Guild Wars 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Guild Wars 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 7 Best PvP MMORPGs on the Market in Early 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/lv4e5/the-7-best-pvp-mmorpgs-on-the-market-in-early-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/lv4e5/the-7-best-pvp-mmorpgs-on-the-market-in-early-2020 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:37:15 -0500 Sergey_3847

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World of Warcraft Classic

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There is a solid PvP component in World of Warcraft, but nothing will ever compare to the PvP combat in the Classic version of the most famous MMORPG on the market now, and probably ever.

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In Classic players need to focus on obtaining honorable kills, which will increase their Honor points. Every week these Honor points are summed up and players get to see their actual rating in the game.

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Since this type of approach is very different from the original PvP system in the last few expansions, players really need to put a lot of work on a weekly basis.

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If this kind of approach makes you excited, and the competitive spirit is strong within you, then World of Warcraft Classic is the best PvP experience you will ever have.

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These were the seven best MMORPGs on the market today that focus on PvP component, and be sure to leave your feedback in the comments section below.

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The Elder Scrolls Online

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PvP component in The Elder Scrolls Online is presented in realm vs. realm format, where three factions fight for control of Cyrodiil. Each faction has its own territory, and Cyrodiil is a sort of disputed zone, where all PvP battles take place. The main objectives of these battles are to capture control points, watchtowers and fortresses, where the siege of fortresses involve hundreds of players. 

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The battle system in the MMO version of The Elder Scrolls is similar to other games in the series. The left mouse button performs attacks, and the right one blocks attacks. Active skills are installed on hot keys, from 1 to 6. The targeting system is a modified version of the classic Tab-target.

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All-in-all, ESO is not exactly the most PvP-driven title of all listed here, but be sure to try it out if you like the world of Tamriel.

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Revelation

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Netease Games, the Chinese developer, take the PvP component of Revelation just as seriously as PvE content. Fortress sieges, clan confrontations, and interserver battlefields play an important role in the world of this fantastic MMORPG.

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The combat system is nothing new, but it's not the pure non-target system you would expect. It utilizes both a classic control scheme with auto-target and a crosshair for manual aiming. It is worth noting that players can also dodge attacks, which makes combat even more fun and dynamic.

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At the moment, Revelation allows players to choose one of seven classes: Assassin, Blademaster, Gunslinger, Occultist, Spirit Shaper, Swordmage, and Vanguard. There is also a really elaborate customization system in the game, which will allow you to make a truly unique character.

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Guild Wars 2

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There are several types of PvP modes in Guild Wars 2. There is a standard arena where two teams fight and capture control points. Unlike arenas from other MMORPGs, here local maps have very complicated layouts, which increases the level of difficulty.

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But the main PvP entertainment in Guild Wars 2 is the epic World vs. World vs. World mode. In this mode, up to 500 players can fight on huge continental maps. All kinds of obstacles, such as roadblocks, towers, siege equipment and other key points and positions are scattered throughout giant maps. The best part is that you can join this mode right from the very beginning of the game.

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Guild Wars 2 has a large and relatively stable playerbase. The game gets regular updates and developers often communicate with players. All this makes it a high-quality AAA level project.

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Blade and Soul

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The game has a really unique battle style, which uses auto-target with an aiming system. Because of this Blade and Soul has an extremely dynamic combat, which, in comparison to other fighting MMORPGs, is very unusual.

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As of now, there are twelve classes in total. Each class of heroes has a unique playstyle. Assassins are shadow fighters that try to stab you in the back, Destroyers are slow but have powerful attacks, Summoners are masters of spells and area effects, Blade Masters deftly parry blows, responding with sharp and frequent attacks.

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If you feel that you're not ready to fight in real PvP battles, then you can always start a training arena, where you can fight with other newcomers and sharpen your skills for the real deal. Make no mistake: the real draw to Blade & Soul is its fast-paced PvP.

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Black Desert Online

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PvP in Black Desert Online is presented in free-for-all format, but there is one limitation: you have to wait to level 50 to get into the PvP action. Luckily leveling is a snap and shouldn't take you much time at all.

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The game also has a guild war system, which plays an important role in server politics.

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The combat system is entirely based on combinations of abilities, which makes it one of the most exciting features of this game as it incorporates animation cancelling and fighting game-style inputs for a player to rise above the rest.

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When you figure out the combat system and settle on a class, Black Desert Online may quickly become one of your favorite MMORPGs for PvP.

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ArcheAge

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PvP aspect is central to ArcheAge and is the foundation of most of its content. This is one of the few games where the confrontation of guilds and political games are paramount.

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Initially, all players are divided into two factions and six races: Nuians, Elves, Dwarves, Firran, Harani, and Warborn. Two factions can fight each other always and everywhere with the exception of starting locations.

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In this regard ArcheAge follows the free-PvP principle, which is very rare for an MMORPG title. This means that players can kill both representatives of the enemy faction and of their own, too. Of course, there is punishment for killing your own faction, but the fact that it's even possible makes ArcheAge truly wild.

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One of the best parts about Archeage is doing trade runs across the ocean with your friends. It's a real social experience, and if you lime risk in your PvP, then this should make it really exciting for you.

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Lastly, the current version of the game has two pay methods: free-to-play (regular ArcheAge with cash shop), and buy-to-play (ArcheAge Unchained, without shop). So it's up to you which version you wish to delve into.

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Farming items or skill points can bring a lot of satisfaction, battles with mobs can be a serious test of skills, and quests can deliver a lot of fun indeed. But nothing will ever compare to a solid PvP brawl in your favorite MMORPG title.

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When you challenge other players online, you both get the opportunity to test your skills. That is some of the most rewarding experience a gamer can get.

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The PvP aspect is a huge draw for many to the MMORPG genre overall. If you're a PvP MMOer, read on for seven titles to bring the right to in 2020.

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5 RPG/MMORPGs That Should Have 4X RTS Counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/pjonj/5-rpgmmorpgs-that-should-have-4x-rts-counterparts https://www.gameskinny.com/pjonj/5-rpgmmorpgs-that-should-have-4x-rts-counterparts Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:40:07 -0500 Alberto C.

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The games mentioned in this article possess an additional benefit in addition to their uniqueness and well developed lore: their popularity. With the exception of Guild Wars, ever other RPG/MMORPG are some of the best known games in the videogame industry as a whole. Put into the hands of an experienced 4X studio, it practically sounds like a guaranteed recipe for success. But more importantly they would allow us to experience their worlds from a perspective we haven't seen before.

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If you have any ideas of other RPGs that would do well in the 4X genre, mention them in the comments below!

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Guild Wars

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What Mass Effect achieved in creating a science fiction universe from scratch and with originality, Guild Wars achieved in the fantasy realm. A fantasy game without elves, ArenaNet created one the most memorable MMORPGs to date that at times didn't even seem like an MMO at all.

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Although the second title in the series takes places thousands of years later, the first one made it clear that the world you were entering with your character was one riddled with conflict and distrust both in the present and in past. Be it the conflict between the Charr and Humans of Ascalon, or the the seemingly never ending war between the Kurzicks and the Luxons, a quest for world domination 4X style would be a fascinating one to the say the least.

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Knights Of The Old Republic

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One of the best Star Wars games ever made, KOTOR richness doesn't just come from its Star Wars universe, but especially from the timeline in which it takes place.

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Set thousands of years before the Empire or the Galactic Republic that preceded it, KOTOR takes place in an era of a high political instability and turmoil, when the tentacles of galactic government control weren't nearly as strong as in the more familiar, later timelines. The Old Republic, the primary government entity at the time, had its fair share of conflict not just with the Sith Empire, but with the famous Mandalorians and Zygerrian Slave Empire.

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The decades-old sci-fi universe has had so much content made based on it that it practically leaves every aspect relevant to the making of a 4X strategy game settled. Sources on economics, political systems and technology are so abundant about the Star Wars universe that the tough part will be deciding on what to leave out.

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If you're really itching for some 4X Star Wars and can't wait, you might want to try Stellaris' SW: A Galaxy Divided mod. It's the closest (and really well fleshed-out) thing to the real deal.

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The Lord of the Rings Online

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One the richest and oldest fantasy universes ever created that essentially set the founding rules that other creators and writers followed decades later when creating their own. The most popular RPG of the series, the MMO The Lord of The Rings Online, makes it obvious that the franchise fulfills any requirement you could think of for a 4X game.

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And if the MMO series weren't enough proof, just take a look at the various LOTR mods that the community has made for different Total War titles. The success of these mods speaks for themselves, and the most recent installments of the Total War series on the Warhammer universe exhibits that the 4X community was, and likely still is, craving for some good fantasy conquest.

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Mass Effect

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When the first Mass Effect came along back in 2007, it didn't come empty-handed in terms of the lore. The Codex, a feature accessible from the menu screen, was a collection of information about the universes of Mass Effect that had little significance for the missions at hand but added a lot of background knowledge to help immerse a player in the ME universe and understand why some things were the way players encountered them.

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From the Rachni Wars to the Krogan Rebellions, all the way to the First Contact War between Humans and Turians, the world of ME not only offers detailed accounts of events and a clear historical path, but the Milky Way is clearly detailed when it comes to who controls what:

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The variety in social and political traits that ME exemplifies through the different species-specific factions guarantees variety and different approaches to gameplay similar to what we can already see in games like Stellaris or Galactic Civilization III. An aspect of the game that can be complimented further with the numerous cross-species factions, rogue factions or the infamours Terminus Systems and their renegade behavior.

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World of Warcraft

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Yes, yes...we know Warcraft 4 is way ahead in line when it comes to the "Games that should have been made by now" list. Now that that's out of the way...

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Few can deny the richness and well-developed lore of the Warcraft universe. Not only does the timeline span for thousands of years, but the now well-established factions of Horde and Alliance were once not as sound as they are now. Not only that, but there isn't just evidence of violence among races of the same faction, but among the same sub-factions within a race.

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And what Horde or Alliance player wouldn't enjoy pillaging and razing Stormwind or Orgrimmar to the ground and enslave or execute their captives, Total War-style?

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Defeating the big bad dragon might feel heroic, and destroying the enemy's base in the sector can feel like a great outcome after a hard battle. But few games offer you the chance of casting those pesky, short-lived accomplishments aside and give you the chance to take absolute control of the bigger picture, and all of those games belong to one genre: 4X.

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4X has a relatively simple goals: eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate. These sort of games puts you in the shoes of the highest levels of command, to practice in the ultimate form of virtual statecraft in your quest for world (or galactic) domination.

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The RPG and MMO world is known for having deeply developed lore as a necessary element, making them in many occasions ideal settings for a genre that is focused on the big picture, rather than individual journeys. From history, universe and factions, RPG and MMO games not only check the necessary boxes for 4X games, but they often go beyond them thanks to their depth.

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Here are 5 RPGs we believe have not just the lore but would make great settings to base 4X strategy games on as well.

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The State of MMOs in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ccwcq/the-state-of-mmos-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ccwcq/the-state-of-mmos-in-2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:49 -0500 Craig Snyder

Since the days of EverQuest, Ultima Online, and The Realm Online, MMOs have been the backbone of online gaming. These are the games 20-somethings like myself went to as a kid when they got home from school to escape reality. These are the games where you could be something online that years before you could have never imagined creating and experiencing. An immersive gameplay experience combined with social and competitive interaction with other players is something magical.

I see a lot of people saying that MMOs are a dying breed, though. Are MOBAs and battle royale shooters taking over? There's no questioning the success of games like League of Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as of recent, but let's not count MMOs out just yet. Let's talk about what happened with MMOs in the past year.

The Biggest Standouts

There were two games this year that really stood out to me. That's not to say that they were necessarily the two best MMOs of 2017, but they far exceeded my expectations. Both happen to be some of the most hardcore games of the year, too.

Black Desert Online

It'd be a cliché to say Black Desert Online came out of nowhere. It came straight out of Korea, and when it hit North America and Europe, it sent hardcore MMO enthusiasts into a frenzy.

Black Desert Online closed out its first year in March of 2017 with 1.5 million NA players and 1.7 million EU players. Bear in mind, these are statistics from before it came to Steam. When it did drop on Steam, popular variety streamer summit1g helped Black Desert Online hit a new peak when he was addicted to it on stream for several weeks.

Black Desert Online came to the West at a time when MMOs had already gone soft, and this game is anything but that. Everything is uncapped. When you grind in Black Desert Online, you grind hard. Players hit the soft level cap and will work for months and months just to get to that next level. It gets to the point where that next percent becomes the goal. It's grueling. The item upgrading in this game is just as unforgiving, and you're going to eventually lose pieces of the best items in the game just by sacrificing them to a completely RNG-based enchantment system.

The hurt brings the joy for hardcore players, though, and this game is incredibly addicting. It's non-linear in the way that you don't have to grind mobs or quest if you don't want to. You can do nothing but fish or cook all day, and you'll eventually be able to power level your character and make good money.

The year rounded out in a not-so-great way for the people behind Black Desert Online. Users were able to mine and leak extremely sensitive game data that helps players better understand stat efficiency on their gear. One of the biggest puzzles in this game lies within the way that gear statistics offer very little insight. Stats like AP, DP, and Accuracy have limited math behind them, and for a long time it's been up to the community to test and understand what they mean and how they perform on each item. In the last quarter of this year, that information was made public, and Pearl Abyss did everything in their power to cover it up.

Path of Exile

I know that there's a lot of debate around whether Path of Exile is a "true MMO" or not, being that you aren't interacting in an open world, but 2017 pushed the envelope on that a little further. While I'd still question the degree to which it's "massively" multiplayer, there are nevertheless features like guilds and trading. There are even ways to PvP in certain game modes. Not only that, but Path of Exile's community is a big part of the game. You're going to have to rely on them for a lot of things, especially trading, and this alone is going to make the game feel like more of a multiplayer experience, be it head-to-head or cooperative.

With that out of the way, Path of Exile is everything that Diablo III should have been (and more). I don't think it's even up for debate that Path of Exile is the best multiplayer online ARPG out right now, and easily one of the best of all time.

The Fall of Oriath, the sixth expansion for Path of Exile, was released in August of this year. As the largest content update in the history of the game, it's often called "Path of Exile 3.0." I don't think anyone expected a small, independent video game developer from New Zealand to come out as one of the most successful and celebrated companies among its customers. Nonetheless, Grinding Gear Games is just that.

