Trending Games | ArcheAge | Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn | Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade | Firefall

  Network:  FPSguru RTSguru
Login:  Password:   Remember?  
Show Quick Gamelist Jump to Random Game
Members:2,824,523 Users Online:0
Games:731  Posts:6,217,606
Recent forum postsRSS
Active threads
Cloud view
List all forums
General Forums
Developers Corner General Discussion
Popular Game Forums
Click a status to find game forum
Game Forums
Click a letter to find game forum
A-C
2029 Online 2112: Revolution 2Moons 4Story 8BitMMO 9 Dragons A Mystical Land A Tale in the Desert III A3 ACE Online ARGO Online Aberoth Absolute Force Online Absolute Terror Achaea Adellion Aerrevan Aetolia, the Midnight Age Age of Armor Age of Conan Age of Empires Online Age of Mourning Age of Wulin Age of Wushu Aida Arenas Aika Aion Albion Online Alganon All Points Bulletin (APB) Allods Online Altis Gates Amazing World Anarchy Online Ancients of Fasaria Andromeda 5 Angels Online Anime Trumps Anmynor Anno Online Applo Arcane Hearts Arcane Legends ArchLord ArcheAge Archeblade Archlord X Asda 2 Asda Story Ashen Empires Asheron's Call Asheron's Call 2 Astera Online Astonia III Astro Empires Astro Lords: Oort CLoud Asura Force Atlantica Online Atriarch Aura Kingdom Aurora Blade Auto Assault Avatar Star Battle Dawn Battle Dawn Galaxies Battle for Graxia Battle of 3 Kingdoms Battle of the Immortals Battlecruiser Online Battlestar Galactica Online Battlestar Reloaded Beyond Protocol Black Aftermath Black Desert Black Gold Black Prophecy Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict Blacklight Retribution Blade & Soul Blade Hunter Blade Wars Blazing Throne Bless Blitz 1941 Blood and Jade Bloodlines Champions Bounty Bay Online Brain Storm Brawl Busters. Brick-Force Bright Shadow Bullet Run Business Tycoon Online CTRacer Cabal Online Caesary Call of Camelot Call of Gods Call of Thrones Camelot Unchained Canaan Online Cardmon Hero Cartoon Universe CasinoRPG Castle Empire Castlot Celtic Heroes Champions Online Champions of Regnum Chaos Online Chrono Tales Citadel of Sorcery CitiesXL Citizen Zero City of Decay City of Heroes City of Steam City of Transformers City of Villains Civilization Online Clan Lord Clash of Clans Cloud Nine Club Penguin Colony of War Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Company of Heroes Online Conquer Online Conquer Online 3 Continent of the Ninth (C9) Core Blaze Core Exiles Corum Online Craft of Gods Crimecraft Crimelife 2 Cronous Crota II Crusaders of Solaris Cultures Online Cyber Monster 2 Céiron Wars
D-F
D&D Online DC Universe DK Online DOTA DOTA 2 DUST 514 DV8: Exile Dalethaan Dance Groove Online Dark Age of Camelot Dark Ages Dark Legends Dark Orbit Dark Relic: Prelude Dark Solstice Dark and Light DarkEden Online DarkSpace Darkblood Online Darkest Dungeon Darkfall Darkfall: Unholy Wars Darkwind: War on Wheels Das Tal Dawn of Fantasy Dawntide DayZ Dead Earth Dead Frontier Deco Online Deepworld Defiance Deicide Online Dekaron Demons at the Horizon Desert Operations Destiny Diablo 3 Diamonin Digimon Battle Dino Storm Disciple Divergence Divina Divine Souls Dofus Dominus Online Dragon Ball Online Dragon Born Online Dragon Crusade Dragon Empires Dragon Eternity Dragon Nest Dragon Oath Dragon