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Might and Magic Raiders is a free to play hack and slash style RPG from Ubisoft Chendu Studio. The game, currently in beta phase, was firstly announced at Germany-based Gamescom 2012 and will be open to public in the fall of 2012.
In the upcoming MMORPG Might and Magic Raiders, your hero is thrown in the area Hammerfall and must defend himself from a lot of enemies from the universe of Might and Magic.
Although Might & Magic Raiders is set in the universe of Might and Magic, its graphics and characters are not pretty close to the original, but feel like comic-style. Not only is the game world Ashan somewhat different, but the way you control your hero, more like a classic action role-playing game from a bird’s eye view. The game offers plenty of room for other players – with up to four friends you can spank the monsters cooperatively.
Odin Quest is a fantasy style action RPG that can be played via web browser independently and Facebook network. Like Soul of Guardian, Odin Quest delivers a real time online role playing experience full of dungeon quests, monster challenge and equipment crafting.
How can you spot the difference between Chinese browser games and Others? It is neither the themes not the gameplay. I would like to share with you, that is the auto-navigation system directing players forcefully level by level. So if you bring up the quest panel and then see underlined NPCs or monsters’ name in quest description, that must be a 99.9% Chinese browser game. Today I will present you with Odin Quest.
The tale of Odin Quest speaks of an ancient and epic war between gods and demons. The war ended in victory and a piece of old parchment revealing an unfinished Odin Quest was found in deep sea by human. In order to claim the mysterious treasure, those mutually hostile human factions will compete with each other.
Upon entering the game, I was greeted with colorful characters in a fairly well drawn anime style. The beginning quests didn’t act like a tutorial, but instead I just ran errands in order to get fast leveled up and get newbie gears until level 10, when I could actually pick my class. By that point, pretty much everything felt automated,as what I’ve said above. I just click on a quest, my character would go and attack the monsters, and then hurried back to the quest assigner to reap the reward. In some points it is worth checking in the game from time to time, since it does have an open PvP region, where you probably will be attacked by aggressive players if you are not watching.
The actual pacing from the game by blindly clicking the mouse was not bad, as I was able to accomplish every quest before lv30. Because of the auto-navigation from all of the quests in Odin Quest, I did not seriously get involved in the game’s storyline. But part of the reason is also because the lousy translation work: misspelling, funny sentence structure and alternating Chinese words, which may probably force a native-speaking player to quit.
This is not to say the game doesn’t have any highlight. One thing that stood out was the “handbook”system, which is of great help to guide new player in the game. Here you can find hottest in game events sorted by rate, and even recommend you the right point of AFK camping pertaining to your level. Do not know how to get there? No problem, ‘cause it can just warp you to the designated place. The other interesting feature is the pet system. The game has a instanced-dungeon where you can go to try your luck to get an additional one. This instanced-dungeon is part of the daily quest which you can access from the “handbook”. Generally, you must protect yourself from being overrun by waves of pets. Each round is a time attack against a cluster of pets of certain species heading in all directions. Chances are that there will be rare pet fight between waves. As long as you can defeat it, you can obtain it. Personally I think with the theme of the game, having a instanced dungeon accessible once a day was a good option, considering with the auto-combat system, one would instead have been able to hunt for rare pets all day and night to ruin the balance, had’t the game introduced this restriction. As for the actual pets, you are able to affect their growth in several ways. You don’t need to feed them the conventional way you see in other games, instead you can feed them unwanted equipment which will be used to give them experience. Beyond that they do have some nice features such as “pet fusion” , by doing this, the new pet can inherit statistics and abilities from its parents; you can even use specific evolution stones to get them evolving into their ultimate forms, which will greatly change their appearances and raise their combat abilities.
Overall, the game content is hollow to people who want to try something new worthy of their time investment, but it isn’t that bad of a game for the casual player. The level pacing is fairly quick, and it still does offer some of the features you would expect from a client based MMO like PvP and even a decent Pet system. So for those who want a bit more surprise to their game, this is probably a pass for you, but if you’re looking for something you can play while not spending too much time into, you may give it a shot.
Mythic Saga is a fun browser game based on the story of Chinese Apotheosis of Heroes, a TV series popular in the 1980s. All of characters designed in the game can be traced back from the TV series. Some typical Chinese elements such as Eight diagrams, army flags, and Chinese unique pavilions constitute a beautiful landscape of what a browser game was short of in my memory.
There are four classes: Warrior, Priest, Mage, and Assassin. You can choose to whatever they like. At the beginning of the game, you need to get a weapon from NPC, and kill the monsters. During this course, you will experience all kinds of weathers, just like in a real world. It is well done on the dynamic effects like the flowing water with blossomy lotus and flying birds, which make you feel a little bit agreeable compared to those serious strategy games.
