Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 17th, 2017
Games in our Multiplayer category are multiplayer online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include OARPGs, online shooters, online strategy games, mobile MMOs, and other pseudo-MMOs that optionally provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. We formerly categorized Multiplayer titles as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our MOBA category for PvP-centric arena battlers. [Follow the Multiplayer Online Games category’s RSS feed]
“Genji is an augmented cyborg ninja whose agility and skill make him an exceptionally lethal threat. In Heroes of the Storm, this new Hero is an opportunistic, highly-mobile Assassin who can tear apart a weak backline.”
He arrives on the PTS today and is destined to go live with the massive 2.0 update that Blizzard has hyped as a “whole new era” for the game as it nukes the crap out of level caps, locks more systems to accounts rather than characters, and improves progression speed and rewards.
Maybe more interestingly, Japanese-themed Overwatch map Hanamura will also make the jump to HOTS as a two-lane battleground. “Much like Towers of Doom, Heroes will not be able to directly assault the opposing core, but must instead find victory through use of the map’s unique mercenaries, taking down the Mega Enforcer boss, and actually escorting the Payloads,” Blizz says.
The renewed Wetlands and the Reliquary are both on display here, complete with a bit of wildlife animation in the former. There’s also a brief clip of the boss fight against Shavronne and Brutus, for which you can supply your own electrical pun. (It’s not as much fun when you can’t make constant puns about it through an entire post.) If a picture is worth a thousand words, animated ones must be worth at least a couple thousand, right?
It’s taken a few rounds, but Massively OP’s MJ is nearing the end of Chronicle: RuneScape Legends‘ PvE campaign. She has only two more bosses to defeat before facing the final fight — Radimus himself. Will she be victorious and complete the entire campaign? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for the adventure, and also for the chance to nab a bundle pack that includes 10 card packs and 100 Platinum premium currency.
What: Chronicle: RuneScape Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 15th, 2016
Hellion has a systems problem, in that its in-game systems are just too darn functional and well-maintained. That would be terrific news if you were a homeowner or a sane spaceship captain, but for a survival sandbox, it makes the “surviving” part insultingly easy.
This is why the team announced that it will be doing a full systems rebalance in the near future in order to gum up the works somewhat. “One of the problems at the moment is that most systems are something that you just switch on and then forget about,” the team said. “We aim to change this in a meaningful way. We want players to feel the difference between a ‘fully working’ and a ‘barely operational’ system, as well as how multiple systems function together and how problems with one system can cause a cascade that affects multiple parts of the ships and stations.”
The trick for the team is to have things decay and break down enough so that maintenance is a challenge and not a chore. Other projects on the team’s list include a UI revamp, making station modules feel more useful, and programming items to respawn in logical (and not random) locations.
Start small, grow wide: This is the class philosophy in the upcoming survival sandbox Rend. While there are only four classes in the game, players will be able to quickly differentiate themselves from others as they level up and make important decisions about how to develop their characters.
In today’s dev blog, the team outlines how the class system will work. Players will choose a mix-and-match pairing between a primary and secondary class, with each combo offering a different experience and set of tools than the others. Then players can earn and spend talent points to flesh out those roles.
“One of our main goals when designing these classes was to give an actual choice to the player. Each class has a benefit and a drawback, sometimes in the same talent tier,” Frostkeep said.
As Sea of Thieves sails across the choppy waters of its technical alpha tests, the team makes a point to occasionally descending the rigging to give a report in podcast form.
In the game’s latest Tales from the Tavern Podcast, discussion of the technical alpha takes the center stage, with the team saying that 23,000 players were invited for the most recent test, bringing the crowd up to 39,000 in total. This number is only for console, as PC players are still waiting to be included in the testing program (progress is being made on this front, don’t you worry).
The team reports that there’s a lot of improvements in the technical alpha, such as underwater swimming, finite ship resources, better sword gameplay, and retuning skeleton difficulty. One feature that’s only in the discussion phase is a spyglass, which presents the team with many technical challenges.
