I consider myself more of a PC gamer than anything. I've owned a Wii, Wii U, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 but I always relied on PC gaming to deliver. Outside of console exclusives I found my rather expensive pieces of hardware acting as little more than dust collecting devices in my TV cabinet. However, after finally getting the opportunity to play Final Fantasy XIV on the Playstation 3, I'm far more open to the potential experiences available on next-gen consoles.
My two primary concerns were the lack of communication and the controls. When you're using a PC you have access to a keyboard with over 110 different keys and a mouse that can also boast an impressive selection of input choices, but consoles are far more restricted. So when I imagined attempting to access my hot-bar or inventory on the PS3, I thought of an overly cumbersome experience that would become the bane of my enjoyment.
Instead I was pleasantly surprised with the approach Square Enix have used. It's as simple as using the shoulder buttons, directional pad and action keys. It worked very well in Final Fantasy XIV as the combat is quite slow paced but I still think a more action orientated game would struggle. I can't go into greater detail as I'm not 100% about the current NDA situation but the experience has definitely got me looking forward to vast number of MMO games coming next-generation.
I've discussed the potential problems of next-generation MMO's and communication so I won't go into extreme details here but so far my concerns have been validated with FFXIV and although it's not exactly next-gen, it's the same game we're going to be getting on the PS4.
The Elder Scrolls Online Character Progression Detailed
Tamriel fans were treated to a double whammy this week as Zenimax Online Studios released a brand new developer blog post and video highlighting character creation and progression in the upcoming MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online.
Anti-Diablo MMORPG Closed Beta Date Announced
Inferno Legends was announced last month but failed to capture the imagination of MMO fans due to a lack of gameplay footage in the announcement trailer
Gamebox Reveals Inferno Legends
Gamebox today gave fans a sneak peak of their upcoming MMORPG with a new website and teaser trailer for Inferno Legends
Final Fantasy XI Celebrates New Anniversary
Final Fantasy XI, the most profitable Final Fantasy title in the history of the franchise, celebrates its eleventh anniversary today with an exciting array of new events.
San Diego Comic-Con - Firefly Online Revealed
Several of my TV to MMO articles touched on big science-fiction franchises, such as Andromeda and Farscape, but there was one that escaped my grasp, Firefly.
The Lack Of Real Emotions In MMO Games
After my recent play through of The Last of Us I got to thinking, when was the last time I felt such an emotional roller coaster in an MMO game?
Truly Rewarding Progression In MMORPG Games
If an MMORPG game offered you a really rewarding goal for an extensive journey, would you take that route?
Top 10 Retro (8-bit & 16-bit) MMO Games
Gaming has gone through some massive changes since coming into existence, but players will forever cling to the nostalgic moments those experiences have to offer. Retro games may not have the attractive graphics modern successors do, but I've always said there is brilliance in simplicity. Not everything in gaming is about visual realism. That's why MMO Attack hunted down some of the better online options that bring players back to the time of 8-bit and 16-bit consoles. If you are looking for an online experience that emulates classic systems like the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, this Top 10 list is certainly for you.
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.
How Do You Find A New MMO Game?
So how do you look for a new MMO game and what has the heaviest impact on your decision? A jaw-dropping trailer? An honest review?