Aug 16 2016
Going to the movies has always been a welcome escape from reality that lasts for a short time. Sitting in a darkened theater and munching on popcorn, one can be taken to a galaxy far, far away or go on an adventure in the steaming jungle whilst swinging on vines. The best movies create a compelling world that the moviegoer can immerse themselves into, which is done through the use of compelling stories and interesting characters. These same trait... Read
Aug 15 2016
The latest NCSoft quarterly financial report has been released. While a lot of gamers express surprise that mmo games need to make a profit in order to keep running, investors always look at the hard truth of a game's numbers to determine if it continues to live or die. The latest NCSoft quarterly financial report covers the second quarter of 2016 and is a mixed bag, but the good news is that the company is doing good overall. The surprising news... Read
Aug 14 2016
WildStar garnered a lot of positive attention during its development. Players were intrigued with an online rpg that mixed sci-fi, western action, and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor. Even more intriguing was that the game was going to be subscription-based, which was a bold choice in this era of f2p games. The trailers extolling the game's features were amazing, full of wacky humor and colorful characters. Then the game launched, and it ... Read
Jul 05 2016
Ah, events. Back in the good old days, when mmo communities were real, living, breathing, actual communities you didn't have to go far to find alternative forms of entertainment on a server. Often, this stuff was community generated, such as iron man runs, hide and seek challenges and general parties, but these things are sadly a thing of the past now, as mmo games shift more and more towards that all important "end-game" and, on the other end of... Read
Jul 03 2016
It's a human trait to divide people into one of two categories. The most basic of these are whether one is a dog person or a cat person. This view of two distinct groups can also be applied to those who play mmorpg games as well. There is PvE versus PvP and hardcore versus casual. Two distinct camps that I've always found interesting are those who prefer the journey as opposed to those whose only concern is the endgame. You can definitely tell wh... Read
Jun 30 2016
Here on mmo-play, we recently explored Wildstar and tried to work out what could be changed to make the game more popular.
To the credit of the mmo, NCSoft have performed a complete 180 since Wildstar's original, jumpy launch, but the fanbase never quite grew to the size that everyone initially hoped.
With regular new content and events, refined servers and improved gameplay, the devs really have gone the distance to make this the best mmorpg i... Read
May 22 2016
The announcement of a new mmorpg being developed is greeted with feelings of promise and the hope that the game may bring something new to the online gaming table and prove itself a massive success. The developers want the game to succeed as it offers them an income, investors want the game to do well to make a solid return on their investment, and players want the new mmo to scratch that itch for innovative gameplay that is fun and immersive. A ... Read
May 16 2016
It seems that the WildStar troubles continues to pile up. The beleaguered sci-fi mmorpg has had a rough go at it ever since it first launched. The game promised a lot of innovative and fun features for players, but a lot of gamers felt that the game was underwhelming and promptly went on to greener pastures. Some key personnel at Carbine Studios immediately left the company once the game launched, and there have been a few rounds of WildStar layo... Read
May 04 2016
On a day when a huge chunk of sci-fi fans raise their lightsabers proudly and cry, "May the forth, be with you!", and reminisce about one of the greatest space themed stories ever told, another pocket of the sci-fi fanbase looks forward, instead of back.
This week, we've seen the rollout of Wildstar update 1.5.1, enhancing the storyline of the mmorpg, along with adding a heap of new content, including the long awaited Vault of the Archon as well... Read
Apr 28 2016
The life of an online rpg can be a rough one. While there are lots of different online games developed and released, very few reach the highest levels of success that their developers (and investors) dream of. Some games generate a tremendous amount of hype during their development process, promising a ton of innovative and fun features, but crash and burn upon release. One such game is WildStar, which was full of promise when the game was first ... Read