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World of Warships sails into Steam’s port

“You ain’t anybody if you ain’t on Steam,” our momma told us when we were tykes. Of course, back then Steam had yet to be invented, so this statement was more cryptic than it should’ve been. Now? Now it’s practically truth, which is why World of Warships made an attempt to get onto the platform.

Access to the game through Steam went live earlier this week, offering fans another way to install and play the multiplayer ship battler. Other than how you get into the game, there is no difference between Steam’s World of Warships and the official client.

The team confirmed that all players can enjoy the same game on the same servers, although any new Steam players will have to pick and commit to a region before playing. You cannot use your Wargaming login for the Steam client, unfortunately.

Steam collectibles and achievements are on their way, the team said, although they won’t be present in this launch edition.

Source: Steam. With thanks to BalsBigBrother!

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees?

So Marvel Heroes has about six weeks to live thanks to the impending shutdown of the game following Disney’s decision to drop Gazillion as a business partner. That’s going to leave some superhero MMO players once again without a home, and though the game’s current Steam numbers can’t hold a candle to the number of players affected by the City of Heroes closure five years ago, we’re left with the same situation – and a similar roster of games vying for refugees.

The big superhero MMORPGs are still DC Universe Online and Champions Online, the former of which is certainly better supported with content, the latter of which may have more of that Marvel feel. There’s also three strong crowdfunding superhero MMOs still trying to fill the CoH vacuum: Ship of Heroes, City of Titans, and Valiance Online. Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees? Would it be another superhero MMO, another superhero game or ARPG altogether, or something else? If you’re a former MH player, where are you getting your fix?

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Perfect Ten: A list of all the MMORPGs I supposedly hate

Did you know about all the MMOs I hate? I sure as heck didn’t! I mean, I knew there were a few games I hated (Scarlet Blade, Alganon) and some that I have pretty poor feelings toward for various reasons (Star Citizen, EVE Online, League of Legends, H1Z1: Kash of the Kow), but those are also games I discuss only in particular circumstances.

Yet thankfully, I have been informed over the near-decade of writing about MMOs that there are a number of games I thought I liked but that I do, in fact, hate. This was a surprise to me, but I think that for purposes of comprehension, it’s best for me to list for reference all the games that I apparently utterly despise. It’s all very confusing to me, but I’m confident that by sharing and making the occasional off-color joke, I’ll be able to decipher it all.

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Neverwinter developers are addressing random queue issues

There are some random queue issues in Neverwinter at the moment. By this, we mean that the issues are with the random queue, not that there are queue issues happening randomly. Clarification is important. The good news is that development team is acting to fix them quickly, starting by allowing level 70 players to earn shards from three separate random queues to avoid slowing down Stronghold progress. Players will also no longer have the new Merchant Prince’s Folly skirmish in the random queue, as many people found it difficult to hit the item level requirement so quickly.

All of these issues are for immediate and quickly addressed items, but the developers are also looking into adjusting things based on overall feedback. The goal of the random queue system is to vary what players are fighting through while giving players more opportunity to rendezvous and work together, not to get people not to queue with friends or anything of the sort. So it’s not a perfect system just yet, but it’s being refined and improved, and hopefully the quick fixes will address the immediate problems.

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The Daily Grind: What older MMO systems do you wish devs would upgrade?

Perhaps few things bug me so much as when developers introduce a meaty gameplay system into an MMORPG only to neglect or abandon it by the time the next expansion rolls around. Lord of the Rings Online’s skirmish system, World of Warcraft’s garrisons and class order halls, or Star Trek Online’s exploration system are but a few examples that have rankled my sensibilities over the years.

It’s frustrating because players latch on to these systems and find enjoyment in them, even years after their introduction. It’s doubly frustrating because with some refinement and updates, these systems could become relevant and even better than before. But no, they’re shoved back under the bed so that devs can play with their new shinies.

If you had your pick, what older MMO systems do you wish your game’s developers would take the time to upgrade today?

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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Star Trek Online tells a scary story for Halloween

Despite its utopian idealism, Star Trek isn’t a stranger to the occasional scary tale or horror-themed outing. Captains in Star Trek Online have faced many terrors in the night, but perhaps none are as creepy as the one in Hearts and Minds.

This special quest only pops up in the game on Friday the 13ths and Halloween, so you have a very limited time to check it out before it goes away again. It’s a “mad science” theme with a total of 13 (!) enemies that is decidedly different in tone than the rest of the game. The mission features some neat rewards, like a rare duty officer and a Vulcan Lirpa, and since it’s relatively short, it’s worth running to snag these items before they vanish.

Star Trek Online is also running a Halloween costume contest on Risa tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT that will be judged by the development team.

