By Danny "Ralsu" Gourley
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Week in Review
Just a little changed this week, and most of that in the bottom five
slots. Notably, Warrior Epic climbed back up to #7 because the folks at
Possibility Space are starting to give out more Closed Beta
invitations. This is a good sign for progress in the game.
I finally got a chance to play Rakion
this week. This game is a slick player-vs-player (PvP) battle royale.
The tutorial is awesome and really gives players a feel for the combat.
After that, however, players find themselves in a lobby where they can
make or join games. They can make a mission game to complete a quest,
or they can make a pure PvP game. I never saw more than 6-8 people
allowed in any game. Thus, Rakion
lacks a persistent shared space--just like style="font-style: italic;">Exteel, which I
mentioned a few weeks back. And like style="font-style: italic;">Exteel, I think style="font-style: italic;">Rakion is a fun
game, but it won't be making this list as it does not qualify as a MMOG
in my book. I still encourage gamers to try out both games for some
My other conquest for the week was a clean download of style="font-style: italic;">Perfect World. I
will be covering that next week.
Aside from Rakion
and Perfect World,
I am still playing several games on the list below. Several of the
games I am beta testing have a non-disclosure agreement, which means I
can't tell you about them. Sadly, that means there is a game I'd love
to put on this list but can't yet. Stay tuned.
Next week, I will bring readers a first impressions review of style="font-style: italic;">Perfect World. I'll
also start thinking about Wurm
Here are my Top Ten Free-to-Play Games for this week.
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed are those of the author
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June 20, 2008
- ( href="http://www.mythos.com/">www.mythos.com style="font-weight: bold;">) Flagship Studios,
gets one more week from me in this spot. If the overworld isn't
released soon for general beta testers, I'm going have trouble finding
motivation to log in.
added in some pets this week for the item mall. I have not spent a
penny on the game yet, but I am still able to have a lot of fun with it. style="font-weight: bold;">
target="_blank">www.wakfu.com style="font-weight: bold;">)
Yes, I'm in the Closed Beta of Wakfu.
The game is under NDA, though, so I can't comment on style="font-style: italic;">Wakfu's progress. style="font-weight: bold;">
I need a few more levels before I get into the meat of PvP in
style="font-style: italic;">Rohan. I look
forward to it.
href="http://domo.aeriagames.com/">http://domo.aeriagames.com style="font-weight: bold;">) Aeria Games &
Dream of Mirror
Online would probably catch on in the West a little better
if the art style did not look so cartoony. Most people take one look
and decide it's a game for children. They don't know what they are
( target="_blank">http://www.dungeonrunners.com style="font-weight: bold;">) NCSoft
( href="http://warriorepic.com/">http://warriorepic.com style="font-weight: bold;">)
has one of the most friendly front men I have ever encountered in Brice
Lucas. If the Possibility Space crew can maintain his level of customer
ineraction after the game launches, it will be a nice bullet point for
their marketing team.
- ( href="http://mwo.enjoymmo.com/" target="_blank">http://mwo.enjoymmo.com style="font-weight: bold;">)
Magic World Online
launches on June 20, 2008. Players who love a good story would do well
to check it out. Fans of eye candy run screaming the other way.
started strong for me, but the community is not what I'd hoped for. I
find getting a group hard--much less a good group.
( href="http://www.neosteam.com/">www.neosteam.com style="font-weight: bold;">)
hangs in there in the top ten. I wish it would get a great translation
and be reintroduced to English speakers. It can be a lot of fun.
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