MMO Week in Review: People are going to an awful lot of trouble to play a 2004 MMO where the heroes don’t even have fingers

Yeah I said it, fight me. It's what y'all get for naming the test server "Bree." :P

    
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Did anybody read a damn thing other than City of Heroes rogue server news this week? Because so much happened! Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr started testing! We scored first impressions of Pagan Online! Torchlight Frontiers announced a new class that summons a freakin’ ghost train! Atlas Reactor is sunsetting! Ack, wait, no, that last one is bad.

But yes, also the City of Heroes rogue server thing happened too. Obviously, we can’t advise you to go do anything illegal, but if you’re itching to dig in, Reddit and Discord are the best places to learn how. Have fun storming the castle sewers!

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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Armsman

RE: CoH EMU Servers – 8000 is “a lot of people”? Given the number of MMOs, and the average players online fo a majority of them, honestly no, it’s a drop in the bucket.

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Alyn

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camren_rooke

I liked Gally (Alita’s) character but she needed a better movie. I realize the story in Alita wasn’t much, but ugh, did they have to put in the teeny heartthrob storyline?

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Alyn

yeah you are soo right. it was a great concept but crappy writing-

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camren_rooke

Cameron relying on graphics over story again.

I guess when you make a bajillion dollars with a storyless movie like Avatar, you get kind of cynical about the whole movie business.

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Melissa McDonald

Avatar had a story. It was Dances With Wolves remade. :)

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xpsync

I thought the avatar story; message; was about how mega corporations are evil and mean to blue people and they don’t like trees for some reason? :)

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camren_rooke

I gotta say, after finally getting the client installed, I was able to get in and oh my, ‘teh feelz’.

Bree was hopping and I think at one point there were 5 Atlas Parks, all full.

Lots of folks being nice to one another, some jerks, but not a lot.

I was able to get a couple of my old names back and get them up a few levels. And slowly remember how much customization you could do to powers and abilities.

That said, there are some areas that have desperately not aged well. Faces for one. They really do look like they came out of the 2004’s.

Otherwise, it was nice to see some of the new powersets and some wierd stuff that has been added. Dark/Dark corruptor got some strange skull options for their power effects.

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IronSalamander8 .

The graphics do look aged but not terrible. I would say the avatars suffer more than the environment from being a bit too obviously polygonal. Just being able to play Iron Vixen again was so good! I had forgotten how much the game got right compared to other MMOs!

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xpsync

Nice to read others having that feeling too, wasn’t with this game for me was with swg but yeah it’s such an awesome feeling.

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Eamil

Hey, fingers are a lot of polygons!

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Utakata

…so are pigtails. Least they kept those separated! o.O

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camren_rooke

It’s like some mad scientists experiment.

“I’ll take two pig tails and through the use of mad science create ONE SINGLE PIG TAIL! Which I shall call…. a PONY TAIL! Don’t ask me why! IT’S MAD SCIENCE!”

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Sorenthaz

Cr1tikal has actually been streaming it. Was surprised to see he’s a big fan of it. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/414611909

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Peregrine Falcon

I thought that when I tried City of Heroes again that I’d find that it wasn’t all that my ageing memory made it out to be. That I’d hate the horrible graphics and I’d quickly get bored with the old fashioned gameplay.

After playing for several hours last night, for the first time since Nov 30th 2012, I parked my remade Invuln/EM Tanker in the spot where I’d parked her almost every night for years before the game closed. And that’s when it hit me.

The graphics didn’t bother me. The old fashioned gameplay was FUN. And I remembered just how much I’d missed Paragon City. I know some people are still angry at Leandro, and I can’t blame them for that, but CoH is back now. I hope that we can forget the hate, remember why we loved Paragon City, and move forward as a great community once again.

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IronSalamander8 .

Honestly the graphics aren’t even bad. Dated for sure, and the avatars are a little under-polugoned, but not bad. I remember when I first played it back in’04 and how much better looking it was than EQ which was my main game at the time.

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xpsync

Been preaching that about swg, after you acclimate the graphics aren’t that bad.

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camren_rooke

I mean people still play Dwarf Fortress. It’s got ascii graphics or at best, some 8 bit tilesets.

If the gameplay is good, the graphics count less. Would I like to see some updated character models, sure but they won’t keep me from enjoying.

That would be NC Soft lawyers….*still waiting for other shoe to drop

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xpsync

It goes without repeating but i always like two games on the go, atm the only game is SWG, second slot is wide open.

Reality is that swg is all i want to play right now if i’m being honest.

This game though seems like a perfect fit, light, airy, fun, not over complex, simply a great place to just let loose and have some fun, correct me if i’m wrong.

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xpsync

It’s funny, i essentially missed out on SWG and COH all because of EQ2, which was mainly due to meeting the right peeps, but nothing at the time could topple EQ2.

It was super deep, super challenging, and having the right people around you to take down end game there, well was a gift tbh as that was the last hooray for that sort of intense, toe curling, group synergy required content.

Fast forward a decade it’s looking like swg and coh are going to be my new staples. lol?

Very much considering this as second slot, not in a rush luckily so can wait a bit for the other shoe to drop (thx camren_rooke).

I don’t know what to say about this other than HELL Yeah! I mean come on this is too paradoxical or simply experiencing synchronicity.

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IronSalamander8 .

See that’s exactly why I’m enjoying CoH again so much. Is it perfect? Nope, no game is, but it’s so good in so many ways. CoX has such solid gameplay and QoL features that it kills other MMOs that just lack in one way or another. Some things (SKing up or down, being able to target a player on your team for heals/buffs and attacking their target without target switching, power customizations, etc.) are so good they should be standard across the board.

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Jack Pipsam

Nobody would blame you if you become super smug and have a slight power-trip for having an entire server named after yourself in what might end up being the biggest MMO news story of the year XD

It hasn’t even been a week yet since this broke haha, what a ride.

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camren_rooke

What did Ferris Bueller say? “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t roll a Traps Mastermind you could miss it.”

Something to that effect, I haven’t seen the movie in a long time.

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IronSalamander8 .

I can live without fingers, well they’re there, they’re just not able to move independently! Love being able to play CoX again and it really has been enjoyable, I was worried about the rose colored glasses effect and the graphics are showing their age, but so much stuff it did right, it’s been a great return!

I do love that the server is called ‘Bree’ too, I did a double take on that one! It is weird not having all my higher level characters, but it’s fun to visit old haunts again. Super strength is still oh so satisfying with the sounds and visual effects, part of why I didn’t get into CO much, their version, ‘might’, was terrible in comparison.

On a side note, when did we ever have female Skulls and Hellions? I don’t remember that. It’s not a bad or good thing really, just something I noticed. Must have been added late in the game’s original life cycle, I hadn’t played much at the end there, so could have missed it easily.

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Skoryy

I was worried about the nostalgia vision, too, but I’ve had some thoughts on that since everything blew up this week. There’s a lot that City of Heroes got right, that other MMOs really haven’t capitalized on over the years.

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Utakata

I dunno. Least they made nice bowling pins though! O.o

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Skoryy

They honor you with the test server, and this is the thanks they get. ;)

(This is also why I’m still hype on the successors like CoT and SoH. I want fingers, darnit!)

And a bummer on Atlas Reactor. That was Hit Streak’s big project post-Cryptic. :(

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IronSalamander8 .

Atlas Reactor sounded cool too. :(