Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dawn of Fantasy Boxing Week Sale

Dawn of Fantasy Boxing Week Sale!

 

Dawn Of Fantasy Siege Battle

 

Christmas has come and went but holiday promotions continue in the world of Mythador! Reverie World Studios has announced a one-week-only boxing week sale for all digital orders of their recently released subscription-free MMORTS, Dawn of Fantasy. Fans will be able to pick up the game for only $19.99, saving 33% from the original retail price! In addition, fans that purchase the game until January 2nd will be able to participate in our extended “Holiday Winter” promotion, providing them with the epic Ice Dragon – a rare unit only available during this special event!

 

Dawn of Fantasy Dragon

 

Set in the persistent world of Mythador, Dawn of Fantasy offers you the chance to write your own chapter in the bloody history of this land. Explore a richly-detailed, endless world, from the high mountain peaks of Southmount in the human realm of Teria to the swamps of Erthee l’Bala of the Wood Elves. Complete dozens of story-driven quests in services of kings, wizards, and fellow adventurers. Interact with thousands of other players through trading, forging alliances, and waging war in both Player vs. Player and Player vs. Environment battles. Build up your villages into mighty empires, and lay siege to your enemies with great trebuchets, the brute strength of the walking woods, mighty ogres, and fire-breathing dragon mercenaries to reign supreme. Play as three different races – elves, men, and orcs, each of which offers a radically different playstyle and has been given a deep, compelling mythology, a dramatic historical background, and a spectrum of complex political ambitions that drive the story and gameplay.

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Bring in the holidays with Dawn of Fantasy, and save 33% on all orders until January 2!

Dawn of Fantasy Online

Dawn of Fantasy takes place in your typical fantasy medieval setting. What makes it unique is that this fantasy RTS takes place in a persistent MMO world teaming with other players and dozens of quests.

 

Features:

Three Differentiated Races: Whether you play orc, elf, or human, you are sure to experience different terrain, different lore, different languages, and tons of unique buildings and units different from your rival races.

 

Siege Combat: Both offensive and defensive players will be immersed in the most impressive siege warfare to hit the RTS yet. Place strategic defenses, order your battery ram forward, and scale the walls for ultimate victory.

 

Complex Economic Model: Like micromanagement? Then tell your soldiers to loot the corpses of your fallen enemies after battle. Have a large scale war to contend to? Leave your economy to your advisors and focus your full effort on combat knowing intelligent AI will keep things running smoothly.

 

Realistic Weather and Seasons: Not only is weather randomized, it impacts gameplay! Utilize unique resources in the summer and winter and out plan your enemies to gain an economic and military advantage!

Rusty Hearts: Arcade Greatness Goes Online

Rusty Hearts: Arcade Greatness Goes Online

By Remko Molenaar (Proxzor), OnRPG Journalist

 

 

Rusty Hearts is a free to play MMORPG that is currently published by Perfect World. Perfect World is currently upholding servers for both Europe and North America to divide the players into the best servers with the best possible ping. The game hasn’t been on the market here for even a year so I decided to check out this awesome looking game known for its action combat system. Rusty Hearts brings the arcade genre to the MMORPG scene and this in particular really got my attention.

 

 

Classes

At the time I checked the game out there were 4 playable characters available in the game. These 4 classes all play an important role in the story that develops in Rusty Heart. You will follow the story of four adventurers in Rusty Hearts so choose your character wisely. All these classes have some sort of particular weapon specialization. Frantz is specialized in swords while Angela uses a modified Scythe type weapon that launches magic.. Tude uses a Gauntlet or Claw to smash through his enemies and Natasha has her choice of rifles and pistols. A fifth character named Meilin Chen was recently revealed in the US and EU version who specializes in martial arts but I was unable to test her out in time for this review.

 

 

Tutorial

After creating your character in the somewhat dramatic character creation screen where the only thing you can change is your name, you get the option to do the tutorial. As every wise new player does I went to do the tutorial since this game plays quite differently from the typical point and click MMO. Immediately you get into a cut scene where you get introduced to the important characters that you can choose from. You are running away from a terrible big monster and you are trying to escape what looks like some sort of dungeon or keep. After killing off a few monsters and after a small introduction to the base mechanics of the game you will get into the following cut scene that shows you this terrifying monster that you are running off. After running outside the monster crashed down on top of me and…

 

 

Gameplay

What just happened? What was this madness?! Was this a nightmare? Was I day dreaming? Elma wakes me up and I receive my first quest to meet Vincent. I quickly noticed the movement in town is different than the dungeons you will visit, you will have to point and click your way through town instead of moving with the arrow keys; you can also hold right click to change the camera view to look around. For those who fear this might be a bit disorienting, Rusty Hearts has implemented a green directional arrow that will direct you to your next quest objective.

