Posted Wed, Oct 30, 2013 by Sardu
Of all the games currently residing in the MMO Graveyard, Shadowbane is one of the only titles I wish someone would come along and weave their necromantic magics on. I figure if Hollywood can go through cycles of churning out countless remakes of former box office hits, then its only a matter of time before the MMO industry follows suit. Here's to hoping that Shadowbane is on the shortlist of candidates.
Had MXO offered more than a half-baked reskin of City of Heroes the game might have stood a chance. It also didn't help that fans had somewhat moved on from the franchise by that point, the magic of the original Matrix film diluted into a never-ending stream of techno dance party fight sequences in the sequels.
Still, MXO did have a number of cool things going on that are worthy of note. For example, I always enjoyed the combat system, one of the first in the genre that began to truly attempt to move away from static hotbar mashing and into proper combo systems. It was also one of the last titles to offer proper GM events in-game; something I hope developers eventually return to if they ever hope to foster real community and socially-driven gameplay in future releases.