R.O.S.E


FEATURE Tried ROSE for a few days, won't be back. The game has great potential but more time on game interface and less on graphics would have been a major advancement.



The characters' equipment is kind of cool in a younge teenage way. You can make your character 'pretty pimp' with some effort. The monsters and all around feel made me think of renaming the game to "Candyland", very immature. As an adult I felt over ran with 'kiddies'. I have a horrible graphics card but I was able to play and was happy with the graphics for items, equipment etc...visually the game is easy to read.



Lots of items, weapons, armor...you get the idea...



I must stress I personally hated the camera view, you must constantly adjust when you move. I think I spent more time adjusting to see what was in front of me then having fun.



I also hated that Gm's seemed to be non-exsistant. Offensive names were easy to find as well as language.



The servers are consistantly 'extended' and lag was a major factor in busy areas.



The game interface was far more complicated then it needed to be. As for a game manual....Even if some explanations were vague because of translation...it was still a joke.




Bottomline: To say this game is only in testing stage is an understatment. This game brings a new meaning to 'user UNfriendly' and with the immature feel and the average gamer age of 14...it's hellish for those over age 18. At 29, it was pure terror.

Ferion- a space strategy game


FEATURE Imagine a space game where you can compete with players from around the world, and conquer the hell out of them. Now you, like many others, are thinking of Ferion.



Ferion is a space strategy sim that has been running (and addicting its players) since 1999. You control your own galactic empire. Your main objective is to capture planets, build ships, settle new worlds, wage war on other empires and generally fulfill your need for conquest and power; with the hope of eventually becoming #1!



The main difference between Ferion and other space MMORPG’s is that Ferion games are played over around 2 months at a time in enclosed arenas, where each player must build their empire from scratch. Even the biggest vets must still start from the same point as the noobs each time, although player’s scores from past arenas are kept so you can tell a skilled player from a noob by their score and medals that they have collected for winning arenas.



Because of this Ferion is very accessible for new player with special section of the game only for noobs... and of course veteran sections for when you’re ready. And the best part is that you can play as long as you want for free!

GuildWars


FEATURE I have played the most recent beta-testing of guildwars.. it was a closed beta test, only open to those who preordered the game.



Beta March 18-21.



This game has had alot of hype to it.. and it was all true. I played this game almost nonstop for the 3 days the beta was online.. it was unbelievable. Lets get down to the ratings.


Graphics - 10/10

The game was simply amazing.. its a Free to Play game like Diablo, etc.. you must purchase the game, but its free to play past that.
This game has graphics that rival its counterparts like WoW, EQ2, City of Heros, etc.
For a pay to play game this is all we can ask for, but this is a free to play game.



Gameplay - 10/10

The entire game is based upon wise team construction, character development, and pure strategy.
The max lvl is 20, but its all in how you setup your skills that determines who wins a pvp fight.
There are missions for PvE and then PvP battles.
The missions are great, the monsters are really hard and have great AI.. it takes the best teamwork and the right team to beat these missions.

The PvP is the best of any online game I have ever played (and I've played alot of them)
In most games, the higher lvl would win the fight.. but in guildwars its who has the best strategy with setting up their skills, working together as a team, etc.
The game definately deserves the highest rating in Gameplay.



Interface - 9/10

The interface can sometimes get in the way, and when you minimize things and move things.. they go back to their original ways the next login.. but besides that.. the games interface is simply amazing.



Killstealing/Looters/etc - 10/10

These are words you wont hear in GW.
The game is designed that when you exit a town into a hunting ground or mission, you will have your own version of that battle area and own copy of the world.
You may bring in party members and guildmates with you, but besides that.. you will run into no one else while hunting.. great experience.



Easy to Learn? - 10/10

I had no experience in the game prior to playing it this past beta... but I got on the game and knew exactly what to do.
The game is setup so well that after a little while of playing it, you learn the concepts pretty easy.

On my first character I had alot of trouble once I got past the tutorial area.. but after an hour or so of wandering around and asking people for help.. I learned the game just fine.



