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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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9 Dragons

9 Dragons

3D fantasy oriental RPG with focus on realistic martial arts. The reputation system is called Karma where your character gathers or loses it based on the outcomes of PVP battle. It is all about the Fu. Develop ordinary and mystical Kung Fu skills to triumph in battle. Start as a vagabond and quest until level twenty-five where you choose from one of six clans. Each clan has its own name for the one of four classes you can pick to specialize in: warrior (tank), healer, nuker (ranged), and hybrid (learn any skill). There are many player versus environment quests however the overall purpose is to build your skills as a Kung Fu warrior.

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Age of Conan

Age of Conan

One of the most accessible and detailed free-to-play MMORPGs out there. AoC is developed by Funcom, the masterminds behind the boundary breaking Anarchy Online. Amazing graphics even three years after release, a great number of quests (for the later levels, too) and epic lore that stays true to the original Conan books by Robert E. Howard. Four ‘archetype’ classes – priest, soldier, rogue, and mage, each of them having three sub-classes. A unique, hit-direction-based combat system that requires direct involvement from the player. Quest and skill-wise, the game does seem to aspire to be a ‘WoW clone’; however, AoC clearly beats WoW in two aspects: the soundtrack and the abundant amount of gore. Loads of PvP and PvE instances, with PvP being a real skills test due to the complex combat system.

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Age of Empires Online

Age of Empires Online

A classic RTS revamped into a classy MMO strategy game. At the beginning, you are given a Greek or Egyptian city that acts more like a MMORPG character than a regular city. There are three skill trees that players use to upgrade the economy, the military and utilities. You also store items within your capital city. To level your city up, you have to complete quests, either with friends or solo. The graphics are nice and cartoony. The quests are diversified, but the beginning of each quest is static – all you are given at the beginning of each quest is a ‘city vulgaris’ – a couple of workers and a town hall which you have to settle. The game lacks strategy for beginners, but PvP offers a real challenge, especially if you’re up against players who have purchased paid features.

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Age of Wushu

Age of Wushu

Age of Wushu (AoW) is a fighting MMORPG with considerable depth to it. After a tiring two hour tutorial players choose their faction from 8 martial arts schools and try to make sense of what to do next. AoW is heavily inspired by Chinese architecture and culture, featuring vast and beautiful landscapes as well as intricately designed buildings. The fact that the game is thoughtfully developed shows through all the time, starting from the huge (though sometimes confusing) skill system (and the tremendous amounts of iffy translations for each skill). Age of Wushu sports numerous unique features, such as the absence of a leveling system, replaced by skill-based leveling instead. Players' characters become NPCs when logged out. You can patrol the streets while offline -- or you can get kidnapped as well! RPG fans will be captivated, but regular players can become confused and overwhelmed with AoW’s complexity and abundance of options.

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Aika

Aika

The RPG Aika includes three major PvP modes ranging from small skirmishes to 1000 vs. 1000 warfare. Within its fantastically detailed world you'll find over 1,000 quests, hundreds of monsters, and five unique nations that meet in truly epic military clashes. Form alliances, and lay siege to castles.

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Aion

Aion

Fantastically rich landscapes and highly developed quests in this fantasy role playing game -- at least at the earlier levels. Enter the world of Atreia where the Elyos and Asmodian races are battling for territory. Both races are flight-capable and your characters can achieve flight after level ten. There are four starting classes and six intricate crafting professions to choose from. There is a special type of arena called The Abyss where players from both factions can attempt to seize control over strongholds and defend them for more resources using a mix of player-versus-player and player-versus-environment tactics. There are plenty of instances for party assaults and even player-defined macros you can set up to customize your character�s combat. Make no mistake. You won�t be able to advance without PvP interactions, so if you are looking for a strictly PvE game, this might not be for you. The download is only a free trial, but well worth the time investment if for the visuals and excellent game mechanics alone.

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Air Attack

Air Attack

3D World War II flight and air combat simulator.

