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Pirates: Tides of Fortune

Pirates: Tides of Fortune

Pirates: Tides of Fortune is an MMORTS game played in the browser in which you become a pirate—albeit a resource- rather than blood-hungry one—and build a city of your own, hire cutthroats to do your bidding, upgrade technologies, build ships and trade with others.

Pirates: Tides of Fortune has a stunning presentation. The graphics look great and sport vibrant colors supplemented by a convenient interface. There are multiple voices in different languages, all speaking in the tilting “pirate accent”. While the gameplay is fairly typical of RTS games (and it’s as well polished as the production elements), just like the goal of the game is (acquiring resources and building stuff), the game is just too slow unless you choose to pay up. So, for example, just to get through the tutorial you have to spend at least a few days. Battles cannot be controlled directly.

Pirates: Tides of Fortune is, it cannot be stressed enough, a professionally made game that impresses with its looks and the way developers paid much attention to detail. The game does, however, have flaws in terms of speed and, yes, the way it handles its premium currency.

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4Story

4Story

Battle against other players, alone or in strategic groups of up to 49 players, and take part in daily conquest wars. Winners gain access to new villages, new missions and special merchants. A huge variety of quests and dungeons.

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Vindictus

Vindictus

A hack-n-slash MMORPG with a storyline revolving around Celtic mythology. Choose from five characters – Lann (DPS warrior), Fiona (paladin), Evie (mage/support), Karok (tank), and Kai (archer) -- and hack away at the well detailed world of Vindictus. The Source engine, also used for Half-life 2, allows you to interact with the environment on a greater scale than in virtually any other MMORPG. The game’s combat system is the cherry on the pie: you can slash your opponents with practically anything, be it the kettle on the floor, the monster’s helmet, or the broom which just happens to be lying around. Instance-based play (the cities act as hubs and trade centers) offers solo and co-op opportunities; PvP is also available, both in dungeons and arenas.

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Tribal Wars 2

Tribal Wars 2

Tribal Wars 2 (TW2) is the new version of the ever-popular MMO strategy of the same name. The game is similar to its predecessor, but has prettier looks along with some fun extras.

TW2 plays much like your typical MMO, but that’s because the company behind it all but started the genre. Its gameplay focuses on ‘tribes’ of hundreds of people bent on ruling a world. Gather resources, build, recruit troops and complete goals to move forward. The worlds have expiration dates, and TW2 features new endgame mechanics that allow players to become kings of a server if they have the highest-level fortress. The king of a world can assign certain roles to the players of his tribe, adding a team management touch to the gameplay. Other innovations include account sharing in co-op mode, as well as reconnaissance buildings and unit types.

TW2 is certainly an easier sell than the predecessor, mostly for its refreshing new looks and the convenient UI. The construction of the fortress cannot be sped up with in-game money so that’s some consolation to those who don’t want to pay up. The first version has been played for some 10 years, and the second installment seems to hold quite some allure as well, especially if you played the original.

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Sword Saga

Sword Saga

Sword Saga is a browser-based MMORPG with a fantasy setting. It’s developed by R2Games.

Sword Saga features the archetypal three classes of RPGs and limited customization. After picking a class, the players set off on their rather derivative adventure, acquiring companions or mercenaries on the way. They level up together with the player and are paired with pets and mounts. On the one hand, Sword Saga has an abundance of dungeons and side activities, plus the combat features some variety as there’s unit placement and usable skills. On the other hand, the other aspects of the game are very generic. Furthermore, the female characters and NPCs have breasts so ample it’s quite insulting for this day and age.

Sword Saga doesn’t aim to be something ground-breaking; it’s good enough to warrant a try, at least for the casual gamer, but those who esteem qualities like originality and invention should look elsewhere.

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Goodgame Empire

Goodgame Empire

Goodgame Empire is a browser-based MMO strategy game. Players progress through the story, manage their castle’s resources and expand its walls. The game boasts vibrant and colorful graphics, but the user interface can become quite unresponsive when there are lots of things on the screen. It’s pretty generic so far as MMO strategies go, but multiplayer features are where Goodgame Empire stands out. Forming alliances, declaring wars and gaining honor by attacking other players are the best things about this game. Furthermore, players can abstain from spending real money on the game altogether: it does punish you for that in the endgame, but playing can be quite enjoyable for non-paying members as well.