Before The Fall of Oriath, Path of Exile was four acts. Afterward, it was ten. That's six acts in a single expansion, effectively doubling the content of the game. This information floored the Path of Exile community, including myself, when it was released. With these acts came 24 new bosses and a whole slew of balance changes that were mostly welcomed with open arms.

Path of Exile's depth and complexity make it a game that has near-infinite replayability. With every new character you make, every new node tick in the passive skill tree, every new Skill gem in every socket of every new weapon, it's a new experience. The looting system in Path of Exile is disgustingly diverse. The way you can socket gems to your gear reminds me of Materia in Final Fantasy VII. Every part of this game feels like you're writing the code of your player as you develop it, and that feels so good.

The "Holy Trinity"

World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online are at the top of the MMO food chain. Let's talk about what happened with these games in 2017.

World of Warcraft

2017 was the year of Legion, and with month after month of patches, Blizzard did a fine job in delivering a story and gameplay experience that's richer and more captivating than that of any other MMO that comes to mind.

World of Warcraft's year started with the release of a ten-boss raid featuring Gul'dan. Blizzard later introduced a micro-holiday system that gave players old and new a serious thirst to log in and see what special events awaited them for the day. PvP saw a new system of brawling, where 6-on-6 battles took over and really changed the landscape of a stale and boring PvP meta to make it fun and experimental again.

The year then closed out with two massive WoW-related announcements at BlizzCon that we'll get into later on in this piece.

Final Fantasy XIV

If you told me in 2010, when Final Fantasy XIV was released, that people would still be playing it in 2017, then I'd think you were crazy. We'd definitely be up to something like Final Fantasy XIX by 2017, right? Well, right now may actually be the best time ever to get into the game.

Final Fantasy XIV was originally received as a broken game that required far too much grinding. Square Enix even issued an apology for the quality of Final Fantasy XIV, and many fans were sure that its failures were leading to a major scar on the brand. In 2013, A Realm Reborn was released, and it corrected so many issues that originally plagued the game. In 2015, we were given Heavensward. With each expansion, Final Fantasy XIV was getting better and better. That seems natural and obvious, but games like World of Warcraft have playercount charts that peaked about five years after release and then declined from there. We're entering the eighth year with Final Fantasy XIV. Instead of falling off, it recently entered the list of top 10 subscriber-based MMOs in history.

We haven't even talked about the 2017 expansion, though. Stormblood started off rocky, but things have really panned out. Stormblood is another success that continues to push this MMO higher and higher on the charts. The newest expansion introduced swift swordsmen and red mages, underwater exploration, and a plethora of beautiful new zones.

Final Fantasy XIV is now at 10 million subscribers. To put it into perspective, the best MMO of all-time, World of Warcraft, is sitting at 12 million. There's no denying the massive success and continuation of this MMO powerhouse.

Elder Scrolls Online

Elder Scrolls Online started similarly to how Final Fantasy XIV did. Things didn't go as planned, promises were broken, and the community was fractured by a game that was less than they expected. You couldn't quest freely, you couldn't explore the world cooperatively, and friends couldn't even play together. It practically wasn't even an MMO.

That all changed years ago, and in 2017, Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most attractive and popular MMOs out. The game kicked off 2017 with fireworks upon the announcement of Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. If you know anything about the Elder Scrolls franchise, you know the fanatical following behind this zone. Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind ended up being a massive success.

The Morrowind DLC also introduced the Warden class, the first new class in four years. It ended up being one of the most unique and diverse classes in the game. This year was also the year of player houses in Elder Scrolls Online. Homesteads allows you to purchase homes in Tamriel, and the decorating and customization options are fantastic. Player houses are fully functional, allowing you to craft, read, and participate in other activities. When you're not questing and developing your character, perfecting your house is something that you're going to spend an obsessive amount of hours on. It's a really great touch to the game.

The Newbie

Albion Online

Creativity and quirkiness is something to be appreciated in a game genre that is so old and on a very narrow path, and Albion Online does bring that. This is another one of those "super hardcore" MMOs, in a class with Black Desert Online, that I recommend for people who feel like they missed out on getting into games like RuneScape or Ultima Online.

Albion Online is an MMORPG with sandbox elements that are going to make you want to play for the long haul. That's what you're going to have to do too, because collecting resources is going to be a massive grind. Albion Online offers a medieval, cross-platform world where every battle is different and PvP is a looting extravaganza. Give this one a shot if you're a nostalgic gamer who wants something that looks and feels like the old days but really plays like new.

The Duds

ArcheAge

It's sad to see what has happened to ArcheAge. When it first released, my friends and I were extremely excited about the sandbox experience and claiming a small piece of the world's land as our own. What we instead got was an MMORPG riddled with hackers that used bots and other automated tools to claim those land plots the second they became available.

Unlike Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online, XL Games wasn't quick enough in correcting these issues, and 2017 was a year where we saw a lot of red in the playercount charts. There's just no reason to play ArcheAge when games like Black Desert Online were at their high point in 2017.

WildStar

Yes, still. WildStar was released as one of the most hyped fantasy/sci-fi MMOs under NCSOFT in 2014. Three years later, it's sitting at an average of about 190 concurrent on Steam.

The sad part isn't that WildStar failed but that Carbine Studios doesn't seem to have any plans on how to fix it or what to do with it. WildStar just kind of ... exists. When's the last time you heard about this MMO? Probably not for years, and that's because nothing major and exciting has come out lately. Homecoming and Power of the Primal Matrix were both flops and not nearly as large as promised. It's sad to see such wasted potential in a game that looked incredibly unique and promising.

All the Rest

Guild Wars 2 actually had a pretty solid year despite it being one of the more "quiet" MMOs. You don't hear a lot about this game, but what if I told you it was reported to have 11 million active players back in September?

Path of Fire was a massively popular content expansion. ArenaNet dubbed Heart of Thorns a "feature expansion," so players really looked forward to this. This Guild Wars 2 expansion took players to the Crystal Desert to experience crazy new mounts, new masteries, and new elite specializations.

I was happy to see RuneScape continue to live on for yet another year, both OSRS and RS3. One of the oldest MMOs still kicking saw changes to weather, pets, the bank, mining and smithing, and the Elder Gods in 2017. It's not just nostalgia that's keeping RuneScape's heart beating, but it's surely a big part.

Although the Steam Charts don't seem to reflect 2017 being a great year for EVE Online, this space-based, persistent world is far from dead.

In October of 2016, it was announced that EVE Online would follow a new free-to-play model. In October of this year, we learned that this free-to-play program was about to get majorly upgraded. Free players now have access to a massive amount of new skills and ships that are surely going to bring a surge in activity to this economy-driven classic. Lifeblood brought mining and pirates, with more to come in 2018.

Conclusion and Looking Ahead

For MMOs, 2017 saw a lot of familiar faces, and there's nothing wrong with that. Those same familiar faces will very well be the ones steering us into a successful 2018.

Not only did BlizzCon 2017 tease us with one of the most amazing-looking expansions coming in 2018, Battle for Azeroth, but they also seem to be bringing vanilla back. World of Warcraft private servers that emulate the game's early days were massively successful, and Blizzard has been criticized for their actions against these servers. Will World of Warcraft Classic be the solution? It's got to be one of the most exciting things heading into 2018!

Other titles like Bless Online, Sea of ThievesChronicles of Elyria, and Crowfall keep us hopeful for the new blood of 2018.

I definitely can't close out this piece without talking about Camelot Unchained. As someone who absolutely loves nostalgic titles and personally believes that we're long past the glory days of MMOs, revisiting Dark Age of Camelot is at the top of my MMO bucket list for next year.

Games like Black Desert Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and Elder Scrolls Online show that 2017 isn't the year where MMOs surrender as ready to die, and I expect that this continues into next year.

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What were your favorite MMOs of this year, and what MMOs are you looking forward to going into 2018? There are a lot of MMOs out there to talk about, and surely they haven't all been discussed in this article. Drop me a comment below, and we'll talk about your favorite (or least favorite) of the past year.

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Get Spooked with These Halloween 2017 Events in Your Favorite Games https://www.gameskinny.com/bvhcq/get-spooked-with-these-halloween-2017-events-in-your-favorite-games https://www.gameskinny.com/bvhcq/get-spooked-with-these-halloween-2017-events-in-your-favorite-games Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:36:11 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Absolver: Halloween 1.08 Update

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Sloclap and Devolver Digital released Absolver's latest update recently, which includes new seasonal gear, among other updates and accessories.

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Your 1v1 Combat Trials matches can now take place at night, but more importantly for some players is the fact that all 6 Marked Ones are sporting Halloween masks--Halloween masks that can be dropped upon your victory. You can check them out in the trailer above.

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There are a couple of other important inclusions in the update. One of them is the Prestige system, which lets you advance your Absolver beyond level 60 and provides additional subsystems to help you grow them even further. Each level gained nets you a Crystal, which you can use to reset attribute points.

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The random loot drops from Combat Trials have been replaced with Rift Disks and Rift Coins, items that can be traded for rare gear. You also can acquire Rift Disks by trading in Crystals.

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There's a new, more intuitive inventory management system included in the update too. And the other major addition? You can now be bald.

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Hearthstone: Hallow's End

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It wouldn't be Halloween without Hearthstone! The Hallow's End event is back, and the Headless Horseman is your master of ceremonies. He's taken control of the tavern, which you'll find has been remade to match the seasonal mood, but there's more to the event than just that. Once each week during the Halloween spectacular, the Headlass Horseman will be handing out card packs and an Arena ticket.

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Arena Matches
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There's a brand new dual-class Arena match for the duration of Hallow's End too. Each Hero is wearing a special Halloween costume; you'll choose both a Hero and a Hero Power and then receive cards from both classes, alongside your neutral cards.

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Tricky Tavern Brawl--Now Through Oct. 28
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Don a costume and travel throughout the countryside to find the Headless Horseman and put an end to his tricksy deeds. What costume you'll wear is Discovered once the Brawl begins, and each costume has its own deck featuring cards from across the classes, plus a passive Hero Power.

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Fortnite: The Fortnitemares

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Epic Games' Fortnite is yet another hero shooter joining in the Halloween fun. The Fortnitemares Fortnite Halloween event, starting October 26, brings with it a brand new stage: Hexsylvania. Hexsylvania is full of creepy catacombs and long hallways lit only by the dim light of floating candles and is covered with dense fog that obscures your path. There are plenty of other good things in store, too:

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  • New weapons -- pumpkin launcher and gravedigger
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There are some new Halloween skins on sale in the store too, purchasable with V-bucks.

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Character Skins

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Fortnite Patch 1.8

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All of this is part of the much larger Fortnite update out now, and here are the details about it.

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Leaderboards
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The patch implements different types of rankings to help you see how you stack up to the competition in these categories:

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There are two types of leaderboards too, and they all automatically reset on Wednesday of each week.

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Division Leaderboard

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These are based on different groups, or divisions, of players.

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Friend Leaderboard

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Team Chat
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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players who own a microphone now have the option for team chat in their games, and it's a default setting. PC players have voice options too--added in the last update--but they need to push talk to activate it, and it's bound to the Y key. Chat isn't mandatory, though, and can be deactivated in the  Audio Options menu.

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Slurp Juice
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This consumable item is a major new piece added in the update. It grants the user one health and one shield per 25 seconds and can restore your health all the way up to 100. You'll find them in the same areas where you find other consumables, and you can also stack up to 2 of them.

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Season Levels
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These seasonal perks are a way to help level up your character and get exclusive items into the bargain. The first level gives you the ability to raise your character to 100 and displays your level in your banner. It also adds banner flair from levels 2-49 so you can display your prowess for all to see.

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There are two seasonal awards for progressing through the first season as well.

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Daily challenges are the way you raise your seasonal experience points, with a new one provided every day and the ability to have up to 3 active at one time.

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Clash of Clans: Halloween 2017

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Fans of Clash of Clans won't be surprised to hear that Supercell appears to be gearing up for yet another seasonal event. Details aren't confirmed as of yet, but here's what seems to be in store.

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Troops
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Supercell is introducing two new troop types: Pumpkin Barbarian and Giant Skeleton Troop. The Pumpkin Barbarian is a regular Barbarian dressed up as a pumpkin and with an extra shield -- a pumpkin shield, of course. Don't let the images you might have seen fool you either. The Pumpkin Barbarian doesn't have low HP; that's just for the shield.

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The Giant Skeleton has its own unique characteristics that actually encourage you to let it get defeated. It carries around a giant explosive that goes off when it dies. It can even destroy structures like spell factories.

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Obstacle
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This year's Halloween obstacle is a baby dragon skull. Like other obstacles before it, it costs 25k elixir to remove and gives you 75k in return.

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We'll post more as it becomes available, so check back soon!

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Pokemon GO: Halloween 2017

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Niantic finally announced what dataminers already discovered: Halloween introduces Generation III Pokemon from Ruby and Sapphire! The event runs from October 20th at 12pm PST to November 2 at 1pm PST.

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As in previous years, there will be higher chances of finding the returning spooky Pokemon, including Houndoom and Gengar, but you'll also get to catch Gen III's Ghost types as well--Duskull and Dusclops, Shuppet and Banette, and Sableye. And, starting in December, Niantic will be slowly rolling out additional Hoenn Pokemon, though which ones and when specifically have not yet been stated. However, you'll also want to be on the lookout for the special witch-hat-wearing-Pikachu seen in the trailer.

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Special boxes are on sale too, with items including Raid passes, Super Incubators, and, of course, candy. Pokemon will be earning twice as much candy as normal during the event too. There's also a Gen VII surprise in store, in the form of a Mimikyu hat you can get for your avatar.

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Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King

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The Mad King returns in Guild Wars 2 for yet more Halloween mayhem! The event brings with it numerous spooky diversions for your gaming pleasure, from battles to puzzles and more besides!

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The Mad King's Labyrinth

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Find your way through the maze, knocking on doors to trick-or-treat, if you have the courage for it. Watch your back, though; monsters prowl the maze, looking for an easy meal. If this all gets too much for you, there's always the Lunatic Inquisition you can try instead, the event's PvP mode

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Ascent to Madness

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Face off against the Mad King himself--Oswald Thorn. Study his tactics carefully if you want a chance for survival. But be careful--you never can tell what a madman might do next.