Pals Dragon Raja Dragon's Call Dragon's Call II Dragon's Prophet DragonSky DragonSoul Dragona Dragonica Dragons and Titans Dream of Mirror Online Dreamland Online Dreamlords: The Reawakening Drift City Duels Dungeon Blitz Dungeon Fighter Online Dungeon Overlord Dungeon Party Dungeon Rampage Dungeon Runners Dynastica Dynasty Warriors Online Dynasty of the Magi EIN (Epicus Incognitus) EVE Online Earth Eternal Earth and Beyond Earthrise Eclipse War Ecol Tactics Online Eden Eternal Edge of Space Einherjar - The Viking's Blood Elder Scrolls Online Eldevin Elf Online Elite: Dangerous Embers of Caerus Emil Chronicle Online Empire Empire & State Empire Craft Empire Universe 3 EmpireQuest Empires of Galldon End of Nations Endless Ages Endless Blue Moon Online Endless Online Entropia Universe EpicDuel Erebus: Travia Reborn Eredan Eternal Blade Eternal Lands Eternal Saga Ether Fields Ether Saga Online Eudemons Online EuroGangster EverEmber Online EverQuest Next EverQuest Online Adventures Evernight Everquest Everquest II Evony Exarch Exorace F.E.A.R. Online Face of Mankind Fairyland Online Fall of Rome Fallen Earth Fallen Sword Fallout Online Family Guy Online Fantage Fantasy Earth Zero Fantasy Realm Online Fantasy Tales Online Fantasy Worlds: Rhynn Faunasphere Faxion Online Ferentus Ferion Fiesta Online Final Fantasy XI Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Firefall Fists of Fu Florensia Flyff Football Manager Live Football Superstars Force of Arms Forge Forsaken World Fortnite Fortuna Forum for Discussion of Everlight Freaky Creatures Free Realms Freesky Online Freeworld Fung Wan Online Furcadia Fury Fusion Fall
G-L
GalaXseeds Galactic Command Online Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Gameglobe Gate To Heavens Gates of Andaron Gatheryn Gauntlet Gekkeiju Online Ghost Online Ghost Recon Online Gladiatus Glitch Global Agenda Global Soccer Gloria Victis Glory of Gods GoGoRacer Goal Line Blitz Gods and Heroes GodsWar Online Golemizer Golf Star GoonZu Online Graal Kingdoms Granado Espada Online Grand Chase Grand Fantasia Grepolis Grimlands Guild Wars Guild Wars 2 Guild Wars Factions Guild Wars Nightfall H1Z1 Habbo Hotel Hailan Rising HaloSphere2 Haven & Hearth Hawken Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Helbreath Hellgate Hellgate: London Hello Kitty Online Hero Online Hero Zero Hero's Journey Hero: 108 Online HeroSmash Heroes & Generals Heroes in the Sky Heroes of Bestia Heroes of Gaia Heroes of Might and Magic Online Heroes of Thessalonica Heroes of Three Kingdoms Heroes of the Storm Hex Holic Online Hostile Space Hunter Blade Huxley Illutia Illyriad Immortals USA Imperator Imperian Inferno Legend Infestation: Survivor Stories Infinite Crisis Infinity Infinity Iris Online Iron Grip: Marauders Irth Worlds Island Forge Islands of War Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted Jade Dynasty Jagged Alliance Online Juggernaut Jumpgate Jumpgate Evolution KAL Online Kakele Online Kaos War Karos Online Kartuga Kicks Online King of Kings 3 Kingdom Heroes Kingdom Under Fire II Kingdom of Drakkar Kingory Kings and Legends Kings of the Realm KingsRoad Kitsu Saga Kiwarriors Knight Age Knight Online Knights of Dream City Kothuria Kung Foo! Kunlun Online L.A.W. LEGO Universe La Tale Land of Chaos Online Landmark Lands of Hope: Phoenix Edition LastChaos League of Angels League of Legends - Clash of Fates Legend of Edda: Vengeance Legend of Golden Plume Legend of Katha Legend of Mir 2 Legend of Mir 3 Legendary Champions Lego Minifigures Online Life is Feudal Light of Nova Lime Odyssey Line of Defense Lineage Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance Lineage II Linkrealms Loong Online Lord of the Rings Online Lords Online Lost Saga Lucent Heart Lunia Lusternia: Age of Ascension Luvinia World
