Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

The Daily Grind: Do you like MMO quests with fail conditions?

In my recent forays into Dungeons and Dragons Online, I was forcibly reminded just how different this game in comparison of your standard MMORPG. For one thing, there seem to be many more quests and dungeons that are peppered with fail conditions which immediately terminate a run if certain actions are performed or fail to be executed.

Of course, this sort of thing isn’t exclusive to DDO; when you think about it, most MMOs feature fail conditions on occasion. Maybe it’s that escort quest that tanks if your bumbling NPC gets his or her butt shot up. Sometimes fail conditions come in the form of special achievements that offer an optional layer of difficulty for players looking for challenge.

Do you like MMO quests with fail conditions or do you resent them? What example would you use as a memorable mission with this sort of mechanic?

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PSA: Get some bonus goodies when you preregister for Lineage 2: Revolution

Tested and proven over in South Korea, Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution is about to sweep over the globe and enslave your children and your children’s children. Or at least to entertain a bit while mommy and daddy are at the bank.

Pre-registration for the mobile MMORPG is now open wordwide in 48 countries including those in North America and Europe. As a bonus for signing up this early, players will secure a hero’s starting pack and full equipment set for when the game goes live. The pack includes “a full gear set, in-game currency, and various loot.” There is also an option to claim a character name now, an act that rewards a player with an exclusive “First Explorer” title.

Lineage 2: Revolution is purported to be a fully featured MMORPG with open-world environments, giant PvP battles, and gorgeous Unreal 4 graphics. The game is supposed to launch in the west later this year.

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Villagers and Heroes bumps up Starfall’s launch date, releases new talent builder

Surprise! Instead of delaying Villagers and Heroes’ major expansion-slash-reboot, the developers announced this week that they are bumping up Starfall’s launch from September 27th to the 20th instead.

That means that you won’t have as much time to get ready, since this is coming next week. So make sure you read up on all of those patch notes and check out the latest edition of the talent builder, which is now live.

Starfall includes a reworked loot system, revamped talents, four new high-level zones, a level cap increase to 90, more character creation options, reworked crafting, tweaks to the UI, and more. You can get a preview of Starfall, including the new hairstyles and character appearance options, in the dev livestream after the break!

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Heroes and Generals adds a trio of medium fighters, brings back leaderboards

It’s time to flip that Chutes & Ladders game board and graduate to something a little more advanced. Perhaps Heroes and Generals’ new Planes and Ladders update instead?

The centerpiece of Update 1.08 is a trio of medium fighters for players to unlock and fly. The new planes added in this patch are the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3, the German Messerschmitt Bf 109D-1, and the US Seversky P-35A.

Leaderboards are also returning to the game in this patch, but allegedly better than their previous incarnation. Now players can see if they’re the highest scoring yahoo, have the most control points captured, sniped the most enemies, and so on.

We’ve got the update overview video for you below, and because we love you so much, we’ve also included the game’s latest community Q&A session!

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Secret World Legends mission inventory and new Tokyo content coming next week

Funcom isn’t finished with its Tokyo vacation just yet. The studio still has a lot of content from Kaidan to reincorporate into Secret World Legends, including next week’s Beyond the Wall update.

According to a livestream on Friday, the developers have reworked this more quests and finally figured out… something to do with the AEGIS system. It’s sounding a lot more like it’s going to be “story-related” rather than a progression system. Also coming with the update is the very welcome mission inventory to help free up some of your limited bag space.

The team said that the rest of Tokyo (Orochi Tower) should come shortly after, followed by the brand-new content that it is planning for later this year. Going forward, Funcom wants to keep pushing out both story and endgame content in its updates.

Ready to go behind Tokyo’s wall in Secret World Legends? Get hyped with the trailer below!

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EverQuest’s Phinigel progression server moves forward

Thirteen years after initially launching to EverQuest’s playerbase, the Omens of War expansion is getting another opportunity for a big splash.

Yesterday, EverQuest’s Phinigel progression server unlocked Omens of War for all of the subscribers advancing through the game’s content on that shard. The expansion originally launched in September 2004, bringing with it a level cap increase to 70 and the new land of Kuua.

Phinigel is a relatively younger EverQuest progression server and differentiates itself from the other five servers with a slower rate of leveling and a rollout of new expansions every two to three months.

Source: EverQuest

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World of Warcraft kicks off its Mythic Dungeon Invitational

Not all e-sports tournaments have to do with players beating on each other’s faces, although to be fair, that seems like a vast majority of them. However, Blizzard is introducing a different type of tournament today in World of Warcraft with its Mythic Dungeon Invitational that draws more from the PvE side of the game.

During the invitational, 32 teams from across the world will be competing over the course of three weekends to work their way up in the rankings. How will they do this? By racing through set mythic-level dungeons in World of Warcraft, of course!

