Growing up as a kid in the 00’s, one of the most popular games was Runescape. It knew how to draw in a crowd, it was a relatively early example of a subscription model (which was cheap enough to make it worthwhile) and it was, all in all, a game which set standards for MMOs in the years to come. Whilst it’s a bit of a dated game, Old School Runescape exists – And it’s still hugely active. Recently however, Jagex dipped their toes into taking Old School Runescape to our smartphones. So join me for a look at what makes Runescape different on our phones, than it does on our browsers and PCs.
Through Azeroth, to Paragon City, I’ve played a number of MMORPGs in my life. All of them adhere to vaguely similar rules; create a character, run through a huge open world and do some quests. Get coins, do a few professions – If you’re a fan of MMORPGs, you’d know the drill. I’ve played so many, that I was trying to look for one that could potentially replace the massive void that World of Warcraft left in my heart. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I picked up Elder Scolls Online – But what did I make of the world of Tamriel? Read on to find out more, along with a screenshot gallery of my journey.
When I think ‘free trial’, I used to suspect that I’ll be able to get through some of the introduction levels, before it comes up with a big splash screen saying “Buy the game now!” Fortunately, Final Fantasy XIV(FFXIV): A Realm Reborn’s trial is incredibly fair – Allowing you to level up to 35 with no time restrictions. As I’m an avid MMO fan, who thoroughly enjoyed World of Warcraft, Aura Kingdom, City of Heroes, Dark Ages of Camelot and more, I took a dive into the world… of Hydaelyn.
Ever feel like you’re living in a video game? Well Lord Momonga certainly does; a powerful lich who has been trapped in a virtual world, with no-one around except for NPCs who have come to life; He just wants to get to the bottom of why he’s stuck in this world. From level differences and HUD interface features, along with dungeons & dragons dynamics, Overlord is a wonderful telling of the trapped-in video game subgenre of anime. Does this series have a life of its own, or does it fall flat next to more established anime of its kind?
The name Runescape is synonymous with early 00’s gaming; with a really large number of gamers from all over the world, with many servers. Created by Jagex, a company formed in Cambridge, here in the United Kingdom, this MMO was an experience that encapsulated many gamers. It was an MMO before World of Warcraft was around, it also ran in a browser, as it was programmed in Java. These days, RuneScape has been officially recognised as the worlds largest free MMORPG made, with over 200 million accounts. As well as this, it holds the title for the most updated game ever – So with all of this said, I recently decided to play some ‘Old School Runescape’, so I could get a taste of my past. What I got… Wasn’t what I expected.
Turn and tile based MMORPG Wakfu is this weeks’ video game review, with fun emoticons, adorable sprites and lovely music and sounds. But does the game only have its aesthetics going for it, or is this a serious competitor for the turn-based, style-based MMORPG genre? Read on to find out more about the exciting world of Wakfu.
The basic premise of Wakfu is a follow-up from Dofus. In Dofus, there was simply an Ogre called Ogrest who was in love with someone. To please her, Ogrest gathered all 6 of the Dofus eggs. She was eager to get her hands on the Dofus eggs, but didn’t really care for Ogrest, which angered him. Enraged, Ogrest killed her for not caring about him. It wasn’t until he collected himself that he realised that he committed such a vile act, so he climbed atop Mount Zinit and supposedly cried for 1,000 years…
… And now we have to defeat him! Alright!!
How smooth an MMORPG feels is one thing, as you need to have a fluid, simple experience. One thing I realised is I might regret skipping the tutorial, but I can always do the tutorial level with a new character. However, I did quickly come to grips with the game, learning how simple it is to get into. The only thing that shocked me is right next to the newbies area was an area full of level 20’s and up. A bit weird, but there we go, that I guess was my introduction to Wakfu.
It’s really easy to understand as you go along, but this doesn’t mean that you should just skip through everything. There’s a lot of story to be read and played out, but I implore you to take a friend on your journeys with you. A friend can make all of the difference in this game, or at least to make a friend in game. When I started to play this, I was playing with a friend who helped to make the experience far better for me.
Visuals and Audio
I’ve already mentioned how cute this game is, so rather than just telling you how cute and how lovely it is, here’s a gallery of screenshots I took through my time in the wonderfully vibrant world of Wakfu. Taking on an incredibly pleasing ‘anime-esque’ style, it is easy to look at and is good at pointing out what you need to be doing and where you need to be going. I’m digging the unique feel of this game.
The music is really simple, along with the sounds. It’s simple in a nice way, as it’s nothing that’ll blow you out of the water, but it’s just nice enough to give you some ambience whilst playing it. Still, I can’t praise the music that much, as it is pretty simple.
Lovely experience in a rich and luxurious world. Joel and I often talk about Krosmaster and the joys that game has brought us, going so far as to play a group cosplay one day, eh Joel? But alas, this can only go so far without having played the games that made Krosmaster what it is… And now that I have, I certainly can understand the thoughts behind a Scram. I can also appreciate that Ecaflips are the most fun little trickster classes you can play as.
Whilst the combat is simple overall, it makes for a fun experience by simply providing something a little bit unique and a lot easier to digest than some of the larger RPG experiences out there. With the ability to build your classes in whatever way you’d want to, I can imagine there’s a tonne of builds and lots of ways to combat the monsters of the world, as well as different ways to combat the players. It’s time for me to get my Wakfu on and invest more time in this wonderful little MMORPG. Oh, I forgot to mention that this game is free and it is on Steam, as well as having a separate client for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Have you played Wakfu? Let us know in the comments below what you think about it – Also what do you think of the visual style? As always, you can also get involved with these GeekOut posts by commenting over on Facebook or Twitter.
When Tim asked me to do a piece for GeekOut, I wondered what to do. This is a guest post, so I should do my best to out-geek them as much as possible, to make the contribution memorable.
Then it hit me: Light Novels. I’m a big reader and I’ve had the fortune to read several light novels that have inspired many outstanding anime. Some of them even have ties to role playing games, both of which are Joel and Tim’s domains.
It’s the perfect topic.