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Unlimited Ninja

Unlimited Ninja

Unlimited Ninja (formerly known as Ultimate Naruto) is a ninja-themed, browser-based MMORPG. It sports anime characters �in no way affiliated with Naruto�.

Players specialize in Genjutsu, Ninjutsu, or Taijutsu fighting styles/philosophies and set off to explore the world, battling the forces of the Nine-tailed Demon Fox that have besieged the village. Even though there�s limited customization at start, as players branch out a whole new world of possibilities opens up, like combat role customization and tactics. The turn-based combat might be a bore, but strategy plays a huge role in Ultimate Ninja even if not obviously so at the start. PvP opens quite late and its main use is testing character and equipment builds as well as strategies. An elaborate pet system, coupled with team building and huge stores of equipment and quests add to the longevity of this game. Players will enjoy the simple interface, the appropriate music and especially the warm, colorful graphics.

Those who love Naruto will definitely find this game worth their while, and even skeptical players can be, in time, converted into believers as after a slow start to the story, the peaceful, intriguing world coalesces into an experience that�s rare to be found in this genre.

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Imperia Online

Imperia Online

Fancy yourself a great emperor of a thriving civilization? Or maybe a pillaging warlord, leading your legions to glorious battles? Then Imperia Online is right up your alley.

Imperia Online is a browser-based, strategic empire builder MMO set in the Medieval period. You are the ruler of a small province, tasked to develop its economic and military might. Practically, like in most empire building games, that means improving your province's infrastructure over time, all for the sake of building up your military. To fully participate in global warfare and politics, the game encourages you to join player-run alliances.

The gameplay doesn't stray much from the usual formula of online empire builder games, so if you're a veteran of that genre, Imperia Online won't be too much of an unfamiliar territory to cover. For the newbie, the lengthy tutorial does a thorough job of introducing the core gameplay systems. Graphically, there's not much to look at, but the visuals definitely have a medieval atmosphere to them. The interface can get overwhelming for a new player, though.

Casual players will find little use for the game's cash shop offerings, but hardcore gamers will definitely need to invest some money if they want to play at a competitive level. That has always been the case for games like this.

As far as modern MMOs are concerned, Imperia Online isn't a ground-breaking or stand-out game. It's a decently polished empire builder, though, and it's still going strong 10 years after it launched.

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Dark Age Wars

Dark Age Wars

Dark Age Wars is an ‘empire building’ MMO released in 2008. It is set in the Middle Ages, and the player, a squire (historically it would mean the player is 14 to 21 years old) takes over an empty but resource-abundant city and tries expanding it and turning it into an empire. The graphics and the overall interface are quite good and play nicely off of the game’s setting. The game features some nice twists, such as players being able to take over the papacy, but the overall gameplay adheres to the genre’s canon. Dark Age Wars is played in a ‘burst manner’, with players having to wait for long periods of time while upgrading, constructing buildings or conducting research. Overall, Dark Age Wars provides a solid strategy experience and should be preferred by players who like logging in and playing a little each day.

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Dofus

Dofus

Dofus is a 2D MMORPG by the French company Ankama Games. It’s set on a colorful, anime-inspired world that’s constantly being updated and expanded upon.

Dofus can seem quite complex at first glance, and that’s because it is: there are 15 classes, 22 professions, mounts, dragons, an elaborate crafting system and much more. The turn-based, somewhat restrictive combat also can seem daunting at first, but it quickly turns out to be fun and full of mind-boggling intricacies. The game has a remarkable longevity—the player’s level caps at 200 and then you can share experience with your guild members. The community is vibrant and active, sporting more than 2 million active players, plus there are many incentives to be social, like dungeons, guilds and player shops. As for allowing your kids play Dofus, there are a few cusses here and there, but generally the developers have made it safe for children.

Dofus charms from the get go and doesn’t let go—it’s fun, quirky and nothing short of being a treat for the senses. The free-to-play phase is quite restrictive, though, but you may find that it’s worth subscribing.

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Epic Duel

Epic Duel

Epic Duel (ED) is a turn-based dueling game where you join one of two factions on planet Delta V and become a Tech Mage, a Bounty Hunter or a Mercenary, then train to acquire new weapons, participate in 1v1 and 2v2 combat and bring glory to your faction.

