Games in our Multiplayer category are multiplayer online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include OARPGs, online shooters, online strategy games, mobile MMOs, and other pseudo-MMOs that optionally provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. We formerly categorized Multiplayer titles as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our MOBA category for PvP-centric arena battlers. [Follow the Multiplayer Online Games category’s RSS feed]
Stompy Bot’s mecha shooter Heavy Gear Assault was meant to hit early access on Steam this week, but Valve has yet to usher it on (common these days). Nevertheless, if you’re anxious to play the game, we’ve got keys for that, courtesy of the studio itself! You’ll need Steam and some patience; while you can apply the key now, you’ll have to wait for Valve to release the game for download. And then? Mechs.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016, which was awarded to ARK: Survival Evolved last year. As you might surmise, the games eligible for this category are online games that generally aren’t considered traditional MMORPGs — they’re MOBAs, online dungeon crawlers, ARPGs, online shooters, survival sandboxes, and other games that tread into MMO territory but aren’t full MMORPGs. Once again, we’ve opted to include pre-2016 titles, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
The Massively OP staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016 is…
If Massively OP’s MJ thought the swamp in ARK was dangerous before, what will she think of it now? There’s a dino there that she hasn’t come across yet, and even after all the stories of it dragging players — and mounts — off into the waters to drown them she still wants to go find some. In fact, MJ not only wants to see a Kaprosuchus in action, she wants to tame one or two! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to get in on the hunt for these fast mini-crocodiles.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 17th, 2016
It’s no secret that Massively OP’s MJ loves sandboxes, so she’s always interested in checking out new ones. Wild Terra went into Steam Early Access this month, giving her a chance to dropping in and check out this indie game. How long can she survive before the Death Counter feeds? Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first glimpse into…
What: Wild Terra
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 16th, 2016
So file this one under “that happened”: A pro-gaming team has opened a pop-up e-sports retail store in London.
The team is Fnatic, and really it’s bigger than one team, as the org runs multiple teams across a bunch of different games; you’ve surely heard of them if you’ve paid even the slightest lick of attention to League of Legends e-sports in the past few years.
The group’s retail startup is a pretty clear indication of how e-sports is entering the mainstream: True, “BUNKR,” the warehousey, graffiti-sprayed, artsy walkup looks hip and indie, but the actual merch, from t-shirts to gaming gear, is encased in high-tech, boutique-style displays with game stations set up for guests to use. It looks pro and expensive, and the staffers running the place are clear that they are modeling the business on professional sports teams, like most everything else in e-sports.
It’s the holiday season in… wherever Warframe
takes place. It may be space. We are pretty sure
it is space. Even in space, there are holidays. That means that it’s the perfect time to give gifts to other players, but the game is taking it to the next level by making sure that giving people gifts in game translates to giving more money to the Boys and Girls Club of London in the Tennobaum Gifting Extravaganza
The system is pretty simple; as the community gives more gifts out to other players, higher donation tiers are unlocked and a bigger donation will go to charity. You can track the progress on the official site, or you can just get in and start gifting. So everyone’s giving things to other people and money goes to charity; it’s a pretty win-win scenario in the game and in the real world.
The curtains have parted on the first of Amazon Game Studios’ upcoming titles, as Breakaway has launched its first public alpha test this weekend.
From today through Monday morning, December 19th, anyone can jump into this 4v4 team battler to test his or her mettle — and the mettle of the fledgling studio creating it. AGS said that there is no NDA on the test but asked players to remember that there are more than a few rough edges as it is still in alpha.
The test coincides with a new patch that adds the Atlantis map, balance changes, a progression system, and the mad scientist Victor. Why are they always called Victor?
Check out glimpses of Breakaway’s gameplay after the break!
It’s a bit odd that we have an entire category of peripherals known as “controllers” when everything you use to control a video game is a controller. A controller is just a thing that controls something else, right? But you know that when Fragmented‘s latest patch finishes up improving controller support, you know what’s being talked about. Still, the important part is that you can now work the game’s housing commands and control configuration with your controller, so now you can happily pick up your controller and control away.
