Final Fantasy XI


FEATURE First, its a MMORPG, so yes it requires pay to play


13 dollars per month +1 every extra char, first char free.

Now heres my review


User friendly The people are really friendly in this game, I was low on health and someone came running up and healed me, also I had one guy give me a shield, for free, I didn't even ask for one. Right now so, no one talks alot, but its pretty user friendly I rate this 10/10


Events I havn't been to any events, I missed the Halloween one, because I didn't have the game yet, so I can't rate this, but yes, it as events it looks like


Combat The combat is confusing at first, (always use Check on monsters to see if you can battle them or not) You have to double click monster, or use enter key to select them then press it again to attack. Theirs special moves you can do also for melees, I made a warrior for my first char, which gets a special ability when you first start that lets you do critical hits when you use it. Then for thief another char I made gets an ability to dodge melee attacks 100% of time for 30 seconds. Combat is pretty normal, oh, if you do special moves in a sequence with perfect timing you can do more damage then normal which is nice, so its all about timing. 9/10




Graphics The graphics are amazing, especially for the special attacks and spells, I havn't played much to explore around so to different cities, but the cities look amazing. The water affects look great to 9/10




Controls Now this is where the lower score appears, although im getting used to it, its pretty confusing, you use the numpad to move, although you can change it somehow (havn't figured it out yet) to the w a s and d key like a normal mmorpg would use. its better to select monster with the Enter key, as, if you use left click and you miss the monster it opens the annoying menu, so Im just using enter key mostly, although it sometimes selects a person instead of the monster. Like I said, you get used to it, alot of reviews are saying its annoying/hard or whatever. 5/10




Sound The sound is peaceful, but im not listening to it much, so I cant really review this but I like it so 8/10




Skills/Leveling Its level based/skill based, you raise a certain skill as you use it, like if you use swords or daggers, the more you use it, the higher it is, as that, the higher your level, the more special abilities/spells you get. Its an ok system, I dont really care about skills or leveling, so I wont rate this one




Overall So far the people are pretty friendly on my server (which I forgot to mention, your picked into a random server) I havn't done any missions/quests yet so I didn't review that part, so far im loving this game, minus the controls, I rate this 8/10

Zelda Online


FEATURE Reminds you of Graal?
But this sweet little Game will stay in the Zelda Universe with a new World and other Players online.
This Game is in Beta Status allthough the Screenshots look great. Currently you can contribute your Work with 2 selfmade Tools from the ZeldaOnline-Team.

The Mapmaker

and the Tilesetmaker.

With a little bit skill and very much free time you can create your own World (with your own Tilesets;).
Its also said that there will be Minigames from the GameBoy-Games or completly new ones and other great Features. In the near future the Game will be downloadable. So check their websites and make some nice Maps or spend some of your Game-Ideas.

The sims Makin’ magic


FEATURE It all started last Sunday...
I broke my Sims unleashed dish, so I go up town to get a replacement, what do I see 'The Sims makin' magic' so I think that I don't have it, so I buy it. 20 minutes later the game in my sweaty little hands. Installed.
The game is fantastic, apart from the usual more items (all +175 of them) and yet another area for your little Sims to explore, different NPC’s (including a pixie) and more skins, I noticed an interesting new feature: magic.
Basically what you do is buy the right equipment, a few ingredients, and viola, instant magic made easy!
I found the ingredients lists confusing at first, however a quick look at the handy spell book and I was soon making magic.
So far I’ve turned a neighbour into a frog, made a certain someone really like me a cheered up lots of unhappy folks, but there are many more spells I have yet to find (including putting out fires quick, teleportation, reanimating the dead and may more).
If by some miracle you only have the Sims and no add on packs, get this one first, I’ve got all the add-ons and this is by far, the best out of the lot (speaking of lots, be wary of any sim who has a lot of toads jumping round the house, you never know what dark arts they have dabbled in).
If this is not one of the best Sims add on’s yet, I’ll eat my hat (and wand, and spell book)

Battlefield


FEATURE
Battlefield

"Experience Battlefield's Brave New Worlds. New Maps! New Features! Fuel up your tank and prepare for one of the web's most dynamic multi-player games. You start out as a recruit, assign yourself to one of four teams and choose a combat scenario."

When I read this while surfing around Bonus.com, I immediately checked it out to see what it was, and was suprised.


