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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 251, September, 2010
In the news
Realtime Worlds announced that their cops-n-robbers MMOG All Points Bulletin has officially shut its doors this week.

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Flying Lab Software announced that their sea-faring MMOG Pirates of the Burning Sea will be going free-to-play this week.

Read more here.
Sony Online Entertainment's family-oriented Star Wars MMOG Clone Wars Adventures went live this week.

Read more here.
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Star Trek Online Re-Review
MMORPG.com's Patrick Gerard takes a new look at Star Trek Online seven months after the game's release. See what he discovered in our re-review of STO.

This is a Federation centric game which is doing an increasingly admirable job of reflecting the shows but looking for life outside the Federation as anything but a novelty will never satisfy you. The developers have conceded that it would be impossible to create equal content for all factions and are largely banking on faction-neutral content and the upcoming user generated content system to occupy Klingons and other factions down the road.

If you absolutely feel compelled to play a Klingon, understand that the factions are not split along an even dichotomy like Alliance and Horde and that non-Federation factions are simply content-light novelties with few gameplay distinctions. Having a Klingon at max level is a gimmick-y bragging piece earned through content grinding, like riding a rare mount in a fantasy MMO.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
TERA: PAX Hands-On Preview
MMORPG.com's Joe Iulani had the chance to sit down and play TERA at this year's PAX convention. According to Joe, this wasn't the standard demo experience as players were put into a five man coordinated group with four of the character classes represented.

The most important aspect of the demonstration is that the gameplay is fun. It reminded me of a lot of co-op console gaming. There is no doubt that strategy will play a role in the full version of TERA, but there is a lot to be said for just jumping in and hacking and slashing. Everything about TERA's game play is dynamic, not just that you have to move but additionally how you move. TERA makes some of the mundane aspects of gaming more spectacular. In the end, will there be a certain amount of spamming action keys? The short answer is yes.



Check out the preview here.

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This week's Game of the Week is one of the most frequently brought up games on our forums. Its launch propelled the name of an independent Virginia based development studio into the eye of the entire MMO industry.

If you haven't guessed by now, this week's Game of the Week is Dark age of Camelot, originally launched by Mythic Entertainment back in 2001. The game defined the now-trademarked Realm vs. Realm game design, and gave players a taste of what a game designed around faction based PvP could really be like.

Since the release of this game, Mythic as a studio has produced one and a half other titles. The first, a space-based alternate reality MMO called Imperator, was cancelled on the design room floor and the second, Warhammer Online, struggles to remain relevant among today's active MMO field.

Neither of those two titles managed to capture the practical and critical acclaim reached by the company's first title, but some still hold out hope that so long as EA keeps their Mythic branded studio alive that a Dark Age of Camelot 2 might be in the works, brining what is considered a classic game up to date with more recent titles.


Learn more about DAoC here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, September 13
More F2P for the West?

Tuesday, September 14
Four Thoughts on Gamecrush.com

Wednesday, September 15
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Story Problem

Thursday, September 16
Fighting Talk: New vs. Old MMOs

Friday, September 17
LEGO Universe: Looking at LEGO Universe, Part One
Did You Know?

Are you a Mac fan? Do you play iPhone or iPad games? Did you know that MMORPG.com has a sister site in the form of Gameonmac.com, a site dedicated to gaming using Apple's various platforms?

GameonMac.com provides news about and reviews of not only popular OSX games, but games built for the ever growing market in iPhones and iPads.

We're very excited about it and we think you should be too, so if you've got a few extra minutes head on over to www.gameonmac.com

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