MMOs are old hat at this point. I don't want to say they're boring, because then what are we all doing here? There's a certain sameness, though, and we know exactly what to expect, when and where to expect it, and in most cases we're firmly entrenched in a particular gameplay comfort zone.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I sat down to play Age of Wushu last week and found something utterly unlike most of the genre in every way that matters. It's difficult to compare the sprawling martial arts saga to other titles, but if you're looking for AoW's closest MMO relative, it would have to be EVE Online.
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If you take EVE and replace its cold steel spaceships with impossibly nimble martial artists or swap out its vast nebulae for vast lakes and willowy bamboo forests, you've got Snail Games' new Ming Dynasty MMO. The game drips with the historical fantasy atmosphere established in Wuxia flicks like Hero, House of Flying Daggers, and of course, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Real-world martial arts sects like the Shaolin and Wudang are present and accounted for, and the game's eight factions offer a dizzying array of skill-based gameplay choices, most of which involve PvP of one sort or another.