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ArenaNet: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns 'is like Metroid and Zelda slammed together'

Guild Wars 2 is one of the most accessible MMOs ever made. Eschewing the Holy Trinity of class builds, you can basically pick any character you want and still fulfill a role in any group. Everyone can heal, and everyone ...   more

ArenaNet: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns 'is like Metroid and Zelda slammed together' photo

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression

Guild Wars 2 is an ambitious project. While ArenaNet's initial offering of Guild Wars was more of a social dungeon crawler than an MMO (the company called it a CORPG, or competitive online role-playing game), the se...   more

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo


Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns seeks to redefine MMO endgame progression photo



World of Warcraft players will be able to pay for their subscription with gold soon

In an upcoming World of Warcraft patch, Blizzard will introduce the WoW Token, an in-game item purchasable with real money that facilitates the exchange of gold for 30 days of game time. "The WoW Token was created to give pla...   more

World of Warcraft players will be able to pay for their subscription with gold soon photo

Final Fantasy XIV's Gold Saucer is amazing if you like Triple Triad or Chocobo Racing

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...   more

Final Fantasy XIV's Gold Saucer is amazing if you like Triple Triad or Chocobo Racing photo

Guild Wars 2 adding first-person mode

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...   more

Guild Wars 2 adding first-person mode photo

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

Elite: Dangerous 1.1 patch brings pilots together and enhances gameplay

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...   more

Elite: Dangerous 1.1 patch brings pilots together and enhances gameplay photo

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

Aion update looks to ease the devil's RNG

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...   more

Aion update looks to ease the devil's RNG photo

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns

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...   more

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo


ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo
ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo
ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo
ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo
ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo
ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion, Heart of Thorns photo



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

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...   more

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

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5)

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...   more

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5) photo

Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated

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 ...   more

Surprise! Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the fee for existing subscribers, console version dated photo

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

Chocobo Racing, Triple Triad, and the Gold Saucer coming to Final Fantasy XIV in patch 2.5x

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, ...   more

Chocobo Racing, Triple Triad, and the Gold Saucer coming to Final Fantasy XIV in patch 2.5x photo

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

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...   more

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

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO

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...   more

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO photo

MMORPG Onigiri coming to PS4, Xbox One in 2015

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...   more

MMORPG Onigiri coming to PS4, Xbox One in 2015 photo

Final Fantasy XIV deploys marriage patch this week

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, ...   more

Final Fantasy XIV deploys marriage patch this week photo

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

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...   more

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

That PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for FFXIV has been extended

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...   more

That PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for FFXIV has been extended photo

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

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...   more

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

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing

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.   more

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing photo

Korean MMO seems to outdo recent JRPGs

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 ...   more

Korean MMO seems to outdo recent JRPGs photo

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

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...   more

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

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

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, ...   more

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

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)

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...   more

Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo

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

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 ...   more

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

Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)

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...   more

Review in Progress: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo

Celebrate Halloween in Final Fantasy XIV with 'All Saints' Wake'

Do you like witch hats? Well you're in luck if you play Final Fantasy XIV, as the "All Saints' Wake" event is starting today. From October 20 to November 3, you can start up a short questline to earn some extra costume items....   more

Celebrate Halloween in Final Fantasy XIV with 'All Saints' Wake' photo

Final Fantasy XIV's new 'Heavensward' expansion looks really badass

Live at the Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest event in Las Vegas, Square Enix revealed the newest expansion for the game, titled Heavensward. It's due out in spring 2015, and a number of details have been given as to what to ex...   more

Final Fantasy XIV's new 'Heavensward' expansion looks really badass photo

Shiva does her thing in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's 'Dreams of Ice' update

Square Enix is gearing up for the release of Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.4, titled "Dreams of Ice." As expected it will feature Shiva as the new badass Primal encounter, with the new storyline leading up to her rise. Th...   more

Shiva does her thing in the debut trailer for Final Fantasy XIV's 'Dreams of Ice' update photo

Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy XIV Game of the Year edition

On November 14th, Square Enix will release a "Game of the Year" edition for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It comes with a lot of physical goodies, including a printed book and five art cards. On the digital side it ...   more

Square Enix releasing Final Fantasy XIV Game of the Year edition photo

The Old Republic welcomes Darth Revan back by way of DLC

You remember Darth Revan? Well he's back! In DLC form! BioWare has announced that an upcoming DLC will feature the classic Revan character from KOTOR in The Old Republic. It'll arrive on December 9th, priced at $19....   more

The Old Republic welcomes Darth Revan back by way of DLC photo

Guild Wars 2 is throwing a free trial week soon

On Thursday, ArenaNet will kick off a week-long trial for Guild Wars 2. You'll be able to play the MMORPG for free from 12:00am Pacific on September 25 until 11:59pm Pacific on October 1. Trial accounts can be opened ahead of...   more

Guild Wars 2 is throwing a free trial week soon photo

Blizzard kills off Titan seven years into development

Blizzard's next massively multiplayer game, Titan, was never announced, but the company has spoken about the project off and on these past several years. Here's another update: the game has been canceled -- "it didn't come to...   more

Blizzard kills off Titan seven years into development photo

Final Fantasy XIV's new TGS trailer features Shiva

Later this year (hopefully in October), Final Fantasy XIV is getting a new major update. As patch 2.4, it's called "Dreams of Ice," and will feature Shiva as the core focus. Additional content includes three new dungeon...   more

Final Fantasy XIV's new TGS trailer features Shiva photo

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October

Get your replicator rations ready, folks, because Star Trek Online is about to get itself catapulted by weird aliens to the Delta Quadrant, which was last visited in the 1990's by the Star Trek: Voyager TV series. ...   more

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October photo

Not-Review: In Real Life

First Second is quickly becoming one of the best small press comic publishers, especially for those who like videogames. Their Glorkian Warrior book and corresponding videogame are both delightful in their own right, though n...   more

Not-Review: In Real Life photo

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there ye...   more

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales photo

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.38 brings personal housing, new Relic quest extension

Patch 2.4 for Final Fantasy XIV, which is set to bring the Ninja job and a ton of other content is still a tad off, but in the meantime patch 2.38 has dropped. Inside you'll find a number of quality of life updates, as w...   more

Final Fantasy XIV's patch 2.38 brings personal housing, new Relic quest extension photo

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off Dragon Quest crossover event

Square Enix has started the Dragon Quest X crossover event in Final Fantasy XIV, bringing over Golem enemies into the world of Eorzea. You can start the quest over in Ul'dah, which leads to a series of FATE battles for a...   more

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off Dragon Quest crossover event photo

Review: WildStar

I undertook a Review in Progress of WildStar at release, and due to a number of distractions and surprise announcements, it's taken me a while to see almost everything there is. But here I am with my Dominion Mechar...   more

Review: WildStar photo

CONFIRMED: Shiva will snap her fingers for Diamond Dust in FFXIV

Rejoice, Final Fantasy fans. Some time ago we got confirmation that Shiva would be coming to Final Fantasy XIV in the form of boss fight, but one lingering question remained -- will she snap her fingers for her Diamond D...   more

CONFIRMED: Shiva will snap her fingers for Diamond Dust in FFXIV photo