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A Look Ahead

By: Oliase posted at Sep 11, 2009 6:20 pm

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Tags: aion   borderlands   mythos   diablo   ava   guild   wars   dungeon  

Hey everyone, this is my first article in awhile as I took some time off for other obligations. I assume I'm still part of the Writer's Club, and I will hopefully be publishing more articles in the upcoming weeks.

 

This article is a look ahead towards the end of this year and into the beginning of next year at the top titles to be released.

 

Aion.

Of course, how could I not list Aion. I've heard many opinions on the game and I've played throughout the betas as well. Despite the common excitement over the game, I don't think the game will be that big of a deal. Besides the great graphics, the game doesn't seem to do what many people have asked for in a game over the past couple years. There's nothing that new or innovative, and the combat system isn't anything special (Although the combo bar is cool). I think the game will be popular at the start like Warhammer Online was, but I believe it will follow the same fate and die off. I think it will sustain enough active players to be a top-runner in the industry, but it's certainly not going to steal away many WoW players, perhaps it will take some from Age of Conan and Lord of the Rings Online though.

In addition, here's my new favorite MMOG reviewer wowfony with his review of Aion that is sure to have you laughing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsACVBY_jb0

 

Borderlands.

Borderlands looks to be my early decision for game of the year. The graphic style of the game is incredible, kind of comical but still mature enough to attract people with all types of taste in graphics. It reminds me of Zeno Clash. The game itself will take on a Diablo-ish style of co-op, where players can jump-in and jump-out of a game at any time to help their friends. Thus, while you can only play with three other people at once on co-op, it has the feeling of a MMOG since you could potentially play with hundreds of other people over the course of a couple hours.

Borderlands is a mix of a first-person shooter and a roleplaying game. Thus, as you're completing the main storyline as well as over a hundred side quests that expand the story, you'll be grabbing loot from monsters you kill. Some bosses will drop massive amounts of loot which will draw in people to your game in order to split the loot from the victory.

You might be thinking it will get boring and the storyline will be lacking. However, have no fear. Besides from collecting loot, leveling up, and playing through the co-op, they've also included player vs. player. At any time you can melee another player to initiate combat, and they must melee you back to accept. At that point, you enter the colisuem in a battle where only one will be left at the end.

The game is coming out in October, so watch out for this one.

 

Dungeon Fighter Online.

Personally, I don't enjoy the game that much. However, I do understand why a lot of people do. An old-school arcade game with that old-school combat. It's a nice change of pace with everything from the graphics to the movement to the combat. The game has a large following already, and people at PAX were dieing for information about it. I can't say too much about the game from my limited experience with it, but if you're a fan of arcade dungeon games then check it out later this month.

 

Guild Wars 2.

I believe that if any game is going to make a huge dent in the MMOG market by stealing players from other games and adding more gamers to the community as a whole, this will be the game. The original Guild Wars was a brilliant game, focusing on the storyline and the combat. While the game was lacking some features, Guild Wars 2 will hopefully bring all of those and keep the constant updates and events that Guild Wars gets. I am hoping that they add an Auction House in order to help the economy of Guild Wars 2, as that alone would allow me to enjoy the original Guild Wars so much more.

 

Alliance of Valiant Arms A.V.A.

While some might disagree, I believe that this will put a large dent in other F2P FPS games on the market right now. While games such as Combat Arms and Blackshot online are good games, they don't bring nearly as much to the table for gamers as AVA does. Numerous modes including a zombie-horde type mode, this game seems to be the free to play version of Call of Duty 4. I don't think it'll be quite that good, but it should be a decent replica at worst. I look forward to the release of this game later this year, and I will be checking it out hoping it can sustain a larger community than other games of the same genre and paying model.

 

Mythos.

Last but not least, the game commonly known as Diablo 2.5. Now that the game is being brought back, hopefully they can get the final product out quicker and not prolong the beta like last time. The game is going to exploit the anticipation that Diablo III has built over the past couple months and provide a quick-fix for those awaiting it's unknown release date. While Mythos won't remain popular forever with Diablo III on the way, it will certainly pick up a lot of gamers within the first couple months if not longer than that, and will be able to survive afterwards if they handle the release the right way this time.

 

 

 

The next six months or so look to be a great time for PC gamers.

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