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I watched a Korean musical about an MMO and so can you

Including: the devil, modern day rap
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
As a prelude to the Blade & Soul World Championship, NC Soft put together a Blade & Soul musical. I suppose it wasn't technically about an MMO since it was the Blade & Soul story, but I'm really not sure about an...
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Blade & Soul opens $35,000 world championship to the West

Open to an Evo appearance, too
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
As announced earlier, Blade & Soul has a firm January 19, 2016 release date for North America and Europe, several years after being promised for release in those territories. Well, NC Soft wants to make it up to you. To s...

Korean action MMO Blade & Soul a right step for the genre, coming West on January 19

Nov 19 // Steven Hansen
The newest class, Qi Master, was recently announced. It's a Kung Fu Master and Force Master hybrid. [embed]321525:61178:0[/embed] I got time to mess with Blade & Soul recently at NC Soft's autumnal headquarters (possibly my first actual fall, being from San Francisco) and spent a not insignificant amount of time in the not-quite-Black-Desert character creator to create a buxom Kung Fu Master with beautiful hair. The boobs even jiggle in the character creator screen. I named her bushdidnineeleven because the numbers prohibited 420noscope69 and I am nothing if not an embarrassment. I went with Kung Fu Master, though, because of the challenge that was announcing it as the toughest class to use, most reliant on timing and player input. And indeed, once I got to that point, figuring out enemy attack wind-ups and using the counter skill felt pretty damn good rather than letting early chump MMO fodder even get off their potshots. Plus, the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon influence is obvious in the running and fly/gliding animations (development head Moonyoung Choi cited it specifically when asked about influences, along with a long list of games including Street Fighter and Soul Calibur). And while Blade & Soul does encourage more activity than your typical click click click, it falls into feeling like just another MMO, at least in the early game. While I moving fleet of foot with WASD and beginning encounters with a floating jump kick, it was mostly for my own amusement, as I spent hours (somewhat quickly, but always very casually) leveling up near 20. I can see the twitch reflexes being more useful in hard raids or, obviously, PvP, but this isn't a huge genre shakeup when all's said and done. Just a pretty, high-budget version of the last decade with one twist in the right direction, which will undoubtedly be enough for some, especially with it being free to play anyways.
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After three years
It's been a long time coming. Hugely popular Korean MMO Blade & Soul was confirmed for Western release over three years ago and it's finally happening. It went into beta last month and some beta weekends remain: November...

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Smashing the Battle

One man made this big-breasted PS4 brawler

Smashing the Battle
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
A new, comic book styled 3D action game was announced at the recent Sony Korea press conference. Smashing the Battle comes from one-man Korean developer Studio HG. It started life as a mobile game, but a PS4 version is in th...

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Korean horror game White Day looks fantastic

Coming to PlayStation VR
Nov 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at a Sony Computer Entertainment media event in South Korea, a local studio Roi Games showed off an impressive-looking PlayStation VR project by the name of White Day. It appears to be a remake of White Day: A Laby...
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Cat games

VERY IMPORTANT: PlayStation VR has a game where you play as a cat

Smitten by the kitten
Nov 03
// Brett Makedonski
Thus far, Sony's South Korea presser has been predictably light on news. Shu has some sweet checkered pants. There was a lengthy dubstep dance routine. Only 3,200 people are watching on Twitch. PlayStation VR has hogged the s...
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Sony presser

Shuhei Yoshida has cute checkered pants

I'd like a pair
Nov 03
// Brett Makedonski
PlayStation's holding a press briefing in South Korea right now. It's hard to tell what's happening. People are speaking in Japanese and the show's being translated into Korean. I speak neither of those languages. The show ki...
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PS presser

PlayStation's holding another press briefing this week

Three in under three months
Nov 02
// Brett Makedonski
After skipping out on gamescom, Sony took center stage at both Tokyo Game Show and Paris Games Week within the past couple months. Those major showings seemingly weren't enough as PlayStation has yet another press briefing up...
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StarCraft II match-fixing and gambling lead to arrests, lifetime bans

Twelve involved
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
Twelve people have been arrested in Korea in relation to a match-fixing and illegal betting on StarCraft II, according to Team Liquid. A Korean eSports Association (KeSPA) statement names Park Wae-Sik, head coach of the profe...
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Black Desert Online won't be free in the West

