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Neverwinter

Neverwinter

Neverwinter is a hack-n-slash MMORPG set in the cult-classic Neverwinter Nights universe. The game sports five (quite generic) classes, many more professions and impressive freedom in character customization. Common RPG features such as companions, grinding-based quests and numerous instances are to be found here. They offer little that's unique but are solidly implemented. It�s true that fans of Neverwinter Nights are likely to be disappointed � no great lore and story immersion above the bare minimum here � but the Neverwinter MMORPG is definitely worth trying. Despite its flaws one can very well call it a great hack-n-slash game: impeccable combat, nice graphics and a game-changer called the Foundry, an interface where players can create their own adventures for others to play and rate them.

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Nosgoth

Nosgoth

Nosgoth is a 3rd person team-based PvP game set in the dark, eponymous world known from the famous games of the Legacy of Kain series, though the lore of the two is connected quite tentatively.

Nosgoth revolves around vampires battling humans and vice versa. There are two game modes—deathmatch and point capture—and both are intense and exciting in terms of gameplay. Five classes for each race promise quite a lot of variety, and there are new weapons in the shop too. Vampires are melee fighters, whilst humans fight with ranged weapons. One vampire class can fly and all of them can climb the walls. Human gameplay is much more strategic and co-op oriented. Visuals are nothing short of stunning, and Nosgoth is optimized to run well on any decent machine.

Nosgoth is both easy to get into and intricate enough to have players log hundreds of hours still finding something new in each session. Even though balancing and matchmaking issues exist—and of course vampires are more fun to play—Nosgoth serves a thrilling adventure that’s definitely worth sinking your claws into.

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NosTale

NosTale

NosTale is a fantasy MMORPG with flashy anime graphics. There are four character classes – adventurer (default), swordsman, archer, and sorcerer; you can only select a class when you reach level 15. NosTale isn’t a particularly catchy tale, but quests add to the story, unlike in so many other games. The game has an awesome pet system – you can capture mobs when they are down to low HP, level together with them, and use them in combat. You can build your own house, buy furniture, and invite friends to visit. Combat in NosTale is rather uneventful; PvP is interesting, though. If you like games with a style akin to that of Ragnarok, you’ll like NosTale.

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Nova Genesis

Nova Genesis

Nova Genesis is a 2.5D side-scrolling RPG by R2Games. It features a vibrant and visually faultless fantasy world with sci-fi elements, although it is dulled a bit because of the game’s overwhelming similarity to other titles.

Players pick one from the three generic classes, go through a brief intro sequence, and so the story, which is actually quite fun and focuses on a kidnapped princess, unfolds. Even though visuals are great, animations are on the choppy side. Social features are abundant, and one of the few unique aspects is the ability for players to build a home base that others can visit. PvP is automatic, and much of the game will be played for you, if you choose.

Although Nova Genesis is still in development, it’s pretty functional already. Sadly, it’s that way only because it’s largely a copy of the company’s previous games—like Wartune and League of Angels, to name a few.

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One Piece

One Piece

One Piece is a browser-based 2.5D MMORPG, based on the popular anime series.

Players start with one of the three classes—Sniper, Swordsman and ‘Devil Fruit User’—which cannot be customized. The story unfolds in English so broken it’s funny and tentatively weaves together episodes from the show. The combat takes place in instances and has tower defense elements—players safeguard a flag or try to destroy that of their enemy in PvP. Fights are player-controlled, though if they don’t fight the AI will do so instead. Those who watch One Piece will be delighted by the presentation—visuals and sound are top-notch here—but positively appalled by the lack of a coherent story. Some glitches are present, too, like non-responsive NPCs and UI problems. The game is also pretty greedy from the get go, showering players with countless offers of questionable value.

Even though stunning graphically, with fun music and fights that are above the usual caliber of such games, One Piece keeps begging for money all the time, but doesn’t have much, in terms of story and immersion, to offer for it.

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One Piece 2

One Piece 2

Follow the exploits of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates in Joygames's One Piece Online 2: Pirate King, their second browser game featuring the popular Japanese manga. Explore the treacherous Grand Line with your very own pirate crew, in search of fame, fortune, and the legendary One Piece.

