pve

PvE stands for player-vs.-environment, where environment is generally taken to mean the world, NPCs, and AI.

The Stream Team: Going to the green cave in ARK’s Extinction

The green cave. It's an interesting little death trap on ARK's Extintion server, and Massively OP's MJ can't wait to explore it! Her team...

The Game Archaeologist: Fury

Back in 1997, Australian game developer Auran arrived onto the scene with the real-time strategy title Dark Reign. While it wasn't exactly Command & Conquer...

The Daily Grind: Is player competition in MMOs healthy or harmful?

Youngsters these days probably won't ever experience the real struggle of logging into an MMORPG and endlessly fretting that other players will get to...

Massively Overthinking: What would you want out of a World of Warcraft 2?

Let's pretend for a moment that the reason Blizzard appears to be dropping the ball with World of Warcraft right now is that...

Tamriel Infinium: Examining the features (and hype!) of Elder Scrolls Online’s Season of the Dragon

I have mixed feelings about dragons coming to Elder Scrolls Online. Originally, we knew that we would not see them because they were...

ArcheAge rolls out update 5.1 as players call ‘bait-and-switch’ over normalized mounts

As promised, Gamigo pushed out update 5.1 for ArcheAge yesterday, complete with its hero system revmap, tweaks for pirates, the Abyssal Library do-over,...

TERA update is live on PC with the PvP Shore Hold battleground and PvE dungeon

When TERA players get tired of whaling on giant monsters, they turn to whaling on each other with giant weapons. Hey, they have...

Project Horseshoe’s design papers confirm decades of MMORPG lessons

Not everyone involved in game design is trying to squeeze every last penny out of you. Yes, a lot of them are, but many...

Black Desert’s battle royale mode, Shadow Arena, hits early access for current players today

Black Desert is formally hopping on the battle royale bandwagon this week with the "early access" release of Shadow Arena today. How...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 204: SpatialOS spasms

Justin and Bree discuss the Unity vs. SpatialOS showdown, the Destiny 2 Activision split and investigation, Elite's massive event, big updates for Guild Wars 2, FFXIV, and LOTRO, plus our adventures in ESO, LOTRO, SWG, and DDO, and reader mail on games that don't click with you, the MMOs we'd like to see built, and video game eyeballs.
Insecure.

World of Warcraft outlines the item reward changes arriving in the game next week

Next week sees the opening of a new raid in World of Warcraft on Normal and Heroic difficulties, which means you'll be getting some...
Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

Anthem promises matchmaking for all of its content

We don't yet know all of the content that will be available for Anthem, as previews thus far have showed off open-world questing and...

Choose My Adventure: The lonesome job of star charting in Elite Dangerous

Today's edition of Choose My Adventure features results that were both a landslide and extremely close. On the one hand, most people suggested...

Interview: Astellia’s western team on pay-to-win, themeparks, and dodging early access and battle royale

Yesterday we covered the news that South Korean born MMORPG Astellia is heading westward in 2019, with its holy trinity classes, solid PvE...

PSA: Make sure you log in to get your free DC Universe Online CR210 character booster

Daybreak's superhero MMO DC Universe Online is currently in the midst of its eighth anniversary celebrations, complete with the new event Attack...
Deep cut.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.5 in review

Ah, that's the good stuff. I'm not going to lie, I was honestly a bit concerned about this patch for Final Fantasy XIV. Not just...

Slay by the seaside in TERA’s upcoming Shore Hold update for PC

Although TERA just released a pretty major update for console players last week, adding a brand-new class and a new dungeon, the devs...

Exclusive: Legends of Aria previews its first major content of 2019

We've had our eye on Legends of Aria since, well, long before it was called Legends of Aria, meaning we've been watching the...

MapleStory 2’s Skybound part 2 launches as Nexon bans exploiters and shuffles the classic team

MapleStory 2 got another big content infusion this week in the form of the second part of its Skybound expansion. "The update introduces the...

What Destiny 2 could’ve learned about community puzzle gating… from Star Wars Galaxies

Say you're the developer of an online shooter, but you really want to add something that challenges the players in a world where they...

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