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MMORPG Columns

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".

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Not So MMO: Orcs Must Die! 3 Review

Orcs Must Die! 3 brings the satisfying gameplay the series has been known for, however to Google Stadia. How does the latest entry into the series hold up?


A Total War Saga: TROY Hands On Preview

A Total War Saga: Troy pits players in the roles of the Epic Heroes that shaped the stories of Homer in the Iliad. Creative Assembly Sofia is bringing players to Anquitiy and playing out the drama in the Aegean Sea. We were able to go hands on last week with the latest Total War Saga game, as well as dive a bit deeper with Maya Georgieva, game director on TROY.


Not So MMO: Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Impressions

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris has its share of flaws, it's not a perfect game.I find that it's a rather generic RPG, with a nice paint job portraying it as Sword Art Online. It has the potential to be the perfect Sword Art Online game, if only Bandai Namco steps up to the plate and addresses some much-needed attention to certain aspects of the game.


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Not So MMO - Ancestors Legacy Nintendo Switch Review

Ancestors Legacy on Nintendo Switch is a port of the original RTS first launched on PC. How does the RTS experience stack up on the small, mobile console?


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Not So MMO: Desperados III Review

Desperados III is out and Red Thomas gives his take on how well the studio succeeded in the newest edition to the western-themed franchise. Red discusses gameplay, immersion, and of course the soundtrack as he notes the hits and misses in this virtual shooting gallery.


Humankind Preview - A New Kind of 4X

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to try out Humankind, Amplitude studio's newest foray into the 4X genre, during a virtual preview event where I was able to get over four hours of hands-on time. Here are my impression.


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Not So MMO: Disintegration Review on PC

With aspects of both a First-Person Shooter as well as a Real-Time Strategy games, Disintegration is a brand new type of game all on its own. But is it greater than the sum of its parts, or does it fail to even get off the ground? Here's our review of Disintegration.


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Not So MMO: Predator: Hunting Grounds Review

Recently released on the PlayStation 4, Predator: Hunting Grounds pits four players against the eponymous Predator. Bowman took the title for a spin - here are his thoughts on the nostalgia-fueled shooter.


Not So MMO: Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Warlord And the Paunch Impressions

Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Warlord and The Paunch brings new units and two more legendary lords, plus a new lord via FLC. The new addition adds the violent battle-thirst of the portly Grom the Paunch against the noble defender of Ulthuan, Eltharion the Grim. The Greenskin rework, additional mechanics, and campaign placement really add interesting challenges that spice up an aging Vortex campaign.


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Not So MMO - Sakura Wars Review

Chris took the latest RPG from SEGA, Sakura Wars, for a spin. Find out what he thought of the action-adventure game based on the popular anime.


Not So MMO - Red's Recommendations For Family Night

Red Thomas lists out some of his favorite boardgames for families stuck at home. Turn that apocalyptic panic into just another family night with board games around the table!


PAX's Final Fantasy VII REMAKE Demo Paled In Comparison To The Release Demo

Jonathan is finishing up his coverage of PAX East, and one game in particular stuck out as an interesting experience: Final Fantasy VII REMAKE.


Nioh 2 Last Chance Trial Impressions

Join Garrick as he jumps into the Nioh 2 Last Chance Trial and breaks down the gameplay from Team Ninja's follow-up to their highly successful first act in the latest entry in our "Not So MMO" series.


Stoneshard - Early Access Preview

Stoneshard aims to fill a niche – open-world, survival rogue-like – and appears to be on the right track. Its most glaring deficit is the lack of content, but a prospective buyer should consider Stoneshard’s many extant and promised merits against its current missing content.


Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Review

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot has been billed as a new take on the DBZ RPG, putting you directly in the shoes of the iconic Z Fighters as you go through the story of the legendary anime. But, how does it hold up in practice? Here's our review.