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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 260, November 22, 2010
In the news
Turbine announced "Rise of Isengard" the latest expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online this week.

Read more here.
Bioware Mythic deployed Patch 1.4.0: The Verminous Horde to Warhammer Online servers this week.

Read more here.
This week, Trion Worlds announced that the Closed Beta for Rift: Planes of Telara will kick off on December 3rd.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Sennheiser PC161 Headset Review
In her latest hardware review for MMORPG.com, Carolyn Koh takes on the Sennheiser PC161 Headset. This particular headset is the medium range of the Sennheiser line and Carolyn put it through its paces.

Being a music lover, I tend to "ooh" and "aah" over musical "magic" more than the flatness of the frequency response curve and the tightness of the match of the left and right speakers, which the sound engineer in my brother pronounced "very, very good" several times (yes, he was impressed). It's easier to rhapsodize over how well a piece of music is delivered than how well an explosion is, or how well you can hear human speech in the midst of a cacophony of sound. Can you hear what Bond is yelling through the sound of helicopter in flight or your raid leader yelling "More DOTS!" in the middle of a 32 man raid? You ought to.

The Sennheiser PC161 has the resolution to handle complex sound and delivers the human voice with ease. Engineered to be a gaming headset, not audiophile headphones, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a gaming headset at that price range.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Rift: Planes of Telara: Hands-On Preview
MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh recently had the opportunity to attend Trion's Gamer Day in Redwood City, California. During the day, Carolyn played the alpha version of Rift: Planes of Telara and was able to check out several level 30 characters and classes, different builds and several areas of the game.

What we saw of the game is impressive in an Alpha stage. We weren't told where we could go or couldn't go, or that we had to play this tiny vertical slice or dungeon. We were on the live Alpha server and sat down to do what we wanted to do. I spent little time on character creation which I have a hazy impression of having lots of options and sliders as I wanted to get into the game right away after hitting the random button a few times.

This is my second look at a different newbie experience and of course it's a new and improved version. I like the pace of combat, development and advancement in the early stages of the game. The first build had newbies attacking rifts at level 3, but as Scott Hartsman said, you've got to know what the world is before you know that it's changing. The second Ascension could come a little later, in my opinion, after you got out of the tutorial zone or a couple levels later even. The most impressive thing about the day was that the Devs came by all day to interact with us, speak to us to get our feedback, note what we were doing and not doing. One asked me what I was doing when running around the newbie town and noted that a particular mob's spawn wasn't adequate. Oh, and did I mention the sound field? Some fabulous sound work there.



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This week's Game of the Week is Bioware's upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and why not? After all, the upcoming Star Wars MMO (the second, historically), is one of the most talked about upcoming games not only within the MMO genre, but in all of gaming.

With Bioware's reputation as a first class developer of single player RPGs, many video gamers find themselves wondering how the company will handle the challenge presented in the realm of multiplayer games.

With more and more information being leaked out about this game all the time, the opinions are coming in from all sides with players weighing in. Some would like to see the game more closely resemble the sandbox style of the original Star Wars Galaxies while others are looking forward to a near perfect continuation of Bioware's success with their previous Knights of the Old Republic title.

As information leans us more toward the latter than the former, it will be interesting to see what players think as this game comes closer and closer to launch.


Learn more about The Old Republic here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, November 15
Guild Wars 2: Dynamic Content

Tuesday, November 16
Rift: Planes of Telara: The Archon

Wednesday, November 17
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Crew Skills: Impressive, Most Impressive

Thursday, November 18
Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess Expansion Tour

Friday, November 19
The Lord of the Rings Online: November Update & 2011
Did You Know?

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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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