Star Wars Galaxies Legends – The Galaxy Reborn

To say that Star Wars Galaxies was an influential MMORPG may be a slight understatement. Running over the course of eight years and two decades, the game remained strong in the galaxy far, far away despite divisive updates to its profession systems in 2005. To this day many people talk of it reverentially when comparing it to newer experiences in the Star Wars mythos and even recurring MMO’s such as Guild Wars 2 and World of Warcraft. However, Galaxies is not merely a relic of the past.

Star Wars Galaxies: Legends is a project that has fought vigorously to keep that dream alive. Founded in 2016, Legends is an emulation of the late-game of the beloved MMORPG. Based on one of the last builds of the live game prior to it’s shut down, the economy-centered sandbox game still allows you to live your best life whatever that may be. Drawing aspects of Ultima Online, World of Warcraft and Everquest the game has been heralded by multiple critics to be one of, if not THE, best MMORPGs of all time. Legends truly allowed anyone to do anything and that still lives on to this day in SWG: Legends.

Legends, as long time fans of the MMO might know, is based off of the New Game Enhancements (or NGE) build of Galaxies. This move released in its last expansion, Trials of Obi-Wan, distilled the incredibly varied professions system from 40 down to 6 and unlocked the incredibly powerful force-sensitive Jedi for every single player to flush the game with Revenge of the Sith’s success. With the original grind for Jedi requiring multiple months to unlock, and the profession able to solo multiple players in PvP, users abandoned the game en masse for greener pastures.

Star Wars Galaxies Legends - The Galaxy Reborn
However, Legends has taken NGE and improved on it. Fleshing out several of the improvements introduced by Sony Online Entertainment towards the end of the game’s life cycle, as well as increasing the breadth of professions, this is perhaps the most genuine version of Galaxies to date. If you so wished to you could really just make a macro and level an entertainer in the back of a cantina bar until the Jawa’s came home. In the spirit of doing anything and being anything, Legends continues to deliver.

Unlike the original base game, Legends is a mod-approved emulator, meaning you can inject as much as you’d like into the world. While set-up is a touch inconvenient, requiring you to already possess a copy of Galaxies’ files, this is easily circumvented through popular means which MMOGames.com does not endorse (Piracy, yarrrr). Working like any other mod, Legends files simply require a moderate download and installation before you can hook up to the main Omega server.

But once you do, does the nostalgia ever start coming back.

On top of working to fulfill and optimize older systems, Legends has been endeavoring to inject it’s own, newer content. On top of several quality of life changes including wilderness spawning AI, collision damage while flying in space and profession tweaks, newer things such as environmental uprezzing and additional details have been put together. Newer world bosses have been added for the combat classes, such as the Ancient Krayt Dragon. Additional content has been developed for several older in-game events such as the Ewok Festival of Love (yes, that’s a real thing), as well as memorials put in place for several of the Star Wars actors who have since passed on.

Star Wars Galaxies Legends - The Galaxy Reborn
One of the more major overhauls to the Galaxies emulator is a newer Galactic Senate program. While it doesn’t allow you to play as your inner Sheev Palpatine, the Senate program instead reflects similar systems in games such as Star Citizen. Players across the game world can vote for player-character representation to the Galactic Senate, functioning as a community representative for their particular demographic. These reps then work and interact with Legends staff regarding any changes to the overall game, essentially allowing widespread community feedback to be distilled by a few messengers. While this does allow for a certain level of politicking and the oh-so-feared ‘drama’ to emerge very little seems to be present in the MMO’s forums or in-game world, speaking to either the system’s working order or the community’s fidelity on the matter.

On top of these, Legends has worked to inject newer quest-based content into the game while implementing older Minor Quests left over from the older Galaxy days. Still in development, the, ‘Jedi Themepark’ will focus on a questline specifically towards the force-sensitive Jedi profession. Featuring newer heroic level instances, this questline will feature Jedi endeavoring to discover the deeper secrets of the Force. As it crosses into these dungeon-crawling instances, players of other professions will be able to tag along to assist their friends in discovering the untapped potential of the Force, be it the Light or the Dark Side.

That isn’t to say that other players don’t have enough to do. Leaning heavily on community-driven recurring content, the development team has worked to make their calendars as populated as possible. Including in-game holidays, the team has also developed several spotlight initiatives such as the ‘Galactic Homeshow’ contests, based around evaluating how players decorate their in-game housing. ‘Friday Features’ discuss gameplay content, while inviting in newer players through explanatory forum-based articles. As is the case with many legacy or private servers such as Nostalrius there is a heavy focus on the playerbase and how rewarding they are to the team as a whole.

