Ah, good old Phantasy Star Online. Everyone's played it on one format or another, or dabbled in one of its numerous spinoffs, or spent hours fussing over expensive outfits in the now internationally-available sequel. Been there, done that, evolved a funny-looking Mag and kicked Dark Falz in the chops at the end. But when was the last time any … Continue reading The 21st century RPG
I loathe side quests with a fiery passion. They're the complimentary breadsticks of game design, the freewheeling exercise bike designed to keep you busy going nowhere, the weird no-budget local adverts they play in cinemas before the lights dim and trailers start. They're... they're... They're a waste of bloody time. MMO's - that's your World … Continue reading MMO NPCs are A-OK in FFXI
Seven years feels like an eternity in online gaming land but that's about how long Phantasy Star Online 2's been around now, quietly outlasting any official version of the legendary Dreamcast-led original you can think of. I can happily report that it's not merely still alive but thriving - regularly receiving sizeable updates, brand-new content, … Continue reading Returning to Phantasy Star Online 2
It's entirely coincidental, I swear. I'm not some internet Reaper here to cull online games that weren't able to reach their full potential. But just as the last online game I looked at - Wildstar - is due to close by the end of the month it turns out Cliffhanger Productions online Shadowrun adventure is too. Now … Continue reading Kimimi, Digital Explorer: Shadowrun Chronicles Edition
[First up, a reminder of what this post is: One week, one MMO, one person's thoughts and experiences reflected in the text below. A more thorough explanation/apology can be found here] [One more thing: Wildstar shuts down forever in just a few weeks time and the game was already in "Buh-bye!" mode when I played … Continue reading Kimimi, Digital Explorer: Wildstar Edition
MMOs are big business, even in this age of wallet-destroying gacha mobile games and real cash loot boxes in full price retail releases (Can you hear me groaning all the way over there? I do hope so.). For over twenty years now they've remained money-making behemoths that swallow lives whole, make or break relationships, and … Continue reading Kimimi: Digital Explorer?