The Best Of MMO World, 2013

The Best Of MMO World, 2013

MMO is a small genre in the gaming world, but we say it's a promising genre. Good MMOs are still strong and next genration MMOs are waiting for their chance. Online games grow rapidly, thanks to the evolution of mobile devices and the annoucement of new consoles. 2013 should be remembered, not just because of next-gen, but also because of the joy and great job we had.
To celebrate what we have achieved, and to remember what we have fought for, we present you 2P's Best of 2013. Hope you enjoy it!
2P staff team
Let's begin
shall we?

Industry Overview

2013 has ended. It is time to review the whole year. Here we picked up and pointed out some data about 2P’s main concerns -
PC MMO Games market and MOBILE Games market.

The data refer to Newzoo's reports.
Newzoo released the first edition of its annual Global
Games Market Report, including the latest global figures
for 2013 and its view on global growth towards 2016
sliced in multiple ways to ensure the data is actionable.

MMO for PC&Console
Report 2013 >

BIG EXPOS

If there's one word that can be used to sum up the video game expos of 2013, it would be "amazement". 2013 is all about next-gen gaming and 2013's game expos get never-before-seen attention because of next-gen gaming. Most expos in 2013 see the biggest attendee number in the history.
PAX East is the prologue of the amazement, and E3 is the climax. ChinaJoy is sexy as usual while Gamescom is full of next-gen battles. BlizzCon comes back with tons of new stuff and G-Star is a good conclusion to the whole year. Explore the next few pages to walk through these expos again.

E3 2013

This year, E3 brought us to the epicenter of the video game industry. Cool titles for PS3 and Xbox360 pushed out as we jumped for joy over the coming of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
E3 2013
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Gamescom 2013

Gamescom 2013 drew over 340,000 attendees from 88 countries. That’s a 23% increase in attendance on last year. Consumers were able to try out two new upcoming game consoles for the first time worldwide at Gamescom 2013.
Gamescom 2013
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ChinaJoy 2013

At ChinaJoy, the biggest game exhibition in China, showgirls always become one of the hottest topics in the past. However, this year’s ChinaJoy focused more on hands-on opportunities and mobile games.
ChinaJoy 2013
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TGS 2013

With the rapid development of mobile games, the popularity of console games was likely to decline. The poor business performance of Microsoft and Sony also seemed to have proved that. However, console games regained the popularity among gamers with the release of PS4 and Xbox One...
TGS 2013
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BlizzCon 2013

This is the 7th carnival that Blizzard held for their fans. Players from all around the world came to California to celebrate their favorite games together. There are presentations, panels, matches, cosplay, etc. Exciting news was leaked out including WoW movie information, the fifth expansion of WoW, new monsters in Diablo 3, new contents of Diablo 3 PS4 version, Heroes of the Storm, the mobile version of Hearthstone etc. Let’s check them out.
BlizzCon 2013
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G-Star 2013

Some big game companies like NCsoft, WeMade and NHN didn’t attend this year’s G-Star as they didn’t have any new projects for this exhibition. Korean government’s labeling online game as an addiction could be another reason. It was a pity that no new Korean client-based titles were announced at G-Star this year.
At G-Star, we play game together and dream forever.
G-Star 2013
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G-1 Champions League

Starting in 2011, G1 has become the largest Dota 2 tournament in China. G1 2013 welcomed foreign teams Alliance and Team Liquid for the first time.
This event will be remembered by fans as Alliance triumphed on the Chinese soil, and thus became the first non-Chinese team to crown this tournament. With a reward of ¥400,000, roughly $66,000, the fifth season was one of the biggest Dota 2 events ever hosted.
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Hearthstone Championship

2P is very glad to join hands with 17173, the biggest gaming media in China, to host the first ever cross-region Hearthstone tournament.
Top 4 players from NA and CN qualifiers formed a team, competing for about $3200 on December 7th. Casted by Trump and Kripp, the grand final lasted for about 6 hours and was really breathtaking as two teams fought to the last minute (7 BO3 games)!
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Top 10 News on 2P.com, 2013