M-Q
MU Online Mabinogi Maestia: Rise of Keledus MagiKnights Magic Barrage Magic World Online Manga Fighter MapleStory Martial Heroes Marvel Heroes Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Marvel: Avengers Alliance MechWarrior Online Megaten Meridian 59 : Evolution Merlin MetalMercs Metaplace Metin 2 MicroVolts Midkemia Online Might & Magic Heroes: Kingdoms MilMo Minecraft Mini Fighter Minions of Mirth Ministry of War Monato Esprit Monkey King Online Monkey Quest Monster & Me Monster Madness Online MonsterMMORPG Moonlight Online: Tales of Eternal Blood Mordavia Mortal Online Mourning My Lands Myst Online: URU Live Myth Angels Online Myth War Myth War 2 Mytheon Mythic Saga Mythos N.E.O Online NIDA Online Nadirim Naviage: The Power of Capital Navy Field Need for Speed World Nemexia Neo's Land NeoSteam Neocron Nether Neverwinter Nexus: The Kingdom Of The Winds NinjaTrick NosTale Novus Aeterno Oberin Odin Quest Odyssey RPG Ogre Island Omerta 3 Online Boxing Manager Onverse Order & Chaos Online Order of Magic Original Blood Origins Return Origins of Malu Orion's Belt Otherland Forums OverSoul Overkings Oz Online Oz World Pandora Saga Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Panzar Parabellum Parallel Kingdom Parfait Station Path of Exile Pathfinder Online Perfect World Perpetuum Online Phantasy Star Online 2 Phantasy Star Universe Phoenix Dynasty Online Phylon Pi Story Picaroon Pirate Galaxy Pirate Storm Pirate101 PirateKing Online Pirates of the Burning Sea Pirates of the Caribbean Online Pixie Hollow Planeshift Planet Arkadia Planet Calypso PlanetSide 2 Planetside Planets³ Playboy Manager Pocket Legends Pockie Ninja Pockie Pirates Pockie Saints PoxNora Prime World Prime: Battle for Dominus Priston Tale Priston Tale II Prius Online Project Blackout Project Powder Project Titan Forums Project Wiki Puzzle Pirates Quickhit Football
R-S
R2 Online RAN Online RF Online ROSE Online Rage of 3 Kingdoms Ragnarok Online Ragnarok Online II RaiderZ Rakion Rappelz RappelzSEA Ravenmarch Realm Fighter Realm of the Mad God Realm of the Titans Realms Online Reclamation Red Stone Red War: Edem's Curse Regnum Online Remnant Knights Renaissance Repulse Requiem: Memento Mori Rift RiotZone Rise Rise of Dragonian Era Rise of Empire Rise of the Tycoon Rising of King Risk Your Life Rivality Rockfree Rohan: Blood Feud Role Play Worlds Roll n Rock Roma Victor Romadoria Rosh Online Roto X Rubies of Eventide Ruin Online Rumble Fighter Runes of Magic Runescape Rust Rusty Hearts Ryzom S4 League SAGA SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online SMITE SUN Sagramore Salem SaySayGirls Scarlet Blade Scions of Fate Seal Online: Evolution Second Life Secret of the Solstice Seed Serenia Fantasy Seven Seas Saga Seven Souls Online Sevencore Shadow of Legend Shadowbane Shadowrun