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ATLAS

From the sister studio of Wildcard, makers of ARK: Survival Evolved...
ATLAS: The ultimate survival MMO of unprecedented scale with 40,000+ simultaneous players in the same world. Join an endless adventure of piracy & sailing, exploration & combat, roleplaying & progression, settlement & civilization-building, in one of the largest game worlds ever! Explore, Build, Conquer!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/834910/ATLAS/
Early access, Thursday, December 13th  (Update:  delayed release to December 19th)
 

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Kenshi 1.0 Released

It is generally a rarity that finds a single player game a feature of CotP articles, however, over recent months this game has entered my personal top five games of all-time and has passed my hourly steam totals for Mount & Blade, Fallout 4 and Skyrim in the process.  What the....yeah, I know.
So many titles over the years have claimed that it allows its players to "win" the game "their way" in an "open sandbox" environment.  Well, we cannot get the time back that we spent realizing that those developers were still significantly limited in the scope of what any individual's personal definition of in-game "freedom" actually means.  For me, M&B and SWG came close.  Unfortunately, both those games (or their EMU reboot) are either approaching or have surpassed the ten year mark of their seemingly eternal impending latest release. Enter Kenshi.
Freedom is a fun word in Kenshi...yes, you have the freedom to stay solo, group up with a squad, make a vegetable farm, join a faction, enslave a faction, slay the champion, be the richest hermit, recruit an army of robots or build the great city....blah blah, boring.  Now, the freedom to fail in the most unique form possible...that is the true gem in this game.  I will give you just the one example:
My squad is epic, I will tame the badlands and establish a civilized trading outpost...plan = awesome.  Headed for the abandoned fishing outpost.  Acid rain, not fun...put up tent, survived.  Reached fishing village, it is not a fishing village.  Really freaky "skin" people pour out of all the village buildings.  We put up a good fight but were overwhelmed.  One by one, my squad members were....stolen.  Knocked out, picked up and taken to some of the village huts.  What is going on here?  Then the screams.  Agonizing screams from my captured squad members.  No idea.  I am the last one to go down.  KO'd, picked up, taken to a nearby hut....
I died from blood loss.....after I was put into a grinder that peeled my skin off.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/233860/Kenshi/
 
WHAT IS KENSHI?
Kenshi is a single player sandbox PC game set in a vast and atmospheric ‘Sword-Punk’ style open world. With a mix of RPG elements, squad-based control and city-building features, gameplay is completely free-roaming and open: enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever you want.
Set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a grueling struggle… You are not the chosen one. You’re not great and powerful. You don’t have more ‘hitpoints’ than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
Character Customization 
Edit your characters, build up their strengths and watch them endure and grow. Train Your Skills in Robotics, Thievery, Engineering, Medicine, Weapon Smithing and more!
Squad-Based Control
Play with one character or control a whole team; an army, even. Combat is Real-Time Strategy style with a choice of ranged and melee fighting styles
Build Your Base
Create and run your own city, manage an empire or simply wander the lands as a lone drifter. Research upgrades such as industry tech, weaponry crafting and trade goods
Wounds Affect Gameplay
Complex medical system where injured characters limp, crawl, bleed to death or pass out from starvation. Stem blood loss to avoid predators and replace lost limbs with robotic prosthetics
Open-ended Gameplay
An original sandbox world. Lay siege as a warlord or make your riches as a trader… There are endless game style possibilities and the world will never stop moving
Train hard
There is no level-scaling, the world does not level up along with you. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you and you’ll have to use your cunning to survive
Survive
Escape capture from deadly slavers & cannibal prisons, rescue your squad mates from grisly death and get them all home alive
Start A Faction
Keep to yourself, form an alliance or oppose other factions and territories of the world… good or bad
 
https://lofigames.com/road-map/
 


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Drayvn ARK cluster updated with Extinction

The ARK: Extinction map has been added to Drayvn's Server Cluster.
The Goal:
Link multiple maps on one server so that players can truly enjoy everything the game offers. You can live on the Island and still explore the dungeons on Extinction while using the dragon you got from scorched and the spelunking tools you got from Aberration.
Note: This is a private server cluster created by Drayvn and is open to COTP members who are able to conduct themselves in a mature manner.  
Note II:  These servers are not modded in order to provide some difficulty to those who can handle it.
Maps currently in cluster:
The Island Scorched Earth Aberration Extinction Server Names:
Pheah Islands Pheah Scorched Pheah Aberration Pheah Extinction Forum Group Link: 
 
