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Best MMORPG Games 2015

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Here is a first look at the best MMORPGs of 2015. Although having a top MMORPG 2015 list right now might seem to be a bit premature, there are quite a few gamers who enjoy being the first to sign up for closed beta testing or open beta games. This post will give them a good starting point.

The games we have listed here are a mixed bag. Some of them are MMO-like but not, strictly speaking, MMORPGs. The main criterion the writers and editors of MMOify used to pick these particular games is that they are all the sort of fun, interesting upcoming releases that MMO players are likely to want to know more about.

None of these upcoming MMOs are currently playable and in many cases there really isn’t that much information about them yet. This post will be updated whenever new info is released about MMORPGs that will be launched in 2015.

Best MMORPG 2015

(games are not listed in any order)

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Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Type: PvP MMORPG for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Release Date: 2015
Official website: http://www.eternalcrusade.com/

For the Emperor! If this game isn’t purely awesome when it comes out, all of the Warhammer 40,000 fans will be severely disappointed. The information revealed so far indicates that the game will have four playable factions at launch: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks.

Eternal Crusade will be available for free but free players will be limited to the Ork faction. Those who buy the box/download will have full access to content. In other words, this looks like it’s a mixture of free and buy to play.

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Project: Theralon by Infernum Productions AG
Type: Browser-Based Sandbox MMORPG
Release Date: Unknown
Official Website: http://www.theralon.com/

According to Joystiq, Project: Theralon looks amazing for a browser-based MMORPG and is a sandbox game. Though details are scarce since it is still in development, so far it seems that players can build houses and other structures in the game. Crafting and trading will be encouraged, plus there will be no standard classes or quests.

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Shards Online by Citadel Studios
Type: Player-run Sandbox MMORPG
Release Date: Unknown
Official Website: http://shardsonline.com/

An upcoming MMO that looks very promising, Shards Online will be a “player-run” MMO that will allow players to run their own servers and customize the game to their liking such as tweaking core settings such as experience/skill gain rate. Server administrators will be able to do a host of things such spawn monsters, create items, host events, etc. Players will even be allowed to modify the game code. With this type of freedom in place, Shards Online will have several differently-themed worlds (shards) like high fantasy, steampunk, a PvP world, and so forth. Polygon interviewed the CEO and has some details about the game.

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City of Titans aka The Phoenix Project by Missing Worlds Media
Type: Superhero-Themed MMORPG
Release Date: Target Date 2015
Official Website: http://cityoftitans.com/

This is a spiritual successor to the MMO City of Heroes that is being developed by “a group of volunteer developers left homeless by the closure of the game.” Basically, it’s going to be very similar to CoH. Thus, players can expect to play as either a superhero or supervillain with its own unique powers, costume, and name. In CoH players teamed up (like the X-Men or Avengers) to complete missions so this is the type of gameplay CoT will also have.

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Survarium by Vostok Games
Type: Futuristic MMO First-Person Shooter
Release Date: 2014 open and closed beta, launch TBA
Monetization: Confirmed, free to play
Official Website: http://survarium.com/en

A first-person shooter MMO (MMOFPS), Survarium has been testing the shooter part of the game and its development timeline states that the aim is to have an open beta of freeplay mode by the fourth quarter of 2014 so it’s likely that the launch will be on 2015 at the earliest. What it is about: “After the cancellation of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, former GSC Game World developers formed Vostok Games and quickly announced Survarium, a free to play online shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world that retains many core elements found in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.” (source)

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Camelot Unchained by City State Entertainment
Type: Realm vs Realm MMORPG
Release Date: December 2015
Monetization: Confirmed, subscription (pay to play)
Official Website: http://camelotunchained.com/en/

A crowdfunded MMORPG that is being developed based on three fundamental gameplay elements: Realm-vs-Realm (RvR), crafting, and housing. Leveling will be done through RvR, not killing mobs or completing quests. The game economy will be dominated by crafters and there will be no auction house, just player shops and bazaars. It’s not just houses that can be built but includes giant or useful structures such as mines, huts, inns, etc.

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Dragon Nest 2 by Shanda Games
Type: Large-Scale MMORPG
Release Date: TBA
Monetization: Uknown
Official Website: None

The upcoming sequel to the hit MMO Dragon Nest, Dragon Nest 2 has been announced to be under development. In 2013 the CEO of Shanda Games said they were “looking into at least 2 years of development” (source) so if 2013 is counted as the first year then 2014 is the earliest it could be launched. DN2 will have fast, responsive action combat and will be a large-scale MMORPG, according to the news article from MMOCulture.

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ReRoll by PIXYUL
Type: Online Open World Survival Action RPG
Release Date: TBA
Monetization: Pay
Official Website: http://rerollgame.com/

A futuristic online open world survival game, ReRoll will be a sandbox game that focuses on exploration, fighting, and crafting. At the moment it is not considered and MMO but could be made into one “some day” according to the developer’s FAQ and the gameplay is going to be “very MMO-esque.” The target date for the first playable part of the world is mid-2015. Also, the game is being created by drone-sourcing the real world. Drone-sourcing involves using cameras attacjed to flying drones to scan the Earth’s surface to model the world in 3D.

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Infinite Crisis Review

Infinite Crisis is a MOBA style free to play game based on the DC Universe and developed by Turbine and published by Warner Bros. Entertainment. Infinite Crisis started its closed beta testing phase on May 8 2013 and as of 14 March 2014; the game is in an Open beta phase.infinite crisis review

Infinite Crisis features a MOBA style game play with different types of maps. Currently the game has four maps that you can play, Coast City, Coast City Marina, Gotham Divided and Gotham Heights. There are two Coast City Marina maps, one is a training map and the other is a custom team vs. team map, both maps have two lanes. Gotham Divided is a typical MOBA style map with three lanes while Gotham Heights map is shaped like a ball. All maps are interactive as metro strike and events happen in mid match.