Layout of the game as a whole is quite well. Many functional area pictures are nicely arranged with small map. And there are four maps for quest tracking. When you do tasks, and you want to change to do other tasks, simply click the quest tracking system, and then you can switch to where you want to go, which will save you plenty of time. And you would never get lost in the game.
When you are still in a low level, your main quests are to kill monsters, learn skills and train skills and collect rewards. They are almost the same way. Click on the target to perform default attack and then get the experience point. But I was upset that many main quests are required to kill tens to hundreds of monsters. And the trouble is that the monsters can be killed automatically, but not continuously. The player needs to click the monsters one by one. It is a waste of time and it is quite boring.
When you finished all these quests, you will get a higher level. But it is still the same of skill level which increases every two level-ups. And through these courses, you can improve your skills for upgrading old ones or exploring new ones. During the time of doing hard missions, you can resurrect in 120 seconds.
As in most other browser RPG games, it is hard to get the higher levels in Mythic Saga and it is much harder to complete jobs of higher levels. Another unpleasant experience I had is for example, you must buy advanced items or mounts in order to be attractive or powerful. That is all determined by the money not the real trick. But generally speaking, it is an interesting browser game.
There are a bunch of new browser games released so far in 2012 and even every month, there will be a handful of new titles going beta. SuperMMO is here to select some of the most promising games for your reference.
Mythic Saga is a new free fantasy title from Gamewave, the publisher behind Crystal Saga and Call of Thrones, and is in closed beta (in the first full week of June) for players in South East Asia at the game portal of voomga. Mythic Saga is inspired by the oriental mythology. Players in it act as heroes to explore the fantastic world seeking for lost memories and the truth around the Mystic land. Quests, guild, crafting, mounts, combat system and on – typical mainstays of MMORPG are all preserved.
Serenia Fantasy is a browser game that departs from those traditional browser based RPGs like Dragon Born or Crystal Saga, offering something refreshingly different. Thanks in part to its retro style and colorful backdrop; Serenia Fantasy is a role playing game that offers simple, exciting and entertaining game play. Taking inspiration from the classic adventure role player games of the 1990’s, Serenia Fantasy has been designed to give players a fun nostalgic gaming experience and transport you back to gaming’s golden age.
Tamer Saga is a free browser-based RPG from PopPace, creators of SteelWar Online. Set in the medieval Europe, the game features an anime-styled world infested by a variety of monsters and bosses. Players select one of four classes, Warrior, Mage, Priest or Ranger, and follow the storyline delving into the mystic world for adventure.
Soul of Guardian features the traditional 2.5D isometric graphics with real-time point-and-click combat, which are overwhelmingly abused by game producers. I have been playing games of this genre for many years while only a minor portion of them were a blast, the majority of them do have become monotonous and end up with failure. So I was a bit skeptical about this game. Sadly, my concerns came true.
Bloody Bite allows players to play either a vampire or a werewolf, fighting against the opposite clan in a world set in the 1920s. Players conquer buildings in major metropolitan areas, and expand them to spread their influence. While in control of the local population, risks beget rewards; oppressed mortals provide more resources, but the greater the yoke, the more likely they are to rebel. Various missions exist in the game, some against legendary monsters of print and film. The game offers extensive customization options as well, from appearance, to weapons and armor, to pets.
FantasyRama combines popular fantasy elements in an enchanted setting with the beloved Farmerama game mechanics to create an exciting online experience that promises loads of fun in a large social community. The game’s highly-detailed and appealing graphics help to raise the bar in casual gaming. FantasyRama not only offers players a diverse and relaxed game world, but also provides players with exciting quests and social interactions.
Kartuga is a browser-based action-roleplaying game set in a breathtaking 3D world. Choose your ship, sail the seas, fight, loot, plunder – and become the world’s greatest pirate.
Dragon City is a new Facebook game from Spanish developer Social Point, creators of the successful Social Empires and Social Wars. Gameplay in Dragon City revolves around building habitats for dragons, hatching dragon eggs, breeding types of dragon together and ensuring that the player’s increasingly-large menagerie stays well-fed.
Family Guy Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the animated television series Family Guy, developed by Roadhouse Interactive for 20th Century Fox in conjunction with lead developer Acronym Games. The game is currently in open beta. Family Guy Online is free to play, although a Unity Web Player is required.
Brick-Force is a free-to-play 3D sandbox shooter (FPS) and is a co-production of Korean developer EXE Games and Infernum. Brick-Force allows players to create worlds and maps that they’ve always dreamed of, brick by brick (similar to Minecraft). They can also share these virtual playgrounds with the community and use them as the backdrop for fast paced shooter hunts against fellow players or computerized opponents. The humorous game will be playable directly in the browser thanks to the Unity 3D engine.
