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Top Ten Free-to-Play Games Week Fourteen

Posted Thu, Jul 24, 2008 by Ralsu

By Danny "Ralsu" Gourley

About This List
Please refer to the Top Ten Free-to-Play Games Portal to find out how to get a game you make or like on this list.

Week in Review
I am in love with Atlantica Online. You'll be seeing first impressions and videos from me the more I play, but I am having a blast in the Closed Beta of this game from NDOORS. The translation is 100% solid so far, the action is fast-paced, and the game is just plain fun. How good is it? Atlantica is my new #1 free-to-play game!

In contrast to Atlantica, 4Story by Zemi Interactive Inc. is a World of Warcraft (WoW) clone with atrocious translation. Graphics and combat are fine, and the emulation of WoW is so complete that the game could pass for a trial of Blizzard's title if it were in English. I mean good English. It looks like it could be an OK game if players could tell what is going on, but the poor translation left me just killing monsters with no understanding of why. And that felt like a grind. The good news is that 4Story is in beta. They have plenty of time to polish the translation if some dedicated testers will get in there and help them out. So, if you are looking for a game like WoW with a solid foundation and are willing to be a true beta tester, I recommend 4Story.

On the heels of the Ten Ton Hammer review of the retail edition of Dungeon Runners, I felt compelled to fire it up again. Honestly, the more I play Dungeon Runners, the better it gets. Kudos to NCSoft, and a bump in rankings for the game.

Finally, Mythos seems dead. With the forums for the game closed and most of the developers dismissed to save money, it seems unlikely that what used to be the free-to-play game with the highest potential will make it anywhere. It's very sad, but Mythos drops completely out of the Top Ten for the first time ever.

The List
Next week, I will play more Atlantica Online. I also have Cabal Online, Red Stone, and Archlord on my next for new games to try out. As always, I keep playing some betas of other games, most of which I can't write about yet.

Here are my Top Ten Free-to-Play Games for this week.

Disclaimer: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Ten Ton Hammer network or staff.


Top Ten Free-to-Play Games
July 24, 2008
Rank Previous Game

1

N/A

Atlantica Online - (www.playatlantica.com) NDOORS
Atlantica has top-notch translation and exciting game play. The real question is for me is how it plays in a group.

2

1

Mabinogi - (http://mabinogi.nexon.net) NEXON
Mabinogi is a good example of a game developed by a company that knows what it is doing. Very fun game.

3

4

Dungeon Runners - (http://www.dungeonrunners.com) NCSoft
Dungeon Runners gets better the more I play it. Every reader should try this game.

4

2

Rohan: Blood Feud - (www.playrohan.com) YNK Interactive Rohan is a great game is my book, but I hear very little about it from others. Maybe no one is willing to install it because of the hacker prevention software it uses?

5

3

Dream of Mirror Online - (http://domo.aeriagames.com) Aeria Games & Entertainment
Dream of Mirror Online looks like a game for pre-teens but has the depth of some AAA titles.

6

5

Wakfu - (www.wakfu.com) Ankama
Wakfu has the expertise of Ankama behind it. The makers of Dofus know how to deliver fun strategy games.

7

6

Magic World Online - (http://mwo.enjoymmo.com) Goldcool Games
Magic World Online delivers as deep a story as you can find anywhere.

8

8

Runes of Magic - (www.runesofmagic.com) Frogster
Runes of Magic has rich lore. Let's hope the game play lives up to the effort put into the story.

9

7

Warrior Epic - (http://warriorepic.com) Possibility Space
Warrior Epic seems to be generating zero buzz. What's going on? I look it looked impressive on paper.

10

9

Deco Online - (http://www.joymax.com/deco/) JOYMAX
Deco Online delivers a fun skill system with average game play.


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