Currently Infinite Crisis has 28 champions that you can pick, including Aquaman, Green Lantern, Batman, Catwoman, The Flash, Joker, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Superman, Poison Ivy, Robin, Shazam, Star Sapphire, Wonder Woman, and Zatnna as well as Arcane, Atomic, Gaslight, Mecha and Nightmare versions of Batman, Catwoman, Joker, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy. Arcane, Atomic, Gaslight, Mecha and Nightmare versions are not just skins changes, they are champions with different skills.

infinite crisisThe champions are divided into six categories depending on their role, Assassins, Blasters, Bruisers, Enforcers, Marksmen, and Controllers. When you start your game, you will only be able to play the free champions that are Aquaman, Green Arrow, Joker, etc. Other champions you will need to unlock by buying them in the shop. You can buy the champions by using in game points and real money as well.

Playing Infinite Crisis feels like playing a DC skinned version of League of Legends. The animations and game play is a bit similar to LoL but in Infinite Crisis, it is quite easy to get confused and lose your champion in a team battle. A part form that, the game is fun to play and with new championed planed to release in the beta shows that Infinite Crisis is bound to get better.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Playing Nosgoth

Do you love vampire games, but hardly ever experienced their true savage nature in any available MMO out there? Well, the developers of Square Enix Studios created their masterpiece called Nosgoth that delivers us the full experience package of an exquisite and refined free-to-play online team-based player-versus-player game dedicated for hard-core vampire game fans. We present you 5 reasons why you should not miss the opportunity to try this game out and satisfy you thirst for blood and revenge as either a noble creature of the night or an adventurous vampire slayer.

The first Nosgoth open beta was from August 7 to August 10, 2014.

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#5 Unique Storyline

It may come as a pleasant surprise for you, but Nosgoth is based on the storyline of Legacy of Kain (PC Game) historical events, where the two faction of humans and vampires are fighting over the dominion of their lands. The world was dominated for over a millennium by the vampire Lord Kain, who was the founder of his elite vampire clans that ruled among the ruins of the Pillars of Nosgoth. Kain had six loyal lieutenants by his side to rule over the lands of Nosgoth, each leading his own clan. Humans were nothing more than a source of raw meat or target practice in the vampire concept and escaped refugees were hunted down and made an example of, to show their genetic superiority.

Out of his six lieutenants Raziel was most trusted by Kain, but upon finding out that he tried to surpass his master’s evolution he was trialled and thrown into the Abyss. In his never-ending search to return Nosgoth to its true former power and glory, Lord Kain abandons his clans leaving them in the hand of his lieutenants who divide and start fighting among themselves out of jealousy and personal conflicts.

Humans took the opportunity in their own hands while their enslavers were busy with their own personal war, making it possible for them to reorganize into large groups and relearn the old vampire hunting ways in order to retake Nosgoth for themselves.

Seeing that the human rebellion threat was growing stronger each day, the vampire lieutenants put their differences aside and allied their forces to face their common enemy, thus giving birth to the Great War for Nosgoth.

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#4 Great Combat Experience

The game has been developed with Unreal Engine technology, which is especially dedicated for real time RPG games. The gameplay involves a set of two teams (humans vs. vampires) to combat in an arena environment using melee and ranged weaponry. There are two alternating rounds each game, where you play once as a vampire and once as a vampire slayer.

At the moment the Beta version has only two types of Map Modes available. The team deathmatch mode involves eliminating your opponents by scoring a high kill count and staying alive as long as possible until the end of the round. In siege mode the humans are tasked to capture and defend key points on the map in order to earn points, while vampires can only earn points by killing the human hunters.

#3 Brave Vampire Hunters

There are 4 classes of vampire hunters who use range weapons since vampires have superior speed and strength abilities. Most weapons consist of bows, crossbows, grenade launchers and flame throwers, but keep in mind that if a vampire gets too close to you these weapons also have a secondary melee attack.

The Alchemists, also known as the Red Sisters of Anacrothe, are part of a long lost generation of human alchemist and chemist. Vampires destroyed all knowledge contained within the human libraries but did continue to experiment with alchemy on their own in the hopes of discovering new ways to advance the food chain. Slaves were the source of the experiments, but one brave heroine named Elustra managed to escape and kill her captives with a newly discovered substance named naphtha. Later on she managed to found the Red Sisters of Anacrothe and lead the to unite with other groups of humans to hunt down vampires through the use of potions, occult weapons and poisons.

The Hunters of the Ironguard are the original vampire hunters and were the first force to be dispatched against Kain’s legions before the onslaught. Unable to defeat them, they took refuge deep in the heart of Nosgoth lands, recruiting any human who would devote their life to take revenge on the vampires. The hunter’s favourite weapons are the crossbow and the bola – a chain with two balls attached at each end that when thrown will entangle its captive rendering them unable to attack.

The Prophets of the Lost Seers of Avernus are a very unique breed of humans that use the arts of magic to overcome their foes. When their leader Azimuth the matriarch of Avernus went insane and turned to demon worshiping, the prophets fled for their lives, understanding how easy it is for humanity to turn from protectors into aggressors. They used their powers to locate humans with special magical talents in order to recruit and train them. Prophets also managed to create ballistic weaponry but also discovered blood fountains that changed the survivors own blood into a weapon against vampires.

The Scouts of the Watchers of Dark Eden are the messengers of death, being skilled in the arts of archery that makes it easy for them to pick vampires from afar. They also relayed important messages between the colonies of humans that were fighting the Great War of Nosgoth. Aside from being long range fighters they are also trained assassins through the use of their stealth skills, allowing to them to easily take down any vampires crossing their path.

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#2 Awesome Vampires

Like humans, vampires are split into 4 classes of warriors who are able to either crawl, stealth, fly and crush their food source. All vampires are known to be able to climb walls and use their fearsome claws to slash into the fragile flesh of the human body in melee combat. They also can carry and feed on the corpses of their defeat opponents far away from the dangers on the battle field.

The Deceivers from the Zephonim Clan are gifted with mental talents, but over the years they have become twisted and degenerated through self-torture and alchemy experimenting. They are rather fragile in combat, but can stealth and assassinate their victims when they least expect it. They can project multiple copies of themselves and confuse their enemies by using their psychic abilities on their week minds. Due to their insane tactics and unclear agenda, the Decivers are feared throughout the humans as well as throughout the vampire clans, but being capable of managing the entire human food resource, they are a highly valued clan.