ED offers plenty of variety for a Flash game—players can customize their characters well enough; skills are plentiful as are items and achievements. Matchmaking is quick and, even though ED doesn't have a tutorial, it’s easy to grasp. 2v2 battles are the game’s salt—highly addictive, plus they do require some knowledge of both your opponents’ and your own skills.

That being said, ED is definitely a game to be played in short bursts, otherwise it gets repetitive because there are only two game modes. The in-game currency gives advantages to those who pay. However, as there’s always something to do in the ample game world, and as the matchmaking is that simple… logging in and fighting for a bit is just too easy to find serious fault with this game.

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Shikihime Garden

Shikihime Garden

Shikihime Garden is a Flash gardening slash card deck building game with cutesy anime cards and a lot of casual stuff to do out of battle. It can be described as a crossover between Tamagochi and a generic trading card game.

In Shikihime Garden, cards are not just some abstract monsters in your deck—they’re living creatures, called Shikihime (mostly female anime characters), that live in your garden. This creates some sort of attachment to your card deck, because as you create your garden the Shikihime interact and spar with one another, munching down rice balls to get well after a tough fight. The fights themselves are rather monotonous, and even though this is a card game there are no battle animations, or strategies for that matter. Building your deck carefully is important, however. Players get to explore a colorful world and tinker around with cards, combining lesser cards to acquire stronger ones. To top it off, there are social features, like guilds and ‘check out my garden’ exchanges as well.

Shikihime Garden can be quite a treat to the casual player. This game was designed thoughtfully, and even though progress is slow, the weird combination somehow manages to create an experience that’s captivating and fun even in the long run.

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Ultimate Naruto

Ultimate Naruto

Ultimate Naruto (UN) is a casual MMORPG set in the eponymous universe of the popular series. You step into the shoes of a Nin, Gen or Tai fighter and choose from two available characters of each fighting style. Later on players are able to recruit more powerful heroes like Naruto and Kakashi and fight side by side with them. Players are gradually introduced to other features like pets and PvP arenas. Combat, sadly, is fully automated from the ground up and players can skip it only if they pay. The game, although occasionally cluttered with character lookalikes, does look rather pleasant, sporting vivid, colorful graphics that pertain to those of the anime. The story can keep you captivated but the players� lack of control combined with other flaws�like having so little to do!�drowns out the few good things there are about this game.

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Urban Rivals

Urban Rivals

A massively multiplayer online trading card game. Very easy to learn. Level up to unlock "leader" cards, and use your winnings to purchase new cards for your deck. Cards also level up with use, gaining new abilities over time. More than 7 million players.

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OGame

OGame

"You start out with just one undeveloped world and turn that into a mighty empire able to defend your hard earned colonies. Create an economic and military infrastructure to support your quest for the next greatest technological achievements. Wage war against other empires as you struggle with other players to gain the materials."

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Lost Saga

Lost Saga

Lost saga is a fighting/action MMO with cartoony graphics (think of Team Fortress 2 meets FMA) and an awesome, hectic gameplay. There are eleven game modes and over 50 playable heroes now, each with their own skills. You can level your heroes up and buy weapons for them. The developers eventually want to raise the hero count to 100. Some of the game modes are particularly fresh: soccer; crusade (dungeon PvE mode); and prison mode (�catch me if you can�). The arenas are well-made and with their own quirks, and combat offers a lot of fun. Altogether, Lost Saga offers more than simple entertainment; other fighting MMOs, as fun as they might be, cannot compete with Lost Saga�s character/arena count and thus are much more likely to become boring in the long term.

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Forsaken World

Forsaken World

Massively multi-player RPG set in a fantasy game world originally looked after by two main gods, now gone, leaving the beings of the world to their own fates. Four races (including stonemen and kindred unique to the game) and eight classes (including protectors, bards, and vampires unique to the game). After level twenty, you are awarded talents that let you advance in skill attributes that help mold your character by specializing your class. Set up your own vendor shop to sell goods. The prayer system grants experience and sometimes rare items. Built-in events system and a robust and detailed game world.