GAMEPLAY: ****

I have a lot of fun playing this game. Maybe it is just me. You roll around in a tank, shooting other tanks of opposite teams. There are tournaments to compete in, and medals to earn. There's a good player base and everything so you have plenty of people to lay the smack down on :)


COMMUNITY: ***

When I was a new recruit -- the community wasnt very nice to me :-( But it's nothing to really whine about. Once you learn how to play and start blending in, people become very friendly.


GRAPHICS: ***

*Judging from a 2D-Scale

The graphics arent really that bad for a 2D Tank game. I like these kind of graphics :-P But it is pretty much your basic graphic set.


SOUND: ** 1/2

The sound is nothing to get real hype over. All you really hear is your tank rolling around and stuff blowing up.


SKILLS/LEVELING UP: *****

I like the way they did this system. There are medals to be won, and ranks to be recieved. Watchout though, you can get demoted :-O. You can also recieve the Purple Heart, which is a rare medal people really look forward to recieving one day.


FEATURES: **** 1/2

The features of this game is excellent. There are 4 teams to choose from, Medals/Ranks, Bombs, tons of PvP, tournaments, top 25 listings, guilds, and various other stuff, like The Purple Heart.


OVERALL: *** 3/4

The game is fun -- and that is all I look for in a game. I'm also deadly in love with PvP -- which is what this game is all about. If you're tired of all the hack and slash gain lvl new skills repeat games -- try blowing some tanks up, it relieves some stress ;)

*The only thing required to play is a FREE registration at Bonus.com. Set up your account then click on 'Games' -> 'Battlefield', and scroll down to Battlefield and you're all set. You may want to read the How To Play first.

Mu Online


REVIEW Overview

Mu Online is a 3D MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Role-playing game) developed by Webzen. It is set in medevial times, and you may choose from three classes: Dark Knight, Dark Wizard, and Elf. You may also create a Magic Gladiator, a mix between a Dark Knight and a Dark Wizard, but you must get a character to level 220 before you can have access to him. There is no character creation system, every class member looks the same. You control your character with your mouse, and use the "Q", "W", and "E" keys for shortcuts in the use of items (health and mana potions, etc.). Now, on to the review.....



Graphics

Mu Online has excellent 3D graphics for a MMORPG of its kind. It has very detailed character models, and (for the most part) good background scenery. The buildings in Mu are well-textured and very solid looking up close. The backgrounds have some very cool ambient effects, such as grass swaying in the breeze. All the monsters are well animated, and some are breath-taking. The spell effects are excellent (especially the Dark Wizard's lightning spell), usually very well animated and beautiful. Combat styles are usually very entertaining to watch, although some are pretty stupid. Overall, Mu's graphics deserve 8/10, because although they are good for the most part, some of the smaller things (such as chairs) look kind of sloppy.



Sound

Mu's sound is extremely annoying. I couldn't get the BGMs (Background Music) to work, and even if I had I don't think they would have helped much. The monster's screechings and wailings are absolutely the most annoying stuff I've heard in a game. You try and play a whole day with budge dragons, hounds, and liches screaming at the top of their lungs. It almost drove me insane, so I rarely had the speakers on while I played Mu. The weapon sound effects are decen though, as are your footsteps. Mu's sound gets a 5/10 because although the monster sound effects are loud and annoying, the rest is pretty decent.



Gameplay

Mu's gameplay is somewhat of a mixed bag. The combat is pretty stale, I mean how excited can you get watching your character swinging stroke after stroke with you just sitting there staring. It's completely non-interactive, just click on a monster and sit back and enjoy the show. You can make it "interactive" by making it so that you have to click on the monster every time you want your character to attack (a la Priston Tale), but your finger will hate you for it. Spell casting and archery are automatic as well, unless you make the finger-cramping change. You can PK (Player-Kill) in this game, only it's not very rewarding. You can only PK once every 3 hours, unless you wish to branded as a murderer. If you are branded as a murderer, merchants will not sell you anything and you will have a greater chance of dropping one of your items if you get killed by another player. If another player attacks you, then self-defense will be set up against him. That is, you can kill them while you are defending yourself and you will not be penalized for it. The same goes for you if you attack, only vice-versa. However, if you become a murderer, will you NOT have the benefit of self-defense; if you attack back, it will set up self-defense against you(After 4-5 hours you will no longer be a murderer). If you decide to kill another player while you are still a murderer, you will become a Phonomaniac (I still don't know where they got that word from). If you are a Phonomaniac(you must wait 9 hours before you become normal again), players will not be penalized in any way for killing you, and you have even greater chances of dropping one of your items. Socially speaking, besides being able to create parties and join a guild, there is nothing much besides the ordinary sell/trade/buy stuff usually going on in the main town. Mu's Gameplay deserves a 6/10, because I dislike its PK system, and the combat system isn't very engaging.



