Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Angels Online

Site: http://ao.igg.com/


Angels Online is a free-to-play, 2D MMORPG. The game is available for PC and PlayStation 3.



Character classes:


  • Protector – best tank, can wear plate armor.

  • Warrior - tank with axe, can wear plate armor.

  • Swordman – sword skills, have high damage skills, can wear plate armor.

  • Spearman – have ranged damage, can wear plate armor.

  • Archer – have ranged damage, can wear Leather Armor.

  • Priest – healing spells, defensive spells and assistance spells

  • Summoner – curse spells, summon spells and have the ability to wear Cloth Armor

  • Wizard – destructive spells and have the ability to wear Cloth Armor

  • Magician – earth spells (temptation and transmutability spells), they have somewhat strong melee attack and have the ability to wear Cloth Armor

  • Weapon Craftsman – can forge metal weapons, dig ore, lumber and control robots.


  • Armor Craftsman – can forge lightweight and heavy armor, collect, lumber and control robots.

  • Tailor – can forge mage robes and cloth armor, collect, fist and control robots.

  • Technician – can develop robot accessories, forge ornaments and staves, collect, lumber and control robots.

  • Chef – can make food that improve abilities, collect, fist and control robots.



Angel Lyceum
Angel Lyceum is the place where new characters are spawned. It is the place to learn how to play and to obtain some credits by making simple quests.

Pet System
Pets can assist players in battle, can get experience and level up. Some of the available pets are Wind Elf, Water Elf, Earth Elf, Fire Elf, Wolf.

Mount System
Players can ride different type of mounts – steed, lizard, tusk boar, gerbil, dark wolf, raptor.

PvP & Credit
Angel Credit is the way players are evaluated in Eden. You can obtain credit points by doing quests, crafting or PVP. Players with enough Angel Credit can buy special items and accept certain quests.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Zhu Xian Online

Site: http://www.zhuxian.com/

Zhu Xian Online is a Chinese MMORPG by Beijing Perfect World Co. currently in closed beta. It features cool graphics and fantasy gameplay. Zhu Xian is based on the popular Chinese internet novel by Xiao Ding.



There is a Philippines Closed Beta on http://zxbeta.e-games.com.ph/

Game features:

  • Pets - pets evolve - grow, get new skills, and bring special talisman to their owners.

  • Mounts

  • Talismans

  • Quests
    some quests are for couples, groups and guilds

  • 3D pathing systems

Friday, November 28, 2008

Battle for Wesnoth

Site: http://www.wesnoth.org/

Battle for Wesnoth is a free, open-source, turn-based, fantasy, strategy game. Players can build armies recruiting and training warriors from 16 different races. Also the game offers over 200 unit types. My first impression was somewhat confusing but after a while I start to like the strange gameplay.
Battle for Wesnoth tutorial
The Battle for Wesnoth has nice, simple tutorial for the novice players like me. Also the game has localizations for many different languages, not all of them are full but this is a nice surprise for players from different countries to play on their native language. The gameplay is not exactly what people usually expect from this kind of games, but after some time it turns to be rather fascinating. The game offers a vast help for beginners.


There are many different scenarios. Players can download other players’ campaigns or make their own with the available editor.

One of the good parts is the multiplayer game. Players can set up games or join on the existing multiplayer servers.


Battle for Wesnoth
Battle for Wesnoth
Battle for Wesnoth

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel

Site: http://www.sacred2.com/

Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel is a fantasy RPG from the Sacred series. The action takes place in a massive and dynamic 3D world.
Gameplay:
In Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel there are two playable campaigns - the "Light" side and the "Shadow" side.
Players can choose from six different, playable characters:

  • Seraphim

  • Shadow Warrior

  • High Elf

  • Dryad

  • Inquisitor

  • Temple Guardian


More features:
Modifiable combat skills.
Mounts - players can use horses like in Sacred 1. Also all the characters have a special mount for their needs.

Trailers and Movies:








Sunday, October 26, 2008

Blade and Soul

Site: http://bns.plaync.co.kr/

Blade and Soul is a martial-arts MMORPG under development, by the creators of Lineage2 - NCSoft.



Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lunia

Site: http://lunia.ijji.com/

Lunia: Record of Lunia War is a 3D, action arcade MMORPG.

Gameplay
Linia is a little like the old arcade games. It has episodes and stages. You must pass through Stage 1 to 10 at least once before the next episode is unlocked. Completing certain quests can unleash secret stages.

The control over the character is done with the keyboard - the numpad is used for the 8 directional movement control and A, S and Spacebar are used for different attacks.

Characters
Currently there are six available characters:
Sieg - knight, melee character
Eir - healer
Dainn - wizard
Tia - thief
Lime - shape shifter
Dacy - summoner




Saturday, October 11, 2008

OpenAnno - open source real time economy simulation game

Site: http://openanno.org

OpenAnno is an open source project, aiming to create 2D real time economy simulation strategy game. It is using the FIFE game engine(http://www.fifengine.de/).



Monday, October 6, 2008

Runes of Magic

Site: http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/index.html
Free-To-Play MMORPG

Runes of Magic is a cool fantasy MMORPG. It is currently in closed beta state, the open beta is announced for 9th Dec 2008.

The action of the game takes place in a magical world called Taborea.

Classes
Runes of Magic features dual class system with six primary classes and selectable secondary class. Available classes are Warrior, Scout, Rogue, Mage, Priest and Knight.

PvP
The player versus player combats are activatable, in the form of duels or guild wars.

More interesting features:
- Crafting system
- Reputation System
- Ranking System
- Great number of quests



Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Aion - Tower of Eternity

Site: http://www.plaync.com/us/games/aion/

Aion: Tower of Eternity is a fantasy MMORPG under development by NCSoft.
Two playable races are presented till now, the the Elyos and the Asmodians. The Elyos are bright, live in a bright, colorful world and are much like humans. The Asmodians are the opposite, live in a dark world, have dark or blue skin and have long nails. Characters from both races can become Daevas to use wings and fly.



Friday, September 12, 2008

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR)

Site: http://www.warhammeronline.com/
WAR-Europe: http://www.war-europe.com/

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is an upcoming, fantasy MMORPG by Mythic Entertainment, currently in beta testing phase.

The world of WAR is divided into two - Armies of Order and Armies of Destruction. Armies of Order are Dwarfs, Empire and High Elves. Armies of Destruction are Greenskins(Orcs and Goblins), Chaos and Dark Elves.

WAR presents new generation gameplay - Mythic's Realm vs Realm combat(RvR). This is fight between different realm pairs - Empire vs. Chaos, High Elves vs. Dark Elves and Dwarfs vs. Greenskins. RvR contains both PvP and PvE battles.


Trailers:





Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Talisman Online

Site: http://www.talismanonline.com/
Free to Play

Talisman Online is a 3D, free to play, fantasy MMORPG. Players can choose from five character types. They are Wizard, Monk, Assassin, Tamer and Fairy.
Wizard - he feature high attacking ability and weak anti-attacking. His main attribute is Intelligence.
Monk - he have the strongest ability of anti-attacking. His main attribute is Strength.
Assassin - he is a high damage attacker, but with weak defense. His main attribute is Dexterity.
Fairy - she is the healer character.
Tamer - the best solo character. Her main attribute is Intelligence.

Specific game features:
Talisman - the talisman is a special tool for strengthen character's power. It has many different skills. Talismans can be enhanced to obtain higher level skills.

Talisman Online have large number of quests. Also interesting part of the gameplay are the scenarios. A scenario is a specific quest for obtaining rare and valuable talismans and equipment, that takes place in an independent scene, separated from the other areas, unique for each player or party.

What I don't like in Talisman Online is the specific angle of the camera, but it is not so bad. Also some people think that its interface and gameplay are very alike WOW.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Shaiya

Site: http://shaiya.aeriagames.com/
Status: Free-to-play

Shaiya
is cool 3D MMORPG created by Sonov Entertainment. The action is set in a medieval fantasy world where players must choose between light and darkness.