Star Wars Galaxies Legends - The Galaxy Reborn

Even still, with the ramp-up to Episode IX this December, Legends has begun their own ‘Countdown to the Rise of Skywalker.’ Featuring an expansive, if not divisive, community fandom contest, the team is also injecting in-game events inspired by the newer trilogy. Throughout December 2019 Legends will feature live events from the Sequel Trilogy including Rey and others. Much like the discussion around the trilogy, however, the emulator’s community seems to be split in two over the notion; just a few paragraphs into the contest’s announcement thread reveals people’s displeasure over the notion.

Star Wars Galaxies: Legends is a blast from the past, truthfully. It’s still fun to dive into, despite all the incumbent issues coming from the older Galaxies and the decisions made later in the game’s development cycle. However, its incredibly clear that the team behind keeping this legacy server alive deeply cares about how they do so. A lot of thought and care is being put into the game’s legacy, with minor changes and additions coming in time with major additions to content. With popular Star Wars endeavors meeting widespread community disapproval often, it’s nice to see that Legends stands alone to not only pay homage to the players but respect to the mythos its based on. Its fun to jump back a long time ago to see that the galaxy far, far away still holds true.

The post Star Wars Galaxies Legends – The Galaxy Reborn appeared first on MMOGames.com.

10 Most Popular Gaming Articles in 2018, So Far

2018 has by all accounts been a pretty “meh” year for MMOs and online gaming…unless you work for Epic. But that hasn’t stopped all of you wonderful readers from coming to see what the writers are talking about. So we’re taking a little time to look at the most popular gaming articles in 2018, so far. This also gives us a glimpse into what is most popular at the moment. The answer may surprise you.

 

10. 6 Shutdown MMO Emulators You Can Play on Now

Lego Universe - MMOGames.com - Your source for MMOs & MMORPGs

With new MMORPGs in short supply these days many people are looking to the past to play old games that are sadly no longer with us. Many are playable thanks to fan emulator projects. Fan favorites like City of Heroes, Lego Universe, and Star Wars Galaxies make the list along with a few surprises you won’t want to miss. Check out 6 Shutdown MMO Emulators You Can Play on Now.

 

9. 2017 Online Games Financial Review

Star Citizen

This was the first article in what became a 4 part series looking at how the games industry performed in 2017. In this first article we had a look at the Steam Best of 2017 awards, which itself almost could have been its own article. We discussed the fact that Star Citizen raised $37.91 million in 2017 alone, which is actually down from other years. Superdata also released a ton of amazing information about the industry in 2017. The best of it was the list where they named PUBG the top premium PC game by revenue. That list also included surprises like Guild Wars 2 and Divinity: Original Sin 2. If you want to check out the full series here it is:

2017 Online Games Financial Review
2017 Games Industry by the Numbers
2017 Games Industry Revenue
Esports Industry in 2018 by the Numbers

 

Bonus: If you’re interested in seeing the business news from E3 2018 be sure to check that out too.

 

8. Why Aren’t Superhero MMOs Hugely Successful?

Early in the year we had a look at one writer’s opinion on why superhero MMOs aren’t hugely successful in a time when in all other forms of media the superhero reigns supreme. The article looks at all the major superhero MMOs. It also briefly touches on the idea that in the vast majority of games the player character is a superhero. They may not be wearing tights and a cape but they still perform super human feats.

 

7. Bless Online Interview with the Devs

Remember a few months ago when the internet suddenly went wild for Bless Online? This was just before the start of Early Access and the hype was real. But, the first cracks were starting to form. We published this interview with the Bless Online developers that got people asking a lot of questions about the proposed business model. They also took exception to the idea of a potion you have to buy from the cash shop to stay out of PvP. Were these the first signs of the disappointment we had ahead of us still? Maybe.

 

6. Elder Scrolls Online Fang Lair Dungeon Guide

Thurvokun fight

Fang Lair was one of the two new dungeons introduced to Elder Scrolls Online in Dragon Bones DLC. The guide will help you navigate the dungeon and help you get through each boss fight. It seemed to be quite popular with MMOGames readers who needed a little help getting through the dungeon.

 

5. Art of Eorzea: Depth of Field Basics & ReShade DoF Settings Guide

reshade dof settings

Yes, the next article is in fact another guide. This one is totally different though as it is focusing entirely on taking amazing screenshots in Final Fantasy XIV. It is an amazingly comprehensive guide on Depth of Field, one that even has it’s own index to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to have gorgeous screenshots in FFXIV.

 

4. MMO Money: Top Grossing Games of March and Tencent Breaks Records

Tencent mobile financials - MMOGames.com - Your source for MMOs & MMORPGs

Tencent has been breaking records all over the place this year as they slowly take over the whole industry. One of these days all games will be Tencent. Why did this particular MMO Money article get so much attention? It may have had something to do with the rumors around Daybreak and getting a new Everquest game. MMO Money is the business focused column that comes out twice a month covering every detail of the lootbox controversy, quarterly reports, and any other news that involves money.