Online Shaiya Shards Online Shattered Galaxy Sho Online Shot Online Shroud of the Avatar SideQuest Siege on Stars Sigonyth: Desert Eternity Silkroad Online Skyblade Skyforge SmashMuck Champions Smoo Online Soldier Front Soul Master Soul Order Online Soul of Guardian Space Heroes Universe Sparta: War of Empires Spellcasters Sphere Spiral Knights Spirit Tales Splash Fighters Squad Wars Star Citizen Star Sonata 2 Star Stable Star Supremacy Star Trek Online Star Trek: Infinite Space Star Wars Galaxies Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Star Wars: The Old Republic StarQuest Online Stargate Worlds Starlight Story Starpires State of Decay SteelWar Online Stone Age 2 Stormfall: Age of War Storybricks Stronghold Kingdoms Sudden Attack Supremacy 1914 Supreme Destiny Sword Girls Sword of Destiny: Rise of Aions SwordX Swords of Heavens Swordsman
T-Z
TERA TS Online Tabula Rasa Tactica Online Tales Runner Tales of Fantasy Tales of Pirates Tales of Pirates II Tales of Solaris Talisman Online Tamer Saga Tank Ace Tantra Online Tatsumaki: Land at War Terra Militaris TerraWorld Online Thang Online The 4th Coming The Agency The Aurora World The Black Watchmen The Chronicle The Chronicles of Spellborn The Crew The Division The Hammers End The Legend of Ares The Lost Titans The Matrix Online The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot The Missing Ink The Mummy Online The Myth of Soma The Pride of Taern The Realm Online The Repopulation The Secret World The Sims Online The Strategems The West Theralon There Therian Saga Thrones of Chaos Tibia Tibia Micro Edition Tiger Knight Titan Siege Titans of Time Toontown Online Top Speed Topia Online Torchlight Total Domination Transformers Universe Traveller AR Travia Online Travian Trials of Ascension Tribal Hero Tribal Wars Tribes Universe Trickster Online Trove Troy Online True Fantasy Live Online Turf Battles Twelve Sky Twelve Sky 2 Twilight War Tynon U.B. Funkeys UFO Online URDEAD Online Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Ultima Online Ultima X: Odyssey Ultimate Naruto Ultimate Soccer Boss Uncharted Waters Online Undercover 2: Merc Wars Underlight Unification Wars Universe Online Utopia Valkyrie Sky Vampire Lord Online Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Vanquish Space Vector City Racers Vendetta Online Victory - Age of Racing Vindictus Virtonomics Vis Gladius Visions of Zosimos VoidExpanse Voyage Century Online W.E.L.L. Online WAR (Warhammer Online) WAR2 Glory WYD Global Wakfu War Thunder War of 2012 War of Angels War of Legends War of Mercenaries War of Thrones War of the Immortals WarFlow Waren Story Wargame1942 Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes Warkeepers Warrior Epic Wartune WebLords Wild West Online WildStar Wind of Luck WindSlayer 2 Wings of Destiny Wish Wizard101 Wizardry Online Wizards and Champions Wonder King Wonderland Online World Golf Tour World of Battles World of Darkness World of Heroes World of Kung Fu World of Pirates World of Speed World of Tanks World of Tanks Generals World of Warcraft World of Warplanes World of Warships World of the Living Dead WorldAlpha Wurm Online Xenocell Xiah Xsyon Xulu YS Online Yitien ZU Online Zentia Zero Online Zero Online: The Andromeda Crisis Zodiac Online Zombies Ate My Pizza eRepublik