The patch also improves the durability on body armor, so your Armor of Invincibility will take longer to turn into Tattered Shreds Which Were At One Point Armor of Invincibility. Repair kits have been added as well, so you can patch up your equipment in the field as necessary. Check out the full patch notes to see everything that’s been fixed or improved; you’ll have to scroll through that on a mouse and keyboard.
Are you interested in The Division, but not interested enough to put down your money and try it out on your dime? A compromise is available to you. Starting today, players can download the game, log in, and try shooting their way through the game’s various missions and back-alleys completely free. The promotion runs from now until December 18th, so you have plenty of time to get in and get shooting.
If it winds up tickling you, the further good news is that the game is half off at the official store for both standard and gold editions of the game, so you can pick up a copy for yourself at discount price. And maybe pick up another copy for a friend so that you can almost justify it as proper holiday shopping. It’s all right, we won’t tell anyone. Just take advantage of all of this before the weekend’s over if your interest is piqued.
Are we hyped for Funcom’s Conan Exiles yet? Are we excited to dive into the thrilling brutality promised by the sandbox survival game? Bummer because it’s not out for another six weeks, and even then only in early access. But how about a comic book in the meantime?
Yep, Funcom announced it’s joined up with Dark Horse to produce a Conan Exiles digital comic, also set to release in January. This isn’t the first time Funcom’s done this, either; you’ll recall that Dark Horse collaborated on the comic ahead of Age of Conan’s original launch way back in 2008 too. Hey, Age of Conan. How’s it going. You gonna help dad with the new baby? Awesome. Hang in there, buddy.
Funcom is also pushing tomorrow’s 1 p.m. EST stream, during which it’s promised to demo thrall gameplay for the first time. Until then, here’s that comic cover:
When multi-faction PvP games come out, it always feels as though you are being recruited for some sort of specialized street gang. Whom will you fight for? Which will come to define your identity and create in you an unbearable hatred for all of the other gangs?
Ubisoft’s upcoming multiplayer title For Honor has three such groups courting you for your combat prowess: knights, vikings, and samurai. Each group really, really doesn’t like each other, and even after a massive cataclysm, they’d rather be at each other’s throats than work together to rebuild society and latte-dispensing coffee shops.
While there is a PvE storyline in For Honor, the meat of the game is clearly its several PvP modes, including 1v1 duels, 4v4 death matches, and 2v2 brawls in “vivid, larger-than-life battlefields.” Currently the game is in beta testing with an eye on February 14th, 2017, as its release date. It’s a buy-to-play game that will come out on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
What do you know about the USS Alabama? “It is a boat” is a perfectly acceptable answer in this context because that is correct! It is almost certainly a boat, and it is a boat that’s causing quite a lot of trouble in the World of Warships community based on its means of acquisition. The short version is that it’s being given out to select supertesters, players who dedicate an enormous amount of time and effort to testing the game’s patches and offering feedback.
Why is this controversial? Well, it’s a really good boat. Like, “very competitive in high-end gameplay” good. And there’s no way to get it outside of dedicating a great deal of time to being a supertester and then getting selected to be given the boat, which also has an enormous amount of hull detailing (very important if you’re the sort of person who knows about boats). In short, it’s a really powerful boat that’s more or less inaccessible for most players and only goes out to a very limited subset of players. That’s… kind of unpleasant, yes? And it does nicely explain the boat controversy.
The holiday season is rolling out in many of Blizzard’s games (although that Diablo guy is being a real Grinch about it), so as you peruse the launcher, here’s a handy guide to what to expect in the studio’s games.
Overwatch is introducing its Winter Wonderland event for the first time this year. In addition to cozy decorations, the team shooter is adding winter loot boxes (with 100 seasonal items) and the new Mei’s Snowball Offensive 6v6 brawl. The event will conclude on January 2nd.
Over at World of Warcraft, Azerothians are preparing for the return of the Feast of Winter Veil. Quests, toys, and even kissing is on tap for this annual event, and you’ll want to make sure to log in on December 25th to grab your free presents from underneath Greatfather Winter’s tree!
Finally, Heroes of the Storm welcomes Winter Veil through January 4th. New skins can be purchased, but for those wanting freebies, a snowflake portrait and goblin mount is yours for participating in 25 games. Additionally, a 25% XP boost will be running for the duration of the event.