Top 5 Best: MMOs with Mod Knight!

Hey everybody, Mod Knight here with another Top 5 list! Now, one thing I was never a fan of in the past were MMOs; however, recently I’ve begun to change my tune as I’ve begun dabbling in them more and more. So, lets take a look at the 5 I’ve enjoyed the most!

#5- World of Warcraft

One of the most popular MMOs of all time, WOW (as it’s called) still has a massive following despite it’s age! It set the standards for most modern MMOs; however, this unfortunately means that to the modern eyes, it plays a lot like many, many other RPGs. However, there has always been a consistent stream of updates and changes to try and keep the game feeling fresh!

#4- Wakfu

A french run MMO by the studio Ankama, released in 2012. The game differs from regular MMO gameplay in that it takes a return to turn based tactical RPG combat in which players must move their characters along a grid before choosing the power they wish to activate for their turn. The game is strongly community driven and actually has very little in the way of plot. This can be a major turn on or turn off to the game, so players who truly wish to get invested must be willing to join the community and play off of it.

#3-Warframe

This is one I’ve only played a bit, but already love! Warframe feels almost more like a shooter than an MMO, considered a “lobby MMO” in which players are matched up with either random or pre-built teams to take on a mission together, then return to the map. The game is broken up into levels; between which players have a chance to update their gear and equipment. One very cool feature about the game is the fact that different “Characters” can be played on the same account. This is because the different unlockable Warframes (basically battle armors) can be alternated between levels.

#2- Wizard 101

Yeah, I know it’s a kids game; however, you have to give KingsIsle credit. They know how to make a strategic battle game that stays fun even after years and years. Wizard 101 is a fairly standard MMO in which you travel between a hub world and various different monster filled areas, taking quests from NPCs and buying gear to upgrade your character. One deviation from the norm that I enjoy is the turn-based battle system; which is simple enough for children to understand, and deep enough for adults to enjoy! Between the various schools of magic, tons of gear and mounts, there is lots of room for customization and playing in a way that suits you!

#1- Final Fantasy 14

Final Fantasy 14 is a great game, with tons of customization options and a massive open world to explore! With there being so much to do the game might seem a bit overwhelming. Will you have to make new characters to experience the full story? Well…maybe? I couldn’t say. However, what I can say is that you most definitely don’t have to to get the full experience as EVERY single class can be leveled up to maximum by one character; meaning that you’re able to choose a style that truly suits you best in each situation! Not only that, but with a massive player base, you’ll never need to look too hard to find someone to help you out. Especially when high level players volunteer to help low levels get started!

–Mod Knight

Loser Reviews: World of Warcraft: Legion

Hey Nasties! It’s Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me! I’ve sunk far, far too many hours into Legion, friends; both as a casual gamer and recalling my time spent as a hardcore raider. True, I showed up late to the party, but I’ve managed to complete the story, gear up, and participate in every major dungeon and raid up to the Tomb of Sargeras. How does the whole thing measure up? Well…

Gameplay: Utterly stellar. I love the honor traits for PVP as well as unlocking them by getting honor points as PVP experience, I adore doing daily world quests to get fairly leveled gear to participate in heroic dungeons and raid finder. I adore the artifact weapons and upgrading them, as well as unlocking unique customization in their appearance. The Demon Hunter class runs like a dream and is still complex enough to make hardcore players stay interested.

In short, the gameplay is the best WoW has been, and that extends to dungeons and raids. The mechanic heavy boss fights that require communication and teamwork on higher difficulty is welcome, as it makes guilds and friend groups potent! That being said, for people who just want to play for the story and see the content, Raid Finder is fun and simpler, so there’s no threat of being too overwhelmed.

The gameplay for Legion, in my opinion, gets a 9/10. I would slightly nerf the Demon Hunter as the class is too powerful to be fair to other current DPS and Tank classes, but all in all I enjoy the gameplay thoroughly. I’m also trying to avoid spoilers, as raids and dungeons for those who pay attention are VERY lore heavy! Speaking of lore…

Story and Characters: The story is so, so much more interesting to me than the past two expansions. I found WOD and MOP to be very basic and more cliched stories, but I’ve been very impressed with Legion. Bringing back fan favorites like the Lich King and Illidan Stormrage was interesting, but making them relevant to the Legion’s invasion, delving deeper into the backstories of the core cast, and seeing new developments made me ecstatic.

