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  • More PvP, man on man, woman on woman review goodness.
    The Junkyard has reviewed Guild Wars. Gary Coleman requested polited that we interview him. We politely refused, get it, refuse...Junkyard... bah..Here's what Coleman said:

    " When someone says, "RPG", what do you think of? I would come back with either rocket propelled grenade or a story-driven game involving leveling and lots of monsters/bad guys. Add the prefix "online" and I get monthly fees and other people to romp around with. Guild Wars is something new. While it obeys some old RPG laws, it has also broken or bent others and introduced a few new ones. The end result is something unique and, if I may, something pretty frickin' awesome. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at The Junkyard. [Thanks Shacknews]
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    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • EVE defies the trends...

    Eurogamer ponders why, in a crowded genre rife with games undergoing a full-fledged identity crisis, EVE seems to have just the right balance between giving players what they want while not cheapening the experience- it seems you have to have something to do and something to lose!

    As if by way of illustrating what a cruel game Eve can be, I just lost a fight in my most expensive, well-to-do battleship only minutes before opening up this page to write these words. The ship is dust and I'm royally pissed off. Way more pissed off than I would be at dying in almost any other game. While other MMOs might have coddled me with just a bit of money lost, or a few XP as punishment for my pitiful death, Eve has created several hours of concerted work. It's a bitch.

    This might not sound like a good start for an upbeat analysis of Elite's (remarkably pretty) online cousin, but it's losses like this one that give the game its raw edge. Like the thrill of gambling, player vs. player combat in Eve is exciting because you could lose something palpable: the time it took to make the game-money that paid for that ship, along with all the shiny gizmos I kitted it out with. You feel that loss in your guts. And there are few games that can boast that.

    I don't think you'll be disappointed if you read the rest of this nifty Eurogamer review of EVE Online.

    Reviews
    Thu, Sep 15, 2005
    Ethec
  • PvP With No Monthly Fee Says Killer Betty.
    Killer Betties has posted a review of Guild Wars. Killer Veronica was unavailable for comment, as was Jughead, but we are confident had they responded they would not have said this:

    "When compared to the other Massive Multiplayer Online games around,
    Guild Wars is fairly unique. It has no subscription fees, and thus, no
    credit card. If all you want to do is purchase the game from your local
    game retailer…fine. That’s all you need to purchase. However, there are chapters released every six months with exciting new game content and skills, although NCSoft stresses that these are completely optional and players will not be barred from PVP (player vs. player) combat if they have not bought the latest chapter. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at Killer Betties.
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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • On the EVE of the 2005 holiday season...

    We take a look at the surprise upstart EVE Online. Not familiar? Neither was I until this two year old space-based tactical MMO (with enough of a hyper-capitalistic flavor to make Donald Trump wet his pants!) started making headlines again.

    Humans, curious buggers that we are, began colonizing the uncharted environs on the other side of a recently discovered wormhole called "Eve." Five races (4 of which are playable) evolved into rival nations of varying strength, bound together by a fragile peace. When "Eve" catastrophically exploded, bringing widespread ruin to the fledgling "New Eden" settlements, the colonists began a scramble to consolidate power into organizations and corporate entities. Their restless search of resources to ensure their continued survival and prosperity brought the settlers ever closer to greater threats, the greatest of which just might be... themselves (cue the dramatic music)!!

    Join TTH as we see just what all the fuss is about: EVE Online: The Second Genesis, profiled by Ten Ton Hammer!

    Reviews
    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Total Experience, and by total we mean most of it.
    Game Chronicles has posted a review of Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience. Our top secret sources have told us that upon seeing the review Chewbacca turned to Harrison Ford and roared:

    " Personally, I played the original when it first came out for a solid three months, was in a strong guild (Sturmgrenadier-Starsider), and had a blast. After awhile though, the grind of gaining experience, bugs, and limited content got to me, and I left for greener pastures. I was very intrigued to try this title again to say the least. "

    You can read the entire Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience Review at Game Chronicles.
     