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The Mad King's Clock Tower

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Race your way to the top of the crumbling, haunted clock tower. Mind your step as you go, because one wrong move sends you tumbling into the rising tide of horrors below.

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Lion's Arch Festivities and More

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Drink in the Halloween atmosphere at the creepily bedecked Lion's Arch, and you might even have Oswald Thorn himself drop in for a game of Mad King Says. But of course, it wouldn't be Halloween without treats, and there are plenty to go around, including Halloween skins, weapons, and armor.

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Rocket League: Haunted Hallows Event

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Rocket League''s first ever Halloween event is here! It runs until November 6th at 10am PST, and it introduces a brand new form of currency for a limited time: Candy Corn.  You'll be using this throughout the event, so here's a short guide to help get you started.

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What is It?
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Candy Corn is your spendable reward that you use to purchase Haunted Hallows Crates, alongside Decryptors and other Halloween items. You receive Candy Corn as a reward for completing an online match, so it's a simple and intuitive system.

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Your Candy Corn will disappear one week after the event ends, but everything you purchase with it remains in your inventory, including crates. To spend your candy, click the Special Events button on the main menu, and go from there.

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The Haunted Hallows Crates are your the main draw for spending your Candy Corn, and they contain a variety of items for your Halloween enjoyment. These items are separate from the ones you can purchase in the event store as well.

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However, you can also purchase Decryptors with Candy Corn, Decryptors are a new way of unlocking crates in Rocket League and, for now, can only be purchased with Candy Corn. Be sure to note that crates unlocked with Decryptors cannot be traded.

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Anything Else I Should Know?
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There are two other ways of obtaining Haunted Hallows crates. One is through regular online play; there's a chance a crate will drop at the end of each match. The other is through purchasing them directly, with real-world money. However, like crates unlocked through Decryptors, Haunted Hallows crates bought with money cannot be traded. The crates won't be updated for next year either, which means you can wait an entire year to open them, if you so choose.

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Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money Zombie Outbreak

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What happens when zombies and killer zombie raykins invade your neighborhood? Well if you want to know, check out the Trailer Park Boys Halloween event, running until October 20th!

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Take down the zombie horde before they become out of control, and seek out the source of the creeping plague by taking on the evil raykins. Depending on your performance, you may just unlock a raykin for your wrestling arena too, which boosts profits for your ring.

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Minecraft: Spooktacular Server Events

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Sandbox fans aren't left out of the Halloween fun either! Mojang's server partners are running several different Halloween events from Friday 13th (quite appropriately) until October 31st. From trick-or-treating to fleeing from zombies, there's plenty to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

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The lobby received a Halloween makeover, featuring pumpkins, glowing green goo, and spiders, but there's more lurking in the dark than the eye can see right away.

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You'll need to keep an eye out for a tiny skeleton wandering around the lobby, and if you catch him, you receive a cave spider zombie jockey as a pet to accompany you until Halloween. But beware: the hunter can easily become the hunted. Zombies prowl the lobby, looking for their next snack. However, you can always take a break and enjoy the Haunted House parkour course too--if you dare.

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There are changes afoot in the lobby here too. The entire lobby has taken on an eerie Halloween-themed neighborhood look, complete with spooky skins for your characters. Get your skin from the Jack-o-Lantern by the spawn point, then head over to the house for your treat--but be prepared for tricks too. You can also bring along one of the limited time DLC pets, including blaze, wolf, or mooshroom, among others.

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The Mineplex event is all about rewards. The Pumpkin King has arrived, and he brings with him an assortment of quests, each with their own rewards, on a three hour basis. There are also flaming pumpkins that will randomly appear in games, each offering prizes to those who smash them, from gems and keys, to Top Rank.

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This one has its own limited time DLC too, in the form of trick-or-treat boxes you can gift to your friends (or hoard for yourself). They contain lobby effects, potions, costumes, and food.

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Paragon: Shadow's Eve

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If Overwatch or SMITE just aren't your favorite, you'll be happy to know Epic Games' Paragon Shadow's Eve event is now live. It brings several new skins and banners, in addition to the return of some old favorites, and the event runs until November 1.

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Be sure to check back for more details as they come in. For now, let us know in the comments which of these you're playing or planning on playing!

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CoD: Infinite Warfare -- Willard Wyler's Halloween Scream

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Call of Duty: WW2 might be coming out soon, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the series' latest offering in the meantime. Willard Wyler's Halloween Scream is back, with some frightful extras to help spook out your game.

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Every week, there will be a free Halloween-themed Supply Drop at the beginning of the week. At the end of the week, you'll get a free Halloween cosmetic item and an extra drop on the 30th, including:

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Boss Battles

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Starting Friday the 13th, you can re-challenge select bosses from the zombie campaigns. Do note that you have to own the respective DLC packs in order to access these battles.

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Carnage

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The event also features the return of fan-favorite Carnage DLC map, along with double XP. This one lasts until November 1.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Witch's Festival

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The Elder Scrolls Online Witch's Festival makes its return this year as well, with a glut of new content for you in the Crown Store. However, a good chunk of it is limited to certain periods of time, so make sure to note the dates for your favorites listed below. Note, too, that everything listed is available on all platforms.

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Housing
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Like the creepy witch's cottage you see above? It's called the Coven Cottage, and it's for sale from October 19 through November 1. It's allegedly guaranteed not to be haunted...but who knows?

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Mounts
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Ditch your regular mount for Halloween and pick up one of these eerie rides instead:

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Dressing up for Halloween is the perfect chance to play around with a new personality, and Halloween in ESO is no exception.

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Personality

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  • Nightmare Demon Mask Pack (October 19-November 1)
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Black Desert Online: Halloween in Wonderland

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Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss are bringing a unique new crossover and aesthetic to Black Desert Online starting October 18. As the above trailer shows, it centers around mysterious wormholes linking Wonderland to the world of Black Desert -- and, of course, the White Rabbit plays an important role. But so do you: you're enlisted by the White Witch to assassinate the Black Witch.

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Other Halloween additions include spooky makeovers for central hubs like Velia and Heidel, and there will also be special Alice in Wonderland- themed areas and props, like the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

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Of course, it wouldn't be Halloween without costumes, and there'll be plenty of those. The Angelic and Demonic Queen outfits are two notable inclusions, and you can also dress your horse up with the Skeletal Horse Set. Throughout the event, you can wear Scarecrow Masks and Halloween pets Neurotic Cabby and Witch Hat Charlotte make their return this year too.

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More information is set to come next week when the event starts, so be sure to check back!

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Paladins: All Hallows Evie

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Paladins: Champions of the Realm's treat bucket is full to bursting with the All Hallows Evie patch. There's something for everyone in the Little Box of Horrors chest, from exclusive VIP content and items to new skins for your favorite characters, making this Halloween 2017 event full of scares and delights.

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Hi-Rez has included a number of well-designed skins for this Halloween 2017 event, including --finally!-- the tantalizing PumpKing.

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The Strix and Mal'Damba skins are connected to the Harrowing Horrors Quest Line -- which involves paying crystals and defeating a set number of enemies -- so keep that in mind. Strix's outfit is tied to the new "Give 'em a Scare" Harrowing Horror quest (more on that later) and once you unlock his, you can get Ma'Damba's as well.

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This content is exclusive for VIP members and includes the Bruce Buffer announcer and a special dance for Pip. However, you'll also get the Nightmare Mount, a horse with ram's horns --of course-- and green glowing hooves.

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The Little Boxes of Horror could contain a number of other things, including costume pieces for your heroes or, for some, weapons.

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The Halloween patch also brings three new Harrowing Horror Quest lines with it:

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A Night's Haunting

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Toil and Trouble

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SMITE: Departure to the Afterlife

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Hi-Rez Studios is offering a Halloween 2017 event for SMITE players, too. It comes in the form of its Departure to the Afterlife event, which is part of the latest SMITE patch, 4.19. It includes plenty of features to help infuse your game with some frightful fun.

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There are six new skins in the Departure to the Afterlife event to help put you in the Halloween mood. And of course, they're all appropriately afterlife themed:

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In addition to the new God skins, the Halloween map makes a return appearance, alongside the Scary Potion. You'll also get some new Halloween chest items, including the Cupid and Thanatos skins mentioned earlier, a  Jack-o'-Lantern Jump Stamp, and the Spooky Music Theme. 

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The patch itself includes the return of foul-mouthed announcer Tactless Tina, which may or may not count as frightening, depending on your viewpoint -- and your playstyle.

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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2017

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Overwatch's Halloween Terror event is back! And the best part is that there's even more to it this year, from new skins and new items to Halloween-themed arenas and a brand new game mode. You've got a good while to enjoy this hero-shooter event, too: it runs from now through November 1.

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Dr. Junkenstein makes his return in Junkenstein's Revenge, and Blizzard added an endless mode for it -- appropriately named "Endless Night"-- to really test your skills as you battle endless waves of enemies fighting to gain entrance into the castle. You can also choose from four additional characters for this mode: Genji, Torbjorn, Zenyatta, and Widowmaker. Alongside that is a brand new leaderboard to record the highest scores and see who made it the farthest.

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In addition to the skins from last year's event, there are eight new skins for the 2017 Overwatch Halloween event:

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  • Viking Torbjorn
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  • Vampire Reaper
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Two maps have received a Halloween makeover as well. During the event, you can play in spooky versions of the Hollywood and Eichenwalde maps.

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In true Trick-or-Treat style, there are also Halloween themed loot boxes for you to purchase. These loot boxes contain a wide variety of things, from new skins and voice lines to avatars, emotes, and even last year's items -- some of which you might have missed.

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It's that time of the year again! Developers are slowly starting to unveil and release their yearly Halloween events. And for gamers, there's a lot to choose from. Every year, there's a wide variety of games that offer Halloween events, from Final Fantasy XIV to Pokemon GO and Paladins to Overwatch and beyond. The events themselves include a multitude of different updates and skins as well, including additional game modes, accessories, and item skins.

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To date, there are only a handful of games whose 2017 Halloween events have started or been revealed so far, so this piece will be updated as we continue to get more information about what's to come. For now, check out what's currently on offer to help get you in a spooky frame of mind.

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Guild Wars 2: How to Get the Selfless Potion https://www.gameskinny.com/2w0e0/guild-wars-2-how-to-get-the-selfless-potion https://www.gameskinny.com/2w0e0/guild-wars-2-how-to-get-the-selfless-potion Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:50:18 -0400 Kellan Pine

Guild Wars 2 features a number of potions. These consumable items are often crafted by players to grant effects with a limited duration. Some potions, called tonics, change a character's appearance. Particularly rare tonics can be used an unlimited numbed of times -- allowing players to have unique and interesting appearances that show off their dedication to unlocking certain achievements or working hard to collect rare materials.

The account bound Selfless Potion is among the most sought after tonics. Until recently, however, it was practically impossible to get. In this short GW2 guide, we'll go over the origin of the Selfless Potion, and how you can acquire it in-game today. 

The Original Selfless Potion

The Selfless Potion, which gives characters a halo upon use, was introduced during a special weekend event way back in September 2015. The event was tied to the ongoing Living World story at the time, and centered on minions of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth invading various zones of the game leading up to the release of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns the following month.

From September 10-14 of 2015, players that battled these invasions were awarded a type of currency called Mordrem Blooms. These could be traded in at a Mordrem Researcher NPC for various items, including the Selfless Potion.

While the Mordrem Researcher at the Durmand Priory is still present in game, the Mordrem Blooms are account bound. This means that only players who were present for the original event and did not spend their Mordrem Blooms can acquire the Selfless Potion from this vendor. New players, and those that did not participate in the event, were unfortunately left out. But now, there's another way to acquire this halo-granting tonic. 

Mordrem Researcher

How to Get the New Selfless Potion in GW2

Enter the Season 1 Memory Boxes introduced in the Gem Store. These blind boxes are purchased using the paid currency of Guild Wars 2 -- gems. 200 gems gets one box, with a bundle of ten boxes available for 1,500 gems. 800 gems cost $10, but gems can also be purchased using in-game gold at a rate determined by the current market.

At the time of writing, it would cost about 65 gold to purchase one Memory Box. The box does offer a way to get a number of older armor and weapon skins or special items directly. However, the Selfless Potion is not one of them. Getting that requires an extra step.

One possible reward from the Memory Box is a type of item called Black Lion Commemorative Sprockets. These are common drops for the box, appearing in quantities of one to four. Double-clicking them on the inventory screen will open a window allowing players to exchange sprockets for items with varying costs. The Selfless Potion requires ten sprockets to purchase. The item itself is still account bound, which means it cannot be sold on the in-game trading post. Players that want the potion can only get it from the new box.

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Good luck on your rolls with the Memory Box! If you need help acquiring other items in the game, check out the rest of our Guild Wars 2 guides for everything you need to know. 

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Guild Wars 2 Guide: How to Get to the Crystal Desert https://www.gameskinny.com/o9exc/guild-wars-2-guide-how-to-get-to-the-crystal-desert https://www.gameskinny.com/o9exc/guild-wars-2-guide-how-to-get-to-the-crystal-desert Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:46:10 -0400 Kellan Pine

The upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion, Path of Fire, will introduce players to the new Crystal Desert region of the game. This region is set to feature five new explorable zones, including the Crystal Oasis that ArenaNet made accessible for the preview weekend. We went on a journey into the desert to find out what it's all about, so read on to find out how you can follow us -- and why you would want to!

What is the Crystal Desert?

The Crystal Desert is the first region to be introduced in Guild Wars 2 that is not on the same continent as the other regions in the game. Though the edges of the desert reach the borders of familiar game regions like Ascalon and Orr, it is not on Tyria. Instead, the Crystal Desert is part of Elona.

Many significant events in the history of the game world took place in this desert, including the ascension trials to receive the blessing of the gods in the original Guild Wars. On top of that, much of the campaign for Guild Wars Nightfall and the deaths of Glint and Snaff at the hands of the elder dragon Kralkatorrik happened here. 

Death of Snaff

What is in the Crystal Desert?

