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The 7 Hottest New Games of 2017

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By jefferyDate: Nov 24 2017 Views:

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The recent years haven’t been kind to the MMO industry with small releases here and there, and the occasional big release. However, the lack of quantity doesn’t mean that there’s a dearth of quality in the few titles we’ve seen in 2017. Below are the top 7 hottest new games and expansions of 2017 that will surely satisfy your progression craving!

1. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

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Final Fantasy XIV has been hot off since its release and hasn’t been slowing down a bit. With the release of their newest expansion, Stormblood, that introduces two new amazing classes: the Samurai and the Red Mage. Stormblood also revamps the combat system with the all-new “Job Meter” that helps players keep better track of their class-specific resources and timers, making for a more fluid experience in serious raiding or casual battling. New raids, dungeons, zones, and much more are added in Stormblood, keeping this 2014 release title just as hot as when it launched. 

2. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

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An underrated gem, Elder Scrolls Online has continued its meager existence through the years since its release.  However, it has amassed a loyal following and continues to gain new players every day with continuous content releases. ESO continues this trend in 2017 with their release of its very first expansion pack, Morrowind, and their latest DLC, The Clockwork City. A return to one of the IP’s most popular regions, Morrowind, this expansion is packed with a whole new storyline replete with hundreds of quests, dozens of world bosses, new gear, items and more. Sure, it still isn’t a true Elder Scrolls game, but it’s close to one. If you haven’t tried it at all or have been left disappointed during its initial release, try it out now since it’s an MMO experience like any before.

3. Dual Universe

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If you’re one of the folks that feel like Star Citizen is but a fever dream, fret not! Dual Universe is an attempt at making the open-world, sandbox MMO a reality (at least a more plausible reality)! Taking in elements from such games as Minecraft, No Man’s Sky, and Star Citizen, Dual Universe aims to have a single-shard universe where players can alter the environment to meet their needs as they interact with one another through exploration, mining, crafting, trading, politicizing, and warfare. The alpha released to backers of the game back in September, so it’s just a matter of time until the beta comes along for the public. Will this be only another No Man’s Sky or is it the real deal? Time will tell on that, but, for now, this game is as hot as the sun.

4. Albion Online

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Not your typical MMO, Albion Online is an open-world sandbox game that’s pretty much a cross between Diablo, RuneScape, and Game of Thrones. A brutally hardcore game, Albion Online thrusts players into the world of Albion with nothing but some few bits of coin and the clothes on their back, and that’s it. It’s up to every player on how they want to make it big in the game, whether by grinding monsters for gear, trading, stealing, and murdering from other players, or grander visions of conquest through politicking. Albion, despite its cartoony aesthete, is a game made only for the hardcore.

5. MU Legend

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The sequel to Korea’s first-ever 3D MMO, MU Legend takes us back to the roots of the MMORPG with this revitalized classic. Similar to the style popularized by Diablo, this ARPG delivers the same kind of over-the-top action the original had buffed for the new generation. Flashy graphics and skills, crazy sets of gear, and tons of stuff to farm, this theme part of an MMO doesn’t hide behind any pretense of revolutionizing the industry, but revels in what it does best, which is entertaining. If you want your fun straightforward, MU Legend is the new MMO to try out.

6. ARK: Survival Evolved

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The open world sandbox genre is certainly thriving as proven by the hundreds of titles out and about these days, but ARK: Survival Evolved is a special one. Dropped into the world of ARK, surrounded by man-eating dinosaurs and hostile human players, you have to survive against the odds by crafting weaponry, taming creatures, and building bases for your defenses. It’s an amazingly well-put game that aims to deliver the same sort of experience in games like DayZ, H1Z1, or 7 Days to Die, except with dinosaurs. 

7. Life is Feudal

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Another sandbox game on the list and our last one, Life is Feudal is a medieval period-inspired MMO that takes things to the next level. While all the other sandbox games on this list are fantastic, Life Is Feudal requires a complete time commitment. It’s the sort of MMO that will consume your life. It isn’t for the faint of heart, and it certainly isn’t for those that are simply looking for a passing fancy. With a crazily complex building system, you can do almost everything in Life is Feudal like creating structures, building houses, crafting siege weaponry, and much more. On a server filled with dedicated players, you can build kingdoms and burn them to the ground, play the game of politics as you seize control of other players’ power. In summary, think of EVE but in the Dark Ages.

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