The Reavers from the Dumahim Clan use their cunning techniques through speed and devastating blows in hit-and-run tactics. They are skilled assassins who use stealth to their advantage and speed when needing to engage or flee rapidly from combat. They also mastered the craft of forging armour, making them harder to hit in combat thus ensuring their survivability in tough situations.

The Sentinels from the Razielim Clans are direct descendants of Raziel, who was cast into the Abyss for evolving wings before his Lord Kain could. Being driven almost to extinction by the other vampire clans, they fled their lands and took refuge in the Erebus Mountains. In time they lost their divinity turning into powerful winged monsters and when finally reaccepted in the vampires clans, they were highly valued for their ability to scout and perform aerial attacks by dropping their victims from lethal heights.

The Tyrants from the Turelim Clan are followers of Turel who proclaimed himself hair to the throne of Nosgoth, after Kain’s abandonment. Turel was also the lieutenant who hunted down and decimated most of Razielim clan. Though the others lieutenants did not agree with his ways, they did follow his decisions as he was the eldest of them all. The Tyrants are extreme brutes who consider themselves physically superior to any other vampires and they are always the first in battle, never fearing death in combat. They are able to stomp and crush their enemies with their bare hands and they obey their orders without question.

#1 Lore Friendly Maps

Currently there are five maps available from Nosgoth lands (Freeport, Provance, Sommerdamm, Valeholm and The Fane) and each has its unique and stylish medieval-gothic feeling, which reveal the scars from the conflicts between the humans and vampires. Developers did a great job of including aspects of each vampire clan in the architecture and artistic value of the surrounding structures and buildings.

With such a huge difference and variety between vampire and human classes, Nosgoth brings us a free MMO where you can be sure you will enjoy every moment when hunting lurking vampires or feasting on your human prey. The game is still in its beta stages for now, but being a free-to-play third person game and considering its potential, it is easy to foresee that Nosgoth will have some awesome surprises prepared for us when the final version will be released in the near future.

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Might & Magic: Duel of Champions Review

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is a free-to-play arcade card game, which is backed up by Ubisoft, where you embrace the mystical power of magic and supernatural to strategically defeat your opponents. As the name says, Duel of Champions is part of the Might & Magic franchise, where all your favorite creatures and spells transmute the turn-base strategy game into a card-strategy one. Also, being an Ubisoft game you can take advantage of their login platform to play the game, without the need of creating a separate account.

Behind the cards

duel of champions reviewMight & Magic: Duel of Champions comes packed with a nice amount of game options that will balance performance to meet the resource requirements. Visually the game looks outstanding and performs remarkably, since you can even use it on mobile and tablet devices. Developers put that extra bit of work in their packs art design, to bring to life the magical feeling of the four elements transmuted in your card creatures and spells. The background music and sound effects make Might & Magic: Duel of Champions a very immersive game, where the player is given that immersive feeling of an actual combat RTS situation.

The user interface is very easy to use and outputs very useful information for you and your opponent in the same time. For some other extra options, player can even use the Twitch feature to live stream their games, modify social presets and even roll the credits in case they are interested in the list of developers.

Let’s begin shuffling

Playing a card game such as Might & Magic: Duel of Champions has never been easier, since the 6 stage tutorial does a great job explaining to you step-by-stem how each move should be performed and anticipated.

The core of the game revolves around building your card decks to defend your main hero card. As you progress through the game, you will acquire new and more powerful cards to modify your existing decks. A valid deck contains a Hero card, 8 events cards and a mix of any creatures, spells, building and fortune cards. Also the maximum number of cards allowed per deck is between 59 and 209 cards. Another thing to keep in mind, when building your decks, is that you can have 4 copies of the same card, except for your hero, events and unique cards.

MMOTCG reviewWhen starting a battle you can take part in one of the 4 combat modes: Campaign, Ranked Duel, Tournaments and Practice. As you start a match, you will be required to setup your starting battleground setup by selecting your card formation. Next you have the supply phase where you can invest a point in your offensive, spell or defensive attributes, without any other card actions.

The action phase is the part where you can draw creature or spell cards, use your placed cards to attack your enemy, use available fortune cards and invest further points in your attribute. With each phase ending you will have to use the End Turn button so your opponent can perform his moves. In the end, whoever manages to eliminate the other’s hero card will win the game and be rewarded with gold and experience.

Card Types

Your hero and card packs can be part of one of the 6 factions, where each faction has specific attributes and skill that perform differently in each game situation.

Heaven focuses on defensive and healing capabilities. This creates a strong creature formation that blocks your enemy attempts to rely on light spells to break your defenses. Playing Heaven cards is a slower process but with enough perseverance and skill you can surely win any game. Most of the faction’s forces are based on griffins, humans, light spirits and mighty angels. This is the perfect deck for beginner players.

Inferno is the ideal deck for players who enjoy an offensive approach, since it relies on destruction spells and creatures that will reap your opponents defensive. Unlike Heaven, the Inferno factions has a significant lower defensive capacity, thus forcing you to sweep the battleground and use your devastating fire spells so you can inflict maximum damage. This faction’s forces are based on corrupt humans and various demons with chaotic powers. Also as any great RTS player would say: “A good defense is a strong offense!”

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The Stronghold faction falls in the aggressive gameplay style of intuitive gamers. The main idea is to organize quick attacks by sacrificing some of your weaker creatures and deploying your raw power from your enraged creatures that will constantly harass your opponent’s defenses. Stronghold’s forces are composed of shamans, orc warriors, beastmen, centaurs and harpies. This type of decks is ideal for players that love to shred their enemy piece by piece.

Necropolis is a very versatile faction that relies on creature resurrection, poisoning, cursing and sucking the life out of your enemies. While opponents have the pleasure of decimating your front-line weaker creature, they will soon realize that they are digging their own grave as you can infect his armies with poison and use resurrection to bring back your undead hordes and overcome any resistance. This faction’s forces are backed up by undead, liches, vampires and the powerful and deadly goddess Natntarus. Necropolis decks are the most efficient way for players to eliminate their opponent using sheer numbers over damage.

Sanctuary is a great faction that focuses on repositioning and flow of the battle. Player can use Nagas to relocate on the battlefield in order to defend or freeze enemy creatures in place. Players can use a great arsenal of spells and strong spirits to keep their opponents at bay. Sanctuary’s forces are composed out of Nagas, water spirits, Kappas and Kirins. This faction is perfect for players that like to control the battlefield and force the enemy into a dance of death through positioning.

