Summary: Maybe it's just me, but it seems that every once in a while there is a game that comes out that makes a statement about MMORPGs. That the best part of those games is the player-versus-player segments.
Excerpt: Take a look at your game collection and ask yourself a question: how many games do you own that aren't a sequel, or part of a series? Taking a look at my own collection, I can't find any games that aren't in some way the successor of another. That's not a criticism of these games.
Summary: There was a lot of talk about Dark Vale Game’s Forge in the months leading up to release. A bubbling mixture of World of Warcraft’s (WoW) player-vs-player (PVP) mechanics and art style, with Team Fortress 2’s (TF2) accessibility and class-based mechanics?
Review: Forge: A high-fantasy, high-octane combat zone for players of all backgrounds
23 January 2013
Excerpt: Dark Vale Games' Forge is a bizarre mixture of third-person shooter attributes and and fantasy role-playing, where armaments and spells are always darting right past you. It's a strange combination to be sure, but a winning one that molds the game into what grips and You either acclimate quickly or...
Summary: New games have their work cut out for them when trying to carve out a niche in the crowded realm of competitive multiplayer. Should the newcomer try to expand upon previously established conventions, or attempt to find its own identity as it travels down the tumultuous road so many others have...
Pros: Chaotic mix of third-person combat and role-playing progression, Varied abilities among five classes, Classes complement each other well
Cons: Only four maps, Not all listed game modes are actually available, Clumsy tutorials that the game forces you to enter
Conclusion: If you’re dying for MMO-style PvP combat but don’t want a monthly subscription, get Guild Wars 2 . Forge will bring you nothing but a nice long wait while the developers try to implement their lofty feature list.
Excerpt: Dark Vale Games’ Forge is a chaotic experience. Everything is always moving, arrows and spells and axes are always flying around. You’re rarely ever not engaged in combat. If you can learn to love this fervor, it’s a game that’ll keep you smiling and staring at the screen for some time.
Pros: Exciting, frantic combat, A number of interesting and innovative ability mechanics, All abilities and classes unlocked, no grinding required
Cons: A tendency to turn into an overly chaotic spamfest, Awkward tutorials, Lack of deep customization
Summary: Even developers Super Genius struggle to find a succinct, all encapsulating description of Forge. “Forge is a class based multiplayer shooter set in a distinct fantasy universe” might seem clear enough, but there’s a lot more to Forge than shooting.
Excerpt: Once upon a time, most games featured a single player campaign or storyline and possibly some sort of multiplayer. These days, it is becoming more and more common to have games that are pure PvP, with no single player mode at all (exceptions possibly being a tutorial).