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Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms is a strategy MMO set in medieval times. The game is a “village/castle” simulator where players compete to become known in the game world. Players construct buildings, fortify their castles, expand their armies, explore the wilderness through various quests, and loot rival player villages for resources. A sizeable game world along with quests ensure that there’s always something to do, and rank and technology advancements add even more variety to this fun, yet complex game. Social elements are plentiful and aspire to hold some degree of realism: for example, players with higher ranks can recruit others to become their vassals, reflecting the feudal system in the Dark Ages. The game is somewhat slow, however, with a rather bold emphasis on playing paid ‘cards’ that speed things up.

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Battle Dawn

Battle Dawn

Battle Dawn is an MMO strategy game, played in the browser. Players start their colonies on three game worlds – Earth, Mars, or ‘Medieval fantasy’ - and each of them has a number of servers. Battle Dawn plays quite differently from other browser-based games, as the game is round-based. Players must form alliances, rally troops, spy or even nuke their opponents in order to capture the ten relics present on each world map; once it’s done, the server gets reset. The game has a peculiar interface, reminiscent of older games like Deus Ex or Unreal Tournament, rather than strategy MMOs. The soundtrack is awesome, too. Battle Dawn is slow in terms of leveling and upgrading your colony, but those interested in it will lose hours upon hours fighting to take control over their world.

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Battle Dawn Galaxies

Battle Dawn Galaxies

Battle Dawn Galaxies is a strategy MMO from the eponymous series, played in the browser. It differs from the other games of the series in that it has a sci-fi angle to it.

Players start a colony, covering their station with buildings, making spaceships, and forming alliances as well as conquering other players to gather the relics that are required to win the round. Players will enjoy the easy-going tutorial that does a great job of introducing the basics; the interface looks & feels good, plus the music is nice. Battles take place textually, so that aspect isn’t too well-represented. Diplomacy plays a huge role as well—one player summed up the peak of his learning thus: ‘learn to be vague enough so your words will not be used against you.’ Battle Dawn is somewhat ‘hardcore’ in that it has a loyal community and it can take quite a bit of playing to become competitive. It’s a long-term investment, one you should avoid if you’re not prepared to make the commitment.

Battle Dawn Galaxy definitely makes for a welcome addition among strategy MMOs: it boasts a small but vibrant community; the game flows smoothly; the mechanics make it a blast once the end-game approaches. It could, however, look better for this day and age.

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Perfect World

Perfect World

Perfect world is an MMORPG game set in a medieval fantasy world. There are five races and ten classes, and the ridiculously advanced character creation screen ensures that every character you create will be truly unique. The user interface is quick to grasp and intuitive. There are loads of quests, and many of them are related to your character’s development; for example, ‘spiritual cultivation’ quests allow you to learn skills you wouldn’t be able to learn otherwise. The game has an in-game quest helper in case you get stuck with a quest. There are a lot of mounts (including flying ones), plenty of PvP, and awesome instances (80 versus 80 faction wars… with catapults and towers!) and events. PvP only opens up on level 30.

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Dead Frontier

Dead Frontier

Dead Frontier is a browser-based 3D survival horror MMO, played from an overhead view. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world with zombies swarming the streets and players doing their best to kill them, either single-handedly or in a team.

Players fight for their lives, buy ammo and increase their stats by killing hordes of zombies in a creepy environment where it�s impossible to see two steps ahead. Dead Frontier has much variety, sporting 19 classes and 100+ weapons in an extensive game world. The real fun in this game, arguably, is to be had playing co-op as real people tend to be more fun than the AI. Still there�s no voice chat, but typing while playing is awkward. Some say that Dead Frontier is quite difficult, but once you get the hang of it, this quickly turns out to be untrue.

Dead Frontier definitely has some merit: at times it�s genuinely scary and fun, plus it has a great atmosphere and soundtrack with good visuals. However, it just gets too repetitive and easy for players to bother with it after the first few hours.

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Duel of Champions

Duel of Champions

Duel of Champions (DoC) is an online collectible card game set in the Might & Magic universe. Choose from three factions with unique bonuses and try to become the mightiest card master there is. The game is well-developed and beautiful – the kind you’d expect from Ubisoft – but the tutorial does have a Facebook-y feeling. From the very first match, however, players see that DoC isn’t a typical CCG. Card lanes are not uncommon in these games – however, special event cards and resource management add greatly to making the game more complex and interesting. So does the ability to create individual card decks. PvP gameplay is exciting, plus, as DoC boasts a huge player pool, finding an opponent is easy. But the most appealing part of DoC is its depth and complexity. There’s a lot to be learned but also a lot of fun to be had.

