maplestory

Official Site: MapleStory
Studio: Nexon
Launch Date: May 11, 2005 (NA); April 29, 2003 (KR)
Genre: Fantasy Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Cadena whips her way into MapleStory

Break out the whips and chains: You’ve been a very good video gamer. At least, MapleStory hopes so, because you’re being given one feisty character to control.

The 2-D MMO introduced a new character this week, Cadena. She’s a close combat fighter who isn’t shy about getting to know her enemies: “Armed with her trusty chain, Cadena can swing to different platforms or pull an enemy in close to her. She also has the ability to master various weapon types, and can smash enemies with skills highlighting a shuriken, shotgun, and spiked bat!”

The Liberation of Cadena update doesn’t stop there, however. The team also added 5th job skills for all categories, with abilities such as Etheral Form, Overdrive, and Chain Arts: Fury. Improvements that are on their way to MapleStory following this patch include more character slots, an in-game news service, and an achievement system.

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 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 KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs where you can live out your giant robot fantasies

Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.

So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.

But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.

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MapleStory players have rolled 273 million characters since 2003

Can you believe MapleStory is 12 years old? I had to double-check it myself. In fact, it’s older than 12, though it’s 12 here in North America. Nexon recently sent over an infographic to drill down some of the other stats behind the cutesy sandbox MMORPG. Of note, the studio points out the game has almost 275M characters, 1.5M of whom are close to the cap and half a million of whom are married in-game, which is too cute. There are 2.7M guilds, 1.2M players paying into the MVP system, and 28M characters sporting the Magician class – easily the most popular. My favorite stat is pets purchased: 77M. That’s a lot of pets. Almost 5M of those are pandas!

Check out the whole graphic down below.

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

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.

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Halloween 2017: Dark and Light, Villagers & Heroes, and MapleStory

Halloween comin’ at ya fast, so fast even we can’t keep up.

In Dark and LightGobboween has descended on the gameworld. Expect prowling wolves, enchanted jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin seeds, elite teleporting mobs, candy, and even a scythe tool if you want to run around ganking people while pretending to be the grim reaper.

In Villagers & Heroes, won’t you take me to Funky Spooky Town? There’s a new zone map for Spooky Town, plus new cosmetics and a spider mount.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert shows pet love (August 20, 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 NeverwinterElder Scrolls LegendsElite DangerousSWTORMapleStoryHyper UniverseSMITETravian OnlineDiablo IIIFigureheadsPokemon GoHeroes and GeneralsRappelzUltima OnlineSoulworker OnlineBlack Desert, and Gigantic, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 102: Pure joy

Is it even possible for pure joy to be derived from MMORPG music? Whether or not, the Battle Bards are going to take a serious stab at it in today’s episode! Each piece is hand-picked and home-brewed to distill joy for the listener, coated in sparkling hopes and drizzled with fond memories. No matter what, you’re in for an uplifting show!

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 102: Pure joy (or download it) now:

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Touching base with Dark and Light mobile, Elsword, and MapleStory

Here at Massively OP, we like to give you a great deal on news, which is why we’re offering this special three-for-one news post on a trio of Asian MMORPGs. Wow! What savings!

Let’s start with Dark and Light, which in addition to having launched on early access last week looks set to spawn a mobile game called Tales of Gaia. This game has been run through the testing circuit this summer and will release for iOS and Android sometime in 2017. Players who pre-register have a shot at grabbing some in-game goodies when it launches.

Moving on to Elsword, an ancient capital is opening up for business. “Travel with the El Search Party as they enter the Water Dragon Sanctum, only to find traces of someone else who entered before them. Who could have been here before the El Search Party?”

Finally over at MapleStory, a crystal rush is going on right now through August 25th, giving players a chance to harvest precious items and gain gobs of experience points. But beware of the Flappy Churmbles, which are no doubt as fierce as their name suggests!

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The MOP Up: Crash Force offers arena fun at a discount (July 16, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from TERAMaster X MasterEternal CrusadeWarfacePortal KnightsMapleStoryCrash ForceDroneNeverwinterElswordEVE OnlineWarframeFinal Fantasy XIVEverQuest IIWorld of WarshipsPath of Exile, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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MapleStory drops a trailer for its June and July Override updates

Nexon’s wildly popular sidescrolly MMO MapleStory is gearing up for two new updates this summer that’ll “allow players to strengthen their characters with new job skills, fight in new areas and travel to a new planet.”

The first, coming in June and dubbed Override: Evolve, opens up 5th job advancement skills for all classes, updates the Legion System, and retools the Omega Sector with new maps and a new boss.

The July entry, Override: Venture, sends players to the planet of Eluna for mining (joy!) and adds a new area called Arcana that revolves around the spirit tree.

Check out the new pics and trailer down below!

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Battle Bards Episode 99: Tropical resort

The Battle Bards are on vacation at a tropical beach paradise! In the team’s 99th episode, they examine beach, resort, and island music cues from MMORPGs. Can it still be a resort when everything around you is out for murder? As long as the music is this good, who cares?

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 iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 99: Tropical resort (or download it) now:

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