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Posted: Jun 19th 2010 3:55PM (Unverified) said

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looks like farmtown...

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 3:56PM Wisdomandlore said

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Trying to download Pandora Saga right now...at 52kbps. They need to update their server. ~_~

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 4:19PM fauxcivility said

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They have that mediafire link + CNet's download.com has the client as well if it's really going that slowly. I was pleasantly surprised to see it be under a gig though at least.
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Posted: Jun 19th 2010 4:01PM fauxcivility said

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I'm up for trying out Pandora Saga :D I'll download it tonight.

btw- I think you should try doing Requiem: Memento Mori one week. :p

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 5:09PM (Unverified) said

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The notes from this week:

Hello Kitty Online is definitely one of those games that falls into the "some will pleasantly surprise you" category of Rise and Shiny. Even though I'm not going to be playing it in the long term, I have good things to say about it and had fun during this week's playtime.

Polish, polish, polish - that always seems to be where my mind is at when I'm taking and writing up my notes. Unlike the last 2 weeks, this is a game that has it. The production qualities are high, nothing seemed buggy or broken, and everything just feels like it flows together rather smoothly. There are little flash-style minigames that come up during some quests, and they are fully animated and even have some voiceovers, providing a fun distraction from the main gameplay.

The world is vibrant and cheerful. My favorite characters were the "boa contructors", little snake construction workers with hard hats in an obvious play on "boa constrictor".

Quests are largely typical kill ten rats, gather ten plants, etc. Sorry, "put to sleep" ten rats, as nothing actually dies in the world of HKO. The combat is one of the least impressive features, as it's just click-and-autoattack with no special abilities from what I could tell - so the only one who was really put to sleep was me. Some of the quests were rather humorous, though. For example, one is to help two friends decide whether they should eat sandwiches or hamburgers, since they have been arguing over it for a while. That is literally the entire content of the quest; once you tell them which to eat it's done and you get the reward.

Gathering is typical but works just fine, you get maybe 5 or so resources from one node and it dries up temporarily, forcing you to look elsewhere. Farming was actually more enjoyable for me than the farming in most other games since the time granularity is small - you can plant some crops and have them ready to gather from in just a few minutes. I just don't have the patience to wait for crops to grow in most games.

The community seemed to be very small but tight-knit, with several GMs on at a time as Beau pointed out. I have to speculate that some of the smallness is coming because of their transition between the Aeria servers and the Sanrio servers, since the download process on the official site does not even work and it took me a while of digging to come up with the right answer (download it from an old Aeria link and patch that client).

The verdict? Well, I don't think whether it will stay on my hard drive is really a fair question for a game like Hello Kitty Online. The game objectively does a lot of good things, and so I'll give it a thumbs up. However, I am so far out of the target audience that I doubt it will stick around on my hard drive for any significant length of time. The bottom line is that the game accomplishes its goals for the most part, and within its target audience it should be a rewarding experience.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 6:33PM Grendel said

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My advice to parents: please play this game for a few days and watch the ingame-chat. I've played in beta and the chat was full of idiots talking obscene stuff. That's easy to ignore by adults, children might be confused at least and much more at worst.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 6:48PM Beau Hindman said

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I think you might have brought this up when I said I was going to look at this game (I could be wrong) but I never once saw any chat like this.

Granted, I did not play for months at a time, and so it is very likely that I did not log in during the times that most players were active (I play mostly during the day, being that that is my "work day.") I would like to know how their reporting feature works or what their stance is on chat. I have found that most games (FTP or otherwise) are not very proactive in the fight against those "naughty" players, and instead wait for a complaint to do anything if at all.

In Free Realms and Wizard 101, they have taken steps to make sure kids can't say too much, but those chat filters have proven to be pretty annoying in many cases for adults. But, it shows that it can be done.

Like I said, I think it is an issue similar to a real-life noise ordinance: there isn't a problem until someone complains.

Beau
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Posted: Jun 19th 2010 6:43PM (Unverified) said

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I find it surprising to hear about active and available GMs. A lot of AAA titles seem to veer towards totally invisible GMs, to the point that sometimes players may assume they're not even online. (And in some cases, they actually are not)

-SirNiko

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 6:50PM YogiFYG said

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I actually enjoyed playing this game while killing time through the week. Sure the IP may not be one that we all love, but given the type of game it is, I think it really fills its niche well. It runs smooth, has easy controls, decent graphics for younger audiences, and has a lot of stuff to occupy your time.

A lot of people joke about HKO, but when you look into it, I wish more games filled their niches as well as HKO does in their own.