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Air Rivals

Air Rivals

Air plane fighter jet dog fighting game, similar to Space Cowboy.

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Alien Arena

Alien Arena

One of the most popular free first person shooters out there. Works on almost any platform: PC/Linux/Mac OS. Nice graphics. Created to be the perfect cross-breed of Quake Arena III and Unreal Tournament using retro science fiction for style. In Alien Arena you will find the traditional first person shooter game types as well as Deathball and Cattle Prod (which combine deathmatch with some odd goals to complete). Choose from nine different characters, each with their own benefits and shortcomings. Lots of mods (called mutators) are used to change up the rules -- and add a whole lot of fun.

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Allegiance

Allegiance

After the destruction of Earth by an asteroid, warring human factions struggle for resources (specifically Helium3). This is an excellent combination of 3D first person shooter and real time strategy set in outer space. Two teams with dozens of players per side battle it out over the course of an hour or two. The commander builds bases and sets up mining operations, orders bombing runs, and allocates money. Players can switch between ship types on the fly (and even beefier ships if their commander gives them the cash). New players are encouraged to fly scout ships for a few weeks and lay down sensors to spy on enemy movements or keeping other units repaired that are mining or bombing. Good news for new players: they set up servers specifically for new players so they won’t get taken advantage of by veterans while learning the ropes.

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Alliance Warfare

Alliance Warfare

Alliance Warfare (AW) is an MMORTS, played in the browser. It takes place in the medieval Land of Endless War and has players build and expand their kingdom, create armies and strive for world domination. The game is fairly typical as strategy titles go, but the community is vibrant and open. What’s very special about AW is that it has its own radio station with DJs that actively participate in the game by dedicating songs to players and answering questions. Players complete quests, manage their cities’ resources and form alliances with others. AW offers a quite elaborate research tree with three main branches. The cash shop is quite mundane, offering commonplace buffs and even more commonplace advantages to paying players. Again, the most fun in AW is to be had from the community features and the radio station, which make the game stand out from the plethora of similar MMORTS titles.

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Allods Online

Allods Online

Allods Online is a MMORPG game quite similar to World of Warcraft. Choose from six races, two factions – The League and The Empire – and eight ‘general’ classes which vary slightly from race to race. The lore is well developed and mixes space/steampunk themes with regular fantasy. Allods has numerous quests that supplement the story. A unique aspect of Allods Online is the astral ship PvP where battles between player-controlled ships commence in the vast astral. Players also can play Goblinoball -- something quite like football, but with a live goblin as the ball. Allods Online offers an engrossing, well-developed experience for anyone who likes games akin to WoW, but doesn’t want to pay for it.

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Ambroid

Ambroid

Strategic text-based warfare in your browser. Form alliances for support. Select opponents to attack based on a point system to get more land (and therefore the ability to build more). If your Attack Points are greater than their Defence Points, you’ve got yourself a nice match. Build buildings and units to increase your overall Power Points on your way to reach the supreme rank of General.

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Ancient Summoner

Ancient Summoner

Ancient Summoner is an MMO trading card game with some elements from other genres. It’s very similar to Rise of Mythos and Kings and Legends. As such, there’s not much to say about combat besides that it’s welcoming for newcomers but complex enough to keep experienced players happy. There’s also an AI that is great for offline moneymaking but generally will get you nowhere fast. At level 10 four classes – Warrior, Ranger, Mage and Priest – open up and players start getting skill cards that pertain to their class. Players can build, name and save their custom decks. The game features a nice user interface and the graphics are generally good for a browser-based title. It’s true that players can generally grow their card deck without paying, but getting the best cards is pretty hard without investing real money.

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Andromeda 5

Andromeda 5

Andromeda 5 is a spaceship action MMO that can be played in the browser. It features a vast array of customizable ships as well as numerous galaxies to explore; players acquire skills that further make their characters unique. More than 200 missions are available, not to mention the quite intensive PvP where players can participate in free-for-all deathmatches and team games as well. Andromeda 5 sports nice graphics and altogether there’s a surprising amount of content that will keep you busy for a while. The game does, however, fall flat when you consider that Andromeda falls well within the Eve Online-dominated spectrum of MMOs and when you take into account that the cash shop seems to give paying players a very real edge.

