I love cookies, but to be honest, we all tried at least once what is labeled as “cookie” but tastes like “old shoes” or “hang-over vomit.” Most of the time we glance over the cheap cookies made from the cookie cutter in the 99-cent store and walk away with the crap-like nostalgic taste in the mouth, but today I would like to remind you that even if it tastes like crap, it is still cookie, even made by a cookie cutter.
Let me explains this clearly if you don’t get the metaphor (frankly I believe everyone has heard of people talking about a cookie-cutter game. Admit it! You have at least tried 1 Free-To-Play game): people accuse free to play mmorpgs (mostly eastern) for lacking content and filled with grind to lengthen game play, but some of those cheap games have some features that I enjoy. Keep in mind that I will only cover the FTP games here.
Rappelz: The polished cookie.
A lot of people argue that Rappelz is the best FTP mmorpg (That is like saying banana is the fruit with the best shape…not sure what I meant there), but I do admit that Rappelz gave me the sense that a FTP game can be very polished. Compared to other games at that time, Rappelz utilized what it has and made the best out of itself: graphic, game content, combat, you name it. The game feels “finished” compared to the rest of FTP games out there, and since FTP is notorious for being “unpolished”; Rappelz managed to attract some audience and survived.
Flyff: The fancily wrapped cookie.
Remember the chess set you got from your grandma during Christmas time? Even though you know grandma would not buy you a hand-held gaming system, but the shinny wrapping paper and the shape of the present still managed to make you smile, even just for a little bit. Flyff is one such item: whether it is the flying system or the graphic or even some core game contents, the shinny incentives to make us play Flyff is not enough to cover the MASSIVE grind behind the game. But still, I applaud Flyff, just for being prettily wrapped up and hey, you never know when you are in the mood to fly around on a skate board.
Silkroad: The fortune cookie.
If you claim that fortune cookie is the worst-tasting cookie out there, I wouldn’t argue with you, the same reason why I wouldn’t argue that Silkroad is the Grindiest(Is that even a word?) game out there on the market. However, no one is forcing you to eat the fortune cookie in the restaurant, and what harm can it do if you just open it up and read your fortune? Very much like fortune cookie, Silkroad has some very unique game mechanics behind it, especially the silkroad system(Hmm…duh…)- the system that allows you to make a fortune(Hehe, pun) by transporting good from city to city, or rob other merchants on the silkroad as a sneaky bandit, or protect your client as a body guard. And hey, one or two of us will be curious enough to bite down and get a taste from the fortune cookie, even though we know that it probably does not taste good.
Mabinogi: The “special” brownie.
“Special” as in it contains marijuana or LSD(If you don’t know those two words, good for you!). Quite frankly you can’t label Mabinogi as a cookie cutter game, because it is not even cookie to begin with. Ranging from graphic to combat to equipments, or even the skill/level system, Mabinogi manages to remain unique, for better or worse. I’m not sure if it is better, but it is definitely different. It is somewhat addictive, and it managed to attract a solid player base. Very much like “special” brownie, the game almost DEMANDS you to pay money to be on equal ground with other players, but hey, it is still free to play.
Sword of the New World: The stylish cookie.
Ever seen one of those? With rose petal painted on one side and itself shaped and colored so stylishly that you have to by one even to just look at it? And it tastes like a piece of hell? That is sword of the New World, or formerly known as “Grande Espada” (Did I spell it right? sounds like coffee). The character models are so god-damn good looking it makes you just want to log on and stare at them. You don’t need to eat the cookie at all; just looking at it is satisfying.
Ace Online: The spicy cookie.
One of those cookies that’s spiced with paprika or cumin. It is unique, and not a lot of people like it. Ace Online, or formerly known as Spacecowboy, offers something different from other FTP mmorpgs. Not everyone likes it of course, and the player base for this game is shrinking after each year(log on and see for yourself). They stopped making spicy cookies because people don’t buy them; the cookie itself still manages to add some variety to the cookie isle.
There are some other games worth mentioning, but I doubt that they are good enough to make my good-crappy-cookie list. If you would like to express how much you hate those cookie-cutter games, save your words and spare our eyes, because we all know that they are horrible in many aspects; if you have a cookie that you want to share, feel free to do so.