It sounds as though teams will be competing against each other to see which can clear a dungeon the best and fastest: “These teams will need to balance speed, skill, and strategy to claim their victory over their opponents. Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard and all competition will take place on special tournament realms in which all players compete on an even playing field.”

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Shroud of the Avatar reveals a batch of investment rewards for the one percenters

People, steel yourself for an entire article about gold-themed housing decorations that won’t involve a single Trump joke. It’s going to be hard, but we can get through it. Together.

So anyway, Shroud of the Avatar shared its first “perk pack” of investor rewards from the Seed Invest platform. Players who have chipped in $499 or more to the development of this upcoming MMO may get some of these gilded costume options, pets, and housing layouts. And they won’t have to wait, either, as these rewards are coming as soon as Release 47.

Check them out in the gallery below!

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Destiny 2 shatters PlayStation records and tops a million concurrent players for over a week

It sounds like the suits are pretty pleased with sales performance so far. In a press release, Bungie announced that the multiplayer shooter has already set a new record for the first day of sales in the PlayStation Store, overshooting its predecessor’s achievements in that area.

While the studio wasn’t giving specific numbers for units solid on either console, Bungie did say that Destiny 2 has racked up eight days of topping a million players enjoying the game concurrently. We do know that the game has topped retail charts in Japan, cranking out over 50K sales in its first week.

As for that unfortunate and now-scrubbed armor design that drew unintentional reference to hate groups, Bungie promised that it would be more diligent in its vetting process going forward.

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Neocron celebrates 15th anniversary with secrets and free transfers

Happy birthday Neocron! The mature sci-fi MMORPG turns 15 years old this month, having survived rebirths, transitions, and a decidedly niche status during its operation. So what does this game have in store for the anniversary? Secrets, and lots of them.

This week’s patch introduced a couple of new missions and a special anniversary login screen as well as the newly activated character transfer service. But there’s a hitch with this service: You have to complete a special quest first.

“As part of the Neocron 15th Anniversary, the NST have enabled a one-time total transfer of any of your old Neocron characters from Terra, Mars, or Mercury per account,” the team said. “Before you can use the transfer, you must complete the CyroVault restoration mission on Titan with any character.”

The team also hinted at secret new weapons arriving in caches that can be found around the game world.

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Dark and Light’s Goblin engineering will make you into a bully

Have you seen Dark and Light’s Goblins? They’re hands-down the most adorable gobbos ever made for an online game. So much so, in fact, that you are certain to feel incredibly guilty when you bully them.

Wait, why would you do that? You love all sentient creatures, YouTube commenters aside, and would never do such a thing! You say that now, but you might change your mind when you discover that to level up Dark and Light’s new Goblin engineering skill, you will have to hunt down and defeat Goblins for the parts they carry.

If that’s not bad enough, here’s where it gets really twisted. When you work your way up in the ranks, some of the projects that you craft will summon Goblins to you for various purposes, such as to operate ballistas. So not only are you smacking them down, you’re also using them for cannon fodder on the front line. Go you!

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Diablo III seeks smoothness and balance with Patch 2.6.1

It may not be as sexy as a new expansion or class, but sometimes it’s a worthwhile thing for developers to sit down with a determination to polish and shine a game until it feels and plays better better than before.

This is the two-part goal of Diablo III’s Patch 2.6.1 according to the devs: “We wanted each class to have multiple builds with different styles that can play in similar difficulties. […] Secondly, we want to smooth out the overall endgame experience. This means making sure each build plays well in high-density situations and group play.”

To accomplish these tasks, the devs are buffing up some neglected skills and evaluating a whole bunch of player feedback. Some of the specific tune-ups include the Barbarian’s Whirlwind build, improvements to the Necromancer’s Dayntee’s Binding, a better Jade Harvester for the Witch Doctor, and buffs all around for Wizards.

The team said that it has “locked down” the big changes from now on to allow for more polish and testing prior to the patch’s rollout at an undetermined future date.

Source: Diablo III

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Here are all of Crowfall’s launch class/race combos

Now that Crowfall has split with the whole fixed-archetype thing, it’s a world of possibilities over at this PvP title. And while there will be plenty of possible class and race combinations available to choose at launch, it won’t be anything goes.

The team said that it had to make decisions on which combos to include: “Our initial list was derived based on a number of factors. It took into account the cost to support this combination, the balance of races for each class and classes for each race, and of course the cool factor of each particular combination.”

One brand-new combination that Artcraft announced this week was the Elken Cleric, or “Holydeer” as we are now calling it. When you roll one, you don’t become celibate… you go stag.

We’ve got the full chart for you after the break. The team said that black cells are currently implemented combinations, white are ones that are planned but not finished, half-and-half are ones that only have a single gender so far, and blank won’t be there at launch but perhaps afterward.

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