Blizzard has a habit of sneaking in semi-secret content into its patches for the community to discover, and this time around, it’s all about mail. Snail mail, that is. In a video game.
World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3.5 contained a world-spanning hidden quest chain that involves the postal service, and it has players buzzing over it. By picking up a piece of lost mail in Dalaran (or buying it on the auction house if you’re lazy), players are called into service under the town’s postmaster to help sort and deliver mail all over the place. The quest uses a sorting minigame and the actual in-game mail to proceed, so there’s a meta element involved as well.
With the return of Johnny Awesome and special rewards like titles, a summonable mail carrier, a pet, and an heirloom upgrade, it’s a fairly worthwhile quest chain to complete. Plus, it’s something to take your mind off of the endless Legion invasions and world quest grind, so why not?
As the end of January draws ever closer, so too does the official console release of Monster Hunter: World, the latest entry into Capcom’s venerable series of action-RPGs that began nearly 15 years ago with the release of the original Monster Hunter on the PlayStation 2 in 2004. It’s a momentous occasion for fans of the series, as it marks the first time since 2013’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – itself an enhanced remake of 2010’s Monster Hunter Tri – that a main-series title will get a Western release on a non-handheld console. Although the series has long enjoyed popular success in Japan, where handheld consoles have a much stronger core playerbase, it has remained a largely niche title in the West, where home consoles and PCs reign supreme.
So I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that the imminent release of Monster Hunter: World on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (and the PC release slated for this Autumn) marks the start of a new generation of Monster Hunter. With this new generation of the series, there’s bound to come a new generation of would-be Hunters eager to experience the franchise’s unique brand of skill-based combat and addictive “kill-carve-craft” gameplay cycle. While the Monster Hunter community, in my experience, is far and away one of the friendliest, most helpful communities I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of, and there are already dozens of wonderful resources to help fledgling players find their footing, I thought I’d do my part to put together a quick primer for any greenhorns who may be taking their first steps into the expansive, sometimes-overwhelming realm of Monster Hunter when MHW drops on the 26th.
A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.
If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.
With Battle for Azeroth a ways down the road for antsy World of Warcraft fans, a lot of attention from the community has settled on one of the expansion’s key features that could be rolling out this month. Allied races — at least the first batch of them — look to be coming to the game in Patch 7.3.5, and now we’ve learned that you won’t have to grind them over and over again.
Wowhead’s staff confirmed that once unlocked on one server, those allied races would become available to play account-wide, meaning that players won’t have to jump through the requirement hoops on each shard.
The popular WoW site also has a guide up about all of the requirements to unlock the Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Void Elf, and Lightforged Draenei races. This means that you can get a start on the requirements right now and be in a good position to check out the new races when they debut (probably) later this month.
With the community consensus that World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3.5 will be coming out prior to January 21st, some excitement and interest has been bubbling up over this “mid-sized” content update.
Icy Veins has a great roundup of pretty much everything you need to know about this patch, including the new mounts coming in the Call of the Scarab micro-holiday, the Seething Shore PvP battleground, new rewards for Trial of Style, the Ulduar timewalking raid, and the much-anticipated zone scaling that will revamp the leveling experience.
Perhaps the biggest question mark over this patch is the first wave of allied races. These alternative racial options are a major selling point of the upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion, although it appears that four of them, including Highmountain Tauren, will become available well before then. While 7.3.5 will contain the races, mounts, and faction embassies in the data files, it will be up to Blizzard when this content will unlock.
If you are not familiar with Battle Bards, it’s an MMORPG video game music podcast that was co-created by Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti back in 2013. For years now, the Battle Bards team of three have gathered together to tackle favorite and noteworthy pieces of online game music in a spirited back-and-forth manner.
This year was no different, and over the past 12 months Battle Bards has put out about two dozen shows that will forever live on (in infamy). While creating and mixing these shows take a long time, they’re worth the effort to produce, since VGM is “evergreen” and doesn’t become obsolete.
With that in mind, we thought that you might like a list of all of the episodes that the team produced this year for your listening enjoyment over the holiday break. Which was your favorite? What topics and game soundtracks would you like the Battle Bards to tackle in 2018? Let them know in the comments!
When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated that I was going to lose all of the Game Archaeologist articles that I had painstakingly researched over the years. So my mission with this space became two-fold: to rescue and update my older columns while continuing to add more articles to this series on classic MMOs and proto-MMOs.
I’ve been pleased with the results so far because TGA is a series that I really don’t want to see vanish. As MMORPG fans, we should consider it important to remember and learn about these older titles and to expand our knowledge past the more popular and well-known games of yesteryear.
Now that we have quite a catalogue of Game Archaeologist columns, I thought it would be helpful to end the year by gifting this handy guide to you that organizes and compiles our continuing look at the history of the genre. Enjoy!
