Category Archives: MMORPG Games

Allods Online Russia opens up subscription-based server


The originally Russian MMORPG Allods Online made an intesting move some time ago. The Russian variant of the free-to-play fantasy MMORPG launched a subscription-based server. Anyone playing on this server will not be able to “enjoy” the cash shop and thus players become relient on their skills again and not on the amount of money they have.

The European/American variant of the game isn’t planning to do anything similar at the moment although their playerbase has diminished severely after multiple confrontations with the playerbase concerning the cash shop. The new server has been welcomed with primarily positive feedback. Interesting to see how this will turn out.

 

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Black Desert Online: Next Generation MMORPG?


In development by game developer company Pearl Abyss, Black Desert Online is an upcoming massively multiplayer roleplaying game with a fresh, next generation look. The development is almost finished and currently some extra content is being created. The game will be published by the Korean publisher DAUM and GameOn Japan.

Black Desert Online hosts a seamless world, this means there are no loading screens when you’re walking around the world (but there are when you’re joining dungeons etc.). The game world consists of a number of regions, each with their own climate/weather. This also effects your gameplay: you obviously can’t fish in a dry area like a desert but you can raise camels (mounts) there.

The game has numerous ways for your character to advance:  solo play, party play, field raids and normal raids, raid dungeons, siege warfare, guild vs guild, chasing and numerous other features. Housing is also an option and you can fill your house with all sorts of furniture! The more cozy and full your house is the more NPC’s will visit your house.

It would obviously suck to traverse the lands of Black Desert Online by foot so you’ll have the option to ride a donkey, a camel, or even an elephant if you like. Pearl Abyss is still hesitating wether or not to implement a breeding system to turn normal mounts into special ones.

The combat system is similar to Vindictus/Tera (action!). You can choose to play either in first person or in third person, whatever your preference is. You can also fight while mounted, which is pretty cool! Currently the list of classes is as follows: Fighter, Magician, Archer, Predator, Tamer, Blader, Male Archer, Valkyrie, and Male Wizard.

Mortal Online: A Ray of Hope In The Ever Imitating World of MMORPG’s


You may have or may not have heard of this one: Mortal Online. A full loot PVP sandbox put together by the Swedish company Starvault. I’ve never really dived into this type of game before but I did and tried the seven day free trial and was blasted away just because of the sheer awesomeness of this game. I had been playing stuff like World of Warcraft and Rift before (also called themeparks) but this was something new, something fresh, and I loved it!

It’s been there for over a year now but it hasn’t really garnered any interest by the masses, in fact, the population is quite low although the people who do play it are incredibly active and involved in the community (which does include a couple of trolls as this is a sandbox game after all).

As I already pointed out this is not your average game, there are no quests but the sand is there and you can make your own adventure. You can attack other players everywhere, at any given time as long as they are not new to the game and loot everything they have on them and this makes for some pretty intense gameplay outside of town, and even inside of town! While you can call the guards on thieves and murders they’re likely to have stolen or killed before the guards are alarmed and as of such keeping an eye out is a must even in towns.

There is no goal in this game – you set your own goal, wether that’s helping and protecting the new ones, capturing all zones and populating them with towers and castles together with your guildmates or just becoming a strong fighter and pitting your fighting skills against other players.

Mortal Online is  a game in which player skill still counts (active aiming for the win), and in which you’ll have to craft your own adventures with the constant fear of being stabbed in the back and your loot being stolen. And this is what makes Mortal Online an awesome game especially for PvP players, but also for PvE players when the new expansion Awakening hits which will include numerous PvE options.