Gameplay
At the beginning new players must choose between Alliance of Light(Human and Elves) or Union of Fury(Nordein and Vail).

In Shaiya players can choose game difficulty from easy, normal, hard and ultimate. Although it is said that in easy mode players need less experience to reach the next level I didn't notice such behavior, and my character in easy mode had less drop than that in normal one.

Races and Classes
Human can choose between Defender(tank), Fighter(melee) and Priest(healer)
Elf - Ranger(damage dealer with high evasion), Archer and Mage
Nordein - Guardian(tank), Warrior(melee) and Hunter(ranged weapons - archer)
Vail - Assassin(like elf Ranger), Pagan(mage with high damage and Area of effect skills) and Oracle(healer)

Quests
There are a lot of interesting quests with good rewards in Shaiya - items with awesome stats bonuses, money and experience.

What I don't like - when player attacks a mob and it attacks back, if the player change its position the mob will run to the first one, stops a while and then run to you. Also mobs can't chase. And PVP with invitation and without PK is a little boring.






Screenshots


Sunday, July 6, 2008

The poll – summary

The results for the poll “What is your favorite MMORPG” were:
Lineage II got the most votes – 25% or 85 people voted.
Perfect World got second place with 15% or 53 votes.
WOW – 12% - 42 votes and DOMO got 10%.
The total votes are 332.

I spent some time thinking on the idea for the next poll.
The latest news that inspired the game world, were about Blizzard.
So the next poll is up! Please vote.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Dungeon Runners

Site: http://www.dungeonrunners.com/
Free-to-play

Dungeon Runners is a 3D fantasy MMORPG by NCsoft.
It is focused on solo playing, the game world is almost uniquely generated for every player, and the dungeons scale dynamically for parties. Players can gather in public meeting areas.
Gameplay
In Dungeon Runners players can explore dungeons(:D), battle ferocious monsters, discover artifacts, weapons and loot, take hundreds missions and quests.
Available classes are Fighter, Mage and Ranger.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fantastic Melody Online (FM Online)

Site: http://www.fmonline.net/en/main.htm
State: Under development

Fantastic Melody Online (FM Online) is a 3D turn-based action MMORPG by Winking Entertainment.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rohan Online: Blood Feud

Site: http://www.playrohan.com/

Rohan Online is a free to play MMORPG. The game takes place in a fantasy world set in the continent of Rohan.

Features
Revenge - players have their killers listed on their "Hit List". When resurrected, players can teleport to their killers for revenge.

Township Battles - ( equivalent to castle sieges in other mmorpg )players combine in guilds, and the guilds have the opportunity to rule towns in Rohan Online.

Classes:
Human - the knight class. Can be Defender (strong defense, can cast stun spells and have ranged attacks) or Guardian (refined attack skills).
Elf Healer - they can heal their party or use magical attacks. Can be Priest or Templar.
Half Elf - Archer. Can be Scout(multi-targeting) or Ranger(crossbow and dagger attacks).
Dekan - Dragon Fighter. They can transform from humanoid to a dragon. Can be Dragon Knight or Dragon Sage.
Dhan - Assassin. They can get experience by killing other players. Can be Avenger or Predator.
Dark Elf - Mage. They have strong magical powers and transportation skills. Can be Warlock or Wizard.








Mabinogi

Site: http://mabinogi.nexon.net/
Free-to-Play

Mabinogi is a MMORPG developed by devCAT studio. It features anime style graphics and Celtic mythology world.

Gameplay
Mabinogi have large amount of life skills like fishing, cooking, smithing, tailoring, weaving, handicraft, herbalism, campfire. Also players can go to school, get a job or learn different musical instruments.
The players are not limited by classes for leveling up any skill they like. The only limit is the chosen race. There are three races available: human, elf and giant. Players can choose starting age between 10 and 17 years old ant this will affect initial stats and the leveling up.

Combat
The automatic combat mode helps a lot when you are bored. The battles in Mabinogi are centered around tactical prediction of your opponent's move and using defensive or offensive skills.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Zero Online

Site: http://zo.91.com
Free to play with shopping mall

Zero Online is a sci-fi, mecha, massively multiplayer online role-playing game with colorful anime style avatars, cool high-tech places and fighting vehicles.

