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First impressions of the elusive Phantasy Star Online 2

We certainly live in interesting times. Last year, the idea of playing Phantasy Star Online 2 while I'm explicitly told to not leave the...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Visions of the Past Steel and Fire

Just three short months ago, ArenaNet teased us in its 2020 content preview for Guild Wars 2 with a new type...

Desert Arena: First impressions of Shadow Arena, the Diet Black Desert of battle royales

Did someone just cast Arcane Echo? Because this'll be our second piece on Shadow Arena this week, following its deep-dive by our...
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Dark Heart of Skyrim arrives to Elder Scrolls Online’s console version with the launch of Harrowstorm

Console fans, your wait is over, as The Elder Scrolls Online's Harrowstorm DLC and Update 25 are now making their way to you....

Wandering Wraeclast: Musings on Path of Exile’s Metamorph

At the close of Path of Exile's Metamorph league, I've been sitting back and musing on the league that brought about more changes...

Not So Massively: First impressions of Wolcen, a familiar but fun ARPG

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem isn't a game whose development I followed super closely, but I'd seen it on Steam aways back and thought...

Global Chat: Neverwinter is ‘damn good fun’

You know what's an interesting trend among MMO bloggers lately? It seems that many of them are heading back to Neverwinter -- and...

PAX East 2020: Hands-on with MMO survival sandbox Population Zero

At this weekend's PAX East, I got to sit down with Dmitry Muratov of Enplex Games to try out the studio's upcoming game,...

Hands-on with Dragon Raja: First impressions of Tecent’s new mobile MMORPG

I enjoy mobile MMOs. It's a hit-or-miss kind of genre: Some are great, others are terrible. I personally love the adventure of finding those good...

The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off the Dark Heart of Skyrim with the Harrowstorm DLC launch on PC

Today begins the new year of adventure and yet another nod to Skyrim in The Elder Scrolls Online as the Harrowstorm DLC and...
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First impressions of Elder Scrolls Online’s Harrowstorm and Unhallowed Grave

As longtime Elder Scrolls Online players well know, ZeniMax is launching the first chunk of content for the Dark Heart of Skyrim...

Global Chat: How fares WoW Classic at the six-month mark?

The phases (i.e., patches) for World of Warcraft Classic continue to roll out, and as the endgame takes form and Darkmoon Faire arrives,...

Guild Wars 2’s massive balance patch eyes major nerfs

There's a big, big update coming for Guild Wars 2 players -- and no, it's not another Living World Saga thingy. This one...
Ancient prophecies should perhaps be heeded.

First impressions: Warcraft III Reforged is someone’s monkey’s paw wish

Let me start with something that is, I feel, pretty indisputable: Warcraft III is a pretty great video game. Even taking away its impact...

Desert Oasis: Hands-on with Black Desert’s new Guardian awakening

Wow, that was fast. Kakao and Pearl Abyss just released the Guardian last week, and we're already gearing up for awakening her.

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Shadow in the Ice

The prologue and first episode of Guild Wars 2’s The Icebrood Saga did a lot of setting up, but weren't very satisfying. Episode...

Black Desert’s new axe-wielding Guardian is now live along with her launch events

The Guardian has officially joined Black Desert on PC here in the west as of today, wielding her trademark axe and shield to...

Black Desert’s PC roadmap dates Guardian Awakening, more Succession skills, and new continents

While players of Black Desert already had an idea of what was to come thanks to a content preview, there weren't many...
Not so close.

Global Chat: How fast should combat be in MMOs?

The speed of combat engagements in MMORPGs -- as rare as they may be -- was the topic du jour on a couple of...

LOTRO Legendarium: How did Lord of the Rings Online do in 2019?

When we gave Lord of the Rings Online the award this year for the Most Underrated MMORPG on the market, it came...

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