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The Academy faction is a very tricky and high risk deck to have as a professional player. Most of the creatures belonging to this faction have high requirements and even some severe drawbacks that you have to balance around your deck construction. If you manage to get that balance right and keep your supportive creatures alive, the game is yours. The Academy’s forces are based on mages and their summoned creatures, djinns, gargoyles, beastmen and titans. Use this type of decks only if you know what you are doing and have a great deal of game experience to back you up.

If you like to speed things up, you can use your gold to buy new decks from the game shop. Gold can be obtained by wining matches, from the login bonus when you enter the game every day, through achievements or by converting seals. Seals are the second game currency, which can be bought with real cash, and that can be used in the shop micro-transactions.

The last hand

Might & Magic: Duel of Champions is a beautiful free-to-play arcade card game that will make use of your best offensive and defensive capabilities when anticipating the next moves of your opponent. It has a great balance between visual graphics and performance and works great any type of gaming platform, where together with the background music and sound effects it gives that realistic and immersive type of RTS. The combat system is elegant and is easy to adapt to, making this game a great and unique card shuffle game. If you are a fan of arcade card games, then give Might & Magic: Duel of Champions a try and you won’t be disappointed.

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Aura Kingdom Review

Aura Kingdom is a free to play MMORPG by Taiwanese game developer X-Legend and published by Aeria Games. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, this game is known as Fantasy Frontier Online. This game features beautiful anime style graphics and basic anime style story line as well. The graphics of Aura Kingdom are quite similar to other MMOs by Aeria Games like Grand Fantasia and Eden Eternal. Currently the game is in an Open Beta phase.

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Aura Kingdom features quite a lot of dynamic in the background as well as in the game play. Your screen will always be full of colors and sometimes you will see some mini cut scenes. Even when you creating a new character you will see a mini cut scene as well as all the playable classes in a dynamic way. In Aura Kingdom, you will unlock more things as you level up like Eidolon at level 10, Crafting at level 30, and at level 40, you can pick a sub class which allows you to pick up a second weapon and some new skills. Level 40 also opens up the PvP option and sadly, there is no option to PvP while you level up.

There are a total of 10 playable classes but on the English version only 8 are available. These classes are Guardian, Ravager, Duelist, Grenadler, Gunslinger, Sorcerer, Wizard, and Brad. Guardian is the primary defensive class of Aura Kingdom, Ravager and Duelist are both melee damage classes. While Ravager is more of an area of effect damage class Duelist is a single target damage class.

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Similarly, Grendier is an area of effect damage ranged class and Gunslinger is the single target damage class. Sorcerer and Wizard are both magic damage-dealing classes, the Sorcerer is more of a support class that uses skills to put debuffs on the enemies. While a Wizard is an area of effect magic damage dealing class. The Bard class is the primary healing class of Aura Kingdom.

Once you have picked your class, you can now customize it. Since Aura Kingdom is an anime-based game it does not have many options in character customization but unlike other anime style games, you can change the gender of your class in Aura Kingdom. After that, you are given the open to pick your Eidolons.

In Aura Kingdom, Eidolons are pets that give your skills, spells and fight by your side. The Eidolons even talk to you and they can sometimes be used as mounts. You can even send your Eidolon away to get you some powerful items by using the ‘connect to Gaia’ ability. These items are random and there is always a chance that an Eidolon might get you some off the cash shop. While your Eidolon is away, it can neither fight beside you nor talk to you, the Eidolon is back after tem minutes.

To sum it all up, Aura Kingdom is good anime style free to play MMORPG. Fans of anime style games will enjoy Aura Kingdom for not only its graphic but also for its combat style and the Eidolon system. Even though you can’t customize your character much in looks, you can still customize your class and Eidolon to create a combo that suits your playing style.

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9 Reasons Why MMOs Look Silly

Even if you are a hard-core MMO fan, you still noticed some silly aspects that most games of the genre tend to reproduce en masse. These elements have proven to be irritating over time, but they became part of the gaming system that is more of a tradition than a drag.

#9 Killing defenseless animals

Most of the times when you start a normal MMO, you are tasked to kill a poor defenseless little creature to test you combat skills. Maybe it will try to fight back, but what chance will a little mob, with the characteristics of a fluffy bunny, have against a hero who is armed to the teeth!?

#8 Elves, elves and more elves

For a dying breed, elves are in overwhelming numbers when it comes to associated MMOs. You can’t follow a questing path without meeting at least 10 elves on the way, every 2 minutes. Even NPC elves are keeping their population healthy. Perhaps this is a result from the fact that male or female elves kind of look alike and have that sexy appeal to them.

#7 Skimpy armors

I have no clue where game developers come up with these ideas, but more exposed flesh won’t help you that much when a dragon spits fire all over you. I understand that they are trying very hard to keep gamers attached to their characters, but I haven’t seen skimpy outfits for any male versions in MMOs.

#6 Irrelevant potions

Did this ever happen: you finish a quest and you are rewarded a free potion of endurance that gives +2 to your stat. So what do you do with it? Best case scenario you use it once and never buy that stuff again or you can sell it for a few coins at a vendor. Don’t get me wrong, all MMO potions have a purpose, but unless you are a pro-player that is obsess of max-ing his stats, in order to terrorize the world, I have no clue why anyone would bother constantly consuming all sorts of potions that are not HP, XP and Mana related.

#5 Wimpy town defenders

Every time you reach an outpost or small village, there is a respected defender who usually roams a small area like a boss. The sole purpose of his existence is to give you quests to solve the town’s problems and that makes you wonder how he even became the defender of that settlement, since he is so lazy to take care of a few naughty critters!? It is one thing for him to ask for your assistance to get his tasks done and another to just be a slave and run errands in his place.

#4 Disposable vendors

Vendors come in all shape and sizes, but that doesn’t mean they are all useful. Take an armor or weapon smith/vendor for example. They always have low quality items, most of the times they are out of stock and everything sells at steep prices to begin with. You have a better chance to get good quality gear from loot drops or just craft it yourself if you have the ingredients.

