@nbrianna/blog: Elite: Dangerous. I realize it doesn't technically launch until next week, but that alone is going to keep it from being up for consideration for many industry awards that come out this time of year. That seems to be the story of Elite's life: It's always been in That Other Crowdfunded Space Game's shadow. And yet the normally exceedingly picky writer we sent to scout out the game came back gibbering excitedly about playing Han Solo. Unlike the other eligible games, Elite actually seems to be exactly what it is on the tin without having hyped itself along the way.
@Eliot_Lefebvre/blog: If anything, this year's launches were overrated. Firefall, I guess? It did only technically "launch" this year.
@jefreahard: Elite: Dangerous. Part of me wants to quibble over whether Elite can really be called an MMO at this point because the multiplayer aspects are both murky and fluid. Assuming that gets worked out and a virtual world results, I think ED could surprise some people both with its fun factor and its staying power. It's probably too time-consuming for mass appeal, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to be talking about it 10 years from now in much the same way that we talk about EVE today.
@Sypster/blog: WildStar. "Underrated? How about over-hyped, Justin!" I hear some of you saying. Can't it be both? When things started to go sour for Carbine and WildStar, it became easy and convenient to forget that the game itself is pretty terrific. The world-building, art style, housing (oh, the housing), and humor entertained me endlessly this year. Even as the pundits knock it around for being the disappointment of the month, my guildies and I will be happily playing it because at the end of the day, it's a high-spirited MMO with a compelling narrative.
@MJ_Guthrie/blog: I have to say ArcheAge. So many people continue to dismiss the game as just a PvP fest, overlooking all the many other features that you can enjoy without ever engaging in player combat. The fact that you can play the game very fully without being subjected to PvP is just a concept many can't seem to grasp, and because of it, many wouldn't even give the game a chance.
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