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Star Trek Online goes to (more) war in its Season 10 update


Would you like to know more?
Apr 26
// Josh Tolentino
If we go by seasons, Star Trek Online has been the longest-running Star Trek-branded property of all, with the game's Season 10: The Iconian War update having gone live just this week. Of course, that's a bit of a cheat... read
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Star Trek Online

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


Because war is coming
Mar 24
// Josh Tolentino
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... read
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online establishes in-game memorials for Leonard Nimoy


In Memoriam
Mar 08
// Josh Tolentino
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... read
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Neverwinter

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


Is Neverwinter about living in Los Angeles?
Jan 15
// Mike Cosimano
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
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online goes to the Delta Quadrant in October


To Boldly Go Where Captain Janeway Went Before
Sep 19
// Josh Tolentino
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. ... read

We've got 5,000 codes for the Swordsman closed beta!

Jun 25 // mrandydixon
Once you have your code in-hand, here's how to redeem: Download and install Arc. Log in with your Perfect World account information. Click on Arc logo in the upper-left corner. Select "Redeem a Code" and enter in your Beta key from above. Didn't get a code? Think about signing up for a Huge membership! Members get guaranteed access for all beta giveaways, and much more! Not bad for just a couple bucks.
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Dtoiders also get an exclusive Cottony Sheep pet and the White Lotus title
Our friends at Perfect World have hooked us up with 5,000 keys for the closed beta of their new martial arts MMO Swordsman! And in addition to the closed beta, these codes also unlock a Dtoid and E3-exclusive fluffy little la... read feature

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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online's anniversary adds Tuvok, transformers


We're all in the Delta Quadrant!
Jan 29
// Josh Tolentino
Believe it or not, Star Trek Online's been around for four whole years now, and on January 30th, they're opening their 4-Year Anniversary event to celebrate. To get players old and new hyped for that, the developers at C... read
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online teases changes in Season 8.5


Starships for everyone!
Jan 23
// Josh Tolentino
Did you know that Star Trek Online calls its major updates "Seasons"? It's as if the MMO were a TV show! That in mind, it's almost funny that it's also following TV trends with its latest update, which is called Season 8... read
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Star Trek

Star Trek Online expansion coming in 2014


2013 was best year ever for MMO
Dec 22
// Harry Monogenis
In Star Trek Online's latest blog post, Perfect World has teased that a new expansion for the MMO will be launching sometime in late 2014. The post, which serves as a sort of end-of-year summary, noted that 2013 has been... read
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Perfect World

Perfect World Entertainment expanding to consoles


Current and unannounced titles
Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this may just be the console generation that gets serious about MMOs. Publisher Perfect World Entertainment has announced its plans to get into console development, both with existing game... read
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online details Season 8 update in a new trailer


Cadets shouldn't be drunk on the shuttle!
Nov 09
// Josh Tolentino
It's almost time. Star Trek Online debuts its next free content update, titled Season 8: The Sphere on Tuesday, November 12th, and Cryptic are tickling Trekkies nacelles' with a new trailer, courtesy of Massively.c... read
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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online to add Dyson Spheres, dinosaurs


Set phasers to OH CRAP DINOSAURS
Oct 17
// Josh Tolentino
I must confess: Star Trek: Voyager was my "gateway" Star Trek. So no matter how bad you tell me it was - or how bad I realize it was, the adventures of Captain Janeway and the crew of the Federation starship Voyager ... read
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Blacklight: Retribution gets level cap increase, Dropzone


New gear made available, too
Aug 12
// Harry Monogenis
Fans of Zombie Studios' Blacklight: Retribution will be happy to hear that the free-to-play FPS has received a splendid little update, increasing the level cap as well as adding a new map that Tango Down players are... read