#3 The magical spacebar

How many people did you see using Spacebar to jump while walking or even in combat? The sad truth about this mobility action is that most MMOs use a targeted combat system, which makes hopping obsolete since you can’t avoid any of the hits or travel faster over a short distance.

#2 Female characters after 10 years

A decade ago MMOs were focusing on developing new play styles and better graphics, but no one envisioned that female character aesthetics will be one of the prime focuses for marketing purposes. If we analyze the historical time span over the last 10 years we will see that female chest enlargement has evolved with each passing game. This makes me wonder for who these games are intended to anymore. We have to understand that gamers include underage kids as well, so this type of exposer might not be the brightest idea developers came up with.

#1 Bigger isn’t better

If you find yourself in a raid or doing a dungeon, you will most likely discover that depending on a monsters power attack and HP, they will tend to get bigger and bigger until they go through the world’s ruff. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does tend to get very generic for an MMO. Epic Boss fights can also be conducted with a small scale mob that has clever attacks and more mobility.

I am sure that any on-line gamer can add many other silly aspects that make MMOs look bizarre and sloppy. In my opinion, all existing MMOs should try to ameliorate this little design and mechanic flaws and try to find a balance between quality content and a fun game-play.

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Smite Review

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Smite is a free-to-play MOBA game, brought to us by Hi-Rez Studios, where you embark on a journey that will lead you to a godlike confrontations between epic and mythological Gods. Unlike most games of its genre, Smite puts you into the first seat (3rd-person view) in the game to watch the action up close while you try to survive the killing blows of your enemy.

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The game looks great by having a neat balance between graphic quality and performance while playing. Furthermore the antialiasing effect does improve those sharp edges by making the environment more pleasant for your eyes. Sounds and voice covers play an important role in Smite, thus they are executed flawlessly and to the letter. There aren’t too many game options to go through and the UI is a bit robust, but developers did a great job at positioning all the HUD elements so you can focus on the battle screen rather than on stats.

Playing like a God

Like all MOBA games, your objectives are to get past your enemy’s defenses to reach your ultimate goal that is symbolically represented by a Titan (Boss fight). There are a few differences that make Smite stand out of the MOBA crowd, that ultimately fine-tune the player’s experience when taking the victory home.

The game does a great job at helping you step-by-step by following their detailed tutorial on how to survive your first battles. It doesn’t take long for you to realize that most of the hard work, item picking and skill selection are automatically executed by the AI assistance mechanism. The tutorial encourages you to keep these autopilot options on until you get a better understanding of the game works while you gain more experience through different game-plays. Smite also gives you the possibility to live stream directly from within the game and also watch other player’s games to better understand how they deal in various combat situations. In other words this system improves your chances to play with/against veteran gamers and don’t fall behind too much while leveling your God throughout a match.

Smite also has a Voice Guidance System (VGS) that replaces the need to type in chat when trying to communicate efficiently. It uses a combo of keys to alert your team, through voice commands, whenever you want to point something out for them, such as a missing enemy from your lane or simply returning to base to heal and resupply. It does take a while to get used to them, but they are very helpful as they don’t constantly focus your attention in the chat window or on the mini-map.

In order to have access to all the game’s content you have to level up your account until you reach level 30. As you get your level higher, more game mods and Gods will become available to you. Upon reaching level 30 you will also have the opportunities to play in ranked matches and progress through its tiers.

smite moba gameThe Parthenon of Gods

There are 5 classes available for your god collection, where you can choose to be a powerful mage who wield the extreme powers of magic, an assassin that base his attacks on stealth and cunning, a hunter that focuses on range attacks to take down enemies quickly, a guardian that has a huge life pool and rely on defense strategies in order to allow his team enough time to inflict maximum damage, or you could just be a warrior that balances his defense and attack skills so he can dominate the battlefield in pure rage.

Of course, each class is specific to different roles like support, tank, carry or jungler that requires good cooperation in order for all team members to excel their best in team fights.

Like all mythologies, each God is represented by a specific culture. In the character selection panel we have a filter that allows us to browse between Hindu, Mayan, Chinese, Norse, Roman, Greek and Egyptian Gods, which have their own backstory and abilities correlated with folklore believes associated with them. Each God has 4 usable combat skills you can activate during fights, 2 slots for consumable potions and wards, 6 precious items/gear slots and 2 more special slots for passive abilities that can be purchased from the AI shop, giving your playable character extensive build flexibility. You also have the possibility to create your own preset of recommended items before you begin a match within the game’s client.

Being a 3rd person shooter type of MOBA, the combat is pretty much skilled-shot oriented. Though you are given the impression of a lot of mobility, by panning you camera up and down or by jumping, the crosshair is kept on a stabilized ground level, thus your only concern is aiming left and right than above and below an enemy God.

The modes

Needless to say, if you roll with autopilot in your early game stages on you won’t lose precious time in your base by looking at each item and skill to understand how they work, but if you want to get the best out of your God then a bit of practice won’t spoil your curiosity.

There are 6 game modes available where your God will have to defeat the enemy party within the given time, while reaching the maximum character level of 20 and buying various consumables, items and precious gear. Practice is the most recommended activity when trying to familiarize yourself with a new God. This is a single-player (solo) mode that teaches you the basic rules and mechanics of the game, while playing on a single lane map against another AI God.

Conquest is the default 5-vs-5 game mode, featuring a three lane map surrounded by a jungle area, where the main objective is to destroy the enemy towers, Phoenixes and Minotaur. One thing to keep in mind is that the Minotaur is much stronger if most of the defenses are still up and yes it will attack you since it’s not a structure, like in other MOBA games. Also Phoenixes are special towers that will unlock super-minions when destroyed, but unlike the traditional towers, Phoenixes re-spawn after a given time.

Arena is more of a PVP-like brawling death match, where the main goal is to reduce your opponent’s ticket count to zero, by killing enemy Gods and their minions. Each team starts with 500 tickets and an average game lasts about 15 minutes per match. Also the Arena is full of spectators that will cheer up every time an event happens on the glorious battlefield.

Assault is very similar to Conquest, but you are assigned a random God and the map has a single lane with no jungle area (all random, all mid). The objectives remain the same as in Conquest mode, where your goal is to help protect the base while attacking the enemy’s defenses.