 

 

After receiving a new quest from Vincent I was sent to my first dungeon portal. This portal shows you a small map of locations where you can teleport to with minor details such as difficulty level and level required to enter. For those familiar with Dragon Nest and Vindictus, this system will seem quite familiar. The difficulties include Normal, Hard and Very Hard, giving you a wide variety of challenges if you think Normal is too easy. As the requirement for the hard dungeon was level 2, I went with the only choice I had.

 

 

Every level is divided into checkpoints; once you reach a checkpoint you can breathe a sigh of relief as you will teleport back to them instead of the very beginning should you fall in combat. This function not only saves time but keeps your teammates from raging since they won’t have to wait for your defeated person to run all the way through the dungeon. Each dungeon is divided up into multiple sections. In typical arcade fashion, you become locked in each section until you can defeat all the monsters present. A nice twist to Rusty Hearts is that there are multiple exits to each section, leading to some interesting mazes and puzzle elements not often found in this genre. In the last section there is always a powerful boss awaiting you. Though early on you can usually button mash through them, the later bosses require quite a bit of finesse and tricky maneuvers to get out alive. The action combat is very fluid and makes returning to the same dungeons on harder difficulties feel more like an adventure than a chore.

 

 

Rusty Hearts also offers some fun solo and team based PvP modes. All I can say about this is expect to get trounced as the learning curve is high and some of the players are already true masters of their arts. Be sure to pick up some decent equipment before rushing in or you’ll cringe as your special abilities bounce off higher level players like water on a duck’s back.

 

 

System Requirements

To play this beauty of an action game you are required to have at least the following hardware:

 

Windows® XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

Intel® Pentium® 4 at 1GHz, (Mid to High Range Dual-Core 2.5GHz CPU or better recommended.)

1GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended for XP, 3GB or more for Windows Vista and Windows 7)

5GB of Hard Drive Space or more (14GB or more preferred)

Minimum – nVidia GeForce FX5200 ATI Radeon9550

Recommended – GeForce 6600 256M Pixel Shader, Vertex Shader Ver 3.0

DirectX 9.0c compatible sound chip or onboard audio capability with the latest sound drivers

Broadband Internet connection required

 


If you’re not really familiar with computers or simply just don’t pay attention to the wide variety of choices you have to make once purchasing a computer then let me tell you this: If you have a computer that has been purchases in the last 4 to 5 years you are easily able to play this game just fine, unless its secondhand of course hehe.

 

 

Conclusion

Rusty Hearts is a really fun game to play alone or with your friends. Because of the wide variety of gamestyles each class has the game is able to keep you entertained for quite a while. After trying the first class on the tutorial I went back again and again to test the other classes and was not disappointed with the unique gameplay each brought to the table. This game also brought me back to the arcade style games so popular in the 90s. If you are fan of these hack ‘n slash type of MMORPG’s I would strongly advise you to check out Rusty Hearts because few games on the market can match its action combat.

Riot Members Dance to Appease LoL Community

Riot Members Dance to Appease League of Legends Community

 

 

With the majority of Riot Games’ staff on a much needed holiday vacation, the typically spot on champion release scheduling has been delayed for Viktor, the Machine Herald. In a stroke of madness, or perhaps genius, lead community manager Tamat stepped forward to promise League of Legends players a video of Riot Staff dancing should they upvote his post. And upvote they did…

 

With over 10,000 upvotes at the time of this posting, not only Tamat but a slew of Riot members from around the office are now practicing an unforeseen jig as compensation for their unforeseen Christmas patch delay. With Iron Stylus at the mic, what is to come can only be described as epic lawls.

 

As for the champion in question, let’s break down Viktor’s quite unique style.

 

 

Passive: Evolving Technology Viktor starts with a Hex Core that provides him with stats and can be upgraded in the store to augment one of his abilities. The Hex Core can only be upgraded once, and cannot be sold back to the store.

 

 

Power Transfer – Viktor blasts an enemy unit dealing magic damage, returning a portion of the damage dealt as a shield.

Ability Augment: Increases Viktor’s Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds

 

 

Gravity Field – Viktor conjures a heavy gravitational field, slowing all enemies and stacking a debuff every 0.5 seconds. At 3 stacks enemies inside are stunned for 1.5 seconds.

Ability Augment: Gravity Field has an additional 30% cast range.

 

 

Death Ray – Viktor uses his robotic arm to fire a chaos beam that cuts across the field in a line, dealing damage to any opponents struck in its path.