Im probably done playing it now but I give it a solid rating. Thanks for encouraging me to try it Beau.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 7:24PM Pingles said

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I got jammed up in the tutorial. :( It kept telling me to finish the tutorial even though I had. I even re-rolled but got to same spot.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 7:43PM Pingles said

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Went to sign up for Pandora Saga and one of the required fields is Passport number. Weird. Perhaps I'll make one up...

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 7:49PM Beau Hindman said

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Yeh, I made up a passport number. I think you might want to remember it, though, as they can sometimes work as a security code in case you lose your password?

Beau
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Posted: Jun 19th 2010 8:18PM Alboreo said

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Pandora Saga's pretty fun. I'm up for playing again on the server you chose. :) Downloading now.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 10:20PM fauxcivility said

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Anyone found a good place to download it? >>; I'm getting slow downloads almost everywhere.

Posted: Jun 19th 2010 10:50PM Wisdomandlore said

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Same. Tried Cnet as suggested above and still getting painfully slow downloads (and I'm dl'ing everything else fast, so it's not me). Maybe I'll try later.
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Posted: Jun 19th 2010 10:50PM (Unverified) said

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I was willing to give Pandora Saga a chance, but everywhere I've tried to download it from, including the official site and CNET, gives 5-10kb/s download speeds. I ain't waiting a week or more to download less than a measly 1gb file.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 4:16PM eNTi said

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i think this game must be the LOWEST POINT in gaming history ever. it's a simple cash-cow to draw in your kids and their friends and just rip the wallet of your average parent apart. to create a game of that ip just shows how low the industry has sunk to get to your money. if you play and enjoy this game you could as well just wait for barbie online or get back to your children's chu-chu train. this is so pathetic i can't even find the right words for it.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2010 11:58AM (Unverified) said

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nt, by that remark it means you did not attemt to play this game, other titles like WoW and final fantasy are subscrition based and require more attention to get bang = buck ratio correct (this isnt just a dig at WoW and FF players but they are the best examples of Pay 2 Play games) F2P MMORPGS like HKO does not require any money to be spent and the loyalty points system in the game means those who dont wanna spend $$$ can get the nicer gears too. the issue Grendel brought up is was adressed with a REALLY overkill powerfull language filter but players have made ways around this by using "1337" talk, this is the same problem with ALL online games thats probly why games with online fuctions are normally recommended for ages 13 and over. Mewmew i completely agree, Aeria games effectively killed the game as Beau explained the install system was a nightmare and the GMs often act like the have no love for the game they willingly give thier time to help others play. the community forums on the Aeria games site is more like a warfield compared to the official game one (sanriotown.com) a clan im with gave up all hope with this version due to these issues which seem to be due to the involvement of Aeria. i compltely agree on another point made by Beau about the light and fluffyness of the game which also also infects the music, itts chirpynes isnt for all of us and i often find myself going through the game files to change the BG music. this game though agreeably lacks a heck of a lot of content and the 2.5D graphics makes it heavy on your hard drive and CPU *whilst running*.

rant over
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Posted: Jun 20th 2010 7:34PM MewmewGrrl said

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I liked Hello Kitty, but Aeria really dropped the ball on it. They have been so slow with the game, didn't even add it to their updated web site when they updated their site, it's been in beta FOREVER. They never opened up the ability to actually purchase points to spend in the game either. They have dragged their feet so long with this game that most people have trickled away and stopped playing.

Another thing when it first opened, they did some change in the game where suddenly monsters your level were nearly impossible to kill and they didn't fix it for some time. That drove tons of people off too... I truly believe Aeria killed this game for North America.

Posted: Jun 20th 2010 9:43PM fauxcivility said

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Ok... MediaFire link downloaded alright. To be honest I just set it to download when I went to work and 8hrs later when I got back it was done. So not sure exactly how fast it went :p Direct link:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ddi0mhdkzgy/Pandora_Saga_MY_20090623.exe

IGN is Hiroji so add me! It does have a FF kind of feel, especially the way the city is set up. I've never played FFXI, but just from playing FXII. For some reason 'w' wasn't mapped to forward though when I installed it oO; Had to set up that. Aaand I prefer camera pan to be set to a and d rather than actual left or right running as is default.

BTW- Through the install I got multiple trojan warnings... I saw that comment on the CNet download said the same thing. I'm not sure if that's real virus or gameguard or what... I removed it each time with Microsoft Security Essentials though.

Anyone else survive the download to start playing?

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