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First Impressions: Nosgoth is all right, but that might not be enough

Betas, Fantasy, Game Mechanics, Opinion, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, First Impressions

Protip: Vampires are allergic to fire.
Let me begin with a somewhat tortured analogy: Nosgoth is sort of like discovering an obscure bit of British nobility of dubious importance. Those intimately familiar with the relevant lineage will be somewhat perplexed by this stranger, who is not really at all what they expected. Everyone else will just see someone showing up in a crowded field without a whole lot to say.

In a way, that would almost be easier, since then you could just write it off altogether. It's just not terribly unique.

Nosgoth is the sequel to the long-running Legacy of Kain series, which eventually moved over into the Soul Reaver series and kind of petered out in 2004 or so. A lot of people really enjoyed it, and there have been rumors about another sequel coming out pretty much forever. Instead of being an in-depth RPG, however, Nosgoth is a class-based asymmetrical shooter. So it's not really as much a sequel as it is a thorough pillaging of an existing IP layered onto another sort of game altogether.

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Destiny to use facial motion capture

Betas, Sci-Fi, MMOFPS, Destiny

It's time for Destiny's close-up! The upcoming MMO is paying attention to more than just scenery and armor models, as Bungie has hired Faceware Technologies to provide facial motion capture for the game's characters.

Faceware Technologies uses a "markerless" motion capture system to quickly scan and analyze actors' faces and record those expressions. Destiny artists can then take those expressions and put them on the game's models. Bungie previously worked with Faceware on Halo: Reach.

You can read the full press release after the break.

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Choose My Adventure: MAXing out in PlanetSide 2

Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Choose My Adventure, PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2
Back in PlanetSide 2 for this week's Choose My Adventure, I found myself strangely drawn into the game every chance I got. And that's really part of the beauty of PlanetSide 2: You can jump in and out of the action without any unnecessary foreplay.

I continued to play my Heavy Assault for most of the week but did flirt with both the MAX and the Light Assault trooper to see what I'm missing. My verdict? I miss my Engineer.

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PlanetSide 2 players make thousands from Player Studio

Sci-Fi, Video, Economy, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2

A new video from SOE discussing PlanetSide 2's Player Studio showcased three players who have made $4,000, $7,800, and $12,000 from the program respectively. The video lightly touches on why the players started creating items, such as decals and helmets, and tips for others to make and promote their own items through the revenue-sharing system.

According to SOE, Player Studio items represented more than 10% of total in-game item sales and 35% of all cosmetic items in PlanetSide 2 during January and February. There have been 2,000 submissions for the program in less than eight months, with 469 of those accepted into the marketplace.

You can watch the full video after the jump!

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The Stream Team: Breaking a world record with Age of Ascent

Betas, Sci-Fi, Video, Events (In-Game), Interviews, New Titles, PvP, War, Free-to-Play, Browser, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Events (Massively's Coverage), Livestream, Sandbox, The Stream Team, Crowdfunding

Age of Ascent screenshot
If you've ever wanted to be part of gaming history, check out this livestream with Massively's Beau Hindman and members of the Age of Ascent developer team. They'll be attempting to literally break a Guinness World Record for the largest videogame PvP battle, currently standing at 4,075 players! Age of Ascent launched its Kickstarter yesterday and is offering pledge rewards from special in-game ships to dinner with the devs. Join us live at 3 p.m. EDT.

Game: Age of Ascent
Host: Beau Hindman
Date: Friday, March 14th, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Firefall patch takes us to the kingdom of the Crystal Skull Pirates

Sci-Fi, Patches, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, Firefall

A small update for Firefall is now live on the servers and with it comes a slew of small adjustments and additions including faster melee combat.

Patch 0.8.1745 reduced the cooldown of melee attacks from three to two seconds, while also making significant tweaks to the Electron battleframe. Get your Indiana Jones jokes in while you can, because the team has included Crystal Skull Pirates with this update as well. The pirates are rare enemies that offer up a special helmet if you can track them down and deliver a plasma-laced punishment.

Choose My Adventure: Heavy Assault with PlanetSide 2

Sci-Fi, War, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Choose My Adventure, PlanetSide 2

Planetside 2
Jumping back into PlanetSide 2 is always fun because, as they say, war never changes. Sure, the maps might get tweaked and new vehicles might be introduced here and there, but it's still a contest of shooting one's enemy in the face repeatedly.

