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Master X Master

Master X Master

NCSoft's Master X Master is a fast-paced MOBA-type game with both PvE and PvP elements in the equation. Players get to choose their heroes (called Masters) from NCSoft's stable of developed titles, such as Statesman from the now-defunct City of Heroes MMORPG, or Blade and Soul's Jinsoyun and Poharan.

Players get to unlock new Masters and persistent upgrades for them through extensive PvE missions. PvP comes in the form of the standard 3-lane battlegrounds, a base control map, and a quick deathmatch mode that will surely please instant action gamers. Mini-games that train players with various twitch mechanics are also in the game as well.

Master X Master differs from other MOBAs in that the control scheme is similar to traditional MMORPGs. Players must use the WASD scheme and must manually aim auto attacks as well as special skills with their mouse.

Unique and central to Master X Master is its Tag Team system where players get to choose two Masters for a match and get to swap them at any time with a cooldown. This amusing feature makes for tactical match-ups, making battles frantic and fun.

If you're hankering for a new, fun twist on the MOBA formula, as well as a fan of NCSoft's pantheon of characters, then Master X Master is definitely the game for you. The game recently concluded its final Closed Beta phase and will be launching this summer season for the North American region.

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MechWarrior Online

MechWarrior Online

MechWarrior Online is a robot-fighting shooter MMO that follows the classic Mech Warrior series. Aside from the stellar graphics, players will be surprised by the sheer number of things they have to remember and take into account during combat. Players have to think about their mech’s heating, remaining ammo and also about the parts of the enemy mech they want to hit to gain an advantage. Four types of mechs make the gameplay quite diverse, but balancing issues sometimes cause games where the team with the better composition of mechs brutally dominates the other. Teamwork is the operative word: players have to communicate via the built-in voice chat or their team will get stomped over. The learning curve may scare beginning players, but as the game moves out of beta we’ll hopefully see desperately needed improvements in social features, matchmaking, and actually introducing the players to combat with a tutorial.

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MU Online

MU Online

A massively multiplayer online RPG with stunning graphics. MU has over 100,000 combinations of armors, weapons and defensive tools. Therefore, as you slowly and lovingly build your character, you will be amazed and overwhelmed by the majesty of your efforts.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Neo Steam

Neo Steam

A steampunk fantasy MMORPG. Raise pets, invade enemy nations or engage in one-on-one PvP battle, and ride strange animals and mechanized vehicles. Customize your pets and skills and gain new abilities using steam technology.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Netrek

Netrek

"Netrek is a multiplayer battle simulation game with a Star Trek theme. Up to 16 players are divided into two teams representing the Empires that fight for dominion over the galaxy."

Free to play indefinitely.

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Nexuiz

Nexuiz

3D deathmatch game available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Free to play indefinitely.

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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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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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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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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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Quantum Legacy

Quantum Legacy

Real time strategy set in the future. Command units on the attack and attempt to destroy the enemy's drop ship.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Red Eclipse

Red Eclipse

Open source first person shooter with all the latest bells and whistles. The agile gameplay is fun, allowing you to use walls to run on and kick off from or perform double jumps or jump off high perches. Cooperatively build maps online with other players. As it is built from the Cube engine (but entirely redone from the ground up), it allows for smooth game play on lower end machines and lower bandwidth. Lots and lots of gore. Team members and opposing forces are easily identified (if a little bland). Many features like cross-hair radar and impulse jumping have been copied and revamped from other games, hopefully augmenting familiar gameplay. I for one found the cross-hair radar a bit difficult to get used to at first, but it does help to stay focused on targeting and movement rather than camping -- which is where the game truly shines. One other feature that I have to mention is the auditory feedback for landed shots. As an opponent's health decreases, each successive shot landed gives a "pinging" sound increasing in pitch. Very handy, and unique to Red Eclipse as far as I've seen.

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Robostrike

Robostrike

"Welcome to Robostrike online: a real-time online free game. This flash game offers strategy and action and lets you compete against other online players. Here, you take control of a robot, slugging it out for survival with other players and trying to catch all the computer chips scattered over the game board. And if you want, you can even custom-build your own game board playing environment."

Free to play indefinitely.

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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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Shattered Galaxy

Shattered Galaxy

A massive squad strategy game. Graphics and game play similar to StarCraft. War, Chaos, and Stratigy. A cross between RuneScape and StarCraft.

