Previews

  • UGO Takes A Look At Tabula Rasa

    C. Radtke at UGO.com took some time to preview Tabula Rasa. Keep reading to see how it went...

    It's the future. A race of nasty aliens known as The Bane have subjugated planet after planet in their quest for galactic domination. Recruits are desperately needed to combat this terror, and that's where you come in. You and thousands of other online gamers, to be exact. This is Tabula Rasa, the next big MMO from Lord British himself and the rest of the geniuses behind Ultima Online.

    It's been a long road for these guys, after scrapping the original idea for the game and starting from scratch in 2005. Enough has been already said about that stuff, so we're going to look to the future here. From a recent demo of the game, it looks like superstar video game mastermind, Richard Garriot, has a winner on his hands.

    Read the rest of this preview and then let us know what you think here in the Ten Ton Hammer forums.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Turbine grinds away on their Tolkien-set MMO

    GameDaily.com has posted their first impressions of Lord of the Rings Online. Did they enjoy it or find it a chore to look at? Keep reading to find out.

    Turbine is hard at work on Lord of the Rings Online, and they're proud to show it off. From the very first glance it's obvious that the team has made huge strides, bringing the visuals far up from last year's showing and improving the overall experience through control and gameplay by magnitudes.

    Read the full article and then head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Double The Previews

    Today both GameSpot and IGN have previews of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning posted. Keep reading to see what they have to say...

    GameSpot starts us off today.

    Nothing says "summer" quite like having a bunch of video games in one place. At a recent press event at which publisher EA Games showed off a great many of its upcoming games, we had a chance to take an updated look at Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the upcoming massively multiplayer game from developer Mythic and its brand-new publisher and corporate owner.

    According to Mythic's Jeff Hickman, much of the content for the game's first "racial pairing," the dwarves versus the "greenskins" (a faction of orks and goblins), is complete, including many of the lower-level areas and items. In addition, though we were unable to see it in action, Mythic has begun production on the game's high-level player-versus-player (PVP) content, such as capital city raids, which will offer multiple types of treasures (including open, undefended loot and special items that can be obtained only by defeating specific enemy characters, such as merchants, barkeeps, and kings). These raids will let players capture enemy dignitaries and hold them hostage (and for some cheap humor) until they can be rescued by players from the opposing side.

    Does IGN feel the same about this forthcoming game? Take a look and see...

    Electronic Arts was prominently featuring Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning at its press event today, as the game's developer, Mythic, was recently purchased by EA. We got to play the latest build, and while it was basically the same game we played at E3 a couple months ago, there are a few significant updates to report.

    Tell us what you think in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Crafting and the Shaolin Clan

    MMORPG.com has two preivews up today on the forthcoming 9 Dragons. The first preview discusses crafting in this unique world.

    Ken Johnson tells us...

    In this article you will learn more about how the crafting system works in 9dragons, the new martial arts MMO from Acclaim and Persistent Worlds. 9Dragons is a mixture of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and for you more mature gamers a touch of Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master.

    The second preview at MMORPG.com tells us about the Shaolin Clan in 9 Dragons. Ken Johnston and Steven-Elliot Altman tell us...

    Hello and welcome to this, the first of six articles specially written for MMORPG on the starter clans in 9Dragons. The six clans we are going to cover are Shaolin, Wu-Tang Clan, the League of Beggars, Heavenly Demon, Sacred Flower and the Brotherhood of Thieves. All six of these clans are based upon Chinese history and mythology and we’ve researched them to give you as authentic an experience as possible. In ancient China, the clans were labelled as either white or black, as delineated by their allegiance to The Imperial Emperor. The white clans were, on the whole, loyal and noble, while the black clans were rogues with intent that violated Imperial decree. Of course, there are many famous legends in which disciples of these clans have acted out of order with their clan’s traditions!

    When you're done checking these previews out, don't forget to return to Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think in our forums!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 14, 2006
    LadySirse
  • A Look From Beta

    MMORPG.com has filed a report on their impressions of Hero Online. This is a look at the game from beta, before a full preview.