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Swordsman Online

Swordsman Online

Swordsman Online is a martial arts MMORPG by Perfect World. It features a great variety of classes and a game world based on a popular novel by Louis Cha.

Players can customize their character in great depth, and the ten available classes make for an endless variety in character builds (but not looks, sadly). The fun, cutscene-laden story takes the player through the first 25 levels in a breeze. Open-world PvP kicks in at level 30, and there�s quite some discrepancy between the abilities of paying and non-paying members. However, the combat itself is utterly captivating, with guild PvP instances and solo dungeons. Some instances have their stats normalized, encouraging skill-based gameplay�but only to an extent. As for the presentation, Swordsman Online excels with beautiful aesthetics reminiscent of anime/manga. The audio presentation you will love or hate as it features a lot of Chinese traditional music.

Swordsman online is definitely a well-polished title. It offers nothing particularly unique, but everything seems just finely executed, especially the combat. The main complaints are related to the open-world PvP and the cash shop, but finding a good guild can mitigate some of these.

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S4 League

S4 League

Bring your own super hero to life, put together a custom outfit and choose from a wide range of supernatural abilities, in this manga-style action and strategy game. Use crazy stunts and fantastic powers to lead your team to victory.

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SeaFight

SeaFight

A pirate ship strategy game with thousands of players. Equip your ship and crew, and take to the high seas. You can also earn some booty, in the form of cash prizes. Arrr!

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Path of Exile

Path of Exile

Path of Exile (PoE) is an action RPG similar to Diablo II. It was pronounced game of the year by Gamespot and RPG of the year by IGN in 2013.

PoE is staggeringly simple in terms of gameplay yet amazingly complex as far as the item and skill systems go. Players choose from six classes, unlocking a seventh one after they’ve played the game through on normal difficulty, and rather mold than ‘build’ their character as the game unfolds. The dark and cryptic backstory of the Wraeclast world slips by all but unnoticed while players hack their way through hordes of undead; once you stop to take a breather, however, it hits you with all the jaw-dropping complexity of the world, but the intricate skill system and item-based economy make room for endless variety in terms of how you look and play. Potions regenerate over time, tweaking the already immersive combat a bit further.

To top all that, PoE features a cash shop that only houses items that have a cosmetic effect, yet somehow the developers are turning a profit. Definitely try PoE if you’ve heard of Diablo or have played and liked a hack’n’slash title.

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Dragon Fable

Dragon Fable

Dragon Fable is a medieval fantasy MMORPG, played in the browser. There are three classes – warrior, mage, and rogue. The graphics are Flash-based, which isn’t a good thing, at least here. However, the game’s strong point is its world -- the Dragon Fable world is ironic and funny, having a laugh at everything, especially the pitfalls of the RPG genre. Quests are also funny at times: has a quest ever asked you to turn over a pit toilet while somebody’s in it? Well, that’s a real quest in Dragon Fable. Even the plot is thrilling once it gets serious. You can also get loads of pets that aid you in combat. There are many opportunities for PvP and PvE, but Dragon Fable does steer towards mindless grinding once you get past level 20 or so.

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SecretBuilders

SecretBuilders

SecretBuilders is a safe virtual world for children 6 to 14 years. Kids can explore virtual lands, play games with friends, undertake quests, raise a pet, keep a home, and much more. You can also publish and share your art and writings. A fun, safe world for kids!

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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F.E.A.R. Combat

F.E.A.R. Combat

The complete multiplayer component of the retail first person shooter/thriller. Play along with retail purchasers and others who have downloaded the free multiplayer aspect of the game. Unique slow motion game mode that when activated slows everyone down but you (while balancing out the advantage by alerting everyone to where you are in the process). Lots of weapons to pin your opponents with. Nice physics use and weaponless attacks like jump kicks that may not be as annoying as say, a crowbar, but still as effective (and not to mention the very popular kick to the head for a coup de grace).

