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!
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DC Universe Online
Studio: SOE, now Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: January 11, 2011
Genre: Superhero Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS3, PS4
Daybreak announced that it’s preparing two huge updates for this spring as a way to celebrate Superman’s 80th anniversary. First up is a first-ever trip to the realm of Atlantis called “Deluge” in March that will feature both single-player and multiplayer content. And yes, Starro will be involved.
Then in April, the anniversary celebration will begin in earnest with a series of free updates that will retell the Death of Superman storyline. “Doomsday is coming,” Daybreak teased. “A Doomsday like you have never seen. Like the Justice League has never seen. This monster is an unstoppable force. It may be that not even Superman can stop him this time. Can you?”
Members also get separate free gifts, and there are old gifts available for those who need to fill out their collection. The important thing is just to remember, as mentioned, that you’ve only got a little over a week before they go away. So if you’ve been forgetting to log in, consider this your reminder to get on that.
Yesterday’s update in DC Universe Online expanded players’ abilities to include a second artifact slot and upend the current gear builds. Getting a quick additional artifact to fill that slot is pretty easy, too: “Make sure you have completed ‘Artifacts: Oblivion Bar,’ the Artifacts introductory event, and make sure you have completed ‘Monitoring the Situation,’ the pointer mission for the anniversary event. Both reward your choice of one Artifact.”
There is a known issue with this update that’s causing some European PS4 players to be missing their membership benefits, so be aware that Daybreak is working on a solution.
Speaking of events, DCUO has its 7th anniversary running for the remainder of the month. Make sure to log on and grab your free gifts by the 31st!
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018
What gifts await players? All players, be they All-access members or non-members, can claim a new, updated Dark Spector Batsuit for 2018. Current members can claim a unique box that contains an unlocked Paradox time capsule, an in-game poster of Earth 3’s epic Superman vs. Ultraman art, and a collection of emblems modeled after Metal, the current special series from DC Comics. Past members (accounts that had their last member log in between August 1, 2014, and October 31, 2017) get membership benefits — minus the monthly currency grant — throughout the rest of January.
With exception of the free membership that is auto-granted to eligible accounts, the gifts must be claimed by logging into the game by January 31st, so jump in and grab them soon. Then be sure to tune in to OPTV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST to help celebrate with an anniversary stream.
That being said, there are a lot of things that other MMOs can do to rise to the level of competency where ESO currently sits. I would like to spend a few moments here at the beginning of a new year to talk about the things that ESO consistently gets right and that other MMOs can learn from.
The event also offers new costume stylings for the first superpowered people resulting from the exobytes and a new trial for players to take on during the struggle against the Anti-Monitor. There are even new artifacts and adjustments to old content to make sure that this anniversary event is even better than last year’s event. Jump on in if you want to celebrate another year turning over or if you can’t spend another minute in a game without a super-powered pup waiting at your lair.
If you’re a villain, just assume you kidnapped him.
Choose My Adventure Year in Review: DC Universe Online, Shroud of the Avatar, Guild Wars 2, and Secret World Legends
As our review of the past year of Choose My Adventure rolls onward (a bit longer than originally planned), we enter what I think of as the trifecta of disappointment. Why? Well, the word “trifecta” is fun to say. Try it a few times. Also, because the were three titles among the back end that were pretty notably disappointing.
There are always going to be titles with Choose My Adventure that don’t connect as much with me; after all, the games that I play on a regular basis are not chosen based on a random number generator. But these titles in particular are disappointments, each for their own reasons. And then, in the middle, there’s a game that is far closer to “not mine, but not bad,” which is a different matter altogether. Life, in short, is a rich tapestry.
Are you sad that Christmas is over? Well, the season isn’t! And you can still have super holiday fun in DCUO. The Seasons Greedings event is going all the way through the weekend, so Massively OP’s MJ is going to enjoy some Christmas cheer while collecting some cool base items. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see Gotham all gussied up for the holidays.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017
If someone — and we are not necessarily suggesting you — were to create an MMO Christmas carol album, what songs would be included? “Raiders from the Realms of Glory” would definitely be one. “The 12 Dailies of Christmas” is a possibility. And if “Grandma Got Run Over By a Wildly Oversized Mammoth Mount” got cut, then the album might as well pack it in and call it a day.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about making this happen, because MMORPGs already contain a surprising amount of winter holiday music. These range from the traditional Christmas ballads to adventurous tracks that incorporate the sound of the season.
So as you make some gaming time this holiday week, here’s a half-dozen Christmas tunes from MMOs to keep you company (even if you’ve been naughty this year!).
Let’s talk about value. A couple of weeks back, I did an article on the healthiest games at the end of the year; today, I’m talking about the best value for the money. Isn’t that the same thing?
No, it isn’t. Because health is about “what games have the most robust community and are most likely to be around next year,” but value is about “where can you get the most for the least money on a reliable basis.” And while there is a fair amount of overlap, it isn’t a one-for-one comparison.
You may recall we did this last year as well. This year, there have been some pretty significant shakeups, due in no small part to the fact that the value-for-your-money in some titles has gone down, and at least one title from last year’s list has outright closed. So let’s take a fresh look at the games giving you solid value for your dollars. Let’s even say ten of them, arranged in list format.
Overwatch added a slew of nifty-looking winter skins to chase this season, and Dot Esports has previews of all of them. Or maybe you want to give instead of get by creating the perfect rocket-powered sleigh for Santa in Worlds Adrift? It’s all up to you.