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Not-So-Massively games are online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. Generally, their “massive” nature is contested. They frequently include games from subgenres like battle royale, OARPG, MMOFPS, MMORTS, MOBA, lootershooter, mobile, and other pseudo-MMOs that provide single-player, offline, or custom-server support. The Not So Massively column is now written by Tyler Edwards. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Not So Massively: Four things I wish I’d known when I started Magic Legends

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Inevitably after a couple weeks in a new game, you've learned a few things that you wish you'd known from the start. For me...

Not So Massively: Magic Legends is messy, deep, and more of an MMO than you think

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I can't remember the last time I struggled so much deciding whether I like a game or not. I'm a fan of ARPGs, and...

Not So Massively: Checking the pulse of Star Wars Battlefront II

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As I am someone who is at best lukewarm to the Star Wars franchise, nearly as ambivalent toward shooters, and almost entirely uninterested in...

Not So Massively: Outriders’ demo teases a decent but unremarkable looter-shooter

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Outriders, the new co-op shooter from publisher Square Enix, is not a game I've followed super closely, but with Anthem consigned to eternal purgatory,...

Not So Massively: A eulogy for Anthem and Defiance

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Last week was a bloodbath. In a single day, we saw Electronic Arts consign one game to eternal maintenance mode, and Gamigo announced closures...

Not So Massively: Torchlight III is less than the sum of its parts

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Last summer in this very column, I argued that ARPGs are the pizza of gaming: Even when they're bad, they're still pretty good. The Torchlight...

Not So Massively: First impressions of Century Age of Ashes

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Dragons are ubiquitous to the point of over-exposure in gaming these days. And yet for all that, there are still very few games that...

Not So Massively: Wolcen’s Bloodtrail is worth coming back for

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I've been a fan of Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem from the start, but with how long things went quiet after the initial post-launch updates,...

Not So Massively: Haven is a noble but failed experiment in couples’ gaming

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This is purely anecdotal, but it has been my experience that most people who play games with other people tend to spend most of...

Not So Massively: Drake Hollow is the wholesome survival game we need right now

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I've talked in the past about liking survival mechanics in games, but not so much survival games themselves. There are a couple of reasons...

Not So Massively: Looking back at 2020 and ahead to 2021 in the realm of not-so-massively games

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So another year comes, and the last one's gone, and we dig deep just to carry on. Musical allusions notwithstanding, I thought it might...

Not So Massively: StarCraft II’s maintenance mode doesn’t mean game over

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Earlier this month, we learned that Blizzard was effectively putting StarCraft II into maintenance mode. Considering what a massive fan of StarCraft II I...

Not So Massively: Reflections on Blizzard, one year after the Hong Kong fiasco

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Almost exactly a year ago, I declared that the Blizzard I loved is dead, in reaction to the Blitzchung/Hearthstone/Hong Kong fiasco. Twelve months later, that...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from single-player games

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In my last Not So Massively column, I looked at the right and wrong ways for other genres to steal from MMOs. But in...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from MMOs

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Recently I played through the new PC port of the open world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. While playing it, I was struck by how...

Not So Massively: Iron Harvest 1920 is a dieselpunk RTS with a surprising amount of heart

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It's pretty common to stumble across a new game on the front page of Steam and think it looks interesting enough to add to...

Not So Massively: First impressions of StarCraft II’s co-op prestige system

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Last week, StarCraft II celebrated its tenth anniversary by launching the major 5.0 patch. With it came the new "prestige" system for co-op mode,...
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First impressions: Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout is a battle royale game for people who hate battle royale games

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Is anyone here familiar with Wipeout? It was an obstacle course game show where contestants had to avoid some pretty plush yet hard-hitting goofy...
Sure. That sounds right.

Not So Massively: Online ARPGs are the pizza of gaming

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I spend a lot of time thinking about online ARPGs these days. It's always been a genre I've enjoyed, and since taking over the...

Not So Massively: Gatewalkers has huge potential but isn’t there yet

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After years of hilariously wrong recommendations, something seems to have clicked with Facebook's algorithms lately to make it finally start showing me relevant ads....

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