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Adventure Quest Worlds

Adventure Quest Worlds

In this combat-focused 2D MMO browser game based on the world of Adventure Quest, you can fight monsters, explore the world, and gain magic items. Will also allow you to import your existing Adventure Quest characters.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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ArcheAge

ArcheAge

Enter the medieval world of Erenor, a land of peerless wonder and bountiful resources. Erenor is also a land torn by constant strife and conflict. The western continent of Nuia constantly wages war with the eastern continent of Haranya. While the mortal races waste their time in fighting for supremacy, ancient evils are awakening. Can the peoples of Erenor unite in time to defend their world from the coming onslaught?

ArcheAge is a "sandpark" (a hybrid of "sandbox" and "theme park") MMORPG developed by XL Games and published internationally by Trion Worlds. Featuring a zoneless world with three major continents and traversable seas in between, ArcheAge is a massive game that can be directly shaped by its players.

Crafting in ArcheAge is extensive. Players can craft equipment, cook food, build housing and furniture, farm crops, herd animals, and even design seafaring vehicles. The housing system allows players to place their buildings in certain zones as a persistent part of the world. Established guilds can claim vast tracts of land and build castles on them. These castles can be attacked and conquered by opposing guilds during siege events.

ArcheAge also boasts a classless system where players train skill sets that give them abilities. There are only ten skill sets available, and each character can only specialize in three at a time. Players can switch between specializations for a cost.

Combat in the game is mostly traditional MMORPG fare, with the addition of naval warfare. Players can engage in ship-to-ship combat, sea-to-land skirmish, or even battle sea monsters. The usual PvE options are present in the game. PvP offerings range from the built-in faction warfare to zone and event restricted PvP battles.

Summing it up, ArcheAge is a well-refined game with plenty of PvE and PvP content to offer. Aesthetically, the game does not disappoint as well. Its extensive crafting system and persistent sandbox elements are good reasons to play the game. If you're a fan of these game systems, then you should definitely give ArcheAge a spin.

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Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare is Obsidian Entertainment (developers of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity and Skyforge) and My.com's answer to Wargaming's World of Tanks, albeit with a more modern twist to it. Instead of playing around with World War II tanks, Armored Warfare lets you command post-1950s tanks, ranging from the lowly M41 to the fearsome M1 Abrams.

Armored Warfare's core mechanics are what you would expect of a polished tank combat MMO. You start off with a low tier tank and work your way up the vehicle tech tree through the game's PvP and co-op modes. Each tank type has its own unique characteristics, and can be further customized to fit the needs of the player. As in World of Tanks, your vehicles also have trainable crew members with their own unique talents.

Gameplay in Armored Warfare is more frenetic than in World of Tanks, given the technology level of the setting. The sortie maps are also smaller, which greatly speeds up the time for contact between two opposing forces.

Armored Warfare's graphics are great, though poorly optimized at times. If you have a computer that can run it smoothly at ultra settings, then you're in for a treat. The tank models, though visually pleasing, could use a bit more accurate detailing in terms of gun ports and viewports. The sound department is quite lacking in this game and needs to be beefed up for more realism and impact.

Overall, Armored Warfare is a pleasant experience if you're looking for a fast-paced tank battle MMO with a good deal of depth and polish. If you favor slower, more tactical tank gameplay, then it's off to the *other* tank game for you.

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Astro Lords

Astro Lords

Astro Lords is an MMORPG/Strategy set in a sci-fi universe. Players control an asteroid, construct and upgrade buildings and fight with others to gain control over the Oort cloud. The game can be played on iOS, Android and desktop devices.

Players might be positively appalled by the lack of character customization, but that is more than compensated by the fact that eventually you can move your base, perhaps towards the members of your alliance, or the enemy if you feel you can gain an edge. The combat has players duke it out in turn-based combat with spaceships in the vast void. It takes quite some skill and provides ample entertainment, because the fights involve dodging slow-moving projectiles (there are lasers too!) and hiding behind asteroids. You’ll either hate it or love it, but it must be said it’s highly original.

Astro Lords is definitely a promising title, but the strategy elements could very well be executed better. The skill tree, huge as it is, confuses the player, because it inevitably makes you wonder if you’re looking at a spreadsheet. Even though Astro Lords doesn’t push players into buying anything, progress is quicker with pockets full of premium currency.

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Call of Alliance

Call of Alliance

Call of Alliance is a browser-based MMORPG by Ngames. Featuring lore highly reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, the game seems to be a half-hearted attempt to strip players of their money with a time-tested, formulaic game.

