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: 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: 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.
Conclusion: There’s a risk in doing something as different as Quantic Dream has done here, and while originality doesn’t always mean quality, this game has plenty of both. I found myself doing things like leaning against a wall during a conversation simply because I felt it made the scene look better. I deliberately lost a Quick Time Event to let Ethan’s son beat him in a mock sword battle.
Open chat and deep fantasy gameplay in free-to-play MMO.
Common Sense Media
3 March 2010
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: 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: From first glance, the game defines itself as a generic fantasy MMORPG. It doesn't even try to disguise itself as anything truly unique, making clear that its basically everything you'd expect from the get-go. All the usual features are here, from the typical character classes (warrior, mage etc.), to an extensive creation myth that has no relevance to the quests or characters in-game.