Everything you need to know about Neverwinter

Jul 13 // Patrick Hancock
Neverwinter (PC)Developer: Cryptic StudiosPublisher: Perfect World EntertainmentRelease Date: June 20, 2013MSRP: Free-to-play Rig: AMD 7850 Dual-Core 2.80 GHz,  4 GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and Windows 7 64-bit.   I've been playing Neverwinter since it officially released in June at a rather casual pace. I've leveled a Control Wizard into the mid-30s, so I don't have any hands-on experience with the end game. I am by no means a Neverwinter expert, but I feel as if I can answer some questions you probably don't have: What are the classes? There are a disappointingly small amount of classes in Neverwinter, but they do at least play very differently from each other. The issue is that none of the classes are anything interesting; they all have a bad case of "been there, done that." There are currently a total of five classes: Control Wizard, who is best at disables; Great Weapon Fighter, who can dish out the damage but dies from a mere sneeze; Guardian Fighter, equipped with a block button and a lack of mobility; Devoted Cleric, who can hit a lot of people for a little bit of damage while also healing; and the Trickster Rogue, who can sneak around and backstab people. I've spent most of my time with the Control Wizard, but have also dabbled in the Great Weapon Fighter and Guardian Fighter a bit. My biggest disappointment is how little variation there is between players of the same class. The first 30 levels of Control Wizard will look almost exactly the same on me as it does on anyone else. There may be a very slight deviation on which skills I've leveled up more, but chances are we have and use the same spells. At level 30, "Paragon Paths" unlock with the promise of greater character diversity, however there is only one Paragon Path available for Control Wizards right now, meaning that everyone will have the same powers as me the entire way through. To say I was bummed when I saw that would be a huge understatement. How does it play? Neverwinter is not a typical tab-select MMO. It is, however, a typical action game. There is a reticule in the center of the screen, but most skills still require a target to be used. In other words, if you're not looking at something, you can't use skills. Area of Effect (AoE) spells in particular have a large target on the ground where they will be used while the player manipulates its position with the mouse before activating. It's a decent change of pace from the normal MMO battle system, but as I hit the incorrect target more and more often, I found myself wishing I could just select targets automatically with tab (the old fashioned way). Sometimes a target will move a sliver to the right and the reticule will choose another enemy to attack, which can be very frustrating when using big-damage spells. I suppose that's the "point" of the battle system, but it's still annoying. Perhaps my favorite thing about Neverwinter is how great the spells feel to use. While the description and actual effects of many of the spells seem simple, the animations make them feel like they could take out the title character in a "Dragon Ball Z" saga. Giant sword swings connect with a swift "shink!" and magic spells alter the camera to give them a very strong sense of power and impact, pretty much forcing me to shout "booya!" when  landing a big blow on an even bigger enemy. What are quests like? Yes, there are going to be plenty of "kill X of Y" quests, but not to the point of insanity. Plus, doing those quests isn't all that terrible when you actually like the game's core battle mechanics, which I do. Many of the quests do take place in instanced areas, though they all follow the same pattern. Enter the area, clear the dudes, watch the intro of the boss man, kill the boss man, collect the treasure, and get out. In fact, each new area follows the same patterns as well, with very little deviation. It's incredibly easy to predict what's going to happen when arriving at a new area because you've done it before. Again though, it's a bit less irritating because the core gameplay is rock solid. [embed]256912:49546:0[/embed] What about leveling up? Leveling up occurs at a nice and steady pace. It isn't necessary to play for long hours to feel a sense of progress; a casual rate of play will still get you places. It can feel a bit underwhelming to level up and have only one skill get slightly better, but that is the case in pretty much any MMO ever. The "milestone levels" do feel great, though: getting a mount or unlocking a new set of skills is pretty exciting. Can you solo or is it necessary to team? This is, as usual, largely dependent on what class you pick. A Cleric will take a much longer time to solo than say, a Rogue, but it is definitely possible. I had a lot of trouble soloing with a Great Weapons Fighter without potions, which completely turned me away from the class. I was digging the massive swings and big blows, but chugging a healing potion 10 times in a boss fight was way too much maintenance for me. Soloing with my Control Wizard was much easier, as the damage output was just fine and the damage mitigation was huge thanks to the disabling powers at my disposal. I did spend a lot of time partying with a buddy and had a great time doing so. It was sort of painfully easy, but that might have been because the Wizard and Cleric combination is borderline untouchable. Between my disables and his heals and AoE, we breezed through everything we encountered. Bigger missions like Dungeons or Skirmishes have an auto-party search function that works as intended. It may take a while to pair you up with a team, but it'll get you there eventually. What is The Foundry? The