Like a medieval NCAA tournament, raiding in Age of Conan is about gradually making your way to the big showdown. Dungeons raids will be handled by groups of 24 (though 16 highly skilled players may get the job done) in three stages; completing each tier gets you access to the skills and equipment you’ll need to tackle those that follow.
Above: Guilds need to divide and conquer if they're going to beat back multiple bosses per
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, is Funcom's brutally epic MMORPG set in the high fantasy world of Conan, Robert E Howard's barbarian king. In retrospect the brooding Cimmerian's literary world was such classic material for an MMORPG, the only real surprise was that no-one had beaten Funcom to the punch when Age debuted back in 2008.
During beta over half a million signed up for the dark, adult-orientated vision of the grim
Familiarity breeds contentment. That seems to be the message from Ensemble Studios, the creators of strategy games whose successes are measured in millions of copies. This is the fourth Age game, and still its fundamental structure is the same: build structures, collect resources, churn out soldiers, attack the enemy."We wanted it to be familiar but not the same," admits Bruce Shelley, Age senior designer. "It's the Age of Empires II gameplay that'll keep you coming back." It's surprisingly
A few of us at GR are huge RTS nerds, and a few of us are MMO nerds, and yes, there is some crossover. We’re of the firm belief that any genre could be made into an MMO, and we’re dismayed that nearly every MMO out there is an RPG. We’ve pondered how it could be possible to make an MMORTS, and it hasn’t been easy to imagine a persistent world populated by players all fighting each other for world domination – especially since there’s the huge hurdle of how to deal with a player’s base when they’re not logged in. Age of Empires Online tackles this problem by not actually tackling it at all, and the result is a game that tenuously connects itself to the MMO moniker. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all – it’s just different from what we expected from an MMORTS, but then that’s because we favor multiplayer over single-player in RTS games...
We came, we saw, we conquered. And then we needlessly slaughtered our remaining foes while the game's disturbingly cheerful victory music played in the background. Yes, we've been plotting and planning our way through Age of Empires Online, but we're waiting to do a live test before we sign off on a final review. Until then...
Age of Wulin (or 'Age of Wushu' as it's known in the US) is a Chinese-made MMO that's heading to the West very soon. We've seen it in action so come in, soak up the beautiful views and let us tell you about it.
So, you're tired of whacking medieval fantasy creatures over the head with various bladed whuppin' sticks, and you've logged so many hours playing deathmatch and capture the flag that you can identify a game by the sound of its guns. But you still dig the idea of playing online with other human beings, so what are you to do? Might we suggest you start frothing at the mouth over publisher Sony Online's new spy-vs-spy online espionage 'em-up The Agency? That's what we're doing.
Firstly, The Agency is online only, and as such offers something very unique to PS3 gaming. Depending on your agency affiliation, U.N.I.T.E. or ParaGON, you'll get to play through different missions, branching between public and private portals, squad play and 32-player skirmishes.
What your character wears will determine the style of missions you'll play in. If you leave home dressed head to toe in camo gear you'll be tackling gung-ho, commando missions; dress in figure-hugging black, and
Sony Online Entertainment have been behind the mighty EverQuest, the thoroughly messed-up Star Wars Galaxies, and the innovative online FPS PlanetSide, so you can be sure it was a big deal when they announced a brand-new MMO late last year. In The Agency, you get to live the life of a James Bond-style agent taking sides with one of two organisations, arming yourself with some cool gadgets and modern weaponry to defeat ridiculous world-domination plots in a fast-paced shooter with the persistence of an online game.
Following in the footsteps of 2003’s PlanetSide, The Agency is an espionage-themed MMO that blends the salty grit of your average shooter with the smooth concoction of your World of Warcrafts and EverQuests.