Global Chat: Torchlight Infinite’s infinite challenges

    
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The upcoming Torchlight Infinite is starting to build some positive buzz for this multiplayer ARPG, and Battle Stance was on the scene to check out its beta. Unfortunately, the experience was found to be wanting.

“The graphics are awesome, I love cel shading and it looks nice. After playing for just shy of two hours, that’s unfortunately everything positive I have to say. It kinda feels clunky (maybe also because it’s a mobile port to PC), the UI is not great, but mostly… it just doesn’t seem to be fun for me.”

Read on for more MMO essays covering titles like SWTOR, No Man’s Sky, Noah’s Heart, and more!

Going Commando looked into the practice of combat logging in SWTOR: “The game warns you that this is ‘a feature for advanced users that may require active disk management,’ which is their way of saying that if you play a lot, you’ll want to make sure to clear out the combat log folder every so often or your hard drive might get clogged up with thousands of text files after a while.”

Gamer Lady found several small things to criticize about No Man’s Sky: “After about 230 hours of playing No Man’s Sky, I think I may be done with the game. While I admire the developers for their dedication and for putting out content updates so regularly, this is one game where you pretty quickly come to realize that you are playing the same thing over and over again, in a different skin.”

Inventory Full examined Noah’s Heart’s gacha scene: “As a business model, it seems a particularly bad fit for the MMORPG genre, where winning is often deemed almost emblematically impossible. For Noah’s Heart, it seems even more inappropriate than usual.”

A Geek Girl’s Guide dipped toes into the new Disney Dreamlight Valley: “The only other thing I have found odd is sometimes the characters stand frozen in some places and it can be a little creepy, especially Mickey Mouse. Sometimes I wonder if they are bugged but no, sometimes they just stand still with mildly creepy smiles, and sometimes they are standing right outside your house. So I guess we can add jump scares to the tags for this game.”

KITTY!

Many Welps explained an unusual Elder Scrolls Online strategy: “My general rule of thumb is my first character in any MMO is going to be a practice child. It’s the one I’ll use to figure out the game and when I think I have basics down, roll a new character.”

The Ancient Gaming Noob has a few words to say about EVE Online’s announced expansion: “What we don’t have is much in the way of details so far. We haven’t heard much beyond what was talked about at Fanfest, and that was four months ago with a pretty long interval of not much at all going on. I know, CCP goes on vacation during the summer. But you would think they might want to sew the seeds of excitement… even the trailer is a whole lot of style and very little substance.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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