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  Stradden

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Joined: 7/08/05
Posts: 6729

 
OP  1/14/10 1:51:36 PM#1

MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a look at Sparkplay's browser-based MMORPG, Earth Eternal.

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Earth Eternal is a funny beast (pardon the pun). Originally slotted to be released in 2007, Sparkplay Media then obtained a swell of extra funding and decided to put their project back in the oven a bit longer. Now over two years later Earth Eternal is open and ready for anyone to try, with a fully-functional (but not necessary) cash shop. They're calling it Open Beta, but all characters and progress made from here on out are there to stay, so Sparkplay is treating it like a live game. And thus, we're reviewing it as such.

Browser-based MMOs are no new invention. Runescape has been doing it for years after all. But one thing that many might argue has eluded the browser-based game is a level of quality that we may be used to in our client driven games. I believe I can safely say that Earth Eternal has put this old contention to bed. There simply is no better put together MMORPG out there to play within the confines of your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

Read the Earth Eternal Review.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

  Danubus

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Joined: 3/22/04
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1/14/10 5:30:09 PM#2

Great review! I too was pleasantly surprised when I played the game. It isn't anything new, but the game is very fun. It looks good and it plays very decent. I agree that they need more classes in the game. I also agree that the load times are an issue, but one that the head of the company said they are working on. I got my girlfriend into the game and we both are playing together. This game took the tech from Free Realms and made it into a nice fantasy RPG.  I have only played with my significant other, but I would like to see what playing with a full group against a harder npc would be like. The game is extremely solo friendly and that is a major plus to me. When I am not playing Dragon Age, Torchlight, or another game I can load up EE and play it for a bit till I'm ready to head to bed.

I am excited about some of things I have read over on their boards. They have vaults, supposedly they are working on pvp and also going to put in a Guild/Housing system as well. It just seems to me that they are doing things right. I will continue to play the game, because it truly is the best browser game out there and it also gives some of the traditional MMO's a run for their money. It surely beats the other F2P MMO's I have played.

  Aryas

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1/14/10 6:29:01 PM#3

I just want to add that I've played this quite a bit and it's an absolutely fantastic game for what it is.

 

For me this game is almost a perfect replacement for WoW. Yes, it's far limited by comparison but it's free, is very polished and runs on just about anything.

 

The lead dev guy has already mentioned they're going to work on the load times. Combine that with all the other stuff they have planned and this game is going to be about as awesome as a browser game can be.

 

Plus, it's great to play at work if you PC isn't too locked-down and your fed up with whatever sh*t they pay you to do there.

 

Aryas

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  Asmir

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Joined: 11/05/08
Posts: 22

1/14/10 7:57:00 PM#4

Nice review of a solid little title. A point I think was missed was the influence of Iron Realms involvement in the game. They are famous for their Mud style games which are top notch for that genre and have a strong influence on the development of this game. As for depth I've admittedly not played enough to see it yet and it may not be that of Runescape thus far but knowing Iron Realms reputation for continuous development I feel sure it will come. It may already be there for all I know.

I guess my only other caveat to the review is this constant need to compare everything to WoW, lol. If it works it works and its been working since long before WoW, even if they did tweak it a bit, but then they all do don't they?

Other than that, well done :)

 

  Zorvan01

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Joined: 5/07/09
Posts: 398

1/14/10 8:00:23 PM#5

Earth Eternal is a wonderful game. I could see these guys shutting Free Realms out in the cold as long as they keep it up.


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  tro44_1

Apprentice Member

Joined: 6/20/06
Posts: 1836

I Love the Holy Warrior Archtype

1/14/10 9:52:55 PM#6

I cant get the Sparkplug Beta to work.

  dadown

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Joined: 12/29/04
Posts: 200

1/14/10 10:41:15 PM#7

 For a browser based game, they have done a great job. Its something that you could let a younger child play without worrying about the content. However, this also means the adults will find it cartoon like. I'd like to see improved crafting, but I can't really complain for a free, small download game. 

  drbaltazar

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Joined: 3/28/07
Posts: 7937

1/14/10 10:47:06 PM#8

check your security and firewall !takes a while to load!but once loaded your good for a while.can be played on your desktop or

in browser if your with a laptop .so far they havent remooved the edge so we re stuck with it even in desktop mode

  tro44_1

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Joined: 6/20/06
Posts: 1836

I Love the Holy Warrior Archtype

1/14/10 10:52:31 PM#9
Originally posted by drbaltazar

check your security and firewall !takes a while to load!but once loaded your good for a while.can be played on your desktop or

in browser if your with a laptop .so far they havent remooved the edge so we re stuck with it even in desktop mode


