Jan 23rd 2012 7:24AM 2012 sees the first next gen MMO, and things will never be the same again afterwards.
Jan 15th 2012 3:55AM It's always amusing how any post on Massively that includes the letters 'W.O.W.' brings all the haters and trolls swarming all over it.
Cataclysm was a great expansion marred by some oversights in the design process, and I agree that less-linearity in Mists of Pandaria would be much appreciated. Looking forward to it...not as much as Guild Wars 2 mind, but still looking forward!
Dec 11th 2011 2:39PM Star Wars: The Old Republic. The male character models look atrocious in my opinion. Environments however are very nice, as are female models. Then again playing as a male in motion it's even worse, as it has the worst running animation I've ever seen in an mmo before (And I thought the WoW human running animations were bad).
With World of Warcraft it differs...some screenshots taken in Northrend tend to look gorgeous, but anywhere else they're pretty underwhelming.
I'd have to agree with EQ2, though I certainly don't hate all its graphics. The character models and bland textures on certain environments don't help it.
Also can't agree more with opinions on Lotro...environments are beautiful, but the character models just look goofy in comparison.
Oct 28th 2011 3:16PM @Seffrid Because humanoid pandas are far more kiddy than, let's say, humanoid frogs and mice right?
As for something that's actually on topic, I think the mercenary system is a great idea for an ageing mmo and after all, it's optional, so if you don't like it don't use it.
Oct 11th 2010 4:24AM This just in!
Flies all around the world flock to piles of poop everywhere and stick to them like glue no matter how much they stink.
A billion flies can't be wrong!
Sep 21st 2010 8:15AM Age of Conan's launch sullied its reputation forever, but has grown to become an extremely polished, beautiful and fairly unique mmo.
Sep 14th 2010 11:37AM Frankly I love both of them, and play both.
Everquest 2 Extended is far more generous with what it gives you for the money (or lack thereof) no matter what EQ2 vets might say. You can level all the way to 80 without buying anything. All the limitations either mean nothing unless you intend to raid, or can be offset by finding a nice tailor to make a big bag for you (benefits of being in a guild).
Lotro is more cunning in how it bleeds money from you and you can tell Turbine have done this before. If you want to get to endgame you will almost certainly have to pay for zone packs etc. That being said it's still incredible for a 'free' game, and I have been playing Lotro (Lifetime Membership) for years.
To summarise, both are amazing and both deserve to be played for the low low price of "Free" (Yes "Free" is different than free)
Aug 21st 2010 5:23PM Downloaded EQ2 Extended and am absolutely hooked. I bet the people who set the graphics to high didn't tweak all the other settings, since just choosing settings as Ultra High in the graphics menu barely changes anything. Putting texture resolution at the highest automatically makes the graphics better than most of the mmos currently out.
The art style however is certainly a personal taste matter, and I can understand people not liking it. However, the graphics certainly aren't terrible.
Aug 19th 2010 3:52AM Nick, the races you get for free are:
However the capability to at least get to the character creation screen yesterday revealed that the 'Race Packs' are going to be 650 SC each. They contain 3 races. As I predicted, the 3 races I want to play are ALL in different race packs which means almost 2000 SC -.- I think i'll skip the Dark Elf for now and go for my beloved Ratonga and Kerran.
Aug 16th 2010 1:43AM So many rabid Bioware fanboys, so little time.
The fact of the matter is, Bioware has never made an mmorpg before and it is a completely different beast than a single player rpg. They are masters of storytelling and of crafting believable characters, but I guarantee this game will crash and burn if that's all they bring to it.
Personally I hope it doesn't, as i've wanted more emphasis on storytelling and personality for ages to come to the genre. I reckon it will pull through and be a great game in its own right. But to outright dismiss the worries many people have about a lack of content and lastability is just being blind. At least Guild Wars 2 are not only focusing on all the revolutions to their storytelling but also on their mechanics, and at the moment it is the stronger of the two games purely based on fact.