Joust is a 1-vs-1 mode that is very fun to play when challenging one of your friends to a duel. In order to win you only have to destroy your rival/friend’s Minotaur. This mode will yield a reward only once per day, so it is more of a proving ground for player’s superiority rather than a standardized game mode.

Siege is also very similar to Conquest mode, but the big difference is that this map has only two lanes instead of the normal three and the teams can have up to three players each. Your main objective is to acquire a siege weapon, to push the lanes faster, by killing minions, jungle camps and enemy players to earn the necessary points. You can also get an instant siege weapon by destroying the central jungle camp.

Upon winning a game you are rewarded with a global experience and favor (in-game currency). Favor is used to buy new Gods or account icons, but you also have the possibility to use micro transactions with the help of gems (bought with real cash). There is even a goodwill system that provides you with a 30% reward bonus if you play according to the game’s rules and you prove to be a reliable member for your team.

Verdict

Smite is an interesting MOBA game that thinks out of the box when it comes to its game-play style. The 3rd person camera view is one of the best features of the game, while graphics and VGS look very polished and the antialiasing option does improve the visual quality by a lot without performance loss. Combat is skill-shot oriented and force players to be focused on most of the action that happens in the battle. The 6 game mods also help players to switch between game styles ultimately achieving level 30 where they can explore the pleasure of ranked matches. For everyone who loves to wield the power of the ancient Gods, Smite will satisfy that desire and transform all you battles into awesome good games (GG).

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Top Five Movie References in WoW that are Easy to Spot

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World of Warcraft is full of movie references, as long as you have seen the movie you will easily spot its reference in game. These references are all over the game, some are in the form of quests; some are in the form of NPCs, etc. Below are the top five movie references you can easily spot.

300

In the Death Knight starting area there is a quest called “Tonight we Dine in Havenshire” this is a clear reference to the famous quote of King Leonidas in the movie 300. In this quest, you are required to gather arrows fired by NPCs called “Sky Darkeners” this is another reference to the 300 movie where the Persian says, “Our arrows will blot out the sun!”. During the quest “The Light of Dawn”, the defenders of Light’s Hope Chapel are only 300 while the Scourge army has 10,000, this is yet another reference to 300 the movie.

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Harrison Jones

Indiana Jones

In WoW there is a Human NPC named Harrison Jones. He wears the same cloths as Indiana Jones and he is an archaeology trainer in Stormwind. The Horde archeology trainer is called Belloc Brightblade who is a reference to Rene Belloq, the main adversary of Indiana Jones in The Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Harrison Jones plays a large role in the story of Uldum. There are too many quests with Harrison Jones that point to different Indiana Jones movies. Some of the quests include, “Harrison Jones and the Temple of Uldum” which is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the “Premature Explosionation” quest is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, etc.

Scarface

There is a quest in Grizzly Hills called “Say hello to my little friend” which is a clear reference to the famous dialog form the movie Scarface. The best part of the quest is, the NPC where you turn the quest in, is a Dwarf.

Rambo

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John J. Keeshan

In the Alliance zone of Redridge Mountains, you will find a lot of reference to the Rambo movies. Firstly, there is an NPC named Colonel Troteman who is a clean reference to Colonel Samuel Trautman of the Rambo movie. This NPC will give you a quest known John J. Keeshan. In this quest, you will have to find John J. Keeshan under the Lakeshire Inn. Now this John J. Keeshan guy is WoW’s version of John Rambo. When you find him under Lakeshire Inn, you will see him street fighting similar to the opening scene in Rambo 3, where Rambo street fights for money.

John J. Keeshan will tell you that people have accused him of killing Orc babies, which is a reference to the first Rambo movie, First Blood. In which Rambo says that people called him a baby killer. There is another quest” They Drew First Blood” that starts with Colonel Troteman and ends with John J. Keeshan is yet another reference to the movie First Blood. Another quest that shows John J. Keeshan as Rambo is “AHHHHHHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHHHH!!!” (Yes that is the quest name) where he firing a gun turret while you drive an Alliance Steam Tank is similar to the scene where Rambo seen on a turret firing at the enemies.

Fight Club

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Grawler’s Guild

Fight Club reference is quite easy to spot in WoW. Both Alliance and Horde have their own Fight Club versions called the Brawler’s Guilds. When you join the Brawler’s Guild you earn the achievement “The First Rule of Brawler’s Guild” this is a clear reference to the rules of Fight Club which is “First rule of Fight Club, you do not talk about Fight Club.” Once you reach Rank 7, you earn the achievement “The Second Rule of Brawler’s Guild” which gives out a Brawler’s Pass that you can give to a friend or sell on AH. This reference to the second rule of Fight Club “You do not talk about Fight Club.” When you queue for your first fight in the Brawler arena, you are placed at the start of the queue, again referring to the third rule of Fight Club “If it’s your first day, you have to have”

All around Undercity you can find NPCs with names referring to Fight Club, Tyler, Edward, Marla and Chloe in War Quarter. There even is the famous Robert Paulson in WoW and the best part is, when you talk to him, he says, “Why does everyone know my name” a reference to the famous quote of Fight Club “His name is Robert Paulson.” In game there is also a mace called Fight Club that Scarlet Monks drop in the Scarlet Monastery Entrance.

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Black Gold Online Review

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Black Gold Online is a free to play MMORPG developed by Snail Game. This game features a combination of Steampunk and Fantasy elements in the setting. The game is currently in its open beta phase and the below information might change over time. This game has a cash stop but never forces you to buy anything.

black gold online reviewCharacter Creation

When you log into Black Gold Online for the first time, you are instantly taken to the faction selection screen. There are two main factions in the game, Isenhorst and Erlandir. Isenhorst is the steam punk faction and Erlandir in the fantasy faction. The next screen will take you to the class selection screen. There are 12 classes in the game, Punisher, Assassin, Spellsword, Blademaster, Skycaller, Pyromancer, Spectromancer, Geomancer, Gunslinger, Occultist, Thaumaturge, and Beastmaster. Once you have your class, you are taken to a very detailed character creation screen with lots of options and sliders.

