Excerpt: With all of the fantasy-themed MMORPGs out there it’s surprising that it has taken so long for the granddaddy of all RPGs to make its way online, but finally there is a Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG. Now the question on roleplayers’ minds is no longer “when?” but “was it worth the wait?” Welcome to Stormreach. D&D Online takes an approach to MMORPG gameplay that tries to stick close to the game’s pen and paper roots.
Conclusion: Despite its shortcomings, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is, without a doubt, the best D&D implementation out there for a computer role playing game, thus worthy of recognition. Never before has dungeon crawling featured such a complete feeling of mystery and thrilling adventure, with DMs casual intervention at key points and extended hidden areas to provide puzzling riddles for even the most die-hard Pen&Paper fans.
Conclusion: Oddly enough, DDO suffers from being a little too much like its PnP counterpart. Traditional D&D was always best among a group of close friends with a similar play schedule, and the same holds true for DDO. With the right group on the right quest it's an exceptional experience near the top of its class. The rest of the time, not so much. It also inadvertently takes the massive out of massively multiplayer.
Excerpt: I write this review with one word in mind: WOW! Right from the starting page (two fighters and a mage battling a mighty Red Dragon) the graphics reached out and grabbed me. I have it set to the second best graphics setting and it looks great! Mind you, I am playing on a Radeon X850 Pro (256mB) but still… Next came the character generation. You select race, gender and class (only one class is available initially), and then facial appearance.
Excerpt: “Dungeons & Dragons.” When most people hear that it brings to mind generally one of two things: a basement or kitchen tables with friends having a good time while on pizza and soda highs, or a bunch of teenage, pimply faced, geeks pretending to be a level 12 Paladin. Regardless of the view no one can deny that the Dungeons & Dragons Role-Playing Game has had a major impact on the video game version of the RPG market since its inception.
Conclusion: In closing, it's good to see that there are people willing to stake their share of the MMO market. Sure the thing is a beast and it gobbles up developers like a fat geek attacks a bowl of peanut M&M's, but I think Turbine has a good shot at it. Their idea is to attract a slightly different crowd from the newcomers to the genre that mostly ended-up playing World of Warcraft (That would be me. Sign me up! -Mo).
Conclusion: Though F.E.A.R. is clean of any sex or nudity, it has an extreme gore and offensive language rating. If you can not handle massive, realistic scenes of blood, gore and dismemberment, please think twice about this title because blood and gore are everywhere. Language is also a huge factor. Every encounter with AI troops will be laced with profanity, usually as a reaction to getting shot by you or having a grenade land in front of them.