Ability Augment: Death Ray sets fire to enemies, dealing 30% additional magic damage over 4 seconds.

 

 

Chaos Storm (Ultimate) – Viktor conjures a singularity on the field which deals magic damage and briefly silences enemies. The singularity then does magic damage to all nearby enemies every second. Viktor can redirect the singularity.

 

As you can see, Viktor is set to be quite the nuisance on the battlefield, bringing close range caster skills combined with powerful utility and CC. For a full review, check out OnRPG in 2012 when Hhean becomes one with the machine! Also be sure to hop into game to see Viktor for yourself later this week!

TERA Online Japan Consolidates Servers

TERA Online Japan Consolidates Servers

 

 

NHN Japan today announced that they will be consolidating servers for their Japanese publication of TERA Online. This stands to reduce the number of total players in the game down to 33% of the current total.

 

 

TERA Online hit Japanese beta about five months ago and quickly transitioned into a state of full release including the recent Evolution content to hit the Korean home servers. Although it started out strong with 48,000 players shelling out $38.50/month, the numbers have since dwindled. One culprit of this has been server stability issues.

 

 

In response NHN has doubled the amount of free time new players have when purchasing the game as well as reducing reset times on major dungeons to make the game more hardcore friendly. NHN Japan’s official response to today’s announcement has been that server stability and game performance will be increased dramatically, thus keeping their player base around for the long-term.

 

 

Of course this is all in due course for most major MMORPGs with subscription-based systems released in the past few years.

Divina Online

Divina Online follows a convoluted story based on Norse legends of Ragnarok. Players must take up arms following the destruction of the world to protect the Goddess Clarisse. Unfortunately she remembers nothing and it’s up to you to restore her memory and save the world.

 

 

Features:

Monster Transformation: Players can alter their form into various monsters to get serious when a battle calls for it.

 

Branching Class Tree: Players can begin the game as a fighter, cleric, wizard, ranger, or ninja, and will be able to transform into one of two classes upon reaching level 30.

 

Weapon Style: Every class is given multiple weapon styles to choose from, differentiating themselves from others. For instance clerics can take up two handed rods to be more active offensive forces, debuffing enemies, or use a one handed rod and shield to fill the primary healer role while being less exposed to enemy attacks.

 

Pet Soulmate System: Players can bond deeply with their pets, in a system similar to the Lucent Heart soulmate system.

 

SilkRoad R Online

Silkroad-R is a free MMORPG based on the history of the Silk Road, the famous trade route of Asia. Players may choose one of two races, each with its own set of classes and abilities, and take part in a three-way conflict in the game’s trading system.  Based off Silkroad Online, Silkroad-R features the same game content as Silkroad Online, but with significant changes to gameplay in order to offer an improved gaming experience.

Features

Diverse Class Choice: Choose to play as a European Warrior, Rogue, Warlock, Wizard, Bard, or Cleric; or as a Chinese specialized in Swordsmanship, Spearmanship, Bowmanship, or in the elemental forces of Cold, Lightning, Fire, or Force.

PvP/Profession System:  Participate in a unique PvP trade system in which you play as a Merchant, Hunter, or Thief, seeking glory and wealth on the Silk Road.

Fortress Wars: Join in weekly guild versus guild combat of up to 300 players over fortresses, which can be occupied to levy taxes.

Silkroad Improvements: Enjoy new bonuses from the original Silkroad Online, including increased leveling rates, improved skill balance, and a cleaner user interface.

C9 Continent of the Ninth Seal

Continent of the Ninth Seal (C9) is a fantasy-based Action RPG showcasing splendid graphics, a strategic battle zone system, and story driven quests. C9 has hack and slash style action, and a marvelous graphics engine providing realistic and fluid graphics. Learn the path of the fighter, hunter, or shaman and perform precise keystrokes during intense combat to unleash the full potential of your character.

Features

Live Action Combat: C9 offers non-targeting based combat mechanics combined with precise control. Players must learn their combos well and then utilize them to unleash their ultimate attacks. Of course cancels and evasion moves exist to keep your enemies guessing as you can break out of a combo at any second to perform devastating counters.

Massive World: Experience 2,186 quests across five continents. Although questing isn’t vital to your gaming experience, it will offer you assistance with crafting and job upgrades to assist you on your way to becoming a master.

Guilds: C9 guilds support all of the usual features a guild can offer as well as guild housing.

Legends and Professions: The Legends system allows players to gain titles for actively participating in a particular region of the game. A variety of professions also exist to assist players in item crafting, item reinforcement, and item shape changing.