Monthly Archives: October 2006

Review by Fieren

The Lowdown :

Pirate king online. PIRATES! How could you do any wrong with them swashbuckling drunk buccaneers that jacked ships GTA style? Turns out theres a lot you can do a lot wrong.

Graphics 7/10: Not much to say. Not too bad, yet not too good. They could have put more into the background and character detail. Landscapes look boring and… boring.

Gameplay 6/10: This is what really dissapointed me. This game is another fresh from the East grindfest. Not much excitement in the quests. Most of the quests you either deliver goods from one NPC to another, or do the ever monotonous “Go outside and kill me about ___ of those _____’s.” Some of the quests tell you to find another NPC for work. Problem is, they just tell you the NPC’s general location, and thats it. They dont even tell you the coordinates for the monsters. Its best to keep the mainsite minimized, since coordinates of certain monsters are on there. It’s a crying shame since the game had a nice variety of skills and doodads. You have a choice of nice weapons to expert in, there are 4 types of kooky characters, you get a ship later on (Which you grind in, oh joy!), and the whole Pirate idea was a good idea.

Sound: 8/10 A nice assortment of “piratey” music. It was a little bugged last time but im sure they fixed it by now.

Overall 7/10: This game had so much potential. Pirates, ships, hairstyles. Really hope they improve this game with a big patch later on. Maybe a Pirate King Online II? Call this review biased, it’s alright with me. (Reviewed by Fieren)

SWG extended trial

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LucasArts and Sony Online Entertainment today debuted an enhanced trial for Star Wars Galaxies that, for the first time ever, delivers all the exciting content of the full versions of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided™, and its first expansion, Jump to Lightspeed™, completely free for up to 14 days.

Available via download from StarWarsGalaxies.com, the enhanced Star Wars Galaxies 14-day trial gives players a chance to become their favorite Star Wars® characters and explore a massive online universe filled with other Star Wars fans.

Players who convert their trial account to an active subscription can continue their adventures with these full versions of An Empire Divided and Jump to Lightspeed. As a bonus, they will also receive a copy of Rage of the Wookiees, the second expansion to Star Wars Galaxies, via a convenient download at no additional cost, along with an exclusive in-game item for use by one of their characters.

Star Wars Galaxies is one of the longest-running and most popular online experiences, bringing gamers of all ages and skill levels together in the ultimate Star Wars journey. Beginning aboard the Millennium Falcon, players help Han Solo and Chewbacca fend off the notorious Darth Vader, and then join up with Star Wars characters on missions that span across the galaxy. Heroic adventurers can seek their fortune in space or on the ground as a bounty hunter, smuggler, Jedi or a host of other newly enhanced, unique Star Wars professions, as they ally with the Rebels to fight against the Galactic Empire, or join forces with the Dark Side and crush the Rebel scum.

“We’re so pleased to be able to open up the full versions of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided and Jump to Lightspeed for a full two weeks,” said Jason Willig, senior director online for LucasArts. “Star Wars Galaxies is the only place where players can experience their personal Star Wars adventures twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and downloading our newly-enhanced 14-day trial of the game is the perfect way to jump right in and start playing.”

“The 14-day trial is a great way for players to sample the exciting content in Star Wars Galaxies,” said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of global sales and marketing for LucasArts. “In November, even more content will be available to players when LucasArts releases Star Wars Galaxies: The Complete Online Adventures. This retail compilation includes all the game’s expansions, along with a fantastic bonus DVD filled with premium, behind-the-scenes content.”

In addition, all active Star Wars Galaxies subscribers will receive regularly-scheduled updates to the game filled with new content, features and enhancements. These Chapter Adventures, released periodically, are included in the players’ subscription fees and are delivered via automatic downloads in-game. So far in 2006, the Chapter Adventures have introduced high-value content such as brand-new quest series, server-wide events, a profession expertise system, and PvP upgrades.

WarRock rocks!

WarRock is a well-made FPS game. A few glitches make it sometimes frustrating, but since it is only a beta version, it will be superb when it is released fully.

There are three gametypes you can choose from when you play. Explosive Missions, Infantry Combat and Vehicle Combat.
Missions are where one team has to plant bombs in various areas and the other has to stop them. It is a small map.
Infantry Combat is a type where there are few vehicles on a medium to large map. It’s good to come to when you’ve gotten bored of missions because when you die, you will respawn in a 10 second interval.
Vehicle Combat’s maps are large, and, yep you guessed it, there are loads of vehicles, ranging from aeroplanes and helicopters to tanks and motorbikes.

Ever wanted a little more respect when you do things? WarRock has over 120 lvls you can upgrade to, and every lvl has a small shield, which sits next to your name. When you finish a game, you will receive experience, which is turned into percentage. Every time you reach 100%, you gain a lvl.

The guns aren’t all the same either. When you complete a game you will also receive Dinar (the in-game currency), and the better you played the more Dinar and exp you will get.

In conclusion, WarRock is a great game, with a few niggling glitches that should be ironed out when it launches its full version. Best of all, it’s free!