MMO Week in Review: Blade & Soul’s headstart

    
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Blade & Soul’s headstart launched this weekend, and quite a lot of you are playing it already or planning to jump in Monday night/Tuesday morning when it officially launches. It hasn’t been the best of headstarts for the game, given its bumpy server conditions and GM naming controversy. Stay tuned this week for our launch festivities, including an updated hands-on with the game, and read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Eternal Crusade preps for Steam early access launch - Eternal Crusade is preparing for Steam early access, says Behaviour Interactive Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson. "We are now preparing to fully move over to the Early Access program on Steam, where you can easily get into…
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Lord of the Rings Online’s server woes continue - Days after Lord of the Rings Online moved to its new datacenter, the game is still being plagued by server issues that is causing it to be unplayable for some. One player reports why she's unsubscribed…
Elite: Dangerous has sold 1.4 million copies - After a solid year's worth of updates and the first pass of planetary landing mechanics, Elite: Dangerous has hit a grand total of 1.4 million copies sold. Average play time for a given copy is apparently…
Black Desert’s Ranger is gorgeous and deadly in melee - Daum Games has this afternoon released a trailer and info for Black Desert's Ranger -- specifically, the Ranger's melee skills. The Ranger's ranged skills have already been established; in melee, she'll wield a short-sword as her awakening…
DCUO launches on Xbox One this spring - During its DC Universe Online's fifth anniversary stream this afternoon, Daybreak announced that the superhero MMORPG is launching on Xbox One this spring. https://twitter.com/DaybreakGames/status/686635498954186752 The game is currently playable on PC, PS3, and PS4. We've updated…
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Veldan
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Veldan

This game is more fun than I thought it would be. I was planning to play for an hour this morning because I had stuff to do irl, but… suddenly, over 3 hours have passed

GoJammit
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GoJammit

KingoZZie GoJammit I look forward to giving it a try tonight.

KingoZZie
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KingoZZie

GoJammit While I haven’t tried it, I would say it’s well-suited for a gamepad, especially a class like Destroyer. The only thing you couldn’t do is Arenas, probably. Questing, leveling, and pve would be nice running around the world using a controller. Granted, of course, the things outside of combat like inventory management are handled decently.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Sorenthaz GoJammit What doesn’t these day? :)

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

ArtemisiaWS Sorenthaz ManastuUtakata Bereman99 Guess so?  I haven’t played Aion.  Both were developed in-house by NCSoft teams so it could very well be that B&S’s system took elements from Aion.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

ManastuUtakata BritoBruno Sorenthaz Sythalin http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=%E0%B2%A0_%E0%B2%A0

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

GoJammit Yeah ofc just a vocal whiny minority.   Still seemed to be big enough of a fuss to garner a MOP article about it.

Chinatsu
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Chinatsu

I had no problems with the B&S launch and I’m having a blast with the game. The combat is fun and the windwalking is a neat addition. Just need more costumes in the store cuz there aren’t any currently that appeal to me (bring on the swimsuits!)

@collagen123
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Not sure what server your on but Jiwan is perfectly fine, only server I hear of having trouble is Mushin in NA and that’s because it’s super overpopulated…….. 
They hopefully will cease CC on it come release because if it’s this bad now I can’t wait to see what happens come tomorrow…..

Bereman99
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Bereman99

ManastuUtakata Bereman99 Sorenthaz Yep – the icon list version when you pull up your skills with K shows every ability that is used from a specific keybinding, and clicking on them gives you more information such as what prerequisites have to be met to use the skill.

And if that’s not enough for ya, many of those skills can tweaked to better fit a PvE, Dungeon, or PvP playstyle with the skill points you get, so that an ability that did stun now doesn’t but does major damage instead, or heals, or knocks down instead of stuns so you can initiate attacks that require knocked down status.

Reminds me a bit of the glyph system of customization from Tera, to be honest, but more intuitive (and cheaper).