Players can expect to find a mix of new and familiar enemies in the Crystal Desert region. The Branded -- minions of Kralkatorrik -- are a confirmed danger in this region. The dragon himself is not yet confirmed, but based on the story of Living World Season 3, it seems likely that players will encounter him as well.

The primary threat in the Crystal Desert, at least in the early portion of the expansion, is Balthazar. A rogue human god of war and fire, he has brought an army of minions called The Forged into Elona. These enemies are made of metal and fire -- and players will definitely want to bring plenty of condition removal skills to handle their burning damage.
 

As if dragons and gods weren't enough of a threat, Elona is currently ruled by returning Guild Wars character Palawa Joko. For much of the previous 250 years, this undead necromancer has ruled the region with his army of Awakened. Players of the Nightfall expansion may remember freeing Palawa Joko from imprisonment as part of a desperate bargain in the struggle to prevent the return of Abaddon, the god of secrets. However, players will now have to deal with the consequences of that decision.

On top of that, the environment itself consists of large maps with relatively few fast travel destinations. To traverse the Crystal Desert, players will need to gain access to a series of mounts. 

How do you get to the Crystal Desert?

In order to access these new areas, players will have to purchase Path of Fire. It is expected that the new story missions will begin with an in-game correspondence written by an NPC, much like Living World updates and the previous expansion Heart of Thorns. When the Path of FIre expansion unlocks on September 22, players will read this message or check their Story Journal to begin Path of Fire.

The first mission takes players to Elona on an airship from Lion's Arch, leading them to instanced encounters that unlock the Raptor mount and introduce the story of the new explansion. Upon completing the mission, players load into Crystal Oasis -- the first map in the Crystal Desert region!

For tips and strategies for GW2, head over to our Guild Wars 2 guides page.

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Try Out Elite Specializations in Guild Wars 2 This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/ii09v/try-out-elite-specializations-in-guild-wars-2-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/ii09v/try-out-elite-specializations-in-guild-wars-2-this-weekend Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:29:58 -0400 TheGreatManzini

With a new expansion coming to Guild Wars 2, the game's developer has been releasing steady news updates. Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is set to release on September 22nd, but ArenaNet will be allowing players a sneak peek at the new Elite Specializations

The demo for these new skills will be available on for one weekend, August 18-20. According to a recent Developer Diary:

"...We’re launching a demo where you’ll be able to create and play new preview-exclusive characters in both Player vs. Player and World vs. World. These characters will come with each profession’s new elite specialization, so check them out!" 

The developers have expressed that they wish to create new avenues of play for the existing classes -- and in doing so, they have given a new life to an old profession. For example, the new Holosmith elite specialization will provide the Engineer class with a second melee class. Holosmiths will be equipped with swords and a Photon Forge mode that generates heat with the use of abilities. This heat will damage the player, but will also increase the effectiveness of utility skills. This addition takes what once was a ranged crowd control class, and turns it into a viable melee damage dealer.

If you wish to see the Elite Specializations in action, head on over to the Guild Wars 2 Developer Diary, where ArenaNet has posted demos videos of each new Elite Specialization.

Will you be trying out these specializations during the demo weekend? Which one are you most looking forward to trying out? Let me know down in the comments!

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Preview Showcases New Mechanics https://www.gameskinny.com/9lrra/guild-wars-2-path-of-fire-preview-showcases-new-mechanics https://www.gameskinny.com/9lrra/guild-wars-2-path-of-fire-preview-showcases-new-mechanics Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:20:27 -0400 Kellan Pine

ArenaNet first released Guild Wars 2 in August 2012. Five years later, the game has seen the introduction of one expansion and a series of smaller Living World updates that advanced the story.

Enter the next full expansion to the game, Path of Fire, which is set to be released next month. Leading up to its release, ArenaNet invited players to participate in free preview weekend August 11-13 (with another coming August 18-20). This first preview weekend focused on PvE content, while the second is expected to center on allowing players to try out new abilities in PvP.

The previous expansion, Heart of Thorns, seems to have set the pattern for expansions that would follow. Prior to announcing Heart of Thorns, ArenaNet introduced players to a new main antagonist using Living World updates. They repeated that pattern here, bringing back the god of war that players saw referenced in both Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. This deity, Balthazar, is no longer a benefactor to mortals. It is up to the players to find out why -- and stop his plans before he brings about the end of the world.

Heart of Thorns also introduced a number of new mechanics into the game. Among the most immediately impactful was the introduction of gliders. These tools were given to players early in the expansion and became a popular way to get around the world. In many newer maps, gliders were often the only clear way for players to reach their destination. Like many other aspects of Heart of Thorns -- such as interactions with special vendors and objects in the world -- gliders were reliant on the Mastery system.

This was a new method of horizontal progression ArenaNet introduced, allowing players with max level characters to unlock new abilities or quality of life improvements. The system appears to have the goal of adding meaningful progression without trivializing the abilities and equipment players already have.

Player mounted on Raptor

Path of Fire looks to develop on these ideas by introducing mounts, which are also based on the Mastery system. In addition to providing faster movement through the world, each mount will have a unique movement ability and be able to reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

This mirrors many aspects of the glider, and will hopefully help to alleviate the sometimes tedious travel in older maps. While some professions do currently have access to abilities that improve movement speed, taking those abilities means excluding potentially more useful combat oriented options. The game does also provide fast travel through a waypoint system, but those waypoints are not always close to the player's destination.

The faster movement of the mounts should come in handy -- especially because the new areas introduced by Path of Fire are larger than older zones and have fewer fast travel points. The special movement abilities offered by mounts also allow ArenaNet to create new and varied platforming challenges for players along the lines of the popular jumping puzzles already present in Guild Wars 2.

Mounts will not be usable in combat, but they do provide an Engage Skill to the player. These skills are powerful abilities designed to help a mounted player enter combat effectively. The preview provided access to the Raptor mount, which will be the first mount players can unlock in the expansion.

Navigating the mount takes some getting used to, but the long-range jump provided by the Raptor will be useful in exploring the rocky environments of the Crystal Desert. The Raptor provides a tail spin engage skill that leaps to a target and deals damage in an area. While the tail spin skill tended to one-shot minor enemies in the preview map, it was difficult to gauge the overall utility of the skill in the limited preview window. It certainly felt like it fit the stated purpose of a fast and efficient entry into combat.

The environments and characters available in the preview weekend look and feel different from those in the original game, and very different from the wild jungles of Heart of Thorns. This is a refreshing change that also serves as an homage to the first Guild Wars, which heavily featured the new Crystal Desert and Elona regions in the Nightfall expansion.

If Path of Fire follows the same pattern as the original game, many of the armor appearances shown on NPCs in the preview will be available to players as well. Guild Wars 2 already provides a system for armor customization, so the additional options will help players create new looks inspired by the story of the new expansion. 

A desert environment in Path of Fire

If Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire can deliver on the experience promised by the preview, it will represent a great jumping on point for new players -- as well as an enjoyable experience for existing players.

Players that pre-order Path of Fire will receive an item that immediately boosts a single character to max level, transporting them to the Silverwastes region of the game and equipping them with a character build and items selected by ArenaNet specifically for players new to the game or a particular profession. While these builds are typically not the most effective, they do offer new players a lot of survivability while still providing enough damage to complete events in the open world and progress the story missions. A new player that uses this item will also be able to complete all the story missions from the original game without the level gating that is typically required.

Guild Wars 2 is free-to-play for PC and Mac. As was the case with the original Guild Wars, the paid expansions are stand-alone. Heart of Thorns is not required to play Path of Fire, although players should be aware that some character abilities do require the Heart of Thorns expansion. The expansions for Guild Wars 2 can be purchased individually or as a bundle in game or from the Guild Wars 2 online store.

For more on Path of Fire, check out the new elite specializations.

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Guild Wars 2 Guide: How to Complete the Hexfoundry JP https://www.gameskinny.com/p9c34/guild-wars-2-guide-how-to-complete-the-hexfoundry-jp https://www.gameskinny.com/p9c34/guild-wars-2-guide-how-to-complete-the-hexfoundry-jp Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:49:46 -0400 stratataisen

The Hexfoundry Unhinged jumping puzzle in Guild Wars 2 is located in Sparkfly Fen just southeast of the Darkweather Waypoint. You’ll want to head towards the point of interest, Hexfoundry G-14, then go past it. Bypass the Inquest in the lab and jump over the glowing gate in the back via the boxes near it. You’re now officially in the Hexfoundry jumping puzzle.

Note the terminal to the left; you’ll see a lot of this around the puzzle.

The goal is to get past the three glowing barriers that seal off a room located on the left side of the puzzle -- this is where the puzzle’s chest is and where you get credit for the achievement. To do this, you have to activate three switches that are hidden throughout the jumping puzzle.

  • Note: The switches will stay off for quite some time, so you may want to check and see if the chest room is already open. If it is, you can skip straight to the chest.

As with most jumping puzzles nowadays, gliding makes this easier.

Caution: There are Veteran level mobs throughout the puzzle, mainly risen creatures, most you can bypass and ignore. There is a Champion Risen Sea Turtle in the water deep in the water.

Where to Find the Switches for Hexfoundry JP in GW2

First Switch

From the entrance, fall into the water. Swim to the other end of the pool and look for a section of shore that is lit up with a hexagon-pattern. Exit here and follow the path up. You’ll pass a Veteran Risen Quaggan and another terminal. Then you can jump up onto the large slab that above your head near the end of the path -- you’re pretty much making a U-turn, but on a higher level.

guild wars 2 hexfoundry jump puzzle switch 1

Move south along this slab, and you should see the first switch. You want to get on top of it by jumping on the bit of broken wall before it, then right on top. It should be possible to disable it from here. If not, you can drop down and switch it off that way. Then you can get back up by turning around and going up the slope again.

Second Switch

From the top of the first switch, jump off the south side -- the right if you’re facing the chest room. Continue south, and you’ll come to a point where you’ll have to jump around the corner of a cube-like slab sticking out of the wall. This is a whole lot easier than it looks.

guild wars 2 hexfoundry jump puzzle switch 2

Once you do, run up the slope and turn around, so you’re facing three glitched platforms. The switch is on the other side of these. Take your time, and you should be able to cross these quickly.

  • Note: If you have gliding unlocked, you can bypass the glitched platforms and glide across.
Third Switch

This switch is far more hidden than the first two. Face the chest room from the slab that the second switch is on, then jump down and follow the path past both the chest room and terminal. Once you reach the end, jump on the glowing, floating platforms. Jump from platform to platform towards the two glitching switches.

You’re going to head between these two, and down towards a third glitched switch. Be careful -- there is a drop just before the third. If you fall there, you will find a basic chest, but you’ll have to start over to get back to the third.

Once you’re at the third glitched switch, face the terminal that is in the same area. There’s a small ramp left of the terminal -- take that and you’ll see a series of ramps up. You’ll run into a Veteran Flesh Golem -- ignore it or kill it. Turn around, and you’ll see the last switch.

guild wars 2 hexfoundry jump puzzle switch 3

Where to Find Chests for the Hexfoundry JP in GW2

Basic Chest

Since you’re already here, you might as well get the basic chest -- more loot, yay! Jump down from the third switch back to where the glitched switch and terminal was. Now jump down the crevice you jumped over before. You’ll land on top of the basic chest.

To get out from here, head towards the glowing pillar then look for the corridor of lasers. These do a decent amount of damage, so having skills equipped that can cleanse fire are helpful.

Grand Chest

Once you're past the laser death trap, just swim back to the slabs that will take you back to the Chest room. A Veteran Golem should spawn -- one did not spawn when I did this on two of my characters earlier, but I don’t know for certain whether they took this out or not, so be careful.

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That wraps up our guide to completing the Hexfoundry Unhinged jumping puzzle! Congrats on you loot and achievement! For more help with the game, check out the rest of our Guild Wars 2 guides. Happy jumping!

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Guild Wars 2: How to Solve the Crash Site Jumping Puzzle & Get the Diving Goggles https://www.gameskinny.com/w6rls/guild-wars-2-how-to-solve-the-crash-site-jumping-puzzle-get-the-diving-goggles https://www.gameskinny.com/w6rls/guild-wars-2-how-to-solve-the-crash-site-jumping-puzzle-get-the-diving-goggles Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:28:43 -0400 stratataisen

In Guild Wars 2, the level 80 Dry Top zone has a lot of goodies (and some Diving Goggles) for players to uncover -- that is, if they can solve the Prospect Valley Crash Site jumping puzzle.

This jumping puzzle uses the shattered remains of Zephyrite aspect crystals. Picking up these crystals gives you the Temporary Abilities buff, which allows you to use the three different Zephyrite abilities for 15 seconds.

The crystal that you will be using for the jumping puzzle is the Wind crystal, which is colored blue and gives you the Assisted Leap ability so you can jump to new heights. The duration of this buff refreshes each time you pick up another aspect crystal (including the sun and lighting crystals), and can stack to a max of 20 seconds.

How do you solve the entirety of this puzzle? Let's break it down in this step-by-step walkthrough. (And if you're more of a visual learner or need a little extra help following along, there's a video above you can check out as well.)

How to Get Through the Jumping Puzzle

If you’re not already at the entrance to Dry Top, you’ll want to take the Dry Top Entry waypoint. From here you can either use the introductory Aspect crystals or glide (if you have it unlocked) to the Wind Crystal on the small plateau.

Next, make your way across the gap again, using Assisted Leap or gliding, and get to the Wind Crystal that's on a small ledge. Leap up to the top of that cliff and make your way through the gap in the rocks -- you'll see a point of interest on your mini-map where that gap is. If an event blocks the gap, Leap onto the ledge to the right of it to bypass the vines (watch out for the ones that will attack you).

Follow the terrain until you get to another ledge that you have to Leap onto. There’s a Wind Crystal nearby if your buff ran out.

Continue going forward and jump up onto another ledge. You’ll pass a crystal formation mining node and eventually reach a Lighting Crystal. Pick it up and use the Lighting Pull ability to make it across the gap.

Follow the trail of Wind crystals up the face of the small cliff, as well as the ledge. The wreckage you see to the right is where the jumping puzzle starts. Head over to the bottom of a triangular piece of debris; it almost looks like a ladder, where there’s a Wind Crystal at the bottom.

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the jumping puzzle! Now for the fun part...