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Skyforge

Skyforge

The world of Aelion is under siege by otherworldly forces. The planet, unparalleled in beauty and wonder, was once protected by Aeli, a benevolent greater god. His mysterious disappearance has left Aelion vulnerable to incursion from savage alien invaders. Left with no choice, the followers of Aeli, lesser gods and immortals, have banded together to defend their homeland. You are one of those immortals, blessed with incredible powers beyond any mortal being. It is your destiny to protect Aelion and eventually become a god in the process.

Skyforge is an action-oriented, sci-fi 3D MMORPG developed by Mail.ru's Allods Team and Obsidian Entertainment. The game sports a third person camera view and features swift and visceral combat. New players start the game by choosing one of the three starter classes. An additional ten classes can be unlocked based on the player's progression. Players can freely switch between available classes, eliminating the need to make multiple alt characters.

Progression in Skyforge follows a non-traditional route as there are no levels and experience points. Instead, players improve their character and class by advancing through stat and skill increasing "node grids" similar to that of Path of Exile's skill tree and console game Final Fantasy X's Sphere Grid system. Unlocking these nodes requires resources acquired from quests and dungeons. PvP modes – FFA, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Payload Race – also reward resources. Equipment is also a big factor, with the best gear dropping in harder instances and raid encounters. A seasoned immortal eventually gains worshippers and temples in their honor, and these provide stat boosts as well. The combination of these elements is the player's Prestige rating, which determines their potential strength and the content they can access.

All in all, Skyforge is an enjoyable combat-oriented 3D MMORPG with considerable polish and depth. The graphics and music are a big plus as well, though, sometimes optimization issues abound. The game's weekly resource caps can be a major turn-off to hardcore players, though.

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Star Conflict

Star Conflict

Star Conflict, in a nutshell, can be best described as World of Tanks in space. This space game shares a lot of similarities in game mechanics, features, and progression with the popular tank brawler. If you're familiar with World of Tanks, then you'll feel right at home in Star Conflict.

Instead of commandeering tanks from humanity's bygone ages of warfare and destruction, players get to pilot high-tech space-faring battleships... for more warfare and destruction. Players get to choose their faction and sub-faction at the start of the game, which will determine their initial ship choices and starting missions. There's a ton of ship choices, with varying roles in team play, and you'll have to slog through the grind to unlock them and their upgrade modules.

Combat is fairly paced and fluid, with multiple PvE and PvP modes providing plenty of gameplay variety. For the more competitive player, there's Guild vs Guild warfare where clanners get to vie for space territory.

Like World of Tanks, Star Citizen can get extremely grindy, especially when you're unlocking newer, more advanced ships and upgrades. Some of that grind, you can quickly alleviate by investing in the game's cash shop, if you're willing to sink in some real life moolah.

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Star Sonata

Star Sonata

"Advance in a deep skill tree, using your increasing wealth and knowledge to obtain rare spaceships, devastating weapons, powerful shields... Create your own team and raise it to dominance, eventually seizing control of the entire universe and being crowned emperor."

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online (STO) is a sci-fi MMORPG game, set in the universe of the Star Trek TV shows. Players can choose from three officer professions � engineer, science, and tactical � and numerous races that pertain to the Star Trek canon. The character customization is greatly detailed. Players are given a starship of their own and, after a brief introduction, they start completing ground missions and space missions (the former are far more interesting) to gain experience and new skills. Visually, the game is beautiful and its story is appealing even to players new to Star Trek. Missions become repetitive as the player levels up, but social features help in overcoming the stale gameplay. Overall, however, STO doesn�t do justice to the original franchise, and even the regular updates haven�t been able to cope with the shortcomings inherent in the game economy and combat, making the game less interesting as you progress.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic is an MMORPG developed by BioWare. It’s free to play, but numerous non-subscriber restrictions strongly encourage purchasing a subscription. The game is well-developed, with endless variety provided by the eight classes (four for the Republic, four for the Empire) and the vast, crowded game world. SW: The Old Republic features impressive cinematics, voice acting and an immersive storyline – hundreds of hours of fun while leveling up. Other things one expects from an MMO are found here as well – pets, gear hunting, dungeons (‘flashpoints’), etc. Gameplay is okay in PvE, although you will find yourself clicking the attack key for hours. PvP rocks though. There’s a very unique game mode called Huttball where players compete in a sick, acid-pit-laden interpretation of American football. End-game content still leaves much to be desired, but things have gone noticeably better since release.