People/Community - 10/10

The community in this game is just amazing.
The people are nice, and they are always willing to help you and help you learn the game.
It really was a joy playing with people like that.



Overall - 9/10

The game is simply amazing, and its free to play.
You couldnt ask for any more.


Please leave a reply with any constructive criticism/compliments about my review or the game.

Syrnia


REVIEW Where should I begin? How about the different skills!



Wood-Cutting- As your woodcutting level increases you will cut wood quicker and have access to better hatchets allowing you to also get wood quicker.



Construction- Constructing will allow you to build your own shop, house or boats.
You will need wood and a hammer to build.



Fishing- Fishing will allow you to fish fish which you can eat when it has been cooked.

You will be starting fishing at Lisim with a net.



Cooking- Self Explanitory...



Mining- Currently in the game the only place where you can mine is at Rynir Mines and you are only able to get copper, tin and iron ore. Once you level your mining you will have access to more ores, faster mining speeds and better pickaxes (also increase mining speed).



Smithing- Interlinked with mining, make items out of bars!



Theiving- You can theive other people! Watch out who you theive though, they might get angry...



Fighting- The normal: attack, defense, and strength + HP



It's only been going on for about a week, now trust me you can't just play this game and get mad that your not progressing...You have to give it at least 3-4 day's worth of playing, then you begin to see it's true beauty!



I'd reccomend this game to anyone that liked Runescape Classic!



Thanks,

Tape

DoOnline


FEATURE This is my first review so bare with me... this one is complicated because it really is not your standard MMORPG...



Concept - 7/10: The concept is awsome, Playing in ancient china with shaolin monk style fighters is an intersting change to all the full frontal tanker style fighters you see in most games nowadays which in my opinion is very westernized... however you can still see some elements of games which have already been about Xiah style assassins and swordsman...(the monk idea is nice although he's stupidly fat)



Graphics - 5/10: Half of me says yes these are good graphics for a game like this (free MMORPG)...when you stand and look at your surroundings you can really see that alot of thought has gone into the making of the environments. From close up your character looks very nicely done and realistic altough when you zoom out it seems to go kinda blotchy looking. Now the other half of me thinks something is not right when I look into things with more depth... when your character runs he looks like hes late for something. When he then comes face to face with the animals, which are actually real life friendly little critters from your back yard you come to realize they're all infected with the mad cow disease... you even attack stiffed up, I won't even go on about how the animals react!



Community - 3/10: What? Who? Why? When? Where?... The 3 is for the site itself wich is very helpful and hintful and for once even stated what the stat modifiers are and what use each avatar has...

i. Warrior : Long sword, Axe, Spear.

ii. Assassin : Bow, Claw, dagger.

iii. Mage : Sword, Fighting fan, Gauntlet.

iv. Monk : Staff, Maul, Flying Wheel.

1) Strength: Determines physical attack strength.

2) Dexterity: Determines hit rate and speed.

3) Constitution: Determines defense and life force.

4) Agility: Determines movement, attack speed, and critical hits.

5) Intelligence: Determines mana force..




Sound - 7/10: Nothing special...special effects and combat noises were kinda lame.

Lag - 9/10: Basically none at all (from my personal gaming experience.)



Gameplay & Evaluation - 6/10: I know i've been kind of harsh here but there really is one more thing to add... the interface has to be the most un-user friendly piece of work i've ever encountered...seriously it took me ages to get the hang of the basics, so much stuff i dont even know what is all about now and i got to lvl 19 before quitting completely! For experienced RPGers this is a good one to try for a little change but i cant see any one who has gotten very involved with Xiah or KalOnline getting addicted to this... for people who have just come from the likes of Runescape this is the one for you.

Monster and Me 3.0


FEATURE MAM 3.0 is a good pokemon ripoff, with a nice battle system.



Graphics: 3d claymation models mesh perfectly with the anime backrounds.
9.5/10


Gameplay: A nice turnbase system of battle really gives the game a unique feel. You can also have pets and start out with a turtle.
8.75/10
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Sound: Music is nice, and there are nice quality sound clips.