While many games go festive for the holiday season, no one does it quite like Secret World Legends
. Cutesy doesn’t quite fit here, but creepy sure does! OK, maybe onsie pajamas and a few other seasonal costumes are cuddly; much more of the celebration, however, has teeth. Welcome to Krampusnacht!
Second only to Samhain, Krampusnacht is a the much anticipated winter holiday in the land of conspiracies and secret societies. And although all the elements of Christmases of yore in The Secret World didn’t make the transition (which is understandable and even expected after Halloween), there’s still a good chunk or reveling to partake in. Funcom has also seriously improved a few aspects of the event compared to SWL’s previous ones. There’s still a kink or two to Krampusnacht, but it’s definitely a holiday worth diving into. And here’s your guide to make the most of it before it leaves on January 2nd, 2018.
Remember that big quality-of-life update
that Secret World Legends
launched mid-November? Chances are your quality of SWL
life did indeed improve with a number of those changes. Mine did. Some you may have been enjoying are the new summoned vendor that visits you in the field, or the teleports that allow you to pop instantly back to the three hubs to do your business. Perhaps you’ve gotten one of the new weapon-specific belt talismans (one of the 10 actually works for all weapons) that are mob loot drops. You might even have been having some fun in the Seoul Fight Club with its equal-footing PvP matches. Surely you’ve appreciated the new loot added to dungeons, scenarios, or lairs.
While I certainly benefit from all these other improvements, two of the biggest changes for me have been the anima allocation system and the XP transfer on empowerment. The two are actually tied together, along with the reduced cost to recover glyphs and signets. I wanted to give it some time working with the new system before talking about it. And I’ve concluded that more than just quality of life improvements, these tread a bit into the game-changer category.
is renowned for its cold, harsh universe and relatively few rules, and we’ve all heard the horror stories over the years of players losing everything they own to one ill-fated encounter with pirates or suicide gankers. There are whole corporations dedicated to ganking miners minding their own business, and the trade hub station in Jita is a hotbed for suicide attacks. If you’re planning to give EVE
a try when the new free-to-play upgrades arrive on December 5th
, or if you’ve already signed up to get a head-start on the competition, you might be worried about this happening to you.
The fact is that most players will never experience a suicide gank, and it’s relatively easy to avoid becoming the target of one. Bookmarks can be used creatively to give even the most persistent gankers the slip, for example, and the Weapon Safety system can prevent you from accidentally committing a crime and opening yourself up to attack from ordinary players. Remember, though, that managing risk is a core part of EVE, and with that in mind there are some common sense rules that can help you to minimise the risk of attack or the degree of loss should an attack occur.
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I give three top tips for staying safe in EVE Online that should help even if you’re completely new to the game.
Stately resting between the gaudy purple and orange of Halloween and merry red and green of Christmas is the earth tone-saturated Thanksgiving. While no one’s favorite color scheme, Thanksgiving does give us a nice in-between holiday with family meals, an awkward dance around politics, a work day for football teams, and the occasional MMORPG holiday event.
While not every online game has decided to embrace the American holiday, enough pop up every year that need corralling. And since we just got turkey certified here at Massively OP, we’re going to lay out all of this week’s event options for you on a platter. So enjoy the festivities and dressing up like a Pilgrim for two days maximum before deeply questioning that fashion sense. Now jingly sleigh bells, size XXXL red suits, and reindeer antlers, that’s a smart look indeed!
It’s now been almost one year to the day
that EVE Online
officially got a limited free-to-play option, and it’s certainly been a boon for the almost 15-year-old MMO. There’s been a significant increase in new players asking for advice on the forums and in-game channels, and activity levels have been bolstered
by the increased numbers. Some of the game’s largest corporations have opened their doors to hundreds of newbros this year, and the best is yet to come. Next month CCP will be lifting some of the restrictions
free players are currently placed under and allowing them to access to larger ships, helping to close the power gap between free and paid users.
While the expanded free tier will open up a lot more gameplay to free users, there are some tricks new players should know to maximise the effectiveness of that tier. There’s even a way for returning veteran players who find themselves constrained by the free tier’s limitations to get a full Omega level subscription absolutely free and even to make a profit in the process. Whether you’re on a free Alpha account or an Omega subscription, there are also a few sources of easy ISK that will take relatively little time each week to manage.
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I give a few tips new players can use to squeeze more out of the free tier and look at a way for returning veterans to get Omega subscriptions for free.
Star Citizen’s annual CitizenCon event is almost here, kicking off in the Capitol Theater in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, with plenty of player panels, science discussions, science-fiction discussions, developer demonstrations, and of course, the requisite presentation by Chris Roberts himself.
And yes, attendees will be treated to playable demos of alpha 3.0., along with what will presumably turn into copious amounts of booze at the pub. Pubs. Plural.
The whole shebang will be streamed live on Twitch for those who can’t be there in person beginning at 3 p.m. local time Friday with an opening address from Chris Roberts. Frankfurt is six hours ahead of the US east coast and nine ahead of the west coast, so bear that in mind if you’ll be trying to watch from the US.