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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 Roundup: Destiny 2, Spellbreak, Vigor, Valorant, Frostpoint, Shadow Arena, and PUBG’s BLACKPINK collab

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Welcome to a quick roundup of some news from the Not-So-Massively world! Destiny 2: Bungie posted a trailer and a detailed dev blog on Destiny...

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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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....

Not So Massively: My top 10 favorite ARPG classes

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I love me some ARPGs, but in any RPG your enjoyment will depend so much on finding the right class. A game that felt...

Not So Massively: I like survival mechanics, not survival games

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When I played We Happy Few, one of the things that surprised me the most was how much I enjoyed the survival mechanics. I...

Not So Massively: Kind Words is one of the most intense games I’ve ever played

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In these trying times, I think we're all dealing with a certain degree of anxiety and loneliness. For some of us, feeling worried and...

Not So Massively: Exploring the Reign of Terror Diablo II mod for Grim Dawn

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Unlike a lot of ARPG fans, I was never a big player of Diablo II back in the day. I enjoyed the story and...

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