MMORPG.com Discussion Forums

General Discussion

General Discussion 

News & Features Discussion  » General: The Sci-Fi MMO: The Present

4 Pages 1 2 3 4 » Search
63 posts found
  Stradden

Managing Editor

Joined: 7/08/05
Posts: 6729

 
OP  2/24/10 6:07:58 AM#1

In the second of a three part series, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy explores the Sci-Fi sub genre of MMOs and looks at its present and where we stand today.

Last week we took a look at some of the major past players in the Science Fiction MMO landscape. While many fantasy-themed games have risen to prominence in the industry, for the most part Science Fiction settings haven't quite caught on as widely. Some of our community theorized that this could be in part due to the fact that Science Fiction doesn't lend itself as easily as Fantasy to these types of games. Whatever the reason for Sci-Fi's slow growth in the MMO space, it doesn't seem to be preventing developers from tackling the setting and trying to make their mark. This week we take a brief look at the landscape of Sci-Fi MMOs as it stands now, with several new releases making a debut this year and other classics holding strong amid the onslaught of "new & shiny".

Read The Sci-Fi MMO: The Present.

Cheers,
Jon Wood
Managing Editor
MMORPG.com

  sacredfool

Advanced Member

Joined: 5/04/07
Posts: 705

2/24/10 6:19:21 AM#2

o.O The Secret World is more of a Horror alternate reality game then Sci Fi.

Except for that, great article.


Originally posted by nethaniah

Seriously Farmville? Yeah I think it's great. In a World where half our population is dying of hunger the more fortunate half is spending their time harvesting food that doesn't exist.


  User Deleted
2/24/10 6:53:37 AM#3

Sci-fi is more than just spaceships and laser guns. Check any sci-fi periodical and horror and other sub genres fit into it.

If its not fantasy its sci-fi from Star wars to the Blob to Superman to Godzilla.

Sci-fi is the future of mmorpg, fantasy has saturated this genre for far too long.

  Procyoniev

Novice Member

Joined: 6/18/09
Posts: 9

2/24/10 7:16:40 AM#4

 HI 2 points here to the writer of the article:

1: anarchy online new engine is close to completion for further details just have a look here.

2: you could have mentioned earthrise as a respectable challenger in terms of gameplay and depth.

 

otherwise i appreciated the article.

- censored -

  shava

Novice Member

Joined: 3/09/05
Posts: 278

2/24/10 7:28:04 AM#5

It's kind of funny to see CCP praised for risk taking with Eve Online, and a few paragraphs later SOE bashed for taking risks with SWG.  Of course, the difference is not the risk taking, the difference is the quality of innovation and the agility of response to use requirements.

Yrs
Shava

  Minsc

Apprentice Member

Joined: 2/07/04
Posts: 1280

2/24/10 7:54:57 AM#6
Originally posted by shava

It's kind of funny to see CCP praised for risk taking with Eve Online, and a few paragraphs later SOE bashed for taking risks with SWG.  Of course, the difference is not the risk taking, the difference is the quality of innovation and the agility of response to use requirements.

Yrs
Shava


 

What risk? SOE changed SWG into a cookie cutter MMO with the NGE in hopes of pulling in people from games like WOW and EQ.

The risk that CCP has taken is in unproven gameplay mechanincs.

Big difference.

  Reizla

Hard Core Member

Joined: 12/09/08
Posts: 3027

MMORPGs are no longer about the mass multi-user anymore *sadly*

2/24/10 8:00:01 AM#7
Originally posted by Rockgod99

Sci-fi is more than just spaceships and laser guns. Check any sci-fi periodical and horror and other sub genres fit into it.

If its not fantasy its sci-fi from Star wars to the Blob to Superman to Godzilla.

Sci-fi is the future of mmorpg, fantasy has saturated this genre for far too long.

 

Completely true. I always look at Sci-Fi MMO's the way I used to look at the Alternity RPG system. It has one huge space opera setting called Star*Drive, but also a post-apocalyptic setting (Gamma World), and even a SF horror setting (Dark*Matter).
Funny thing is that Dark*Matter gives the player the ability to play in both the past (1950's) to investigate odd things up to our current date and gives a more X-Files look & feel to the setting.

 

Back on topic... The last paragraph (the future), William dropped a couple of names there, but I missed one: StarGate Worlds. Though it's almost dead, we still keep our hopes up for the release. With the recent release of StarGate Resistance, you never know if CME will gain enough money to stay alive and one day even release SGW...

Demigoth's RPG adventures ~ My blog

AsRock 990FX Extreme3
AMD Phenom II 1090T ~3.2Ghz
GEiL 16Gb DDR3 1600Mhz
GTX660 (ASUS/EVGA) 3x HD monitor spanned 5760x1080
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion

  M4ko

Novice Member

Joined: 10/31/03
Posts: 411

2/24/10 8:03:47 AM#8

 The author didnt really have any depth to this article, he seems to just join the hype of SCIFI mmos saving the MMORPGS.

 

Where is EarthRise, where is Neocron?

  dethduck

Novice Member

Joined: 12/18/07
Posts: 21

2/24/10 8:18:13 AM#9

You know what?  I really appreciated this site a helluva lot better when it was just MMO News, reviews and previews.  Not so much now that it's glutted with these "articles" and opinion pieces.  Beginning to wonder why I keep coming here.

dethduck Xfire Miniprofile
  MorningStarGG

Hard Core Member

Joined: 10/09/04
Posts: 403

2/24/10 8:41:23 AM#10

For one, Anarchy Online's engine overhaul is still being worked on. And for two, There is not a million accounts made for STO, they said that was a million Cryptic accounts, not only STO accounts.

 

And finally, third, please research and get you facts straight MMORPG.com, this is the second day you have posted something without proper research or checking it for yourself. Credibility lost is harder to gain back then it is to lose it forever.

Owner/Admin of GodlessGamer.com - Gaming news and reviews for the godless.

  User Deleted
2/24/10 8:47:25 AM#11


Originally posted by Minsc

Originally posted by shava

It's kind of funny to see CCP praised for risk taking with Eve Online, and a few paragraphs later SOE bashed for taking risks with SWG.  Of course, the difference is not the risk taking, the difference is the quality of innovation and the agility of response to use requirements.
Yrs
Shava


 
What risk? SOE changed SWG into a cookie cutter MMO with the NGE in hopes of pulling in people from games like WOW and EQ.
The risk that CCP has taken is in unproven gameplay mechanincs.
Big difference.


SOE changed in an effort to make dollars while CCP changed in an effort to make senses and at the end of the day, who is really who was richer for it?

  Robsolf

Hard Core Member

Joined: 4/21/06
Posts: 4012

Let go of my ears, I know what I'm doing!

2/24/10 9:00:19 AM#12
Originally posted by shava

It's kind of funny to see CCP praised for risk taking with Eve Online, and a few paragraphs later SOE bashed for taking risks with SWG.  Of course, the difference is not the risk taking, the difference is the quality of innovation and the agility of response to use requirements.

Yrs
Shava

 

I think the primary difference is that CCP took a risk in how they designed the game from the start; to this day it fundamentally plays the same as it did from day 1.  I doubt Dust will change how your ship targets, shoots, flies, etc.  Probably the biggest change it will make is in the economy, which sure, in a game like this one is pretty important. 

SOE took SWG and fundamentally changed the way the game played after it had already been released for a couple years.  It's akin to taking a game like Call of Duty and forcing people to download a patch that makes it play like Fallout 3.  What you think of either game really doesn't matter, what matters is that you bought Call of Duty for a reason and likely wouldn't appreciate the change.

Edit for better context.

  User Deleted
2/24/10 9:52:39 AM#13

fun read!

I wouldn't call the World of Darkness a Sci-Fi setting though...
I think a something like "Dark Fantasy" would be more appropriate.

  leafaele

Novice Member

Joined: 9/09/05
Posts: 12

2/24/10 9:53:05 AM#14

Why is Ryzom never mentioned in all these sci-fi postings? It is, in my opinion, one of the best (and most underrated) mmorpgs out there.

  astoria

Novice Member

Joined: 11/26/08
Posts: 1685

2/24/10 10:13:27 AM#15

this https://xsyon.com/ has features that sound too good to be true. I am still not sure if it is sci-fi or fantasy. Sounds like a sci-fi premise with a fantasy result a la Zicree's novel Magictime: Ghostlands where a techological disaster creates a magical rift. Or is it magic? or just a new science we don't understand? (review/summary below with my colored edits)

Sounds like they might have a viable plan for a small dev house though - start with a small area, promise larger world as time goes on (and subs come in) but leave out details. Possibly, they will enlarge it as space is needed as resource 'nodes' can be depleted.

