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Issue 282, April 25, 2011
In the news
Funcom's Dag Scheve talks characters in this latest dev blog for The Secret World.

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The age-old conflicts featuring zombies, pirates, and ninjas are explored in this latest video for Faxion Online.

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Charr Week culminates with the release of a brand new trailer depicting everyone's favorite bestial race in Guild Wars 2.

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Xsyon: Review Survivor Guy has been playing a lot of Xsyon lately, enough so that he's ready to reveal the official review of the game.

Xsyon really fills me with confusing emotions. On the one hand it is a game which is easy to love, the graphics have a certain charm, it is immersive, the crafting elements are sublime - but on the other I really question just if there is an actual "game" to it all.

Ultimately Notorious Games' creation feels just a little bit pointless. And before anyone screams murder and points out the futile objectives to any MMORPG, Xsyon just seems to take it further than any of its counterparts. The unstructured nature will no doubt attract many loyal followers, but for anyone looking for an experience more than a set of persistent building tools, this just isn't the game for you. Most elements are underdeveloped, and while there is a huge potential for greatness, there is as much potential for it to fail and fall into obscurity.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Faxion Online: Open Beta Impressions Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller has been playing UTV's Faxion Online and has some thoughts to share with our community about the classic battle between good and evil as represented by the game.

It all sounds good on paper, but these were almost the exact same words that were used to describe Warhammer Online, pre-launch.

If Faxion, however, can pull this combination off it is definitely an MMO which has gone back to many of the games we were used to before WoW. Games were unforgiving and brutal, but they had such charm that you kept on playing them. I think Faxion is definitely worth a try, especially because it is free to play and you can try the game without any real commitment. It seems like the team has focused on a sticking point with MMO players that has really been missing from games lately. Overall, it's probably worth looking forward to Faxion's launch and expect some throw back PvP for everyone.

Check out the preview here.

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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, April 18
Forsaken World: Open Beta Impressions

Tuesday, April 19
TERA: Penetrating the Mystery Pt. 3

Wednesday, April 20
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Datacrons: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?

Thursday, April 21
The Secret World: It's The Journey

Friday, April 22
Carolyn Koh: Facebook MMOs
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