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Not So MMO

In this bi-weekly column we tally up the news from around the almost-MMO-verse and offer our thoughts on the ins and outs of the titles that are big, but maybe not quite "Massive".

Not So MMO - TechWars: Global Conflict Review

In recent years, the video game market has been flooded with battle arenas of all shapes and sizes. Not all are successful, but sometimes the attempts are merely doorways into something that could be, given the company has the foresight and resources to see it and implement it. In Techwars: Global Conflict, developer Argus Games and publisher Black Sun Game Publishing attempt to bring isometric, team-based mech warfare into the mix. This is our review.

Not So MMO: The Cycle is Mixing up the Battle Royale Genre

If you haven’t heard of The Cycle before you’re not alone: neither had I, until late last night anyway. Marketed as a PvEvP Competitive Quest Shooter, The Cycle is most definitely a Battle Royale type game at heart. Where it differs is that the game focuses you on “Quests” throughout the gameplay instead of simply killing your opponents.

Bowman's Battle Royale Corner - notmycar First Impressions

You are waiting for the alert. The anticipation is killing you. Will you find equipment to defeat your enemies or will you just fail? There is no time to worry about that now. The alarm klaxon blares loudly, and you see red lights flashing. You drop, in your car, out of the back of the cargo plane and wait for your drone engines to light up. You fly smoothly to the ground as you start looking for your weapons and armor. This is our written and recorded first impressions of notmycar.

Not So MMO - Eco: By Our Powers Combined

Red Thomas dives in Eco, a game developed originally as an educational tool and now an Early Access title on Steam. Can a surprisingly interesting game with new ideas create new buoyancy for the Survival genre?

Not So MMO: Generation Zero Review

Have you ever felt so strongly about a decade or so in history that you wish an army of robots would come and just wipe the whole mess away? Maybe the ‘80s? Avalanche Publishing bravely steps up to the task, making a valiant effort of doing just that with Generation Zero. This is our review.

Not So MMO: Trident's Wake Hands-on Preview

This week, top-down co-op shooter Trident's Wake hit Steam Early Access hoping to capture the imaginations of sci-fi action game fans everywhere. Created by Argentinian development company Bacus Studios, the game lets players jump into advanced combat mechs and join the fight to defend humanity's last hope of survival. We had some hands-on time with the game earlier this month and from what we've seen so far, Trident's Wake is shaping up to be the kind of action game shooter fans live for.

Not So MMO: Jump Force – The Fighter We Deserve?

From Bandai Namco comes Jump Force, and it comes at the perfect time of the year for those of us who are trying to find that game to spend hours on. The game we saw teased at E3 2018 has finally made it live. I remember watching the trailer and thinking to myself, “wow, a game with Goku and all of these other anime characters that I can play as. This is awesome.” My feelings have not changed.

Far Cry: New Dawn Review - Renewing Hope

Far Cry: New Dawn is the first direct sequel to a Far Cry title. How does New Dawn serve the franchise? Can it stand on its own or would it have been better to leave the story in a pile of nuclear ash where Far Cry 5 left off? Let’s find out.

Not So MMO: Yakuza Kiwami PC Review

Sega has brought the next chapter in the Yakuza series to PC with the remake of the first Yakuza game in Yakuza Kiwami. Although chronologically Yakuza Zero happens before this, the first game came out before it on PlayStation 2 in 2006. Kiwami means Extreme, and that is what Sega tries to bring its fans with retelling Yakuza. Does it succeed on PC? This is our Yakuza Kiwami PC review.

Subnautica: Below Zero – Above Average

Unknown Worlds Entertainment releases the next installment of their fantastically innovative Subnautica. How does Subnautica: Below Zero stack up against its predecessor? Red Thomas dives in to give readers his thoughts on the new game.

Not So MMO: Last Year: The Nightmare Review

It’s late, and you and your three other friends wake up in your old school and you don’t know how you got there. You realize all too soon that there are forces beyond this Earth that have banded together against you, and they would like nothing more than to murder you and your friends. The Nightmare has truly begun and you need to do everything you can to escape the school with your lives. This is our review of Last Year: The Nightmare.

Not So MMO: X4 Foundations – Space Tips

Tips for the Tip God! Red Thomas helps readers establish interstellar dominance in X4: Foundations with more tips for fleets and stations. While the man in red spends his evening delivering gifts to those without the initiative to make the world their own, you can be sipping on hot coco and forcing the Holy Order to their knees.

Not So MMO - X4: Foundations – Initial Operations

Red Thomas kicks off operations in Black Hole Sun and learns a few lessons along the way. Those hard lessons are your gain as he lists out some must-know tips for players who want to jump-start their own operations in X4: Foundations.

Not So MMO: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Review

A mutated boar and duck walk down the road towards the Ark, the last known safe haven for humans. In a post-apocalyptic time mutants help the humans to continue to live on. These mutants are everywhere and they will help the humans to survive the ghoul attacks on the Ark. Then something happens, someone says that a perfect place called Eden exists, and this starts them down their own journey of discovery and survival. This is our review for Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

Farming Simulator 19: A Redneck’s Response

Having grown up on a ranch, Red Thomas gives his impressions of the new Farming Simulator 19. How well does the sim capture the feel of country life and how realistic is the equipment? Red gives the game a try and gives his verdict.