In any case, bump & +1 for EVE, Fallen Earth, and Global Agenda - enjoyed or still enjoying them.

"SF screenwriter Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion) teams with Philip K. Dick Award–winner Wilson ...blah blah blah ..Since the Change, which nudged the universe into another dimension thanks to a U.S. government agency's snafu, unpredictable magic has replaced modern technology worldwide. Former New York lawyer Cal Griffin leads a courageous band out West in search of his sister, Tina, while another stalwart member of the group, Herman Goldman, looks forlornly for his lost sweetheart, Magritte. [meaningless sentence if you haven't read it] As Cal and company attempt to destroy the evil that caused the Change, the authors effortlessly move the action from New York to Chicago and the old West, where buffalo still roam, a few guns still fire and simulacra of Indians and Calamity Janes lend a helping hand. .... " Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

"Never met a pack of humans that were any different. Look at the idiots that get elected every couple of years. You really consider those guys more mature than us? The only difference between us and them is, when they gank some noobs and take their stuff, the noobs actually die." - Madimorga

  Shooter-90

Novice Member

Joined: 5/10/07
Posts: 100

2/24/10 10:24:12 AM#16


Originally posted by Stradden

In the second of a three part series, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy explores the Sci-Fi sub genre of MMOs and looks at its present and where we stand today.

Last week we took a look at some of the major past players in the Science Fiction MMO landscape. While many fantasy-themed games have risen to prominence in the industry, for the most part Science Fiction settings haven't quite caught on as widely. Some of our community theorized that this could be in part due to the fact that Science Fiction doesn't lend itself as easily as Fantasy to these types of games. Whatever the reason for Sci-Fi's slow growth in the MMO space, it doesn't seem to be preventing developers from tackling the setting and trying to make their mark. This week we take a brief look at the landscape of Sci-Fi MMOs as it stands now, with several new releases making a debut this year and other classics holding strong amid the onslaught of "new & shiny".

Read The Sci-Fi MMO: The Present.

 

What about Face Of Mankind?

  wgc01

Advanced Member

Joined: 11/05/08
Posts: 191

2/24/10 10:33:02 AM#17

I am an mmo fan and a SciFi fan, I have been playing mmo's for over 10 years, I have to say I am burned out on the Sword and board fantasy games at this time, how many ways can you you swing a sword or kill an orc.. :) I have played lotro since phase 1 closed beta, and have a lifetime account for me lotro has been one of the best pve games I have ever played, but I have to take a break.. I went on to STO yes it has it problems, but I find allot more to the game than what I see people posting about, breeding tribbles is almost a game in it's self,and if you get into fine tuning your bridge crew and ship stats, along with the quests and pvp I seem to never run out of things to do, I hope Cryptic/Atari know what kind of cash cow they are setting on if they keep the support and content flowing.

I played SWG from shortly after launch through all the changes and the nge, that game was made in the wrong time period, for what they wanted to do, Jedi love them or hate them, they are what sets Star Wars apart from the standard scifi stories, the force, the struggle of light and dark. Looking forward to SWTOR, I know Bioware is a quaility company, bieng the fisrt mmo for them, I can see were this could be bad and good, /crossing fingers for the good.. :)

Earth and Beyond, a game ahead of it's time, I really enjoyed that game was sad to see it go.

I am looking forward to new Scifi games, and some true next gen mmo play...:)

  Yamota

Advanced Member

Joined: 10/05/03
Posts: 6505

"I fight so you don't have to."