Getting to the Grand Chest 

Before I go through the step-by-step for how to do this, here are just a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Gliding has made this jumping puzzle a whole lot easier (less death by falling), so I suggest you have it before attempting this jumping puzzle.
  • Ensure that you have Double Tap to Dodge turned off
  • While you're either falling or using the Leap ability, you can push the directional buttons to push your character in a particular direction and control your fall.

Use the Leap skill to climb the horizontal bamboo. Try to aim for where they intersect with the vertical pieces to prevent you from overshooting the jump.

Once you reach the third row, you can either Leap up to the larger piece of bamboo or Leap to the fourth row, then move to the far left or right and Leap to the rock ledge. Make sure you pick up the Wind crystal so you keep your buff before walking up the bamboo until you can go no further. 

From here you need to make your way up to the next crystal. Different people have different ways of approaching this part. Some use Leap, while others just navigate the bamboo by jumping and slowly walking along it. In the video, you’ll see that I opted for the latter of these methods.

Once you have the crystal, you’ll notice two horizontal pieces of bamboo. Leap and try to land on them or the larger bamboo just behind them. Be careful -- you can overshoot this and fall.

After you've made it up there, all you have to do is leap onto the ledge and claim the Grand Chest.  Upon reaching it, you should receive the achievement ‘Prospect Valley Crash Site Climber'. Congrats!

How to Get the Diving Goggles

Now that we have the jumping puzzle out the way, it’s time to focus on those Diving Goggles.

Look up, and you should see a kite with a small wooden platform just below it. That is where the goggles are.

If you’ve lost your Leap buff, you’ll have to make your way back down the jumping puzzle a little bit to get a new one. This is easier if you have your glider unlocked -- if not, then you’re going to have to be careful where you land or you’ll fall to your death and have to start over again.

Once you have your buff and make it back to the top, you’ll notice two long bamboo poles parallel to each other with some smaller bamboo attached to them. This is what you’ll be using to make your way to the goggles.

Hop on to the debris at the bottom of those poles. As you make your way up, push forward and try to land where the smaller poles intersect. It should take you about two to three Leaps to get to the platform. You can overshoot up at the top, so be careful.

Once you’re on the platform and have the diving goggles, you’ll notice something. You can’t see the bottom of the valley anymore. That’s right -- you’re jumping blind. To make it even more fun, the body of water you’re diving into isn’t right below you. You’re going to have to move while you’re falling to hit it.

You want to try and jump towards the pole with the fishing net hanging from it. Once you do jump, make sure you’re pressing forward. You have to avoid debris, a cliff ledge, and a branch on the way down -- all while trying to aim for the water.

This may take you a couple of attempts, so be prepared to die and start over again. Sometimes, though, the game still gives you the achievement even if you died on the way down.

If you have a mesmer friend, it might be helpful to have them at the top of the jumping puzzle or where the goggles are for an easy portal up if you miss.

That wraps up our guide to completing the difficult crash site jumping puzzle and getting the Diving Goggles! For more help with the game, check out the rest of our Guild Wars 2 guides. Happy jumping!

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4 Weapons We Need in Guild Wars 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/z2vd2/4-weapons-we-need-in-guild-wars-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/z2vd2/4-weapons-we-need-in-guild-wars-2 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:03:13 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

Guild Wars 2 has always been a fairly popular MMO, due to its unique storytelling approach and its lack of subscription fees. With the recent rumors of a new expansion on the horizon, it felt like a good time to take a look at one of the game's most unique features, the weapon system. 

While weapons are not a new feature for MMOs, ArenaNet took a new approach by making each weapon type grant the player a different set of skills. Their unique system allows for any class to fill the typical roles of an MMO (tank, healer, DPS), even if they wouldn't logically fit in that role. 

Even with their current weapons and the wide variety of skins, ArenaNet has plenty of room to improve. I would really like to see how the game play shifts if they were to add new weapons to the mix. Weapons like...

Polearms 

Honestly, I'm surprised that ArenaNet didn't start with something like this. By giving polearms to the more typical melee classes (Warrior, Guardian, Thief) and you can introduce some really fun new skills.

"Polearm" is a pretty broad weapon category. It typically includes spears, so it's possible that ArenaNet wanted to avoid encroaching on their water combat system. To be honest though, the underwater combat was never a selling point for Guild Wars 2. I would definitely like to see an evolved version of the Paragon class from Guild Wars: Nightfall make a comeback, bringing the spear back from beneath the waves. 

 

Spellbooks 

I'm an absolute sucker for magic -- so when I heard mention of spellbooks as a weapon class, I latched onto it hard. Though it would be limited to the magic-based classes (Elementalist, Necromancer, Mesmer, and maybe even the Guardian or Revenant), the idea of powerful magic being tied to books is such a staple for High Fantasy. In my mind, it's reminiscent of the "Tome of Wrath" skill that Guardians used to have, and should be just as visually appealing. 

Fist Weapons 

I'll be honest, I was not a fan of this weapon category for a long time. I didn't think it would be any fun, and it felt too similar to some of the elite skills. I was eventually convinced that there was a lot of potential -- and after some serious thought, I came up with some preliminary ideas.

Thieves with fist weapons could provide crowd control (confusion, immobilize, slow, vulnerability) rather than being the heavy damage class that they are usually. Even magic-based classes (Elementalist or Necromancer) could use fist weapons infused with elements to wreak some havoc.  

Chain Weapons 

Remember in Kung-Fu Panda 3, when Kai uses his chained blades? That's what I'm talking about here. Granted, that's only one example of a chain weapon, but it paves the way for some good ideas.

A lot of chain-based weapons, such as the manriki and surujin, originate from Asian countries, which would offer an excellent segway for ArenaNet to bring back Cantha, the landmass from Guild Wars: Factions. I see a lot of potential for a variety of skills including interesting mobility based skills. 

  

ArenaNet has a habit of creating expansions with a lot of content. Undoubtedly, any new expansion will add maps and maybe a new character class, but adding new weapons could turn a good expansion into something truly legendary.  

What weapons would you like to see added to Guild Wars 2 in future expansions? Let me know in the comments below!

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Guild Wars 2: How to Get the Flames of War Legendary Weapon https://www.gameskinny.com/wdjj5/guild-wars-2-how-to-get-the-flames-of-war-legendary-weapon https://www.gameskinny.com/wdjj5/guild-wars-2-how-to-get-the-flames-of-war-legendary-weapon Tue, 09 May 2017 10:40:15 -0400 Paige McGovern

On May 2, Guild Wars 2 dropped its latest Living Story Season 3 episode, "Flashpoint". With this release came exciting new legendary armor and a new legendary weapon -- a second generation torch called Flames of War

But some players are having a bit of trouble getting their hands on the recipe for this legendary and crafting it to add to their collection of awesome weapons. If that's the case for you, then this guide is here to help!

How to Craft Flames of War

To learn how to craft this awesome torch in Guild Wars 2, you should first talk to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs in Lion's Arch. Afterward, you'll want to start the crafting process. But wait...where is it? There is no recipe listed for Flames of War in your recipe menu.

That's because there isn't one. At least not yet. There are other weapons you need to learn recipes for and craft before you can work directly on the legendary.

Luckily for you, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to get your very own Flames of War -- from where to get the other recipes, to what you need to craft each weapon.

How to Get the Necessary Recipes for Flames of War 
  • Head to Lion's Arch. Talk to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs.
    • Select Show me your wares.
      • The vendor menu will pop up. Choose the 5th tab: Recipes.
      • The recipes you want are for:
          • Forgotten Brilliance
          • Neophyte’s Beacon
          • Liturgy

You need to craft each of these weapons in order. Pick up the first recipe, Forgotten Brilliance, for 5 gold and 10,003 karma. To unlock the second and third recipes, you'll need to craft their precursors. 

  • Note: Make sure you've trained your Legendary Crafting Mastery well! You'll need it to proceed. 
Crafting Materials for the Precursor Weapons 

1. Forgotten Brilliance 

  • 30 Shards of Liturgy
  • 1 Oiled Ancient Torch Handle
  • 1 Oiled Orichalcum Torch Head
  • 3 Vials of Powerful Blood

2. Neophyte's Beacon

  • 60 Shards of Liturgy
  • 10 Ancient Bones
  • 1 Oiled Ancient Torch Handle
  • 1 Oiled Orichalcum Torch Head

3. Liturgy

  • 100 Shards of Liturgy
  • 1 Deldrimor Steel Torch Head
  • 1 Spiritwood Torch Handle
  • 1 Visionary Inscription

Crafting Materials Needed for Flames of War

Once you've crafted all three weapons above, you're (finally) ready to craft Flames of War! These are the materials: 

  • Liturgy
  • Gift of Balthazar
    • Combine Gift of the Wood, Gift of the Mists, 100 Shards of Liturgy, and 100 Mystic Runestones in the Mystic Forge to create this material.
  • Mystic Tribute
    • Place two Gifts of Condensed Magic, 2 Gifts of Condensed Might, 77 Mystic Clovers, and 250 Mystic Coins in the Mystic Forge to craft this item.
  • Gift of Maguuma Mastery
    • Drop Gift of Maguuma, Gift of Insights, a Bloodstone Shard, and 250 Crystalline Ingots into the Mystic Forge to make this gift. 

Once you've collected these materials, put them all together in the Mystic Forge to craft Flames of War. Congrats -- you've got yourself a brand new legendary weapon! 

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What do you think about the new legendary? Did you have difficulty finding the recipes? Will you be crafting it? Let us know in the comments!

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Guild Wars 2 Flashpoint Guide: How to Get the Legendary Armor https://www.gameskinny.com/lss8t/guild-wars-2-flashpoint-guide-how-to-get-the-legendary-armor https://www.gameskinny.com/lss8t/guild-wars-2-flashpoint-guide-how-to-get-the-legendary-armor Sat, 06 May 2017 15:24:29 -0400 Paige McGovern

Ever since the release of Heart of Thorns, the Guild Wars 2 community has been speculating about legendary armor. On May 2, with the launch of Living Story Season 3 Episode 5 Flashpoint, long-held dreams have -- finally -- become reality: legendary armor exists. 

The process to get legendary armor in Guild Wars 2 may seem daunting at first. For those who shy away from the PvE aspect of the game, it may also be disappointing that legendary armor can only be obtained by participating in raids. But the process is not as bad as it may seem. 

Let's break it down. 

How to Get the New Legendary Armor

An Overview

To get the legendary envoy armor, you'll have to complete the following steps:

  • Obtain The Lost Art of Armor Crafting from any boss in the Forsaken Thicket raid.
    • Double click to consume and unlock the Envoy Armor I: Experimental Armor collection.
  • Complete the collection to obtain the first tier of precursor armor: Experimental Envoy Armor.
    • Collect all 18 items from all three wings in Forsaken Thicket by defeating bosses and interacting with the instance. 
    • Upon completing the collection, you'll receive the Chest of Experimental Armor.
      • Double click to choose a set of light, medium, or heavy ascended armor as the first tier to the legendary envoy armor.
      • This chest unlocks the Envoy Armor II: Refined Armor collection.
  • Complete the second collection to obtain the second and final tier of precursor armor: Refined Envoy Armor
    • Collect all 14 items by creating and infusing Crystalline Heart in various areas in Heart of Maguuma.
    • Upon completing the collection, you'll receive the Chest of Refined Envoy Armor
      • Double click to choose a set of light, medium, or heavy ascended armor as the second tier to the legendary envoy armor. 
  • In the Mystic Forge, combine each piece of Refined Envoy Armor with Gift of Prosperity, Gift of Prowess, and Gift of Dedication to craft the legendary armor.
    • Each Gift has its own materials (listed below) that must be collected before they can be crafted individually in the Mystic Forge. Once made, Gifts are account-bound, legendary-rarity materials. 
    • New Gifts must be crafted for every piece of armor that a player wants to make legendary. 

Explanation of Terms

Gifts
  • Gift of Prosperity -- Combine Gift of Craftsmanship, Gift of Condensed Magic, Gift of Condensed Might, and 15 Mystic Clovers to create this item.
  • Gift of Prowess -- Combine 25 Legendary Insights, 50 Obsidian Shards, a Cube of Stabilized Dark Energy, and an Eldritch Scroll to craft this material.
  • Gift of Dedication -- Combine 5 Chak Eggs, 5 Auric Ingots, 5 Reclaimed Metal Plates, and Gift of the Pact to make this final item needed to obtain legendary armor.
Raids
  • Forsaken Thicket -- The very first raid in Guild Wars 2. Its entrance is in Verdant Brink. It consists of three wings (Spirit Vale, Salvation Pass, and Stronghold of the Faithful), with three bosses in each. 
  • Bastion of the Penitent -- The second raid in Guild Wars 2. Its entrance is in Bloodstone Fen. It consists of only one wing, but has four bosses to defeat. 

How Long Will It Take to Craft the Legendary Armor?

Legendary armor will take some time to farm all the components. Some materials can be bought, but many must also be earned, and a few are locked behind time gates.

For example, the necessary crafting component called Legendary Insight can only be obtained a maximum of 13 times in a week from defeating all raid bosses. This maximum number comes from the assumption that a player has the time, knowledge, and skill to clear all raid wings during this period.

Given that a full set of legendary armor requires 150 Legendary Insights, a player beginning their armor set today can expect to complete it in three months -- at the earliest. 

Guild Wars 2 players who are heavily into raiding may already have a lot of Legendary Insights saved up, in which case they can begin crafting very soon. 

How to Get More Legendary Armor Pieces

Armor pieces can be crafted after a player has completed the second collection (Envoy Armor II: Refined Armor). Talk to a Master Craftsman, Leatherworker, or Armorsmith to unlock the legendary recipe of your choosing. 

The new crafting recipes require Envoy Insignia. Purchase Envoy Insignia from Scholar Glenna in one of the raid wings. Each insignia costs 25 Legendary Insights and 5 gold.

For each piece you'll also need one Lesser Vision Crystal and two more crafting materials, whose type depends on the armor you're trying to craft. Heavy armor requires two Deldrimor Steel items, while medium armor needs two Elonian components, and light armor requires two Damask crafts. 

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What do you think about the long-awaited implementation of legendary armor? Will you be getting it? And do you have any tips that will make the process faster? Let us know in the comments!

