MMORPG.com 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo Awards
This is written every year, but once again it is the year of the MMORPG at E3 and that shows no signs of changing. With a wealth of games to choose from, many of these categories had several games that could or should have won. After much debate, let me present the list:
Winner: Hero’s Journey
Runner-Up: Imperator OnlineDespite its early development, Mythic is clearly on their way to another polished and exciting project. The game had great promise when we saw it in early April, but we were shocked to see how much it had improved in only one month. What really sold us is how even though it is a long way off, we were able to play the game, have fun and experience more than a video or demo. Things look bright over at Mythic Entertainment.
Honorable Mentions: City of Villains, Auto Assault, and Gods & Heroes.
Winner: EverQuest II: Desert of Flames
Runner-Up: Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness RisingHorses! With some of the best models, and by far the best customization, we have ever seen on MMORPG mounts, Dark Age of Camelot continues to move forward with this expansion. Champion levels will give players a new level of individuality in the end-game, while Champion Weapons look phenomenal. There are also plans for much more, and the fact that it is so early in development is probably all that held it back from winning this category.
Honorable Mention: Anarchy Online: Lost Eden.
Winner: Pirates of the Burning Sea
Runner-Up: Lord of the Rings OnlineRecently renamed from Middle Earth Online, Turbine managed to catch us off guard with this title. We honestly did not expect to see much, but there it was on display and definitely on track. Turbine has a reputation for beautiful games, and this adaptation of the famed novels edges out its same-company cousin Dungeons & Dragons Online to create a visual experience that is tough to match. From flaming towns, to the way your character carried a water bucket, to actually seeing a character struggle with a spider web, Turbine looks like they will create the beauty of Tolkien’s words.