Foundry is Neverwinter's way of making the game feel more Dungeons & Dragons-esque. Players can create and publish their very own missions with dialogue and boss fights for other players to enjoy. The tools are a bit limited though, which results in a lot of bland missions, even though they were made with love. In fact, most people seem to use The Foundry by searching "exp" in the search bar and then choosing one of the very quick missions meant to give a good amount of experience for the time committed. So it is at least good for that, I suppose. It's a neat idea, but its execution has fallen a bit flat. How is PvP? I played one match of 5v5 PvP. It was terrible. I'm not really into MMO PvP in general, but I thought Neverwinter's might be better since it was a more action-y game. All it consisted of were three capture points and 10 people. For way too long. The match went on for what felt like forever of doing the same things over and over again. Back and forth between capture points on a very lackluster "battle ground" for pretty much no reward isn't exactly my idea of a riveting good time. What's the free-to-play model? Neverwinter uses the Zen currency that all of the Perfect World free-to-play games use. The conversion rate is a simple 100 Zen = $1.00. Each account starts with two character slots, and additional slots can be purchased in pairs for $5. There is no option to purchase one additional character slot. Each character will start with one free skill "respec" in order to re-assign skills, but any respecs after the first will cost $3. There's a cash shop that has things like mounts, AI companions, fashionable attire (no stats), and crafting supply packs, but nothing that you absolutely need to have. Also, there's the classic copper/silver/gold currency in-game that can be used to buy potions, crafting supplies, armor, and all that good stuff. Finally, in addition to this currency and the previously explained Zen, there's Astral Diamonds. Astral Diamonds can be directly exchanged for Zen, which can then be used to purchase things from the in-game cash shop. Many people also sell items on the Auction House for Astral Diamonds; it's the currency-of-choice in Neverwinter. It is not easy to get Astral Diamonds through normal play, however. Each character can worship their deity every hour and gain Astral Diamonds for doing so the first three times per day. Astral Diamonds are also awarded for doing Daily missions like PvP matches and Dungeons, each of which can be completed once per day. If you were to really work hard at gathering Astral Diamonds, you could probably get around 10,000 per day. Which equates to about 33 cents. The problem is that there is no set conversion rate for Astral Diamonds to Zen, and the economy is currently fucking broken. The market has already been flooded with Astral Diamonds, thanks to one of the Founders Pack packages that awarded players two million Astral Diamonds for contributing $200. So the conversion rate is pretty borked right now, and it will take some time before it comes close to normalizing. Does it feel like a scummy model? Despite the crappy Zen to Astral Diamonds conversion rate, the game does a decent job of not imploring the player for money. At least, not until the endgame, and even then it depends on your play style. If you're not one to care about min/maxing and getting the best gear with the best enchantments, then chances are you'll never feel the need to buy anything with real money. However, getting the best enchantments in your items will either take forever or require some burned cash. Weapon and armor enchantments are very rare drops from high-level dungeons that have some pretty great effects when imbued into weapons, and can even be fused together up to three stages. However, fusing these enchantments together has a success rate of ~1%. One percent! How do you get around this? By buying a Coalescent Ward for $10 or around 120,000 Astral Diamonds (currently), which turns the success rate into 100%. It is also possible to invoke your deity for 7 days, which awards one Celestial Coin each day, and purchase a Ward with those. So yes, it is totally possible to not spend money and get Coalescent Wards through other means, but it will take a long time and become one huge pain in the butt, essentially encouraging you to pay money to guarantee your chance of success. Or, you could be like me and give literally no hoots as to whether or not your weapons and armor have the best enchantments in them. Overall thoughts I will probably keep playing Neverwinter for a while, even if it is at a super-casual pace. The action-oriented combat isn't necessarily better than the traditional tab-selecting that most MMOs use, but it is different enough to make the predictable and standard quests go by relatively unnoticed. It doesn't feel like a slog to play through, which is still better than most free-to-play MMOs out there these days. The free-to-play model will certainly be offensive to some, namely those who want to min/max their character for the end game, but if you're not hardcore about being super amazing, it won't be much of a bother since you can slowly get the required currency through simply playing the game. Neverwinter is a solid experience and can easily hold you over until something newer and shinier comes along, whatever that may be. And hey, it's free-to-play, so why not just give it a shot? It's not so bad.
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The first 30 levels
There sure are a lot of free-to-play MMORPGs out there vying for everyone's attention these days. Even MMOs that begin with a subscription-based model tend to eventually offer some free-to-play version down the line. It's def... read feature

