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Everything else is minor
The Gold Saucer is finally a part of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and it's glorious. That classic music returns, as do the iconic Triple Triad and Chocobo Racing activities. It's amazing how much content Square Enix has... read feature

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 adding first-person mode


Eat your heart out GTA
Feb 26
Typically, MMOs are third-person affairs and for good reason. Whenever you find yourself in any dangerous persistent world, you want a good idea of what's around you to have the best possible view of the battlefield. Well, so... read
ESO cash shop details

ZeniMax details The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming pay-to-play store


The road to hell is paved with novelty skins
Feb 13
The latest MMO to go the pay-to-play route is The Elder Scrolls Online. Last month's announcement was a bit of a shocker to some, as going subscription free is an indicator of bad news for MMOs. However, ZeniMax is trying its... read
ASTEROIDS

Atari is making a new Asteroids game (Yes, really!)


Everyone freak out
Feb 10
Atari just announced a new Asteroids game. No, you guys, I'm being serious. Stop laughing!  Asteroids: Outpost, as it's called, is described as an open-world MMO with survivalist gameplay. The experience casts players in... read
Elite Dangerous Patch

Elite: Dangerous 1.1 patch brings pilots together and enhances gameplay


Todd 'Maniac' Marshall, at your service, ma'am!
Feb 06
Elite: Dangerous continues to mature with the latest 1.1 BETA update. The addition of Community Goals adds missions for groups of players to work towards, like destroying x amount of enemies, or hauling a certain cargo t... read
H1Z1

If you're new to H1Z1 and these guys show up, you're joining a fight club


I think I just broke one of the rules...
Feb 03
Like the Penis Brothers of yesteryear, some people in zombie survival games are less concerned with the undead, and more intent on messing with fellow humans. You know what they say: man is the real monster. This group in&nb... read
Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off its 'Valentione's Day' event


It'll run until February 16
Feb 03
Final Fantasy XIV likes it keep its players interested by running frequent events, and the latest one kicks off today. It's called "Valentione's Day," and is obviously themed after the real life celebration in mid-Februa... read
Sony Online Entertainment

SOE sold by Sony, sees a new dawn as Daybreak Game Company


Sounds like plans for Xbox are in the works
Feb 02
Sony Online Entertainment -- developer of popular MMOs such as PlanetSide 2, Everquest, and H1Z1 -- is no longer a part of Sony's stable of studios. After 20 years, SOE has been offloaded. Sony recently sold its subsidia... read
Aion

Aion update looks to ease the devil's RNG


Really but not really
Jan 28
I have a dirty little not-so-secret secret to tell you: I was a GM for Aion for about two years. What did I learn in all that time? That gamers can be the most gracious and little pieces of shit on the planet Earth. One of th... read
I've needed this for a while
Guild Wars 2 is a pretty great MMO. It's buy-to-play, which means you have to purchase the initial package first, then there's no subscription fees or nasty progression-hindering microtransactions. You buy the game, and... read feature

Cheap Guild Wars

At $10, yeah, Guild Wars 2 is worth playing


Your next MMO?
Jan 23
As a casual MMO player, I've always liked the Guild Wars series -- no monthly subscription fits my lifestyle, you know? I don't have to feel guilty about wasting money by not playing "enough," whatever that is. If you're of a... read
Before the Fall
Final Fantasy XIV has come a long way. Although there wasn't any real endgame content to speak of when A Realm Reborn launched in its 2.0 incarnation, Square Enix worked hard to deliver in 2.1, and has continued to deliv... read feature

Surprise, right? Guys, are you surprised?
When I reviewed The Elder Scrolls Online back at launch I thought it had potential, but not enough to keep people paying for subscription time. Plenty of MMOs have enjoyed a subscription-based model, and games like ... read feature

World of Warcraft

Blizzard's sending a seriously cool gift to World of Warcraft's ten-year subscribers


A replica of its headquarters' statue
Jan 19
A decade is a decent stretch of time by any account, but it's an especially long time to routinely play an MMO. Blizzard wants to recognize the dedication of the select few players that have stuck by World of Warcraft si... read
H1Z1 kerfuffle

Sony Online offered H1Z1 refunds after pay-to-win complaints


'No questions asked'
Jan 19
H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's bizarrely-named version of DayZ, was the center of a kerfuffle over the weekend that didn't even have to do with the game not working at its Early Access launch. Rather, the community le... read
H1Z1

H1Z1 community feels that the game is pay-to-win despite being told it wouldn't be


The developers refute the claims
Jan 16
H1Z1, Sony Online Entertainment's zombie apocalypse survival simulator, has recently come under fire from its own community. On the day of its Early Access launch, many who had eagerly tracked the game's development for month... read
Neverwinter

Neverwinter Xbox One Closed Beta starts in February, sign up now!