 

3. Echoes of Eorzea: ReShade Settings Guide

reshade dof guide

We return once again to making FFXIV looking great with another guide. This one takes you through the settings you should use in ReShade, a post-processing program that enhances a game’s graphics. It’s another incredibly long, incredibly in depth dive into which settings you should use, what they do, and making your game look great.

 

2. 10 MMORPGs You Should Play in 2018

Everquest

If you’re looking for a list of older MMORPGs you should play in 2018 this is the place to get it. This list purposefully didn’t include anything new. Instead the focus was entirely on games that have an established playerbase and are just great fun to play. Some of them also make the list because it looks like they might not have much life in them. So, try them while you can. I’m looking at you Everquest.

1. 7 Ways to Earn Gold Quickly in Guild Wars 2 in 2018

This article may have originally been published in 2017 but in 2018 it got a massive update which helped revitalize it and make it the most viewed article on MMOGames this year, so far. The article is exactly what it says in the title, ways to earn gold quickly in Guild Wars 2. It walks through the little things you can do like logging in and doing your dailies all the way up to the best farms to jump on. It gets updated every time ArenaNet releases a major patch to include all the new ways to earn gold.

The post 10 Most Popular Gaming Articles in 2018, So Far appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Solo Features Star Wars Galaxies Easter Eggs

Its been 7 years since Star Wars Galaxies shut down but hardcore fans found not one but two Star Wars Galaxies easter eggs in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The most notable of the two references was from young Han Solo himself who mentions that he spent part of his childhood boosting AV-21s, a two-seater Correllian speeder. This vehicle first made an appearance in Star Wars Galaxies. The vehicle was quite rare in the game and has never been mentioned outside of Star Wars Galaxies until now.

The second reference was to the valahorn, a musical instrument. This instrument was first introduced in Star Wars Galaxies and got its first big screen mention in Solo. In the movie, Woody Harrelson’s character Tobias Beckett says he plans to retire to Glee Anselm where he wants to learn to play the valahorn.

For most people who see Solo these easter eggs will go completely over their heads, but for those who still pine for SWG, it is a welcome nod to a part of the universe they loved. Hopefully, this marks the beginning of a new chapter for Star Wars Galaxies and we will see more things from the beloved MMORPG make it into the mainstream Star Wars continuity.

Raph Koster, the game director for Star Wars Galaxies seems to be quite pleased about the mentions, having taken to Twitter.

We’re just wondering what took them so long. Star Wars Galaxies is an obvious place to go for any random Star Wars things you need to have mentioned without having to make up something. The writers for Solo were either SWG fans or they really did their homework. The big question on our minds now though is if that means Star Wars Galaxies is canon. Disney got rid of a lot of Star Wars’ previous canon when they took over, something which angered a lot of fans.

 

Source: Syfy, Slate

The post Solo Features Star Wars Galaxies Easter Eggs appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Best Space MMO of All Time

Space, the final frontier….these are the voyages…

Okay, we’ll admit it, we’re Star Trek nerds and proud of it too. In fact, we really love all things space. Why not? It’s the great unknown. Anything is possible. When it comes to MMOs it’s also the second most popular genre after fantasy. So this got us wondering, which MMO is the best space MMO of all time? Is it one that we can still play or is it one that has been sunsetted?

We spent days going through our massive game list (which is quickly approaching the point of having 2,000 games on it) so we could put as many space MMOs on this list as possible. Though yes, it is still possible that we missed some. If we did let us know so we can get it on the list!

Earth & Beyond

Specifically, we’re looking at MMOs that take you into space, so you won’t see Wildstar on this list because you aren’t in space, you’re on a planet. This list is for those games that have spaceships. Before you ask, yes, we included Star Citizen because this poll will be running for the rest of the year and we’re hopelessly optimistic.

If you want to know more about any of the games on this list click on the name or the image for that game to go to the game profile page. Here you can find screenshots, videos, and links to articles we’ve done on the game. Of course, we’ve not covered them all yet, with 2,000 games to cover and more being added every day, it’s a monumental task.

Elite Dangerous Beyond 2018 Q4 - Squadrons and Fleet Carrier

The Rules

Voting for this poll will continue until December 31st at which time the three games with the highest number of votes will be declared the winners.

You may place votes once a day until the polling period ends.

Vote for as many different games as you like.

Feel free to share this with your friends.

Have fun!

The post Best Space MMO of All Time appeared first on MMOGames.com.

