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Posted: Feb 18th 2008 6:25PM (Unverified) said

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The Japanese seem to love the Ultima series -- the console versions were all bestsellers at the time, and approximately half of UO's subscribers are Japanese.

But will that mean they buy a game that is nothing like Ultima, and at least partially in a genre that has never been overly popular there(FPS)?

Posted: Feb 18th 2008 7:24PM Ghen said

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Can't wait for it to go free-to-try myself =)

Posted: Feb 18th 2008 8:38PM (Unverified) said

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How the hell can they say that "tabula rasa in Japan WILL bolster the game's population" ? I don't get it.

Posted: Feb 18th 2008 8:48PM (Unverified) said

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Also, Nobody goes far with "hopes".
Furthermore, Japanese love the ultima series? Well Im sure i failed to see cute japanese schoolgirls dressed as Iolo and Shamino in the so-called cosplay.

Tabula Rasa is a mmo with a total want of content, either They completely revolutionize the concept of the dynamic battlefields or it's bound to fail, no matter how many patches and fixes come out. The old wow system of picking quests, farm a bunch of critters to collect their glands, place a bunch of detonating charges and then proceed to the new map is AGED and too few like it anymore. Some may say it's the way the genre works, but if that's so, the genre is destined to disappear.

Posted: Feb 19th 2008 1:41PM (Unverified) said

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TR needs an end game injection, it's sad to see that great games like Lord of The Rings Online and Tabula Rasa shying away from introducing an end game. Is having a bad end game better than having none at all?
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Posted: Feb 19th 2008 12:37PM (Unverified) said

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Who cares what happens to the developing team to a dying game?

Tabula rasa was released buggy and lacking any reason to get to the level cap. 4 months on and its still damn buggy and no reason to level to cap. The gameplay is the most fun of any mmo for solo, but gives you far too many reasons to quit and play something that encourages player competition, teamwork and most of all, an end game that will keep players in game playing towards and enjoying.

Posted: Feb 20th 2008 12:57AM (Unverified) said

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THe Korea Times is famous in Korea for its complete and continuous lack of journalistic credibility. There is no fact checking nor is there really any editing either.

Korean Herald isn't much better either...its like the Fox News of newspapers here in Korea ...which leaves many expats, english speakers and others here not really reading either newspaper unless forced to.

I am not surprised by how skewed the article is.

NCSOft is huge news here in Korea as is Webzen...etc. Wheras Webzen is actually in trouble...with hostile takeover attempts, declining Mu revenue, and etc.. NCSoft isn't.

Hell...if they were in trouble..exactly why would they be ramping up the NCSoft Europe office?

Posted: Feb 20th 2008 3:01AM (Unverified) said

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Really nice to see this view on this discussion

It's great to see NCSoft moving into Japan and also that NCSoft are still ploughing millions into TR Developmetn. I am happy to watch a game develop, EQ2 constantly receives changes and balance tweaks and content advancement, infact that game is totally different now to when it was launched.

Posted: Feb 20th 2008 7:06AM (Unverified) said

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You would imagine if they are investing more money in it then they don't perceive it to be a complete write off at this stage.

There's no denying TR has a troubled history, and ultimately it comes across in the final product. I know I left very shortly after reaching the top tier. That's only level 30, but it just didn't feel like there was a compelling reason to keep playing.

Strangely I'm now playing LOTR online. Yes it is a WoW clone (albeit a good looking and well polished one) and I agree with previous comments that the genre does need to freshen up and break out of this design. But if you do so, you can't forget to make the thing fun and compelling from start to finish, and continue to offer a wide variety of options. TR just doesn't do that.

Posted: Feb 21st 2008 6:55PM (Unverified) said

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"Furthermore, Japanese love the ultima series? Well Im sure i failed to see cute japanese schoolgirls dressed as Iolo and Shamino in the so-called cosplay."
Have you ever been on a Japanese shard? Obviously, all you know about Japan seems to be stuff that gets shown off as "odd" and "strange" on western tv. Why am I not surprised.

At least TR doesn't have bloody elves, dwarves and swords. Now that's boring after the 100th repetition (and no, WoW didn't invent that genre). I take TR over WoW any time, simply because WoW bores the hell out of me.

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