After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.
Ever since the Destiny 2 reveal, everyone seems to be freaking out about this follow-up MMO shooter. Will it be the new hotness or a repainted product that’s being sold again to the same audience?
The reveal made Dragonchasers change his mind: “I guess I have to applaud Bungie for trying something new. They freely admit that they’re trying to do something about the frequently toxic environments brought about by matchmaking.”
“I have to say I am not disappointed in the least,” Tales of the Aggronaut enthuses. “In fact at this very moment I am feeling inordinate amounts of Destiny love. There were a few things that were released that gave me all the feels.”
That doesn’t mean everyone’s fully on board yet. “I appreciate the changes the game is making, but I had expected a proper sequel to Destiny to actually be a bigger game with actual new stuff to do, stuff that couldn’t be done in the first game,” said Virtual Bastion.
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 have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, Ingress, War Thunder, World of Tanks, Wakfu, League of Legends, SMITE, GTA Online, Elsword Online, Wurm Online, Darkfall: Rise of Agon, Worlds Adrift, Counter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!
The Division (or what we called “The Divs” when I was a kid roaming the suburban streets of Ohio, looking for my next hit of Capri-Sun) wonders if you have plans this weekend. Yes? No? Willing to cancel? If you have a slice of time, perhaps you’d like to play the game and see how it’s shaped up over the past couple of years.
From May 4th through the 7th, you can try out The Division for free. There are just two conditions: You have to play it on a PC and you need to go through Uplay to access the promotion.
The Division pushed out a patch last month that tackled a whole host of bugs and added the new loadout system. Check out the exact times of the promotion’s start and end after the break.
Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.
But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.
So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!
There’s a new patch on The Division’s public test server today, the star of which is surely the loadouts system first teased last month.
“Loadouts offer players the chance to save their equipped Weapons, Gear, Skills and Talents to Loadout slots, allowing for quick swapping of builds to be used for different activities,” the patch notes say. “Players will be able to create and save up to 6 Loadouts per character. Each Loadout can be directly equipped when out of combat.”
It’s mostly bug and balance and quality of life patch beyond that; expect tweaks for the PvP-centric Dark Zone, a few weapon nerfs, and minor talent and skill adjustments. When does it migrate to the real servers? That’s anybody’s guess.
If you’re a fan of The Division and Ubisoft, you’ve probably already got your eye on Ghost Recon Wildlands, yet another entry in the ubiquitous Tom Clancy franchise. It’s been labeled a tactical shooter, but gamers comfortable with calling games like Destiny MMOs will be at home in four-man multiplayer mode, particularly given that it features one of the studio’s biggest open worlds ever, thanks to the gorgeous deserts of Bolivia being used as backdrop.
The game is launching for PC, PS4, and Xbox One next week on March 7th, though the game’s open beta just closed down, hence the buzz (which is mostly positive, mind you, though folks are side-eyeing performance on console). Are you giving it a go?
Time to get over your apprehension about dropping money on The Division to see what this apocalyptic shooter is all about. With today’s Last Stand DLC pack, Ubisoft is instituting a free trial for anyone curious about the title.
The trial allows you to do anything in the game, but there are a couple of limits: You can’t go higher than level 8, and you can’t play longer than six hours. Progress in the trial will be carried over into the full game if you wish to purchase it.
There’s a lot more going on with the Last Stand expansion than a trial, of course. There’s the titular PvP game mode, a new incursion, three additional Dark Zone areas, Dark Zone leaderboards, and legendary difficulty. Check out the DLC and trial trailers below!
The Division is planning a double threat of gaming goodness that will be coming soon to a console or PC near you. Ubisoft will be rolling out two major pieces of content simultaneously in the coming months, delivering both the paid Last Stand DLC and the free Update 1.6.
It is this latter update that the team recently discussed in detail, telling players that they should expect some major improvements even if they don’t drop money on the DLC. The headlining feature is an expansion of the Dark Zone which should double the size of the PvP zone from what it covers today.
There’s a ton of additional aspects of 1.6, including a Legendary difficulty mode for three missions. These will be far and away some of the toughest content of the game, with new mobs and vanity items for the victors.
You may have forgotten that a The Division movie has been in the works since last year. That is understandable: Time passes, trash day requires effort, and people didn’t shut up about Rogue One in your Twitter feed during the month of December. But we can assure you that the film is a real thing, it is still happening, and it has secured its director.
Stephen Gaghan has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of the online game. Gaghan is a writer who has has several movie screenplays under his belt, including Syriana and Traffic. He also penned the script for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Gaghan is excited about the source material for the film: “The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan. It’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities.”
Ralph the Wonder Llama kicks off today’s community screenshot gallery with a salute to the late, great Tabula Rasa.
“Yes, Tabula Rasa ended up being rushed to market, and many of its features were pretty rough around the edges when the game first released, but this was 2008! Can you imagine what Tabula Rasa would have been like if it had survived and gotten a couple of expansions under its belt? The mind boggles. Here’s a shot of my Grenadier at Foreas Base, taken just a few days before shutdown. You can’t really tell with the helmet on, but I’m pretty sure my character is crying.”
On that happy note, let’s see what else you all have cooked up for us today!
One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the “best of” lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016
. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.
The highest-revenue titles on the list (the “platinum” sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man’s Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.
And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the “bronze” titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.
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Wake up! Are you awake? Good, because you’ve got less than 24 hours to take advantage of Amazon’s first ever “Digital Day” sales event. Until midnight today, a whole bunch of digital content (movies, ebooks, and yes, games) are on sale.
We’ve rounded up some of the best deals on online games for you so that you can spend those Amazon gift cards you just got for Christmas… which may have been Amazon’s plan all along. Sinister!
Want even more deals? We’ve got a few more after the break!