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Posted: Mar 17th 2009 11:14PM (Unverified) said

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They just keep churnin' em out don't they... and Massively keeps posting articles about them to a largely disinterested audience.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 3:13AM Russell Clarke said

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Indeed. Once again the McDonalds mentality manages to metaphorically piss into the grave of Gary Gygax.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 9:59AM Thac0 said

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Now that Massively has posted this pimping yet another Asian f2p I at least expect a full review of the game from them. *taps foot*

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 10:50AM Cendres said

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Whine whine whine, this is a very nice game in a F2P package. You people better get used to it because they are not going anywhere.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 11:06AM Cirocco said

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Have to agree...it's a good game for a f2p, and its target audience should be pleased.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 1:26PM (Unverified) said

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Eek!
I installed it for a 'quick look' and have only just surfaced now, 8 hours later. :-o

It's miles ahead of RoM in terms of polish and 'quality', and has many components that are extremely addictive and different from the usual fare.

@Theadrick:
Good to know that you've taken it upon yourself to claim responsibility for our (readers) tastes and opinions! Sure will save me a lot of typing in the future..

..what is it with the outbreak of arrogant morons today?

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 2:03PM Russell Clarke said

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But honestly, getting skills based on your birthday? What next? Getting skills based on the colour of your underwear?

Next they'll be releasing a game full of orcs and trolls and....oh....
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Posted: Mar 18th 2009 2:09PM (Unverified) said

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Lol - it's not *all* skills.
The majority of class skills are gained in the usual way - it's just some that come from the Zodiac.
There are also a couple of other ways skills are acquired.

I actually like it for a change, as it makes for variety across players of the same class.

Whichever way you cut it (talent trees, skill points, underwear colour) the more variety and optioning available for character class building, the better - wouldn't you say?

=)
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Posted: Mar 18th 2009 6:05PM Russell Clarke said

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Whoa, powers based on the zodiac - way too Calvinist for me :)

There's those cutesy graphics. Me...no...handle...cutesy.

And the name. Oh, the name!

Where do they come up with them? Random stupid name generator machine, that's where. Kitchen Aardvark Online! Oak Tree Tent Strophe Online!

I am particularly looking forward to Otter Tango Barbecue Teakettle Adventure Story Online, in which cutesy characters with eyes the size of dinner plates, stupid emo haircuts and mouths the size of nostrils level up by beaming "happy happy power" into tiny (cutesy, of course) pets that transform into laser butterflies. Skill progression is based on how many bogies are up one of the aforementioned nostrils.

You can buy extra bogies (using RMT of course).

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 9:09PM Krystalle Voecks said

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"Otter Tango Barbecue Teakettle Adventure Story Online"

Upvote for the sheer silliness of that - and making me laugh. XD
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Posted: Mar 18th 2009 10:40PM (Unverified) said

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I've been playing ESO for the past couple of days and have really been enjoying it.

True, I am female... so yes, the concepts and graphics are Kawaii, and this game should be featured on Cute Overload or something. Its adorable.

Having said that... the gameplay is really fun. Ok you Mudkipz loving Poke fans... You fella's keep saying theres should be a Pokemon MMO... well, this is it. Till Pokemon goes "online", this is the closest thing you'll find.
There are classes just like in warcraft. Rogues, Shaman, mystics, rangers...etc BUT unlike WOW, where only rangers get a pet (ie..huntards) EVERY class gets a pet. Infact, the game IS about having pets. Capturing pets, trading pets, joining with your pet (its called Fuse) to gain their power, and even getting cards off of wild pets (mobs) and transforming into various animals and monsters. Yes you can be a healer with a face pouding mean monster clearing your path. Its fun!

And that is all I have to say. Its free, so...try it, you're not losing money.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 11:19PM mode7overworld said

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Downloaded and played this after reading the article. Subsequently uninstalled upon discovering that the UI is made out of massive, space-consuming elements and you can't remap your controls. The game seems pretty okay otherwise, but if it's a pain in the ass to use, then it's just going to get buried in frustration.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 12:04AM (Unverified) said

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I found the UI completely functional and fun to navigate around.
Completely over the top? Yes. But appropriate and full of features nonetheless, right down to the amazingly unique ability of being able to click on an NPC's name in the quest log and begin auto-walking right to them.

If you're looking for some extreme minimalist non-gawdy purely functional D&D style of UI and gameplay experience then seriously - I think perhaps you're looking at the wrong type of game for you?

I think you did the right thing by uninstalling it, as perhaps the overarching message was slightly lost on you..
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Posted: Mar 19th 2009 9:01AM mode7overworld said

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Hmm, yes, the great and obtuse overarching message of online video games.

I'm sure there's a good game buried in ESO. Your obvious enthusiasm for it and the fact that Massively decided to cover it is at least partial testament to this possibility. If the game had not appealed to me, I would not have wasted the bandwidth to download the client, or the time to register an account at the game's website.

However, it fails on some of the most extremely basic, everyday, old-as-time usability levels that one just expects for any video game. Which was my argument. Not that it "wasn't for me" or that there were zero redeeming features. Saying that the game was "lost" on me because I found the methods of interaction with it to be counter-intuitive - and therefore obstructing a good deal of fun, considering how controls and interface are the primary means of how we physically connect to a game - is jumping the gun a little.

Yes, I did do the right thing by uninstalling. But not because I missed the point.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2009 2:15PM godlyhalo said

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I have tried ESO out for a few days now, and I am usually skeptical of F2P MMO's. Most F2P MMO's generally suck and are some rip off of WoW, FFXI, EQ, ect. But my general conclusion is that ESO is a good game. The party mechanics are very fun, (did a small dungeon raid last night that was one of the most fun times i have had in a MMO in a long time). From what I can tell now, it looks to be one of the better F2P MMO's around. It brings in the cool element of pet creation and raising the Eudemons did so well, as well is fun combat from the very start.

Although it is a bit grind-tastic, not much downtime and the dungeons are a blast once you hit lvl 15.

Posted: Mar 19th 2009 3:40PM Mr A said

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I played this last night until I got to level seven.

It may not be quite to the same level as Runes of Magic, but it is different, with some different mechanics and elements. It's kind of like a cross between Perfect World and Domo. It had a more casual feel to me, and I found it to be rather enjoyable.

I'm glad to see the continued improvement in quality of the free-to-play games.

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