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Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Festival Has Come Back https://www.gameskinny.com/iuqhw/guild-wars-2s-super-adventure-festival-has-come-back https://www.gameskinny.com/iuqhw/guild-wars-2s-super-adventure-festival-has-come-back Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Paige McGovern

Super Adventure Festival (finally) returned to Guild Wars 2 on March 30, and will remain active until April 20.

Beginning as a "game within a game," Super Adventure Festival, or Super Adventure Box (SAB) as it's also known, first appeared in 2013 as an April Fool's joke, but quickly gained popularity within GW2's community.

Using pixelated graphics and "old school," retro music, the game world starkly contrasts with the traditional Guild Wars 2 experience. Accessible for characters level 10 and up who have reached Rata Sum, regardless if they have the expansion or not, SAB sees players entering its world through the portal at Magustan Court Waypoint.

Here, players travel through two dangerous worlds and various zones -- either by themselves or with a party -- to save Princess Miya and (perhaps) emerge victorious.

With limited lives, restricted combat, and automatic respawns, SAB can be difficult and frustrating. But it can also be a lot of fun, too. In each unique zone, the player must jump to difficult platforms, dodge projectiles, defeat challenging enemies, avoid hidden traps, and simply figure out where to go in order to collect rewards and complete the world. There is no fall damage, so players can be as daring as they'd like when it comes to exploration. They may even be able to discover hidden rooms. There are checkpoints to save progress along the way and game modes of varying difficulties to suit every player: Infantile (easiest), Normal, and Tribulation (most difficult).

guild wars 2, sab, super adventure festival, super adventure box

Players must start in World 1 and can only advance to World 2 once they've completed World 1, or if they are in a party with a player who has completed World 1. To enter the first world, players must walk to the house numbered 1 in the Super Adventure Hub.

Note: New players should be warned that all buffs will be removed upon entering the world and will not return upon exiting. In addition, SAB progress is character bound, not account bound.

Finding and entering SAB shops in the world can improve the player's quality of life and add more skill slots. If a player dies too many times, they must spend Continue Coins to advance. If the defeated player does not decide to advance in time, they will be teleported out of the world and back to the Super Adventure Hub.

Moto, the Asuran who invented the vast world, is at Magustan Court Waypoint to trade the earned SAB material -- Baubles -- for exciting items. New crimson super weapon skins can be collected this year. According to Moto, there have also been a number of bug fixes.

To get the most out of SAB this year, check out Dulfy's Super Adventure Box 2017 Guide.

SAB took the GW2 community by storm, and it is now sorely missed when it’s gone. Every informed Guild Wars 2 player looks forward to its annual return when April Fools' Day approaches.

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Have You Got Carpal Tunnel? My Journey to Recovery, and Creation of the RBT https://www.gameskinny.com/4a9o2/have-you-got-carpal-tunnel-my-journey-to-recovery-and-creation-of-the-rbt https://www.gameskinny.com/4a9o2/have-you-got-carpal-tunnel-my-journey-to-recovery-and-creation-of-the-rbt Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Qalmighty

If you are a serious PC gamer for some time, then you might have experienced some level of pain and/or numbness in your hands. Sometimes its been referred to as Carpal Tunnel. 

My journey with Carpal Tunnel started in senior year of college, as for everyone, League was a big deal, then. So I spent a couple of thousand hours on it. Yes, I was literally consumed by the game. My grades suffered, social life vanished, but who cares? I was having so much fun owning newbies! Things were going well, and I wasn't planning on stopping anytime soon.

That was until the day my right hand started to hurt, I thought it must've been some funny muscle glitch and it'd stopped in no time. But instead, the pain escalated quickly with each game I played.

Weeks past, and I finally decided to pay a visit to see the doctor.

Yup, I had Carpal Tunnel... (applauds here), I was officially a veteran gamer!

So, now what are my options?

Option A: Stop Gaming

no game

Option B: Surgery

carpal tunnel surgery

Option C: Gears Up "Ergonomic" Style

cost too much

I'm big on natural cures, so option B was a no-go.

My life literally didn't offer much outside of the PC games, and I was heavily in a love/hate relationship with them, so opting out was too much of a sacrifice.

I decided to go with option C.

I went and bought an expensive gaming mouse, wore a wristband, and kept ice bags nearby; they seemed to work for a little bit. Eventually, they stopped working, and the pain got much worse!

My family doctor suggested that I get carpal tunnel surgery, but I decided to give myself a second chance (not because I fear the operation, but the scar just seemed too horrid).

I decided then, it was time to try option A...

...and for the next 5 years I quit gaming, cold.

Life went on okay, I graduated college and went to the job world. Occasionally, I'd hear some buzz about tournaments and addictive new games like Overwatch.

About 3 years later, in 2013, I got a crazy idea on how to get back into gaming: I was going to invent a new kind of "mouse." It would have to solve all the pains associated with using a mouse, for it to be good. So for the next four years, I started working on a secret project known as "The QuadraClicks Mouse" -- the ultimate weapon that would fix my carpal tunnel problem, and letting me own at my favorite games, again!

The more I worked at it, the more I became devastated, because the original idea was to create something that "upclicks" (clicking by lifting a finger to even out the muscular motions as a means to rebuilding the muscles.) I had some press coverage, but it was very counter-intuitive, as I couldn't persuade any of my gamer buddies that it was a good idea.

One evening I found myself staring at my 3D printed model (picture below, next to the regular mouse), not sure why I wanted to lay my hand on top of the elevated parts instead of the usual underway approach, I couldn't help but notice how amazingly comfortable it felt.

Patents Pending - USA & World

By recreating the base structure, we are able to eliminate forced finger bending, fingertip clicking, palm suppression, and add in the missing pieces -- elevated finger support.

contrast with other productA massive contrast to a regular gaming mouse

About a year ago, after hearing so many comments like "hey it looks like a rabbit." I renamed the product "RBT - Right aBove Touch" and have field tested it with many astonished professionals and amateur gamers.

Some demo photos from conventions for the general public:

During GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2017 in San Francisco:

Doing demos during CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas:

I've been using RBT (picture below) for more than a year now.  The result? Find me on League, Diablo3, & Overwatch

A live demo & interview from the Hardware Hound for CES 2017:

With over two decades of misuse, it's time we stop punishing ourselves. The RBT is ready to rock the Gaming World, but are you?

Follow us here for future updates, also opt in to the newsletter to be alerted when the RBT becomes available!

Writers note: I am the creator of the RBT.

 

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Introverted Gaming: 3 MMOs You Can Play All By Yourself https://www.gameskinny.com/0dd1r/introverted-gaming-3-mmos-you-can-play-all-by-yourself https://www.gameskinny.com/0dd1r/introverted-gaming-3-mmos-you-can-play-all-by-yourself Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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While you can play any MMO all by yourself, these three are at the top of the industry for solo play.

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All three are older releases and well-established, with a lot of content to sink into at bargain basement prices (usually free). Additionally, all three are still well maintained and expecting expansions, so there will be plenty of content to look forward to.

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So if you're the type to prefer charging into the fray on your own, or even if solo play is just a really important focus, these three titles have you covered. But have you found any I've missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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There may be no franchise better at creating environments and telling stories than Final Fantasy. These two things are essential to a great solo play experience and FFXIV doesn't dissapoint.

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A Realm Reborn was an attempt at salvation by Square Enix, as the original FFXIV MMO was a total bust.  Their commitment to the franchise shines in A Realm Reborn, with a new story, game engine and graphics upgrades.

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In addition to its excellent story, there are plenty of other activities for a solo player to get into. FFXIV's housing, for example, is a great feature to keep a solo player busy in their down time.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

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SWTOR is rumored to be one of the most expensive games to develop ever and it really shines in each character's story. If theme integrity and story building are important to you as a single player, this game is worth checking out.

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While there are class roles in SWTOR (Tank, DPS etc), any class can be customized or supplemented with a companion to complete tasks. These tasks are full of cut scenes and character building opportunities -- no party required.

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Your choices will have a direct effect on your which companions will adventure with you and other aspects of the game. This system provides plenty of content for those that would explore the galaxy solo.

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Guild Wars 2

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One of Guild Wars 2's major taglines upon release was that it could be played, from beginning to max, as a solo player. The player will sometimes cooperate in large group events, but no interaction is required with other players. These groupings form naturally and are part of the world's story.

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As for your character's story, that is determined by how you complete the game. This original approach to storytelling (dubbed by ArenaNet The Living Story) draws in plenty of solo or solo focused players.

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The world is meant to be interactive, and change with each player's actions. To accomplish this in an MMO, GW2 tells their story in "seasons". As a solo player, this means that your content will continue to grow -- even in between expansions.

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There are many reasons to play an MMO, and contrary to popular belief, not all of them include constant contact with other people.

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MMOs are a unique experience, even for solo players, because of their ever evolving and interactive nature. They are the only genre that consistently provides complicated economies, maintained storylines, a persistent, changing world and challenging PvP all in one place for an introverted gamer.

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Whether you enjoy the entire experience solo, or you just know you'll need to take breaks from your guild from time to time, here are the top 3 MMOs for a solo adventurer.

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5 Reasons I Don't Play MMORPGs Anymore https://www.gameskinny.com/w4pqt/5-reasons-i-dont-play-mmorpgs-anymore https://www.gameskinny.com/w4pqt/5-reasons-i-dont-play-mmorpgs-anymore Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:00:45 -0500 Emily Parker

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I am not alone in leaving MMORPGs and developers have noticed. The biggest by far, World of Warcraft, capped off at 12 million subscribers at the height of Cataclysm (five years ago) and dwindled to 5 million up until Legion's launch. We don't have any numbers for how well Legion is performing, but it's pretty unlikely it will ignite a lasting recovery. 

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The good news is that the horizon looks promising for some changes to the genre. In fact, given a few years, these old as dirt issues might be gone completely. 

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Which MMORPGs do you still play? Do you have other issues that I missed? Would you rather they just stay like they are?

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Questing

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This monster is probably the most cited reason for leaving an MMORPG. Fetch and kill quests can only be reformatted so many times until you are so sick of doing them you'd rather grind your way to max level. 

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Shout out to all the games that are trying to work around this stale progression model. Experience for crafting, achievements and skillful combat chains can all be used to substitute questing for those of us that are having trouble doing much more of it. 

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Combat in MMORPGs

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Don't we wish all MMORPG combat looked like this promo shot of Guild Wars 2

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There is a reason the majority of combat shots MMORPGs use to promote themselves are all zoomed in, with no UI and at some clutch point that probably took the developers forever to set up. 

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I appreciate how complex MMORPG fights can get, and I don't want the genre to lose that. Player roles, raid strategy and crowd control all make MMORPGs special, so if new games are going to try and introduce new combat systems -- I hope that they will keep these things in mind. 

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It's also worth mentioning that technical restrictions hold back how fanciful the combat could be in most games. Mechanics will always need to be simpler when a server has to register them for thousands of people. 

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I do think that the next generation can do better. Looking at you, Camelot Unchained.  

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Cash Shops and MMORPGs

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This problem is as obvious as the solution is unclear. 

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There is absolutely no reason for developers to stop scraping together their best content and dumping it into their cash shops. Clearly, the initial burst of money they make doing it outweighs their drop in players. 

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I like to pretend I'm going to make some kind of moral stand when I start a game with a cash shop. It doesn't take long until I'm justifying $5 on that sick tiger mount -- $5 I could have just spent somewhere else. $5 I could have spent on something more meaningful. 

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MMORPG Group Finders

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Another product of convenience, and also one that should be included in some way, shape, or form, is the group finder. 

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The whole hecking point of an MMO is to play with other people. I have no idea why developers are constantly taking away any reason to.

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Actually, I do know why: it's because we keep saying that we want it. It is irritating to communicate with other people when we're trying to just get some tasks completed, but how else are you supposed to get to know the people on your server outside of your guild?

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I'm sure there's a smarter way to implement these systems without removing them. Taking them out completely would just mess everything up, but having a system that requires absolutely no communication is even worse.  

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Fast Travel in MMORPGs

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This one is clearly debatable given your play style, but fast travel took a lot of the magic out of otherwise great MMORPGs ... at least for me.  

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I can remember a conversation I had over five years ago with a fellow Elder Scrolls fan. He told me he thought it was a huge mistake that Skyrim was including fast travel, and that it was enough of a problem that he would likely not bother picking it up.  

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I vehemently defended fast travel options that day. I used flying mounts in WoW to state my case. I talked about how I loved them, and that there was nothing wrong with making a game less tedious and more convenient. 

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But, like a thorn in my side, his argument has followed me through the years. He was right. I was wrong. That's a gross thing to admit, but fast travel clearly shrinks the size and wonder of the game world.

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There should be a healthy balance between realistic fast travel like airships and flight points, and the player's access to it. Providing it in abundance just encourages players to skip the majority of a game's content. 

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There has been a rule floating around the self-help community since 1993. It states that 10,000 hours of practice can make you an expert in any endeavor.

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I have no idea whether this is true or not, but it's safe to say I could have a decent golf career had I spent my time doing that instead of playing one of the 20 odd MMORPGs I've dabbled in. 

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Unfortunately, at some point, those MMOs lost their charm for me. I still pick them back up as their developers release expansions -- and I always look forward to those around the corner -- but it's been several years since I logged any daily playtime. 

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At first, I thought it was me. I thought, "I'm too busy," or "I have to focus on other things." But just like when that line is given in any other break up -- it's actually always them. These are the five reasons I don't play MMORPGs anymore.

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Best MMO Worlds of the Last Five Years https://www.gameskinny.com/v5759/best-mmo-worlds-of-the-last-five-years https://www.gameskinny.com/v5759/best-mmo-worlds-of-the-last-five-years Mon, 30 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 SpaceGamerUK

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This is only four games just to show the variety of options. Hundreds of worlds await their own fans. Some of those are great and legendary titles such as World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, The Lord of The Rings Online and many others which could be also on the list of the best MMO worlds.

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The best thing about MMOs is that there probably is always one more realm which will draw attention of other gamers.

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What do you think? Which MMO world was the best for you? Please let us know.

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Elite: Dangerous
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There are two MMO games on the market which stand out from other projects. First one is EVE Online, but his game was released in 2003 and regardless being very successful in last 5 years, was one of the best MMO’s way earlier.

