Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ArchAge quick blurb

For anyone out there that is interested in ArchAge I found this site while browsing today, it has a lot of vids from their Closed Beta, test #3 to be exact.

Check it out!


Warhammer 40k Space MarineCombat

Below is a developer diary showing off Space marine combat in the upcoming Warhammer 40k action RPG by THQ. Not exactly MMO related, I know, but it still looks pretty epic, hopefully the 40k MMO developers will see it and incorporate some of the visual styles into their own game.

Age of Conan goes Free To Play!

This summer get ready to play AOC for FREE! Its a great game, even more so at early levels in Tortage. No its going fr to play, you don't want to miss this!

AOC Free to Play

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

E3 press conference live on Spike TV

Not exactly MMO related, but pretty cool regardless, Spike TV is pairing up with EA Games to bring their showcase at E3 streaming live.

Ten bucks says they show SWTOR, just sayin...

One-Hour Special Premieres Live, Coast-to-Coast and Commercial Free on
Monday June 6 at 3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT
New York, NY, May 24, 2011 – Spike TV, the #1 network for video game programming, today announced that it is working with leading game publisher Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) for an exclusive live, commercial-free telecast of the company’s 2011 showcase event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the gaming industry’s leading trade show.
Broadcasting from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Gamechangers: EA 2011 Preview, premieres live nationwide Monday, June 6 at 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT.

More info here.

Hellgate London is Back!

For those who didn't have the chance to play the first time around, a new publisher has picked up the rights to this blip on the MMO radar (not as fast blip as APB mind you, but still..) Closed beta testing is scheduled to start in June, so why not give it a try if it's free? You can find all the hellish details here.

Here is a video of it just in case some of my readers need to see its amazing graphical prowess..

Looks cool, MMOFPS?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rift player-base declining?

Depending on how you read into it that is a distinct possibility. Despite strong sales numbers, reports say many servers are low population during prime time hours, and recently the developers have announced free character and guild(!) transfers in the next major patch.

Quoted from their Facebook account:

"Gather your friends in RIFT and play anywhere, any time....

When the next major RIFT™ update hits early this summer, subscribers will be treated to a surprise – free character transfers. Trion Worlds announced today that with RIFT 1.3, players will have the ability to move to select servers in their territory once each week, taking all items, achievements, and titles with them. Additionally, guild leaders will be able to move their guild’s level and experience.

“MMOs are all about playing with your friends no matter which server they’re on, and that’s why we’re offering this as a free service to our subscribers,” said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer. “RIFT is both a game and a service, and adding free server transfers is just one more way we can make this the best possible MMO experience available.”

Whether you want to play with friends, check out a new server, or avoid queue times on highly populated servers, you’ll be free to move about Telara. As a part of this grand experiment, there will initially be no limits on the number of times you can transfer your characters or guild.

Character transfers will remain a free service for the foreseeable future, and could become a permanent addition to the RIFT experience. Subscribers will be able to perform the transfers inside of the game itself once the patch is live."

One has to wonder how long it will take them to be down to a few servers in the US like the once hyped Warhammer Online.

All Points Bulletin Open Beta Starts Today

This just in, the delayed open Beta of the re-release of All Points Bulliten (APB) is officially on as of 6am PST today. Head on over to their website to download the client and sign up. The current playerbase expects the servers to buckly under the load rather quickly (Rumors of 300 players online at once cause outages)so get in while you can and let us know how it is.

Keep up with further updates on their blog.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rift on sale at Steam

For those interested in trying a new MMO Rift is on sale over at Steam be forewarned though - its just WOW with a different skin.

Anyways check it out, it is fun for a while at least..

Still Looking for a new MMORPG

I have played essentially every MMORPG to date, F2P, B2P, and subscription based. I am currently bored off my ass and going back through my history of MMORPG gaming looking for something to play until some of the more anticipated new ones are released, GW2, Tera, SWTOR.

This week alone I have tried Star Trek Online, Champions Online, Rift, Warhammer and Age of Conan, as well as some lesser known titles like Wurm Online. Frankly I was disappointed by all of them Warhammer held my interests the longest this week, but only because I could immediately jump into PVP action in Tier 1.

My tastes have changed substantially over the years, especially now that I am married and cannot spend 8 hours a day grinding out levels or raiding, at this point I think a Sandbox type MMO like UO was back in the day or EVE is currently would best fit my play-style and available time allotment. I need a game I can just jump into and play for a few hours and still feel a sense of accomplishment, a game with a community that is good and a game I can make a mark on the world. I still miss making towns and defending them ala UO and Shadowbane.

I was hoping for a time Earthrise would be something I would want to play, but its a buggy peice of shit game, as is the leading sandbox contender Mortal Online. EVE is too slow paced for me, and Darkfalls graphics make me want to puke.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to play?

In the meantime I am waiting to try out these: