Previews

  • RF Online ...we need RC Online! Teeny, tiny cars being driven by virtual remote control versus other virtual people in a teeny, tiny world.
    RPGVault has posted a RF Online Preview, where else...online.

    " Although the title will be new in the West, it has already established itself as a success in the Far East, with a player base reportedly numbering over a million. Accordingly, it seems reasonable to expect the game and the servers will be stable, and that many possible issues related to balance, load et al will already have been addressed. The mix of fantasy and science fiction elements may help to foster both awareness and a sense of product differentiation among members of the target audience. While the visuals are attractive, with some of the female character models and their outfits drawing particular attention, it appears that the minimum system requirements will be quite reasonable. "

    You can read the entire RF Online Preview at RPGVault.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A rose by any other name is a hacking, slashing massively multiplayer online game.
    MMORPG.com has posted a preview of ROSE Online based on their chat with David Kim at the Austin Game Conference.

    " While at the Austin Gaming Conference I got to meet with David Kim of Gravity Interactive’s ROSE Online, a new Korean MMO that is currently in open beta. This kid-friendly MMO takes place in a huge world, or rather, universe — players can travel between seven different planets, three of which are already in the game, to fight monsters, do quests, and make friends. "

    You can read the ROSE Online Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hero's Journey, not your sit around the house playing WoW kind of story.
    RPGVault has posted their Hero's Journey Peek #10. The included screenshots look superb. Who would have thought that a wagon could look so cool?

    " Hero's Journey is a fantasy persistent state world being developed by one of the pioneers in the category, Simutronics. It takes place in the world of Elanthia, where a savage war has shattered entire societies. The remnants have ceased hostilities lest none survive, and are attempting to build a new civilization by working together within an alliance called the Triumvirate. Sadly, private agendas, greed, the blinding desire for power and simple malevolence stand in their way, including external threats like the otherworldly Rakshaal plus some that aren't as obvious. In this series, the team has agreed to tell us more. "

    You can read Hero's Journey Peek #10 at RPGVault.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British takes the purse away from Tabula Rasa.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa preview featuring insight from Richard "Lord British" Garriott.

    " Originally announced some time ago, the game underwent a marked shift just before E3 2005. Richard explained how it began with a rather trivial observation: everyone on the development team exclusively played female characters.
    Why was this? Well, they discovered that as the game’s extremely far-fetched high fantasy style evolved, it became harder for male gamers to connect with their male avatars. Thus began a period where they tried to put a little more grit into the game; a process that would eventually completely redefine its setting."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Burning Crusade, everywhere and anywhere.
    Jolt has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    "

    For such a successful game in the genre, the announcement of a
    commercial add-on is as surprising as waking up to find that you
    haven’t changed into a female Night Elf after all [What!? – Ed], and it’s with an equal level of astonishment that we learn it will contain new lands, dungeons, items, quests and playable races, as well as offer an increased level cap. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at Jolt.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • What's a crusade without some burning?

    GamePro weighs in on the World of Warcraft expansion madness in the first BlizzCon article that doesn't look like it was written on a cold expo hall cafeteria floor. Flyable mounts, new spells for everyone level 40+, and a new tradeskill class- Jewelcrafting- made an impression on GamePro.

    The new Blood Elf race is based in a new region of Quel'Thalas with areas for level 1-10 and 11-20 characters. Although originally the noble High Elves, the Blood Elves became corrupt in their insatiable hunger for arcane power. This is reflected in their racial attributes, which gives the race two exclusive abilities: Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent. Mana Tap (20 yard range, 10 second cooldown) is a stackable ability similar to Rogue's combo points that drains 50 mana from the target, which is then converted into arcane energy. Stackable three times, the power then can be unleashed with Arcane Torrent (8 yard range, 2 minute cooldown), which converts the energy into 5 Rage per "combo point," or 140 mana per point. The known class choices so far for Blood Elves are Warriors, Warlocks, Mages and Priests. Will there be Blood Elf Rogues that can convert mana into energy? Blizzard has yet to finalize the class choices, so that remains to be seen.

    GamePro's BlizzCon coverage of the World of Warcraft expansion, here!

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • My EQLive Ranger was a bloodied elf, but I guess Blizzard is talking about a different kind of Blood Elf

    Blizzard's official site coverage of the just-announced World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade features pics, information on new epic weapons, crafting and enchanting updates, and of course the introduction of the Blood Elves race for the Horde and the raising of the level cap to 70.

    • New Player Races: New allies will join the game, expanding the story line and allowing players to develop powerful new characters within the world.

    • Higher Level Limit: The game’s level cap is being raised to 70, and every new level will offer meaningful spell, ability, and talent upgrades for each character class.
    • New Lands and Battlegrounds: Explore the magical realms of the Blood Elves, journey through the Dark Portal into untamed Outland, and visit dungeons and battlefields previously inaccessible to players.
    • Flying Mounts: In Outland, players will gain access to unique airborne mounts that will allow for smoother travel over some of that region’s more hazardous terrain.
    • Jewelcrafting, Socketable Items, and More: Crafters will be pleased to know that the expansion adds an all-new profession to the game: Jewelcrafting. With Jewelcrafting comes the advent of socketable items in World of Warcraft, which will give players additional variety in how they can customize their gear. In addition, existing professions will be enhanced to take advantage of the increased character-level limit.
    • New Quests, New Monsters, and New Challenges: As the boundaries of World of Warcraft are stretched farther than ever before, there will be exciting new quests for players to undertake and new monsters to confront. And with greater challenges come greater rewards….

    Read the World of Warcraft expansion press release, enjoy official BlizzCon coverage, or bask in the new World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion site.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • Mixing it up, Auto Assault-style

    NetDevil recently went back to the drawing board, pushing the release date of futuristic vehicular destruction MMO Auto Assault, and MMORPG.com found out part of the reason why. It seems NetDevil's focus has shifted toward creating a more varied and interesting experience for players, in part accomplished by removing repetitive quests and giving the game's large adventuring areas their own tactical "feel."

    So what is going to happen to these areas? The design lead will say that the theme of an area is “X.” For example, one of the mutant area’s themes is a swamp area, another is underground. The underground area has an entirely different feel than an open highway and requires different tactics. NetDevil is also trying to improve storylines; for example, Pikes and Scavs are both infantry classes, but were both very much the same. Now, though, Pikes feel more like miners; some of them are mining in camps, while others carry around dangerous explosives. The Pikes are willing to suicide, blowing themselves up as long as they take you (and surrounding buildings) with them. Scavangers are very different; they are all about survival and would never suicide like the Pikes.

    View the MMORPG.com preview of Auto Assault from Austin Games Conference.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • Pirates live for PvP

    MMORPG.com's Pirates of the Burning Sea coverage focuses on how players battle on the high seas in this late 2005 maritime MMO.

    At the Austin Gaming Conference (AGC) I met with Russell Williams, Flying Lab Software Executive Producer; and Kevin Maginn, Flying Lab Designer to take about their upcoming game, Pirates of the Burning Sea. A naval MMO, PoTBS is set in the Caribbean and largely concentrates on PvPing with other players. There are three types of PvP in the game, allowing for ample combat between the English, Spanish, French, and Pirates.

    When Flying Lab set out to design PvP they wanted it to be meaningful, and thus the first type of PvP is a battle over territory. They also wanted PvP to be accessible but avoidable, so that those who want to participate know where to go while those who don’t can stay clear, and they wanted all of the boats to have an impact, even merchant ships.

    Read the Pirates of the Burning Sea PvP preview at MMORPG.com.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • More burning questions crusade around us.
    AtomicMPC has posted a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade preview mentioning among other things, auction houses in every city.

    " It's safe to say after that Blizzard is on the right track with its first expansion to World of Warcraft, one of the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Attendees were shown a preview of the game at the inaugural BlizzCon, a celebration of Blizzard's games. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at AtomicMPC.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Boomjack
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