The MOP Up: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced (October 29, 2017)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from DauntlessEverQuestTERAOld School RuneScapeSword Art Online: Fatal BulletPath of ExileDestiny 2SurvariumBlade and SoulShot OnlineBlack Desert, and Elite: Dangerous, all waiting for you after the break!

New Games and Testing


  • Blade and Soul: A small patch this week made some minor adjustments. It’ll rock your world, as long as you’re very, very easily rocked.


  • Black Desert: The sandbox MMO appeared at PAX Australia this weekend to show off its console edition. The studio touted that it has accumulated 7.65 million users to date. Also, the team helped a world boss be less shy around players.[Source: press release]
  • Shot Online: This golf MMO just celebrated its 10-year anniversary of live operation. Congrats!

Odds and Ends


Watch the EverQuest developers play through the new Ring of Scale expansion:

Bandai Namco announced Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, a multiplayer cooperative title set in the popular anime universe:

Here’s everything Destiny 2 did to tailor the game for the PC experience:

Survarium introduced its first-ever cooperative mission with Patch 0.50:

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While SAO is trash, I am glad that a Japanese game like it is actually getting an Xbox One port for once, normally they skip the platform. I might buy it just for the support of XBO.


If only Elder Tale (Log Horizon) or The World (.hack) could become MMOs.

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This season there’s a new MMO related anime called Recovery of an MMO Junkie, or Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life… IDK what’s going on with the title localization b/c some of the title cards say the latter one, but it’s listed on sites like Crunchyroll as the former. But, it deals with an eclectic guild of adults with corporate jobs, college students, etc. and the kind of social bonds and atmosphere they share playing together. So it takes an angle I’ve never seen by making an MMO “lifestyle” story about the players, and I find it completely refreshing after trying to watch SAO and failing to make it past 4 episodes.


I dunno. I liked SAO for the first portion with . But then again I also binged Aincrad when I was super moody so was more sucked into the drama of it. Elfheim was okay (second part of ‘first season’) but was mostly just fellatio for the protagonist.

Tried watching Season 2 with Gun Gale Online or whatever (which this Fatal Bullet game seems to be basing things off of) but just didn’t keep interest enough to go past episode 2 or so.

Log Horizon I’ve enjoyed (still need to finish) because at least in the first chunk of the first season it focuses on an ensemble of characters and it’s actually interesting to learn about the game’s systems and how everything works in the world. It’s way less focused on typical shonen shenanigans and instead revolves around pretty much the cast exploring the world they’re stuck in. SAO sort of had that in a few episodes but that was never the focus, and pretty much always revolved around Kirito being some special rule-breaking badass.

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I’m not here to watch a jerky teenage boy (!!) MMO player’s ego be fellatiated (in the metaphorical sense), not here for it at all. :P That’s why I couldn’t stand to continue with it.

Log Horizon seems like good, fun adventures; I like the few episodes I have seen and will probably continue it soon. I’ve never seen .hack to weigh in on it for myself.

I think Wonderful Virtual Life is neat because it digs into relevant social aspects like the game-life balance, being a noob, romance and gossip among guild mates, finances and cash shop spendings, etc. So far, it’s not very action-y, but it’s interesting to me in other ways.


I’ve been playing Destiny 2 on PC after many hours of Destiny on my PS4.

Vicarious Visions nailed it. The game plays incredibly well, it’s rock-solid, and pumps out a solid 60FPS at 100% resolution and max graphics settings on my i7/1080 laptop even in the most hectic of fights. It’s crashed precisely one time in a week of playtime, and I’m pretty sure it was because of server-side issues, not client-side problems.

I’m in the camp of “Yay! More Destiny with polish and improvements!” I know some people wanted a whole new experience, but I just wanted more Destiny, so I got what I wanted.

If you liked Destiny 1 and would like a similar, slightly upgraded continuation of the experience, Destiny 2 on PC is absolutely the way to go.


Gun Gale Online always sounded like a game I would’ve liked to play… well. Y’know. Minus the creepy murderer killing you in your sleep bit.

Boy. This comment has to be totally opaque to non-anime fans. Sorry ’bout that.


If they debut Nerve Gear alongside the release of the game, I’m definitely taking a pass.

Well, I’m fairly certain that I’ll pass.

I mean, I KNOW I should pass, at least. No promises.


Yep, totally opaque – but I don’t need to be an anime fan to know that creepy murderers killing me in my sleep is bad :)