Gameplay
Player can choose male or female pilot.
Male pilots units:
Artillery (range) - They start with unit called Icy Wing. At level 20 they can evolve and use Scorpio Shooter. Also they have evolutions at level 60(Hurricane Warrior), level 100 (Eternal Lord) and level 130 (Thunder God).
Infantry (melee) - Start with Wind Hunter unit. Their evolutions are at level 20 (Planet Power), level 60 (Zero Strike), level 100 (Comet Phantom) and level 130 (Planet Storm).

Female pilots units:
Artillery Units (range) - First unit name is Night Eagle. The evolutions are the same levels - Heaven Tear, Lightning Rose, Monsoon Waltz and Storm Goddess.
Infantry Units (melee) - Night Eagle, Heaven Tear, Lightning Rose, Monsoon Waltz and Storm Goddess.

A.R.M. (Automated Reserve Mech) is a unit that can be used to support battle. Characters can have two support A.R.M. units and switch their main unit to some of them.

Transformin System - it allows the mechs to transform into different forms.

Crystal System - in Zero Online crystals are used for buying items.

Mentor System - it helps the apprentice to share the mentor's potency and the mentor to have the apprentice contribution.

Level up
The unit and the pilot both can level up. Pilots have 22 ranks, the highest that can be obtained is CiC (Commander in Chief).

Squad battles are a form of mass pvp. A squad that occupy the battlefield for one day or longer receives a lot of prizes.
Fleet war - fight between two fleets - similar to castle sieges in other MMORPG.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Age of Armor (AOA)

Site: http://www.aoaus.com/
Open beta stage

Age of Armor (AOA) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game by Snail Game. The action is centered around the war of Global Federation (Earth) and the Arthur Republic (Mars). Age of Armor is a cool 3D mecha battle. (Mecha, meka- walking and fighting vehicle, looking like giant robot)



Gameplay:
Races in Age of Armor are Natural Human, Enhanced Human and Neo Human.
Players must choose a side to fight for - Global Federation (Earth) or Arthur Republic (Mars).
AOA have different types of quests but some of them are critical to the character development.

How to make money in Age of Armor:
AOA have all the standard for MMORPG ways for making money - making quests, killing monsters, selling items but the easiest way to make money is to explore a crystal mine in the field.
Game servers:
Recruit Base (The Blue Planet) - newbie server without PVP or conquer war, monsters from level 1 to 30.
Armor battlefront (The red planet) - PVP server, monsters from level 20 to 50.
Frozen Planet (The White planet) - no PVP, monster from level 20 to 46.
Space Server (The Deepblue planet) - free PVP server, monsters from level 35 to 60. Here players can learn the secret behind the Age of Armor.
Dark Valley (The black planet) - hard dungeon places.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Age of Conan (AoC) - Hyborian Adventures

Site: http://www.ageofconan.com/
Monthly payed game

Age of Conan is a fantasy MMORPG by Funcom. The game was released on 20 May 2008 for PC, and is scheduled for Xbox 360 in 2009. AoC is set in a fictional world created by Robert Howard - Hyborian Age.

Gameplay
Current playable races are Aquilonian, Cimmerian and Stygian. Also there are some rumors of more races later. Classes are Assassin, Barbarian, Bear Shaman, Conqueror, Dark Templar, Demonologist, Guardian, Herald of Xotli, Necromancer, Priest of Mitra, Ranger and Tempest of Set.

