If you’ve ever played a Chinese browser MMORPG, you’ve likely played them all. Whether it’s the heavily advertised, and oddly popular, League of Angels or the more obscure Shadowbound, the simple fact is that all of these browser based MMOs developed in China are basically the same exact game. They’re built off the same engine and feature almost the same exact game mechanics. The easiest way to spot one of these games is to simply look up at the top left corner of the screen. If you see a “battle ranking” or “battle rating”, you’re most certainly playing a Chinese developed web game.
I didn’t think this was the case at first, but after playing Chrono Wars and Nova Genesis the other day, it became painfully obvious that these games are all clones of eachother. The stupidest part of these games is that they all have built in bots that essentially play the entire game for you. In most normal MMOs, “bots” are considered hacking tools and will result in account terminations, but for some reason in these web games, not only are bots allowed, the game has one built in! Everyone gets to bot! This very much defeats the purpose of a game. Shouldn’t I want to play a game because…. it’s fun? I guess not. The developers probably figured that the core gameplay itself is absolute deuce, so the only way to get anyone to play the game is to give them tools that they couldn’t have in normal games.
I admit, I played one of these games for about a day out of curiosity. I’m a bit ashamed actually, because I left the game running for a whole day before closing it out. My curiosity got the better of me. Calling these games “MMORPGs” is definitely misleading. If anything, they’re a lot like those games that play themselves – like Cookie Clicker, Adventure Capitalist, or Clicker Heroes. Especially since most of the questing is done automatically too. The only time players need to interact with the game is to click the next quest icon, but some games even automate that too (looking at you Chaos Online).
So why do these games even exist? Why do people even play them? I have no idea. Some of these games are actually stupidly popular. League of Angels for example has over 700 servers in the U.S. and Europe alone. 700 SERVERS! It’s easily one of the most successful free to play online games and it’s absolute trash. What’s this world coming to? The only GOOD browser based MMORPGs in my opinion are Realm of the Mad God and Drakensang Online. Two actual games that require input from players. Anyway, rant over. Have you played any of these Chinese web games? What do you think?