    Reviews
    Mon, Sep 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Risk Your Life, and apparently your wallet if you buy this one.
    GamingAge has posted a review of Risk Your Life: Path of the Emperor. Can $1,000.000 in prize money and sexy booth babes save this game? We have no idea, but we do know that they maybe wrote this, possibly:

    " And finally we get to the lovely R.Y.L. community. Asking for help in the chat pane will usually get you one of two responses; ‘ghey’ or ‘n00b’. In fact, the chat pane usually reads like a fourteen year old’s IM conversation, with a moderator popping in every few minutes to say some thing along the lines of ‘hey, stop that or I’ll ban you’ and then leaving again. "

    You can read the entire RYL Review at GamingAge.
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    Mon, Aug 29, 2005
    Boomjack
  • AC2 Gets A Fancy Review.
    CVG has reviewed Asheron's Call 2: Legions. Tom Cruise couldn't get any other press to talk to him today so he came to us and said this:

    " At last count, AC2 was existing on around 14,000 subscribers, despite recent attempts by Turbine to woo players back to the franchise following its acquisition of the brand from Microsoft. Unfortunately, the reasons why most of them left in the first place are beyond the ken of a mere expansion pack (unless that expansion pack is called Asheron's Call 2: World Of Warcraft). Legions is one for the existing crowd only, bringing all the new content you'd expect of an MMO add-on pack - new weapons, new spells, new armour, new dungeons and quests and a whole new continent called, ahem, Knorr. "

    You can read the entire Asheron's Call 2: Legions Review at CVG.

    Reviews
    Thu, Aug 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because, let's face it, nobody has heard of World of Warcraft.
    Computer Gaming World has reviewed World of Warcraft. Both people who have not yet played WoW read the following:

    " Rather than focus on a bunch of explicit, boring tutorials, WoW teaches you the ropes and eases you into the game so slyly that you'll barely even notice you're in school. Instead of pitched battles against rabbits, cats, rats, and other tiny animals that you could kill in real life without much effort, the game immediately pits you against actual monsters. Garden-variety animals exist--you're just not expected to fight them. They merely hop around and occasionally get devoured by a passing predator. Since there aren't any artificial zone boundaries, you're free to wander wherever you want to right from the start, which removes the penned-in feeling common to low-level characters in most other MMORPGs. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Review at Computer Gaming World.
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    Thu, Aug 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "Laugh it up, Fuzzball!"

    Okay, I promise that's the last of the Star Wars quotes! TTH takes a ride on the gamer's unrealized dream slash developer's turgid rollercoaster that is Star Wars Galaxies, and the resulting "MMOG profile" is like the overpriced picture you can buy at the end (except ours is free!).

    While Anarchy Online set a high bar for the sci-fi themed MMOG, it's hard to think of Star Wars Galaxies as fitting any kind of mold. Star Wars has had a life all its own for over 27 years, before the mid-to-low end of the MMO demographic was even a twinkle in our daddy's eye.

    SWG desired to place us in the world of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and everything that makes Star Wars a cultural phenomenon. It was, and is (at least until Lord of the Rings Online is released in 2006), the only MMO that has endeavored to inhabit a world whose structure is largely scripted, rather than built from scratch by producers and designers. Far from simplifying the process, high storyline expectations and stringent artistic production values (thanks to the magic of LucasArts, SWG was the finest looking MMO of its day) plus some truly unique (and, at times, disasterous) innovations lead players and developers on quite a ride.

    Far from eulogizing games like SWG or boxing them up as "past their prime", we honor them as "going concerns" in the only genre for whom constant improvement is a way of life for the developers. MMOGs are truly gamers' games.

    Check out our writeups on EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, and Anarchy Online too!

    Reviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Ethec
  • EQ2 Conning Red
    Computer Gaming World has reviewed EverQuest 2. Vin Diesel was responsible for most of the code in the original EverQuest. He was not responsible for the following:

    " Enemy conning and simple quests may feel unsatisfying for more experienced gamers, but newbies will really appreciate the help that EQ2 gives every step of the way. From the moment those of you uninitiated in RPGs create your characters with simple class and race choices and board the "refugee boat" for your first in-game tutorial, you will feel sure of what to do. The tutorial explains step by step how to do everything from moving a character around to wielding a weapon, picking up loot, and talking to NPCs. Everything in the main Options menu is easy to understand and a newbie-friendly first quest introduces many city features, including your initial player housing. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Review at Computer Gaming World.
    Sackloads of EQ2 information are yours at: EQ2.TenTonHammer.com
     

    Reviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Boomjack
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