Old 90s games – Online gaming is not new. Millions of people play MMO’s (Massively Multiplayer Online), sometimes called, MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games), as a way to wind down, keep in touch with friends or family who live interstate or overseas, or just for fun and entertainment.
Here is a brief review of 2 popular MMOs (and a third which isn’t quite as popular but is still around):
Age of Conan (AoC)
Based on the novel by Robert E. Howard AoC the game has excellent graphics, varied and beautiful landscapes and an awesome soundtrack. Character creation is extensive. Players can select race (which partially determines class), hair-style and color, face type, skin tone, scars, the nose width or thighs and so on. This means characters are more unique, which is good, especially for role-players (RP).
Dungeons and instances in AoC are great fun and allow more challenging questing then just “kill 10 wolves”, although there are plenty of those types of quests as well. Players start on Tortage until around level 20, and are then sent to their racial homeland (where this is depends on the race selected).
Group dynamics is perhaps not as good as some MMOs. Soloing is easy, even as a healer class. The game becomes challenging in a group fighting epic mobs. Tones of fun!
Everquest II (EQ2)
Slightly more cartoony in look then AoC but still looks good, colorful and varied. Character creation is extensive because there are several races to choose from and within that, the choice of hair style and color, skin tone, eye color, nose length etc. Players can choose to be good, evil or neutrally aligned, and the classes available will depend on the race and alignment selected.
Group dynamics in EQ2 is quite good. Healers are not an easily soloable class, and tanks require heals and DPS etc, so it really encourages group play, and there are plenty of LFG (looking for group) messages across the chats. An important factor when paying a monthly subscription. Groups have plenty of instances to explore, and heritage quests (more long and difficult questing) rewards players with status points (SP) and cool armor etc. SP allows players to purchase in game items that cannot be bought with just coin.
Other features that make this game fun are player housing and guild halls. Also, tradeskilling in EQ2 is not as boring as in some games.
Pirates of the Burning Sea (PotBS)
PotBS looks good. The water looks real (well, for a game) and characters can select from numerous outfits at the time of creation. Where character creation fails, however, is that there are limited numbers of faces and hairstyles to choose from and this results in a lot of players running around who look exactly the same.
The main downfall to PotBS is zoning. Players have to zone into everything. Into and out of any building, onto and off ships, when getting on or leaving an island and so on. As the name suggests, most of the battles are done at sea, the player as the captain of their own ship, with an NPC crew. Questing often involves a lot of sailing from one side of the world to the other, trying to sinks ships, and trying to avoid being sunk. Sailing takes ages and is so boring, a name change should be considered… Pirates of the Boring Sea.
While online gaming is incredibly fun and entertaining, and a place to interact with like-minded people, it should come with a warning: It is totally addictive!
Free Role Playing Games to Play Online
There are a wealth of online role playing games available and a surprising number of them have free options that players can utilize to play and enjoy the games. Usually, playing members who play the game as a free player are restricted in some way – less powers, less equipment or less places to roam – but many provide a very rich experience even for free players.
2 Moons by Acclaim
2Moons is free to play and has the option to buy special abilities. This is a fantasy RPG (Role Playing Game) that has rich graphics and interactive play.
2029 Online is a MMORPG game (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. (Think Mad Maxx meets World of Warcraft). It is free to play indefinitely. Players can work together to complete quests, or against each other in pk (player-killer) matches and special skirmishes. Custom corsairs (armored vehicles) can be created to beef up abilities.
In 9Dragons, players start as a “lowly peasant” and work their way up to fulfill their “destiny” as a “noble hero”. This game features over 500 martial arts moves and members have the ability to learn over 200 weapons. It is free to play with options to purchase additional features.
A MMORPG game with multiple worlds, Runescape is a graphically rich, interactive game that allows players to direct their skills in a multitude of directions. Players can become pk-ers (mighty warriors who fight other online players for loot and experience) or can develop their characters into passive personas who choose to farm and live off the land, never hurting a virtual soul; or anything in between. Free players have a full experience with multiple levels, lands, objects and powers. Paying members have even more lands, opportunities, skills and objects to choose from.
Alien Adoption Agency
Players adopt an alien and compete with other aliens to be the best. Training and battling are main goal in this game but there are casino features that include poker, slot machines or blackjack and trading halls where items can be traded with other players. There is also a fishing hut and a maze outside of town called webby world.
A wilderness survival game for all ages. There are two kingdoms to choose from where players can build their characters by developing skills and making crafts. Players can also shape their own pieces of landscape to customize their area. PvP (Player vs Player) is optional. This game is free to play with the option of paying for additional features.
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