Well so far we've covered some highly secretive MMO games, some hugely anticipated MMO games and some, well, some that people aren't really that sure about. Part 3 of our what's launching in 2013 sees even more coverage of some of the hottest contenders for the MMO crown next year.
I have never wanted a genre to succeed as much as I do with sandbox MMO games but so far, they've all failed miserably. We had endless promises with Darkfall and Mortal Online and although both did deliver on occasion, the common response was disappointment with a dash of depression. The world of the sandbox could provide MMO players with endless possibilities but nobody has been able to capitalize on an all but empty genre.
Enter Pathfinder Online, a next-generation MMORPG that promises to blend the appeal of theme park MMO games with the depth and freedom from the sandbox genre. Advertised as a high fantasy MMORPG that can be compared to the legendary works of The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, Pathfinder Online could be the MMO that bridges the ever-expanding gap between mainstream and sandbox.
For more information you can check the official website
Foreign but not forgotten. As well as the exciting array of MMORPG games that we've covered so far there have also been confirmed reports of a number of the top Eastern MMO games coming to Western shores.
The most notable of these titles include ArcheAge and Blade and Soul. Blade and Soul promises to deliver players an authentic, oriental experience fueled by intense martial arts combat, although these claims are not exactly fresh to the MMO World. Boasting 4 races, 6 classes and one hell of an announcement trailer, Blade and Soul could be one of the few martial arts MMO's that actually makes an impact on Western society.
You can view the trailer and currently available information here.
ArcheAge isn't quite a polished as Blade and Soul as the game only hit open beta in Korea on December 12th. Although not officially labelled as a sandbox MMO the currently announced features seem to stray away from the shackles that retrain the regular MMO, instead offering players a new level of freedom and customization.
Players will be able to create a custom character class by combining skills from a selection of available abilities, although it's pretty slim at the moment as only 10 skills are available. There's also the opportunity to establish, protect and expand your own country which also gives players the chance to build their own home using a highly in-depth house customization system.
We see dozens of foreign games get a re-release over here but very few MMO games from the West make an impact on these shores but it's never too late. For more information, including the latest game trailer, visit the official website
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?
MMO Gaming On Consoles
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.
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?
How Often Do You Return To Old MMO Games?
How do you feel about returning to your old MMO titles? Do you often find yourself returning to take trips down memory lane or do you leave the past behind you?
The Ideal MMO - The Perfect Wrestling MMO
Blaine takes a look at another area of the MMO world that has received next to no attention over the years, the concept of online wrestling MMORPG games.
The Ideal MMO - A True Wild West MMORPG
The Wild West has long been an obsessions of the modern day era. The lawlessness, the battles of pride and honor and in true heroic fashion, the damsel in distress. However, we've yet to see an MMO that has been able to capture all of these elements.