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Shadow of Revan - Short, Sweet, and to the Point

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

It's been four and a half months since BioWare Austin released the second full expansion of Star Wars: The Old Republic, entitled Shadow of Revan. At the launch and since that time, the level cap increased to 60, everyone's skill trees were replaced by Disciplines, they've added story encompassing three new planets, we now have a better means of managing our characters' outfits, and there have been a few new Flashpoints and Operations. Posted May 21, 2015 by Jean Prior

Halls of Power Part II Preview

DC Universe Online -  Preview

Halls of Power Part II is the second part of a trilogy of DLC episodes for DC Universe Online. Inspired by Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” works for DC Comics, this series introduces a number of popular characters from New Genesis and Apokolips to DCUO. We recently had an opportunity to check out the new DLC in a demo run by DCUO senior creative director Jens Andersen and design director Jesse Benjamin.Posted May 20, 2015 by Michael Bitton

What Made You a Gamer?

General -  Column

The Newbie Blogger Initiative has been continuing through the month of May. One of the weekly NBI events is called the “Talkback Challenge” and the question for this week is an interesting one: “What made you a gamer?”Posted May 20, 2015 by Jessica Cook

A Pet Class That Isn't a Pet Class

Camelot Unchained -  Column

How do you make a pet class for a game that is being built for large scale open world pvp battles? As much as I love them (and have loved them since I first dabbled in “Creature Handler” way back in Star Wars galaxies) pets in any game are hard to get right and in a PVP game they can be downright game breaking! When I heard CU was going to have a “pet class” stretch goal my skeptical pager started buzzing! Posted May 20, 2015 by Timothy Eisenzimmer

Is Zenimax Being Secretly Transparent?

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

One of the best things a game developer can do is get direction from those who play it. While a developer may have passion for the game they are creating, they will never understand the game itself like those who play it day in and day out. We play the games for a lot longer than any developer. So of course we all have feedback and design concepts that we feel could improve the overall quality of the game.Posted May 20, 2015 by Ryan Getchell

Hands On with Blademaster, Force Master and Summoner

Blade & Soul -  Preview

As we announced elsewhere on the site, Blade & Soul is finally coming to Europe and North America this winter, with a closed beta beginning this fall. The Free to Play MMORPG from Team Bloodsport and NCSOFT has a lot of pent up demand behind it, and we got our hands on the Force Master, Blademaster, and Summoner classes to give you our first impressions.Posted May 20, 2015 by William Murphy

It’s Finally Coming to America

Blade & Soul -  General

Some might say that 3 years is too long to wait for an Eastern bred MMORPG to come to the West. In the case of Blade & Soul, it seems like the long detour to an English client has only created more pent up demand for the Wuxia-themed game from NCSOFT and Team Bloodlust. And we’re happy to announce that Blade and Soul is indeed launching as a F2P MMORPG in the US and EU this winter, with a closed beta to begin this fall. The wait, as it were, is almost over. Posted May 20, 2015 by William Murphy

Review in Progress (Finally)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -  Editorial

Sure, plenty of places have already called The Witcher 3 one of the greatest games of all time, and they might be right. But PC codes for the epic RPG from CD Projekt Red just went out yesterday, so you’ll have to stomach us getting our review done after the rest of the known world. Today, we’ll go into our thoughts after spending the first couple of hours in Geralt’s final adventure, with the full review coming next week.Posted May 19, 2015 by William Murphy

Yippee Ki Ay in Outer Space

Rebel Galaxy -  Preview

When the world first heard about Double Damage Games founded by former Torchlight and Diablo series veterans Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, the safe bet was that they would be hard at work on another demon-infested universe straight out of the action RPG genre. All that can be said is "boy were we all wrong".Posted May 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Chronicles of New Eden - Chance Ravinne Gets His Revenge

EVE Online -  Column

When most people were watching the fireworks on the cool evening of July 4th, Chance Ravinne, stealth bomber extraordinaire, was making his own. Where many prefer to beat their chests and flex their muscle flying some of EVE's largest, most expensive ships, Chance prefers the silent approach. He is dagger in the night, the cheetah in the reeds; waiting for that one moment a pilot drops his guard.Posted May 19, 2015 by Steven Messner

Power Rankings - MMOGs Currently In Beta

General -  Column

If we were to count all the MMOGs and quasi-MMOGs presently in various stages of testing, I have no doubt that the total would have three digits. Naturally, they'd differ widely with respect to how much interest they are generating. Frankly, we'd find a fair number that are effectively invisible, unknown except to the most ardent industry observers.Posted May 19, 2015 by Richard Aihoshi

Review in Progress #2: Misguided Player Agency

Pathfinder Online -  General

A couple weeks back, we began our review in progress for Pathfinder Online, since it’s both a.) in early access and b.) not wiping progress anymore. The review will be going on hiatus for a couple of weeks while I review The Witcher 3, but nevertheless this week I have some additional thoughts as I make my way through Goblinworks’ sandbox MMORPG.Posted May 18, 2015 by William Murphy


Guild Wars 2 -  Column

79.12! 28.04! 0.45! Jason breaks down some of the facts and figures from the NCSoft financial report, recent earnings expectation report, and the Guild Wars 2 leaderboards to provide some interesting insights.Posted May 18, 2015 by Jason Winter

The Ban Hammer Swings to What Effect?

World of Warcraft -  Column

It has been quite a while since Blizzard issued a large number of World of Warcraft bans but last week saw that lull end with over 100,000 player accounts being blocked for bot usage. The most common program for which players were censured was the Honorbuddy bot program that essentially automates play during PvP matches and with plug ins that can also make certain PvE tasks automatic as well.Posted May 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

May 17, 2015 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 490 of the Newsletter, we look at Blade & Soul and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted May 17, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Of Faith, Poetics, and Preorders

General -  Column

The past two weeks have actually been quite calm in terms of big announcements, but Square Enix has made some changes to extend the bridge to more level 50 players seeking to complete the story in preparation for the expansion. Posted May 16, 2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

10 Reasons to Get Hyped for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

General -  Column

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is almost upon us! Can you hear it? That’s the collective sound of millions of players chomping at the bit to get their hands on this bad boy. We here at the RPG Files are already basking in the deep, warm waters of pre-release excitement and think you should be too, so we’re dedicating this column to the reasons why you’re right to be excited. Read on and see if yours made the list!Posted May 15, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Say Hello to the Armies of Myth Card Set

Hex -  Preview

The third set of cards for HEX is just around the corner, and we’re pleased to reveal to you two of the brand new cards coming in the Armies of Myth set. Focusing on building up your deck’s troops even more, the Armies of Myth set offers some truly unique new builds that focus on card synergy. Click past the break for a look at a new Coyotle troop and a brand new Orc as well.Posted May 15, 2015 by William Murphy

Three Things MMOs Can Learn from Isometric RPGs

General -  Column

As a fan of the Shadowrun setting and isometric RPGs in general, I find it ludicrous that I’m so late to the party with playing Shadowrun Returns, but I’m loving Harebrained Schemes’ entry into the cyberpunk RPG genre. It manages to convincingly capture the Shadowrun ethos while, somewhat surprisingly, fit the game setting’s mechanics into a modern isometric RPG mold.Posted May 15, 2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh

Jon Peters on the Reaper Elite Spec

Guild Wars 2 -  Interview

Yesterday the Reaper was announced as the Necromancer's Elite Specialization in Guild Wars 2's upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion. We pestered ArenaNet's own Jon Peters for a little more detail on the spec, and this is what we managed to choke out of him. Posted May 15, 2015 by William Murphy