Twin Saga is the latest in X-Legend Entertainment’s portfolio to make it to Western shores. In it, you discover that you have a goddess inhabiting you and you must help her save the world from her evil sister, who is trying to throw the world into chaos. Gameplay is largely familiar, featuring tab-targeting combat and a quest-driven story. It offers a few unique features over its predecessors, but are those features enough to set it apart from them?
While Skyforge is pegged as an “AAA Sci-Fi MMORPG” focused on combat an action, it often comes off as an only somewhat different MMO that is too limited to stand out from the pack. Now this isn’t to say that there aren’t unique and interesting elements to this game, but where these elements exist so do player caps and overly-complex systems or quirks. Continue reading
Dungeons & Dragons Online, or DDO, is a 3D fantasy-themed action MMORPG developed by Turbine and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game was originally released as subscription-based on February 28, 2006 and was later re-launched with a free-to-play model on September 9, 2009. The game still offers subscriptions while also offering micro-transactions via a premium shop. DDO is a fine example of a western developer embracing free to play.
At the time of the game’s release, Dungeons & Dragons Online was the first and only Dungeons & Dragons inspired game until Neverwinter came out in 2013. DDO follows the D&D 3.5 Edition Rule Set modified to fit the slightly different gaming experience offered by video games. The game is set in and around the fictional city of Stormreach, in the mostly unexplored continent of Xen’drik, in the world of Eberron, a world D&D players are probably familiar with. Players are thrust into the role of a shipwrecked traveler tasked with helping save the city, and the world, from a myriad of threats. Continue reading
Path of Exile is a free-to-play, isometric, online action RPG set in the world of Wraeclast. This MMORPG sets itself apart from others with its immense amount of player options, dark and mature settings, and an incredibly unique economy system, with very little dragging it down.
Many have called Path of Exile “the Diablo II sequel they’ve always wanted,” and at first glance the combat, art style and isometric camera are eerily familiar to Diablo II. I’ve played a lot of Diablo 2 clones in my day, including Mu Online from Webzen, and Path of Exile does the whole Diablo inspired action MMO thing so much better. It is clear that Path of Exile was inspired by Blizzards successful franchise, but it is also clear that it is something entirely different. Character creation is perhaps one of this game’s most fleshed out features. Aside from the basic character customization options like appearance and class, the customization is almost too much to take in. Each player can upgrade their skill tree, which has both active and passive traits, with literally hundreds of different options to choose from. With this system it is possible to make a wide base for a character to fill a number of roles, a specific set of skills to make your character the most optimal healer out there, or you could ruin your character entirely. The possibilities are endless, and while at first it will be overwhelming, the amount of variety is hugely gratifying. The game’s talent tree is absolutely enormous! Players can build their characters in so many different ways, it’s insane. Continue reading
Planetside 2 is one of the main reasons that I got into PC gaming in the first place. Planetside 2, a free to play MMO FPS by Daybreak Game Company, takes place across 4 different continent in battles between thousands of soldiers across 3 different factions. The biggest draw-in to the game is the fact that each and every one of those soldiers is a player. With an impressively low system load and free entry, Planetside 2 is a game that all PC gamers, and soon PS4 players, should add to their libraries. PlanetSide 2 is yet another MMO that’s available on PC and PS4, along with Warframe.
Immediately after loading up the game players are tasked with choosing one of three significantly different factions. There’s the Terran Republic (TR), the Vanu Sovereignty (VS), and the New Conglomerate (NC). The Terran Republic represent a much more formal military and are red and black in color. The arsenal of this faction is balanced, sporting moderately powerful and accurate weapons with average firing rates. The Vanu Sovereignty is much more alien like in appearance and most of their equipment is purple and smoothed. Their weaponry is “advanced” in many ways, using hover technology instead of treads or wheels, and most weapons fire incredibly quickly. Lastly, the New Conglomerate is the most informal of the bunch. Rebelling against the TR, the NC wear tattered blue and yellow and use incredibly weaponry that can be difficult to control. On most every server these three factions are evenly divided, or at least relatively close to 33% of players in each faction on any one server, but the choice you make will affect your gameplay immensely. Each faction has both unique and shared weaponry and vehicles. Continue reading