At its core, One Piece Online 2 is a team-building, character collecting browser game with squad combat. It also looks and plays like every other Chinese-developed browser game out there — complete with a cluttered interface, auto-pathing, endless quests and an overwhelming array of bells and whistles. A slowly regenerating stamina bar limits your activities per session, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the player's gaming habits. Combat is turn-based, with a focus on strategic placement of party members and team synergy. Certain skills can be used during battle, so learning when to use them is essential to victory as well. As with most browser games of this caliber, PvP is a central part of the gameplay, so players are more likely to progress towards that endgame. Be prepared to spend cash if you want to participate at the higher tiers of the PvP ladder, though.

Overall, One Piece 2: Pirate King is a mostly generic, "same old" browser game painted in the hue of the popular franchise. Fans of the series might find appeal in collecting their favorite characters, forming their "dream" pirate crews, and defeating other players with them. Non-fans, however, might want to steer clear of these waters.

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Overkings

Overkings

OverKings is a fantasy MMORPG, played in the browser. The game is set in a mythological world, and its lore is fine, actually, revolving around a world in chaos after a struggle between two great heroes, caused by the vicious hero Nameless. There are eight character classes (warriors, healers, wizards – the usual). There are plenty of PvP and PvE opportunities as well as quests in OverKings, but most of the quests are along the lines of the usual “kill this” and “bring that”. OverKings is instance-based, and you have to explore the game world to find mobs to fight. Hint: you might prefer to avoid ‘red zones’ without a party, as other players can loot up to 30% of your equipment if you get killed.

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Pandora Saga

Pandora Saga

Pandora Saga is an MMORPG, published by Atlus in the US. The game is set in a fantasy setting and features six races, three factions, and four classes with three job advancements for each. The story is fine, and even manages to borrow something from Greek mythology. A special treat is the PvP system, as Realm-vs-Realm play and massive PvP plays a large role in the game. There are lots of quests, and the game world is beautifully designed; however, there are some clearly visible downsides – Pandora Saga has awkward combat and occasional bugs, plus the player base is rather small, which keeps the aforementioned PvP instances from reaching their full potential for fun.

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Panzer General Online

Panzer General Online

Panzer General Online (PGO) is a strategic card game developed by Ubisoft. The game, played in a browser, is a part of the original Panzer General franchise that stretches back some 20 years.

PGO does a good job of introducing the players to the mechanics, which are similar to those of Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. PvP opens at level six, and until then the more experienced players will be stuck with the campaign. By doing the campaign, however, players gain in-game currency that can be used to purchase card decks. The three-lane combat system gives room for endless variety whilst keeping the matches short—against the AI a match is seldom more than 5 minutes, but a headstrong human enemy can keep you busy for 15 more. It must be said that PGO sports impressive graphics with detailed cards and boasts a simple yet powerful UI. The sound effects are also more than on par with what one expects from browser games.

It’s hard to find fault with this game, really. PGO seems really well-polished and unlike many such games doesn’t push the player to purchase anything. If you like card games and WWII history, you should probably try it.

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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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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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Pirate Crusaders

Pirate Crusaders

Crimson Games's Pirate Crusaders is a strategic, fleet building, naval combat browser game set in a medieval fantasy world. Players build and upgrade ships, manage fleets, and even get to occupy an island stronghold.

Combat in Pirate Crusaders is tactical and turn-based. Players initiate skirmishes on a grid-based battlefield with the occasional obstacles. Captains can be trained in various skills that can be used to turn the tide of battle. PvE is the main mode of progression, and players can challenge the harder content by teaming up.

As the game features two-sided factional PvP, players are given the choice to ally with the pirates or with the navy early on. Siding with a faction allows the player to engage in territorial battles with the opposite side. Other PvP modes, such as arena matches, are available as well.

The game's interface is as cluttered as the typical Chinese-developed browser game. Clunky English dialogue and translation errors abound as well. Graphics are dated, and eerily similar to the old Heroes of Might and Magic single player games. The music is a plus, at least, when compared to other browser games out there.

No doubt, Pirate Crusaders's main attraction is its large-scale, factional PvP warfare. If you're into that kind of gameplay, then this is the pirate ship game for you. Otherwise, it's best to sail away to bluer seas.

