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Issue 285, May 16, 2011
In the news
Sony has announced that they have begun restoring game services following the recent intrusion and subsequent shutdown afflicting PSN and

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Lion's Arch makes its return in Guild Wars 2 in this latest trailer released by ArenaNet.

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NCSoft has announced that North American servers for the venerable MMORPG Lineage will be shutting down in June.

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Dark Age of Camelot: Re-Review
Dark Age of Camelot is one of the most enduring games ever created with a devoted fan base. introduces a new writer in Lori May with her inaugural review. Lori looks at Dark Age of Camelot and offers a comprehensive re-review of the game.

DAoC continues to offer one of the best PvP systems of any MMORPG, and if players take the time to explore one or all of the three realms they will be rewarded with elaborate maps, satisfying graphics and a true variety in monsters. The DAoC community continues to be helpful, active and encouraging; plenty of guilds are happy to take both newcomers and returning players. If you are looking for a flawless UI, look elsewhere; if you want satisfying PvE, bring a few friends to the game. But if you are looking for fantastic PvP with a refreshing twist, definitely give DAoC at least a free trial download's worth of time.

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The Secret World: The Factional Rundown
In his latest column devoted to Funcom's The Secret World, Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at the three factions: Templar, Illuminati and Dragon.

Next week we have an interview on all things TSW with none other than Ragnar Tørnquist himself, but for this week let's focus on something that will likely play a very key role in the shaping of Funcom's Secret World: the factions. Each one has their own goals and designs for the future of mankind and Earth, and there's a whole lot of reason to start thinking now about just which one you wish to pledge allegiance to. I'm personally hoping that the three-faction setup of TSW leads to some long-missed "realm pride" in Funcom's upcoming MMO.

Check out the column here.

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This Week's Game of the Week is Pirates of the Burning Sea.

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a nautically themed MMO set at the height of the age of sail in the 18th century, where pirates and imperial navies clashed over trade, colonial dominance, and good ol' pirate booty. And all of this is made possible by their detailed and visually impressive ship combat system, which is widely considered the best handling of ocean vessels in any MMO to date.

This game of adventure on the high seas is relatively young in MMO terms, having just launched one year ago. But since launch the development team at Flying Lab Software has been keeping up a rigorous pace in terms of improving the game with better game systems and new content, producing an average of one robust update per month.

More recently, Flying Lab Studios re-launched Pirates of the Burning Sea as a Free-to-Play game.

Learn more about Pirates of the Burning Sea, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, May 9
World of Warcraft: Community Spirit II

Tuesday, May 10
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Imperial Agent Interview

Wednesday, May 11
Outside the Box: Daggerdale

Thursday, May 12
Faxion Online: Pie vs. Cake

Friday, May 13
Player Perspectives: The Lure of the New & Shiny
Did You Know?
The network is looking for experienced and / or enthusiastic freelance writers as we get set to launch our new site: As the name implies, RTSGuru will operate in much the same way as does, but with a focus on the Real Time Strategy genre.
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