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If there’s one thing that has always been associated with the Warhammer franchise, it’s the terrible and overwhelming crusades that its greenskins occasionally unleash. Eternal Crusade is in the midst of one of these right now, offering players an opportunity to experience a waaagh! up close and personal.
From now through April 23rd, players can take part in a new Ork campaign called “A New Waaagh!” Participants should be forewarned that it will most likely be loud and chaotic, because that’s just the way that the bloodthirsty Orks like it.
Players can follow the progress of the campaign over the next week, and when it concludes there might just be a reward waiting for all of those who survived.
As Massively OP is centered on the “massively” part of gaming, it makes sense that my first guide to survival games was focused on multiplayer titles. Similarly, The Survivalist will mostly (but not always!) concern itself with the multiplayer games in the survival genre. However, after researching this topic, I felt that not highlighting the single-player offerings would be a serious disservice to the genre. There are occasions when you want to test your survival mettle without the interference of other players; sometimes you just want to live or die on your own merits and not at the hands of someone elses decisions. Besides that, some of these titles — like Subnautica — offer an awesome premise you can’t get elsewhere.
Ready to survive on your own? Here’s a a taste of a number of games you can dive into when you want to scratch that survival itch in private.
The studio’s Jordan Leithart argues that “one of the biggest draws of survival games is the community,” which is great and all for super social people and extroverts. But a lot of potential players will find themselves overly intimidated by a game where most of the people who meet would rather kill them than take the time and risk to become BFFs. Consequently, the studio is adding joinable factions — three of them, in fact, which’ll sound familiar to MMO players who consider themselves Dark Age of Camelot and Camelot Unchained loyalists.
“My favorite part about factions (along with some other systems that we have in place) is that there is a spot for everyone to help with,” Leithart writes. “If you don’t want to take part in the Reckoning, that’s great. You can spend the time leading up to it gathering resources and crafting the necessary gear to help the faction survive the night. If your idea of fun is to protect your hunter gatherer’s from roaming bands of opponent factions, then you’re needed for the faction to thrive.”
How rock and roll is the upcoming co-op monster hunting game Dauntless? You don’t even have to use a keyboard and mouse if you want to, as the game will also support controllers. The news comes to us in a preview video in which a developer fields the question of whether or not the game will allow this: “Oh yeah, Dauntless supports controllers, baby!”
Players have been cobbling together other scraps of information about this 2017 title as founder’s alpha is heading to us soon. The devs also revealed some details about the game’s founder’s packs and free-to-play model. “Ultimately, because we believe that the best games are played with your friends, we decided if we kept our player hats on and stayed true to our vision, we could bring this game to more folks through F2P,” the team wrote.
Check out all of the news for yourself in the videos below.
People steal money in Grand Theft Auto Online. That’s kind of the nature of the game, and players are given a large amount of content entirely focused upon stealing money. But while it’s a video game all about committing various crimes, “hack the game to steal the money from other players and then flag your victim as a hacker” is really not an approved version of content. So it’s a shame that it’s happening; you can see an example of this new hack in a video just below.
The new hack allows a hacker to leech a lot of money while massively inflating the target’s rating, flagging them as a hacker (hearkening back to the hack from the early days centered around “money bombs” of illegitimate funds). While there’s a certain amount of irony in the idea that people are griefing others by giving things out, it’s also making some players stay offline until the exploit is fixed. Let’s hope for soon, as this is supposed to be a game about having fun with pretend robberies, not actually being robbed.
Yesterday, S2 Games — best known for Heroes of Newerth — launched Brawl of Ages, a new online collectible card game, into early access. In celebration of that launch (and to help you get started if you’re considering giving it a go), S2 has granted Massively OP 1000 keys for starter bundles!
Each key unlocks a bundle of goodies that includes 250 Gems, a pair of Silver “Big Brawls Board” Spins, and a “Red / White / Blue” Vermillion Skin.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!