New business model for the 2016 release
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
You may not know Black Desert Online by name, but you might recognize its impressive character creator; that Tom Cruise lookalike makes me laugh to this day. The game itself, a massively multiplayer action-RPG, has been playa...
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Blade & Soul beta

Blade & Soul getting closed beta just in time for Halloween

Nice art style!
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Korean MMO Blade & Soul was confirmed for Western release three years ago and it's finally coming to fruition. NCSoft has scheduled betas this year ahead of the game's early 2016 launch. The first starts October 30. Purc...
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South Korea is getting the smaller New 3DS

Coming this September
Aug 16
// Kyle MacGregor
Remember back when the New 3DS released, and North America only got the XL version? Well, it seems we weren't alone. Following the system's North American and European launches in February, the upgraded portable came to South...
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Humble Bundle

EA Korea's only gone and leaked the rest of the Humble Bundle...

The end of a carEA in KorEA.
Apr 16
// Joe Parlock
Uh-oh, looks like someone’s getting fired at EA Korea. As anyone with a computer and an interest in gaming is probably aware, EA is currently doing the Humble Origin Bundle 2 where you can buy a shitload of games for di...
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Black Desert

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

Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Black Desert

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

Oh my god, this is great
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Good looking trailer

Korean MMO seems to outdo recent JRPGs

JRPGs getting out-JRPG'd by KRPGs
Nov 20
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
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Pikachu parades canceled due to Korean mobs

Poor lil guys look terrified
Nov 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Several performers in Pikachu costumes took the streets of Seoul, South Korea today to celebrate the country's first Pokémon world champion. Then things went awry. Following Se Jun Park's victory at the 2014 Poké...
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Facebook games

Facebook games shut down in South Korea

Throwing the baby out with the bath water
Sep 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week, South Korea's ratings authority pulled the plug on Facebook games in the country, effectively disabling everything from Candy Crush Saga to FarmVille until they receive an official GRAC rating. The move reportedly ...
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Kingdom For Hire

Kingdom Under Fire II gets lengthy PS4 gameplay trailer

Still still alive! And free-to-play, I guess
Jun 24
// Steven Hansen
Kingdom Under Fire II, announced six years ago as a 360 game, is still still alive and feeling even more still alive with a proper PlayStation Blog post talking about the PS4 version, and a large scale raid video with scorpions, knights, guns, flamethrowers, and tits with super low nipples (3:15). 
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MapleStory 2

MapleStory 2 makes the jump from 2D to 3D with new gameplay trailer

Is anyone still playing the original?
May 23
// Brittany Vincent
You can finally let go of the old 2D MapleStory and move on into 2014, Nexon fans, and embrace MapleStory 2 with this first-look trailer complete with gameplay elements. MapleStory 2 has been in development for four years an...

Mount giant war elephants in Black Desert

A good look at the gameplay!
Apr 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Black Desert is that game with that amazing character creation system. And it's a game I never expected to ever get excited over with it being a MMORPG. I don't have the time of day to invest in one, yet here I am looking fo...

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

Apr 07 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
[embed]273000:53310:0[/embed] And upon further examination, the actual gameplay aspect of the game looks really good too.
Highly realistic characters from MMO Black Desert
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...


Monarch: Heroes of a New Age soundtrack out now

Shameless promotion
Feb 20
// Dale North
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...
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Kingdom Under Fire II

Kingdom Under Fire II will have exclusive content on PS4

Still alive!
Jan 10
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix

Three discs of music, including arrangements by top Japanese composers
Dec 26
// Jayson Napolitano
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...

Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at

Playing cards, key chain, mouse pad, music CD and more
Dec 19
// Jayson Napolitano
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...
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MapleStory 2

MapleStory 2 announced, beta begins in 2014

MMO nostalgia hits hard
Nov 07
// Alessandro Fillari
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...
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Capcom removes Ghosts 'n Goblins Online from Greenlight

No plans for release in North America or Europe
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
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,...

A Civilization MMO is a thing that is happening

But it's just for South Korea
Aug 09
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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Minecraft music video

PSY is a minin', craftin' grieferman

Minecraft parody of PSY's "Gentleman"
May 17
// Tony Ponce
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...

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