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Fallout 76 is Live

Fallout 76 is live right now. It wasn’t supposed to go live until midnight last night but it’s arrived early so a few of us started our journey through Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic MMORPG yesterday.
So far, it is playing more like a Fallout 4 co-op with a new ((much larger) map than the pvp mayhem some were expecting.
I did run into a few brave souls who wanted to tangle early on, but not much came of it as there are protocols that keep open pvp from being too deadly until after you reach level 5.
I crashed twice in 10 hours, and my 4 yr old system held up nicely on ultra graphics (I7 - RX 480 - 32GB Ram).
The base building is unique and interesting.  Pieces snap much more smoothly than I remember in FO4.  If you find a unique plan (blueprint) like a crafting station or furniture, you can help your team out by building it for them on their camp (base) and they'll get to keep it, even if they move their base around.
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L system has been revamped with cards you can use to customize your characters perks and abilities, e.g. Guild Wars.  I didn't see it as a minus or plus, just something new to figure out and maximize for the way I play the game.
The difficulty was typical of Fallout games, where it can be a challenge for moderate gamers and daunting for casual gamers new to the Fallout franchise.
Good times are always best shared, and this game is no exception....running around with a team is much more enjoyable, however the game does not diminish whatsoever when it comes to making progress solo.
So far, it has my endorsement.
Join us in discord https://discord.gg/ar8NGD or on the forums
 

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By Elric

New Ark Expansion!

If you haven't already seen it, the new Ark expansion was released yesterday.  The new expansion, "Extinction", takes the players back to Earth to find a ravaged homeworld with all sorts of new creatures and challenges.  It seems like they've taken some popular mod content and created some massive "Titans" that function as world bosses throughout the new map. 
The new launch trailer: 
 
COTP does not have an "official" server right now.  Currently Cecil and I run a private server for any COTP members that want to join.  Hit me up via PM if you would like to give it a try!  We are working with our hosting company to get the new expansion server up today.
Here is the official content notes from the Steam page:
 
 
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Thoughts and Status of This Community about Skyforge

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I was wondering if anyone still plays that game. Seems most people moved to Black Desert.

The game, at least on trailers and cinematics, gives bold claims about itself. I wonder how the ingame trully feels. Some questions comes up to my mind like: Does your character have a special story? Is there different choices you can make regarding the plot? Can we become villans? I saw the word Pantheons, and since Pantheons always have good and evil gods, was wondering if this will open a possibility to play as evil gods. 

 

I'm not expecting a wonderful and deep plot, but at least something that goes SWTOR standards. The enviroment, landscapes and all, seems to be really good looking, at least from the vids i saw.

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Hello,

 

I can't speak for the guild at large, but those that were playing Skyforge, for the most part, still are. I definitely understand why it'd look as though we've given up on this game, although: The few of us that still play it communicate about the game in a private message thread or on Mumble. There's about seven of us from CotP still playing, although due to guild functionality with this game, and our guild's charter on play as you wish, we weren't able to keep a successful and active chapter on our own, so we've joined other Pantheons that have the same sort of playstyles we're interested in. Wasn't an easy decision, but there are a lot of guild limitations in this, so, yeah.

 

The game itself is gorgeous, and the combat is great as well. We all share the same story although, and we have no freedom in directing the outcome or direction of the story. @Vegihan says the story is good, I've admittedly not paid attention to it since first month of game's release, preferring to do other activities.

 

We cannot become villains. The premise of the story is that we die, come back as an Immortal to fight against evils and such, and it takes us on a journey to godhood, and later, Elder Godhood. Despite that, there is still incredible flexibility in terms of how you play your character. You have a bunch of classes to choose from (once you unlock more, that is), and once you obtain the Divine Atlas, you're able to further individualize your character by choosing what sort of God you wish to be. 

 

The environment is indeed beautiful, one of my favorites in any MMO.

 

Really, if you are interested in this game, I'd give it a try. There is so much to do, perhaps to the point where it may seem overwhelming what all you have to / need to do in order to reach certain points. While it is all fun and enjoyable, I feel as though I should caution you that if you do not like grinds, then this game may not be for you. It is fun to play casually, but depending on your playstyle, there's definitely going to be some grinding. How much is up to you.

 

If you wanna be added to our message thread, just let me know.

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Hello,

 

I can't speak for the guild at large, but those that were playing Skyforge, for the most part, still are. I definitely understand why it'd look as though we've given up on this game, although: The few of us that still play it communicate about the game in a private message thread or on Mumble. There's about seven of us from CotP still playing, although due to guild functionality with this game, and our guild's charter on play as you wish, we weren't able to keep a successful and active chapter on our own, so we've joined other Pantheons that have the same sort of playstyles we're interested in. Wasn't an easy decision, but there are a lot of guild limitations in this, so, yeah.

 

The game itself is gorgeous, and the combat is great as well. We all share the same story although, and we have no freedom in directing the outcome or direction of the story. @Vegihan says the story is good, I've admittedly not paid attention to it since first month of game's release, preferring to do other activities.

 

We cannot become villains. The premise of the story is that we die, come back as an Immortal to fight against evils and such, and it takes us on a journey to godhood, and later, Elder Godhood. Despite that, there is still incredible flexibility in terms of how you play your character. You have a bunch of classes to choose from (once you unlock more, that is), and once you obtain the Divine Atlas, you're able to further individualize your character by choosing what sort of God you wish to be. 