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Starport Galactic Empires

Starport Galactic Empires

Build up your character and upgrade your ship. Haul valuable cargo and transport passengers through vast hostile space. Begin building your empire by constructing planetary colonies.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Stellar Frontier

Stellar Frontier

A space combat game similar to Star Trek.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Super Mechs

Super Mechs

Super Mechs is a Flash robot fighting MMO. Players start with a basic mech and try making it the strongest by beating enemies, gathering experience and upgrading their mechs. Users can play without registering, but PvP is available only to registered users. The turn-based combat is actually very interesting with numerous variables, such as energy, heat capacity, action points and the enemy’s strong points and vulnerabilities that need to be taken into account if the player hopes to win. There are three types of Super Mechs, and all of them can be upgraded using the in-game currency – players will find themselves in the garage quite often, thinking up the best setup for their mechs. If this sounds complicated, it really isn’t – the game plays like an arcade and is a perfect, addictive time sink to enjoy at work or, better yet, after.

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Taikodom

Taikodom

A free MMO space game much like Eve Online. Features a massive selection of ships and weapons.

Free to play indefinitely.

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The DinoHunters

The DinoHunters

Comedic first person shooter with episodic delivery. Join the DinoHunters in their time-travelling RV on their quest to make a reality/sports television show, for “mature” audiences. There appear to be about ten episodes available currently for download and play - with more on the way. The Kuma Games interface looks and acts a lot like a browser-based game however it is only a delivery system. The games load to a full screen. There are different ways to build up a score in multiplayer combat. Retrieve eggs, kill members of the opposite team, or take out some dinos. Both multiplayer and single player options are available.

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The Secret World

The Secret World

The Secret World is a darkly binding MMORPG set in the modern-day real world. It’s developed by Funcom, the masterminds behind MMOs like Anarchy Online and Age of Conan.

Join one of the battling factions – Illuminati, Templar or Dragon – and make your way through the world by following quests, supplemented by side jobs and dungeons. Spanning diverse real-world and mythical locations like Seoul, London and the esoteric Agartha, TSW weaves together fiction and fact to create an experience reminiscent of legendary titles like Deus Ex. TSW features many challenges—quest clues have to be googled; many missions require stealth and planning; the richly detailed locations have to be explored detective-style. The skill system stands out in that it doesn’t have levels, and much good can be said about the sheer subtlety and the noir atmosphere of the game world. Bottom line, TSW is quite unique in many respects. Note, however—the combat is rather dull, and quests become boring late in the game.

Altogether, though, even if TSW was scathed for the lack of imagination in its end-game in early reviews, it has come a long way since. The highly enjoyable part of the game has become much longer, and the multiplayer more diverse. For a trial, a friend will have to invite you over.

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Total Domination

Total Domination

Total Domination is an isometric sci-fi MMORTS, played in the browser. It’s similar to Travian and many of the standard MMORTS tropes are presented here in an unoriginal way, such as building an army, gathering resources, research, etc., though the technology trees are perhaps a bit better thought out than the usual. On the flip side, developers have obviously invested in graphics and other atmospherics, such as voice acting. Total Domination has lots of social features; you gain advantage either by bugging your friends or buying extras. Full-screen support may be the most original feature of this game. If you are simply looking for a clear-cut (not to say cookie-cutter) MMORTS which isn’t done lazily, Total Domination might just do the trick.

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Tremulous

Tremulous

In this sci-fi combat game you can choose to play a human soldier using a range of weapons and armor to fend off the alien menace... or play as an alien, using your bite, claws, speed and poison to eliminate the humans.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Trench Wars Continuum

Trench Wars Continuum

Top-down 2-d shooter with in-game currency prizes. Simple graphics and fast action game-play. It's like bumper-cars only with bullets and tactical nukes (and the ability to respawn, of course). Lots of maps offering flagging, racing, deathmatch some special features during hosted events.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Tribes Next

Tribes Next

First person shooter released as freeware in March of 2002, Tribes Next is a community-developed patched version of Tribes 2 with secure account creation and smooth authentication. Choose from three armor weights and different weapon assortments to help augment team play. Jet packs come standard. Most maps offer ground and air vehicles for transport and combat. Three game modes: capture the flag, deathmatch, and rabbit-chase. Use mines, deployable turrets, force shields, beacons, and cameras to help your team achieve victory. Use the integrated bot scripting to help round out game-play online or via LAN.