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Pirate Storm

Pirate Storm

Pirate Storm is a pirate MMO played in the browser. You start off an aspiring pirate and collect gold coins by sinking other ships or battling sea monsters, with the ultimate goal of upgrading your ship and ruling the high seas. While the graphics of this game are okay for a browser game (and so is the click-intensive yet exciting PvP) there are some areas that need improvement: quests are monotonous, and exploring quickly becomes tiring due to a lack of interesting maps and graphical diversity. Also some of the game mechanics, such as last-hitting for gaining experience, will make even the most experienced players cringe. On the flip side, however, the community is mostly great, and making friends is just the thing that might keep you in this game once the initial excitement fades.

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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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Pit of War

Pit of War

Pit of War (PoW) is an exciting browser-based MMORPG in which players compete as gladiators in the pits of the dreadful fantasy world called Great Realm.

Success in PoW depends on mastering the intricacies of the gladiators—there are three distinct classes of these—and finding the best strategy to cut through opponents. PoW is text-only so the fights are auto-played according to your strategy. Battling players or computer-controlled champions will provide money, spent on new weapons or gladiators. PoW looks splendid with oh-so-serious visuals that pertain to the backstory as well as gory images accompanying battle reports. The interface is flawless, skill-trees add near unlimited variety and there’s always something to do—players can participate in unranked fights for epic gear or complete daily quests for experience and items.

PoW is truly an amazing experience, somehow managing to bring the excitement of a more immersive game type, say 3D hack’n’slash, to the browser. The only real complaint is that trophies, the game’s premium currency, give a very real edge to paying players… still you can always complete some surveys.

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Planet Arkadia

Planet Arkadia

Planet Arkadia is the fourth planet of the Entropia Universe, an MMORPG with a cash-based economy. There are four more planets in the Entropia Universe, all connected with space travel. This planet is centered on treasure hunting – mining finds worth over $1000 are not unheard of. Planet Arkadia has a rich history and many dangerous zones populated by the first inhabitants, the Oratan, who definitely aren’t well-disposed toward human colonists. The game has a steep learning curve and leveling is skill-based like in Elder Scrolls. The Entropia Universe can be discouraging for newcomers, especially non-paying ones. However, the game’s social features, the vast and beautiful world, the great detail and community spirit make playing Planet Arkadia a remarkable experience – if you’re prepared to invest quite some time (and perhaps a bit of money) in it.

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Planet Calypso

Planet Calypso

Planet Calypso is the oldest planet of the Entropia Universe, an MMORPG with a cash-based economy. There are four more planets in the Entropia Universe, all connected with space travel. Players progress through the game by trying to increase their moneymaking efficiency. The game has a steep learning curve. Leveling is skill-based and slow. Activities for making money range from sweat gathering to crafting, mining and plastic surgery � you name it. Quests have been implemented to give players a sense of having a goal in the game, but the game lacks any story-related immersion whatsoever (this is counterbalanced with the elaborate social system). The fact that the game�s economy is pegged to real-life currency has its ups and downs: you have to pay up if you don�t want to gather sweat until you can afford beginning hunting gear. Planet Calypso should be avoided by people prone to gambling.

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Planetside 2

Planetside 2

Planetside 2 is a MMO FPS developed by Sony Online Entertainment. Pick one of three factions and battle for control of the planet Auraxis. The massive battles, which sometimes host up to 600 players at once, will surely amaze you. Numerous vehicles, play styles and classes make the combat very diverse—still, somehow it never gets too chaotic. Co-op is important and adds to the game greatly. Play with your friends if possible as then each battle will become an engaging story. Although player and weapon models might seem generic, the environment is well-detailed and overall the game looks great (an up-to-date computer, however, is required to enjoy Planetside 2 without lag). Considering that games of this quality usually have a retail price, Planetside 2 would be worth playing even if it were ‘pay to win’. But it isn’t, which makes it all the more compelling.

