World of Warcraft: The King of the Hill

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Posted on July 23, 2007, davidm World of Warcraft: The King of the Hill

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I hit level 70 months ago. I have multiple pieces of both versions of Arena gear. My Arena team is feared throughout my battle group. Why, oh why, am I so bored?

It’s not your fault Blizzard, I swear. You try so hard to keep things fresh, to keep us coming back for more. Sadly, there’s only so much you can do. It’s been 3 years since we all were shown how MMORPGs should be made. Immersive, incredibly detailed, polished with such flair we dared imagined possible. Sadly, it may be time to move on.

For those of you like me, (been playing since LAUNCH) you may feel the same way. Yet, even with our misgivings, we still are playing WoW. Why? Well, because there’s nothing else. It’s not for lack of trying by developers. The problem exists because World of Warcraft sets up such a high standard. Lord of the Rings and Vanguard are noble efforts, but they have so much catching up to do, and the lack of initial content scares away most potential “switchers”.

So what will it take to dethrone the biggest online gaming sensation of all-time? Well, something monumental. There are plenty of MMORPGs on the horizon, so let’s take a look at the ones coming out in the next few months that might have a chance. Off we go:

Warhammer Online


The Spin: War is everywhere in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR), the new MMORPG from the creators of Dark Age of Camelot&reg. Based on Games Workshop’s popular Warhammer&reg fantasy war game, WAR features next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) game play that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict.

Does it have a chance?
If nothing else, we know it will be well funded. With the level of finances coming into WoW, that might be what it takes. EA is throwing massive amounts of funding at this game, and if anyone has the financial backing to compete with Blizzard, it’s EA.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

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The Spin: â$ËœAge of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’, winner of multiple E3 awards as the best game in its genre and one of the most anticipated PC games in development, is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) where a mix of a story-driven single-player experience and a brutal and intense massively multiplayer game brings forth the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan. Now you can enter the brutal domain of the world’s greatest fantasy hero.

Does it have a chance?
Funcom has a pretty good track record for this genre, with classics like Anarchy Online and The Longest Journey under their belts. Conan also remains very “action” oriented, giving up classic MMO mechanics to appeal to a broad audience. Plus, you can totally cut dude’s heads off.

Tabula Rasa

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The Spin: Combining fast-paced action with the immersion of a role-playing game, Tabula Rasa takes the player on an intergalactic adventure where the individual has an opportunity to significantly impact the pace of battle on a global scale.

Does it have a chance?
What basically amounts to “Planetside done right”, Tabula Rasa may be the first true FPS that makes its mark on the MMO scene. One of the most promising aspects of Tabula Rasa is being able to have gigantic battles with NPC allies for control of entire planets. This sort of thing has been tried before. It’s just a matter of time to see if NCsoft can pull this one off.

This list doesn’t include “instanced” MMOs like Hellgate: London. That’s not to say that “free to play” titles don’t have a shot as well. You never really know. I mean there are thousands of people who still play Everquest 1, so anything is possible. The holiday season cannot get here soon enough.

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