Players pick one of the three archetypal RPG classes and set off on an uninspired adventure. A ring is lost and the player, about to be destroyed by a villain similar to the lord of Mt. Doom, is saved by a gray-haired wizard. Combat is automated, and players can skip through the game practically without playing it (though you have to click in order to accept quests!). Two things are good in this game: it looks nice and the music is cute, however, if you look at the artwork in terms of the talent spent on something so bland, the impression shifts from boring to positively depressing.

Not to mention the possible copyright infringements, CoA falls neatly into a grim array of similar titles perpetually springing up in the market. Better avoid this game.

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Chaos Heroes Online

Chaos Heroes Online

Chaos Heroes Online (CHO) is a MOBA, based on the Chaos mod for the original DotA. It is published by Aeria Games and features, for some players, welcome deviations from the passive gameplay other MOBAs often encourage.

CHO features two maps that differ in scale. Items can be bought from everywhere (making consumables much more valuable), and jungling is discouraged as it only provides gold, not experience. Matches are capped at 45 minutes, and teleports happen instantly. The differences don’t end here—there are no observation wards in CHO as well. A rather formidable array of available heroes provides great variety to this game, but CHO cannot be deemed ‘DotA on the proverbial steroids’, as it simply seems to be of a lesser quality.

The following are to blame: the graphics lack in detail, the voicing falls short of the other F2P standards, and paying players can enter the match pumped up on cash-shop bonuses. CHO seems more like a mélange of the most popular MOBAs, not the competitive, fast-paced rampage it markets itself to be. It’s still fun and plays well, but, beyond the slight rule and gameplay changes, CHO doesn’t offer anything that unique.

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Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Conquest of Champions

Conquest of Champions

Conquest of Champions (CC) is a collectible card game that features vibrant aesthetics along with a new, strategic spin on the classic CCG gameplay.

CC features three factions—elves, dwarves, and the undead—each having two controllable, battle-thirsty heroes and of course a separate card pool. Players get introduced to the nuts and bolts, but not every nook and cranny, of the gameplay during the six-stage tutorial, and then jump right into action. The combat system cannot be fully described here, but it must be said that it allows for a plethora of strategies as there are two bases plus one hero to annihilate, so sacrificing the main hero for minerals, or utilizing the terrain with counterintuitive moves (like in chess, really)—both are entirely doable in CC. Furthermore, players AND their cards can level up, providing a nice touch to the already fun mechanics.

CC looks like a keeper. Players don’t have to buy anything to have a shot at winning; the game seems complex (and intense!) enough to warrant at least a few hours of play; and of course the client both looks and plays quite stunningly.

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Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Cross Fire

Cross Fire

A military-themed first person shooter. Engage in ferocious battles with other players throughout multiple levels. Features persistent rankings and four game modes -- including the stealth-action "Ghost Mode". PC/Windows only.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Dominator Battle

Dominator Battle

Dominator Battle is a strategy MMO with tower defense and RPG elements.

The game features three races that influence the paths you can take during the game. As mentioned, it’s a crossover that has the players defend their cities, which have to be planned carefully indeed. Dominator Battle becomes progressively harder, and once PvP opens at level 11 there are heaps of fun to be had trying to breach other players’ cities. To the game’s credit, heroes are controllable and you can create an army that follows the hero as well. Even though other areas, like graphics and sound, lack polish, the battles, including those played against the computer, are immensely fun and exciting.

There’s one thing that can ruin the experience for all but everyone: Dominator Battle is incredibly greedy. The concept is fun, but once you get asked for money the hundredth time, it becomes annoying in no time.

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Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Dragon Born

Dragon Born

Dragon Born is a fantasy MMORPG, played in the browser. There are four classes � Soldier, Ranger, Priest, and Mage. With auto-quest doing pretty much everything in your stead up until you hit 20, you can safely resort to clicking skills buttons during combat or read the quests. If you really want to, because the story is a weird mash-up of Skyrim (probably), WoW, and other titles. The game looks OK, with characters lacking detail, but everything else has pretty colors; the interface is nice, too. All in all, though, Dragon Born struggles to introduce anything new in the genre, but, admittedly, it can serve as a safe haven for casual gaming during work.

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Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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