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The Daily Grind: Do you roll new characters when you return to an MMO?

It’s been a really long time since I logged into Lord of the Rings Online to do anything other than pay up my hobbit hole, which I’d like to think wasn’t a waste of my precious gold pieces. But when I log in, I’m a little bit stymied by how much the game has changed. Classes have been completely overhauled and dozens of levels have been stacked onto the game since I stalled out way back in Lothlorien. And that’s without the most important considerations, like where’s the best place to farm produce now?!

Being overwhelmed by changes sometimes drives me off, sometimes drives me to the forums, and sometimes drives me to just reroll, to generate a brand-new character and play through the tutorial and noob zone just to get reoriented. My husband, however, is the kind of guy who logs into World of Warcraft after a year AFK and immediately queues for a dungeon. He’s pretty sure muscle memory will get him through, and damn if he’s not usually right!

What about you? Do you roll new characters when you return to an MMO after a long time away, or do you jump right in with your highbie and let the chips falls where they may?

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: MMO Studio of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the best MMO studio of the year.

Last year’s award was won by SOE, you’ll recall, a choice that seems almost quaint from here at the end of 2015. We asked our writers to consider major MMO studios in 2015, not just their pet favorites, and judge the studios on what they did this year specifically.

All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Studio of of 2015 is…

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Win a Blade & Soul ‘Master’ founder pack from NCsoft and Massively OP

Blade & Soul begins its next-to-last beta test tomorrow, and if you’re not in it, that could be because you haven’t pre-ordered with a founder pack yet. So how would you like to win one?

NCsoft has granted Massively OP 10 “Master” founder packs, the highest-tier packs you can get, to dole out to our readers. These founder packs are valued at $124.99 US and include beta access, entry to the three-day headstart, 48,000 premium points, 7,200 NCoin, level 4 benefits, 90 days of premium membership, two name reservation slots, five extra character slots, and a slew of cosmetic perks like character titles, character alteration vouchers, and gear skins.

Read on to enter to win!

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The Daily Grind: Will you try Epic’s Paragon MOBA?

I hadn’t heard of Paragon before last weekend, but after watching the brief gameplay clip that Epic released to tease its upcoming MOBA, I’m kinda interested. MOBAs have steadily grown on me over the past year, and while I’ve been enjoying League of Legends sporadically, I really miss Infinite Crisis because of Batman’s various gadgets and some of the other sci-fi trappings.

Paragon looks like it may check that particular box, though it’s also apparently in third-person sorta like SMITE, and I prefer the traditional top-down MOBA perspective. So we’ll see, I guess! What about you, MOP MOBA fans? Does Paragon look interesting enough to try?
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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Improved MMO

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the most improved MMO of 2015.

All MMOs, regardless of release date, were eligible for this award, provided they made improvements this year. Last year’s award, you’ll recall, went to Final Fantasy XIV.

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Improved MMO of 2015 is…

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The Daily Grind: What MMOs would you recommend to others?

One of the most common questions I see floated out on Reddit, forums, and Twitter in relation to MMOs is, “What should I play?” It seems as though people are always looking for recommendations past the one or two titles they might know.

Recommending a game to others is tricky without knowing exactly what the person likes, but I would never have a problem winging someone at Lord of the Rings Online or WildStar for starters. Or RIFT, or Trove, or even Final Fantasy XIV, if he or she is cool with the subscription model. Marvel Heroes is a solid bet, and Guild Wars 2 is an incredible deal for someone just starting out in the genre.

What would you recommend to others — and why?

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Grab a TERA dragonette pet key from En Masse and MOP in honor of the Knockout update

TERA’s Knockout update arrives today, bringing with it the new Brawler class, new endgame armor (tier 8 and 9), and two new dungeons: “the pirate-infested Kalivan’s Dreadnaught and the haunted Forsaken Island, where players can earn and use all that new gear.”

To help keep you company as you dive into the new content, En Masse has granted Massively OP 15,000 keys for a seven-day pet, the Dragonette. “This little firestarter may be too hot to handle but will still warm your heart,” says the studio. “Equipped with the auto-loot function.”

We’ll be doling them out in 5,000 chunks, so don’t despair if we run out! Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and get started!

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Win a Devilian Obsidian founder pack from Trion and Massively OP

Devilian’s head-start begins today, and Trion has granted Massively OP two keys for Devilian Obsidian founder packs to give to our loyal readers.

These founder packs are worth $149.99 US and include 11,250 credits, early access, 90 days’ worth of patron status, and a ton of buffs, inventory rows, and titles. There’s even a mount and some costume pieces.

Read on to enter to win!

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest MMO Story of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the MMO story of the year. This isn’t an award based on popularity as measured by hits or comments, and it’s not for a single article; it’s an award for an ongoing narrative or event of deep importance and significance for the genre in 2015. Last year’s award, you’ll recall, went to the ArcheAge melodrama.

All of the Massively OP writers weighed in on this one. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for biggest story of 2015 is…

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The Daily Grind: What do you buy in MMO cash shops?

I’m excessively picky about what I buy in MMO cash shops. I’ll buy necessities like backpack and bank slots, character slots and classes. Occasionally I’ll buy cosmetic gear like mounts (yes, I have a sparklepony) or clothing (so much money poured into City of Heroes costume parts, you guys), but past a certain dollar limit, I simply won’t pay. Ten bucks for a sword skin? I can’t bring myself to do it, no matter how awesome I will look wielding it. I don’t buy consumables really either, though I have made some bizarre purchases like garden beds in Ultima Online so that I can grow plants while AFK. Shush you.

One thing I don’t buy? Lockboxes. I never, ever buy lockboxes. Ever.

What about you? Are you one of the folks spending thousands on ships in Star Citizen? Are you the guy who buys keys for lockboxes for skin tickets in Guild Wars 2 and puts them on the market? Who are you people? What do you actually buy in cash shops?

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Underrated MMO

Welcome to Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2015 awards series.

Every year, we poll our writers about the best and worst MMOs, stories, studios, and trends and assign awards to the winners (or losers, as the case may be). Last year, we broke with tradition and split our awards into smaller categories and individual posts so that we could consider them throughout the month of December, and it worked very well, so we’ll be repeating that format here. We’ll also continue providing our writers’ nominations and rationales (in some cases, we allowed them to choose two games to make the final decision easier); we think that’s helpful insight. And we’ll include a reader’s poll at the end. Let’s see whether you agree with our picks!

Today’s award is for the most underrated MMO of 2015, which was awarded to Elite: Dangerous last year. This time around, we opted to include pre-2015 MMOs, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Underrated MMO of 2015 is…

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