MMO Week in Review: The era of the MMOFPS

MMO Week in Review - PlanetSide 2
At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

Some games boost their level-grinds for launch, but PlanetSide 2 did the opposite this week. Massively celebrated SOE's MMOFPS sequel with a launch roundup and a quirky impressions piece, while the studio itself released the requisite explosion-packed launch trailer.

More of Massively's top MMO stories from this past week are tucked behind the break.

Guild Wars 2
Massively's Guild Wars 2's Lost Shores recap
Guild Wars 2 wants your feedback on the Lost Shores event
What I learned from the Guild Wars 2 free weekend
ArenaNet on future content updates and learning from Lost Shores

Advantages and disadvantages of SWTOR's free-to-play
SWTOR releases trailer for free-to-play launch
A second opinion on Star Wars: The Old Republic F2P
SWTOR begins testing Update 1.6

Other Stories
Parting the mists: World of Warcraft turns eight
Star Citizen finishes gaming's biggest crowd-funding drive ever
Rise and Shiny: Salem
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn video tours revamped Gridania
Why the closing of Glitch matters
The cost of closing City of Heroes
ArcheAge trailer offers a look at locales, mounts, and more
Final Fantasy XIV shuns F2P to 'regain the trust of our players'
The Perfect Ten: Holiday shopping for the MMO gamer
Square to consider player feedback on same-sex marriage for Final Fantasy XIV
RaiderZ launch day roundup
Learn about the races and cultures of Defiance
World of Warcraft invites you to celebrate its 8th birthday in style

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Vanilla WoW servers and the death of WoW
Ten tips for successful guild events
The origins of the Pandaren
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