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Star Trek Online’s secret weapon may be in its episode design

One Gamasutra writer’s return to Star Trek Online created a (ahem) discovery that this MMO contains a great wealth of storytelling thanks to its episodic design.

“The quality of its narrative is uneven, but mostly good and mostly very Trek-y,” the author writes. “The best parts of the game are those that manage to go beyond mere combat to tell an interesting story about Trek’s weird, wonderful galaxy.”

Experienced players will back her up on these observations, which continue to note how STO takes up plot threads from the show and continues them in unexpected and interesting ways. The format of the missions as “episodes” allows for a longer and more narratively rich story to be told, which stands in stark contrast to many other MMOs on the market (which is why, of course, that we praised this aspect as to why STO is an underappreciated game).

STO succeeds in large measure because it manages to nail Star Trek’s tone so well, using its limited suite of mechanics and UI tools in creative ways to capture that spirit,” the author said.

Source: Gamasutra

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Battle Bards Episode 108: Vampires and werewolves

Here’s a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your… ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It’s a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it out!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 108: Vampires and werewolves (or download it) now:

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Star Trek Online is bringing miracles and kilts to consoles next month

Once again, Star Trek Online’s console community plans on catching to the latest update as Cryptic announced that Season 14: Emergence is scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 14th.

The update contains a new featured episode called Melting Pot that stars LeVar Burton as Geordi LaForge. It also tosses in a new tier 5 fleet holding, a Tzenkethi Red Alert, two new fleet holding defense queues, and the “miracle worker” specialization. In addition, players will be able to grab a free kilt and “skant” uniform option for free when the update arrives.

In the meanwhile, console players will have to console (ahem) themselves with a double experience weekend. This event, which is running through October 30th, doubles the skill points and expertise from all manner of activities.

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Neverwinter hosts the Masquerade of Liars for Halloween

This year’s Halloween event for Neverwinter is kind of harshly named, you guys. Seriously, “Masquerade of Liars?” That’s a rather severe appellation to slap on what amounts to a particularly big costume party, isn’t it? You wouldn’t want to label a friend dressed up like a doctor a “liar,” so long as it happened around Halloween and didn’t include actually pretending at being a doctor. Although considering that the eponymous city of Neverwinter is beset by factions who can assume vaguely humanoid form and would love a chance to sneak in while disguised, perhaps it’s not harsh enough.

Regardless, you can pick up a scarecrow to fight by your side, a number of masks to let you look like a famous monster of Halloween or Dungeons & Dragons lore (well, from the neck up, at least), a new mysterious costume, and even some seasonally appropriate orange and black dyes. Jump on in to all of the lying festivities on October 26th; just be ready to start telling the truth again on November 1st.

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Neverwinter’s Swords of Chult update is live for PC with a new skirmish and PvP overhaul

Swords of Chult is live for PC players of Neverwinter today. If you’re not a D&D person, you might be wondering what the heck is a Chult. Turns out it’s a place: a remote location stuffed with jungles and tribal groups and dinosaurs. Its core city? That’d be Port Nyanzaru. Oooh, bad news for Port Nyanzaru:

“Port Nyanzaru’s walls have been overwhelmed by evils from the surrounding jungles, unleashing chaos upon the city’s inhabitants. Players battle against overwhelming enemies to ensure the city isn’t sacked and reclaimed by the wilds in the latest Skirmish that will change each time it is played. Additionally, competitive adventurers of all levels looking to sharpen their skills in combat can challenge others in the reworked PvP experience for all-new rewards.”

In addition to the defensive skirmish, players should expect the promised inventory updates, refinement QOL fixes, and alt campaign progression to boot. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will be waiting a while longer, but if you’re a PvPer? Today’s update is very much for you:

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Star Trek Online brings back TNG shuttle and Discovery uniform giveaway

If you’re kicking yourself that you missed out on some of the more recent giveaways over at Star Trek Online, then kick yourself into gear instead. Cryptic announced that it is reprising its shuttle and uniform giveaway through the end of the month to anyone who logs in to claim them.

The free shuttle in question is the Type 7, most commonly seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is a nice upgrade over the default shuttle that the game gives you for small craft missions, sporting a device slot and two forward weapon slots. And if you don’t mind mixing up the eras, you can pilot this shuttle wearing the new Star Trek Discovery uniform, which is the first piece of content from the current TV series to make its way into the game.

Star Trek Online also changed up its featured mission rewards for Melting Pot with a “Preeminent Deflector” that apparently synergizes well with shield output. Could be useful!

Curious about STO? One brilliant Massively OP writer called it one of the “most underrated MMORPGs” currently on the market — and gave 10 reasons why.

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