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Kingdom Under Fire 2 has gotten off to a solid start, and I honestly had a ton of fun playing. Unfortunately, for me, the gender locked classes are a pretty big deal, and having issues with finding groups to do things can be frustrating. One problem is currently it’s easy to knock out the dailies, which is nice because we aren’t endlessly grinding our faces on, but once people get their dailies done, the server can feel a bit like a ghost town. They do have a December patch planned and new content is on the way, so hopefully, they’ll be able to reach a good state of equilibrium.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - OnslaughtPC
If you are a new player and don’t mind/enjoy a tab target style MMORPG, yes you should definitely give it a go at least as a F2P player. The various class storylines, barring one or two, are great examples of classic BioWare storytelling. There is a ton of story content in the game and each class story is unique up to level 50. For returning players the question is more difficult to answer. I have enjoyed the new DLC enough to remain a subscriber for another month, if I had not found a guild I would most likely have cancelled shortly after completing the new storyline.
ArcheAge Unchained is a thoroughly entertaining sandbox experience, but still needs a lot of work and polish before it can truly become something great. There are too many overarching issues that should have been tested in the PTS and as a result have dramatically affected the game’s performance and player progression during the critical moments of launch. Despite those problems, it still doesn’t feel like the end of ArcheAge Unchained, but a very bumpy beginning.
Overwatch®: Legendary EditionSwitch
Actually, Overwatch seems to live on the multiplayer despite my objections to a lack of story mode. In all, Overwatch is a great hero shooter no matter where you play it.
In the end, I enjoyed the 40 hour ride through the The Outer Worlds, even though it was sometimes a bumpy one. Still, with the interesting world that was built here, it feels like there was left a lot of untapped potential on the road. Flaws similar to the Fallout series – namely a main story that is little more than a frame holding together the sandbox that the rest of the game is and correspondingly flat characters – prevent it from earning a place in the hall of fame of roleplaying-shooters next to Mass Effect.
Magic: The Gathering ArenaPC
Magic Arena is a stellar addition to the Magic: The Gathering family. It’s here to stay and the competitive landscape will likely be better for it overall as time goes on. While its monetization is a bit too aggressive for my liking, and the fact we really can’t have full control over what we do with our cards bugs me, it’s hands down the best digital Magic experience Wizards have implemented to date. There’s a reason I play it almost every day.
Overall, Dauntless is a ton of fun and a great game to play alone or with friends. It occupies realm of easy to pick-up hard to master perfectly and offers a ridiculous amount of gameplay for free. There are seven different weapons which you can freely switch between, and all of them offer a unique playstyle and abilities to master. Dauntless is the perfect game to run around with your friends in or to play by yourself focusing on your goals.
Simply put, running through the story of Borderlands 3 was a blast. Sure, the writing was a little thin in some points and the UI could be better, but the improved gunplay more than makes up for it. I spent most of my time with Moze, have Fl4k about half way through the story, and played around on Amara and Zane, and each one brings their own flavor to the fight. There are some balance issues that need to be addressed, but a more urgent priority would be squashing bugs and fixing the nagging technical issues ASAP.
The new monsters in Iceborne are the main topic worth talking about. The return of some from other games in the Monster Hunter franchise is enough to make Iceborne a worthy purchase. It’s a chance to see monsters in higher definition quality than the graphics of older consoles and in many cases, handheld ones. Capcom presents a way to appreciate old monsters as if seeing them for the first time through new eyes.
World of Warcraft ClassicPC
Overall World of Warcraft Classic is a solid effort and a ton of fun. Like I mentioned previously, I never wanted to bring back Vanilla and yes, there are some things which have been annoying me. Like having to face my target when I Moonfire or clicking on a quest item out in the world, but someone else clicks first and gets it. I’m not sure how long I will keep with Classic, but right now I am having fun and only logging onto retail for raid nights, which says a lot.
DC Universe OnlineSwitch
If you’ve never played DCUO and being a superhero or supervillain sounds appealing, then you run no risk of trying this game at the free to play level. Honestly, I think you’ll find enough appeal to keep playing, especially if you spend the extra five dollars USD to attain Premium Membership. Sure, the game is aged but Daybreak continues to put development dollars into the game. Bottom line, it’s the perfect portable MMO for the Nintendo Switch!
