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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 60, January 22nd, 2007
In the News
January 16th may very well go down as one of the most important MMORPG days of 2007. The launch of The Burning Crusade, the first expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, was one of the most anticipated launches in recent memory.

Read the article here.

On January 17th, Perpetual Entertainment’s highly anticipated sci-fi MMORPG Star Trek Online moved one small step closer to launch when they brought a new, fancy website online for the first time. The new site prompts visitors to “Enlist”.

Get the news here.

On January 15th, the people over at The Chronicles of Spellborn have announced both that their open beta is set to begin in April of 2007, and release in Europe for May 2007, with other countries seeing release in Q2 and Q3 of 2007.

Read the article here.

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Guild Wars Nightfall: A Review

Last Thursday saw the publication of a new review from Staff Writer Jeremy Starley. This time around, Starley is looking at the most recent addition of the Guild Wars Family in Guild Wars Nightfall. The game itself took home a rating of 7.3 with high marks for Graphics (9), Fun (9) and Value (9) but sub-par marks for Role-Playing (4) and Community (4).

Here are some notable quotations from the review:

  • This time we are visiting the African-themed lands of Elona, and the ride is quite a bit longer.
  • Rather than the ultra-short PVE campaign of Factions, Nightfall treats us to a much longer storyline.
  • Nightfall adds two new character classes: The spear throwing Paragon and the whirling Dervish.
  • Nightfall features gorgeous African-themed landscapes, from scorching desert to Serengeti-style plains, from scenic coastal beaches to lush jungle.
  • …despite a fairly good storyline for the PVE missions – written by fantasy legend Jeff Grubb, no less – this game pretty much fails to induce or even encourage any sort of roleplaying.
  • While Nightfall may not be as deep as some other MMORPGs, it's still a blast to play.

You can read the full review here.

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This week on MMORPG.com's Game/On Co-Host Jon Wood sits down with former Co-Host Michael Hampden, who is now a designer for Auran's Fury, to discuss his experiences in the industry.

You can listen to the podcast here.

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Game of the Week

Game of 

the week

This week’s Game of the Week has been a hot topic on many people’s watch list recently. Scions of Fate, the American version of the Korean game formerly known as Yulgang: Balance of Power, was recognized in 2005 by the Korean Government as the best MMO of that year.

Here’s what the game’s official webpage has to say:

There are two types of people in the world. People that know Scions of Fate and people that don’t.

You can read more about Scions of Fate here.

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The Week That Was
15 Monday
Warhammer: Games Workshop Interview
16 Tuesday
EVE: New Combat Features
17 Wednesday
Seen at CES 2007
18 Thursday
Guild Wars: Nightfall Review
19 Friday
2006 Editorial Awards
6 Saturday
Debate: Beta, Serious Testing or Free Trial

This week, we published a number of Columns and Editorials for your enjoyment:

On Monday, Dan Fortier brought us another MMOWTF feature: MMO-holic.

Tuesday, Carolyn Koh reported in from CES with an article titled: Age of Conan CES Preview.

Managing Editor Jon Wood wrote a new Community Spotlight: Character Customization.

On Thursday Steve Wilson returned with Casual Play: A Guild Too Far.

Finally, on Friday, Hasani Davis penned a WoW editorial called: A Glmipse of the Burning Crusade.

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