4 Films Based on Video Games Hitting Cinemas in 2014
As video games often have settings, characters, and plots, they have often become the basis for Hollywood movies. However, a lot of film adaptations of video games have been rated unfavorably and the adaptations often fail at the box office too even when they already have a large number of video game fans waiting out there. Now that 2013 is almost coming to an end, let's give a look ahead at the four upcoming film adaptations of video games that will hit cinemas in 2014 and record the release dates if necessary.
How to Earn Gold Quickly in Hearthstone
There’s been a lot of discussion on how to make enough gold to buy packs in Hearthstone. The ways to earn gold are various, such as entering the arena, fulfilling the quests. However, the most important way to earn gold quickly is quests and dailies. The achievement system is much more like quests in World of Warcraft. There are both repeatable and non-repeatable quests in Hearthstone, and each kind of quest comes with its own reward.
Hottest Dota 2 Cosplay in G-Star 2013 by Spiral Cats
The Korean game Expo known as G-Star 2013 formally started on November 14 in Busan. Dota 2, published by Nexon in Korea and entered open beta officially on October 25, 2013, is one the hottest games in G-Star 2013. Today we present you the fiery Dota 2 cosplay by Spiral Cats Team in Nexon booth. Thanks leeys2714 for the awesome pictures. You can see more interesting news in his Blog.
Someone Made A WoW RTS Based On StarCraft 2
A Chinese player StevenLuo made a World of Warcraft RTS: Alliance and Horde based on StarCraft 2. And he posted it on the biggest Chinese WoW forum 艾泽拉斯国家地理.
[A]dmiralBulldog: "it [Meeting Dendi] was by Pure Chance"
The Dota 2 scene is packed with countless of young and talented players, but unfortunately, only a few of them have the chance to play professionally and make it a career. This is the case of Alliance’s Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg who was unknown by the community a little more than one year ago. However, today, he is one of the most successful players in the world, and one of the five players who can claim having won the biggest event ever hosted in the eSports history, The International.
ArenaNet Took On Kongzhong In Guild Wars 2 PvP Match
Today at ChinaJoy 2013, the biggest gaming and digital entertainment expo in China, a Great War took place - one side was staff from Kongzhong Corporation, the publisher of Guild Wars 2 in China and the other side was ArenaNet, developer of Guild Wars 2.
BlizzCon 2013: Heroes of the Storm Heroes and Skins
In Heroes of the Storm, each hero offers different strengths and weaknesses depending on their role. Warriors such as Diablo can dive right into a melee, soaking up damage and dealing it back. Assassins like Kerrigan deal tremendous damage and can pick off unsuspecting enemies, but must choose their battles carefully, as they can dish more than they can take. Support heroes like Uther can swing the tide of battle, assisting with healing, buffs, or other abilities to manipulate the battle in the favor of allies. Other types include the siege and commander heroes, which are more specialized roles that bring different strengths as you build a team.
Cosplay Corner at PAX East 2013
Though PAX East is not a large-scale cosplay convention as Comic-Con, to our surprise, there are many outstanding cosplays appearing at this year's PAX East. These cosplayers, most of them are gamers, they attend PAX cosplaying as their favourite game characters ranging from Assassin's Creed to Mass Effect to celebrate this festival which is prepared for fans of games. Here I'll show you some photos of cosplay captured by 2P's journalist, have fun!
What Elements Featured in Final Fantasy Series can be Found in FFXIV: ARR
The "Lightning Strikes Twice in Eorzea" event has ended, I actually had fun, and this reminded me of what Naoki Yoshida, the director of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn(FFXIV: ARR) said, "If our players would like to see that, we can try to add special features from the other games in Final Fantasy series."
Ghostcrawler: World Of Warcraft Will Return To Azeroth
Today we are lucky to have the opportunity to interview Greg Street, also known as Ghostcrawler, the Chief System Designer of World of Warcraft. He confirmed to us that the story of WoW will come back to Azeroth.
2013
BEST OF MMO GAMES
2013 is an extraordinary year for the video game market because of the launch of Xbox One and PS4. Thanks to the release of next-gen consoles and the announcements of next-gen games like The Division, The Crew, Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade, etc., the MMO genre has a good year.
We don't really get our hands on next-gen MMO in 2013, but we do have MMOs that are already playable on PS4, so 2013 is probably the last year that current-gen MMOs can take all rewards home. We won't ignore mobile games, on the other hand, which is expected to reach 51 billion this year.

MMO of the year

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV was a huge project and Square Enix failed to deliver the quality in the original version. They spent nearly 2 years redeveloping the game which was then named A Realm Reborn. Although the game has a PC version and a console version, Square actually optimized the game for the 2 different platforms separately.
Review   

Best Role-playing MMO

Path Of Exile

Path of Exile is a game uses the basic settings that many Diablo followers have used, and a game developed by a team with two or three million dollars' budget (The Old Republic was reportedly cost several hundred millions to make). This game is definitely not a blockbuster, but it's fun, though not perfect.
Review   

Best free-to-play MMO

Age of Wushu

If you are a fan of Chinese culture and MMO that offer lots of freedom, you won’t regret a second for checking this game out. Players will master a variety of martial skills as they delve into a unique storyline that takes them all over China. The game features freestyle combat and strips away traditional MMO staples like levels and fixed class roles.
Review   

Best casual MMO

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

At PAX East 2013, Blizzard surprised people with the announcement of this digital, free-to-play, collectible card game based in the Warcraft universe. Whether you’ve played this game or not, read on and see why it’s chosen as 2P’s Best Casual MMO in 2013.
Review   

Best competition

Dota 2

2013 is an important year of Dota 2. We all witness the development of Dota 2. Valve also does their best to make the game better and better, but Dota 2 has long way to go. New heroes, player stats and regularization of the market will be the most concerned problems in 2014.
Review   

Best shooter MMO

Defiance

I recently gave my first impressions on the new third person, shooter MMO called Defiance. Since all of that information remains true, I would recommend you go read that first before carrying on. Done? Good, now I will regal you with stories from the tattered landscape of the San Francisco Bay area.
Review   

Best mobile game

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Rockstar's GTA 5 has become one of the biggest hits in this year's video game market. At the end of 2013, Rockstar dropped another boom in the mobile game market, expecting to expand their territory. The mobile version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a revival of the 2004 action game for PC and console, and it still provides a lot of fun, although its graphics is a little bit outdated.
Review   

Best graphics

Final Fantasy XIV

Graphics is one of the most outstanding parts in the game. Square Enix enhanced the visual effect for A Realm Reborn and spent a lot of time optimizing the engine, thus, the game got a better graphics but the system requirement remained unchanged.
Review   
2014
Top 10 Anticipated MMO Games
You may have had your 2014 MMO list already, and we have ours. Check out our list and see if we share some common interests.
Have no clues on what to play in 2014? No worries. This list may help you make your play-list of 2014.



Anticipated
MMO LIST

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