Once you’ve played a few MMORPGs, you’ve pretty much played them all. I’m not going to rant about all MMO games being clones of each other again, but I’d love to see an MMORPG do something revolutionary. Just a heads up, revolutionary doesn’t have to mean good. Even if a game with unique game play is terribly broken I would still give the game some credit for doing something out of the norm. With game companies churning out new titles each week, it’s getting difficult to review games, as nearly every game I review feels too much like another game I’ve already looked at. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing MMORPGs, but it’d be nice to have a bit of variety every now and then.
To be fair, the last few games I’ve looked at were pretty unique. S4 League was a blast to play, as it offered an alternative to the only other fast paced anime shooter, GunZ the Duel. Although S4 League didn’t exactly revolutionize it’s genre [Shooters], it did add variety to the genre. There really aren’t a lot of anime inspired shooting MMOs out there, so it made sense for Alaplayer to publish the game. Outspark also recently released their snowboarding MMO Project Powder, and it was fairly revolutionary, as it is the only snowboarding MMO out there! Publishers don’t always think like this though. There are countless fantasy MMORPGs out there today and publishers keep bringing more and more of them to the market. The problem with this is that developers continue to produce the same generic MMORPGs. I enjoy reviewing unique games like S4 League and Project Powder, but playing a generic fantasy MMORPG isn’t at all exciting.
If I were to play two games; one very polished 3D Fantasy MMORPG and a buggy 3D time traveling Sci-Fi MMORPG, odds are I’d write a more favorable review for the 3D Time traveling Sci-Fi MMORPG, as the game is unique. There are countless 3D Fantasy MMORPGs out there already that are phenomenal, the market doesn’t need more! If you’re looking for a good fantasy MMORPG, go ahead and play Florensia or even SilkRoad Online, they’re both great games. Obviously if the Sci-Fi MMORPG was unplayable buggy, the generic fantasy MMORPG would receive a more favorable review, but my point is that developers need to innovate!