OrbusVR previews the talent system for its classes

When you first choose your class in OrbusVR, you have four options. The new talent system coming to the game also gives you four tiers of option, although it’s between two specific courses of specialization. You can check out the preview for the Ranger and Warrior alongside the preview of the Musketeer and Runemage to see what exactly you’ll be picking between when the talent system is rolled out to player.

Each class has four major choices between two options. Runemages, for example, choose between Elementalist (more focused on single-target damage) and Tormentor (more focused on multi-target damage), while Rangers choose between Quick Shot (firing as fast as possible) and Snipe Shot (slow, perfectly aimed attacks). Players can mix and match if desired, though, so you have a fairly interesting set of choices ahead of you however you choose to specialize.


Fire and blood rains down on Blade & Soul

The only thing worse than one overpowering force hellbent on revenge… is two. This is the threat coming to Blade and Soul with its Fire and Blood content update on March 21st.

Players can choose which threat to face: The corrupted Koldrak in his raid lair or the treacherous Chol Mugo in the Emperor’s Tomb. An additional dungeon, the Ransacked Treasury, and a legend mode arena will give players even more to fight if they’re feeling lethargic and listless.

The Fire and Blood update won’t leave the community without an ally; the Lyn Gunslinger is packing heat and arriving as the newest class in the game. “The Lyn have long shown that size isn’t everything, and these dual-wielding pistol packers are arriving with guns blazing,” NCsoft said.

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Age of Conan’s saga server shares class distribution chart

If you’ve rolled up a Dark Templar on Age of Conan’s newish saga server, then just know that you’re not alone. At level 80, the class is the most popular of the dozen options available for players.

Funcom shared a pie chart (the tastiest type of charts) of the level 80 class distribution on the server. There’s quite a range between the most and least popular classes, with a handful (Dark Templar, Conqueror, Tempest of Set, and Demonologist) taking over 43% of the roster. If you’re looking for an underdog to pick, the Ranger (4.43%) or Guardian (5.54%) will put you among rare company.

And while we’re on the subject of the saga server, Funcom announced that the Ivory Tower guild gets the honor of attaining a server first kill of Ethram Fal. Congrats!

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Wisdom of Nym: Actual mechanical issues for jobs in Final Fantasy XIV, part one

There are a lot of people who are quick to complain about issues with their personal favorite jobs in Final Fantasy XIV. No matter what job you’re playing, there are people that will eagerly point out all of the screamingly wrong things with the job whilst completely ignoring how well the jobs actually do work together. When you can seriously clear stuff with anything, someone is doing something right, and that’s why a lot of the complaints come down to “well, I don’t like it, so it’s bad.”

However, that doesn’t mean that the game’s jobs are devoid of mechanical issues. They’re pretty well balanced at the moment (not perfectly, but acceptably so), but each job does have certain mechanical issues that are probably going to need to wait until the next expansion to really be properly fixed up. So, while that next expansion is probably a bit more than a year away now (June 2019, I’d imagine), let’s take a look at the actual mechanical issues facing all 15 jobs.

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Dark Age of Camelot hints at future class/race combos

Dark Age of Camelot has a busy February planned, starting with a new patch that includes a mess of class, RvR, and battleground changes. Broadsword promised “more frequent events” going forward, including a pair of new RvR frontier activities.

Speaking of events, Jack Frost’s Frozen Cavern and the Ghost Keep are both open for business through February 13th. After that date, the game will switch over to swooning with a trio of Valentine’s quests.

The studio also published its first “Grab Bag” Q&A of the year, tackling some of the more nitty-gritty questions that players have about the game’s mechanics. One interesting tidbit from this past week’s grab bag is a hint of future race/class combinations.

“Yes, we are planning to open up a few more pairings when the new race respec feature is in,” Broadsword said. “The recent server and client stability issues have pushed back that feature a bit, but it’s still on track for the first half of this year.”


The Daily Grind: Are there character options in an MMO you want to enjoy but never like?

Demon Hunters are a class I really want to enjoy in World of Warcraft, but I’ve never really succeeded at that goal. This is despite having one at the level cap, too. It’s not that they’re terrible or badly designed or unfun, either; their gameplay isn’t a problem. They just don’t speak as much to me, personally, and so I’ve never been much more than mediocre at playing one. No matter how much I might want it to be otherwise, the dash-back-and-forth playstyle for Havoc doesn’t feel fun to me.

Do I want it to change? Well, from a selfish standpoint, I definitely do for my own enjoyment. But in terms of actual game design? The design works very well and is fun for a lot of people to play, and asking all of that to change just for my personal sake feels selfish in the extreme.

I think we’ve all got classes, jobs, or character builds along those lines, options that we really want to enjoy but wind up not having much fun with. And I think it’s good to acknowledge that. So what about you, dear readers? Are there character options in an MMO you want to enjoy but have never liked? And if so, have you tried to overcome that dislike or just accepted that it’s not for you?

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Kritika Online brings the Monk out to play for the Chosen Path patch

If a dash of mysticism and a dallop of fist-punching appeals to your playstyle, then you might want to check out Kritika Online’s newest playable character. En Masse’s action MMO released the Monk class yesterday as part of the game’s first content update of the year, dubbed Chosen Path.

