MMOs, the Final Frontier: The Rise of the Sci-Fi Shooter
over the eclectic list of sci-fi MMOGs set to release in 2009,
one specific niche stands out from the rest. Upcoming games href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/806"
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all aim to bring the sci-fi shooter into the realm of persistent
worlds, each with its own unique take on the genre. For this
week’s sci-fi column, Reuben “Sardu”
Waters takes a look at these three games and what type of PvP
experience they will potentially bring to the MMOG table.
By favoring one aspect
of gameplay, specific sub-genres begin to emerge
based on which type of gamer an MMOG will most likely appeal to. These
are commonly referred to as niche games, but don’t let the
label fool you. Just because an MMOG is aimed squarely at a certain
type of player, it
doesn’t mean it won’t be an excellent gaming
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