Grab an exclusive Neverwinter item from Destructoid!

Jul 01 // mrandydixon
To claim your code from Destructoid: Login to your Destructoid account (or sign up if you're new) Head on over to our code giveaways page Click the big red button! Once you've secured your code from Dtoid, do this: Redeem your key here Login to your PWE account Enter your key into the Redeem Key field and hit Submit Launch the game and login to your character If you have not yet done so, progress through the Tutorial until you talk to Sgt. Knox in Protector's Enclave Visit the Reward Claims Agent, directly across from Sgt. Knox, to claim your pack Items will also be sent to your in-game mail Have fun!
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An exclusive eye patch, some potions, and more!
Neverwinter is finally out of beta and in the hands of the masses, and to celebrate, our friends at Perfect World have given us 10,000 codes for some in-game items just for Dtoiders! Included in the pack are a Dtoid-exclusive... read feature

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STO Summer Event

Star Trek Online debuts new summer event on Risa


Beach vacations, jetpacks, and space Tikis, oh my!
Jun 26
// Josh Tolentino
Summer is here (for folks in temperate regions anyway), and even in the far future of the 25th century, that's time to party. At least, that's the kind of future Star Trek Online will be debuting, with the free-to-p... read
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Womulans!

Star Trek Online adds a new preorder ship, goofy clothes


Spiffy combining Warbirds and head-cases
May 16
// Josh Tolentino
Star Trek Online is less than a week out from its latest big free content update, Legacy of Romulus, which, as may be expected, will introduce the playable Romulan Republic faction and a new line of Romulan Warbirds... read
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Womulans!

Star Trek Online decloaks Legacy Packs for its expansion


Now you too can 'buy' Star Trek Online's free expansion
Apr 18
// Josh Tolentino
We're just about a month out until Star Trek Online gets a bunch of funny-foreheaded Vulcans stuffed into it for its Legacy of Romulus expansion, which is set to debut a whole new faction to step into the 25th century. ... read

Here are 5,000 Beta Weekend 3 codes for Neverwinter!

Mar 21 // mrandydixon
[embed]249271:47689:0[/embed] Neverwinter key redemption instructions: Go to www.playneverwinter.com For new accounts: Create your account information and submitFor existing accounts: Login to your account Enter your key here - https://my.perfectworld.com/nw/redeemkey Download the game client here - http://nw.perfectworld.com/download Install and play! Once you've put in some time with the game, be sure to share your experience in the comments below! And if you like what you see, check out the Neverwinter Founders Packs! Have fun! Note - Codes not redeemable in the following regions: China, Egypt, Russia, Hong Kong, North and South Korea, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
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Grab a key for the upcoming D&D MMO, courtesy of Dtoid!
[Update: Codes expired! Hope you had fun!] Destructoid has partnered with our friends at Perfect World to bring you 5,000 codes for this weekend's leg of the Neverwinter beta! Set in The Forgotten Realms campaign for Dungeons... read feature

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Womulans!

Star Trek Online introduces Romulans in its May expansion


A third faction warps in
Mar 21
// Josh Tolentino
Big news for Star Trek fans of the MMO-playing persuasion, as Cryptic have decloaked the next big update to Star Trek Online. Titled "Legacy of Romulus", it's pretty much the largest single expansion since the game went Free... read

Here are 2,000 beta codes for the D&D MMO Neverwinter!

Mar 07 // mrandydixon
Neverwinter key redemption instructions: Go to www.playneverwinter.com For new accounts: Create your account information and submitFor existing accounts: Login to your account Enter your key here - https://my.perfectworld.com/nw/redeemkey Download the game client here - http://nw.perfectworld.com/download Install and play! Once you've put in some time with the game, be sure to share your experience in the comments below! Have fun! Note - Codes not redeemable in the following regions: China, Egypt, Russia, Hong Kong, North and South Korea, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
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Grab a key for Beta Weekend 2, courtesy of Dtoid!
[Update 2: We're giving away five more on Twitter this Saturday, March 9. After that, you'll have to wait for Beta Weekend 3!] [Update: They're gone! Boy, that was fast. Follow us on Twitter; we might get more!] Destructoid h... read feature

Get your Dtoid weapon tag for Blacklight: Retribution!