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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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Archlord

Archlord

3D fantasy role playing game with a heavy focus on player versus player combat (on the way to becoming the supreme Archlord). While graphics, character detail, mounts, and combat animations are fantastic, the game world offers little in the way of player versus environment opportunity. Choose from three races: Human, Orc, and MoonElf with a few classes per race to choose from. Multi-classing is allowed. The most powerful (and perhaps the most popular) Race/Class combination is the MoonElf Elementalist, wielding more robust spells than the other race's magic-using counterparts. At release, the game was given some bad reviews but has since evolved their content, graphics, and gameplay through a series of revisions (and of course changed to the free to play model). If you have a hang-up on using click-to-move versus using the WASD keys, no worries: they offer both.

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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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Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom

Aura Kingdom (AK) is an anime-inspired fantasy MMO from Aeria Games, boasting eight classes (plus one mystery class), a well-developed companion system and a unique skill tree.

The game features beautiful, cartoony graphics in an open world with instances (dungeons) supplementing it as well. Players get acquainted with the game mechanics by doing a tutorial with end-game items and stats, but upon waking up start off with the usual sort of quest chain, which can be done quickly with auto-path. Leveling is fast; assiduous players can hit the level cap in a matter of weeks, if not days. PvP and crafting opens up quite late. AK features immersive combat with the player being able to dodge enemy skill-shots and run around the enemy while attacking. There’s also an elaborate companion system, featuring combat pets called Eidolons that supplement the abilities of the player’s class.

Overall, Aura Kingdom seems to be a well-polished even if not terribly unique title. It lacks end-game content as of now, but that should change soon. The game’s sole challenge is PvP, and perhaps its lack of real difficulty in other areas can make this game a bit more boring than it could be.

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Babo Violent 2

Babo Violent 2

In this top down shooter you control a heavily armed orb called a "Babo". Stay alive as long as possible while cutting down your enemies, using a vast array of weapons and special items. A deceptively simple game with deep and balanced game play and a dedicated online community.

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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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Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes

Battlefield Heroes is a casual MMO shooter published by Electronic Arts. The game is part of the Battlefield franchise, but it’s free and has a much more relaxed atmosphere with cartoony graphics a bit like Team Fortress 2. There are two factions, both having three classes – Commando, Soldier, and Gunner – with distinct features. Vehicles, tanks, and aircraft, based on historic WWII models are also represented in the game. Players earn valor and hero points as they progress through the game; these points allow the purchasing of additional weapons and items. The matchmaking system matches players according to their skill, giving the game a newbie-friendly experience. If you enjoy cartoony graphics and a fast-paced yet relaxed atmosphere, try Battlefield Heroes.

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Blood and Jade

Blood and Jade

Blood and Jade is a browser-based MMORPG set in the Warring States period of China. Players start off small and build their character, recruiting goddesses to fight by their side and meditating to level up abilities.

The game world is beautiful but doesn’t pose a challenge at all, taking the player through quests and combat automatically. Being able to lie back means, on the one hand, that players can spend more time arranging their abilities (which include martial arts) and looking at mounts; on the other hand, it makes for an experience that’s everything but immersive. The social aspects add greatly to this game: marriage, guild warfare, and the constant competition to rule the empire make Blood and Jade stand out a bit. The cash shop however doesn’t shy away from pointing out that they’re selling real advantages here.

Casual players will enjoy this game as they’ll be able to sit back and play Blood and Jade while doing something else. Players looking for something more immersive and fun should look elsewhere. Competitive players should be prepared to cash up.

