Excerpt: The MMORPG market is crowded with fantasy-themed games. You'd think that there would be a greater variety of settings to choose from, especially since it is a common complaint of MMORPG fans that the games all feel more similar than they do different. And yet MMORPGs with different settings all seem to fail one after another, which inevitably persuades developers to stick with the fantasy theme.
Summary: Parents need to know that combat is an integral part of this massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) -- players kill alien monsters with advanced weaponry and powers. The plot lines venture into ethical gray areas, sometimes with no clear right or wrong. Last but by no means least, online interactions can vary widely; there are few restrictions on what players can communicate. A monthly subscription fee of $14.99 is required to play the game.
Excerpt: Aliens aren't new to the massively multiplayer online gaming arena, but they're certainly not as prevalent as elves and gnomes. Tabula Rasa helps balance things out even further, with its universe of secret extraterrestrial artifacts, chainguns, and hulking space creatures. But it isn't just the setting that makes the game interesting: An action-oriented combat system and a unique Battlefield-esque system of control points add some flair to the proceedings.
Pros: Open-ended profession system lets you choose your class as you play, Shooter-like combat keeps you engaged, Exciting random attacks on control points and in explorable areas
Cons: Visually unappealing, Lots of gameplay annoyances and an assortment of bugs, Convoluted crafting and lack of an auction house make the player economy stagnant
Conclusion: Tabula Rasa has its share of great moments, and it gets it right where it counts the most. The action is frantic and the shooter-like controls add to the rush of taking on a swarm of enemies with your machine gun. The dynamic base system is impressive, and the world is nicely presented with a distinctly massively multiplayer feel.
The kitchen-sink approach to gameplay elements doesn't make me want to wash my hands of this game
Cheat Code Central
1 February 2008
Conclusion: There are some minor glitches such as collision detection issues, points failing to be awarded or distributed properly, and some slowdown. But compared to a lot of online games, that's not much to complain about. Overall the game is solid, fun, and action-packed. The production values are great with excellent graphics, animation, voicework, music, and sound effects. The game itself is almost as impressive as the cutscenes.
Excerpt: was released - over a decade, in fact - and now the Lord British himself, Richard Garriott, has finished up his second MMORPG. Of course, it wasn't just him working on it, as his team at Destination Games and publisher NCSoft put massive efforts into this new sci-fi game,