 

Yeah iam using laptop, and turned off Firewall, still doesnt work. Get error everytime the new window pops up and starts loading

  drbaltazar

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1/14/10 11:00:37 PM#10
Originally posted by tro44_1
Originally posted by drbaltazar

check your security and firewall !takes a while to load!but once loaded your good for a while.can be played on your desktop or

in browser if your with a laptop .so far they havent remooved the edge so we re stuck with it even in desktop mode


 

Yeah iam using laptop, and turned off Firewall, still doesnt work. Get error everytime the new window pops up and starts loading

can you be specific .or google error number often its just a small detail.this game is 32 bit by the way.try the version in the start menu instead of the browser see if that one works.hope it works .its a nice little game.(exept the starting ilse,noob area lol)

  rhinok

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Joined: 2/01/07
Posts: 1813

1/15/10 8:42:43 PM#11

One question regarding the comment "There simply is no better put together MMORPG out there to play within the confines of your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.", what about Free Realms and Fusion Fall?  They're both browser based via plugin, just like EE.  The only difference is that EE can be played explicitly within your existing browser window or a stripped down browser-based client. (which is what I play it in).

 

~Ripper

  haratu

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Joined: 4/09/09
Posts: 409

1/15/10 11:34:09 PM#12

One of the pros you have for this game is "Fluid, responsive combat", which is not entirely true.

I tried Earth Eternal and found that from Australia the combat is not fluid due to distance latency. While I am sure this would not be an issue close to the server, it was definitely the issue in Australia. 

  Bigdavo

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Joined: 1/21/06
Posts: 2088

1/16/10 12:27:22 AM#13
Originally posted by haratu

One of the pros you have for this game is "Fluid, responsive combat", which is not entirely true.

I tried Earth Eternal and found that from Australia the combat is not fluid due to distance latency. While I am sure this would not be an issue close to the server, it was definitely the issue in Australia. 


 

This is the issue with pretty much every game when you live in Australia :(

O_o o_O

  Scot

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Joined: 10/10/03
Posts: 5095

1/16/10 2:36:27 AM#14

An 'Unobtrusive item-shop' is a Pro? So it could be a total cash cow, as long as it is not in your face thats a Pro? I really think MMORRG.com need to think about the moral implications of F2P and stop premoting it with these endless F2P reviews.

  orionite

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Joined: 9/12/05
Posts: 140

1/16/10 10:23:35 PM#15

I think the title is a bit misleading. When I read "Browser based" I'm assuming platform independence, which is clearly not the case if you have to download an .exe file.

The game doesn't look too bad, though and I'll probably try it on my Vista laptop some time.

  drbaltazar

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Joined: 3/28/07
Posts: 7937

1/16/10 10:34:50 PM#16
Originally posted by orionite

I think the title is a bit misleading. When I read "Browser based" I'm assuming platform independence, which is clearly not the case if you have to download an .exe file.

The game doesn't look too bad, though and I'll probably try it on my Vista laptop some time.

 

the download is long true but its a browser or desktop game.dont know the mecanic of it but you dont download the game its more like when you stream a movie.it say loading

that about whats going on here.its a very good game if you use the broswer version(32 bit)dont thing they got a 64 bit version(for

explorer 64)out ready yet.night come eventually.

in my book its THE best broswer game.

  conanaras

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Joined: 10/07/07
Posts: 68

1/17/10 6:41:02 AM#17
Originally posted by Stradden

For a free game with an optional micro-transaction model, I expected to find myself with one or maybe two quests per level, with the rest of my game time filled with endless mob-killing in order to level. But for my own time spent with Earth Eternal, I never did run out of quests to perform. Sure enough most were of the "Kill Ten Rats" variety, but for me at least that helps disguise the fact I'm just doing the same thing over and over again. Maybe I'm in a forgiving mood, but I can't harp on Sparkplay Media for following industry standards. It also helps that the progression rate in Earth Eternal is more on par with what Western gamers are used to. When you're leveling at a decent rate, there always seems to be less of a grind, because the task of advancing your character doesn't seem so daunting.

 

Only true at low (1-30) levels. After that, its F2P standards, aka 1-2 normal quests and 1 repeating per level, so expect some HEAVY grinding with some repeating quest flavor (bounty board). That and the absence of an epic story quest chain taking advantage of the detailed background story are the game's main flaws imo.

