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Great Games Under the Radar

Some new PC and MMO titles were overlooked in the recent E3 frenzy; here are a few gems to watch for.

Magic: The Gathering - Tactics

While plenty of gamers are well-versed in the world of Magic: The Gathering, those decks can be mighty intimidating to newcomers. Thankfully, the upcoming PC and PS3 game Magic: The Gathering - Tactics, is much more than just tossing cards on a table, wrapping the card-game structure in a much more accommodating tactical RPG package. Magic neophyte and GamePro Features Editor Patrick Shaw came away impressed, which bodes well for other players unfamiliar with the card game.

READ THE E3 MAGIC: THE GATHERING - TACTICS PREVIEW HERE

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Marvel Super Hero Squad Online

While many MMO gamer eyes may be transfixed on DC Universe Online, Marvel Super Hero Squad Online has a very good chance at commanding its own large fanbase in short order. Much like last year's Marvel Super Hero Squad, this MMO spin-off is skewing a little younger, which few MMOs aim to do. The ability to actually play as popular Marvel comic book characters is another huge boon, as DCUO runs the risk of alienating players who don't want to play the role of Superman's little buddy. Previewer Kyle Horner came to the conclusion that if Gazillion can manage to work out a free model for SHSO, it could be a dark horse MMO hit in 2011.
READ THE E3 MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD ONLINE PREVIEW HERE

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End of Nations

Taking a cursory glance at the screen shots for End of Nations and you might just think it's a garden-variety tactical real-time strategy game. News Editor AJ Glasser has been keeping an eye on End of Nations for a while now and has dug up even more information that should put this game on many RTS fans' radars. If you're not wowed by the ability to take part in 51-player battles with each opponent setting forth with their own army, End of Nations might appeal to your puzzle-solving side with its co-operative combat missions that stress planning over brute force. Finally, End of Nations promises to include strong social networking elements to keep in touch with the dozens of players you're bound to form ties with during your massive battles. If that's enough to interest our office's resident Frontierville addict, then it should have no trouble ensnaring more combat-friendly fans.
READ THE E3 END OF NATIONS PREVIEW HERE

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Jumpgate Evolution

Spacefaring MMOs don't get the same love as the more traditional RPGs based in fantasy realms. Even internet darling Star Wars: The Old Republic had an uncharacteristically apathetic reaction from the crowd at EA's E3 press conference when BioWare's Dr. Greg Zeschuk announced that all players would get a free starship. Thankfully, Jumpgate Evolution harbors no delusions about splitting time between the furthest reaches of space and the ground floor of the forest. By focusing on space combat and a war between three giant factions, Codemasters and Netdevil may have found a pretty lucrative niche of the MMO market to claim for themselves. The game's previewer, Kyle Horner, enjoyed what he saw and may soon strap on his space helmet... how about you?
READ THE E3 JUMPGATE EVOLUTION PREVIEW HERE

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Lego Universe

John Davison got a good look at LEGO Universe at E3 and came away very impressed. This isn't World of Warcraft meets LEGO Star Wars -- not in the slightest. The real creative thrust of LEGO Universe is the ability to build. While playing through the game's quest you're tasked with building items, but outside of the story, you can use bricks you've found in the game's world to make giant LEGO creations of your own. Said creations can then be programmed with simple AI behaviors, allowing players to flex creative and game development muscles at the same time. How many other MMOs offer those unique opportunities?
READ THE E3 LEGO UNIVERSE PREVIEW HERE

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TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea

It only takes MMO newbies a few seconds to develop a distaste for the genre. The time between a command and the game's execution can be aggrivating for new players, which is why TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea shows such promise. Kyle Horner got to engage in some of TERA's real-time combat and was impressed by its execution. He's holding off a final thumbs-up until he can learn more about the game's quest structure, but is eager to learn more about TERA in the coming weeks and months.
READ THE E3 TERA: THE EXILED REALM OF ARBOREA PREVIEW HERE

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Vindictus

Korean game publisher Nexon is making a strong push to reach U.S. MMO gamers in 2010, and Vindictus is the company's most western-skewing game yet. The game has a darker and more mature tone than most MMOs to cater to the hardcore crowd, while the real-time combat should entice newcomers. News Editor AJ Glasser doesn't try her hand at many MMOs, but this one actually managed to impress her enough to consider upgrading her PC.
READ THE E3 VINDICTUS PREVIEW HERE

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Rift: Planes of Telara

One common complaint lodged against MMOs is the lack of impact players have upon the world. With thousands of players doing the same thing simultaneously, it's an impossibility for most games in the genre to show how your actions are having an effect on the grand scheme of things. Rift: Planes of Telara promises to include events that alter the game's world in real-time, and Kyle Horner was lucky enough to observe one that he found pretty impressive. Besides the game's titular rifts, Planes of Telara is sticking pretty close to traditional MMO mores. Sometimes, however, it only takes one big idea to become a classic.
READ THE E3 RIFT: PLANES OF TELARA PREVIEW HERE

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