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Runescape…3

Okay, so apparently I haven’t been paying attention to the RunEscape universe, because later this month the team at Jagex is going to release the next expansion to Runescape… Runescape 3.  

When was Runescape 2? 

The last time I tried to play “the most popular online adventure”, it looked like this:

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(Thank you http://thegreenlesser.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/how-to-find-a-great-clan-in-runescape/ for the classic image.)

NOW, it apparently looks like THIS:

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Not sure if there’s less of THIS, though: 

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Anyway… back to Runescape 3.

The biggest development for this expansion is the transition of the game to HTML5.  That’s right, people.  No more Java.  What does this mean, exactly?  A better game, that’s what.  You don’t need all those plugins, anymore.  You get to have a bigger world, better graphics, and all around better gameplay.  This is a huge deal for the series.  

I remember the biggest drawback when I played for a month.  It was lag due to Java.  I guess I’m going to have to hop on and check this out for myself.

ALSO:

The launch of RuneScape 3 will also see player decisions directly shaping the future of Gielinor, its inhabitants and scenery for the very first time. It will also marking the beginning of RuneScape’s inaugural community-focused world event, The Battle for Lumbridge. In addition to the technological leap RuneScape 3 sees the world of Gielinor enter the 6th Age, a significant new milestone in RuneScape’s vast heritage, as the gods of RuneScape return to re-exert their authority.

Good, because I don’t remember much of an actual, detail-rich, immersive storyline.  I remember a lot of lag, and a lot of gold spammers.  And spiders.  Badly rendered spiders.

 

The folks at Jagex are promising a really bright future for the Runescape present and future players.  

If you’ve been following my “Quest for a Free-to-Play” articles, you can see that I’m trying my best to find something worth actually using microtransactions.  I don’t really see Runescape 3 filling that role, but I’ll definitely give it a shot.

Runescape 3 launches on July 22nd, so in just a couple of weeks.  (There’s a countdown timer on the main website.)  Check it out if you’re interested in a new F2P, or if you’re curious just like I am as to what all the hubub is about.

 

 

Quest for a Free to Play: Marvel Heroes

Ok, so lately I’ve been attempting to play Marvel Heroes.  By attempting, I mean I’ve been logging in and playing for as long as I can before it freezes up and crashes.  Granted, this game is brand new, and my FrankenCompy is not, but I’ve heard from fellow players that this is a problem on their end as well.  Too many sprites on the screen, and the whole thing goes bonkers and passes out.

OTHER THAN THIS HUGE FLAW, I actually kind of like the game.  It’s very Diablo-esque in its game play, what with the three-quarter top down view and the clicking for movement.  However, and there’s quite a few of these, a lot of the UI design and crafting isn’t really to my liking.  Just popping in for the first time, it takes a minute to figure out how to add friends and whatnot.  

And crafting seems really clunky as well, not to mention slightly useless.  Sure, you can create some potions and stuff, but the buffs (at least in the starting levels) aren’t really worth the time and effort.

I’ve been playing as the Scarlet Witch, and she’s pretty awesome.  She can hurl cars, shoot out beams of energy, and even make enemies burn in a pool of psychic energy.  But, since moving and shooting lasers are mapped to the same button, it can be tricky at times.

Starting bosses can actually kill you pretty handily, especially if you’re not grouped.  The game has this thing, though, that automatically groups you with people in an instanced area if you’re not already in a group.  That helps out a lot, and simmers down the amount of random people asking to group up for one guy.  

There are also area quests, in which all players in an area partake in a particular quest given out.  That helps a lot, too, if you’re active in it.  However, there are already players who just stand on the sidelines and wait for everyone else to do the dirty work.

As a comic fan, I do like being able to play a game with some of my favorite characters.  And, since it’s a new game, I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt that they’re actually going to fix some of the bugs in the game.  

As much as I’d like to rate it higher, it is what it is, and that’s definitely average.  There are better F2P games, and there are worse.  If you’re a fan of the Marvel universe, definitely check it out.  You don’t have to pay any money for it, even though they hurl suggestions to do so at every loading screen (which there are a lot of).  Just grab a few friends and have fun with it, because as many issues as there are, it still can be a lot of fun.

BOTTOM LINE

3/5 – It’s a decent game with a lot of bugs.  Also a few issues with control mapping, crafting, and loading screens.  Tends to crash when there are too many sprites.  Go ahead and give it a go if you’re a Marvel fan, or just looking for a decent F2P.Image

Marvel Heroes: The Raft

So, this is my play through the tutorial of Marvel Heroes, playing the Scarlet Witch. It’s pretty cool, and it’s free-to-play.

If you’d like to check it out, go here: https://marvelheroes.com/

My quest for a great F2P game: Part One – “City of Steam”

They say you get what you pay for, and in the realm of free to play online games, I’ve gathered that much of this is true.  Still, there are some gems out there that shine like diamonds in a boggy mass of poo, just calling to people to come and pick it up.  Games like “League of Legends” come to mind when I think of, “Successful Free to Play Games”.  

Unfortunately, “City of Steam” isn’t really one of these gems.  

I really WANT to like this game, and considering I really haven’t devoted much time to it yet and it’s only a couple of days into open beta, I may still be somehow amazed by something while playing it.  Highly doubtful, though.

“City of Steam” is a game in a steampunk universe with demons that crawl out of towers landing from space.  Right… 

But, because I like steampunk, and I’m trying to find a wider variety of games to play in the F2P universe, I created an account.  The character creation page is somewhat dull, with very few choices to make your character “unique”.  All in all, you’ll still look like everyone else.  

It is nice that you get experience, gold, and items during the tutorial, which make it worthwhile to play, but I found myself just flying through the dialog boxes.  After a couple of interactions, I completely lost interest in what was actually going on, and just wanted the next quest in my log.  It doesn’t matter if you read the quest or not, because you can just click on it and it takes you directly where you need to be (which, quite frankly, I find handy, but non immersive).  

The dungeons are very Diablo-esque in nature, with the player being able to pop in an instanced version of the dungeon to complete missions, and timed runs (which are actually kind of cool, and probably the highest point I’ve found so far in this game).  Speaking of dungeons, there are a lot (A LOT) of dungeons.  From what I’ve heard, around 80 or so.

There’s also a transmuter, which takes these special coins that you get during gameplay.  It’s kind of confusing at first, but basically it works like Texas Hold’em and Press Your Luck mashed together to earn money and prizes.  Some of the items you get, though, expire in a matter of hours, so you have to pick and choose what kind of prize outcome you’re looking for.

Overall, though, this game feels like some sort of cross between “Crystal Saga“, “Sword of the New World“, and “Torchlight“, all of which are good games in their own right, but which probably shouldn’t mix together.  Game play is average, controls are easy, and artwork is mediocre.  For being a mostly average game with a slight punch up because of the timed dungeon runs, I’d give this game a 3.5/5 and suggest that you don’t quit all your other games just for this one.

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