buy to play

‘Buy-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that have box or download fees associated with them but do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid B2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

Perfect Ten: The 10 types of MMO loot I’m always thrilled to get

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Loot's not something that I see discussed much these days among MMO players. It's probably because loot's been around since the beginning of online...

The Stream Team: Don’t let loose the Beast of War in Guild Wars 2

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Massively OP's MJ has now gathered Joku's army to lead into battle against Balthazar, and her team is finishing preparations to to meet...

PSA: The Elder Scrolls Online is offering a free trial of its ESO Plus subscription

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If you've already bought The Elder Scrolls Online and are curious about the benefits of subscribing to the game but aren't too keen...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 305: Restoring faith

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Justin and Bree discuss Elite Dangerous' Odyssey delay, LOTRO's latest mishaps, Guild Wars 2 Power, Pirate101 and the KingsIsle sale, and FFXIV's Ishgard restoration, with a Daily Grind blitz and mailbag topics on WoW Shadowlands, seeing how the sausage is made, and lifeskill-centric MMOs.

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga: Power

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2021 promises to be an exciting year for Guild Wars 2 fans, with an expansion looming on the horizon. Before we head to...

The Stream Team: Meeting up in Elder Scrolls Online’s Midnight Barrow

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Massively OP's MJ is going back to Elder Scrolls Online's Greymoor to continue the work in eradicating the Grey Host. She'll be meeting up...

One Shots: The magical land of candy

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We would all like to think that, given the opportunity, we would be brave adventurers in fantasy lands, venturing forth to slay dragons and...

Destiny 2 offers a look at changes to various reward sources and Stasis skills in PvP

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The weekly newsletter from Bungie is back after the holiday break, and in this first digest of 2021, players of Destiny 2...

Carpet-bombing Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey settlements is probably a bad idea

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With Elite Dangerous' Odyssey expansion delayed a smidge for PC and into fall for console, players have nothin' but time, so you may...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO were you hoping to hear much more about this past year?

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So 2020 wasn't exactly the year a lot of us probably thought it was going to be in early January. Every bit of our...
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The Division 2 and Ubisoft Massive studio tapped to create a Star Wars open world game

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When Lucasfilm Games announced its resurgence, we wondered aloud whether Electronic Arts' exclusivity contract to create Star Wars games was set to die...

Elder Scrolls Online delays Gates of Oblivion reveal event to avoid inauguration day pandemonium

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One of the big events MMO players were surely looking forward to this month was The Elder Scrolls Online's planned reveal of Gates...

Elite Dangerous has delayed Odyssey’s PC launch to late spring, console launch to fall

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When Frontier Developments opened preorders for Elite Dangerous' Odyssey expansion last month, most gamers presumed the launch was just around the corner....
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Riot Games and Bungie join forces to sue creator of Destiny 2 and Valorant cheat software

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When I saw this story cross our news room, I immediately envisioned Guardians and Agents clapping hands together and very possibly pumping their...

Guild Wars 2’s ‘Power’ chapter lands January 19 – here’s the new trailer!

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Prepare to feel the Power, Guild Wars 2 players: The next chunk of the Icebrood Saga is dropping next week. And yes, it's...

The Daily Grind: What was the most innovative MMO of 2020?

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Ages back, we used to run a "most innovative MMO" award, and it was one I always liked because it was a good spot...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Online gives free haircuts and booze to all

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It's a new year, pard'ners, and that deserves a round of drinks. And haircuts, too! Yeah, you're looking a little shabby there! Red Dead Online...

One Shots: A friend closer than a brother

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When you are heading out to the dangerous wilds where dismemberment, face melting, certain death, or even experience loss might be around every corner,...

Guild Wars 2 ends Mac support February 18 thanks to Apple OpenGL issues

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If anyone reading this is a player of Guild Wars 2 on a Mac, then we've got some bad news for you: ArenaNet...

The Daily Grind: What MMO release did you overhype in your mind?

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I don't think I'm overstepping here by stating that there is a whole lot riding on Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons. Not...

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