As Counting Crows told us, it’s been a long December, although the fact that it has also only just started being December speaks to something unpleasant in the makeup of this particular month. But it also means that this is a good time to check in on the overall health of various MMORPGs and see which ones look to be in the healthiest state at the end of the year.
This is, I hasten to point out, not a scientific process; last year I pointed to Marvel Heroes as a not-quite-MMORPG title that was still in a very healthy and robust place, and it later turned out that this was entirely not true and had been built upon a foundation of lies. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it in 2018. What are the healthiest games running right now?
Massively OP’s MJ has conquered regular mode in SMITE’s
adventures a few times now and she’s eager to try hard mode. Can she make it through and finally face Loki? This will be her biggest challenge yet. And speaking of challenge: It’s MJ vs RNG as she opens some loot crates. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see if MJ can be the victor in either of these showdowns.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 4th, 2017
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
Patch 4.22 Passage to Egypt
is live in SMITE
this week. Its headlining feature? A new “nightmare” difficulty mode for the freebie co-op RPG content that’s still relatively new to the MOBA.
“In the Trials of King Hercules, the Champion of Rome brought forth challenges for mortals and gods alike to test their mettle. Millions braved the dungeon, and few slew the great Nemean Lion and reveled in the spoils. Even fewer mustered the strength to journey beyond the cave and eventually slay the final beast, the Hydra and its many heads. But now, the demigod is missing – and, once again, you must heed the call to face the challenges laid before you. This time, the villainous Loki travels through the various realms of the Norse Pantheon.”
In fact, the first team to defeat Loki in Nightmare mode was already rewarded with $100 in gems and skin codes to boot, though the community site lists a bundle of additional challenges. Players should also expect the new themey Egyptian questline and an item balancing pass aimed at tuning endgame strats.
Happy Friday! In honor of SMITE’s
latest Odyssey update and this weekend’s Party Up event
, Hi-Rez has granted Massively OP a bajillion keys for Harbinger Nike! Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys.
Muspelheim or bust! Massively OP’s MJ didn’t make it past the first boss during the first stream SMITE’s
new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure to get to Muspelheim. She didn’t even make it to
the boss! Today is going to be different: Today she is going to conquer the icy realm of Niflheim and move on. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see if she succeeds. (As a bonus, for every chest she opens on stream, she’ll give away a god and skin code!)
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 13th, 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 KurtzPel, Path of Exile, The Black Death, SMITE, EVE Online, Dreadnought, Heroes of the Storm, TERA M, Battlerite, Dragon Quest Rivals, Final Fantasy XI, Aion, Pokemon Go, Vendetta Online, Ingress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!
Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly easy for MMOs to fall through the cracks and become buried as more aggressive or active games take the spotlight.
Well, every so often we here at Massively Overpowered find ourselves curious what has transpired with certain MMOs that we haven’t heard from in quite a while. Have we missed the action and notices? Has the game gone into stealth maintenance mode? What’s the deal? What has it been up to lately?
That’s when we put on our detective hats and go sleuthing. Today we look at what has been going on with Global Agenda, The Realm Online, and Mabinogi.
Pretty much everyone assumed that back when Guild Wars 2
planned out mounts, it did so with its cash shop in mind. The game is already not-so-jokingly known as “Fashion Wars,” so it’s got a playerbase primed and ready to splash out for sparkly mounts, especially cosmetic upgrades to what is very likely the best mount system in any MMORPG to date
. The first set of mount cosmetics arrived for Halloween
, a whole pack of skelly skins that players could buy directly. The second set, however, has now landed with a new sales scheme, and it’s caused significant controversy just as anticipated.
As we explained yesterday, ArenaNet has added 30 new mount skins to the game, but instead of selling them directly, the studio is selling them in a hybrid sort of lockbox: You buy one of the mount licenses, which unlocks one mount skin on your account that you don’t already have. You always get a mount skin, and you never get repeats, potentially all the way up to 30 licenses for 30 skins.
Unless you get the one you want sooner. That’s a big unless.
Guild Wars 2 patched in new mounts today
, and they’re gorgeous. But don’t get too excited; they’re in gated behind a weird new RNG scheme that’s not remotely as bad as lockboxes (but still may mildly annoy you). You decide:
“For a limited time, the new Reforged Warhound mount skin is available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 2,000 gems. The Black Lion Stables are pleased to open their doors and offer new mount adoption licenses. Each license will allow you to claim a random mount skin from the Black Lion Stables, and they are available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 400 gems each.”
If you’re familiar with the way SMITE does some of its RNG promos, the new license is kinda like that: You’re at least guaranteed a mount skin out of these lockboxes, but it might not be the one you want, so you’ll be buying and rolling the dice over and over until you get it. Only there are 30 skins. You might be buying and rolling for a while at 400 gems ($5 a pop, or a discounted rate if you buy 10 or 30 at a time). In case you’re wondering, to buy all 30 right now would run you $120 in real cash, though that’ll go up to $150 once the promo is over. It’s worth pointing out we don’t know the odds for getting any of the mounts, only that you do always get one.
Massively OP’s MJ got to test out SMITE’s
new Shadows Over Hercopolis adventure over the weekend, and she can’t wait to get back in! There are many cool new mechanics, and she’s determined to master them and conquer Muspelheim. MJ even has a secret weapon to help her succeed: Hi-Rez’s Gabe Mughelli! He will be joining her in the quest to save Hercules. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to check out this brand-new adventure. There will also be many gods and skins to give away, plus one ultimate pack!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Monday, November 6th, 2017
Although I have tried, the MOBA side of SMITE
isn’t quite for me (yet). I’m just not terribly comfortable in the various lane modes like conquest, clash, and joust. But what is awesome about Hi-Rez’s
title is that there’s more to do that can entice different types of gamers into the title — even MMOers like myself. I enjoy the arena mode, but I really fell in love with the first PvE challenge Xing Tian’s Mountain, and the subsequent Fafnir’s Wonderland. These special modes offered unique gameplay, which also allowed me to get more comfortable with gods and feel more confident venturing into other modes. So when SMITE adventures were announced
at Hi-Rez Expo 2017, I was ecstatic! And I have not been disappointed by any adventure yet. But nothing has been as cool as the newest adventure that opened today, Shadows Over Hercopolis.
If you’d thought the past Trials of King Hercules gave SMITE a bit of MMO flavor before, the new Shadows Over Hercopolis does even more so! It’s an action RPG adventure with a number of new mechanics, and it is a blast! I got to play this adventure over the weekend with Hi-Rez’s Isiah Turner, community manager, and Gabe Mughelli, public relations manager. And I can’t wait to dive in again.
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.