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The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG has the best graphical appeal as of 2017?

We don’t give out a formal end-of-the-year award for MMO graphics at Massively OP. It’d be almost impossible to come to a consensus. As we wrote last year, “Where some people aren’t satisfied until games are hyperrealistic, others require fanciful and dreamlike artistic rendering and still others can look at a cutesy retro game and squee. Some people juggle geese.”

But that’s not going to stop us from working through which games deserve nominations. I’ve been entirely enraptured by Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire scenery, but the new A:IR screenshots that came out this week? Yeah, that’s gonna give existing MMOs a run for their money for sure.

If you were going to give out an award for best visual appeal in an MMORPG, new or old, as long as it’s live, which game would walk home with the prize?

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Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMORPG articles of 2017

For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to do something most of them hate: brag! We’ve tried to isolate our favorite personal work from the year and talk about why we think it matters, then identify our favorite work from somebody else on the site this year and do the same. I always tell them it’s easy, but it never is!

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RIFT course-corrects on $100 mount pack while Trion gets into the holiday spirit

Well, that didn’t last long. RIFT has already yanked its controversial $100 random mount packs from the game store following strong opposition from the community. “We put a tremendous amount out for the holiday season. As always, we follow player feedback and LISTEN. We’re also pretty agile, so when the resounding feedback on the Orphiel’s Mount Crate came in, we took it down,” the studio posted.

Lest we become seasonal grinches, we want to pass along the word that Trion is throwing a lot of promotions and giveaways in its MMOs this month. RIFT players who log in before January 4th have a chance of winning a collection of 40 mounts, can enjoy the Fae Yule event, and buy a year of patron status for $99 (which is one mount’s worth! Too soon?).

Trove has login rewards and a Snowfest event, ArcheAge has a prize giveaway for people who poke their head into the game, Defiance is selecting a few players for a jackpot bounty, and Atlas Reactor is doubling up on its XP and discounting its freelancers and skins. Good stuff!

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Trion deals with DDOS attacks while ArcheAge dives into its Maelstrom update

Trion Worlds is reporting “intermittent” attacks on its Dallas hub over the last day that are causing connectivity issues for some of its online games, such as ArcheAge and Trove. The team is working with the local ISP providers to counter the attack and stabilize the servers for play.

“Please keep in mind that DDoS attacks are all too common and, for the most part, they don’t impact gameplay,” Trion said. “Our network engineers have setup substantial protections that allows us to mitigate the vast majority of these types of attacks. Without these efforts, taken by all game companies, any game under an attack such as this would simply be offline.”

It’s especially important for this to be resolved for ArcheAge, as today is the official launch of the game’s Maelstrom update. This patch contains a new raid organizational system, a non-RNG gear upgrade system, cross-server arenas, title collections, a redesigned folio, limited-time events, and the introduction of the Bloodsalt Bay naval combat arena.

Get the full scoop on Maelstrom with Massively OP’s interview on the update and its offerings!

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Dragon of Legends starts Steam early access testing next week

It has been a long, long while in the coming, but gorgeous pixelart RPG Dragon of Legends is finally coming to the public stage next week. Thrive Games announced that the title will launch on Steam early access next Friday, December 15th.

Dragon of Legends is a Norse-themed 2-D action RPG with a retro style that ran a successful Kickstarter last year. It offers a lot of character customization, seven classes, and lots of hand-designed pixel art.

While the early access version will be single-player only, the team will be working on getting multiplayer functionality ready for the full launch version. Also planned between now and release are additional classes, Steam Workshop integration, and cross-platform play with mobile devices.

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The Game Archaeologist: Vanguard Saga of Heroes

The significance of Vanguard’s development, release, long-running drama, second chance, and eventual closure should be of great interest not just to game historians but to everyone who plays MMOs, period. What happened with this game caused a huge fallout in the industry, and we are still feeling some of its effects even today.

As our own Bree once put it in her blog, “Vanguard’s implosion was a big deal at the time and marked the beginning of the post-World of Warcraft destruction of the industry that hobbled Age of Conan and Warhammer Online a few years later.”

While the crash and burn of Vanguard was a very well-known tale several years ago, I’m wondering if today there might be many who are quite unfamiliar with what happened to this unassuming title back around 2007. Let me put on my old fogey glasses and we shall begin!

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Survived By arrives on Steam as its closed alpha progresses

The love child of bullet hell shooters and permadeath MMORPGs is now on Steam, and it’s taking no prisoners. That’s just not how it works.