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Pockie Ninja

Pockie Ninja

2D browser and turn based arena battle. Choose from a variety of popular anime characters from Naruto and Bleach. The game is made up almost entirely of player versus player combat (no environmental roaming or resource gathering). There are tons of skills to acquire as you progress. There is a game map and as you travel to other places there are different types of battle and also an item shop for special boons, but don’t expect to gather wolf pelts or go fishing for experience points.

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Pockie Pirates

Pockie Pirates

Pockie Pirates is a turn-based MMORPG played in the browser. Based on the anime One Piece, this side-scrolling adventure features vibrant, colorful graphics appropriate for an anime adaptation. The pirate setting promises and delivers adventure – you start off an aspiring pirate and work your way up, ever in fear of falling off the gangplank. Four classes – swordsman, navigator, sniper and doctor – are great for diversity’s sake, but characters start off looking exactly the same, which can be confusing. The ship and gear customization options at later levels are nice, though. ‘Instanced’ missions are often crowded and hard to get into. The combat is computer-controlled, leaving players out of the action; there’s an auto quest option as well. Overall, Pockie Pirates is a nice experience given that it’s a browser-based title and most players enter with moderate expectations.

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Pockie Saints

Pockie Saints

Pockie Saints is a social, anime-inspired MMORPG played from an isometric perspective. The fan-servicing advertisements might lead one to conclude that the game’s not suitable for minors, but thankfully ‘anime’ is the operative word here, not ‘hentai’. There are three classes and even some lore, which will slip by players as they mindlessly auto-quest through the pretty and colorful world of Pockie Saints. The game features an interesting zodiac system that encompasses the whole game, with players crafting zodiac medals that provide characters with new, powerful skills. Players have customizable pets and can choose their skills, and then there’s the elaborate crafting system. There are also numerous social features within the game, but one rarely sees any meaningful communication taking place. Players looking for something fresh in this genre would very well pass this by, but, that being said, Pockie Saints does deliver a solid experience if you enter with moderate expectations.

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Prime World

Prime World

Prime World (PW) is a Multiplayer Battle Arena (MOBA) game with castle building elements. Prime World follows the same basic structure of other MOBAs – players’ heroes get pitted against those of their enemies to duke it out and gain the game’s prime resource (called Prime, incidentally), much like in League of Legends or Dota. The game has two clients – a social one that allows players to customize their castle, giving their hero new abilities and gaining resources, and a PvP client that hosts the PvP pits. There are numerous twists to PW that make it different but might also raise an eyebrow: there’s a mini-game played during combat that gives players scrolls; players get bonuses on native terrain (a nice touch really); and characters of opposite sex can give each other bonuses. The actual combat is OK and PW could serve as an entry-level MOBA since no items exist and the game sports a good tutorial.

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Prius Online

Prius Online

An emotionally charged online role playing game. Born on a world in the aftermath of near destruction, the player, together with a mysterious female companion – the Anima, which can summon and control huge monsters, Gigas – sets off to discover the secrets of the world that is Prius Online. Nice graphics with something of an Asian feel. The combat is fluid, with rather mediocre quests but many opportunities for grinding. Lots of PvP opportunities (starting from level 26) on a densely populated world. If you are one for sad stories and killing hordes of monsters, you’ll like this one.

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Quake Live

Quake Live

Browser-based first person shooter ported from Quake III Arena. When you first start playing, there is a match making system that will measure your skill as you play a series of introductory matches to help place you in your league. Successful game mod developers were contracted to assist in the game design, giving the game some quirky cheesiness to master on the road to fragging to your heart's content. See the tutorial videos on their site for tricks like circle jumps to get a feel for what I’m talking about. The game is ad-supported, playing videos between matches and such, but it doesn't interrupt gameplay. There are eight game modes to participate in. A few modes are subscription-based but not to worry. There’s plenty of action and little reason to subscribe for more.

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Rail Nation

Rail Nation

Rail Nation (RN) is a browser-based railroad simulator by Travian. Players lay down tracks, buy new trains, research technologies and associate with other players in order to be a part of the best-travelled city in the world.

RN looks nice, cartoony and professional, with a friendly tutorial guiding you through the basics of the game. Players then compete in a timed game world, trying to make their city flourish in order to get to the end game where 10 top cities compete for the top spot. RTS elements come as a city view that houses buildings for researching new engines and producing tracks. Planning the best route can be frustrating at times, but maneuvering the perfect one for your engines to take does bring a sort of a fuzzy warmness to one’s tummy.

