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Summertime Gaming – Recent Releases

Posted Thu, Jul 02, 2009 by Savanja

Haven’t found a game yet that strikes your fancy with our Summertime Gaming series?  We have covered older games and free to play games, and now it's time to check out which recently released games you should be playing this summer!  Whether you are a student enjoying the long lazy days of being out of school or a working stiff who is left with nothing to do during the TV hiatus, we will surely find something to inspire and entertain you!

Recent Releases

This last year was big for MMORPG releases!  We’ve seen a few major titles launch as well as some smaller projects become contenders in the competitive gaming market.   Some of these games are brand spanking new and others are months old, but with numerous content updates, they might just be worth picking up again.  Which of these newer games should you check out?  Keep reading to find out!

The Chronicles of Spellborn

You’d think that once the world ends that’d be it, right?  Nope, not even close.  Centuries after the humans and daevi lost their world through an apocalyptic catastrophe, they find themselves in a new and strange world with the task of searching out what went wrong and how their world was left in tatters.

The Chronicles of Spellborn is developed by Spellborn N.V.  While this game has all the bones of a good MMORPG, the relatively newness of the developer has kept it from flying too high on the radar for many gamers.  Small development studios need love too!

Why play it?

I’m a fan of sword and sorcery games of all types but The Chronicles of Spellborn has some interesting twists that make it just a little bit special.  First, TCoS players are completely free of armor dependency.  There really aren’t any limits in what you put on your character and armor is mostly just for aesthetic purposes.  You can enhance your armor with sigils that provide stats, but a fighter can don robes and still have all the fighter ker-pow that they could ever desire.  Talk about freedom!  Combat in TCoS is also more engaging than many MMOGs are.  Strategy and tactics are far more needed than a lucky roll of the combat dice and you’ll find yourself needing to plan your attacks rather than just sitting there and waiting for your enemy to die with auto-attacks.

How do I check it out?

The Chronicles of Spellborn is a “freemium” game.  The basic game is available as a free download and you can enjoy it without monthly costs with fame and zone limits.  If you like the game and want to progress, just add premium membership to your account!  You can find all you need to know about The Chronicles of Spellborn on their website.

Age of Conan:  Hyborian Adventures

It has been my long standing opinion that Age of Conan got a bad rap over its mediocre launch.  With so much hype and not enough delivery, players flocked in at the beginning then flocked right back out within a couple of months.

Since launch, Age of Conan has become one of the hardest working games out there.  With quality content updates and huge amounts of fixes many of the gaps have been filled in since launch.  The “wow factor” that won so many over with the first 20 levels of gameplay has spread into the upper levels and technical issues are just a distant memory.

Why play it?

Age of Conan boasts amazing graphics, involved combat, and an array of interesting class choices that still give it an edge over many other games.  The most engaging part of AoC is definitely the lore and storylines.  The Hyboria tales give such a subtle richness to the background that even when you don’t realize it, you are experiencing it every moment you play. 

All these things along make AoC worth checking out or giving a second chance!

How do I check it out?

Age of Conan offers a 7-day trial that allows you to download and play your heart out for a week.  If you decide that you love it, then you can upgrade and pay a monthly subscription fee.  It’s alss worth looking your local stores for the box version as many have found great deals on AoC this way.

Warrior Epic

A great war tore apart Warrior Epic’s land of Aberas and now it is up to the warriors of the land to bring back its once glorious empire! 

One of my favorite aspects of Warrior Epic is its ability to stay somewhat simplistic and yet innovative all at the same time.  It’s the sort of game that anyone can pick up and play and many will be surprised at how much fun they have with it.  Warrior Epic is not a traditional MMOG and you’ll find it more like a RPG with multi-player options.  Much of the game is played in fast-paced instances with a specific goal in mind so you aren’t left roaming aimlessly through a open world.

Why play it?

Warrior Epic is a low maintenance, no hassle game.  One of its big benefits is there really isn’t much to download.  It loads as you play so even if you are sneaking in a little afternoon gaming delight, you can load it up on any computer and get right into the action!

My favorite feature of Warrior Epic is definitely the spirit system.  Where in most games you die, revive, play, die, revive, play, etc. Warrior Epic tosses in death as another strategy.   During a quest, your warrior gets 3 lives to spend during the instance.  Once all 3 have been used, your warrior is sent to your sanctuary and the quest is failed.  You may draw upon the spirit of the warrior later on and that is where the game gets very interesting!

How do I check it out?

If the unique style of play appeals to you, then all you need to do is create and account and download the free client.  There is no monthly fee but there are little items you can purchase to give your gaming time a boost if you so choose.

Warhammer Online:  Age of Reckoning

Mythic Entertainment put together the PvPers dream game in Warhammer Online and with only 9 months under its belt, WAR is already bringing more to the masses.  The recent content release, “Rise of the Tomb Kings”, added more for the face pwners to enjoy with new zones and updates to several features and while complaints regarding class imbalance is still audible, devs say that fixes are coming!

Why play it?

Warhammer is undoubtedly a game for PvP players.  PvE players aren’t completely left in the cold with a good amount of quests and non-PvP areas, but Mythic knows how to make realm versus realm sparkle and they certainly have done that here.   With team scenarios that allow PvP dabblers to taste a bit of the action to open RvR areas that give blood hungry players a good amount of high-paced gameplay, and finally the large scale sieges for the big boys to take part in, there ends up being a little bit of something for all levels of PvP experience!  WAR is a particularly great game for the novice PvPers as the scenarios give a bit of wiggle room on the learning curve and allow a player to build their skill in a controlled environment.

How do I check it out?

Warhammer Online offers a 10-day free trial for interested gamers.  The trial does limit players to tier one and capital city content, but that is often enough for one to decide if they want to buy.  If you do want to keep it, purchase a key for the game and set up the monthly subscription and you are good to go!

 

Don’t be afraid to try new things!  Most games out there have some sort of trial and with the latest trend of free-to-play games happening, there is no reason why you can’t find something great to play this summer!


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