Pillars of Eternity: Complete EditionSwitch
Overall, Pillars of Eternity is both a fantastic port and still a fantastic game. While it may not have a lot of the ease of access features many newer RPGs have, it doesn’t need them. This is the type of game that is an experience. While definitely not for everyone, checking every corner of every area provides the player with either new items, or new lore to enhance their experience. Pillars of Eternity plays more like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, and with the ability to take it with you on long commutes or boring events you have to attend, this makes it a great addition to any RPG lover’s catalog.
Conqueror's Blade attempts to set a new standard for what a tactical action MMO can look like. The game does achieve some of what it sets out to do, with some truly great tactical moments and some epic battle sequences. However, clunky, simple player combat, overwhelming progression systems and lacklustre visuals and open world leave the game feeling underwhelming and a bit disappointing.
There is no question that Warhammer: Chaosbane has truly delivered on a high quality, full featured ARPG experience. For gamers looking for their next ARPG experience, you would be remiss if you passed this one by.
Dauntless is fun, plain and simple. It is in the giant monster hunting category just like Monster Hunter, but it does have its differences. Dauntless is F2P, lacks the open worldness that Monster Hunter has, but the Behemoth fights have some really tight mechanics to it. The fights so far in Dauntless have been a team of 4 vs. 1 behemoth alone.
Even with the struggles over the last week, the launch of Mordhau has clearly been a success for Triternion and players alike. Even as horrible as I am at the combat it is impossible to deny the melee fighting is a welcome reprieve from the usual first-person shooter or Diablo-esque hack-n-slash combat. The dev team seems intent on keeping the community updated on issues as they arise, and they have already announced they will be adding more content to the game.
If you’ve been on the fence, it’s time to jump down. Like all games-as-a-service, it’s only going to get better with time. Unlike most recently, it’s already a great video game which leaves me very excited for what’s to come.
Overall, Apex Legends is a free game and it is a pretty fast-paced game for a battle royale. Anyone who has played PUBG or Fortnite can respect what Respawn has done here. They took a genre and added their own Titanfall twists to the game and have something that is genuinely fun to play. You can literally earn everything in the game or spend a little cash to get the things you want. For a game that had literally zero marketing, it has taken the player base by storm.
Six months or a year from now, Anthem, like many of the other games before it, may be a wholly improved experience and complete its redemption arc, but right now it may as well be AAA Early Access. I’ll continue to play it for as long as the combat remains entertaining, but if you’re on the fence, you may want to wait a while on this one.
Where there is no real breath of life into a title that has continually been rehashed, and any originality has been lost long ago. For players that have no other ARPGs to play, there is something to be had here, a solid time-sink, but don’t expect Warlords: Awakening to do much more than put you to sleep. Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/warlords-awakening/reviews/warlords-awakening-review-worth-waking-for-1000000515#ks9TfFkr7z6PUizv.99
If that is what you are looking for and you can be gracious as well as honest with where the game is presently at, Fallout 76 is worth checking out. If you are on the fence, I would recommend waiting to see how Bethesda handles updates and patches. That should give you a sense of where the game is at and what kind of attention it will be receiving. Personally, I am loving my experiences in Appalachia. It has been a great point of connection with friends and family.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with Elsword. It’s a fun and quirky game that’s just bursting with content. If a dungeon grinding game with minor elements of platforming sounds cool to you it’s worth a try. Like I mentioned before the only real downsides for me were the QoL stuff but those weren’t enough to kill my enjoyment.
Overall, Dreadnought is a capital ship battler set in the future where giant ships dominate the galaxy. Each different ship will offer you a different way to play, and more options as you upgrade. Currently only available on PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, Dreadnought is a free to play game with optional packs to buy, and premium services to purchase to increase the number of rewards you receive.
Ultimately, despite its long development cycle, Boundless is still very much a new experience for a lot of players. Much like games like Eve Online or even Black Desert Online, time will be the real measure of how well this player driven MMO really works but at present I’m having a blast running around and exploring because that's how I like to play!
Monster Hunter World is a solid title that will soak up a lot of time if you enjoy beautiful graphics, hunting beautiful, dangerous and unique creatures, and crafting buttloads of weapons and gear. The learning curve is considerably more shallow than previous Monster Hunter titles but simultaneously steeper for beginners than it usually is for games in general.