Feb 24 // mrandydixon
To redeem your code: Go to https://register.perfectworld.com/bl_splash, register, and download the game client Install the game, select a server, and create your very own Agent! Go to http://blacklight.perfectworld.com/redeem Enter the code you received from Destructoid Enter game, collect items from your mail, and activate them Navigate to customization and equip your new weapon and gear!
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Also a temporary unlock for the new AK-470 rifle, an XP boost, and more!
[Update: Codes expired! Stay tuned in the future for more giveaways!] Our friends at Perfect World and Zombie Studios have given the Dtoid community 10,000 codes to unlock the Mr. Destructoid weapon tag in Blacklight: Retribu... read feature

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Star Trek Online teases stuff for May, probably Romulans


At least there's no suspense
Feb 02
// Josh Tolentino
Star Trek Online may have just barely begun celebrating its third birthday with free spaceships and fan-made trailers, but Cryptic aren't about to stop trying to give people reasons to check out their free-to-play Trek t... read
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Star Trek Online celebrating 3rd birthday with free ship


Starships up the wazoo
Jan 31
// Josh Tolentino
Time really does fly (in space), seeing as Cryptic's Star Trek Online MMO celebrates its third anniversary starting tomorrow, January 31st. As is customary for the genre, they're holding a big ol' party to commemorate t... read
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Blacklight: Retribution 'World's End' update coming soon


New map, guns, and more
Dec 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The "World's End" update for BlackLight: Retribution is coming out very soon, and is set to add a bunch of new stuff. Here's what you can expect: Two new maps called Decay and Trench New Hero class Chronos. He can hack cont... read
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MAIET shows off St. Fhannel Monastery for RaiderZ


What's up with the narrator, though?
Dec 06
// Jason Cabral
For all of you free to play MMO fans, Perfect World has decided to give players a closer look into one of RaiderZ' high-level instances, St. Fhannel Monastery. RaiderZ is an action-based RPG with a large focus on cooper... read

Contest: Don a Dtoid gun tag and win a Blacklight jacket!

Sep 11 // mrandydixon
The Destructoid tag, viewable in the gallery below, is so damn cute I wish I could have one in real life to hold the 97 keys I carry around because I'm secretly a janitor. As for the jackets, they were designed by the pros at Endless Ammo and are full-sized replicas of one found within the game itself. They also come with a Velcro Blacklight: Retribution patch and are valued at $290! To win one of these bad boys, just boot up the game, strap on your free Destructoid weapon tag and film your best kill! Then, just paste a link to the video in the comments section below for all to see! You can submit as many videos as you'd like, and the contest ends Friday, September 14 at 11:59PM Pacific. The Destructoid weapon tag should be unlocked later this afternoon. Good luck to you all!    
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[Update: Contest over! Winners were EphemeralSynthesis and Yoran Li!] Our friends at Perfect World Entertainment and Zombie Studios are smack dab in the middle of a pretty awesome Blacklight: Retribution contest called 30 Day... read feature

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Champions Online celebrating 3rd birthday with double XP


Also concerts and fan art
Sep 07
// Josh Tolentino
Perfect World and Cryptic's ree-to-play superhero MMO Champions Online has been around for a while, and by "a while" I mean "approximately three years." And this weekend they're celebrating with a big ol' party and doubl... read
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RaiderZ is Perfect World's free-to-play MMORPG where you hunt giant monsters, and use their weapons or even ligaments against them in battle or for crafting. The closed beta for RaiderZ begins on August 8, and we're giving a... read feature

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New Star Trek Online update live, brings player starbases


Jul 17
// Josh Tolentino
Remember when Cryptic and Perfect World told you about their upcoming "Season 6" update to Star Trek Online? No? Well, it's up now, they've got a trailer to tell you all about it. In case you can't load it, the update's pret... read






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