star citizen

Official Site: Star Citizen
Studio: Cloud Imperium Games Corporation/Roberts Space Industries
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Sci-fi Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

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 holiday gift guide for the ‘Not So Massively’ gamer

The holidays are approaching, and that means there’s not much time left to get presents for your friends and lumps of coal for your enemies. At MassivelyOP this year, we’re putting together a series of themed gift guides highlighting some potential gift ideas for players of particular games. If you know anyone who is mad about MOBAs, shooters, sandbox games or dungeon crawlers and you’re having trouble finding gifts for them this year, hopefully this guide gives you a few ideas or at least points you in the right direction. Normal Not So Massively news roundups will resume next week.

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Leaderboard: What will you be doing most often in Star Citizen?

I just saw Star Citizen’s new trailer yesterday, and needless to say I was pretty blown away. Alpha 2.0 is looking good – so good that I may actually have to download it this weekend and break my no-betas rule!

It shows off three aspects of Star Citizen’s persistent universe gameplay, those being ship combat, first-person shooter combat, and EVA elements. For today’s Leaderboard, let’s use those as a springboard to try and determine what MOP readers are looking forward to the most when Star Citizen launches. Vote after the cut!

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Betawatch: Star Citizen’s universe expands (December 4, 2015)

The universe of Star Citizen is getting a bit bigger with the addition of 50,000 testers to its persistent universe. It also has a brand-new trailer if you want to see people getting out of spaceships and faffing about in space suits, which seems like the prelude to the most ridiculous installment of Grand Theft Auto ever. No one ever said you had to be a good citizen of the stars, right? (Dibs on that idea, incidentally.)

Other beta news? Ah, sure, why not?

Do we still have a list of games down below? Oh, yes indeed we do. Let us know if something has hopped test phases without us noticing in the comments!

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Star Citizen shows off ship combat, FPS, and EVA in new trailer

Did you see the new Star Citizen trailer yet? It debuted last night at The Game Awards in Los Angeles, after an introduction by Cloud Imperium boss Chris Roberts and actor Mark Hamill. The clip runs for approximately two minutes and is noteworthy in that all footage was captured from live in-game play sessions.

Click past the cut to get a look at Star Citizen’s spaceship combat, its first person shooter gameplay, and some nifty EVA elements, and don’t forget that newbies can sign up to play for free through December 14th.

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Massively Overthinking: Counting the hits and misses of our 2015 predictions

Every year, we lodge our predictions for the next. Funny, strange, and deadly serious, these predictions are a glance back on the naïvetés of 2014 and a chance to reflect on the last 365 days before launching into a new round of predictions and awards. In this week’s Massively Overthinking, we’ll be doing just that: Scoring last year’s predictions for 2015, counting both the hits and the misses, cheering when we got it right and giggling like fools with perfect hindsight when we whiffed at bat.

Note, the predictions naturally include notes from two former writers, both of whom now work for game studios, but they’re fun and we love them, so we’re including them!
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Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for the space sim fan

Hello and welcome to Massively OP’s latest holiday gift guide. Today I’ll be talking about space sims and of course some of the peripherals that I use when pew pewing my way through Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen, and other genre stalwarts.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable HOTAS solution or a way to increase your immersion while you wait for the virtual reality revolution to happen, you’ll find a few ideas for yourself or that space sim fan on your Christmas list by clicking past the cut.

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Not So Massively: An amazing revamp for LoL’s Poppy (November 30, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

League of Legends gave old champion Poppy a whole new set of amazing abilities this week that are sure to make for some fantastic replay moments. Path of Exile revealed a new skill that may give oldschool Diablo II players a touch of nostalgia. Star Citizen is extremely close to hitting the $100,000,000 mark thanks to its anniversary sale. Hearthstone revealed how ordinary players can work their way into its million-dollar 2016 world championship. Destiny will be getting an interesting new Challenge mode for raids, Dungeon Defenders II is getting a full server wipe on PS4 in just a few days, and Heroes of the Storm released its new Towers of Doom game battleground. We also heard the latest news from Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, Splatoon, Lord of Vermillion Arena, and Elite: Dangerous.

If there’s a game or story you’d like to see covered in next week’s Not So Massively, please drop us a tip and let us know.

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Star Citizen approaches the $100 million funding mark

Numbers are kind of funny. The total amount of Star Citizen‘s funding doesn’t really mean anything, per se; $100 million is just a significant number because of our base-ten system, and there only because it’s a nice round number. But it still feels nice to see the number round off nicely, and the game is less than a million away from hitting that milestone.

What will happen when it does? Well, the ticker will roll over to $100 million and the world will go on exactly as before. We do, however, give full authority to whoever may want to break out party hats and noisemakers. Whatever brings you joy.

Source: Official Forums; thanks to Purgman for the tip!


Star Citizen is adding 50,000 more testers to its persistent universe

If you weren’t one of the lucky few who got into Star Citizen’s first persistent universe test group last week, but you were one of the early backers of the game way back in 2012, chances are that you’re now in the test!

Cloud Imperium has released a new PTU patch and it is adding 50,000 additional alpha 2.0 testers by citizen number. The rest of this week’s development update post lays out what the team has been working to add and fix. Server instability is still at the top of the list, but CIG says that it is making progress. See the link below for all of the details.



The Daily Grind: What upcoming MMOs are on your to-play list?

The other day I got into a conversation with friends about which upcoming MMOs were catching our eye. While I have more than enough gaming on my plate right now, I am fairly sure that Devilian will get some of that time when it goes live, and I am being weirdly tempted by Tree of Savior of all things. Project Gorgon always remains on my list although I’m waiting for a beta edition to really jump into that game.

Blade and Soul and Black Desert appear to be two of the more hotly anticipated titles on the horizon, although I’ll wait to see if there’s a huge wave of positive personal testimony when they come out. I own Shroud of the Avatar, so whenever that comes out I’ll owe it to myself to get my money’s worth there. As for Star Citizen, I am firmly in the neutral wait-and-see camp.

What upcoming MMOs are on your to-play list?

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Not So Massively: Path of Exile’s Ascendancy expansion (November 23, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

Path of Exile revealed details of its upcoming Ascendancy expansion and its new procedurally generated labyrinth system this week. Star Citizen also finally released its alpha 2.0 patch to the public test servers and revealed its expected launch date for the patch’s final release. Destiny increased legendary drop rates with Update 2.02 and added some interesting hints at its upcoming refer-a-friend system rewards. Dota 2‘s $3,000,000 Frankfurt Major tournament was won by an unexpected newcomer from Europe, and one of the losing teams kicked a member for leaking game strategies and other instances of misconduct. And as if one player controlling two characters wasn’t difficult enough in a MOBA, Heroes of the Storm‘s new character Cho’Gall actually allows two players to control one character.

If there’s a game or story you’d like to see covered in next week’s Not So Massively, please drop us a tip and let us know.

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The MOP Up: Tera’s expansion launches in Europe (November 22, 2015)

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’ll rejoice that TERA‘s Stepstone update has finally reached Europe, hear from Star Citizen’s lead writer, celebrate Vainglory’s birthday, and more!

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