| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (16)

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 12:44PM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
The graphics remind me of the Sega Genesis game Landstalker. :)

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 2:56PM Maseno said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I watched a portion of it and then decided to look into Nexus (which I am downloading at the moment). Will give it a try and maybe check out this, but the clunky and unresponsive look of it is kind of off putting.

Posted: Feb 27th 2012 9:38AM Kalex716 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Maseno

NexusTK was my first MMO ever, and i was playing it in beta before UO.

I still have my character their and he has pretty much insured himself legendary status. At this point. In game years, he has a record that indicates he's over a hundred years old, and he's got the long flowing white beard, and ornate mythic asian robes to prove it!
Reply

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 7:24PM DrKillShot said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Wait a second this game is Endless Online O.o it looks almost exactly like it.

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 10:10PM foofad said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@DrKillShot Endless Online plagiarized a lot of the art assets from Dark Ages. DA came first.
Reply

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 7:33PM HitechLolife said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Wow this brings back memories. Before I had a computer that could run EQ I played this. I remember it having things like a working politics system, gods/religions that had player held masses, wouldnt mind seeing some of those ideas in modern games.

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 8:36PM vamistle said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I'm one of those longtime players of the game and I'm also working on creating guides for the game on an online website very similar to what you visited.
I am more than willing to answer any question you might have about darkages. Unfortunately the company (Kru Interactive) is reluctant to listen to suggestions by the players in making their tutorial any better than what it is now.

Your issue with mana (Will) likely was because putting on shields and melee weapons drastically drops your available mana. Also the place to train your spells is to the east of the houses where there are many bunnies (floppys). The other maps prohibit you from casting spells in the tutorial.

The chat that you saw so frequently is called world shouts and they are only available to players who use world shout consumables purchased at the darkages.com item shop.

Pressing [ Shift ] + " will prompt you to put in a player's name. Pressing [ Enter ] after their name will prompt you to send a message. This is how you can send a private message to another player in-game from anywhere. I am Vamistle in-game and I will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns should you want to give it another look.

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 9:13PM Beau Hindman said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@vamistle Cool thank for the info! I'll need to go back in and try some of these tricks and shortcuts. :)

Beau
Reply

Posted: Feb 27th 2012 9:51AM Kalex716 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Beau Hindman

Great article Beau, you gotta cover nexon's other property from this era, Shattered Galaxy.

Its totally more in the RTS vein, but to be honest, its a total gem and has lots of MMO hooks. In fact, i don't know of any other game thats done anything yet quite like shattered galaxy has, and its suprising considering how successful the RTS genre is, and putting MMO hooks in every game seems to be the direction of the entire games industry to date.

Anyway, thanks for sharing!
Reply

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 10:29PM Maseno said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I am confused by these games.... Are they F2P or are they sub based? I see the option to buy "coupons" for whatever reason, but am able to log in and plink around.

Posted: Feb 26th 2012 11:31PM vamistle said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Maseno DarkAges has both Free to Play content as well as Subscription based content.
The majority of the game can be played for free up to level 99. There are many quests and events that you can not participate in without being a monthly registered player, but that does not stop you from playing for free.

Once you reach 99 there are additional levels you can gain as an alternate class ((Ability Points / Ability Levels )) and you can still accumulate experience to purchase more health or mana, but you can only do so if you are registered.

You can always access any area in the game that your level allows registered or not and collect items or gear from monster drops.
Reply

Posted: Feb 27th 2012 7:30AM Aziras said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Some drugs are not easily forgotten.

It has been more than a decade since I got my MMO addiction founded by DA, but it still brings fond memories.

I remember when jumping ship to WoW that I missed the roleplaying feel of DA. Something the author of this article most likely never got to experience.

I have yet to find another game where the battle between roleplayers and powergamers was sanctioned by game mechanics.
Each of the major towns had it's own governance body that made laws and ruled the town. Complete with hidden political agendas and plots.
Even the game guides where written "in character" and the best contributions awarded in-game titles of "Lorekeeper".

And as a perfect example of the game's strong community an old-timer sniffs up a blog post like this and chimes in with advice.

With a sweet taste of nostalgia: "They do not make MMOs like in the old days anymore".

Posted: Feb 27th 2012 9:57AM Kalex716 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Aziras

Yea Nexus TK was and still is like that too. Very much community driven and constantly encourages in game events sponsored by various guilds factions and even entire subclasses.

My character in nexus was actually a founder of a particular sub class, that you can still specialize and join today, complete with its own unique spells, items, and RP flavor!

This is something that big budget, and large scale games can never really achieve, and its a shame because when i played these kinds of games i never imagined the things i loved about the genre back then would be almost entirely gone today!
Reply

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 2:14AM Aziras said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
@Kalex716
It is actually one of the things that separated the early MMORPGs from today's more action and content focused MMOs.

When the games stopped being a framework and turned into driving the game experience with content the "RPG" part started to die.
The new breed of games are driven by content. When players have gone through current content the players start whining that they want more content.

I feel like my parents when writing this, but really... back in the old days the players made the games fun and you tied with the other players like you would to your classmates in school.
Reply

Posted: Feb 27th 2012 3:25PM Melinoe said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
Oh my gosh, I was so excited to see Dark Ages on Massively.

This was my first ever MMO and it got me totally hooked on MMO's.

Great memories of that game! =D

Posted: Feb 28th 2012 10:58AM Silvaan said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
This looks awesome thanks for sharing!

Featured Stories

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW