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  • Richard Garriott Retools and Revamps. Nick Soltes of RPGVault guides you through a one page article describing his impressions of Tabula Rasa, the Richard Garriott / NCSoft title in production. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Tabula Rasa has some very impressive graphics and seems to sport a lot of the features that your new video card can show off. The game takes place in a science fiction setting with a bit of magic thrown in courtesy of some benevolent beings. The area we were shown had the feel of a military outpost city full of soldiers. NPCs shouted to gain the attention of passersby, and when you inquired about a mission, you were treated to a bit of voice acting. A relatively recent trend among online worlds has been to employ instanced missions, and Tabula Rasa does so, although perhaps in manner that's a little different." The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If dice roll in an empty basement, do they make any sound?. Dana Massey of MMORPG.com has posted some impressions of Turbine Entertainment's, Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Here is brief snippet from the article: "D&D Online has chosen to go for a small, community-focused approach to game design. Their servers will support only up to one-thousand players concurrently. This decision is not a technical constraint, but rather a game design choice that they hope fosters an increased sense of community and belonging, especially for those players who are new to the game. To facilitate this emphasis on community, Turbine has chosen to have the city of Stormreach be the central hub not just for new players, but all players. In most games, a player starts in a newbie town surrounded by newbies. This can be daunting. A few weeks after launch, this becomes a problem as new players must wade through and find their own place in a community that may not be easy to find. They want to give new players something to aspire to and a community to welcome them." The one page long article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • City of Villains, where the bad guys are the good guys?GamersInfo has a short article up giving us their E3 impressions of City of Villains. Here is brief snippet from the article: "Creating your super villain is just as fun as creating your hero. Though it's hard to make character creation better than the system in City of Heroes (CoH), Cryptic one-upped all expectations and further customized characters for the villains. Along with the options available in CoH, CoV has new options such as animal parts, skeletal figures, and scars." The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Auto Assault - Roleplay Your Mad Max Fantasies. A preview of NCSoft's massively multiplayer car mayhem game is online at GamersInfo.net. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Auto Assault puts you behind the wheel of a vehicle, an immediate departure from the role of a dwarf, elf, or gnome. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, your vehicle is loaded out with all the latest weaponry. Your goal: shoot anything that moves!" The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Insert sound of Chewbacca roaring here. Steve Butts of IGN has posted an information reveiw of Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookies. Here is brief snippet from the article:quot;Kashyyyk is only accessible from space via hyperspace travel; those of you who haven't signed up to get your own ship yet are out of luck in terms of getting to the new content. Assuming they know where to go, getting to and from Kashyyyk is pretty low-risk even for starting pilots. Limiting access might seem a little unfair but the barriers to get to Kashyyyk are relatively small and it ensures that you don't have hundreds of players just standing around the starport hawking their wares. (Sad note: Today marked the first day on my server that some billboard shouting automaton has finally taken up residence near the landing spot. We might as well have real advertisers in the game. "This Hyperspace jump brought to you by Pepsi! Pepsi!, the choice of starpilots everywhere!)" The two page long article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If Dark and Light can pull off what they are attempting there will be a lot of happy gamers. Matthew Rorie of GameSpot gives his impressions of Dark and Light as seen at E3. Here is brief snippet from the article: "First off, the theme behind Dark and Light seems to be one of scale: the cluster technology used by Dark and Light supposedly allows for up to 500,000 players playing concurrently on the same server; the gameworld is 15,000 square kilometers in size; and the view distance lets you see up to 30 miles away. We only managed to see a small portion of this during our demo, obviously because of its huge size, although it does appear that some of these zones are already well-populated, presumably with beta testers. There are 12 realms in total, with two of those being starter areas, and the other 10 being PvP oriented." The article (about seven paragraphs long) can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Funcom brings you a MMORPG that is mostly free and it's still fun. Andrew Park of GameSpot had the opportunity to discuss Anarchy Online: Lost Eden with game director Morten Byom at E3. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Funcom is moving forward with a general upgrade to Anarchy Online that includes upgraded graphics and textures, both for environments and for character models. According to Byom, this change will not be a one-off addition, but rather, something planned for the next several months. The expansion itself will be released later this year, though in exactly what form (possibly packaged with the original game and one or more expansion packs) has not yet been revealed."The article (about three paragraphs long) can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Risk Your Life Preview Risk Your Life, the "skill based MMO" is taken out for a drive at GameSpot. Did you know? TenTonHammer.com has an E3 preview of Risk Your Life posted right here.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, May 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dungeons & Dragons Online: E3 Impressions Dungeons and Dragons Online, the upcoming MMORPG in producition at Turbine Games is the focus of an E3 impressions article at Gamers Info. Did you know? TenTonHammer.com has a community built around the Dungeons and Dragons Online game.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, May 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • E3 Coverage: Anarchy Online: Lost Eden A quick look at Anarchy Online: Lost Eden based on their E3 visits is available online at Gamers Info and also at WarCry.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, May 24, 2005
    Boomjack
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