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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:12PM Minofan said

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I had very low expectations, but that all sounds much worse than I could imagine.

Possibly the most heavily blurred playerinvestor line in the industry.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:19PM Pagan said

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I bought the LE for$ 80.00 or some god awful amount of money. I had put that memory in a locked closet, deep in the darkest recesses of my mind and swallowed the key.

Thanks for bringing back my nightmare Sera! (Great article)

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 5:15PM DevilSei said

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Speaking of memories...

No mention about the supposed full-frontal nudity I remember them talking about? If that was really in-game, I'd expect at least a few johns hopping about with their little johns out, but I read nothing of it in this...
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Posted: Sep 3rd 2010 9:01AM (Unverified) said

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Nudity is in the game. When making your character, they are completely naked during the selection process. It's not a pretty sight, trust me. Sera did them a favor by not mentioning it.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:19PM (Unverified) said

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I know lots of people have been waiting on this review. All I can say is that Mortal Online comes out of it quite well relatively speaking.

Personally, I think you've been too kind. Their awesome-on-paper systems that they spent lots of time on to the detriment of 70% of the rest of the game, while still awesome on paper, are terribly inplemented. I struggle to find any system in the game that doesn't have multiple bugs and that actually remain true to their design intent.

So yeah, that feature roadmap may look awesome, but I've been following this game for 2 years and it has always looked awesome. It never does when it makes it to the game. Feature lists from 2 decades ago look awesome - that's their job. Hell, I was involved in writing a pitch document for a chess game lately and by god, I made it some epic!

I echo your last sentence though - stay away! In fact, the Nirvana song would make a great soundtrack to this article.

Less is more, love is blind.
STAY.... STAY AWAY!!!

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:21PM Saker said

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Very truthful article! Glad to read someone telling things like they are.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:24PM Joshua Przygocki said

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Well... This is the first article on Massively that I've read that's brutally honest about a game. Really a good thing, protecting the reader from wasting money on something that no one should have to pay for.

It's kinda funny because Eskil Steenburg produced LOVE all on his own and made sure that bugs and glitches were fixed when they were found. Yet Starvault can't even patch their game.

I am sorta worried about TERA now, since it is being made on the Unreal 3 engine(I've worked with it and found it impossibly complex compared to source and other game engines), but for the most part it looks like En Masse and Bluehole care about their game.

I was considering trying this or Darkfall but I definitely won't be paying $40 for this.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:48PM Trodomir said

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"Yet Starvault can't even patch their game."

Isn't it even worse? Starvault can't even write a patcher for their game.

I'm almost positive this can't be true, but do they only have UnrealEd scripters there and no real c++ programmers? All of the junior programmers I've worked with could easily write a patcher. Heck, you could do a perfectly functional patcher in python ffs.

I also have yet to see an Unreal powered MMO that didn't have huge problems.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 2:06PM SocksForYou said

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My thought exactly. I'm actually stunned that Massively gave an unabashed negative opinion of a game. The bulk of the writing on this site reads like advertorials.



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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 2:38PM Meagen said

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It's almost like they save "this is the worst game ever" for things like constant game-crashing bugs and missing features, not "my favourite FotM build was nerfed last patch :("...
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 3:09PM Joshua Przygocki said

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Meagen, I don't PvP much, so I really don't care about FotM builds, and even in PvE, I play with a build that's fun for me.

I'm talking about actual bad games, where the devs are obviously just greedy and don't care about the game, stupid/bugged features, and cash shops with game enhancing items.

I understand giving each game a fair opinion and trying to make the good seem better than the bad, but it's nice when an blogger speaks his/her honest opinion, rather than the blogs somewhat "predetermined" opinion.

Nothing is perfect, and I think Massively should pay a little more attention to the bad sides of games too, not just promoting what's good. Personally the bad seems to outweigh the good, and I look at games problems when choosing what I buy. If the game doesn't have many, and is just playable and fun, then I might buy it, if it has the greatest gameplay mechanics and ideas in the world, buts its ridden with a crappy community, bugs and other problems I will think twice before I pay.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 3:59PM SocksForYou said

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Meagen,

Massively and many other sites routinely soft-pedal criticism of games. Why do you think so many commenters on this post are blown away at how frank it is?

It's like when they unveiled the space combat video for The Old Republic and Massively's headline on the banner thumbnail was something like "space combat video quells fan fears." I mean, thats a little disingenuous (and I happen to like what TOR is doing with ships).

Same thing with this post. Actual headline: "I can finally stop playing Mortal Online." Prominent banner headline: "Our Brave Journey into Mortal Online."
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Posted: Sep 3rd 2010 5:55AM (Unverified) said

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@Trodomir
Actually, it is true. Their patcher is written by a player, and it's a welll known fact. He even got a custom title for it on forums "the patcher guy" and no, he is not a part of SV team.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:39PM Monkey D Luffy said

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"I just wanted an Elder Scrolls/Ultima Online inspired sandbox."

That is the reason i started Darkfall (The Elder Scrolls part, not Ultima.).

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:39PM Faryon said

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Nice article, gave me another reason to not try MO.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 3:11PM Joshua Przygocki said

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How are you liking Darkfall? I'm considering trying it.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:41PM (Unverified) said

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Stay away from this game like the plague... I was annoyed I gave them any of my cash even with them informing us how broken and horrific their game was.


Hopefully their company folds within 6 months.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:44PM archipelagos said

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Ouch, that sounds truly abysmal. It's always a great pity when you read something like this, especially when you take into consideration all the work involved. I don't think that I would ever pay for what equated to an alpha product but I can understand why others would. I can't help but think that something in development went horribly wrong for it to be released in this state. Perhaps it is as Sera says and ambition went way beyond capability or reason.

I hope it survives long enough to turn things around as it would be good to see more competition for Darkfall and EVE.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:44PM smoke2000 said

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My experience was similar to worse as described here. Worst 70$ ever spent, but it was a risk worth taking. We still need to support companies that are trying to make an MMO like this, but also need to realize when they have failed incredibly.

Looked good on paper, but not enough talent in all departments of their studio to implement it. I'd say about everything in Mortal Online works 25% as it should. There's not even 1 thing I can recall that worked nicely.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2010 1:47PM Controlled Chaos said

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Seriously, when the freakin' developer comes out of the woodwork and says that the game will not have polish, user friendliness or, implied, tapped potential, then you need to turn around and run the hell away.

This is the worst kind of garbage from a company in the age of MMOs. This isn't an honest attempt at making a good game. This is an attempt to screw all of the people over who would be ignorant of the fact that the game is a complete pile of crap. There is no love or affection for this title...it's something to try and make them a few bucks out of a fan base who honestly, truly, wants to see something good and innovative come down the line.

This really is an incredible insult to all of the people who they managed to keep the attention of. $40 and then a subscription that would make games like King's Quest: Mask of Eternity and similar busted titles look like the best things in the world. And you only have to pay for those once, at least.

I truly, truly hope these guys go under. Better companies with better products have fallen. These guys? They really are undeserving of the fans they've lured in.

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