To start with, Sylvanas is now the Warchief of the Horde and this is the first real female faction leader. She’s not mocked; she’s empowered throughout the story revolving around her. Sylvanas is a well made character with flaws, desires and power, and I’m very glad there was emphasis on her growth thus far. I also like seeing Maiev become relevant once more, as well as Illidan.

The story has been good for an MMO, and through the story alone I was able to hit the level cap, which was welcome to me. I would have liked a more detailed or heavily engrossing story outside of the raids, dungeons and basic quests, but unfortunately, every MMO suffers from a somewhat weak to moderate story. I give it an 8/10. Thus far, its done very well despite limitations of the medium.

Visual/Audio Art: The music isn’t much to write home about unfortunately. The same old soundtracks with some various orchestral sound. There was nothing significantly overwhelming. The visual art, while very good and detailed in many ways, is very, very limited by the core of WoW. The game’s graphics and physics engine was developed originally in 2003, meaning that it is now fourteen years old. Old isn’t necessarily bad, but I will warn you that if a cartoonish art style isn’t your thing, you won’t enjoy the graphic design of Legion. As a whole, I give the art a 7/10.

Online/DLC: Well. Legion is DLC, gives you access to Demon Hunter, a free character boost to 100, and the entire expansion as a whole, for $49.99. I like the price and I have had an ENORMOUS amount of content for the price. Servers are the same as always: usually very good unless there’s a large event going on! Raid Finder and Dungeon Finder are still here making it easy for single players, while Group Finder exists so you can seek out other players! Thankfully, the Class Halls don’t function like Garrisons from Draenor and as such; you can’t do everything yourself if you want to prepare for serious raiding. You will be encouraged to get a guild.

As a whole? I give the online a 9/10. This is exactly what an MMO Expansion should be.

So what is our final score, nasties? It’s roughly an 8/10. A very good expansion for long time WoW fans and beyond worth a purchase if you’re invested in the game.

This has been Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me, signing off!

Feminism in Gaming: Blizzard Games (with Mod Loser!)

Hey Nasties! This is Mod Loser, Jackie, whatever you want to call me. And in this FIG, I’m going to discuss Blizzard’s history with feminism in their video games. It has been a bit of a wild ride, so without any more waiting, let’s get started.

Obviously, the farther back you go, the more problematic you find the situation.  The original Diablo games locked certain classes to a gender (which made no sense), and the various other games released with more boring, white, male protagonists. And let’s not forget WoW, hmm? These games exist, and while they were good at the time, it is important to recognize why they were problematic.

However, Blizzard’s more recent games have shown a drastic shift towards a more inclusive goal, which is significant for representation. The primary contender would be Overwatch. As much as I absolutely despise the loot system in Overwatch, it is incredibly positive towards POC’s and members of the LGBTQA+ community.

The obvious example would be Tracer being in a lesbian relationship (which was confirmed), but let’s dig deeper. For example, Symmetra is a successful person of color who also has been confirmed to have autism. Further yet, she is a support character. This means that in any given match, she is beneficial. They specifically empowered Symmetra while making her an icon to gamers of color as well as gamers who have autism to encourage them to play. But who else?

Sombra is Hispanic and incredibly proud of her heritage. At first, I thought Sombra was a stereotype, but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered why it was so bad for a Hispanic woman to be proud of her culture? If anything, I’m glad Sombra was added in for that reason. Further, still, we have Mei who was the star of the Chinese New Year event. There’s Hanzo, Genji, Lucio, Pharah, Ana, Reaper,  and this list goes on. Almost half of the entire roster includes people of color, which is so very important.

You may have watched Mod Knight’s video regarding representation in gaming and why it is important (if not you can watch it here), but I’d like to reiterate. The point of seeing someone you can identify with, someone who clearly shares the same culture or background or struggles that you share, makes the player feel so much more invested. It validates us as players, it makes us feel more comfortable and we deserve these feelings.

Thanks for reading my little rant, Nasties! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you have a stellar day! Mod Loser, signing off.