Overall: A fun game but i wouldn't pay for it.
8.0

Kal online


FEATURE Kal is great and is very fun. It has a very good community and a lot of selling things!It is fully free and will keep you playing for weeks to months!


It isn't the best graphics I have seen in my life but are about average and what you would expect!There is nearly all languages and nationalities in the game! The EXP rate and level up time isnt so good though i could manage and level up quite quickly but if you are new to mmorpg's you would find it hard to level up!


Overall this game is quite fun and good to play but any body who are quite new to MMORPG'S should practice on some easier games first!

EVE Online


FEATURE I've been playing EVE for some 10 months now, progressing from noob frigate pilot to master of an awesowe Battleship capable of mounting huge weapons and laughing at the damage from fleets of bad guys.



Anyone who remembers Elite and wished for a little more from it will find most of what they could have envisioned in EVE. The universe alone is huge, with hundreds of systems holding thousands of players and NPCs, and the graphics are stunning.



The skills system is well thought out. Plenty of scope for defelopment of character.



The number of different ship classes, mining barges, frigates, haulers, destroyers, battleships etc. is impressive, and there is a ship suitable for almost every type of operation you can thnik of, be it mining in safe space, battling pirates in remote regions or shipping goods about from station to station.



Various corporations exist. Some conrtrolled by NPC's, but a fair few run by players. You can even, with the appropriate skills, form your own.



PVP is supposedly limited to outside of faction space, although if someone declares war on your corporation, they can come into your safe area and frag you. Although if you enjoy PVP, you'll find all that you can handle outside of "civilised" space.



Sadly, the instability of the server cluster lets it down. It is far too easy to lose in seconds, a ship and equipment you spent weeks mining/running missions/trading to put together.



Customer support is pathetically bad too. There is a wait of days before receving a response and this is invariably a stock reply that doesn't really address the problem.



There is also the ever present problem of e-bayers who play the game purely as a way of making money. These abound in EVE and despite CCP's claims to be doing something about it, the economy is goin the same way as Everquest's; prices for rare items reaching silly levels as the greedy and selfish profit from the confusion and lack of support for the ordinary gamer.



In short, EVE is a game that fails to fulfill it's enormous potential, due entirely to the lack of control that CCP has over the environment it created. This is great shame, as I personally like EVE, but, like others I deplore the lack of support and capriciousness of the GMs and developers.



Try before you buy (free trial currently available), and be prepared to have to make up your losses on a regular basis.

Maplestory Global


FEATURE Introduction:

The game starts you as a beginner on Maple Island. You take the role of a traveller who has to choose between four simple jobs as you advance through the game. Depending on your personality, or just how you want to play will take effect on the job you choose. You can be a thief, mage, warrior, or bowman. You start off fighting simple snails and build your way up to fighting dragons and other mythical creatures.




Graphics:

The graphics are nothing really to brag about. It's simple side scrolling mixed with very small 3D effects. The spells and skills you use however do have very nice designs. The anime flavor will catch alot of people's attention and keep them entertained throughout the game.




GamePlay:

Like I said before, it's simple side scrolling. More or less a hack and slash game all the way through with a mix of small puzzles and long quests thrown in. It's very addictive and will keep you entertained for hours on end.




Sound:

Some of the maps have very nice background music that won't always lull the gamer to sleep. Some places may seem repetative, but overall it's good. But honestly, I generally have winamp on in the background while I play.




FunFactor:

It's very entertaining, and what class you choose will greatly change how much fun you have while playing. Most people find the assassin to be the most fun job. Jumping around throwing ninja stars was probrably a fantasy of many of our childhoods.




Community:

The community is pretty decent, you have a buddy list that comes with a standard 20 slots. There are whispers, parties and buddy chatting. It all comes together to help friends play together. However the downfall is having to pay 250,000 Mesos (that's the currency in game) to expand your buddy list five slots.




Overall:

Even though this game is very incomplete it has fans addicted and wanting more. It's very fun to play with friends in large parties against powerful creatures. Or simply compete and see who can become the most powerful. If you're an otaku this should be a nice game for you.