For this edition of Choose My Adventure, you voted for me to play a gutsy heavy soldier fighting for the Terran Republic, someone who's not afraid to run into the thick of battle with guns blazing. This goes against every fiber of my nature, but you might be pleased to hear that I'm really enjoying the polar opposite of what I usually play.

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Not So Massively: Elite's alpha, Diablo III's commercial, and Star Citizen's 40M milestone

Betas, Video, Expansions, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, Previews, News Items, MMOFPS, Miscellaneous, Not So Massively, MOBA, Crowdfunding

Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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Watch PlanetSide 2 devs create content live on Twitch

Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2's Hossin
While developer livestreams are commonplace these days, less common is a livestream where the devs are actually developing.

SOE is trying something a little different with its PlanetSide 2 team starting on March 11. According to a blurb on the game's official website, "you'll be able to take [a] look at how PlanetSide 2 creates content on our Twitch channel."

Scheduled sessions include the making of Hossin environment art and base design.

Here's the sixth episode of PlanetSide 2's war correspondent video series

Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 art
Have you watched SOE's latest war correspondent video for PlanetSide 2? If not, you'll want to click past the cut for a look-see at some heart-thumping MMOFPS gameplay presented in a news documentary format.

Cinematic designer Robert Stoneman narrates the action which includes footage of The Crown and a handful of PS2's 36,000 player outfits.

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DUST 514 jacks up its arsenal but nerfs damage output

Sci-Fi, Patches, Previews, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, DUST 514, Dev Diaries

DUST 514
DUST 514's small-arms arsenal is getting a few new options with Uprising 1.8. The patch will add three new guns and reduce damage to allow for longer fights.

The new guns include the Caldari Bolt Pistol, a high-DPS, small-clip handgun; the Caldari Magsec SMG, a semi-automatic with higher damage than other SMGs; and the Gallente Ion Pistol, a plasma-shooting beast that punches right through enemies' armor and shields.

The devs said that they will be tweaking time-to-kill in 1.8 by reducing the power of high-level damage modifiers, taking one grenade away from what players could previously hold at a time, reducing base damage for several weapons, and applying weapon proficiency skill bonuses against either shields or armor.

Watch a dev tour of Defiance's Gunslinger DLC

Sci-Fi, Video, Patches, Previews, MMOFPS, Defiance, Buy-to-Play

Defiance is going all Old West on us with its next DLC pack, and we've got an up-close look of the update to share with you.

The Gunslinger DLC will take players on a trio of new mission arcs and deliver good-looking Western gear to go along with the theme. The DLC will also include nine additional co-op arenas and a new system of scoring arenas that gives incentives for teams that work together.

Check out the developers' tour of this update in a 14-minute video that includes commentary, feature spotlights, and story missions in action.

Not So Massively: D3's loot revamp, PoE's mini-expansion, and DayZ's cooking skill

Betas, Trailers, New Titles, Patches, War, Trading Card Games, Consoles, MMOFPS, Miscellaneous, Not So Massively, MOBA

Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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Dean Hall is leaving behind DayZ and Bohemia Interactive

Betas, MMO Industry, News Items, MMOFPS, Post-Apocalyptic, Miscellaneous

How could you leave all this behind?  Easily, apparently.
Games are a bit like children. You work with other people to craft them, to help them go from little more than a twinkle in your eye to something capable of surviving without you. Dean Hall created DayZ, but he's jumping ahead to the part where he metaphorically kicks it out of the house and tells it to get a job. Or he's kicking himself out of the house... the metaphor is a bit tortured, but the important point is that he's leaving DayZ behind.

Why leave a game that's still early in testing and doing well? As Hall puts it, keeping him on the project could eventually lead to his being someone who tells others how things are done rather than adapting along with a changing game and culture. Instead, he's heading to New Zealand with plans of opening a different studio. The changeover is not happening immediately but should take place before the end of the year.

[Thanks to Zipzopboobidybop for the tip!]

February will be a big month for PlanetSide 2

Sci-Fi, Patches, Previews, War, Free-to-Play, MMOFPS, PlanetSide 2

PlanetSide 2 screenshot
PlanetSide 2 continues to gain updates and new content. It's still pushing itself to be the best place to find massive battles with the most players, and a recent host of tweaks, fixes, updates and changes have made many MMOFPS fans very excited for the rest of the year. So what's happening to the MMOFPS in the month of February?

We asked Matt Higby, Creative Director for PlanetSide 2, to explain just that.

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