 

The environment is indeed beautiful, one of my favorites in any MMO.

 

Really, if you are interested in this game, I'd give it a try. There is so much to do, perhaps to the point where it may seem overwhelming what all you have to / need to do in order to reach certain points. While it is all fun and enjoyable, I feel as though I should caution you that if you do not like grinds, then this game may not be for you. It is fun to play casually, but depending on your playstyle, there's definitely going to be some grinding. How much is up to you.

 

If you wanna be added to our message thread, just let me know.

 

Nice, i think i will download and try it. Do you know if they plan to add more Godmode look? there seems to be only 3 of it: a tech look, a roman/greek look and a savage/rage look. Also, you said this game is grindy, but can you solo content or gonna need a party to do stuff?

About the plot -single player story, do we get things like followers, temples, a haven/paradise realm where you and your faithful can live?

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There should be more for the Godmode looks -- I think you're basing your opinion off of the Divine Pack. I'll be purchasing it later today as a belated birthday gift so long as I finish my homework early -- heh -- and I can give a better answer then.

 

Almost everything can be done Solo. Group content is optional. If you get into the God of Travels, then I believe it gives a further boost to solo gameplay, letting you more easily complete your adventures on your own without the aid of a group. Such content for that includes: Squad missions, Invasions, and Anomalies. There are some modes where you'll need a group, of course, such as dungeons, Distortions, Raids, and Avatar Operations. 

 

We do get followers in the forms of Adepts, but no, we do not get any sort of player housing. That may change in the future. Despite how much is in the game right now, it is still in beta. It'd be nice to have a player housing but I don't think the game would include it any time soon, have no idea how we'd decorate it. 

 

Although I should note, we will be getting a sort of companion to follow us on our adventures soon.

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There should be more for the Godmode looks -- I think you're basing your opinion off of the Divine Pack. I'll be purchasing it later today as a belated birthday gift so long as I finish my homework early -- heh -- and I can give a better answer then.

 

Almost everything can be done Solo. Group content is optional. If you get into the God of Travels, then I believe it gives a further boost to solo gameplay, letting you more easily complete your adventures on your own without the aid of a group. Such content for that includes: Squad missions, Invasions, and Anomalies. There are some modes where you'll need a group, of course, such as dungeons, Distortions, Raids, and Avatar Operations. 

 

We do get followers in the forms of Adepts, but no, we do not get any sort of player housing. That may change in the future. Despite how much is in the game right now, it is still in beta. It'd be nice to have a player housing but I don't think the game would include it any time soon, have no idea how we'd decorate it. 

 

Although I should note, we will be getting a sort of companion to follow us on our adventures soon.

 

Cool, i did download and play it. So far i'm liking it. I'm around 10k prestige and feels like i just reached 5% of the game. I certainly hope they add more content to the game, things like player housing(temple/haven or paradise) and Godmode looks that matches more with the many classes, would certainly make this game more interesting. Many MMOs do stuff like this, that means it works for them and for us, as they probably will benefit from microtransactions in it.

 

About the companion news, thats something cool. That might eliminate the need to keep waiting for someone to help you kill a Boss in area maps. I just send a tank comp while i wear it down from afar, lol. Or it just might be some kind of cute pets, following us around and saying funny things,as asian MMOs usually goes(which is not bad).

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Resurrecting this thread from years ago... I recently got an email about an update coming to Skyforge.  Honestly I didn't know this game was even still "live".  I'm downloading it again just to see if 2yrs has improved this game in any way. 

Has anyone else played it in the last year or so?

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10 hours ago, Elric said:

Resurrecting this thread from years ago... I recently got an email about an update coming to Skyforge.  Honestly I didn't know this game was even still "live".  I'm downloading it again just to see if 2yrs has improved this game in any way. 

Has anyone else played it in the last year or so?

Yes. It is terrible. The game is almost completely different in terms of progression and leveling up mechanics. What is still the same is the pay to win/progress. 

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I played it for a bit, but it seemed a lot like how I remembered it.  Flashy graphics, decent combat, but everything felt very very generic.  Then I got to the part where you chose a class, and I wondered why some classes were not available... I looked it up online, and that was like opening Pandora's box.  So much hate and disappointment from their community.  It sounds like they used to have F2P paths to unlock all the classes, but then they put them behind a pay wall so you had to spend $$$ to get them.  I get that companies need money to keep developing games, but the whole "greedy devs" issue seems to be a common theme nowadays.  Too bad.

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Yeah, so, beforehand you had to earn them via progression through the Ascension Atlas, or buy a collector’s edition (of which there were so many) to unlock them ‘early’. It is kind of similar now, but if you are just starting out or getting back in then you are years behind others and have to pay to progress in order to catch up and be competitive with others. 

I had been so excited for this game, it had such great potential and it was all ruined as a cash grab. Rip. 

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