Age of Wulin screenshots show a Wuxia wonderland

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I'm as much of a fan of improbably pretty martial arts movies as anyone yet for some reason, while games based on the ancient art of kicking someone in the face are common, those that share the fantastic setting of Chinese Wuxia movies are not.

Enter Age of Wulin, which is doing its best to plug a Jade Empire shaped hole in my heart. The free to play MMO is clearly inspired by the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers, and wears it's preposterous martial artistry on its sleeve.

Dragonica celebrates third birthday with new PvP maps

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To celebrate the third birthday of free to play action MMO Dragonica, gPotato have opened a new series of PvP maps as well as a special community area. "We haven't forgotten our promise to continuously improve the game," reads the official blog post "so this update will also include 40 bugs that have now been fixed and 5 updated quests."

The new community area allows up to 30 players to fight a new boss to earn special items. There's also a capture-the-bear mode where players have to return a cuddly ursine flag to their spawnpoint. Domination mode, meanwhile, offers more traditional control-point capture PvP.

See below for screenshots of the update.

Age of Wulin trailer knows kung fu, walks on water, defies physics

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This trailer for upcoming free to play MMO Age of Wulin is clearly inspired by films like Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It shows off a lot of fast paced martial arts action and graceful movement, including leaping up walls and running deftly across across water, culminating in two characters fighting while standing on the surface of a lake.

Graham was impressed by Age of Wulin when we saw it at Gamescom last month, and it looks like it has some interesting ideas, one of the most unusual being that your character becomes an NPC when you are logged out, helping populate towns with offline players.

Age of Wulin is will be released next year.

Allods Online update lessens the cost of death

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Free to play fantasy MMO Allods Online has had a chequered past when it comes to its take on microtransactions, implementing systems that encourage players to pay for items to overcome death punishments. The most recent update has taken significant steps towards resolving some of the problems that many Allods players have been struggling with.