RN is perfect if you have a knack for these sorts of games. On the flip side, though, the tutorial doesn't cover enough ground for newbies, plus competitive players will find the game rather cash hungry in higher levels of play. Other than that, RN is a solid & professional game that’s ‘different’ just enough to make it stick.

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Rappelz

Rappelz

Rappelz is a fantasy-themed MMORPG. The game has a vast class system; players can choose from three classes – mage, warrior, and archer – three jobs and two “sub-jobs” for each job. The graphics are okay, but landscapes and cities lack detail. Rappelz has a developed pet system with pet skills and transformations. The combat is nice, and it gets more interesting as the character’s level increases. The quests, however, are dull from the very beginning, and steer towards grinding rather than advancing the story at all. Rappelz is very PvP-centric and that’s the most challenging aspect of the game; players can attack other players even from their own faction, and things become rather intense on PvP servers where players can sometimes be looted upon death.

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Realms Online

Realms Online

AKA Regnum Online, Realms Online is a fantasy themed MMORPG. Choose your hero from three realms that battle each other tirelessly. Six classes and nine races to choose from; classes are race-dependent. A unique aspect of the game, Realm vs. Realm play, takes place in the “war zone” of the map where realms engage in war games, trying to capture their foes’ forts and castles to get bonuses for their realms or corrupt others for a time. Well-written lore and a massive game world. The graphics are rather outdated however, with landscapes often lacking in detail. The start seems slow, but the pace picks up on levels past 10, once you’re ready for PvP and have gotten used to the somewhat complex combat.

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Red Fire

Red Fire

Red Fire is a strategy MMO with RPG elements, set during the Third World War where three factions, not unlike those of Command & Conquer, struggle for power. The graphics are also reminiscent of earlier C&C titles. The gameplay is far from perfect; besides that there are clumsy combat animations and short, bland campaign missions. There isn’t much to do in Red Fire, either; raiding other players is fun at the beginning, but the pleasure doesn't last. The base setup is interesting – it’s cooldown-based. Besides that, though, there’s nothing particular to note about this game – Red Fire isn’t especially good or bad, it’s just another typical title among many of this type.

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Remnant Knights

Remnant Knights

Remnant Knights is an anime-inspired, school-themed MMORPG. Choose from two factions -- Dragon Academy and Owl Academy -- that train knights (players) of six classes. The game has a cool soundtrack (if you don’t hate j-pop) and cute graphics that stay true to the anime genre, just like the story does. The combat is fluid and fun to watch. Remnant Knights has everything the usual MMORPG has – PvP, guilds, pets, etc., – but what’s fresh is that players can create ‘charity’ events that add additional money drops to other players’ loot. The game’s skill system is well-developed and new skills add fun even to the end-game.

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Revelation Online

Revelation Online

Developed by Chinese tech titan NetEase and published by My.com, the Russian-owned entertainment company behind Skyforge, Revelation Online is an Asian-themed MMORPG that features massive, flyable, open world, frenetic, action-oriented combat, and a plethora of PvE and PvP options to keep the player engaged.

Starting players get to choose from six unique classes and get to fiddle around with their looks using the game's very robust character creator. Combat can be done via traditional tab-targeting, assisted action combat, or a hybrid version of the two. Some classes are best suited for certain combat schemes, so new players should read up before progressing further into the game.

The world of Nuanor, Revelation Online's setting, is breathtaking and features stunning vistas and landscapes. Fortunately for the player, they can explore the entirety of this mostly-seamless world with the game's flight system, which becomes available early on.

Leveling up in the game is quest-centric, with a heavy focus on daily quests and events. Missing out on these daily activities will slow down the player's progression. Upon level-up, players are awarded points which they can freely allocate to character stats that improve their class in different ways. Gearing up involves a lot of dungeon and raid runs on different difficulty settings. Costuming is present in the game, for those interested in further character customization. Gear crafting, as well as non-combat professions, such as Cooking and Fishing, are also part of the features, allowing for players to increase their character's versatility.