2/24/10 10:48:44 AM#18
Originally posted by shava

It's kind of funny to see CCP praised for risk taking with Eve Online, and a few paragraphs later SOE bashed for taking risks with SWG.  Of course, the difference is not the risk taking, the difference is the quality of innovation and the agility of response to use requirements.

Yrs
Shava

CCP with Eve took a risk by creating a game which did not follow the mainstream thinking when it came to how MMOGs were traditionally like.

SOE with SWG took a risk by radically changing a game, that did not follow the mainstream, to try and follow mainstream.

So CCP took a gamble by being innovative and not following the flow.

SOE took a risk, with their existing customer base, by instead going against the flow and be innovative instead trying to follow the flow which ended up alienating their existing customer base.

So risk taking is not just risk taking, it depends on what and why.

  Terranah

Hard Core Member

Joined: 7/03/04
Posts: 3615

2/24/10 10:57:46 AM#19

Precu SWG was an amazing game and was my favorite of all games ever. It had so many intriguing qualities.  The NGE was a huge mess and to this day the combat, while more lively still suffers from a poorly designed, awkward user interface.  SWG had so many problems on the surface, but had very simple solutions.  I am not a programmer so maybe these seemingly simple solutions were more complex than they would appear. It's probably the worst mmo company out there, and the stain of what they did with NGE taints their other games as well.  It's an overlying philosophy SOE has that customers opinions don't matter.

 

Fallen Earth while not exactly like SWG is kind of a spiritual successor in some positive ways.  But as big and open and intriguing as this game is, I've felt a lacking social component that was one of SWG's strongest aspects.  But they have an amazing dev team, one of the few out there that I believe in.  I only hope they add housing and maybe social clothing.  The game needs to develop a stronger social component and all the quests, while some are very good, take people away from each other.  Maybe that's why SWG was such a social game.  There was nothing to do so we banded together and made our own content. 

 

Eve is clearly a game with compelling gameplay for some, but I can't get past the aspect of just being a ship.  I need to have a little person to run around with.

 

STO I haven't made up my mind on yet.  I think they make many design decisions that are just wrong on many levels.  It also enjoyes the distinction of being the buggiest mmo I have ever played.  I probably file 5 or more bugs every play session.  It's appalling really the craptastic quality of this game, and yet it has fun elements to it that while shallow are still fun.   But in all the ways SWG was great, STO is terrible.  SWG had a huge world and a social component that was like living in a universe far, far away.  STO feels like a game that is comprised of a bunch of closets, and you must load the adjacent closet before you can walk into it.  SWG had a social complexity that was a group of friends, a guild, a city, militias, allied towns, factional warfare that extended beyond just faction, and role play galore.  STO has anonymity and a feeling of loneliness, which is perplexing as an mmo.  Cryptic I think is a strange company that has very bad ideas for the future of mmos.  But I play it....some aspects I enjoy in a superficial way.  I'm a huge Star Trek fan...that is probably it's saving grace but no where near enough to make it a success.  It pains me to say these things about an IP I care so much about.

 

What should the future hold for sci fi mmo.  I'd love to see another sandbox type game like SWG, that captures the social component.  The fps hybrids while more engaging in an action sense is always implemented in a way that feels awkward and poorly done when combined with rpg aspects, and I have not yet seen a user interface mated with pseudo fps style game play that is well done and doesn't have your hands racing across the keyboard as if I was some kind of virtual virtuoso.  It creates more frustration than excitement as I am always hunting for keys and pusing the wrong ones.  Precu SWG2 with better implementation and a strong dev team behind it would be my dream game.

 

 

  battleaxe

Novice Member

Joined: 1/06/04
Posts: 158

2/24/10 11:01:55 AM#20

Mechwarrior is an IP that could be simply awesome as a scifi MMO.

4 Pages 1 2 3 4 » Search