Excerpt: Runes of Magic is back with Chapter V of their fantasy saga. What once started with just humans, added a bit of elven flavor, and now is adding the fan desired dwarves to the mix. Chapter V is the Fires of Shadowforge and you’ll be able to play it as soon as next week; June 12th to be exact. These dwarves delved in some demonic magic centuries ago and have now paid for it.
Excerpt: Have you ever enjoyed something so much you found it difficult to describe? Did the experience leave you overwhelmed beyond comprehension? Did you find the pressure and the pacing of the incident so intense that all that remains is the question: “what just happened?” If you answered yes to any of those questions then you have prepared yourself for Sony's interactive drama videogame Heavy Rain, developed by Quantic Dream and released exclusively for the PS3.
Excerpt: I was rummaging round Runes of Magic, Frogster's free-to-play MMORPG, when my flatmate Dave walked into my room. "Why are you playing World of Warcraft again?" he said."I thought you quit." "I have," I replied, eyes fixed on thwacking my fiftieth beetle of the evening. "This isn't World of Warcraft." "Oh yeah." Dave, as well as inadvertently giving me some colour to start this review with, nailed Runes of Magic on the head.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) where combat is an integral part of gameplay. Some costumes can be mildly racy, and while there is a profanity filter, open chat can have its own interaction issues, especially for younger children. Making friends is encouraged and some of the quests can only be completed with a group.
Excerpt: Designed as an ‘interactive drama,’ Heavy Rain aims to give the player control of the actions, voice and decisions of the protagonists driving the story. It is certainly an ambitious concept. This story draws heavily on cinema; psychological thriller, pulp, noir and mystery, focusing on a father’s attempt to save his son from a serial killer. Three other protagonists under the player’s control are each investigating this ‘Origami Killer’ in their own way.
Excerpt: Runes Of Magic is a new game from Taiwanese developer Runewalker Entertainment. As a free to play MMO we were immediately concerned that it would be rubbish, but during testing we found many positive qualities.
Excerpt: Welcome to Taborea, where endless adventure awaits all takers. The game was all the hype and anticipation during its development and closed beta stages. However, many players were also appalled at the rumors of being a clone of the hugely-successful World of Warcraft. Upon its release, have these rumors quelled?
Pros: Dual Class system, numerous quests, lush visuals
Cons: heavy grind on second chosen job, many World of Warcraft references,