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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

E3 Me

Here are some brief E3 bits related to the MMORPG world:

There is an E3 trailer up for Rome: Gods and Heroes over at Fileplanet. Of course, since it's at Fileplanet you have to sign up, wait, see ads, etc. I really like they way they portray the Roman scenery but beyond that it's hard to really tell much from these trailers. Gods and Heroes is notable for pushing squad based combat elements.

Over at IGN, there is an article concerning the E3 demo of Dungeons & Dragons Online. Nothing really of interest except that it seems xp comes from finishing quests and objectives rather than combat. So, if you can find another way to complete a certain objective you get the same xp. There is also mention of logic puzzles in the dungeons. I'm not sure how this will translate to the MMORPG genre. I do like the idea of taverns as places to lfg and the idea of shared quests.

What's notable in WoW land is the absence of news, specifically the absence of the rumored expansion pack.

Here are some new screenshots at Gamespot for the Lord of the Rings Online. Also at Gamespot is a trailer for City of Villains which I thought was pretty enjoyable.

As for EQII news, there's this IGN article on the expansion pack. Honestly, it's just a rehash of the press release though. It does note that you can fight other players directly as well as fighting each other with the creatures you've collected. That's something I noted previously but there still seems to be some confusion about on the forums.

Joystiq has an in-depth look at the Station Exchange system which Sony is apparently proudly displaying at E3. The article gives kudo's to the interface, saying, "Sony has clearly invested in a streamlined interface. It’s so clean and easy to use that he could have completed the entire operation in under a minute." The article also lists some fees: "Players will pay $1.00 to list coin or items and $10.00 to list characters. Hear that sound? It’s Sony’s cash drawer ringing. When an auction is completed, Sony skims 10% off of the proceeds of the sale before sending money to players’ PayPal accounts." The whole Station Exchange thing still really brings me down but I promised (for my own sanity) that I would lay off commenting on it any more.

Okay enough E3 for me for today, time to play some EQII.


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Anonymous VanHemlock said...

Yikes! By 'nominal fee', I was expecting something in the single-digit cents area.

Still, I guess it'll help discourage people from just spamming the system to death with Tin Clusters and Jum Jums.

5:54 AM  

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