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By Dan O'Halloran 

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

Spring has sprung and MMOs have been busy announcing, testing and releasing all kinds of new content. From revamping old content to giving players the ability to create their own, there’s plenty to see and do in the land of online games this season. Dragon lovers, space explorers and Panzer tank enthusiasts all had something to cheer about. Springtime isn't just for lovers, Hitler, and the Easter Bunny. Now it's for all of your MMORPGers as well. Bawk bawk!

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

World of Warcraft trolls for new content

The first major content patch since the launch of Cataclysm has been rolling out steadily on World of Warcraft’s public test server. The highlight is the two older zones that are coming back as heroic 5-mans: the troll-themed Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman. Both zones have been revamped from their earlier incarnations and include new loot.

Guilds are getting some love in the form of guild challenges and new tabards. If you are in a group of mostly guild members, you can run dungeons, raids and rated battlegrounds for guild experience and gold. These challenges can be run a few times a week. Guild members can also buy new tabards that will increase reputation gains for players with their guild. There will also be a new Guild Finder tool introduced to make it easier for those looking for the guild that fits their playstyle.

The in-game tool that forms dungeon groups out of random players looking for adventure is getting a few upgrades in the upcoming patch. It will try to place damage dealers in the group that use different armor types to cut down on players losing out on good loot. Also, a new Call To Arms function will let players know if a specific role is in short supply (i.e. healer or tank.) If you choose to fulfill that role, you will get rewarded in the form of gold, items and the possibility of a non-combat pet or mount.

There’s also the usual class, profession and PvP tweaks. Patch 4.1 is expected to be pushed to the live servers within the next month. 

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

DC Unverse Online gets Two-faced

DC Universe Online released its second major update since launching earlier this year on both the PC and PlayStation platforms. The Penguin and Two-Face are introduced into the world and you get caught up in their war over Gotham City’s illegal smuggling operations. A new mission arc pairs you with the infamous coin-flipper to take down Batman’s waddling arch-nemesis. Players can also take the form of either Two-Face or his alter-ego Harvey Dent in Legends PvP arenas. 

Additional content includes a new level 30 raid in the Batcave that has players battling Braniac’s horrific creations, St. Paddy’s Day fun with the trickster Mr. Mxyzptlk and a new duo mission pitting the Green Lanterns against Sinestro and the Yellow Lanterns.  

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

RIFT tears a hole in the competiton

Trion’s popular new AAA fantasy MMORPG, RIFT launched in March stronger than anyone had anticipated. MMORPG fans burnt out on World of Warcraft and hungry for something new until Star Wars: The Old Republic arrives signed up to fight the good fight on Telara in droves. Delivering polished gameplay along with a stable launch helped the title’s word of mouth grow along with its dynamic rift events and flexible class system. 

In less than a month, Trion patched in a number of small fixes and tweaks, but also surprised everyone with the release of a major content patch so soon after launch. The River of Souls patch contained a new world event, new 20-man end game raid and an in-game YouTube video recording function. The game’s popularity continues to rise as word gets out. Let’s hope they can keep the content and gameplay balancing coming through the rest of the year. 

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

Divine Souls is heaven-sent MMORPG action

Outspark’s latest free-to-play MMO, Divine Souls, launched this week bringing 3D arcade-style fighting to the online genre. Mastering combos, class skills and a variety of powerful weapons, players can explore the action-based combat of either PvE or PvP. There are, of course, achievements, gear upgrades and female avatars in school girl outfits wielding outsized hammers, but the true success for this game will be determined by how well the fast-paced action draws in fans of console arcade titles. 

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

World of Tanks takes aim at the elves and orcs in MMOs

As the name implies, World of Tanks has you elbow deep in authentically rendered armored assault vehicles facing off others in a destructible environment. Team-based play, historical battlefields and a wide array of tanks from various nations drive this free-to-play title from Russian developer Wargaming.net. Players can join clans and together conquer in-game territory in a bid for world domination with their tricked-out German, Soviet and American tanks. Launching April 12, World of Tanks looks to be a great alternative to the glut of fantasy RPGs on the market today. 

Springtime For MMOs: What Activities Are Your Favorite Games Planning?

Star Trek: Online puts the player in the Captain’s chair

Star Trek: Online has had a rocky start last year, but has continued to add content, smooth out gameplay and introduce innovative features. The latest is giving the players the tools to create their own instanced missions. Using preset or custom maps, ships and NPCs, players can recreate their favorite Star Trek episode or create an entirely original mission. Once a mission is created, other players rate it so the best of the best will rise to the top. The rest will get the red shirt treatment they deserve. 

Many other MMORPGs released updates, announced Closed Betas and introduced thinly-veiled St. Patrick’s Day events. What development has you most excited?

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