Free to play indefinitely.

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Tribes: Ascend

Tribes: Ascend

Tribes: Ascend is an MMO first-person shooter set on a persistent world of the Tribes universe. Tribes is a very old co-op FPS franchise – a genre classic for some. The newest reincarnation of Tribes uses the praised Unreal 3 engine to create a graphically splendid game which also excels in terms of gameplay. The game mostly focuses on capture the flag, but other modes like Team Death Match are available – and more are expected to be added after the game gets released. Mastering both movement and projectile aiming is key for success in Tribes: Ascend. It’s similar to games like Unreal Tournament (especially later generations of it where vehicles are featured) and Quake, not only in terms of gameplay, but also in the learning curve which can seem to be an overhang for players new to FPS. Note that Tribes: Ascend requires a decent PC to run, especially on higher settings.

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Tyrant

Tyrant

Tyrant is a MMO Collectible Card Game (CCG) set in a sci-fi environment reminiscent of Warhammer 40K. The game is played in a browser. There is an absence of health or mana cards in Tyrant, which removes some complexity from the gameplay; instead, the emphasis is on cards with special abilities as well as elemental cards. A player’s deck consists of 10 cards, and the developers are keen to update the deck to keep the game fresh. Tyrant is fast-paced, especially in single player, but there’s not much variety in the game until you get to PvP. Once you’re in, however, the game gets more fun, especially if you’re willing to spend a coin for extra cards. Ultimately, though, CCG enthusiasts should lower their expectations before diving in, mainly due to the limited strategy options.

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Uberstrike

Uberstrike

Browser-based first person shooter using the Unity 3D game engine. It's one of the only FPS games available through facebook. Become an anime-styled pirate, wielding up to 34 different weapons. Some weapons require less skill than others (like the raged about Splatter Gun, used a great deal by new players due to its wide spread and high damage). The game works on both Mac OS and Windows. Regular group tournaments are available in teams of as few as one. There are more powerful weapons you can purchase on a per-day basis (for game-coin or real world cash). For a quick fix, the standard bat, machine gun, and plenty of map pick-up items should keep you gunning for an hour or so.

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Unification Wars

Unification Wars

Unification Wars is a free online strategy game with over 350,000 members. You are the leader of your civilization, and your goal is to expand the power of your empire by diplomatic or military means.

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Vega Strike

Vega Strike

"Vegastrike is an OpenSource 3D Space Simulator. Currently in Beta developement, the project, at version 1.0, is to be a generic space simulator. Current features include split-screen play, trading, exploration and of course plenty of shoot 'em up action."

Free to play indefinitely.

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WarFrame

WarFrame

Warframe is a 3rd person shooter MMO with RPG elements. Become a space ninja by donning a titular Warframe suit. Shoot the big guns, walk the walls, and slide towards the enemy on your knees in order to slash him in half with a katana.

The story takes place in the solar system and, even if it�s not a very important part of the game, it presents a solid mix of aliens, zombies and humanoids. Warframes are, as it was said, ninja suits. Each of these has special abilities that define the wearer�s combat role. Warframe sports huge computer-generated levels that are best played through in co-op. Players can craft items by purchasing blueprints and finding their components, or alternatively buy the weapons and warframes for hard cash.

You should probably try Warframe. Despite that many condemn the slow pace of acquiring new gear (as well as its exorbitant pricing), the gameplay more than makes up for it. There�s just something strangely addictive and adrenaline-pumping in this game, even if it can be unappealing on paper.

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Warsow

Warsow

Futuristic cartoon first person shooter with stunning maneuverability. Graphics and animations (while cyberpunk and vibrant) are kept minimalistic to ensure continuity of gameplay. This is cyber athleticism at its finest. Unique to the game is Strong Ammunition. Find some in Strong Ammunition boxes located scattered across maps. While you still have a supply your weapon will have increased power or modified behavior to make it more effective. Fast-paced gameplay on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

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