Avid "theme-park" MMORPG gamers will find Revelation Online to be a treat when it comes to things to do. PvP is quite robust as well, featuring duels, 3v3 arena battles, battlegrounds, instanced guild wars and persistent castle/territory sieging.

There's a cash shop element in the game, which mostly deals with costuming and convenience items. While paying players will see an advantage by purchasing these conveniences, the gap isn't really insurmountable by their non-paying counterpart. Essentially, it will only take the non-paying gamer a longer time to complete certain game milestones compared to the paying kind. Some gamers might be turned off at that prospect, but that's a common system in most F2P games.

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Rich$tate

Rich$tate

Richstate is an online business simulator with some RPG elements. In this game you can start your business in five different industries, and each industry has 10 sorts of stores in it. Richstate isn’t a hard business simulator, yet you’ll probably have difficulty with hiring the right employees as you’ll have to invest R$D (the game’s currency) for recruitment. The game’s most interesting aspect is the car-racing system – we all know that businessmen always drive fast cars – which adds PvP and PvE to the game, as users can gain experience fighting against ‘cars on the loose’, compete with other players, and purchase upgrades for their cars. Other notable strong points are graphics and the awesome car part system. Although the game isn’t hard at the first glance, it can serve as prime entertainment for more than an evening or two.

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Rift

Rift

A medieval fantasy-themed MMORPG, set in the mystical world of Telara. Players can choose from six races, 4 classes, and a whopping 32 sub-classes to customize their characters to the max. Many storyline-connected events happen in RIFT � players can defend cities from invasion, participate in guild quests, or simply explore the beautifully designed game world. The game is full of PvP instances and arenas, and, to top it off, slaying your enemies rewards you with much more than mere �honor�. RIFT is very complete for a new online game (especially the class and skill system), and, although not aspiring to be something ground breaking, the game offers an experience that rivals most similar games out there.

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Rise of Mythos

Rise of Mythos

Rise of Mythos (RoM) is a fantasy MMO trading card game. It has a total of four classes – mage, ranger, warrior and priest – and boasts a friendly user interface with cartoony graphics. The tutorial helpfully and gradually introduces the four-lane, turn-based combat, which is surely the best thing about RoM, ND features seven card types of different elements along with hero items and card desk assembly. Two maps are available to the player: the story map and the city map. The story map is for leveling up and exploring while the city map hosts PvP and the card auction house. The numerous social features in this game are helpful in making friends. An extra degree of complexity is added with strategy-game-like upgrades to your town hall and buildings. Of course, this all comes with a price—it’s free to play, but scaling the heights is next to impossible without paying.

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Royal Quest

Royal Quest

Royal Quest is a fantasy-themed MMORPG similar to Ragnarok Online. It’s developed by the people behind Space Rangers and King's Bounty.

Players set off on a colorful adventure in the world of Aura, choosing from four classes with two sub-classes each, selected when the player reaches level 20. The game gets quite challenging at later levels, to the point where a single monster can easily take the player out. To counter that, there’s a cool guild system where guilds level up as well, bestowing various bonuses on their members. There’s also open-world PvP where you get some of the slain enemy’s loot. Sideline activities like herb gathering, crafting and the likes are abundant, and there are fun PvP modes like castle sieging to be found in Royal Quest. The combat strongly echoes that of Ragnarok Online, and that’s of course both a good and a bad thing, depending on whether you enjoyed that game.

Royal Quest definitely has many good things going for it: the cash shop seems fair; the actual world is beautiful even if the mobs don’t stand out as particularly unique, and the social features are implemented with a degree of originality. However, it does tend to get tedious in later levels, and for the game having ‘quest’ in its name, the quests are surprisingly uninspired. Better team up with someone or prepare to be bored, sooner or later.

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Rumble Fighter

Rumble Fighter

Rumble Fighter is an online fighting MMO. The game features six character classes – Striker, Soul Fighter, Elementalist, Alchemist, Shaman and Android. Rumble Fighter offers competitive combat for all players, as the ranking system helps finding enemies of your skill level. There are numerous general and class-locked fighting styles to choose from. There are nine game modes (some are quite unique to this game) which test the player’s ability to cope with new situations, as well as trickjumps which become important on higher levels of play. Characters can transform during the game, effectively putting an end to rock-paper-scissors combat. If you fancy fighting games, you’ll like Rumble Fighter as the game offers a fresh experience with every new character.