The Monk is a hand-to-hand fighter who can specialize over time as either a Star Monk or Void Monk. And speaking of character customization, all classes can enjoy the update’s new imprinting system, which allows for malleable abilities.

Kritika Online is also running a Monk leveling event that will give those characters (and anyone grouped with them) various in-game prizes. A separate Lunar New Year celebration is currently running through March 7th, with special firecracker boxes dropping during play.

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Crowfall shows off the Assassin’s toxic skills

Nasty toxins, sneaky attacks, and underhanded tactics: If these things appeal to your style of play, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Crowfall’s newest class, the Assassin.

To master the class, players will need to utilize the Assassin’s toxins and positional combat to the greatest effect. The Assassin can break out poisons, heals, and nature damage based on which crafted toxin is applied to her blades. She can stealth, of course, and attempt to ambush, blind, and stun foes to keep them from retaliating. Other skills include backstab, kidney shot, diffusion, dagger storm, shadowstep, disengage, and engage.

Get a quick look at the Assassin’s powers and effects after the jump!

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Check out the gameplay and Awakening of Black Desert’s Lahn class

Good news, everyone! If you’ve been closely following the Korean launch of Lahn in Black Desert, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a new awakening gameplay trailer out for her now in conjunction with the launch. And this time, it’s not just showing off some posing; it’s actually showing off the class gameplay, abilities, awakening, all of that fun stuff.

Spoiler warning: There’s a lot of spinning cutting stuff and shouting. And a rather inappropriate gown, but of course that’s in there.

The whole trailer below clocks in at just over five minutes and shows off all of the relevant tricks your character has access to, complete with helpful subtitles to explain what everything does. Check it out if you can’t wait until the character is in your hands over here in the west to find out what she can do.

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Here’s how one high school teacher uses Lord of the Rings Online in her English class

What do you say that we all go and enroll at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics?

Hear me out here: It’s at this school that Dr. Helana E. Brigman, an English instructor, is using Lord of the Rings Online to help teach Tolkien to her class. She intends to take players on a two-week intensive journey into the game: “Each morning we will create our own fellowship and work our way through the game’s epic book quests on low-level starting characters (all Hobbits). In the afternoon, we will roam Middle-earth on our choice of characters, and I will introduce you to deeds, crafting, and hobbies.”

Best class ever? We think so!

And while we’re on the subject of this gaming community, Winterstock V is happening this weekend and will be broadcast over LOTRO’s official Twitch stream. The four-day player event involves a schedule of dozens of bands performing concerts on the Landroval server.


Dungeon Fighter Online introduces a pair of new knights to play

What’s better than a brand-new class to play in your MMO? How about two!

Dungeon Fighter Online added a pair of knight classes this week for players to enjoy over the holidays. This is thanks to its Season 3 Act 8 update, which added in the Lightbringer and the Dragon Knight professions. While thematically different and offering varied playstyles, both look like hard-hitting tank types.

Looking ahead to January, Act 9: Triumphal March is scheduled for the 9th. This will bring in even more classes, this time the Savior and Dreadnought.

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Ashes of Creation has 64 class combinations for you to try out

Now that Ashes of Creation is officially in its alpha testing, players will be able to discover for themselves what awaits in this interesting fantasy sandbox. One of these discoveries will no doubt be in the class system that Intrepid has concocted.

In the past, we’ve been critical over the somewhat generic-sounding class names (such as “Tank” and “Fighter”), but it turns out that these are only the start of your class identity. Players will actually choose a secondary class down the line that will transform their character into one of 64 blended classes. These include much more interesting-sounding names like Spellsword, Nightshield, Charlatan, Hawkeye, Falconer, Wild Blade, Apostle, and Songcaller. And while the primary class can’t be changed, players will have the option of switching up their secondaries if so desired.

“Today, as we begin our Friends and Family Alpha Zero test, we wanted to show you just how diverse we expect our playing field to be,” Intrepid said. “The classes adhere to roles like tanking, DPS, support, and healing, but it’s really so much more than that. Each one must provide a true fantasy fulfillment for the player — you want to be a badass, no matter what your class. And that’s a promise we intend to keep.”

Check out the class combination chart and Alpha Zero developer gameplay video after the break.

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Tree of Savior adds four classes, increases level cap

If Tree of Savior has been off of your radar for a while, perhaps it’s time to give it a solid ping this week. The MMOARPG dropped an absolutely massive December content update that added, among other things, four classes and increased the level cap.

Character and companion level caps were bumped up to level 360 with the December 12th patch, and the maximum character rank is now 9. Four new classes joined the roster, one for each archetype: Matador, Shadowmancer, Bullet Marker, and Zealot. Players can jump into these new classes without meeting the requirements until December 26th.

It doesn’t stop there, either. The update threw in a new challenge mode, activated daily rewards for a couple of weeks, added the First Shelter raid, allowed players to dismantle items, and included a “looting chance” stat for obvious benefits.

Coming back to Tree of Savior after a while away? The team put together a returning player guide to aid in the process.

Source: Patch notes


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