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But there is another title, somewhat like EVE due to the action being placed in space. The game is called Elite: Dangerous, and was released in 2014 as a first person spaceship MMORPG.

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In Elite, there is no persona's which could walk around spaceships or space ports. Only thing you can see from your character is part of the legs, and both hands on the steering system. That’s because characters in the game are always sitting in their ships. Sounds completely boring I guess, but do not be fooled by simplicity of description!

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Elite: Dangerous has a demanding system of expanding your character and ships. There are no established classes but to gain more from your game, players must constantly expand abilities of their commanders. They also need to take care of ships which can be, not only expensive, but also require additional engineer input or module production.

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But the real reason why I think Elite: Dangerous should be on the list of best MMOs of the last five years is the world that is in the game.

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The Milky Way Galaxy itself -- a simulation of the small chunk of space where our Solar System is located. Every star system in Elite has its' own planets. And there are millions of Star Systems available for for keen explorers.

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I have spent many months clocked while travelling to the centre of the Galaxy and further. I saw things which are beyond imagination and I think that nothing bits the view of the Nebula when you are on a small planet in your ship cockpit -- landing there for the night rest. Just for this view it is worth to soak in unusual MMO which Elite: Dangerous is.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic
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An MMO for the Star Wars franchise started in December 2011 which means a little bit longer than 5 years ago, but I felt that regardless -- this is still one of the best MMO worlds staying on the market for last five years.

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Huge success of this MMO is undoubtedly connected with the popularity of Star Wars franchise. For decades now, there are millions of fans who would do everything connected with this Universe. Therefore, when game was released, it took less than month to gain more than million players online.

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I have spent good couple of hours playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. And I think that the main strength of it is that the game keep close to what we remember from long hour spent in the cinema following eternal struggle between Republic and Empire.

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In STWOR you can be Jedi, Bounty Hunter, Sith, Stormtrooper or virtually anybody else you remember from the movie. Virtually you can do whatever you would imagine to do if you would BE inside Star Wars movie!

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This is a very good feeling. Plus, STWOR offers a very consistent storyline, quests and system of building in-game characters. By now, the game has huge Clans of players fighting with each other’s and building own empires.

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It seems that this MMO should not become boring any time soon thanks to ongoing expansion packs.

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One of my friends, much bigger fun of the game, told me his secret... He managed to collect in his in-game house all rare furniture placed in game. He needed to fight for some of the items from his collections, and some of them costs a lot in-game currency. I am not exactly sure what should I think about this hobby, but it certainly shows how deep Star Wars: The Old Republic goes with building its realm. And I am not sure, if my friend’s in-game and alien wife are happy how they are spending credits earned on dangerous Jedi missions…

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Skyforge
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This project goes from 2010 but first Open Beta was released in 2015. Perhaps I am very brave putting not finished beta project next to the legendary MMO's such as Final Fantasy franchise is. But I must say that I have very good reason to do so.

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I cannot deny -- Skyforge is flawed from time to time, it can be bumpy due to being in development.

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There is one thing though which made it an easy pick when I was thinking about best MMO Worlds in last five years.

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Skyforge has the best possible in-game world I can imagine. A mixture of fantasy and sci-fi as if those two were one reality. Everything is possible in this game. Sea creatures, nymphs, attacking ports which looks like something taken alive from the future. And if it is not enough, there are also goods who can nicely deal with technical support for attackers or... expect you to give them a t-shirt as a token of your appreciation.

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I know it sounds random but this is whole power of Skyforge!

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The game is full of surprises and if the world is not enough, it also gives amazing character classes which feels powerful from the beginning. I am sure this is way better than running around nearly topless with singular spear as it takes place with so many MMO’s we know.

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Skyforge is certainly something every MMO fan should consider as a valid alternative to much bigger titles. And it’s free now. One more reason to give it a go.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn
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Released in 2013 as an attempt to save the first release of Final Fantasy XIV in 2010 -- which had very negative reviews. Realm Reborn was a desperate attempt to save the fictional in-game land of Eorzea.

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It seems that a completely new game engine, improvement game mechanics and progression system saved the day for the Final Fantasy XIV project. Since 2013 the game had two major expansion packs. In 2016 more than 6 million MMO fans were registered and actively played the game.

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Right now, Final Fantasy is one of the most legendary MMO titles on the market bringing regular improvements and additions, such as housing for characters, PvP arena, additional missions and huge player raids which can accommodate up to 24 players.

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What I particularly like in this world is the Japanese cultural impact on the in-game world. A pinch of far east philosophy which lets different worlds and aesthetics to function in the same realm. Variety of characters and fantastic, aetheric storyline.

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It is hard not to at least register and play Final Fantasy XIV for the 14 day trial. It is even more difficult to not decide to pay for further game access after. If not for anything else, then at least to simmer in mesmerising views of the realm of Eorzea.

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Year by year the gaming market is flooded by endless titles aiming to become next best MMO, gather couple of million player base and sell millions on subscriptions, season pass and in-game items. It seems that recipe is rather simple -- stick to the rules of MMO and you will have your successful game.

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But what many are forgetting is that simple copying of success is not going to work every time or even will work barely ever. Spark is required. This one thing which makes game worth to play.

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There are MMO games which managed to dominate the market and have this "thing." Some of them stay on top of the charts regardless of being on the market as long as five years or even longer.

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They have similarities and differences, but all of them gained the respect of critics and appreciation of fans, who quite often are ready to pay significant amount of money to be part of favourite MMO worlds.

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There are few of them I have decided to treat with special attention. These are the Best MMO Worlds of the Last Five Years.

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Why Guild Wars 2 Is (Still) Worth Playing https://www.gameskinny.com/hcc8e/why-guild-wars-2-is-still-worth-playing https://www.gameskinny.com/hcc8e/why-guild-wars-2-is-still-worth-playing Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:20:50 -0500 Vian De Bod

Whether you’re new to the MMORPG genre or a veteran, you might have heard about a game called Guild Wars 2. Developed by Arenanet and released in Q4 2012, this amazing game has taken fans by storm and has grown a huge following since its release. If you’ve never played Guild Wars 2 -- or if you played it and left -- I would like to inform and remind you just why this is an awesome game -- and why it is (still) worth playing.

Financially More Viable Than Many Other MMOs

If you don’t already know this, GW2 offers a “buy-to-play” model, which means that you pay for the full game once and you never have to spend a single cent after that. That’s right, a full-on MMO without a subscription fee! GW2 makes most of its money from the in-game cash shop.

Now I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. The game has not even gone close to being pay-to-win. The cash shop (Gem Store in-game) basically only sells convenience items or cosmetic items. In the four years since its release, they have remained true to their commitment to bringing quality content for only a single purchase. This also means it’s a game that you can leave for a bit and return to whenever you like. You no longer have to worry about making sure that your subscription money doesn’t go to waste. You play when you feel like it!

Even if you don’t have an existing account, you can still enjoy GW2 without paying a cent! Guild Wars 2 boasts a free-to-play plan for anyone to try. Sure there are some restrictions compared to the full game, but it’s more than enough to try the game out before you buy it. If you then buy Heart of Thorns (the expansion), you will receive the base game and the expansion all in one! There’s no doubt that GW2 is as consumer-friendly as can be. 

 

More Focussed On Cooperative Gameplay

Many MMOs out there aren’t designed for people to play together. In those games, if you hit the enemy first or deal the killing blow, you would get the experience and the loot. So naturally, people would get quite upset if you happened to “steal” their kill. In Guild Wars 2, this is no longer a problem.

If you and a friend kill an enemy, you both get experience and loot regardless of what the other person did to the enemy. Everyone gets experience and loot for their assistance in killing enemies. This applies to both open-world PvE and Dungeons and Raids.

That doesn’t just extend to kills, though. GW2 has dynamic events in the world. Some are small and solo-able. Others are large and require groups of people to complete. Regardless of the type and the amount of people, you still get experience and loot because of your contribution (regardless of whether you killed anything or not).

Clearly, Guild Wars 2 was built to promote cooperation between players when fighting enemies and doing most of the game content. Not only does GW2 reward you for cooperative gameplay, but it also promotes cooperative gameplay in other ways. If you revive another player who died, you get experience (and a title if you do it enough). If a friend is struggling with a story-quest, you can join in and receive a decent helping of experience as well. Even in these subtle ways, the game encourages players to work together and help each other. It’s no wonder that GW2 has such a kind and welcoming community.

 

Gloriously Beautiful Visuals And Sound

Not only does GW2 have an excellent OST orchestrated by Jeremy Soule and various other talented artists, but it also has some of the best sound design I have come across in a game. Every attack and ambient sound is amazing in its own right. The voice actors also do a spectacular job of creating realistic and amazing characters.

If you love a game with great graphics, then you’ll love Guild Wars 2 as well. The game has a beautiful in-game world with an amazing style to it all. The models are fresh, unique, and of quite an advanced quality. When it comes to things like art, cutscenes, and the UI, however, there is a different art style at play.

The cutscenes are done with a beautiful brushed-on paint effect to them. Even the UI has the same artistic effect, drawing it all together beautifully. The concept art of the game sometimes looks like it could be framed and hanged because of just how good it looks. Overall, Guild Wars 2 is a feast for both the eyes and the ears!

 

Excellent Game Mechanics

One of the game’s core attracting aspects is the remarkable game mechanics it has. The first example of this would be the combat mechanics. Instead of how some other MMO’s do it, GW2 has a skill-system where your combat abilities are tied to your weapon. So you would do different attacks with a sword as compared to attacks with a mace (which makes sense). And, if you want, you can even make combat more dynamic by toggling “action combat” in place of tab-targeting.

There are also combat mechanics that make players work together more (in theme with the previous section). A player can use an attack that, for example, makes the entire area around them burn with fire. Of course, this not only damages enemies, but it also serves another purpose. This is what the game calls a combo-field. Different types of fields have different effects. When another player uses a combo-finisher within that field, you get a special effect. For example, using a “blast-finisher” in a “fire-field” would grant all players nearby a boon that increases damage. Mechanics such as these cause players to work together in a more tactical way.

Not only does the game have cooperative combat mechanics, but it has mechanics that also ensures that the game is challenging regardless of your level. Events, for example, scale up in difficulty depending on the amount of people there. If you go to a low-level map as a full-level character, your stats are scaled down so you can still help your lower-levelled friends while avoiding boredom from being overpowered. And when you finally get to max-level, you don’t have to worry about loot-grinding. The game’s linear-progression lets you focus more on your own skill than your gear.

Of course, there is always the option to craft yourself some amazing gear. Guild Wars 2 has an excellent crafting system that is not only simple, but inspired and amazing! If you want an MMO with excellent mechanics, you can’t go wrong with GW2!

 

Continuous, Free Updates

Before going on to my next point, I have to, at least, quickly point out the fact that Arenanet constantly pushes out new content. With the exception of a paid expansion (and cash-shop items, of course), all the new content added to the game is entirely free of charge. NCsoft constantly updates the game with new story quests to push along the game’s narrative (which also adds new maps to the game). In addition to that, they also regularly add new features to the game (like a wardrobe, for example). Not only do they add all these things regularly, but they have a balance team that also constantly keeps the game’s balance in check with regular updates, so PvP players never have to worry about fighting certain classes. GW2 just adds more value for money with each step of the way!

PvP (Player vs Player)

Speaking of great balance for PvP players, there is a whole side to Guild Wars 2 that has grown quite immensely in recent years. GW2 has 2 basic PvP modes: sPvP and WvW.

sPvP mostly focusses on the “conquest” game mode. In conquest, two teams of 5 players each fight on a map for control of 3 main points. The longer your team control these points, the better. This game mode has been balanced to perfection by the developers and it has even emerged into a competitive eSports scene (in both EU and NA) that boasts prize-pools of quite a considerable sum of real money.

There are also in-game “ranked seasons” for players to enjoy. With the advent of their free-to-play model, anyone can get an account and play purely PvP for the eSports value of it if they so wish! This type of PvP is constantly being refined and balanced with new maps being added fairly regularly.

Of course, there is also World vs World. There are 4 gigantic maps (a “homeland” map for each server and a final one called the Eternal Battleground). In the maps there are sentry points, towers, and keeps that your server can control. Enemy servers bring their best forces along with battering rams, trebuchets, catapults and a ballista or two to break through and conquer the structure. In WvW it’s a constant struggle for power and dominance. If you like epic, large scale battles in a game mode that offers great loot and experience (as well as a separate ranking system) then this mode is for you.

 

Heart Of Thorns

There was no way that I could talk about GW2 without mentioning its largest addition to date: the Heart of Thorns expansion. Though the content that the expansion added was numerous and diverse, I want to at least briefly touch on a few of the main additions. These will be the Elite Specializations, Masteries, and Raids.

Elite Specializations were added with HoT and it is basically a way for you to modify your profession (class). For example, a Mesmer (illusion-based mage) was only able to use a few different weapons before (remember that weapons affect the skills that can be used). With the advent of Elite Specializations, Mesmers can now gain the use of shields (which were previously unusable) and gain the use of new, special skills. The Mesmer becomes a “Chronomancer” (time-mage). Basically, Elite Specs allow you to augment your class into something new and totally different and it’s awesome.

Masteries was Arenanet’s answer to the problem that many MMO’s have to face when adding an expansion: level-cap raising. Of course, any MMO wants the expansion to feel like it adds more progression for your max-level character. Arenanet didn’t want to fall into the trap of adding a new level-cap and basically ending up with nearly double the original in a few years. Masteries was the solution.

Masteries are special skills and abilities that helps your character to better interact with the world around them. These are non-combat skills that are hard enough to obtain that it still feels like progression without turning into a grind. The classic example of a mastery added is Gliding. Your character can now jump from any height and glide down to the ground gracefully.

Raids are a pretty huge deal for Guild Wars 2 fans. For years, GW2 had no hardcore PvE content that required a large number of people to train and progress until they could master it. To many, it was the thing that made them leave the game. Well, people wanted it and Arenanet listened. Raids in GW2 consist of 10-man content that requires not only the ability to deal enough damage to kill a boss, but also the coordination to navigate difficult encounters with bizarre mechanics. If you are a fan of Raids in other MMOs, then GW2’s Raiding is for you.

