You’re hanging from a tree. Crucified and left to rot. Punishment for sins? Consequences for crossing powerful enemies? It doesn’t matter now. The hot desert sun burns relentlessly, scorching everything under its broad gaze. The wind slowly peels layers of skin from your body the molten sand biting at your flesh. Soon it will all be over.
Survival, the first frontier. Many games have delved into the premise of basic survival, with game features such as building, crafting, enduring the treacherous wilderness, and having fun doing these things. Wild Terra Online by Juvty Worlds Ltd. looks to double down on the hardcore-ness of survival games in this player-controlled sandbox RPG where it is up to the players to fill many of the traditional roles once performed by NPCs.
Wild West Online entered Early Access back in November 2017, and leading up to that point, the hype train had hit full speed. I admit I was pretty excited about a non-fantasy themed MMO, and contemplated buying into the EA. Fortunately, I rarely buy into an EA game sight unseen, and it only took a few minutes of gameplay footage to realize I had dodged a bullet.
It’s been over a month since I last checked in about Shroud of the Avatar. In that time, there’s been heated debate on our forums about Portalarium’s KickStarter-backed indie title, covering everything from the core mechanics, to whether it even qualifies as an MMO. I’ll be getting to both of those questions later on in this wrap-up, but it clearly demonstrates how divisive this is. One player’s perfect experience is another’s critical miss.
Earthlock from Snowcastle Games is an absolute nostalgic joy to play. Originally launched as "Earthlock: Festival of Magic" over a year ago, the game has undergone significant improvements with a sort of "Director's Cut" on PC and the Switch, as well as other consoles. Feeling at once both reverential for classic 16-bit JRPGs and novel due to its western stylized setting and systems, Earthlock is a grand start to an RPG trilogy, and well worth the meagre price of admission.
Last month Gameforge finally brought Soulworker to western shores. After getting an early glimpse of the game back at Gamescom 2017, I’d been waiting almost a year for another taste of this colorful MMO. Now, with the equally animated Closers already unleashed on the masses, I logged into Soulworker to check out the competition.
Stash prides itself with having a tabletop pen-and-pencil design and an old-school charm interwoven into a unique RPG and community gaming experience. The question is, with a suggestive name like “Stash” does this game really deliver the “goods”? This is our review of Stash for the PC.
Closers is one of the latest combatants entering the arena of online action hybrids coming out of Korea. Unlike more traditional “isometric view” ARPG style games, Closers is a side scrolling beat’em-up featuring a hybrid combat system, social hubs, and character classes with elements of RPG progression. This is our Closers review.
Ever felt like running through a destroyed suburban neighborhood? Guess what! Dreams come true. Dead Maze is an isometric 2D MMO which brings that and so much more. You will explore, get lost, run and fight your way through a horde of undead just to survive. If you are ready for the fight let us dive deep into the Dead Maze. This is our Dead Maze review.
Over the course of CWaveSoft and Nexons development of Hyper Universe, I’ve watched their progress first hand of this 2D side-scrolling beat’em up MOBA. With the launch of Hyper Universe still fresh in mind and more appropriately, impressed in my muscle memory imbuing me with a bad case of “controller grip”, does Hyper Universe have what it takes to leave a lasting impression on MOBA loving gamers everywhere? This is our Hyper Universe Review.
This has been a banner year for survival games come. Now we have the open beta for Life is Feudal: MMO. The game is grim, difficult, and dangerous, but damned if it isn’t a joy to play. However, keep your nose to the grindstone because Life is Feudal: MMO demands lots of time and patience in order to achieve anything substantial. This is our Life is Feudal: MMO review.
This week, Dreadnought left dry dock and warped onto Playstation 4. This is where GameSpace.com and MMORPG.com’s co-op aficionados Matt and Dame took it out for a spin. These two have been gaming together for more than fifteen years over, spanning multiple genres of games. It was only a matter of time before they got to space combat!
Mobile game company Netmarble is bringing over a new game from Korea. They are releasing Lineage II: Revolution to the global market on Novermber 15th. That's right the MMO Lineage is coming out brand new in a mobile game format. They had a big showing at Twitchcon (check out my interview I had while there). But can an MMO on a phone work? Very few have been successful in the West. This is our Lineage II: Revolution review.