Is your Valentine’s day about love, friendship, or free candy from mom? In MMORPGs, it’s about questing, murder, and free loot! So, yeah, kinda the same. Enjoy Massively OP’s guide to this very pink not-a-holiday across the MMORPG genre – and some not-quite-MMOs too!
Studio: Trion Worlds
Launch Date: October 4, 2016
Genre: Turn-Based OFPS
Business Model: F2P/B2P Hybrid
“Trion Worlds’ competitive tactics game Atlas Reactor kicks off 2018 with Season 5 of new content today, featuring the brand new cyborg Freelancer – Vonn the Scion of Ice. Players can now earn prestige points based on their Season 4 rankings that can be spent on golden ability effects and earn loot matrices from alerts, daily missions or through direct purchase from the in-game store.”
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a competitive tactics game, am I right? I’m right: Until February 20th, Atlas Reactor players “can celebrate Valentine’s Day with new skins and emblems that have been added to the Mad Love loot matrix.”
It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.
So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.
Lest we become seasonal grinches, we want to pass along the word that Trion is throwing a lot of promotions and giveaways in its MMOs this month. RIFT players who log in before January 4th have a chance of winning a collection of 40 mounts, can enjoy the Fae Yule event, and buy a year of patron status for $99 (which is one mount’s worth! Too soon?).
Trove has login rewards and a Snowfest event, ArcheAge has a prize giveaway for people who poke their head into the game, Defiance is selecting a few players for a jackpot bounty, and Atlas Reactor is doubling up on its XP and discounting its freelancers and skins. Good stuff!
Welcome one and all to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards series.
Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). For the last three years, we’ve been splitting our awards into smaller categories, a format we mean to stick with in 2017 as well. We’ll also continue providing a sampling of our writers’ nominations and rationales from award to award, although this year we debated more to try to reach a consensus before locking in winners, a task at which I think we were pretty successful. And we’ll always include a just-for-fun reader’s poll at the end to see whether you agree with our picks!
Today’s award is for the Most Underrated MMO, which was awarded to Final Fantasy XIV last year. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2017 MMOs for many of these awards, including this one, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.
The Massively OP staff pick for the Most Underrated MMO of 2017 is…
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
All starter packs will be 50% off during Thanksgiving week.All Class Packs, plus the Creators Pack, Collectors Pack, and Battle Pack will be 70% off, while the Essentials Edition and Double Dragon pack will be 80% off, through November 27th.
- RIFT: Premium mounts will be 25% off from November 22nd through the 29th, and some previously lockbox-exclusive mounts will become available for direct purchase.
- ArcheAge: Sales up to 80% off on certain items. Also, here thar be lockboxes.
- Atlas Reactor: All packs will be 75% off and Golden Age skins will be discounted from the 22nd through the 28th.
- Defiance: Players can get up to 65% off on Titan bundles and gold editions. Also, more lockboxes.
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Trion’s Extra Life marathon begins tomorrow afternoon, during which the dev team will stream non-stop for 24 hours. To encourage and entice players to join the team in this fundraising effort, Trion is offering a bounty of virtual goods based on the amount of money raised.
- 1 Year Celebration Meridian “Thumbs-up” Emoji
- 1 Year Celebration Banner Emblem
- 3 Freelancers: Asana, Blackburn, Helio
- 3 Skins: Hardlight Asana, Eliminator Blackburn, Moonwalker Helio
- 9 Loot Matrices: 3 Asana, 3 Blackburn, 3 Helio Loot Matrices
- 7 days of Lancer Enhancer (2x Freelancer experience)
- Double Flux Weekend: Gain 2x Flux currency from matches October 6 to 8
Besides just getting gifts, MJ is excited to try and play Isadora, the hybrid Freelancer in a hamster ball. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for an anniversary edition of…
What: Atlas Reactor
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
“The past year has been fantastic for Atlas Reactor and its players, ranging from launch up through the most recent Fourlancer update, which introduced a game mode that allows players to experience 1v1 matches while controlling all the lancers on their team, adding a completely new feel to the gameplay,” Trion says. “The Fourlancer mode has taken off with the game’s fans, and is a smash hit with players looking to experience a more intense and fast-paced take on the game and is just one of the awesome modes that players have been engaging in.”
Following the anniversary on October 10th, the game will kick off Halloween events and its fourth season, intended to be a “tighter experience” than past seasons, with weekly missions and lore, plus challenges will be replaced with an all-new “alerts” system.
We’re streaming the game in honor of its birthday tonight, so check back in on OPTV at 7 p.m. EDT!
The same patch also brings in Isadora, who is protected by a lot of shields but has very little health beneath that. She switches gameplay modes if her shields are destroyed, but she can also re-activate her shield as an ultimate ability, allowing her go charge back into the fray. Combine that with a double ISO weekend running from September 8th to the 10th and you have plenty of reason to get in there and play.
Atlas Reactor has come a long way since it first opened its doors. When I very first tried the alpha back in February, there were only 13 freelancers to choose from. Now, that number has more than doubled. I talked with Lead Designer William Cook at PAX West about the game’s growth, including the 30th freelancer, the community-requested freelancer that will be making its appearance, a new game mode, and lore.
The evil genius hamster
Although I have never been one to play a frontline character, I think this newest freelancer joining the ranks next week may be my first. Isadora is actually the first hybrid freelancer (though likely not the last) for the game; she alternates between frontline and firepower. But that’s not what is drawing me to her.