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.Issue 302, September 19, 2011
Top News of the Week:
A new report reveals that revenue from MMO subscriptions is declining while revenues from microtransactions are increasing.

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SOE deployed a new update to Star Wars Galaxies, introducing atmospheric flight to the game. The launch of the new update also marked the final day that SOE would be accepting new accounts or re-activations for the game before its closure on December 15, 2011.

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Following reports that Star Wars: The Old Republic would not feature same-sex companion romances at launch, BioWare has announced their intention to introduce said romances post-launch.

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Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Re-Review: It's a Gem of a Game
In our continuing effort to look at games that are considered to be 'aging' yet are still healthy and viable, MMORPG.com's Som Pourfarzaneh takes another look at Vanguard in our re-review. Som opines that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is a 'gem of a game that could use a little developer love'.

Vanguard has certainly come a very long way from its rocky launch, and is a very deep PvE game that fans of the fantasy MMORPG genre should check out. We still think it could benefit from some more dev love, an aggressive marketing push, and a F2P makeover (or even just an endless Isle of Dawn trial option), but as it stands, the game works a lot better than it used to and can really suck you into its immersive world. If you've been away for a while, or have yet to try it, go for it. You can make your own boat!



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
SMITE: PAX 2011: The Game That Teaches Us to Love the MOBA
During PAX last month, MMORPG.com's Adam Janovyak had the opportunity for a first hand look at Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE, an upcoming MOBA. From all that Adam saw, SMITE is well prepared to take on the genre including giving ancient gods the opportunity to beat the snot out of one another.

The reason that SMITE was still chock full of fun-time-happy-sauce (that's a real saying, look it up) is because it is all in the third person perspective and has more of a standard MMO feel to it as opposed to other MOBAs. Controlling your selected God is done with WASD for movement and the number keys trigger your special abilities. Some attacks are even targeted with the mouse and executed with a click. It is the best control scheme for a DoTA style game I have played. (I would like to note that since playing SMITE at PAX I have been kind of addicted to MOBAs, much to my wife's dismay.) The WASD controls really get you into the action way faster than clicking a point for your character to travel to.



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Game of the Week
WildStar is a sci-fi MMORPG developed by Carbine Studios. The game features a vibrant cartoony art style and places players on the planet of Nexus as one of three classes announced so far (Soldiers, Espers, and Spellslingers) each with unique gameplay mechanics along with a "Momentum" focused combat system that encourages players to kill things often and quickly. Outside of the game's visual style, WildStar's distinct gameplay paths are what's stirring up all the buzz surrounding the game.

Players can play the game pursuing combat oriented goals typical to most MMOs, or they can even opt towards a fully-functional path of exploration, where advancement is achieved via exploration of the unusual planet of Nexus. Not much else is known about the game at this time, but it's certainly a game we are keeping a close eye on here at MMORPG.com.

Learn more about WildStar here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, September 12
Star Trek Online: F2P Interview with Dan Stahl

Tuesday, September 13
Star Wars: The Old Republic: PAX 2011: The Alderaan Warzone Experience

Wednesday, September 14
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Darker Side of Smuggling

Thursday, September 15
Wakfu: PAX 2011: The Pandawa and Drunken Martial Arts

Friday, September 16
Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes: Closed Beta Impressions
Did You Know?
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