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.Issue 309, November 7, 2011
Top News of the Week:
LEGO Group has announced that the free-to-play MMO LEGO Universe will close on January 31, 2012.

Read more here.
BioWare has revealed that players who pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic will receive up to five days of Early Access time.

Read more here.
DC Universe Online went free-to-play this week, drawing over 120,000 new players within the first 48 hours.

Read more here.
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Glitch: Review
Glitch is certainly a game, according to MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh, a game that marches to a different drummer. It's a game that defies 'traditional' MMOs. In our latest review, Carolyn puts Glitch through its paces.

The game is Free to Play and there is no real reason to pay for this game if you are satisfied with the limited free character customization and clothing choices. In fact, many players pay for a subscription simply to thank Tiny Speck for the game. That is not to say that subscriptions do not have value. They provide credits to spend on clothing, teleportation tokens and the ability to vote on Glitch referendums, which are polls which determine which features and new content should get priority. Players who enjoy changing their character's looks can also buy extra credits through the customization page.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
RIFT: Ember Isle Preview
Trion Worlds recently invited press out to their studio to experience an in-depth hands on with Rift's 1.6 Update: The Ember Isle. Our Carolyn Koh was on hand for the event and brought back a ton of new details on what's easily billed as a mini-expansion to Telara.

Rift by Trion Worlds has only just had its half year anniversary and devs are now launching their biggest DLC pack - Update 1.6: The Ember Isle. This one is a doozy. A whole new island - not a tiny island, it's a huge land area. "It's about twice the mass of Shimmersand," said Hal Hanlin, Design Producer of Rift "and it plays really big." The more I heard about it, the more I realize it's like a mini-expansion. Best of all, it's free. On a gorgeous fall day in San Francisco, a number of us press-types got a preview of the game in alpha.



Check out the preview here.

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Game of the Week
Guild Wars 2 is the upcoming sequel to Guild Wars. Currently in development at ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 will offer the same free to play model as the original game series while introducing a host of graphical and mechanics upgrades.

Guild Wars players will find only their character names and achievements carry over, as everything else is planned to be completely new. Where characters could only move with mouse clicks, now there will be a full range of motion in 3-D for each character, destructible environments, a mentoring system to let higher and lower level players join forces, and additional layers to PvP.

The Mists, a new area, will offer large-scale world versus world battles in addition to the much-loved solo or guild versus guild PvP. PvP and RP characters will no longer be distinguished from each other, and the level cap will be higher than the original game's 20.

Notably, the land of Tyria itself will undergo shifts in terrain and structure following large-scale destruction vital to the game's plot. The plot is set 250 years after the Eye of the North expansion, and concerns the awakening of dragons long believed to have been defeated and rendered powerless in slumber. Their awakening not only causes panic but flooding and massive destruction as others rise up to try and stop this ancient force. A release date is yet to be announced.

Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, October 31
The List: Five MMO Halloween Moments

Tuesday, November 1
One Jump Home: The Serpent's Apple

Wednesday, November 2
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Spoilers Suck

Thursday, November 3
DC Universe Online: So DC Universe is F2P

Friday, November 4
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Flashpoints Beta Preview
Did You Know?
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