Some features
Real Combat System - an advanced combat system, that lets you choose every cut in real time, control your defense and fight on powerful mounts like war rhinos and mammoths.
Engrossing Crafting System - crafting system that allows making everything from weapons and armor to an entire city.
High level of character customization - both in appearance and skills.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Eudemons Online

Site: http://www.eudemonsonline.com/

Eudemons Online is a fantasy MMORPG, set in medieval China style.
Gameplay
There are 3 types of characters - warrior, paladin and mage. All of them have male and female variant.
Eudemons
Eudemons are pets that can be trained and evolve like characters of "Pokemon". They can evolve two times at levels 20 and 40, changing their appearance according to their type. Every character starts with two eudemons.
Composing eudemons is a way to improve their abilities. There are different type of composing: main composing, initial attribute composing, sub-attribute composing, id composing and luck composing.
Legion
Legions are quite similar to "clans" in many other games. A player can create or join a legion and players within a legion can have different ranks.
PK System - players can pk freely. There are few zones forbidden for pk. Making a pk brings you pk points. A player name color changes according to these pk points. After a certain amount of points the color turns black. Characters with black names are put to prison after death. Also characters with red or black name color can drop items and equipment.




Monday, May 12, 2008

Kids MMORPG: Hello Kitty Online

Site: http://www.hellokittyonline.com/us/

Hello Kitty Online is a MMORPG in its final stage of development. Cute graphics and social centered gameplay are some of the main features of this cheerful online game. It is in closed beta state till 25th may 2008.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rappelz

Site: http://rappelz.gpotato.com/
Free-to-play, with in-game shop

Rappelz is a free-to-play Korean MMORPG. The action is staged on a fantasy world. Main game features are the player-ownable dungeons, pet system, rideable mounts. The players can choose from three races Gaia, Deva and Asura.
The pet system is quite well developed with the ability to level up, evolve and overbreed pets.
Classes:
Deva are holy-based race, they have healing magic and defensive buffs.
Deva can choose from three jobs: Holy Warrior(defense fighters, tank), Cleric(buffs and heals) or Breeder(pet heals and buffs).
Gaia - they focus on natural magic and heavy melee combat. For first job players can choose from fighter, kahuna or spell singer.
Fighters can choose two paths for advance - to use heavy melee weapons or range attack(bow).
Kahuna(Gaia magician) have melee skills, combat support buffs and direct damage magical attack.
Spellsinger have buffs that work both on them and on their pets.
Asura specialize on evasion, attacks and damage magic. The options for the first job are Strider, Dark Magician and Sorcerer.
Striders are the damage dealers in a party. They either specialize in dual daggers, swords or crossbows.
Dark Magicians have direct damage spells, area of effect spells, curses and buffs.
Sorcerer(Asura Summoner)have buffs to improve their pets' combat abilities.
Remarkable stuff:
Stamina System - players gain bonus for staying online or if having a tent.
The socketing system(uses soul stones to improve equipment)
Also the game has standard PvP and PK system a lot alike many other Korean MMORPGS.
Dungeons are ownable by player guilds. They can be obtained through dungeon sieges.




Sunday, May 4, 2008

FURY

Site: http://www.unleashthefury.com/
Free-to-Play, Free-for-Download

FURY is a PVP MMORPG by Auran. Fury is a way different from the other MMORPGs, because it is totally PVP combat centered. Also the PVP battle is faster than that in standard MMORPGs, the skills have no cool down time and casters are not tied on place by casting. This is making the gameplay a way more agile.



Blizzard acquires Diablo3.com domain name

The news popped up from the former domain owners. I was pretty surprised when I received their mail. The whole old fan site of diablo3.com together with some explanation can be found on http://www.diablofans.com/.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

GameGuard - do you know?

Gameguard is an application that is bundled with some of the MMORPGs. The program uses kernel driver that allows any process to access it and it allows unrestricted IO access in a user mode. That leads to some problems. Even without malicious software problems with the system and bad data can be expected. In other hand any process can get access to direct read/write the hard disk, etc ..
Now you will think that when you are not playing you are safe? Nop. The driver is installed as a system service and runs even when GameGuard is closed. Also it wont uninstall itself when the application is removed.
Why am I writing about this now?
Because few days ago I got my registry file deleted.

