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
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
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:
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
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
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 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
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
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.