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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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Call of Gods

Call of Gods

A turn-based online RPG/strategy game, played in the browser. Its game world is not unlike that of Warcraft, with Protoss from StarCraft somehow present, too. You start off with either a warrior or a mage from your faction, and there are three factions -- elves, humans, the undead -- to choose from. You then get access to a castle where you can train troops to conquer territories and expand your ‘nation’, but you’ll get to PvP after quite a while. Call of Gods has nice graphics and a pretty big game world for a browser-based game. The skill and trade systems are there, but don’t bring much new on the table.

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Call of Thrones

Call of Thrones

Call of Thrones is a turn-based 3D MMORPG, played in the browser. The story is set in ancient China, in the age of the Three Kingdoms. The player can thus start from three locations and choose from three classes. Call of Thrones follows more of a lazy click-autorun-quest mindset while you get used to the gameplay. The real fun starts when PvP arenas become available at level 20 -- skills are plentiful and strategy isn’t just a word in Call of Thrones’ PvP, which also has guild wars and a ‘siege mode’. The game’s interface is quite cluttered, and so are the graphics -— but they’re bearable for a browser-based game. There are numerous exotic pets and mounts. The game features a well-detailed crafting system; however, that, along with the PvP, are the only things worth mentioning in Call of Thrones.

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Castlot

Castlot

Castlot is a browser-based MMO strategy game set in 6th century Britain – the time of King Arthur and his knights. Players choose between two factions and are introduced to the fine points of the game with an interactive tutorial. Castlot’s story is definitely a strong point: players will often find themselves wondering what’ll happen next. The other features aren’t that good, though: bland RPG elements do little to add to the game’s overall value; Castlot is centered on battles, and players will be surprised at how boring these battles can be. Furthermore, the long wait times (which can only be reduced through the cash shop) have made experienced players infamously refer to the game as ‘Cashalot’. Not that it’s all bad to be fair: community features are excellent and so are some strategy elements like the ability to set traps, etc. The bottom line – it’s a diverse game that can be fun, but mostly isn’t.

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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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Clash of the Dragons

Clash of the Dragons

Clash of the Dragons is a fantasy-themed MMO collectible card game. There are four classes, each giving bonuses to certain types of cards – that’s why players have to tailor their card decks to fit their class. The battle system is unique among this type of game; in Clash of the Dragons the cards act as a player’s hitpoints. The game sports some RPG elements, like the ability to level up and move around the game world in search for foes. Visually, the game is somewhat lacking in terms of card design, especially in comparison with real-life collectible card games. The gameplay is fun, however, and if you like the genre there’s a good chance you’ll like Clash of the Dragons for its unique spin on the meaning of the card deck.

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Combat Arms

Combat Arms

Combat Arms is an FPS game, not unlike Counter-Strike or Call of Duty, but with emphasized community features. CA’s gameplay is smooth and competitive, but the game has a ranking system, allowing newer players to compete, too. There are numerous game modes: Deathmatch; Capture the Flag; Team Deathmatch; Zombie mode; etc. Some of the modes, like Hired Guns and Spy Hunt, are actually quite original. An achievement system allows users to show off their achievements and adds to the well-developed friend/clan system. As in most F2P games, annoying players and cheaters are a problem; however, both gradually pass by as you reach higher ranks. Those looking for a competitive FPS will find Combat Arms highly entertaining.

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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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Cosmic Break

Cosmic Break

Japanese third person shooter using giant robots (mechs). There are four main types of mechs to choose from which can then be customized with practically limitless feature combinations using 300 assorted upgrade parts. Battle for points to upgrade your mech in missions of conquest, quests for treasure or PVP arena battles with teams of up to thirty players. Even scrap your existing mech and rebuild it. The battles (which make up the core of Cosmic Break) are intense and fun to participate in. Single player is available, too, but coop (also available) is more fun than playing alone. Simplistic anime graphics. If you pardon the graphics, Cosmic Break is a fun game with its own flavor and a gameplay that without a doubt beats most of the similar games out there.