Priston Tale

Site: http://eng.pristontale.com/
Free-To-Play, with in-game shop

Priston Tale is a fantasy Korean MMORPG by PRISTON Inc. Since 17 May 2007 Prison Tale is a free-to-play.
The gameplay is standard – leveling up, trading, clans. There are some events that deserve mentioning:
Bellatra(Survive or Die) is a competition for 4 teams that fight against monsters until the last one survives.
Bless Castle is a PVP event equivalent to a castle siege in other MMORPGs.
Class Change system allows the players to freely choose the path of developing their characters.
Aging system allows to increase the power of your equipment, similar to item enchants in most of the other games.

Priston Tale 2 – currently released only in Korea.
Korean: http://www.pt2.co.kr/


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cronous

Site: http://www.cronous.com/
Free-To-Play, with in-game items shop

Cronous is an action 3D MMORPG.
Classes:
Fighters - they have strength, skills to make magic damage, skills to heal party.
Valkyries – they are the fastest, they have a lot of deadly skills.
Magicians – they have area on effect magic damage and can summon magic cretures.
Savages – they have the most power and strength but also they are the slowest, also they have stun and self buffs.
Fun Systems:
Polymorph System - character can be transformed into monsters of Cronous.
Pet System, PK System and more

It looks a little similar to ..
Have Fun! ;)



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

With Your Destiny (WYD) - Episode II : ADVENT OF GODS

Site: http://www.wydglobal.com/
Free-to-Play

With Your Destiny(WYD) is a fantasy 3D MMORPG. The first impression is that of an another Diablo 2 style game, but it is not a bad feeling.
Classes
Transknight - male soldier, uses knives, claws, swords, axes, and hammers. He has area of effect skills.
Beastmaster - he can take werewolf form, summon beasts and use melee weapons.
Foema - female mages.
Hunters - female with powerful weapon(archer), they are best PK characters.
Max level in WYD is 400, but the leveling up is very fast. Also there is in game auto combat/cast/pots system. I find that very useful, lately most of the MMORPG producers want to make players work harder and harder to get some fun/items/kills with the idea to spend more time in game. I don't like to work hard in games, I am there to have fun. So in this concept WYD is very good - all the hard work for leveling up is done by the bot, I just play from time to time in a dungeon or when I feel to.
Some features I like are the mounts(animals to ride), summons, also it looks like there are a lot in game events.
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Pi-Story

Site: http://www.pistory.com/
Status: Free 2 Play

PiStory is a 2D fantasy MMORPG in anime style. Classes available are Fighter and Cleric, both have class change on level 15 and can fight actively in combat.


Kal-Online

Site: http://www.kalonline.com/
Free-To-Play, with in-game shop
Fan-Site: http://www.kal--online.de/english/

Kal-Online is a free-to-play fiction MMORPG by Inix Soft. The action takes place in a beautiful oriental fantasy world.
Gameplay
The gameplay is a little diablo-2 style. Players move and use simple attack with left mouse click and use magic or skill with right click.
Classes/Jobs
It has three starting jobs - Wondering Knight, Wondering Archer and Scholar.
W. Knight's next class is Apprentice Knight, when the character learns the basic kill of knight. A. Knight has two paths for developing skills - offensive and defensive.
W.Archer - quickness and long distance attack. Their next job change is Apprentice Archer. A. Archers have powerful long distance attach, but they are considerably weak and need a party. Their next change gives the chance to choose to have long-distance more powerful attack and be weaker on defense or skills to increase friends' attacking power and skill to cure them.
Scholar uses magic to attack enemy. Next class for scholar is Literary Person. They also have revive and cure skills. L.Person can choose to become Hermit or C.J.B. Hermit are specialized to attack specific object with magic while Chairperson of Joong-Bangs have skills to damage multiple enemies and a powerful revive skill.
Egg/Transformation
When you reach level 15 you can do a quest to get an egg. After that you must level up your egg to become grade 11. After that you can transform to an animal.
PVP/PK System
PvP(duel) starts after agreement of both parties and there is no penalty on winner or looser.
PK(Assassin) System A player who wants to be a PK must wear a mask to be known by others. Mask can be bought from the merchant in Temporary Fort of Geum-Ohee Castle and High Land of Sky. When the player became an assassin his/her name is not shown but the name changes to "assassin" in red and he/she can't disable assassin mode for 2 hours.
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