, says producer Yosuke Saito. That's good news, but I wonder if they expected this console MMO to do better than this, sooner than this.  The Wii a...

Dale North



LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into photo
LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO that anyone can jump into
by Brett Makedonski

Let's face it: massively multiplayer online games can be intimidating for some people. Between the incredibly nuanced systems that some titles tout, and the tales of time and dedication required to "properly" play a game, it's not exactly an inviting scene. It's tough to fault those that shy away from the genre altogether.

Funcom's out to make an accessible free-to-play MMO, and it's got the world's most beloved toy brand behind it. LEGO Minifigures Online is a game that's technically aimed at children, but it's plenty reasonable to expect a more mature audience will find a certain cathartic thrill, too.

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11:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Obsidian's Armored Warfare takes a spin at the tank genre

Obsidian is probably the last company you'd expect to make anything like Armored Warfare, a free-to-play MMO tank shooter. It's certainly different than anything the company has brought us in the past, that's for sure. I got ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Skyforge has the potential to be the next big MMO

There's something about Skyforge that's kind of unbelievable. It's an MMO that's doing away with the multi-server issues by having millions playing together on one server, visuals are highly detailed putting in on-par with cu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:42 AM on 03.22.2014

See what Final Fantasy XIV would look like as a Super Nintendo game

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues to be an improvement upon the original release just about every month, as the content updates and support keep on coming. Now you can enjoy a rather interesting video from Square E...

Chris Carter



Get your WildStar beta keys here! photo
Get your WildStar beta keys here!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Beta weekend over! Hope you had fun.]

NOTE: The rest of the codes are loaded and live! Click here to snag yours before they're all gone!

Our friends at NCSoft and Carbine Studios have hooked us up with 5,000 beta keys for their hot new MMO WildStar, and we've got the first 1,000 reserved just for our Huge members!

The beta weekend starts tomorrow at 7am and ends on Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific. To snag your code, just head on over to your Huge member perks page and click the button! Once you've got your key, go sign up for an NCSoft account if you don't already have one, then click the "Apply A Code" button at the top of a page. If you like what you see, head on over to the WildStar pre-order page and secure yourself early access to the full game in late May.

Have fun! Not already one of our Huge members? You should really consider signing up! They get automatic entry into all contests, early access to beta keys like this, ad-free browsing (that's also guilt-free), and more. It's pretty great!

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10:30 AM on 03.20.2014

Obsidian helping develop an MMORPG where you play as gods

My.com is a newly launched subsidiary of Mail.Ru Group that's working on a number of game projects, such the just announced MMO Armored Warfare, and MMO racer World of Speed. Another new project on their plate is Skyforge, a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:42 PM on 03.19.2014

Armored Warfare is a new modern military tank shooter from Obsidian

Armored Warfare is an upcoming modern military tank shooter for the PC that's being developed by Obsidian, the studio that brought us South Park: The Stick of Truth, Fallout: New Vegas, and much more. The debut trailer ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Blizzard will have four titles to show off at PAX East 2014

The Game Developers Conference is far from over this week and here I am already talking about stuff that's going to be happening at PAX East next month! Blizzard has shared their upcoming lineup that fans will be able to get ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz