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madmaty's adventure to find the perfect mmorpg

Here I will chronicle my adventure though the vast world of mmorpgs in the ever elusive quest to find the perfect mmorpg.

Author: madmaty

Quest Log - Gold Slam

Posted by madmaty Sunday July 13 2008 at 1:29PM
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No conformation link as there is no way to out put the number of hours played

 

Let me start by saying this is a quest to find the perfect mmorpg and this game is technically not an mmorpg rather it is a mmosg. Yet I am going to review it anyway. Let me also state for the record this game is currently in closed beta testing so any qualms I may have with the game could be fixed before the official release. This game is geared towards the casual gamer more then the hard core. So hard core gamers may not get very much out of this game. As a tennis player in real life I just had to try this game once I received the beta invite for it. Downloading was fairly fast took only about 15 mins to fully download and install. When first entering the game you are asked to do the tutorial like a lot of other games. The only problem I had with this part of the game was the lack of information provided. You are asked to preform a number of shots yet little info is given as to exactly how to preform the shots. After a bit of struggling i managed to figure out exactly how to play. The controls are rater easy  using  W A S D for different shots and up down left and right to move the toon. The graphics are decent enough for a free game, however some of the character animations are very unrealistic  like getting up after you have jumped for the ball. The game engine is also fairly decent reminding me a lot of the virtual tennis I enjoy on my home consoles. Some small lagg issues occur but not so much that they hamper your experience. The level system leaves something to be desired as you need to win 20 matches or earn about 3000GP to level. While this may not seem bad keep in mind that a  2 match game will only net you about 25 GP if you lose and 45 if you win while each match will take about 20 mins to complete. The characters you have to chose from are 2 males and 2 females. You will however notice a big difference depending on which gender you chose, Males gain more power and have less control over their shots as well as slower footwork. Women on the other hand have less power while gaining better control over their shots and have far superior foot work skills. After playing a few games and moving into the shop to purchase items you will find one of my major problems which is the fact that an item bought only lasts a certain number of days. When buying an item you are promoted to chose the number of days you would like to own the items, which is not to bad but when i am shelling out my hard earned money I want to keep the items as long as I need them. Last but not least is a lack of items, each sprite gets only about 20 items that they can use.

 

 

Pros

- Good pick up and play game

- Easy to learn controls

- Decent graphics

 

 

Cons

- Some spriting issues which takes some of the realism out of the game

- Lack of items means you can own everything very early

- timed items means you will have to continually shell out money to keep your items

- Some small lag issues

 

 

My finial word

If you are a tennis fan or just a fan of sports games then this game is perfectly suited to you. People who are not tennis fans or hard core gamers might not get a lot out of this. I can not hole heartedly recommend this game to everyone in its current state tho I am hoping most of the issues I have with it are worked out in the beta stages. It is a good game and I will most likely play it in my spare time. Lets also remember people that virtual tennis is just a glorified version on pong.

 

Finial Score

6 / 10

 

 

 

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Quest Log - Dungeon Runner

Posted by madmaty Saturday July 5 2008 at 3:07AM
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Total time played at review: 1 Day 19 hours 58 mins

 

Starting out in this game my expectations were low. I will admit that a parody of mmorpgs needed to be done. I started out in the newbie area and was soon laughing my butt off. The NPCs were some of the funnest I have ever heard, I found myself clicking on them just to see what they would say next. Moving on though the newbie quests finial put me into a combat area, where I learned how flawed their combat system is. Unlike many games witch give you the option to repeat attack this game dose not. For casual gamers this might not be as much of a problem as it will be for the more hard core gamer. I found that after a few hours my clicking finger began hurting from the continuous holding of the mouse button. To attack to can pretty much hold down the mouse click and switch targets without re clicking. After placing an topic in the suggestion forums I was told "that would make the game to normal" Personally I have never found "normal" to be such a bad thing.  After running the newbie quests and moving on to the first city  or so I thought, it turns out that the ever so creative minds decided only 1 city in the game was needed. Deciding that maybe the one city would be enough I decided to move into my first real dungeon. Running though the first level of that I found an option to change the difficulty though several modes making the places harder, witch was a great feature. However once again I found a flaw the the system. The difficulty level only changes the HP / Damage / Drops  and does give not experience bonus. After leveling a bit and getting some drops I decided to check out the merchant to sell off my vendor trash items and maybe get some new armors. This is when I discovered even more flaws to the game. The vendor system is quite unique as I have not played a game with it before.  The merchants do not have set items and run off a timer to display different items, witch in and of itself is not so bad if you have the spare time to sit there waiting for the merchant to spit out the armor you are looking for, however be quick if you and the guy standing next to you are waiting for the same item and clicks faster then you he gets the armor and you don't. It was about now I though to myself maybe I can buy the armors off anther player that had grown out of them. Well I though wrong it turns out that gold can only be used to buy from merchants and can not be used to buy stuff of other players, meaning the only way to get items off the player who has it is to have the item he wants. So if you finialy find a player who has the exact item you are looking for you had better hope that you have the exact item he is looking for. Pretty much the only good things I found in the game were the classes, tho their are only 3 main classes they do allow multi classing. You can learn every skill in the game on any class. Witch allows you to create the perfect class for you. The other great thing is the ability to use any weapon or armors.

