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  SBFord

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Joined: 6/28/10
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OP  11/15/12 4:28:27 PM#1

City of Steam is a clear entry into what we like to think of as a new sub-genre of MMOs, steampunk. We offer our readers a brand new hands on preview of City of Steam. Check it out and then leave your reactions in the comments.

Whenever I hear the phrase “web based MMO” I instantly think of either MMOs for kids such as Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Online and Wizard 101 or turn based “social games” which require you to save up turns or energy while offline so you can play in tiny chunks of time. Don’t get me wrong, me and my kids are big fans of MSHSO and the 101 games, but the phrase never makes me think of a “full-fledged” MMO experience. So naturally, when I got an invite to take a tour of City of Steam’s upcoming beta build, I wasn’t expecting much. But I was intrigued based primarily on the setting and the idea that there could be a solid MMO experience in a browser. It has been one of the promises of the Unity Engine for a while now; someone has to eventually knock one out of the park right?

Read more of Richard Cox's City of Steam: Diving into the Closed Beta.

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  Torvaldr

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11/16/12 1:27:44 PM#2
I'm am looking forward to this so much.  The game is a lot of fun with great lore weaving through it all.  There was a great community in the alpha testing and I'm looking forward to rejoining them and all the new people as well.

I think a mind wipe so people could play an mmo like it was their first time again, would be easier to build than a new mmo people here would actually like. - DamonVile

  Sirca

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11/16/12 5:50:39 PM#3
Really worth checking
  eddieg50

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11/16/12 8:03:01 PM#4
I playedin the beta a couple of months ago and it was a lot of fun
  Cedwen

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Joined: 3/28/12
Posts: 1

11/17/12 5:07:51 AM#5
They had running an so called Alpha-Version on Kongregate. I really like that game. Was really a fatastic game experience and that without download. :)
  NL-Rikkert

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Joined: 8/22/11
Posts: 121

Currently playing:Mount & Blade,Smite,Chivalry MW,LoL

11/17/12 9:07:42 AM#6

It's a fun game, especially if you play to enjoy story and music. The setting and the way the lore is told sets itself apart from other games. 

Pro:

-  Great music

- Original lore and story telling (near poem like cutscenes)

- Very accesible due to it being browser based

- Distinct setting (area)

- NPC's aren't all clones (yes they exist but not as much as most MMO's)

 

cons:

- Lower quality graphics (obviously due to it being browser based)

- Slightly slowpaced due to lengthy text and slow cutscenes (great for RPers though)

- Tutorial isn't very useful at all (IMO) 

- (accidently) unequipping your gear just after character creation leaves you unable to              re-equip until you level up ( you start with lvl 2 gear on lvl 1, for whatever reason?)

- (as of yet) almost non existent customisation

STOOPID
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  ablindpoet

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Joined: 10/21/12
Posts: 1

11/17/12 7:14:37 PM#7
Only con I am experiencing is reading the text in it's location. I don't know what it's like on a smaller TV or Monitor, but the text from NPC's or story related content on my TV is seperated way too far apart from my character's dialogue. Just kind of extreme.
  bbbb42

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Joined: 10/16/12
Posts: 294

11/17/12 9:34:57 PM#8

The games textures look good. The camera takes a little getting use to, it reminds me of playing games on the xbox. So far i like what i have seen,  alot of hard went into making this game and it shows.

 

 

  orionblack

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Joined: 7/25/09
Posts: 377

11/18/12 9:16:01 PM#9
I really enojoy this game. Been playing off and on since alpha (real life stuff sux) but over all I was pleasently surprised by the game and graphics. A definite check it out game , espcially since there is only the unity download.
  Ozmodan

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Joined: 2/27/07
Posts: 6637

11/19/12 6:05:21 AM#10

I think you are going to see more and more good browser games.   Certainly beats the huge downloads of client based games these days, nothing worse for me when I look at an all day download just totry out a game.

To the guy above, don't see cutscenes as being a plus, even in story telling.

  NL-Rikkert

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Posts: 121

Currently playing:Mount & Blade,Smite,Chivalry MW,LoL

11/19/12 2:47:06 PM#11
@Ozmodan I personally enjoy lore alot in games and they way its being presented differently than most games. the quality and writing is great IMO. the idea was just to list the most important basics of the game.

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