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  Issue 294, July 18, 2011
Top News of the Week:
SOE announced "Fight for the Light," a Green Lantern themed downloadable content pack for DC Universe Online this week. The pack introduces Green Lantern themed powers, costumes, and content to the game.

Read more here.
BioWare shared their full Comic-Con plans this week, noting that they will be making "some announcements" for Star Wars: The Old Republic at the show.

Read more here.
Gamigo and Reakktor have announced that their free-to-play space-action MMO, Black Prophecy, is now live.

Read more here.
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Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising: Review
In our official MMORPG.com site review of Heatwave Interactives Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, Managing Editor Bill Murphy puts the game through its paces to see how it measures up. Read the official review and then be sure to swing by Adam Tingles Second Thoughts: Magister Mundi Sum to see what he thought as well.

In the end, I cant wholeheartedly recommend Gods & Heroes just yet. Theres a lot of great questing to be had, and its plain to see that theres a good game lying underneath all the bugs and lack of polish. But as a player, I think Heatwaves still got to get a few more patches under their belts before G&H has what it takes to earn a spot in my lineup of go-to games. The setting and minion system are great ideas, but all the other features that make an MMO worth paying for monthly need to be added in stat to keep folks past the first month. All is not lost, thats for sure, but keep an eye on this one for now and lets see if Heatwave can live up to their promises of more and better content.

You can read the full article here.
More reviews can be found on our site here.
Bill Murphy: Can PlanetSide 2 Redeem SOE?
In this week's column, Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the recent unveiling of Planetside 2 and wonders aloud whether or not the MMOFPS will be enough to bring SOE back into the good graces of the hardcore MMO gamer.

There is little denying these days that the MMOFPS is on the rise. As Drew Woods latest DA column says, pretty much every other game on the horizon throws the FPS mechanics into the MMO formula. But the one that will now be watched vigilantly by just about everyone is no doubt Planetside 2. Tribes: Universe, Dust 514, Defiance... they all sound fantastic. But if there is one blend of shooter and MMO that people look to fondly when they think hybrid it is the original Planetside. The question though is whether or not SOE can live up to the stacked expectations for Planetsides sequel.

Check out the article here.
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Game of the Week
This week's Game of the Week is Funcoms The Secret World.

The Secret World is an in-development MMORPG by Funcom. An original story, it will take place in the modern day as well as ancient mythology and civilizations long gone, blending these elements into what is being called a dark fantasy with supernatural elements.

A battle between good and evil will unfold and players will be a part of it, building up their supernatural powers (there are no classes) and shaping their characters as they desire. The game will also include depictions of some real locations as well as fictional ones.

Learn more about The Secret World here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, July 11
The List: Five Ways WoW Made the MMO Better

Tuesday, July 12
Torchlight 2: Building on the Original

Wednesday, July 13
Devils Advocate: The MMOFPS can Rival the MMORPG

Thursday, July 14
Rift: The Future of Rift: A Q&A with Scott Hartsman

Friday, July 15
Player Perspectives: XXX: Gamer Girls Go Wild
Did You Know?
The MMORPG.com network is looking for experienced and/or enthusiastic freelance writers following the launch of our new site: FPSGuru.com.

As the name implies, FPSGuru will operate in much the same way as does MMORPG.com, but with a focus on the shooter genre.

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