Steve Wilson has checked in with his critical review of Risk Your Life. In one of the most scathing reviews we've ever published, Steve scores the game 4.3 out of a possible 10.
| “Play To Win $1 Million Dollars.” The posters and box art for R.Y.L Path of the Emperor scream this out boldly. It is an interesting hook in the increasingly crowded massively multiplayer role-playing market. What is more, if an MMO has to use an out of game hook to entice players chances are there is not much in the game itself. RYL lives up, or more aptly down, to that expectation. And then they canceled the tournament.
The installation and initial patch went smoothly taking about an hour total on a DSL line. I used this time to read the impressive looking 130-page manual. Ten pages of the manual are devoted to world history. The confusing story that sets the stage for the game boils down to two races, the Humans and the hulking Ak’Kan, competing for resources in a new land. Between these warring factions the oddly named “God’s Pirates” made up of both races tries to broker a neutral peace, with no qualms about killing the other factions in the process. Although complex and convoluted, it is no more innovative than a thousand trite anime flicks. None of the back-story will make a lick of difference in the game however as there is almost nothing in the game itself to remind players of the overly detailed history. One thing that struck me as strange about the manual was the size of the type chosen, almost as if written for a very young audience.
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