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3:30 PM on 04.13.2015

New details, full intro revealed for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Square Enix recently had a blowout of information for Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion. For starters, the game will launch on June 23 (June 19 for early access), as we previously knew. But at some point later, ...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 04.09.2015

The new DayZ update seems to be breaking legs left and right

This rather boring GIF represents the agony that some DayZ players are going through. Version .55 just launched, and it looks like randomly broken legs are one of the features that rolled out. Just when you thought the ...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 AM on 04.09.2015

Elder Scrolls Online to offer 'welcome back' weekend for prior beta participants

Did you try out the beta for The Elder Scrolls Online and promptly dip out before the final game was actually out? You'll have a chance to jump in and see what the new subscription-free version is all about next weekend,...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 04.09.2015

ArenaNet to hold a public beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' Stronghold mode

Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns expansion is shaping up to be a great addition to the game, and soon, you'll be able to experience part of it ahead of schedule. Developer ArenaNet has announced that they will be holding a...

Chris Carter


2:00 PM on 04.03.2015

Neverwinter is both a shallow MMO and a fun arcade-like romp on Xbox One

Back in 2013, Neverwinter hit the PC. No, it's not a continuation of Neverwinter Nights, that awesome RPG from BioWare. It's an MMO developed by Cryptic Studios that's light on the "massive" bit, but far more f...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 03.27.2015

Atari's buggy, unfinished Asteroids MMO is out now

Atari has taken a break from bullying indie developers to release Asteroids: Outpost, a gross and twisted cash-in on the beloved space shooter that first delighted arcade patrons in 1979. The "open world sandbox survival game...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 AM on 03.25.2015

Blizzard provides more details for WoW Tokens, the currency that can purchase game time

In the near future, Blizzard will be rolling out a new item that allows players to purchase 30 days of game time. What's so special about that? Well, you can either purchase it for real-world dollars or in-game on the Auction...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 03.24.2015

Star Trek Online resorts to time travel to boost recruitment in April

Ah, time travel. It's a staple of science fiction, and Star Trek has played host to more than a few yarns about tripping the light chronologic. Thus it's not unusual to see a few time-travel quests lodged into MMORPG Star Tre...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 03.19.2015

Grab 22% off The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (now with no monthly fee)

The Elder Scrolls Online did a reboot of sorts earlier this week and the game is now subtitled Tamriel Unlimited. Gamers interested in the buy-to-play, no-subscription-fee version of the game can grab any old retail copy and ...

Dealzon

3:00 PM on 03.19.2015

Final Fantasy XI shutting down on PS2 and Xbox 360, mobile version and spinoff coming

Final Fantasy XI is 13 years old. As is the case with 13-year-olds, Square Enix is getting a bit sick of dealing with it.  The PS2 and Xbox 360 versions of the MMO will shut down in March of 2016. Final Fantasy XI's main...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 03.17.2015

The Elder Scrolls Online goes subscription free today on PC

The Elder Scrolls Online hasn't made many headlines since its launch, but it certainly went back into the spotlight recently after the news that it would be dropping its subscription fee requirement. Like Guild Wars 2, ...

Chris Carter





2:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Wander by Wander lets you wander in Wander while wondering why you're a tree

At PAX East, I spent a majority of my time playing indie games but the one that really stood out is Wander, a non-combat exploration MMO about discovering the story of the world around you. The booth was an outlier...

Jed Whitaker

6:30 PM on 03.12.2015

Lineage II keeps on keeping on with latest expansion announcement

The MMO genre is not what it used to be. That doesn't mean, though, that there still aren't thousands of players that enjoy the endless farming and miles of endless walking that these games provide. With all the other options...

Robert Summa

8:00 AM on 03.09.2015

Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward expansion dated for June

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIV's massive Heavensward expansion will be released on June 23 (June 19 for pre-order access). When it arrives later this year it'll ship with a new race, new jobs, another ...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 03.08.2015

Star Trek Online establishes in-game memorials for Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed away last week. Though his legacy is broad and varied, most people know him best as Spock, Star Trek's most recognizable Vulcan. The same goes for the MMORPG Star Trek Online, as developer Cryptic Studios...

Josh Tolentino



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

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 can contribute in some way.

As a result of that design however, a lot of opportunities for advanced tactics fell by the wayside, and the endgame was too simplistic to keep everyone interested. Can the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion rectify that problem?

I had some time to talk to lead designer Colin Johanson and figure out just that.

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