 

Pros

- Funny as heck even the items are named so randomly you may find yourself leveling just to find the next funny item

- Great community  as a newer game the community is still growing and only getting better

- NPCs who say the most random stuff

- Multi classing and use of any item you want

 

Cons

- Highly flawed market system

- Highly flawed trade system

- Low quality graphics for such a new game however they are better then alot of other free games

- Pure hack and slash grind fest with not much else to do

 

 

My finial word on the subject

 

If you are looking for a game that requires no brains to play this may be the game for you. However if you expect your mmorpgs to be a little more then a hack and slash grind fest that witch could be found on every home console, this might not be the game for you. A highly flawed game that one day may be great but witch is still a very long way off.  I will not be recommending this game to any of my friends in its current state. Since this game is fairly new I hope that in the future they will fix all the flawed system.

 

Finial Score: 4 / 10

 

 

 

 

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 Directed to - HelMann and  axlezero

I was not expecting as much as I would normally expect from say a commercial subscription game. I agree the game is funny as hell however as stated some of the key systems are flawed. Also this is a quest to find the perfect mmorpg, and the perfect game would cater to the casual gamer as well as the hard core gamer providing elements of pick up and play with indepth stuff. I will also agree with you that it is good for wasting time when your main game is down. I would however not want to play it as a primary game or go telling all my firends to join it. Lastly yes in every game the best items are never bought from the merchant however at lower levels you still want decent armors and prob dont want to sped a ton getting them as you will quickly outgrow them, so a good market place is essential

 

Directed to - helmann

So what your saying is that a standard system of grading game should not alpply to games for the simple fact that they want to offer more then they do. When you go to school and offer the teacher the best job you can do, but only get 1 question right you will not get an A. I do not think that games should be rated by what they WANT to offer, but by what the DO offer. If people begain rating games by what they try to do every game would get a perfect rating and you would spend 99% of your time playing crap games.

A little bit about me

Posted by madmaty Friday July 4 2008 at 6:49AM
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Hi there and thanks for checking out my blog. Since you will all be along on this adventure with me I have decided to take just a few moments of your time so you can get to know me. My name as you may have guessed is madmaty (A.K.A  Mathew) I am a 24 year old computer programmer from Ontario Canada. I have been gaming as long I can remember. Since way back when I found a copy of pitfall laying on the floor of my living room. Since that day me and games just clicked and over time we have developed a great relationship. I would consider myself to be a "Hard Core" gamer, and after many years of let downs from games I have decided to embark on the ultimate quest to find the the perfect mmorpg. We have all heard rumors that one exists, but I have yet to locate it yet. Now that you know a little more about me let me make you a couple of promises,I will always give you my honest and unbiased opinion about games, and I will never review a game without first playing it for at lease 30 hours (we all know that the first 20 or so levels of every game sucks)

Now that thats all out of the way I hope you will all enjoy this quest along with me and I look forward to chatting with you all.

 

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Directed to Gishgeron

I stated that the first 20 levels or so suck for the simple fact the the first 20 levels are spent getting to know the mechanics of the game rather then enjoying yourself. Yes I agree that a lot of games start out good however are somewhat unenjoyable as you try to learn what to do, where to go, and what  the games more efficient ways of doing things is.

 

 

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