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Massively Exclusive: Previewing Path of Exile's Tora, Master of the Hunt

The newest expansion to Path of Exile is all about the eponymous Masters -- their goals, their attitudes, and what they can teach the player. Tora is fairly straightforward in all of the above. She is all about the hunt, taking out the monsters that surround Wraeclast, and in her own words, she wan...

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Ever, Jane updates on test builds and the ever-lost hankie

Yes, there is a hankie to worry about in the latest development build of Ever, Jane. Mrs. Hatch's hankie, to be specific. She's lost it before, she's lost it again, and it's up to players to retrieve it, assuming they'd like to curry favor with Mrs. Hatch. The build also adds a number of endgame ra...

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WoW's Warlords of Draenor beta: A disappointing start

My time with the Draenor beta has been an overwhelming disappointment. Warlords of Draenor is to World of Warcraft as Man of Steel is to the Superman mythos. It's an effort to collect classic elements with no regard for the setting in which they make sense, throwing them together like line items...

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Camelot Unchained will feature a customizable 'component combat' system

Welcome back to our coverage of City State Entertainment's batshit-crazy days for Camelot Unchained! A few weeks ago, we spoke with CSE co-founder Mark Jacobs about each of the topics being revealed this week via livestream; this morning, we picked his brain about the game's innovative combat syste...

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The Nexus Telegraph: WildStar's pre-launch ups and downs

We're in the home stretch before WildStar's launch now. If you haven't pre-ordered, you should do so. For all intents and purposes, the launch game is what's being used in the weekend test sessions. All that's left is the actual gameplay, and if you're an RPer, hunting down the roleplaying communit...

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The Daily Grind: Are you into stealthing mechanics?

Apart from the Imperial Agent in Star Wars: The Old Republic, I haven't played a lot of stealth-able characters in MMOs. For me, I just don't see the appeal of sucker-punching bad guys instead of facing off in a fair fight; it kind of makes me feel as though I'm bullying them. Plus, having to walk ...

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PAX East 2014: PlanetSide 2's Higby on weekly updates

It's been three months since PlanetSide 2 started updating once every week, if you don't count one update that was pushed back simply because it wasn't quite ready. As creative director Matt Higby put it to me at this year's PAX East, the schedule comes second to making sure that every update is th...

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The Daily Grind: What sort of mechanical changes would cause you to quit an MMO?

MMOs often undergo extensive mechanical changes throughout their lifespan, and while sometimes said changes do serve the larger game and its future profitability, other changes seem destined to piss off current players in service of chasing a new potential player group. If you've played in one p...

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The Mog Log: The last stretch before patch 2.2 in Final Fantasy XIV

The past week has brought up an interesting problem regarding the timing of this column and upcoming releases. On the one hand, I had planned to talk today about why there aren't more tanks in Final Fantasy XIV. On the other hand, we also have received a lot of news about patch 2.2, which is launch...

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Field Journal: Picking up the pieces of Fallen Earth

I was introduced to Fallen Earth way back in the mists of time, around when I first started reading Massively. It was one of the earliest Choose My Adventures, and I was so impressed that I made my own account and joined in on the fun part of the way through. My character even made a few cameos in ...

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