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Issue 222, March 1st, 2010
In the news
We learned this week that the previously canceled Roman mythology-themed MMORPG Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising has been revived.
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Aventurine has announced that they are now offering a seven day trial for Darkfall. There is a bit of a catch, however: the trial isn't free.
Read more here.
Bluehole Studios (the developers behind TERA in Korea) have announced the formation of publisher En Masse Entertainment, which is tasked with bringing TERA to Western audiences.
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Star Trek Online Review Managing Editor Jon Wood puts Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online through its paces in this latest review, read an excerpt below:

The game feels a little bit over-instanced to me, and is missing the kinds of features (voice, better grouping, etc.) that it would take to keep me playing month after month. I would have also liked to see more time put in to the game's "virtual world" making it feel more like a Trek game and less like an MMO with a Trek skin.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Macrotransactions columnist Scott Jennings writes about the recent uproar over Allods Online's microtransaction prices. Read below for an excerpt:

So, Allods' using an item shop wasn't seen as that surprising. What was surprising was the prices. Most players at first thought the item shop, when it first came out, had to have a translation error, or too many zeroes in the prices, or something.

Check out the article here.

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This week's Game of the Week, Earthrise, comes from the Bulgarian developer Masthead Studios. Announced in January, 2008, players have been looking forward to the post-apocalytpic science-fiction MMORPG for some time, and they'll have to wait only a bit longer as the game is currently set for release sometime in Q2 of this year.

Earthrise is set on the island of Enterra, where, following a catastrophic third World War, the remaining population has established a new and prosperous city called Sal Vitas. Sal Vitas is replete with all sort of advanced technology fitting of a science-fiction world, such as nanotechnology, cloning, and even quantum engineering.

The game features a unique skill-based advancement system and a wholly player-driven economy, as well as a strong focus on PvP. Players looking for their next sandbox fix should keep a close eye on Earthrise.

Learn more about Earthrise here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, February 22
Are You an MMOG Snob?

Tuesday, February 23
Age of Conan: Alternate Advancement System Explained

Wednesday, February 24
Eight Games Fit for Resurrection

Thursday, February 25
Warhammer Online: Update 1.3.4 Interview

Friday, February 26
Dissecting Community
Did You Know?
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