I like to think that I have a fairly open mind when it comes to accepting strange sights and races in fantasy MMORPGs, but Final Fantasy XIV seems hellbent on finding my breaking point. Literal cat-fish might just be that. It’s too weird for me, I’m out of here.
“Looking for NPC comic relief?” Vincent asked. “I give you the Namazu. Half-cat, half-fish (?) and I’m pretty sure the person who came up with the design was half-baked. The other shot I took on the way back to Castellum Velodyna (Beast Tribe quest hub) just as the fog was about to lift…”
When you’ve just made Moogles look normal and mundane, you’ve really accomplished something.
If you have a passion for beautiful horses or have an equestrian fan living under your roof, you might want to check out Star Stable
. This horse-centric MMO has continued to expand and improve since its 2007 release and has several affordable subscription packages for those interested (including a lifetime sub for $75).
Right now in the game, a trio of wild horses have returned for a two-week span, allowing players the chance to purchase these premium beasts. They might be slower than most other horses, but their ability to change colors on the fly might make up for it.
Another interesting addition to the game recently is a mobile app that allows players to raise their own foals while on the go. You can check out the app and the latest developer news bulletin after the jump.
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 took to the seas with a few new titles, including The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black Desert, Overwatch, ArcheAge, Lord of the Rings Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
Obviously y’all know that we here at the Massively OP offices are downright obsessed with all things horses. Eliot loves to braid their manes, MJ has trained a posse of foals to prance after her wherever she goes, Andrew has an inexplicably large pony trading card collection, and Bree gallops into work each day on an armor-clad charger named Princess Pwny.
So naturally we all get into heated debates over what’s the best game that combines MMOs and equestrian power. Horse World Online
is an obvious contender, as is Star Stable
. But the debate might be over effective immediately: Horse Quest Online
is now out for mobile and it crushes all neighsayers in its adorable wake.
Unlike its contemporaries, Horse Quest Online actually lets you play as a horse in an MMO setting. Everypony can ride around in Maplewood forest to explore, level up, and solve its many mysteries. The game just came out today for iOS and released last month for Android. You can watch its winsome trailer after the break.
If there’s one thing that always, always goes with MMOs, it’s combat. I mean, we can’t be a hero without killing something, right? We can’t explore a virtual world of wonder without needing to murder a small chunk of it, no?
And as exciting and replayable and institutional as combat is, sometimes… sometimes I get a little tired of it. Being in games where everything revolves around supporting combat in some way or directly fighting can be mentally exhausting. So the Massively OP team and I sat around one afternoon trying to name MMOs where combat is not just rare but absent entirely.
We thought we could name only a small handful, but we quickly stormed our way past 10, and that’s not even counting sports MMOs, text-based MUSHes, and the iffy status of Puzzle Pirates. So if you’re looking for an online game that isn’t about stabbing, punching, or fireballing goblins to death, here are attempts by the industry to provide alternatives!