Game Features

Black Gold Online has many different gameplay features, like Adventure System, Arena, Battlefield, Chambers of Greed, Energy Wall, Out Break, Instance System, Military Battlefield, and Mount based Combat or Mech Combat. Each mode unlocks at a different level. The Adventure system and Instance system are the main PvE systems, while Arena, Battlefield Energy Wall, Military Battlefield are PvP. Chambers of Greed is both PvE and PvE, it’s an open world dungeon that anyone can enter but you first have to discover it.
open beta mmorpgBlack Gold Online also features a profession and guild system, as well as crafting and daily rewards. Most of these features are quite good but the game bombards you with them which can be confusing for the player. Similarly, the user interface feels cluttered.

Questing and leveling in Black Gold Online is quite easy. Most of the quests are “talk to this/that NPC” type of quests. Even though these types of quests are easy to do and help you level up fast, they become quite boring after a while. No matter which faction you pick, the quests up to level 10 are fast paced but really boring.

black gold online reviewBlack Gold Online is full of cut scenes; you get a cut scene when you create a new character and even while you are questing. However, none of the cut scenes has voice over and they look a bit outdated. Similarly, the graphic of the game look outdated but that could be because of the game being in a beta phase. Speaking of graphics, the game also features a model where you can farther lower your graphics setting to improve the games performances to have a better PvP experience.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, Black Gold Online is a free to play MMORPG that is currently in its open beta phase. The concept and features of this game sound promising but while playing it feels a bit dull and boring. Maybe it’s because its still in open beta testing and it might improve later on. I for one am really hoping that this game improves its quality as I truly like the idea of technology vs. fantasy.

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Perfect World International Review

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Perfect World International: New Horizons is a free-to-play MMORPG, which portrays a world full of fantasy mixed with a pinch of Chinese culture and art. You will embark in a new quest where you will be the hero chosen by the gods to defend the world of, well, Perfect World. With 5 races available and 10 classes to choose from, there will be plenty of room to fight and learn the treats of war. Action, diverse activities, dungeons and monsters you will keep you focused on exploring and having fun in Perfect World.

Visual Quality

The game is embedded by mysticism and an ambiance of ancient powers that show its true form through the very beautiful and detailed characters, environment and model structures. From the option’s point of view the game is very rigid and has very limited tweaking capabilities, yet Perfect World does a great job at keeping performance up even on the highest setting preset. The background music and sound effects make the game a delight to explore and have fun attacking the small and adorable little creatures. The skill effects are very well polished and truly embed the elements of a fantasy MMO. Looking over the user interface we see that it is manageable and easy to interact with, since it follows the standard MMO layout, but it could use an upgrade in one of the future patches to give it more flexibility in options for adapting it to the user’s needs.

perfect world character creationBecoming a Hero

Perfect World has one of the best character creation tools out there. You can manage every little aspect of your character’s facial feature, being able to create anything you would like from the prettiest figures to even more atrocious ones. After playing in the creation tool we will find ourselves in the starting tutorial area where we can test our powers and learn the basic movement and combat mechanics.

Your task is simple: defend Perfect World from the wraith enemy, who are remnants of the pre Perfect World. The lore tells us that the great god Pan Gu got so bored of his omnipotence power that he decided to create a world that matched his desires. He used the five nature elements (wood, fire, water, air and metal) to create a beautiful world and the life in it, but all the population turned out vile and insane becoming a shadow world.

Pan Gu wiped this world out of existence and recreated the Perfect World, where he made sure to invest as much as possible in its inhabitants, by dividing his own qualities between 3 races: Human together with Earthguard, Winged Elves together with Tideborn and the Untamed (creature-like humanoids). Unfortunately some of the wraiths survived the old world and started invading the new one to corrupt it and create mayhem.

Classes and Combat

perfect world combatWe also have 10 classes available to choose from, such as: Archer – who is very skilled with ranged weapons, Assassin – who will strike you from the shadows when you least expect it, Barbarian – who always relies on brute force first and asks questions later, Blademaster – a master of the blades, Cleric – melee champion who supports his friends in need, Mystic – a magic sumoner of the elements of nature, Psychic – a mage warrior who sustains his team mates in hard times, Seeker, Venomancer – a tamer of the wild life and a wielder of magic, and Wizard – no one can argue with a champion who controls the pure power of destructive magic. They are very stereotypical for a MMO genre, yet their skill animations make them epic fighters in the mists of a wild combat.

Combat is not particularly hard to handle as it is target based and you will enjoy spamming your skills and spells as they are very elaborate and mind-blowing on the scale they perform when they output simple damage attacks. Some will even last for some good 30 seconds so you have enough time to enjoy their destructive power effects.

Questing is interesting and at times even fun, but it becomes repetitive after a while. Never the less, all NPC characters look adorable and always have good dialog lines to keep you active on the job. To top this, there are even daily quests that bring you better rewards than the average quests.

Other Activities

perfect world international reviewWhen reaching level 19 you can start doing dungeons and here is where you start to see the difficulty of the AI rising. Dungeons are a fun activity that sometimes becomes a challenge to complete, but with great teamwork with your raiding group nothing can stand in your way and you can get that so much needed high quality loot and rewards. When you think raiding dungeons is enough, you can turn around and make your way to any big city and start training, buying, selling or even crafting loot, items, materials and gear. And don’t forget to barter for your stuff at the auction house, where competition is very bloody and ruthless when it comes to prices.

There are plenty of mounts, pets and other cosmetic items to browse through, but the best feature is getting yourself a Genie Spirit that will be an NPC companion to help you out in your adventures. They level up at the same pace as you do and they can even assist you in battle by casting buffs/debuffs or using unique abilities.

If you are looking for love in this game, as it is a social MMO, you will find that there is a marriage option between characters of opposite sex. There are quite a few steps to follow if you want to organize a ceremony and get married with someone you enjoy being on-line. After you complete all the necessary steps you will have to set a date for the wedding ceremony and when people show up at the chapel the union will begin. Be careful not to mess this activity up as it is very costly and time consuming.

Verdict

Perfect World International: New Horizons is a great free-to-play MMORPG, where we can enjoy the ancient Chinese culture mixed with fantasy, making this game a master piece. The visual graphics, model, characters and animations are very well done and together with the beautiful background music you will feel cozy and comfortable while exploring. Combat is fun and full of mind blowing special effects making it a delight to hack and slash your foes. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, but in Perfect World everything must be perfect, so you can even create an expensive on-line wedding if you wish it. For all fantasy fans out there, Perfect World International: New Horizons is the game for you.