The retro pixel art-styled Survived By made its Steam debut this Thursday, encouraging fans to sign up to become testers (there is an NDA in progress, for your information). While gamers can’t just pick up and play the game yet, the Steam page does offer a glimpse into the game’s looks and features. Plus, it tries to explain why permadeath isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“Permadeath is just the beginning,” the team writes. “Every time you die you’re survived by a new descendant, who carries a small part of your legacy with them. These legacies provide new buffs, stat boosts, and special abilities. ”

Meanwhile, the game is currently in its 11th week of closed alpha testing. We wince at the thought of how many unnecessary deaths have happened so far. Curious about this game? Check out our PAX West coverage of this unique title from this past September!

Source: Steam

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 146: World of Warcraft’s fun police

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree pat their turkey-filled tummies and pontificate on the nebulous fate of Marvel Heroes, look ahead to Lord of the Rings Online’s future, and chide World of Warcraft for taking away fun toys.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Trove continues to fine-tune its Adventures update

As any game developer knows, a new content update is not only an opportunity for players to have more fun but for the game to brew up more bugs. And thusly the hotfix was born to deal with the more egregious problems that couldn’t wait, and developers rejoiced.

While Trove’s November Adventures update contained a lot of new toys and improvements to the social clubs, it wasn’t perfect. And so now the game is on its third post-patch hotfix, this one mainly focused on correcting some issues that arose with clubs, such as the reinstatement of the membership cap and club portal visibility in the main hubs.

Other tweaks include fixing some client crashes, more information in the club fixtures tab, and a guard against club decor overlapping (which Trion calls “Franken-fixtures”). One thing that this hotfix didn’t address was the removal of tethering, which Trion Worlds said will be coming in a future patch.

Source: Patch notes

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The Stream Team: Turkeytopia bestows goodness in Trove

What is more Thanksgiving than hunting tukeys? What, you don’t hunt your own turkey? Massively OP’s MJ does — in Trove! That’s where turkeys drop boxes and you can earn pets and mounts. These are the kinds of goodies that won’t make you spend extra hours at the gym. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. as MJ gobbles up the holiday event.

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

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Massively OP’s guide to MMO Thanksgiving 2017

Stately resting between the gaudy purple and orange of Halloween and merry red and green of Christmas is the earth tone-saturated Thanksgiving. While no one’s favorite color scheme, Thanksgiving does give us a nice in-between holiday with family meals, an awkward dance around politics, a work day for football teams, and the occasional MMORPG holiday event.

While not every online game has decided to embrace the American holiday, enough pop up every year that need corralling. And since we just got turkey certified here at Massively OP, we’re going to lay out all of this week’s event options for you on a platter. So enjoy the festivities and dressing up like a Pilgrim for two days maximum before deeply questioning that fashion sense. Now jingly sleigh bells, size XXXL red suits, and reindeer antlers, that’s a smart look indeed!

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Trove’s freebie Turkeytopia boxes drop sweet turkey mounts for Thanksgiving

My favorite thing about Trove is that its developers feel absolutely no shame whatsoever about leaning into utter absurdity, hard, and frankly, I think that’s exactly what this particular holiday week deserves.

“Turkeytopia is a two-week long event that brings Dream Gobbler invaders to the Dragonfire Peaks biome. Fry these turkeys for a chance to earn seasonal Turkey Stuffin’ Boxes. Opening these limited time items will rarely grant the Trotting Turkey mount or the glorious Wings of Unexpected Ascension! We’re also giving daily login rewards throughout the event. Claim free Chaos Chests, Gem Booster Boxes, Dragon Coins, Diamond Dragonite, and more!”

The whole thing doesn’t even end until December 4th, which means my kid is going to be begging me to log in and get him a turkey mount for the next two weeks. Thanks, Trion. Behold.

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Here’s the full list of Trion Worlds’ Black Friday deals

As you plan your Black Friday shopping strategy (ours: sleeping in and lazily shopping on Amazon Prime), Trion Worlds wants to help out by giving you a heads-up on all of the deals that the studio is throwing for its games next week. Here’s the rundown:

  • Trove: All starter packs will be 50% off during Thanksgiving week. All Class Packs, plus the Creators Pack, Collectors Pack, and Battle Pack will be 70% off, while the Essentials Edition and Double Dragon pack will be 80% off, through November 27th.
  • RIFT: Premium mounts will be 25% off from November 22nd through the 29th, and some previously lockbox-exclusive mounts will become available for direct purchase.
  • ArcheAge: Sales up to 80% off on certain items. Also, here thar be lockboxes.
  • Atlas Reactor: All packs will be 75% off and Golden Age skins will be discounted from the 22nd through the 28th.
  • Defiance: Players can get up to 65% off on Titan bundles and gold editions. Also, more lockboxes.
Source: Press release

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