    First Look

    A highly successful MMORPG in Asia, MGame USA brings it to the English speaking world. At first look, it feels and plays like a cross between Street Fighter and Diablo – lots of martial arts moves and click-to-move/fight/equip/drink unlimited potions. Hero Online looks pretty simplistic at first glance. You are given a choice of four characters, two male (Hunter and Warrior) and two female (Assassin and Physician). Each has a description which tells you the type of combat it is good for and the weapons you can use. You also choose a profession (or class) at level 10, and despite their descriptions, any character type can elect to be any class – Assassin, Hunter, Physician or Warrior.

    Learn more about Hero Online at MMORPG.com. Stay tuned here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news and information on your favorite games including the forthcoming Hero Online.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Can You Make a Better Zone?

    Gamersinfo.com posted a preview of the forthcoming addition to The Saga of Ryzom, Ryzom Ring.

    We’ve all done it. We may not admit to it, but we have. “Oh, I could’ve done better then that stupid quest!”, “That quest was teh suk!” or perhaps something not quite as intelligent and simply filled with words caught by the profanity filter of many MMO’s. Armchair quest writing is quickly gripping the world of massively multiplayer titles. Of course, there’s not really any way to prove our self-toughted abilities, but we’re usually quite certainly that our guild or friends or whoever happens to be within earshot will agree…at least to our faces. At least, there was never any way…until now.

    Keep reading to see how Gamersinfo.com rated Ryzom Ring. Stay tuned to Ten Ton Hammer for all the lastest Ryzom news!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Actiontrip Takes a Look at The Burning Crusades

    Actiontrip.com posted a preview of WoW's forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Did they like what they saw or think that it needs to head back to the drawing board? Keep reading to find out.

    It goes without saying, but yes, World of Warcraft is the most successful MMORPG of all time. It is the 800-lb gorilla of MMORPGs, but what’s striking is that WoW is the first game to truly bridge the gap between hardcore gamers and the mainstream crowds. Blizzard’s giant cash cow is becoming a part of popular culture, supplanting The Sims as the “it” game of choice for both gamers and non-gamers alike.

    Head over to Actiontrip.com to read the rest of the preview. Don't forget to visit WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all your latest WoW news and information!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Feel The Power of Godhood With Gods and Heroes

    Worthplaying.com posted a review of the forthcoming MMO Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising. In this game the player has the potiental to become godlike in power controling minions to do their will...

    The premise is interesting: Players will be the offspring of a mythical god. As you advance in levels, you'll gain core abilities from your parents, such as lighting from Thor. (Any takers on what Venus's ability will be?) You'll get the powers by completing quests offered to you by the gods.

    Did Worthplaying proclaim Gods and Heroes a hit or miss? Head over and find out.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Jul 04, 2006
    LadySirse
  • MMORPG Travels to France to See Ryzom Ring

    Our team at Ten Ton Hammer weren't the only ones to travel to Paris, France to get a look at the upcoming expansion to the Saga of Ryzom. MMORPG.com has posted their preview of Ryzom Ring.

    Nevrax believes they can change the way people think about MMORPGs. When the Ryzom Ring launches this fall, The Saga of Ryzom will become the first major MMORPG with significant player created content. The Ring is a tool kit that enables players to craft, test and then launch their own quests and live content scenarios into the live game. Last week, we made the hop to Paris to see their progress.

    Head over to MMORPG.com and find out what they have to say about Ryzom Ring.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jun 30, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Eurogamer Checks Out Hero Online

    Yesterday Eurogamer.com posted a preview of Hero Online...

    "He likes liquor. He never made a friend throughout his entire life. In his life crazed about martial arts, only one thing he considers to be his friend is the liquor. People say, you can find him pouring liquor in his mouth on days he killed another."

    Such is the way of liquor-soaked MMO Hero Online "a masterpiece created by three generations of distinguished martial art novelists" that boasts a "complex combination of story content and plot twists, free from prearranged paths, that brings a whole new gaming experience" written by first generation martial arts novelist, Kum Kang.

    Find out what they had to say about Hero Online.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jun 30, 2006
    LadySirse
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