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Black Widow Rework First Impressions

Marvel Heroes 2015 -  Column

Scarlet Witch’s level 52 review as well as Black Widow and Hawkeye’s quality-of-life reworks hit Test Center yesterday and I wanted to take this week’s column to discuss my first impressions of Black Widow as she somewhat recently became my new main on live. While I do understand that this is her first iteration on Test Center and as such nothing is final, I have to say that I’m overall disappointed with the changes, even though I get why a lot of changes were made. Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Nexus Is About to Get Loads More Customizable

WildStar -  Interview

INVASION: Nexus is primed to bring some fun and useful things to WildStar players. Chief among them are the new Customization features including a boatload of vanity pets and a new Wardrobe function. We chatted with Lead Systems Designer Joe Piepiora to find out more.Posted Apr 22, 2015 by William Murphy

A Disappointing Week

General -  Column

As any fan knows, part of loving video games is also being disappointed in them every now and then. This week on Tales from the Neighborhood we’re looking at four disappointed blog posts about Neverwinter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and MMO communities in general, along with a couple of very positive posts about RIFT’s new wardrobe system.Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Jessica Cook

A Little Rant on Motif-Gate

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

Before I go any further with this rant, I need to explain something first, otherwise I’ll get Twitter/Steam/in-game messages asking why I’m still playing ESO. ESO is a great game, with a fantastic company behind it. But it just so happens that this fantastic company has blundered and has the community in a stir. With all the commotion that this blunder has created perhaps it will help Zenimax find better solutions to future endeavors. Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Ryan Getchell

Enjoyable, If Ultimately Unspectactular

Spirit Lords -  Review

Faster than you can say: “hey! Get those smudgy fingers off my screen”, we have another iOS action RPG teasing us all to smear-up our once pristine glass. Kabam’s Spirit Lords is a lot like all of those other games you’ve played - namely Torchlight and Diablo – but this time you can control affairs ala Tom Cruise in Minority Report; and that’s cool, right? Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Adam Tingle

EA's F2P Closures and Tanks vs. Zombies

General -  Column

Last week, while announcing that Need for Speed World, Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free and FIFA World will all be shut down in July, an EA exec stated that some of its F2P releases have declined in popularity. No ****, Sherlock. Upon seeing this news, I couldn't help wondering how the company feels about its strategy in this rapidly growing and thus increasingly important area. And earlier this month, Wargaming brought a smile to my face. Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Richard Aihoshi

No Shame in Paying to Game

General -  Column

I don’t want to rehash the same arguments about free-to-play that I have had since 2007, but it’s safe to say that even though most MMOs and many other games are now free at some level, players still feel a strange need to apologize for supporting gaming. I have worked in community as well, and the same attitude seems to apply to players who feel that developers are somehow the enemy or, at least, not to be trusted.Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Beau Hindman

Chronicles of New Eden - Varc Grayback's Greatest Fight

EVE Online -  Column

EVE Online is a game with a story to tell—millions of them, actually. Every day friendships are formed, battles lost, revenge exacted. This week we sit down with Varc Grayback, leader of an elite PvP corporation, to hear his story.Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Steven Messner

The WoW Token Rollercoaster - Price Hikes or Effective Option?

General -  Column

When we last looked at the topic of WoW token for World of Warcraft, Blizzard hadn’t yet unleashed the new subscription option onto the market. Now, after more than a week of availability in North America, the option has seen a rollercoaster in the market as those looking to make some cash came up on the demand for the first time. With the tokens costing $20, does this really provide a good service, giving players more options?Posted Apr 20, 2015 by Christina Gonzalez

When to Embrace Themepark MMOs

General -  Column

There are hundreds of MMOs out there, and many of us have played dozens or more of them. Along the way, we've picked up a few favorites, maybe even made a mostly permanent home. But there's always that nagging thought... maybe it's time to go back and try that other game again? Posted Apr 20, 2015 by William Murphy

Slow And Steady Wins The Enjoyment Race

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

This week, Jason enlists the help of the Jedi Order to explain his approach to making MMOs feel more like fun and not work.Posted Apr 20, 2015 by Jason Winter

Five More Intriguing MMOs That Didn't Launch

General -  Column

In almost two decades of watching and writing about the massively multiplayer landscape, the announcement of a new project has never failed to catch my attention. That said, they don't all do so to the same degree; some interest me far more than others. Over the years, I've seen at least several hundred titles enter development. For a variety of reasons, they didn't all make it as far as launch, including some that had exceptional appeal for me. Posted Apr 20, 2015 by Richard Aihoshi

Apr 19, 2015 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 486 of the Newsletter, we look at Armored Warfare and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Apr 19, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Bleeding the Bloodstone

Crowfall -  Column

Making sacrifices to the Gods in a remote sanctuary dedicated to a particular deity is so cliche, yet it a perfect scenario to drive an objective for a Campaign. Gathering the right item, moving it to the appropriate location and then sacrificing said item all in the name of Victory Points and of course appease the Gods with your righteous sacrifice. Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Franklin Rinaldi

Star Wars Celebration: Sneak Peek at Star Wars: Battlefront

General -  Preview

This week at Star Wars Celebration we got to see early pre-alpha footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Now, before we get started, the launch date is Nov. 17th. Not only that, but on December 1st if you pre-order the game you will get the first free DLC for The Battle of Jaku. Jaku just so happens to be the desert planet you see in The Force Awakens trailers. That alone surprised us yesterday at the press demo. However, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the blasters in this game. Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Garrett Fuller

Three Things LOTRO Does Right

General -  Column

Although I haven’t played The Lord of the Rings Online since about the Siege of Mirkwood / Rise of Isengard era, there was a time when it was my go-to MMORPG regardless of what else I was playing. I’ve spent countless hours in Turbine’s representation of Middle-earth, and find that I still measure other MMOs up against the quality of their flagship title.Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh

Prepping for Heavensward

General -  Column

Victor outlines what you’ll need to prepare for the Heavensward expansion of Final Fantasy XIV.Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Witcher 3 Completed in 25 Hours

General -  Column

Hot on the heels of this month’s confirmation that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would take 200 hours to complete, we have confirmation that a playtester made his way through the game in only 25 hours. Is this The Order: 1886 all over again? Posted Apr 16, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Reign of Elemental Evil - Capturing an Old-School Dungeon Crawl

Dungeons & Dragons Online -  Interview

The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the most widely known modules ever created for D&D. Written by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer it was originally designed as an adventure for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and took place in the World of Greyhawk. Released in 1985 ToEE set the standard for massive modules.Posted Apr 16, 2015 by Robert Lashley

Blackrock Mountain Week Two Postmortem

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft -  Column

Another week, another wing of Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain. Last week’s wing took us into the depths of the infamous Molten Core with a new trio of bosses to conquer and new cards for both the Shaman (who desperately needed some love) and the Warlock (who didn’t). Let’s dig in.Posted Apr 15, 2015 by Michael Bitton