Forge of Empires is a browser-based strategy game. Players must manage or produce resources, develop an army, gain control of provinces, and research their way through several ages of history and development. The game offers a single-player campaign for players to explore and conquer several provinces, gaining resources and new technology as they progress. Players can also rearrange their cities, duel other players, and balance production as they explore the world
Dragon Crusade is an MMORTS that gives players a city in the world of Ashan. Choose one of the six races available, each of which has their on strengths and weaknesses. Your cities will also show the arms and architecture of your given race. You’ve the option to customize your heroes, mounts, and pets with a variety of equipment and skills. Conquer your opponents, but make sure your defenses are in check!
Tame the Galaxy! Capture and train exotic alien beasts for battle as you explore vast new worlds in Outernauts. Discover mysterious planets, harvest loot, and fight alongside or against friends to master a wild, untamed universe. In Outernauts, Insomniac brings its rich console development experience to Facebook, delivering a deep story with real strategy as you explore the galaxy capturing and training beasts for combat. As a member of United Earth’s elite Outernaut force, you’ll encounter both friends and foes as you uncover the riddle behind the mysterious “ancients” while battling pirates and evil corporations seeking to control the galaxy.
In My Free Zoo, you need to build and populate the enclosure with various objects such as toys, flowers, and bamboo poles! Give those exotic animals a new home where they feel at home with new visitors! Moreover, you can build the enclosure thematically appropriate to the different animal species. Not only do you need to decorate your enclosure, but you must attract as many pampered zoo habitants as you can, so much so that they can help make money for you. Quadrupeds, birds, creepy crawlies and dwellers – all these animals can live together in a colorful world.
Age of Titans is a fantasy-themed MMORPG developed by China-based IGG which is also behind a series of famous titles like Galaxy Online.
This free-to-play game is rendered in 3D graphics, but clearly, it is criticized for its awful and outdated visuals. Whatever, Age of Titans does boast a well-thought-out background story which asks you to revive your lost memory, regain your sealed deity, defeat all your enemies and take the much-coveted throne. The chaotic world calls for a heroic titan. Hopefully, you are just the right guy!
There are a total of four classes, including Archer, Warrior, Wizard and Elementist, each of which possesses its own strengths and weaknesses. In detail, archers are good at long-range attack with heavy crossbows; warriors are symbol of power and strength and tend to be the leaders during battles; wizards understand the magic of language and like to cast deadly spells on their opponents; elementists have the ability to summon the four basic elements at will, which usually cause enormous destruction to the sufferers. You can choose to fight with or against your friends, and it is always a good idea to build some unbreakable friendships. Age of Titans will also takes you to experience different civilizations, during which you can immerse yourself in beautiful sceneries as well as cutthroat battles.
Checkmate is the new and exciting, action-packed World War II strategy SLG from Koram Game. Checkmate has been developed with realism and player involvement in mind, which is why you’ll find historical military leaders, over 30 different World War II tanks and artillery units and infantry troops, included in the game. All this is set against a vivid and visually captivating landscape, to add even more realism and to take you as close to the front lines of history as possible.
With the “Campaign System” in Checkmate you can battle all over Europe on a variety of historical battlefields from World War II, including “The Siege of Leningrad”, “The Battle of Stalingrad” and “The Belorussian Offensive”. On these battlefields you can attempt to defeat the NPC whilst gaining valuable combat experience and rewards, moving forwards in your campaign for victory.
Perhaps the most intense feature in Checkmate is the “City War” feature, in which players can battle to take control of the cities in an attempt to conquer and complete their unification of Europe. Once a player has developed their “main city” to a certain level, they can then occupy and control “sub cities” by attacking and conquering the NPC held cities on the map. The other exciting aspect of the “City War” feature is that players can unite in a combined effort to conquer and occupied those cities on the map that are currently occupied by the NPC.
Success in war can often boil down to who your allies are and Checkmate is no different. The “Legion System” in Checkmate allows a player to form alliances by creating legions of which they are the commander or by joining a legion. As the Legion Commander a player can appoint deputy commanders, admit and remove members, change the legion’s badge, send legion invites, send group mails and disband the legion. And with battles based on legions it is crucial to choose your legion wisely, the wrong decision could be the difference between a glorious victory and a devastating defeat.
As well as these exciting game systems, there is also Checkmate’s “General System” that gives the players the opportunity to customize and increase the attributes of their military leaders through the “General Interface”. Then there is the “Equipment System” that can help a player to improve his attributes by gaining equipment. The equipment including; weapons, uniforms, medals and vehicles, can be earned through campaigns and also purchased from the Armory. You can also upgrade your technologies (of which there are 12 in the game) through the “Technology System”. Finally there is the “Mission System” where players can take part in various different missions including; “Growth Mission”, “Alliance Mission”, “Legion Mission”, “Daily Mission” and “Event Mission.
With all these great features to engage the players and the variety of different in-game systems to Checkmate Online is a game that promises great depth and detail, bringing the strategic thrill of the battlefield to your web browser.