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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 74, May 3rd, 2007
In the News

On April 24th, Turbine officially released their newest title, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, to the general population. Staff Writer Carolyn Koh took the time to attend a midnight launch event at a GameStop in Seattle, Wa.

Read the article here.

On April 28th, Funcom announced that their upcoming MMORPG, Age of Conan was entering their "technical beta" phase. Technical beta will see several hundred folks gain limited access to Hyboria. Anticipation for this popular IP's birth into the world of MMORPGs is already building..

More on this story here.

On April 25th, Square Enix announced that they had banned 3,400 accounts and suspended 500 more for using cheats and real money trading in their MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI. This is the most recent announcement from Square Enix showing their dedication to keeping their game fair.

Let us know what you think here.

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Reviews

Archived Review: EVE Online

This week, we dig into our library to find a review written in August of last year, which is when Staff Writer Dan Fortier took a second look at CCP's EVE Online. Scoring the game at a total of 8.4, and giving the game a perfect 10 in the category of Performance / Lag, Fortier improved the game's score from the former 8.4 given to it in 2004.

Here are some excerpts from Fortier's article:

  • No other massively multiplayer has as rich an economy as EVE.
  • Combat, however, is more of an exercise in computer based warfare than aiming, shooting and maneuvering.
  • It borders on sinful to play EVE with the music off. Jon Hallur's score is one of the best composed for any game and rivals some of the best Hollywood has to offer.
  • A brand new player to EVE will likely find the interface confusing and the goals unclear.
  • The game is not for everyone, but it is by no means a game that only a select few will enjoy.

You can read the whole review here.

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On-Site
Game/On

This past week, Managing Editor Jon Wood traveled to The Netherlands to visit the studios of The Chronicles of Spellborn. While there, he caught up with the game's Lead Designer, Chris Nengerman.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Game of the Week
Game of the week

This week's Game of the week is The Chronicles of Spellborn.

TCoS promises a number of different features that look at set it apart from the pack in terms of Fantasy MMORPGs. Set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, after the world has exploded, player characters adventure on shards of their old world as they learn the truth about what has happened.

Recently, Managing Editor Jon Wood visited the TCoS studios in The Hague, The Netherands. In the coming weeks, look for reports on various aspects of the game and its innovations.

Learn more about Spellborn, here!
More Games

The Week That Was
23 Monday
Bigfoot Network's Killer K1 NIC Review
24 Tuesday
LotRO: European First Look
25 Wednesday
A Glimpse of Two Worlds
26 Thursday
LotRO: Launch Event
27 Friday
Sword of the New World: Dev Journal
Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The man behind Ultima, "Lord British" Richard Garriott recently took to the skies along with renowned physicist Stephen Hawking for a zero-gravity flight. Currently, Richard is working in NCsoft's Tabula Rasa. If space travel isn't impressive enough for you, Garriott also resides in his own castle. Oh Richard... What can't you do?

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