 

Guild Wars 2 offers not only great PvE content within an excellent business model, but with its focus on PvP and WvW, it easily becomes a well-rounded game. GW2 is a beautiful MMORPG that I would recommend to anyone.

Have you played Guild Wars 2? If so, what do you think? What are some of your favourite MMORPG’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Amazing Games You Can Play On Almost Any PC (2GB RAM Or Less) https://www.gameskinny.com/ha36r/10-amazing-games-you-can-play-on-almost-any-pc-2gb-ram-or-less https://www.gameskinny.com/ha36r/10-amazing-games-you-can-play-on-almost-any-pc-2gb-ram-or-less Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:23:12 -0500 Vian De Bod

PC MASTER RACE!”

If you've spent even a little time in the gaming community, then you have probably heard this statement. And to some degree, you can't deny that using PC is the most versatile way to game -- but that doesn't mean it's the best option for all gamers. While playing PC allows you to play almost any game on any graphical settings you want, you first have to have the money for an excellent computer.

So what do you do when you don’t have an excellent gaming PC? What do you do when you can only play on a potato? Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do, unless you’re willing to dish out quite a bit of cash to upgrade. Usually one of the biggest obstacles to a PC running certain games is the RAM requirement. RAM is arguably the most important factor when it comes to checking your system’s compatibility, so that is what we are going to focus on. If you have sucky RAM, then this article is for you.

Luckily, there are still some great games out there that aren't going to demand an amount of RAM you simply don't have. These 10 games only require 2GB of RAM or less -- so even your weak computer can play them!

*It's worth noting that if a game has a minimum requirement of 2GB RAM, it is still better to play it on a system with more in order to avoid lag. So if you have 4GB RAM, these games should run like a dream.

Don’t Starve

(1+ GB RAM)

Developed by Klei Entertainment, this survival game looks like something right out of a Tim Burton film! You can choose one of many characters, each of which has a special quality to them. Your primary goal is to survive and best this uncompromisingly harsh world.

The art style of Don’t Starve is a dark and alluring 2D style that is set in a 3D world. It sounds strange at first, but the world allows you to turn and change perspective in any direction, making it feel more real and immersive.

The game offers a rich crafting system based on both science and magic. Gather all the resources you can, but do so before night time. At night, you will find that there are untold horrors lurking in the dark. If you don’t have a torch or campfire nearby, you won’t live to regret it!

There are very rare and specific ways to avoid death, but you can kiss a character goodbye if you don't figure them out -- because this game boasts a perma-death system. Should that happen, both your character and the world it inhabited is gone for good. One of the key aspects of Don’t Starve is the fact that, like others on this list, each new world is randomly generated. This means that even if it comes to your character’s inevitable end, you have a new map and a new experience ahead of you!

Don't Starve's beautiful music and realistic sound effects, help bring everything to life. If you’re a bit of an audiophile, you’ll enjoy this game’s great sound design.

In conclusion, Don’t Starve provides a beautiful art style coupled with a brutally difficult survival-system. If eerie survival games are your thing, then Don’t Starve is for you!

 

Bastion

(2 GB RAM)

Bastion is a game developed by Supergiant Games. This action-RPG plops players into a beautifully lush world complete with hand-painted artwork and a deeply compelling story.

You play as “the Kid” during what the (excellently voiced) narrator calls “The Great Calamity”. Your world is falling apart and your civilization is crumbling to pieces. Your only hope is to restore the “Bastion”, a place where everyone is supposed to go when things go horribly wrong.

The gameplay is smooth and polished. You have a choice of over 10 different weapons to play with at any given time, each of which pairs differently with others and is better for certain playstyles. As you progress through the game and advance the story, you will begin to unlock even more options and upgrades.

The soundtrack is arguably one of Bastion’s strongest attributes. You know that a game nailed its soundtrack when you find yourself buying the OST after playing it. Add the incredible voice acting of the narrator (basically the only VA in game) and the great sound effects, and you have a feast for the ears!

 

Minecraft

(2 GB RAM)

I know, I know. Minecraft really doesn’t need any introduction, but I added it because it is a great game that deserves mention even if some might consider it “overrated” or “over-done”. Minecraft  is a 3D sanbox survival game developed by Mojang.

You are plopped into a randomly generated world comprised of nothing but blocks of different types and textures. Your goal (or the closest approximation to one) is to survive long enough to find a portal that takes you to a different dimension to kill the “Enderdragon”. Though this is the closest that Minecraft comes to in creating a set “goal”, there really isn’t one.

One of the game’s biggest component (in survival mode) is crafting. Almost every single block out there can be used to create something different or new. You can craft armor, tools, weapons, different blocks, food and much more! 

And I haven’t even touched on things like redstone and mods -- but I will say something about creative mode. Creative mode basically gives you the power of a god. You can create and build nearly anything your heart desires from the game’s entire catalogue of blocks. This is arguably Minecraft’s most played game mode, and with good reason. Minecraft just wouldn’t be the same without it.

 

Fran Bow

(2 GB RAM)

I just had to put a game in here for you point-and-click fans out there! Fran Bow was developed and published by Killmonday Games. This point-and-click adventure game will have you going everywhere, solving puzzles, and exploring amazing worlds! I have to give you a fair warning though. This game is messed up. I’m pretty sure that you will need some psychological help after playing! All kidding aside, Fran Bow is a very charming game that many people can enjoy.

The 2D art style of Fran Bow is definitely very quirky and adds to the overall feel of the game. You play as Fran, a girl in a mental asylum after the murder of her parents. You must work your way through elaborate puzzles to find your way out of the asylum, taking many drugs along the way.

The art team for the game did a fantastic job at capturing the essence of the story and turning it into a visual treat.

The gameplay is a standard point-and-click formula with some form of “crafting” mixed in. An added mechanic is one where you make Fran take her medication in order to “see things differently” which can at times help you solve the puzzle. The attention to detail also grabs you, as nearly every small thing is clickable and provides at least a few lines of Fran’s thoughts about it.

Overall I would highly recommend Fran Bow to anyone. If you like point-and-click games, be sure to try it. Even if you just enjoy creepy psychological horror games, I would highly recommend this one!

 

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

(256 MB RAM)

This game is pretty old, I admit. Is it a bit of a cop-out? Yes. Do I make any apologies for it? No. GTA: San Andreas (developed by Rockstar North) is an amazing game, and one of my favorites of all time. Besides, I never said that this list would only contain recent games, just good ones -- and GTA:SA is a game that undoubtedly falls in that category.

 

San Andreas has you playing a character called Carl Johnson (CJ to his friends). CJ returns home after the murder of his mother. After a life of running away from his past as a gang member, he is forcefully pulled back into the gang life upon his return. You will go from a nobody gangster to one of the most powerful people in San Andreas, fighting your way up every step of the way.

GTA – SA is an open world sandbox game. Most of the game’s mechanics centre around gunfights and driving cars or aeroplanes. But there are moments like stealth missions and dancing with either CJ or the low-rider he’s driving that really brings the game to a well-rounded whole.

Overall I would rate GTA – San Andreas as one of my favourite games of all time. If you enjoy a good story within a GTA-styled open world, you’ll love GTA – San Andreas. I highly recommend it to everyone!

 

Stardew Valley

(2 GB RAM)

Stardew Valley is an amazing game developed by ConcernedApe and published by Chucklefish Games. If you like games that completely draw you in and make you lose hours of the day, then this is the game for you. Stardew Valley is a farming simulator similar to Harvest Moon, with quite a few RPG elements in there.

You play as the heir to a little farm left to you by your grandfather, and it's your job to take care of it and make it flourish once again. Not only can you farm all different kinds of crops, animals, produce, flowers, honey, crustaceans, etc. --but you can also catch fish, delve into the mines, make friends, build your farm up, craft, and a whole lot more. There is a reason this game can suck up so much of your time, and just playing it will show you why.

The art style of Stardew Valley is absolutely breathtaking. The game is gorgeous, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise! All joking aside, this game really is beautiful and my favorite season has to be Fall just because of the leaves that change color.

The OST of Stardew Valley is one of my favorite parts of the game. While there is no voice acting and the sound effects are slightly forgettable, the music of this game is absolutely stunning! Every season has a few different songs that fit the time of year. I love this OST and I cannot express just how amazing it sounds!

I cannot recommend Stardew Valley enough. If you want just a single, good game that you can come home to, relax and sink a few hours into each day, then you cannot go wrong with this. I would rate Stardew Valley as one of my most enjoyed games of all time.

 

The Banner Saga (1 and 2)

(2 GB RAM)

The Banner Saga games are developed by Stoic. Yes, this technically counts as two games, but they are just so good that I had to lump them in together. If you're looking for a story that's reminiscent of Game of Thrones (but with a Norse theme) and turn-based combat....then these games are for you.

The sun has stopped dead in the sky and ancient dangers called Dredge are suddenly emerging from below the surface of the earth. The alliance between humans and Varl (giant, horned humans who live for hundreds of years) is fragile -- and with the Dredge returning it will only become more strained. You play as a cast of a few people and it is your job to navigate the crumbling world around you.

The game uses tactical, turn-based combat that requires the use of careful positioning as well as careful planning. A wrong move or two and you could lose the whole battle. That being said, as someone who usually isn’t a fan of this type of combat, I really enjoyed it because of how well it was done. 

The art style of The Banner Saga is amazing. They skilfully use 2D animation in a way that makes it feel like you’re watching a film at times. Not to mention the amount of detail the artists put in. The world map, for example, is absolutely huge and fairly well drawn. Each little detail has its own little bit of lore. Sometimes it is astonishing just how much detail goes into the art of this game. And the sound is equally as wonderful -- I bought the OST on Steam just to have a little epic music in my life. 

I would definitely recommend The Banner Saga to anyone. If you like a compelling story, get this game! If you like beautiful art, get this game! If you like turn-based combat, get this game! If you like beautiful music, get this game!

 

The Binding Of Isaac (All Versions)

(2 GB RAM)

The Binding of Isaac is a very difficult rogue-like game with a steep learning curve. If you like games that don’t hold your hand and can keep you occupied for hundreds upon hundreds of hours, then look no further than this indie gem.

BoI doesn’t have a set story per se. Some people speculate on the true nature of what is going on. If, however, you take the game at face value, the story seems simple. Isaac is a young boy who was tormented by his overly religious mother. In a fit of religious zeal, she tries to kill him and he escapes via a trap door in his room that leads to the basement. From here you go lower and lower, fighting hordes of different enemies.

The art style of BoI is both basic and disgustingly brilliant at times. There will be a lot of times where you might make a face because you just killed a sentient pile of poop or a fetus (or even a heart if you make it that far). There are many dark and disturbing themes in BoI with a lot of religious symbolism. The game’s developer has gone on the record for saying that his experience of growing up in an abusive, religious household inspired him to create the game. 

If you want a rogue-like game that offers a challenge and some very intense themes as well, then Binding of Isaac is for you. Honestly, I love this game and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for that extra challenge.

 

Salt And Sanctuary

(2 GB RAM)

If you haven’t yet read my first impressions on Salt and Sanctuary, then I highly recommend you do so if you want more information on it. SaS is a brutally difficult game developed by Ska Studios. It basically feels just like a Dark Souls game, except with its own world and art style.

The story of SaS is pretty basic, as you would expect from a game akin to the Souls series. Of course the world has its own lore and such, but your character is basically a nobody. You start off as a sailor that shipwrecks on the coast of an unknown land. From there you will traverse the world, fighting to survive every step of the way. Enemies can be unforgivingly brutal, and you might find yourself using the dodge mechanic a few hundred times per hour.

The artistic style of SaS is, in my opinion, one of the game’s strongest qualities. You have a beautifully done 2D world with amazing detail and a dark theme. What more could you want from a game? Even character creation is highly detailed within this 2D world. If you like eerie and foreboding settings, then this game has you covered. Not to mention the interesting, yet (at times) disturbing design of some of the bosses.

The sound design in SaS is also superb! From the swing of a blade to the crashing of a hammer, the combat sounds bring it all to life. The background music is just as amazingly awesome and makes you really feel like a bad ass at times. Though there are some in this list that does sound better, this game truly does make the best of the sound design implemented.

If you liked any of the Souls games or similar games, then this one is for you! I highly recommend it to those seeking a true challenge. If you are up to it, try it out and see just how brutal this dark, yet beautiful game can be!

 

Guild Wars 2

(2 GB RAM)

GW2 is an MMORPG developed by ArenaNet and published by NCSOFT -- and depending on who you ask, it's either the best or worst thing since WoW. I am a massive fan of this game and I play it daily. 

The story of GW2 is pretty vast and quite hard to summarize, but I will do my best. The Elder Dragons have arisen once more after their millennia-long slumber to devour Tyria’s (in-game world) magic. You, along with some help, will take the fight to each and every one of them. 

Honestly, because it’s an MMO (and one that has been out for nearly 5 years too), the mechanics are just way too vast to cover in this limited space. Just take my word on it here, guys. GW2 revolutionizes many MMO concepts and takes core mechanics to the next level.

Artistically, GW2 is one of the most beautiful games I have ever seen. It's not only stunning in-game, but the painted cutscenes and concept art is beautiful enough to frame on a wall. Not to mention the fact that I just love the brush-painted effect that they integrated into the UI. GW2 has a lovely visual style all around.

And the music in GW2 is absolutely gorgeous! The music released at launch was all composed by Jeremy Soule -- the guy behind the OST for games like Skyrim. Not only that, but the sound effects are just as good. When you are in the heart of the jungle, for example, you can hear every bird and wild creature around you. Every attack you do feels like it has weight because of the “meaty” sound effects that accompany it. The voice acting in the game is also as superb and deserves no less praise. 

Guild Wars 2 has time and again surprised and amazed its fans, and with good reason. You'll be getting all that and more from an MMORPG with absolutely no subscription fee (no pay to win either)! It even has a good free-to-play (F2P) option -- so you can try this game out without even spending a cent. An excellent game to round this list off nicely.

 

I hope you've found at least one game in this list that suits your tastes. Just because you can’t afford a great gaming PC doesn’t mean you have to stick to watching others play great games from the side-lines. There are a ton of great games out there that can be played on nearly any system. You just have to know where to look.

Have you played any of the games on this list? If so, let me know what you thought! And if you have any other recommendations for great games, leave them in the comments down below!

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