Maple Story


REVIEW Graphics 8/10: I loved the 2D style of the game. Also great shading. Allaround great graphics.

Sound 8/10: I found the backround music very nonforgettable. It does get a little annoying tho. Also I liked how each weapon had a different sound when you hit an enemy.

Gameplay 8/10: It's fun! There is nothing more I can say!

Servers 6/10: It sometimes knocks me off for no reason and i can't get back on. Also im tired of one server so it fills up pretty quick

Overall 9/10: Again I like the 2D style. Sign up today!

Additional notes: Lots of weapons, nice people, buddylist, partys, there will be GUilds for Maple Story after Beta Phase(I think)

City of Heroes


FEATURE Hello, Sondor here. This is my first review for City of Heroes, so sorry if it is not your guys' original format. Hope you enjoy!




I like to break my Review into 5 different sections. Graphics, Sound, Gameplay, Longetivity, and MMORPG-Sense.




Graphics : 9/10




Wow, boy are these graphics good! This is CoH's strong-point. This game is filled with hundreds of maps for you to play on. Including cities, buildings, caves, mines, destroyed cities, and much much more!! The character models are great as well, and even the effects of spells and attacks are greatly appreciated! A quality I liked about its graphics was even on my Geforce 4, with 255 RAM, the game still played MOSTLY lag free. However, with my new Geforce 6800 ULTRA and 1 GB RAM, the game runs so smooth you cant even tell its online!




Sound : 8/10




Sound was another Strong-point for City of Heroes. There were Beautiful background music that played smoothly (Though some songs seem to be played frequently). I also enjoyed the sound-effects from my magic and attacks as they smashed into my enemy. They came through smoothly too. The only problem is it seemed that sometimes the sound would not stack. A lot of times Id shoot a Dark Miasma(spell) missle at someone and then someone would case heal and Id hear the missle then the heal later. Maybe a bug though, dunno....




Gameplay : 6/10




Look mommy, I'm a hero! Many of us said that as a kid, and wished we could do so, well, in City of Heroes, we can! The character creation system is wonderful with hundreds or thousands of combos to create your superhero. Customize your head, body, arms, shoulders, face, legs, feet, everything! And then paint them all different colors!! In City of Heroes I have yet to see 2 characters that looks the same. The gameplay is pretty repetitive, though. Go to a nearby contact(NPC), and get a mission/quest. (Not to mention most of these were the same) They mostly involved going to a random building, going in, killing a certain number of enemies, and then getting a special item. End of mission. Mostly repetitive. Thats why this didnt score to high.




Longetivity : 5/10




When do I get to do someting new!?!?!? Im tired of killing the same guys over and over!! I dont wanna go in and get an item any more, let me do something new!! This is one of the major flaws of City of Heroes. The game has a Max Level Cap that is very high, and then you are allowed to restart your character as a all new archtype(class)which no one except people who hit the level cap can get! But, I got bored before hitting the max level... Doing the same things over and over gets really boring... 1. Go to contact. 2. Get Mission. 3. Go to Mission Location(Killing some enemies along the way) 4. Run through mission killing enemies. 5. Get the item. 6. Return to contact. 7. Repeat. Ugh!




MMORPG-Sense : 4/10




Compared to other MMORPGs, it seems this games only MMORPG feature is the MMO. Many, many people play the game, but thats about it. No Trade-Skills, no Weapons to buy, No items to buy (Besides Inspirations and Enhancements, which are kind useless most the time), No Armor, and no PvP!(Until City of Villains comes out (No release date)). So overall, this game is MMO, thats it.




Final Judgement : 6/10




When I first got CoH, I was excited. Logged in, created a character, did the tutorial(boring) and went out into the game. I killed enemies endlessly, waiting til I could do something new....That time never came. If you like the standard games with Hack/Slash/Repeat, go for it, though you dont get money (You get influence which is used to buy inspirations and enhancements though), and you dont get item drops. You just, plain, kill.




-Sondor




PS : Please let me know what you thought of the review...
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