In today's MMO industry we have access to almost as many genres as our console counterparts but there's an undeniable difference in quality, especially in regards to sports titles. When you compare sports related MMO games to MMORTS titles, MMORPG's or even MOBA's, it's practically unheard of. There's only a handful of games available online, which is dwarfed by the hundreds of RPG's and strategy titles, but why?
Why hasn't a developer delivered a truly worthy sports MMO? Sure, some have tried. Soccer has a few representatives in the form of Power Challenge, Football Superstars and the newly released Global Soccer but in all honesty, none of these titles even compare to the worst soccer games on console.
Baseball also had a brief moment in the spotlight with the buggy yet popular baseball MMO, Ultimate Baseball Online. Originally published by Netamin the game later became sponsored by Baseball legend, Cal Ripken. Changing the name of the game to Cal Ripken's Real Baseball, but sadly the game closed the servers shortly after.
Empire of Sports also gave the sports genre a go with a multi-sports setup. Players could participate in Soccer, Basketball, Skiing and even Tennis, but spreading itself across so many different sports meant that lacked depth and mechanics individually.
I'm not really sure if it's something to do with the technical aspects of an MMO but when you think of RPG's that can support 500v500 battles online, why can't we get a decent 11v11 Soccer MMO? Where's Rugby? Where's American Football? Surely some developer has to realize the huge gap in the market for a high quality sports MMO. Do you think 2013 may be the year someone takes advantage of it?
Open World Winter Sports MMO Revealed
Poppermost today revealed an exciting addition to the roster of upcoming MMO's for the year with SNOW, the first open world winter sports game.
Shot Online Summer Play Pack Giveaway ($20 Value)
MMO Attack and GamesCampus have teamed up to offer fans of Shot Online an exclusive Summer Play Pack that includes $20 worth of in-game items to play action Golf MMO.
Critical Hit - Abusing Famous IP's
For this weeks critical hit attack on the world of the MMO game I take a look at the various MMO titles based on massive franchises and IP's.
The Perfect Game Ending
A comment from originaldudegamerguy on my Critical Hit Boss Battles article rekindled some old emotions regarding the inevitable ending of video-games
Critical Hit - Boss Fights
As I continue with my Critical Hit series I decided to take a look at an issue that appeared very recently in a game I was playing, boss battles.
Critical Hit - Cosplay
Not really something that's exclusive to MMO games but after a recent chat with friends I was quite surprised at the differing opinions they offered on the subject of cosplay.
Critical Hit - Class & Character Balance
As MMO players, or even players that just enjoy typical multiplayer games, you've no doubt come across this weeks Critical Hit topic; character and class balance.
Critical Hit - Patching & Updates
Patching. A time when players should be excited about the latest content to their favorite game. But also a time when the most annoying technical flaws come to sight, patching errors.
Critical Hit - Character Creation In MMO Games
For this weeks Critical Hit, Blaine takes a look at lackluster character creation features flooding the industry today.
Critical Hit - Real Money Trading (RMT)
Exploring the luscious tropical zone in your favorite MMO game as chat is spammed with annoying-character filled text attempting to sell you gold or items.