Is Neverwinter about living in Los Angeles?
Jan 15
If you've got an Xbox One and have been hankering to play the Dungeons and Dragons MMO Neverwinter on a console, you might want to go ahead and register for the Xbox One closed beta. Registration begins today and the beta wil... read
Maybe you should think about playing it now?
Final Fantasy XIV is gearing up for its new massive 2.5 update, called "Before the Fall." The patch will be broken up into two parts. The first of which will drop next week with extra main scenario quests, boss fights, ... read feature

Weekly resets

What do you think of 'weekly resets' in online games?


Tuesday is the best/worst day
Dec 25
Many, many MMOs and other such online games (Destiny) have weekly "reset" periods. They usually take place on a Tuesday, and allow you earn raid loot and weekly quest rewards again, as well as earn whatever tokens or currency... read
Transformers Universe

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO


Turning attention to its own properties
Dec 16
We never got a chance to see if there was more than meets the eye with Transformers Universe; Jagex and Hasbro shut down the free-to-play MMO today while it was still in beta. The move isn't entirely unexpected, as it may hav... read
Onigiri

MMORPG Onigiri coming to PS4, Xbox One in 2015


It's about oni slaying, not rice balls, by the way
Dec 16
Onigiri is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One across North America and Europe in early 2015, developer CyberStep confirmed with Windows Central. The free-to-play MMORPG draws inspiration from Japanese mythology, t... read
FXIV

Final Fantasy XIV deploys marriage patch this week


Same-sex marriage included
Dec 10
Want to get married in Final Fantasy XIV? Now is your time. The Ceremony of Eternal Bonding is now live, and to get married, all you have to do is submit an application on the Mog Station portal. Up to 80 guests can attend, ... read
Black Desert

Korean MMO Black Desert releasing in North America and Europe next year


=)
Dec 05
Oh, good -- another chance to talk about Black Desert and reuse this Tom Cruisian image. The cool-looking MMORPG and its remarkable character creator will be available to North American and European audiences in 2015, develo... read
FFXIV PS4 upgrade

That PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for FFXIV has been extended


Into 2015
Dec 03
In an effort to bring more people into the current era of consoles, Square Enix offered a special program that would allow players to upgrade their PS3 copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to the PS4. This process w... read
Black Desert

That Korean MMORPG with the spectacular character creator has the best smiles


Oh my god, this is great
Dec 02
Black Desert may never see a release in the West, but that's not going to stop me from geeking out over its extensive character creator, perhaps the best I've ever encountered. Actually, scratch that qualifier. Now that I've... read
Project HON trailer

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing


Mecha got a booty like DAYAM
Nov 25
I wish everyday started with over 20 minutes of gorgeous mech combat. Project HON's impressively long trailer includes everything you could ask for from a game inspired by mecha anime: senseless destruction, giant guns, metal fisticuffs, weaponized grappling hooks, and transforming robots. Best breakfast viewing ever. read
Good looking trailer

Korean MMO seems to outdo recent JRPGs


JRPGs getting out-JRPG'd by KRPGs
Nov 20
Just aesthetically, Peria Chronicles looks better than all these budget, tropefest JRPGs that fill time between Persona installments. And it's more impressive when you realize that this is a (Korean) MMO with ... read
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft back up to 10 million subs after expansion release


Go go Warlords of Draenor
Nov 20
I have been heartily enjoying the new Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. It evokes feelings of the franchise that are more classic in nature, which is a great thing for those of you out there who didn't... read
WoW

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is worth subscribing for again


Better than Mists
Nov 17
I've been playing World of Warcraft off and on since it launched in 2004, but the Burning Crusade expansion came at the perfect time in my life. Throughout the years I've been dabbling in the other expansions, ... read
Dreams of Ice
The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed t... read feature

FFXIV

Player-created Turks event in FFXIV: Just another reason why I love MMOs


Awesome idea
Nov 07
MMOs usually have official "events" that are designed to get players to log in and play after extended periods of disinterest. They tend to involve holiday festivities of some sort, or in the case of some games, they make up ... read
Dreams of Ice
I still can't believe Square Enix salvaged the original Final Fantasy XIV. I mean, it had the guts to make the game a core entry, so I'm glad the studio reworked it into A Realm Reborn -- this whole saga is just really i... read feature







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