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Crystal Saga

Crystal Saga

Crystal Saga is a free browser-based MMORPG. It's fairly standard for its genre, relying on the usual five classes (Knight, Rogue, Mage, Priest and Ranger), and not offering many innovations. However, Crystal Saga's strengths begin with its gorgeous 2D fantasy art and silky animation, featuring over-the-top costumes and special effects. And Crystal Saga's “auto-pilot” feature lets players grind through monsters while being AFK, which really takes away a lot of the drudgery common to browser RPGs.

Crystal Saga includes a good PvP system with PK environments on designated servers. Open PvP is only available to level 20+ players. Five PVP states are available: Peace mode won’t allow you to attack anyone; Evil is lets you attack everyone; Justice allows you to attack red-named players. Finally, Party and Guild modes protect your allies from friendly fires.

The quests are the usual go-and-fetch and kill-X-number-of-monsters. The gameplay of Crystal Saga is mostly typical for an MMORPG game but it features a robust pet system. Like players, the pets also engage in combat, level up, evolve, and learn skills, and players can distribute stats for their pet’s growth.

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Cultures Online

Cultures Online

Cultures Online is a strategy game with RPG elements, set in the age of Vikings. The game is played in a web browser. You can play as a Viking or an Asian; both races have unique buildings and characters. CO has nice, sketchy graphics, an interesting user interface, and an above-average soundtrack. There are six types of resources; the ‘ideas’ resource is cool, as it stacks up, allowing you to research stuff when you’ve logged in after some time. PvP is optional, and the game doesn’t deliver much in the PvP aspect. There are plenty of quests available for leveling your character and acquiring gold and resources. Cultures Online might be an interesting game for an evening or two, but, as PvP is optional, it lacks the competitive aspect that makes browser-based games so interesting.

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Cyber Monster 2

Cyber Monster 2

Cyber Monster 2 is a casual MMORPG played in the browser. It has all of the cliché ‘casual stuff’—automated combat and quests, ubiquitous pets and numerous community features for socializing while leveling up. Worth mentioning are also the benefits for cooperative players, e.g., being a member of an active guild will get you free stuff. Players can arrange their troops for upcoming battles - this allows you at least some degree of control. The fantasy-themed story is of little importance and for that matter little merit as well (still… at least it has dragons). NPCs have terrible English but at times catch you off guard with quirky humor—one NPC relates a tale about a heartbroken mermaid who lost it and turned herself into Taylor Swift, adding to this ‘What a tragedy story!’ There’s an impressive amount of content in this colorful game, but of course bear in mind that Cyber Monster 2 is a casual title with all that entails, good or bad.

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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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Dark Swords

Dark Swords

Dark Swords is an isometric MMORPG, mainly played through text. The setting is a medieval fantasy world, and there are five races to pick from as well as several weapon types for your character. Beginners can and sometimes do become lost in the vast and detailed game world. Quests, PvP and skills are well-developed, and the developers display a consistent preference for layers of detail so rich that non-hardcore gamers may find them annoying. Pointedly, the graphics are virtually non-existent in this game -- the game could very well function without a graphical interface. Dark Swords doesn’t try to conform to the expectations of the average player, and that’s what makes the game enjoyable to some, but outrageously complicated to others.

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Dawn of the Dragons

Dawn of the Dragons

Dawn of the Dragons is a turn-based RPG played in the browser. The game is set in a fantasy world where dragons have awakened from their sleep and it’s up to the players to prevent utter destruction.

The game is text-only so the battle scenes amount to (in this case, well-written) walls of text coupled with beautiful drawings of mythical beasts. Battles take the form of quests, boss fights and PvP, all draining time-replenished resources. Character customization is great and skill points have to be spent with great care. Even if the mechanics are simple—battles are fought by smashing the ‘attack’ button repeatedly—the game’s intricacies can be overwhelming as it’s difficult to come up with ways of creating a strong character. At level 5 three classes open up, allowing players to choose the play style (co-op, loner or a mix of the two) that suits them best.

Dawn of the Dragons has a single hang-up. Upon draining the resources, little is left but to wait… or pay up. That being so, players who like playing in short bursts are more likely to enjoy Dawn of the Dragons, but those used to longer sessions should shy away.

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