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Massively Overthinking: Unfair stigmas that follow MMORPGs

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A few weeks back, our team was discussing the intersection of survival sandboxes, MMORPG virtual worlds, and gankboxes - and how hard it is...

SGF 2024: Hands-on with NCsoft’s long-awaited Throne and Liberty, launching September 17

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Most of the games I played at Summer Game Fest were more enjoyable than I expected - including Throne and Liberty, which was probably...

SGF 2024: Hands-on with New World’s controversial Aeternum reboot, which is still an MMORPG

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How's everyone recovering from all this New World Aeternum news coming out of Summer Games Fest? It's been kind of a confusing time for me, as...

Hands-on with V Rising: PC vs. PS5, multiplayer, and progression impressions

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You might think given the last few pieces I've written that I might have a thing for vampires. I vehemently deny this. It is...

First Impressions: Elder Scrolls Online story, not scribing, is Gold Road’s apex

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If you followed my series of Choose My Adventure columns from last month, you'll know that I ended up making Elder Scrolls Online my...

Progress Bar: Wayfinder is in a much better place as an offline game

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Normally we're the sort of gamers who advocate for more MMOs and multiplayer games, not less. We're also all about games being preserved. Therein...

First Impressions: Corepunk’s MOBA-esque closed alpha was fun – with lots of room to grow

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I've got a pretty good poker face, especially when nobody can see my face. So I've been pretty subtle about my excitement for Corepunk...

Second Wind: V Rising’s 1.0 build is a fangtastic revamp of the vampire survival sandbox

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It doesn't seem possible that V Rising burst onto the scene almost two years ago, but here we are. I sometimes struggle to get...

Second Wind: World of Warcraft’s radically casual new endgame

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Today we're going to be dusting off Second Wind, a column where we revisit MMOs of the past. It's an older column, sir, but...

First Impressions: Gigantic Rampage Edition’s classic Clash mode and the game’s overall plans for the future

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I admit that when I was first invited by Gearbox Publishing to get my hands on the resurgent Gigantic, I was mostly awestruck. I...

First impressions: Final Stand Ragnarok is not Camelot Unchained, but it’s a fun romp anyway

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At the top of 2020, when City State Entertainment's Mark Jacobs first announced Final Stand Ragnarok - called Project Colossus back then - it...
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The Daily Grind: Are there any MMOs you waited for reviews before buying?

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As someone who spends a not-insubstantial part of my life reviewing games, especially with bigger titles, I know it sometimes feels like wasted time....

Global Chat: What are the top dragons in EverQuest?

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If you were pressed to put together a top 10 list of the most famous and infamous dragons in EverQuest, which beasties would you...

Progress Bar: Inside the latest 24-hour pre-alpha test of Pantheon Rise of the Fallen

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This past Saturday was when Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen elected to open up its floodgates and let a whole bunch of people into...

First Impressions: Nightingale’s survival and realmwalking blend could make it a stand-out in the sub-genre

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Our regular readers know that the survival sandbox sub-genre is suddenly getting very crowded in very short order, which means that the upcoming gaslamp...

Not So Massively: Stormgate isn’t delivering a revolution (yet)

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Stormgate's marketing is laser-focused on studio Frost Giant's plan to deliver an "RTS revolution." With StarCraft II still popular but slowly waning as it...

First Impressions: Palworld copied all the right homework to graduate as its own enjoyable game

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You know how the back of a box of Hamburger Helper or other boxed dinner mixes encourage you to toss in extra ingredients to...

Fight or Kite: Warhaven’s pre-season 2 is super fun but perilously unbalanced

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Update: This column was written before we knew that Nexon has decided to sunset the game in April, unfortunately. Consider this our eulogy and...

A fresh first impressions: Checking out Palia for the first time on Switch

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Outside of MMORPGs, life sims are probably the most-played genre in my household. I originally bought Stardew Valley for my wife a few years...

First Impressions: Nexon’s THE FINALS blends the best features of Overwatch, Valorant, and Titanfall

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As a true gamer through and through, I’ve played my fair share of games. By now I’ve probably played every genre of video game...

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