Final Comments

Mu could have been so much more, if the developers only had spent a little more time with it. They should have added a job system, or at least a skill system much like Runescape's. They should have had staff-run events, where the winners could recieve special pieces of armor, etc. I gave Mu 7/10 overall, because it can be very addicting, just don't expect too much out of it. But, don't take my word for it, click the link below and download it for yourself (it's only 60 megabytes).

Priston Tale


REVIEW Overview

Priston Tale is a 3D MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that is developed by the Korean based company Triglow Pictures. It is currently in its open beta phase. There are many classes to choose from: Knight, Mechanician, Magician, Fighter, Pikeman, Archer, Atlanta, and Priestess. All have 4 different abilites/spells that can be learned at level 10, 12, 14, and 16. You control your character with your mouse, and you can use the 1,2, and 3 keys for item shortcuts. On to the review...



Graphics

Priston tale has, for the most part, very good graphics. The character models are very high-res and are fluidly animated. The models are cartoonish rather than realistic, and they fit in well with the games whole theme. Most of the spell and ability effects are top-notch, and all the weapons in the game are well textured and drawn. Scenery, however tends to be very bland and bleak. The trees are not good looking, and the enviroment is stark, with seemingly no life to it besides all the monsters walking around. Priston Tale's graphics deserve an 8/10, and the only thing keeping them from 9 or a 10 would be the scenery.



Sound

The sound, suprisingly, is good quality and has a good variety. There are about 4-5 different weapon sound effects, and all the monsters have "voices" that fit them perfectly. None of the sound effects are overused, aside from the one your weapon makes. The music is also high-quality, and does not annoy but acutally adds to the whole experience. The sounds of Priston Tale definetely deserve a 9/10 for doing a masterful job of blending with the beautiful graphics and making Priston Tale an engaging experience.



Gameplay

After all that praise, here comes the negative part. Priston Tale's combat system is alright, for the first few hundred kills. While having to click every time you want to attack is engaging, it also can get very annoying. They should have included an option to make attacking automatic as Mu Online did. The battles do indeed look impressive, and for a while, you won't notice some of Priston Tale's bigger problems which I will discuss. Priston Tale, is in fact, pointless. Fun, but pointless, let me explain. There I am, level 12 (and proud of it) and I realize that it takes a LONG time to level. I start to think, what's gonna be so cool when I waste 2 more months and hit level 60? Nothing, really, besides getting new equipment. The game doesn't even have a PK (Player-Killing) system. So, besides equipment there really isn't any other reason to level. I guess if you just enjoy leveling for the fun of it, then you'll love this game. But if you like to do other things beside kill monsters, monsters, and more monsters, then you're gonna hate Priston Tale. Priston Tale's gameplay gets a 6/10, merely because it looks so good and smooth...from a distance.



Final Comments
Priston tale brought me about 2 weeks of fun, then that was it. I realized there was no real point in leveling, because it wouldn't get any bigger or better (only the monsters would). Don't get me wrong, this game is fun, but just somewhat pointless. Another small gripe: The text runs out of the text box when people talk. Small, but still, you'd think that they would want to fix something like that. Priston Tale is no Dark Age of Camelot, but for a quick fix it's fun. Just be warned, the download is around 400 megabytes so be sure you wanna play this game before you start downloading the behemoth. Priston Tale, overall, gets 6/10.

Shades of Darkness


FEATURE

This game is quite interesting.. I play it myself. Basically, what it's a text rpg that you play through AIM, ICQ, MSN. You play the game with your characters that you create on HTML, such as you can have someone from a video game, drawn on paint.

Age of Mythology: The Titans


FEATURE

You will need the original game before playing this. Also, you will have to buy both of them at your store or whoever as games.

Final Fantasy Legacy


FEATURE

FF Legacy is an online version of FF2e (Super Nintendo) And it's like JUST LIKE FF2. There's random battles and everything. Check this out.

Fung Wan


FEATURE

Fung Wan is truly, in almost every way, a Dark Age of Camelot clone. Problem is: They do nothing as well as Mythic did with DAoC.

The 4th Coming -Updated


FEATURE

The 4th Coming (or T4C) is a 2d/3d online rpg. Most servers are P2P (or Pay to Play) but I have found one that is not p2p at all. The server is called Xavus, (http://t4c.xavus.com) and I have had nothing but fun while playing there.

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