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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

Not the MMO We Were Expecting, But Still Fun

Shadowrun Chronicles -  Review

The campaign exceeded its $500,000 goal, but, unfortunately, was delayed for quite a bit longer than anticipated until last week finally saw the release of the newly christened Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown. Thanks to years of feedback from hardcore Shadowrun players who backed the game, Shadowrun Chronicles evolved into something that is a bit different from the original Shadowrun Online idea.Posted May 15, 2015 by Shawn Schuster

The Combat Combo Chains That Bind You

Crowfall -  Column

The Crowfall Combat Strike team has assembled in the Crow's Nest, a tactical team aimed at developing the next level of combo and action-based combat. Taking a mixture of the DCUO and TERA combat models as their North Star, Crowfall has found the starting point in designing their unique combat personality. Posted May 14, 2015 by Franklin Rinaldi

Welcome to the Den of Kubrow Bonus Weeks

Warframe -  Developer Journal

There are few things more satisfying than watching the small, innocent puppy you raised from birth grow into the strong and confident Grineer killing machine it was born to be. Posted May 14, 2015

Travel Back In Time with the Progression Server

EverQuest -  Preview

Every MMO gamer knows of the title “EverQuest.” Some of you actually played it, but the rest usually listen wearily while EQ veterans wax and wane about the so-called glory days. Regardless of your position on the game, there’s no doubting that EQ fans are some of the most passionate you’ll meet, and their insatiable appetite for nostalgia goes unrivaled.Posted May 14, 2015 by Derek McEnroe

Returning to Nexus

WildStar -  Column

With Drop 5: INVASION freshly released, Gareth “Gazimoff” Harmer pulls on his engineering boots and heads back to Planet Nexus.Posted May 14, 2015 by Gareth Harmer

Nekro: Charming but Dull in Early Access

General -  Preview

Essentially a prolonged paid beta, Early Access is a great tool for indies to keep the lights on as they work their way to official launch. But the newly coined development state has its own fair share of issues, chief among which is putting a clearly unfinished game out to the general public. That’s kind of where Nekro, from DarkForge Games, sits right now. It’s an Action RPG Strategy hybrid of a game with a novel setting and design, but it’s also just kind of boring to play. Posted May 13, 2015 by William Murphy

First Impressions of Kael’thas the Sun King

Heroes of the Storm -  Column

If you were looking for the other side of that squishy mage coin, the one that just wants to burninate everything, well you may want to get patching, because Blizzard just released Kael’Thas the Sun King – and this guy really brings the heat.Posted May 13, 2015 by Michael Bitton

What We Can Learn from the Latest NCsoft Earnings

General -  Column

NCSoft has released their financial results for the first quarter of 2015, and the results are a mixed bag of the good and predictably bad. Blade & Soul has seen continued growth, the company is in an overall better position, and second half releases are set to bring in an infusion of cash. There is nothing to worry about.Posted May 13, 2015 by Connor Wack

The Meaning of Community

General -  Column

One word that comes up over and over again in relation to MMOs is community. But does “community” mean much anymore to modern MMO players and developers?Posted May 13, 2015 by Jessica Cook

Should Free Trials Begin?

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

Ever since the switch to a subscription-optional The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited model for PC, along with the console versions coming in less than a month, the chance to get friends to give the game a shot is ever-more tempting. While the game has been busy since the relaunch, and megaserver tech keeps things buzzing, there are two things that would go a long way to help friends get others into the game, as well as one related possible misstep. Posted May 13, 2015 by Christina Gonzalez

A Brilliantly Fun and Flashy Homage

Chroma Squad -  Review

A love-letter to super sentai television series like Power Rangers, Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG bursting at the seams with colorful characters, an insane premise, and a surprisingly robust combat system. Capturing the true spirit of Saturday morning cartoons, Behold Studios’ latest adventure is a testament to the fact that fun comes first, and despite a few flaws, Chroma Squad is first and foremost a ton of fun. Posted May 12, 2015 by Steven Messner

Taking Your Turn in Turn-based MMOs

General -  Column

In preparation for an upcoming livestream with the developers of Wakfu, I logged into the game in the hopes of touching up on my skills. Wakfu can be challenging for casual players, with abilities and systems that often need to be played with a lot in order to understand them. One of the coolest aspects of the game – other than its original setting, artwork, systems and animations -- is its turn-based combat.Posted May 12, 2015 by Beau Hindman

The Indie Sandbox Gets a Kickstarter

Das Tal -  Preview

Das Tal has come a long way since my preview of it last year. Fairytale Distillery’s vision and approach for it is ambitious, with the goal of offering an accessible but hardcore sandbox MMO experience that focuses on PvP, crafting, and skill-based combat. From what I’ve seen so far, Fairytale looks to be on the right track.Posted May 12, 2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh

Is PvP the New Fad?

General -  Column

AAA development is taking a back seat to small teams and niche games, and almost all of the attention-earners have one thing in common: PVP. This isn’t the first time PVP has come to save the MMO world, and we at MMORPG love us some player on player combat. Posted May 11, 2015 by Christopher Coke

5 Ways Echo of Soul Could Improve

Echo of Soul -  Column

Echo of Soul, an upcoming Korean MMO developed by Nvius and published by Aeria Games. The good news is that if you’re looking for a unique, engaging, and exciting MMO to dump dozens or even hundreds of hours into, there are lots of options out there to pick from. The bad news is that Echo of Souls is not one of them. As several of us pointed out in impressions pieces from the Closed Beta, it’s not really a good game, but it’s not really a bad game either. It’s just kind of... there.Posted May 11, 2015 by David Jagneaux