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Runes Of Magic

Runes Of Magic

Runes of Magic is a MMORPG, set in a fantasy world, graphically similar to that of WoW. There are eight classes and two races – elves and humans – to choose from, and each character can have a sub-class at lvl 10. The sub-class has to be leveled up separately. Quests are plentiful and intertwine with the story very well – players will almost never have to simply kill 20 desert rats for a quest, because most of the quests are connected with the story. There’s a peculiar ‘rune system’ that rewards players with stats when runes are collected. PvP play is very developed in Runes of Magic, both in instances and open-world, with players sometimes dropping items when slain by another player.

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Rusty Hearts

Rusty Hearts

Rusty Hearts is an anime-inspired hack and slash MMORPG. There are four classes, along with avatars, which are mere replicas of the opposite sex. The graphics are stylish and blend nicely with players and their actions. The gameplay is fun at first, but can become repetitive, especially in PvE. The game is instance-based, so dungeons and arenas are plentiful. So are social features like character rooms, group quests and guilds. PvP is a real treat with solo modes such as deathmatch, survivor, and team tag for cooperative PvP. The PvP environment also features a ladder system for the competitive-minded. Although the game can become repetitive, it is playable at the very least, and, if you don’t play Rusty Hearts as a single-player game, it can actually be quite rewarding.

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Scarlet Blade

Scarlet Blade

Scarlet Blade is an anime-style MMORPG set in a cyberpunk universe. It has recently sparked a lot of controversy over its titillating, over-the-top character designs. There are two factions, featuring six classes each – all female, incidentally. At level 17 the main skill opens up, allowing you to turn your characters into mechs. Combat is what you’d expect from an anime (or perhaps hentai) inspired game – fighting a level 1 monster will feel like battling the Hulk from within a 23rd century juggernaut. The story doesn’t draw you in, even if the dialogue can be humorous at times. Quests are cookie-cutter MMORPG grinding most of the time, but PvP can be quite impressive with 80v80 player arenas available. Be warned that there’s some nudity in Scarlet Blade, plus the look of the player models will leave you with some explaining to do if you’re caught playing this game.

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SD Gundam Capsule Fighter

SD Gundam Capsule Fighter

40 years after the release of the Mobile Suit Gundam anime, it was merely a matter of time until someone created this game. SD Gundam Capsule Fighter is a MMO third-person-shooter based on the original series. There are over 350 mobile units available in the game. All of them can be customized and upgraded, plus custom Gundam units can be created by combining blueprints. The game sports an engaging, arcade-like combat system which is made a bit more complex by introducing three unit types. Players can battle either in solo quests or massive PvP arenas, with four PvP modes being available in over 50 different locations. The graphics aren’t outstanding but at least have a unique look and keep the game's footprint small. As with many OGPlanet titles a tendency can be seen towards ‘pay to win’ gameplay, but at the very least playing is still fun for non-paying members.

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Shadowbound

Shadowbound

Shadowbound is a browser-based MMORPG by R2Games. It has a casual touch, meaning most of the game can be played through automatically.

Players choose a male or female character, having picked their character class from the holy trinity of RPGs—Mage, Warrior, Hunter (Archer)—and enter the colorful world of Shadow bound. Players can hire mercenaries and later on can be accompanied by powerful guardians. PvP opens at level 31, featuring 3v3 and 8v8 arenas with... automatic combat. Players supplement their Battle Rating – the main measure of success – with gear and talismans, the acquisition of which is quite fun. There are many things to do ‘on the side’ as well: players engage in trivia games, and if not successful they’re turned into an alpaca; the social aspects are well-developed; and overall there’s just a lot to do in Shadowbound. The interface can get cluttered at times, but on the flip side there’s a button to remove player models from the screen.

Shadowbound features solid performance throughout, and if not for titles like Wartune, it could be seen as the game that reaches closest to the Platonic ideal of the genre. The casual gamer will find nothing particularly unique in Shadowbound, but nothing particularly disappointing as well.

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