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Massively OP Podcast Episode 446: Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of MMOs

Chris and Justin discuss Tarisland's beta, Perfect New World's beta, Pantheon 247 cancelation, SWTOR's Aussie server, EVE Online's Havoc, World of Warcraft's Seeds of Renewal, WoW Classic Hardcore, and WoW Classic Season of Discovery.

First Impressions: Tarisland has some rickety bones but some solid muscle

I admit that it can be kind of hard to process Tarisland without immediately comparing it to a certain title. I've had no emotional...

First Impressions: Warcraft Rumble is a slick but shambolic multiplayer romp

I won't say that Warcraft Rumble was at the top of my most-anticipated games of 2024, but I've been low-key excited about this title...

First Impressions: Perfect New World is an unbalanced mess right now with its ‘equilibrious’ test

This past week has been a mighty full one for our genre in terms of the number of beta tests that landed on our...

Perfect Ten: Solid MMOs you might be sleeping on in 2023

For today's list, I wanted to take a different approach to recommending MMORPGs to you. I know we often talk about underrated titles, but...

LOTRO Legendarium: Are we ready for LOTRO’s Corsairs of Umbar?

They say that as you get older, time seems to pass by much more quickly. Perhaps that explains why 2023 feels like it's been...

Corepunk is running a tiny preview test this weekend with several more planned ahead of December early access

It's been a long couple of years of waiting - and five delays, several of them due quite literally to the invasion of Ukraine...

Hands-on: Cozy game Fae Farm might strike familiar gameplay beats, but its setting is the sauce

I appreciate how a lot of my opinion of Fae Farm is going to come off reductive or as I'm damning it with faint...

Pantheon content creator releases pre-alpha impressions in latest video

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen followers might know that Visionary Realms has been seeking influencer and content creator partnerships for some time now, but...

Global Chat: Getting sucked into Palia

Cozy life sim Palia is making more converts, even after a rough start. One player who's glowing brightly about the title is The Friendly...

First Impressions: Hands-on with Fae Farm’s delightfully strong opening chapters

I suspect that many readers are familiar with the moment when a game has you so completely engrossed that you forget to look up...
Don't you guys have phones?

Not So Massively: First impressions of Warcraft Rumble

Being Canadian and living door to the global superpower down south sometimes feels like being the overlooked younger sibling of a celebrity, so it's...

First Impressions: I sat through Wayfinder’s queues so you don’t have to

Over the past few days, I have spent many hours waiting in Wayfinder's seemingly endless queues. But what of the game at the end...
Sure, all right.

First Impressions: I honestly can’t tell whether I like Wayfinder or not

Playing Wayfinder marks the first time in my games writing career that my impression of a game has involved quite so much of my...

First impressions: Palia is a half-baked project that could rise to be a masterpiece

For a reviewer, there is nothing more frustrating than something that is equal parts amazing and terrible. All awesome? That's an easy, glowing recommendation....

First Impressions: Palia is missing the depth MMO life-skillers are hoping for

"Life-sims" are another of those game genres that I like in theory, but less so in practice. Most have graphical styles I find off-putting,...

First Impressions: Craftopia’s seamless world update is a game-changing breath of fresh air

I've been inside of Craftopia once before, having taken a look at this weird yet colorful survivalbox back in 2020. Since then, I've dabbled...
Sometimes you do a job and you gotta monetize it.

MMO Burnout: Final Fantasy XVI is a high-water mark for the franchise in every way that matters

Over the coming days, weeks, months, and likely years, we are going to watch a whole lot of fighting happen over Final Fantasy XVI....

MMO Burnout: Dramatic Labs finds the right tone for Star Trek Resurgence

As a longtime gamer and observer of the industry, I know it can be tough to get excited about new announcements and releases. We’re...

Global Chat: MMO players’ reactions to Diablo IV’s launch and SWTOR’s studio move

As the online community once again gets swept up into the hellscape of Diablo, there are no shortages of opinions about the quality of...