6 Shutdown MMO Emulators You Can Play on Now

Right now private servers and the preservation of online games are a bit of a hot topic. Players feel that once a game has been abandoned by the creators it should be made available through other means. The ESA (Electronic Software Association) and many studios feel differently, however. Why? Well, that’s another article entirely. We’re here to discuss the shutdown MMO emulators you can already find on the internet. While these certainly aren’t the only private servers out there, this list is specifically for games that were sunsetted. I’ve put this list in alphabetical order, because…why not?

 

City of Heroes – Paragon Chat

Rumors have persisted about a City of Heroes private server since before the game ever shut down. In the early days, it was a supposed Issue 1 early release version of the game. But that never really came to be. It wasn’t until Paragon Chat was released in 2015 that City of Heroes refugees were truly able to return to the city of heroes. But there are some things you should know before you go off in search of the installation files. There is no combat in the game, and there likely never will be. The lack of combat means that Paragon Chat is great for nostalgia trips through the various zones and a fantastic place for people to roleplay, but that’s all. With that being said there is a team of event planners hosting regular costume contests, and it’s a great place to reconnect with your old friends. Paragon Chat also gets new patches every couple of months introducing new twists on seasonal events, badges, and a few powers. Most of the powers are travel related including Recall Friend, Energy Flight, and yes, regular flight too.

 

Earth & Beyond – Net-7

Earth & Beyond

Once, long ago there was a beloved game owned by EA called Earth & Beyond. Anyone familiar with EA knows the next part of the story, Earth & Beyond got shut down. This shutdown happened at just the right time for the players to move on to a new MMO…City of Heroes. Yeah, it must be tough having had two amazing MMOs shut down on you. The good news is that just like you can jump into City of Heroes today you can also play Earth & Beyond. Net-7 is an Earth & Beyond emulator that has been running for many years now. The server population isn’t amazing, in fact we suggest if you want to really experience the game you bring some friends with you. But, if you enjoyed Earth & Beyond in the old days Net-7 is a fantastic trip down memory lane.

 

Lego Universe – Darkflame Universe, LUNI Server, LU Reborn

Lego Universe - MMOGames.com - Your source for MMOs & MMORPGs

Not to throw any shade around but Lego Universe was by far the best of all online Lego games that have ever been released. It had THE Patrick Stewart narrating, which automatically makes it insanely cool. Lego Universe is so cool in fact that there are three prominent emulation servers in the works, each with their own pros and cons. LU Reborn openly states that their game has major issues. These issues are being worked on of course, but such things are slow going and there’s no guarantee they will be able to fix them all. The most professional looking and seemingly best server is Darkflame Universe. They’re currently in limited alpha testing though the most recent alpha test was delayed for personal reasons. Hopefully, that will be up and running again very soon as it seems like the most viable of the three.

 

Star Wars Galaxies – SWG Awakening, SWG: Legends, and many more

Interdependence in MMOs

When you’re talking about beloved games that died too soon there are two games mentioned more often than any others, City of Heroes and Star Wars Galaxies. We’ve already gone over the private server situation for one, so it’s time to look at the other. If you go to the SWG subreddit you’ll find a list of 17 different Star Wars Galaxies servers which all vary slightly. SWG Legends is perhaps the biggest and best of them all. It has the majority of the game as well as a high population. There are others with custom planets, some that have Jedi enabled and are pre-CU, and even a specifically European server. But when it comes to a thriving private server you need a population to keep things running well, that’s why more than any others SWG Legends may be the best.

 

Warhammer Online – Return of Reckoning

We’re not saying that EA has a problem with keeping online games running buuuut…here’s the second one on our list, Warhammer Online. In the last couple of years, Return of Reckoning has appeared on the scene. They say that they’re still in alpha and there are regular updates to improve the game. It also has quite a decent population for a private server, with hundreds of people logged in, even in the middle of the night in North America. The server holds events and the devs are incredibly active. They have a priority list of things to work on and they even post dev diaries to keep players informed about the state of the game and what they’re working on. Stability does seem to be a bit of an issue but the team are making it their number one priority this year so hopefully, that will be sorted out soon. PvP and RvR are active on the server so if that was what attracted you to the game the first time around, enjoy.

 

Vanguard Saga of Heroes – VGOEmulator

In January of 2014 SOE, who were still SOE back then and not Daybreak, announced that they would be shutting down 4 of their MMOs, one of them was Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. At the time, SOE faced a lot of backlash. Little did we know at the time that this was only the beginning. Thankfully VGOEmulator is there to save the day. The server isn’t the most stable and it’s far from feature complete. It also doesn’t really have much of a population. The website and forums seem almost abandoned. That’s because most of the discussion about the server has moved to the IRC. Yes, people do still use IRC. So while it may not be the best private server on this list it is Vanguard fan’s best chance to log in and play the game again.

The post 6 Shutdown MMO Emulators You Can Play on Now appeared first on MMOGames.com.