1 + 1 = 2... Unless it CRITS!

  ihaveurnose

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Joined: 3/12/09
Posts: 16

1/18/10 3:17:01 AM#18

Really the only new thing Sparkplay introduced was a choice of 22 races that did not consist of any dwarves, elves, orcs or humans; past that everything else they have done in EE has already been done. Now don't get me wrong, I had high hopes for EE (started looking at it in March-April 2009 and was even in CB) but I just couldn't handle all the lag issues that they ignored. There were major lag issues during Closed Beta, and players constanly brought it up in the forums. Yet the lag remained when OB started, and yes players continued to address the issue in the forums..but guess what? no response from the devs. I managed to make it to lvl 27 (ursine druid), but at that point I started dieing due to rubberbanding and lag spikes anytime I wandered outside of the towns. So I quit the game for good and I don't think I can go back..even though my clan was starting to get known (unless the PvP is amazing when it finally comes out..then Uprising will return!).

 

::EDIT::

oh yea, to the author of this article..

The poster above me is right, did u even make it to anglorum before saying that u don't run out of quests? I think there were a couple of levels (even before i hit the 20s) where i actually ran out of quests b4 i leveled..and that was with killing extra mobs, and w/out any deaths. But once u reach 20+ u have to do a bit of grinding for lvls (just not as much as i and many others had to do since the Bounty Boards came out lol). But yea, u'll definitely hit a point where u have to start grinding or doing bounty boards (which is just grinding with a small bonus for every 10-15 kills) to finish levels.

  rhinok

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Joined: 2/01/07
Posts: 1813

1/18/10 7:27:31 AM#19
Originally posted by ihaveurnose

Really the only new thing Sparkplay introduced was a choice of 22 races that did not consist of any dwarves, elves, orcs or humans; past that everything else they have done in EE has already been done. Now don't get me wrong, I had high hopes for EE (started looking at it in March-April 2009 and was even in CB) but I just couldn't handle all the lag issues that they ignored. There were major lag issues during Closed Beta, and players constanly brought it up in the forums. Yet the lag remained when OB started, and yes players continued to address the issue in the forums..but guess what? no response from the devs. I managed to make it to lvl 27 (ursine druid), but at that point I started dieing due to rubberbanding and lag spikes anytime I wandered outside of the towns. So I quit the game for good and I don't think I can go back..even though my clan was starting to get known (unless the PvP is amazing when it finally comes out..then Uprising will return!).

 

::EDIT::

oh yea, to the author of this article..

The poster above me is right, did u even make it to anglorum before saying that u don't run out of quests? I think there were a couple of levels (even before i hit the 20s) where i actually ran out of quests b4 i leveled..and that was with killing extra mobs, and w/out any deaths. But once u reach 20+ u have to do a bit of grinding for lvls (just not as much as i and many others had to do since the Bounty Boards came out lol). But yea, u'll definitely hit a point where u have to start grinding or doing bounty boards (which is just grinding with a small bonus for every 10-15 kills) to finish levels.

 

  • In the last couple of months, the devs have made it known several times that they're aware of the performance problems, that it's their top priority to fix and they're working on it.  It was at the beginning of Matt Mihaly's "Letter from the CEO".  Yes, the performance can be horrible.  Everybody knows it, including Sparkplay, and they're working to resolve it.  I do hope they find a fix soon, though.
  • Running out of quests before 20?  I have a level 21 character in Anglorum and I've yet to run out of quests.  I've leveled at least 8 characters to between 17 and 21 and have never run out of quests in Anglorum.  There are tons of quests!  I do hear that quest gaps occur at higher levels and that bounty board quest stop at 47, but I've never had a problem at a lower level.  Caveat - I mostly solo.  If you group all the time, I can potentially see burning through quests, since you could complete them much faster.  If this is the case, you could grind bounty board quests, but those would just be a bandage.

~Ripper

  remixedcat

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1/18/10 3:27:16 PM#20

All it was was WoW in a browser with a new skin and a few gimmacks like groves and such. 22 races are NOT needed. better quests and gameplay IS! I found the gameplay to be very much like a cut and paste job from WoW, and even the  UI is exaclty like WoW! If anyone cannot see this disturbing trend amongst MMOs than the industry is doomed. Think outside the WoW box!

 The game's graphics were gamecube or N64 quality, but the quests were thrown together and there was not much holding this game together, It seemed gimmacky and a fan-service type game. Furries, RMT, Central auction houses (exchange), character megapersonalistation, 3 some quest system, browser-based, java based, made in the bay fad game.

ISPs will hate this game becuase you have to redownload TONS of crap each time you play. Bandwith quotas will be met in a few days for those aussies and euros who have strict and tight quotas. Runescape can get away with this becuase they have a smaller size due to the lower poly graphics, but EE is just like downloading an entire gamecube game each time you connect almost. Especially when they update. I would much rather download the game to my HD and occassionally download 1/5th of the game's size in patches 4 times a year.

 

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