MMO Week in Review: March 15, 2015

    
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Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

In spite of losing its director of design and delaying the release of its first-person camera view patch, Guild Wars 2 elicited cheers this week when it announced that map completion will no longer require WvW map exploration. ArenaNet also revealed the Desert Borderlands world vs. world map due to launch as part of the Heart of Thorns expansion.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

Here’s what our Stream Team was up to this week:

Our friends at Blizzard Watch posted some fun stuff too:

Finally, this week MOP reintroduced two columns from the old site, Flameseeker Chronicles and MMO Mechanics, and unveiled our brand-new comic, Sword and Bored. Yay!

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SwobyJ
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RooWoods SwobyJ I don’t mind a Transylvania nerf but I would have preferred it happen after ALL Tokyo content is out (so later this year, or into 2016). Egypt is dead and I’d rather newer players do everything there easily enough at this point. I don’t mind nerfs. I just want them to be intelligently and carefully done in TSW.

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SwobyJ RooWoods I was going through Transylvania when this happened . Its is significantly easier now .I agree thought the areas in Solomon Island may have needed a easier learning curve but what we  have got now is a casual game through all the core game areas .

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Gimme mah AC1.1!!!

GoJammit
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GoJammit

woolydub I hate that my work week starts Tuesday.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

RooWoods I’m loving the New Player Experience, personally. However, I don’t think it should have affected Transylvania so much. But Solomon and Egypt? At this point? Sure! Let players advance and explore the game, even at lower skill levels. The point, at least for me, is the story – not the punishing difficulty (which should still maintain but ought to be sacrificed at times for story – TSW’s shining point).

RooWoods
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RooWoods

Worst thing that happened this week was the Secret World New Player Experience which dumbed down the game to the point I no longer which to play it anymore . I was really surprised at Funcom but I would think its out of desperation given their financial situation . Who knows maybe making TSW a casual game will attract more people to it but I suspect given that it is a horror based game designed for a more adult market that it will have the opposite effect . I think they have made a huge miscalculation about their player base and potential player base and this is the beginning of what I suspect will now be a rapid decline for a once great mmo. 

Looking forward to the Elder Scrolls tomorrow . I hear they have done a lot to fix the issues that put me off it in the first place .

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Zulika_Mi_Nam

I had a crazy work week and totally missed that article about the EQNext forums.  I had thought about trying to up the asking price on my Station Cash from just a ham sandwich to a ham sandwich on rye.  I’ll never see that rye now  :-(

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Hoping that this coming week has the following:

-GW2 deciding to release the camera changes in a minature feature pack.

-Heart of Thorns expansion Beta starting.

Cake, cookies, or pie (no brownies!).  

This week is going to be sweet!

woolydub
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woolydub

I can not wait to play ESO on Tuesday! I am also holding out hope that the camera changes will be coming to GW2 on Tuesday! I have put MH on the backburner for a bit because I want to spend 2 straight weeks murdering NPCs in ESO and robbing them blind.