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The Stream Team: Swimming in ARK’s indoor pool

Massively OP’s MJ and the crew stormed the castle last time and found a deep pool of water at the bottom. What lies beneath that placid surface? That’s what the team aims to find out. (Hint: it will likely involve sharp teeth and death!) Join us live at 2:00 p.m. to take a swim in the castle’s indoor pool.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Celebrating Secret World Legend’s Krampusnacht!

Up on the housetop
Krampus paws,
Those aren’t presents in his claws
In through the window
He breaks right in
To punish bad children
That live within!

Oh no no!
You’d better go
Oh no no!
You’d better go
Dash to your front door
Quick quick quick
Else he will get you
Lickity split!

It’s time to delve into the realm of cloven-hoofed demons and horned holiday gods! Massively OP’s MJ is joining the Krampusnacht celebration. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to be a part of the festivities (and singing).

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 15th, 2017

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Choose My Adventure: Secret World Legends in review

Earlier this year, when we had yet to actually get much information about Secret World Legends, I posted a piece in which I discussed at length how Funcom didn’t seem to quite know what it was doing with the whole reboot thing. On the one hand, the development team didn’t seem to know if SWL was actually a reboot of The Secret World or just a new structure for it; on the other hand, it was certainly positioned as a hard reboot, considering how it jettisoned more or less everything players had previously accomplished.

So the question, for me, was always whether or not the game could justify its reboot and still be fun in and of itself.

The answer to the former question, I’m sorry to say, is an unambiguous “no.” There’s a lot of reasons thrown around for why the game absolutely needed a reboot, but none of them actually succeeds at justifying a whole drop-and-rebuild. Partly because, well, the game didn’t rebuild anything. It patched in a few new systems and called it a day, and it did absolutely nothing to address the core problems that kept people from being turned off from the game in the first place.

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The Stream Team: Making a Mystic in Black Desert Online

It has been a long, long while since Massively OP’s MJ made a new character in Black Desert Online, and a new class was just launched today. She’s curious to see how the Mystic plays, so she’s diving in with a brand-new character. (Don’t worry, she already completed character creation!) Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for this first look at the new Mystic class.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Starting SWTOR’s Knights of the Eternal Throne

It finally happened! It took a year, but Massively OP’s MJ and Larry have gone from character creation in SWTOR all the way through KOTFE. Now, it’s time to begin the Knights of the Eternal Throne story arc. Word is, there are some hefty, outcome altering decisions to be made! And those decisions are made by you! So join us live at 2:00 p.m. as Choose My Alignment continues the adventure in…

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s Hall of Chains raid wing first impressions

I promised you at the end of last week’s rundown of Guild Wars 2‘s fourth Living World season’s launch episode that I’d return this week with a first look at the new raid Hall of Chains and I never want to disappoint! While I haven’t stood toe to toe with each of the raid bosses yet, I’ve been glued to boss kill videos and have been gaining a feel for the fights I’m due to face. I’m delighted to explain my take on the new endgame content and I’m hoping that some of you are joining me in trying it out!

In this week’s Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll discuss each of the new raid bosses briefly and will outline the premise of the encounter mechanics. I won’t spend long outlining very detailed tips and tactics at this stage since I haven’t been hands-on with everything myself yet, though I will furnish you with some tactics guides as I get more experience post-holidays if there’s demand for them. Note that there will be spoilers for those who haven’t tried the content themselves yet, so bear that in mind before reading on. I’ll avoid totally spoilerific images and will hide big lore points behind tags.

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Hands-on with Monster Hunter World’s weekend beta – and how it compares to Dauntless

I won’t lie: The Monster Hunter World beta on console last weekend isn’t going to give you the best sense of the full monster hunting experience. It won’t let you explore the world like Link in Breath of the Wild. And it won’t scratch the full MMO-experience itch.

That being said, as someone who’s played multiple iterations of the series and deeply exploring the gaming genre as a whole, I found that MHW still surprised me with its freshness.

Old dog, new tricks

When I first heard about Dauntless, MH’s closest cognate, I was impressed. Simplifying certain parts of the MH experience for a broader audience sounded like a great idea. The game’s execution experienced at E3 and on my own made me feel like it has a potential audience. However, post-E3 MHW leaks had me geeking out hard. While Dauntless has its own weapon combos, art style, and direction, a lot of the more palatable and streamlined design is going into MHW instead – and it’s launching sooner.

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The Stream Team: Must save the sorceress in The Elder Scrolls Legends’ Act 2

Massively OP’s MJ made it all the way through Act 1 of The Elder Scrolls Legends card game last time, and she’s ready to head into Act 2. The Elder Scrolls story has been been quite fun to play through, and the unique lane elements makes the battles more interesting. Join us live at 5:00 p.m. to see if MJ can find and save the kidnapped sorceress.

What: The Elder Scrolls Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 11th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Visiting Q’s Winter Wonderland in Star Trek Online

Have you fought a Kramp’Ihri? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t. Star Trek Online introduced this new holiday horror, and MJ is taking her first trip into Q’s Winter Wonderland so she can fight this foe. There’s also something called Klingon ice fishing that she’s eager to try. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you brings you holiday cheer in…

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Working toward joining Path of Exile’s War for the Atlas

Because Zana, the Master Cartographer, moved to the end of Path of Exile’s Act X, Massively OP’s MJ cannot yet access the Atlas of Worlds to participate in the new war. However, she’s going to work hard to get to it so she can! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ powers through ACT V and beyond to get to the new expansion.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 8th, 2017

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Choose My Adventure: Wrapping things up in Secret World Legends

One of the things that I promised way back when I started writing this series about Secret World Legends was to mention the way in which this game seems to tie into The X-Files. There’s an obvious superficial connection (both take place in the real world with added supernatural stuff, for example), but that’s not actually the connection that sticks out to me. It has more to do with the nature of the story both are telling.

While I’m not on board with the game’s character vignettes (which are much more “portrait of this person you don’t really interact with” than anything), there is an underlying story running through every part of the game. I clocked out midway through Egypt when I played the original The Secret World, and there were an assortment of reasons, but part of it was that connection I mentioned above. To wit: the game really likes having mysteries, but it doesn’t really like having answers for a lot of them.

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TERA hosts first PlayStation 4 public demo this week

So what do you think about TERA’s prospects as a console MMORPG after hearing that it is coming to the PlayStation 4? It seems like an ideal online game for console adaptation, especially with its focus on action combat.

Some fortunate members of the gaming public will get to see how TERA operates on the PS4 when they attend PlayStation Experience 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. En Masse is going to be hosting the first-ever public demo of the MMO on console, allowing anyone who walks up to booth #45 and 46 to check out the game for themselves on Saturday and Sunday.

En Masse has been building up to the release of TERA’s console ports this year, announcing the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions back in March. We got our hands on the title at PAX East a few months later, saying that we “preferred TERA’s combat on the controller than on the keyboard.”

Source: Press release

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The Stream Team: A soiree with Said in Secret World Legends

The day has finally come for Massively OP’s MJ to spend some time with Said, everyone’s favorite mummy in Secret World Legends! For her, Said is one of the best characters in the game and hanging out with him is one of the highlights of Egypt. He proof that the undead can be the life of the party. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. join in this soiree.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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