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15 Reasons Why Gamers Should Love Rift

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Rift is not a game about perfection and balance, but is rather more oriented towards the concept of adaptation and skill improvement. This might scare a gamer away from such an MMO, but I assure you it is a great game. In this post I will reveal 15 reasons why Rift is a superb MMO that every gamer should give try out at least once.

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#15 User Interface

The UI is very flexible, has tons of layout options and makes it feel like a breeze when presetting your own configuration. And yes, I know it looks very similar to WoW, but don’t get stuck on mere appearances. The UI is extremely user friendly and well developed, making add-ons a commodity rather than a necessity.

#14 Awesome dungeons

Doing dungeons is an ongoing process that you never get tired of. Maybe it is the immersive group system or the ability to change your character roles, between combats, and always try new skills in the hard-core battles against epic bosses. One thing is for sure, Rift does a great job at keeping people wanting to explore dungeons as often as possible.

#13 Unorthodox questing

Though you start with an amazing storyline, by traveling from the future to prevent a devastating cataclysm that occurs in Telara’s past, the story itself starts to fade away as you play. People who enjoy lore exploration might get a cold chill, but in fact questing is not the main focus in Rifts. Even if you start doing a strain of quests you can get easily distracted by other adventures and events, which will level you so at a faster rate, thus making your previous quests obsolete. If you truly want to complete every quest in the game, there is a neat work around by using the Mentor system to diminish your stats by as much as 5 levels. It might be chaotic to follow a quest line, but Rift points the gamer in the direction of having fun and leveling up however he likes, opposed to standard questing.

#12 World events

Every now and then, Rift throws a world event at you that will reward your curiosity, upon completion, with interesting gifts. These events usually last for a few days and yield unique items or mounts that players can show off with after completing bizarre and entertaining challenges.

#11 Dimensions

We all love to have our little hero’s nest, to call home. Rift goes a step forward and offers us an actual piece of the land (personal dimension) to possess and manage, where the developers done a great job of creating a home with an imposing view.

#10 Endless exploration

Rift highly encouraged exploration through achievements and artifacts, which can lead to unlock special rewards. There is nothing more fun than to go off-road and investigate a mountain peak or steep crater that might hide out interesting or dangerous mysteries.

#9 End game content

The true journey of the game starts when you reach level 50. You have an entire new land dedicated for end game content–making you realize that reaching level 50 was just the warm up training. Rift doesn’t keep players bored and always throw new things at them to play with, to keep busy, as they progress through their adventures.

#8 Spectacular rifts

Obviously Rift introduces the concept of tears in space and time where rift events will randomly occur on the map. Rifts are very unpredictable and can surprise you every time you are in an area and minding your own business, when all of a sudden waves upon weaves of creatures reverse all over the land (in that particular area) to decimating everything in their way. When a rift event occurs you aren’t safe anywhere, not even in NPC faction camps. If Rift monster kill everyone in camps you will have to wait for the event to pass in order for your quest NPC to re-spawn, otherwise if you are up for the challenge, you can try to defend the camp in order to gain a good amount of XP, faction recognition and some other neat rewards.

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#7 Immersive groups

When having to team up with someone for a rift event for example, you can activate this feature on the fly. If the game senses you are in a dangerous zone and there are other players near you, it will automatically pop up a group button on the top of your screen. Groups are very practical when leveling up in difficult situations. Being such an accessible feature, team communication is kept to a minimum between players, everyone focusing on the bigger objectives while benefiting from the opportunity of getting help from other players.

#6 Soul trees

Generally in a standard MMO you are stuck with a particular character class from beginning till the end of the game. Rift has a very neat and interactive tool called Soul Trees. You have 3 souls which you can invest in your character and which can be changed throughout the game to adapt to different combat situation. If you are an offensive mage in your group and your healer or tank is not particular great at his role, you can easily step out of the battler, change your preset roles and fill in the gap for them. This means that the class you play is very flexible and will always offer you a way to cope with various weaknesses the game mechanics will try to impose on you.

#5 Instant adventures

These events are a lot of fun and a fast way to gather experience in the company of other random players. They are worthwhile since they reward you with special items and currency and also make quite a show when a small army of players surrounds a poor mini-boss, like raging ants, and obliterate him out of existence.

#4 Amazing graphics and music

Laying your eyes on an opening rift that shatters the earth and darkens the sky is a breath taking moment. Developers put a lot of artistic touch in their work and it does show off through beautiful landscapes and detailed character features. The only drawback is that you will have to trade quality over performance, but generally the game reacts smoothly and well balanced on a normal PC. Iron Zur brings us beautiful soundtracks that merge with the mystical realms in Rifts and it does stand out next to other big names such as Tera, Startreck, Everquest II or Lineage II, represented by the same composer.

#3 Fun to level up

We all know how hard is the path of leveling up a character by doing the same old grumpy quests over-and-over again. Rift comes with a new perspective and gives the players the possibility to alternate between quests, dungeons, rift events, PVP arenas and instant adventures to level up fast and from a very early gameplay stage. This changes the monotonous and strict path of quest grinding for experience and forms it into a more flexible leveling system that is fun and keeps you active.

#2 Casual population

Rift feel a lot less crowded and usually people don’t have reasons to stick to a particular area, being constantly on the move to find new activities. Even on PVP Servers people don’t fight each other that often and most of the time they team up against opened rift events and then go on their way. It does make Rift feels more of a single-player game at times, but with so much to do you rarely notice this aspect.

#1 Extensive PVE

Rift makes the player go step by step through various difficulty tiers when it comes to PVE (Normal, Expert, Raid and Chronicle). So when you see someone with epic gear obtained from a high tier dungeon, you will know he earned it through hard work and not by pure luck from his first try.

In conclusion

Rift is unique and very entertaining giving each player the opportunity to adapt his own play style, leaving space for plenty of activities to strap on your journeys. There are many other aspects that Rift has packed under its hood, but I chose to reveal only the most important components that give this game an elegant and mundane nature.