It's been an awfully long time since there was a new entry in the Ultima series, and even longer since the venerable RPG franchise was on an Apple platform. Its reappearance on iOS – as a free-to-play game, no less – might seem like a low-key comeback for a property that once helped pioneer computer role-playing games, but underneath its casual-looking exterior lurks a fun (if simple) dungeon-crawling MMO.
Shoehorning an expansive online space combat sim experience onto the iPad isn't without its challenges, but the tablet version of Vendetta Online delivers a faithful and surprisingly functional port of the long-running massively multiplayer online game. For players used to the more casual thrills offered on the App Store, Vendetta Online's exhaustive depth and complexity poses a steep learning curve to master upfront, though carving out your niche in the galaxy is undeniably absorbing once you open up the throttle.
If you’re the type of fantasy role-playing gamer more accustomed to orcs and fearless paladins, sliding into the role of an anthropomorphic panda bear is admittedly difficult. But Blizzard has done a fantastic job of creating an engaging story around World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria's Pandaren race. And its new, Asian-inspired continent, with its detailed shrines and stoic monks, may be some of Blizzard’s best work.
JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings saga is one of those fiction properties that finds itself injected into just about every form of media. Sure, the film trilogy is absolutely hard to beat, but there are also quite a few video games based on the universe. One such property is The Lord of the Rings Online, a massively multiplayer online game running strong since 2007. But if you're a Mac user who has yet to jump on board, the game is finally receiving a native Mac client.
In a recent review of Shadow Cities we said it was "Part RPG, part location-based team strategy game, all addictive time-sink." Unfortunately, when I was reading the review, I didn't pay enough attention to those last three words. Too bad, because weeks later, I'm still sinking all of my time into the epic mage battles.
Part RPG, part location-based team strategy game, all addictive time-sink, Shadow Cities throws you into sorcerous showdowns that put your surroundings in a different light -- the light of magic! You’ll need it and some patience to get started, but once you do you may wonder what made your free time disappear.
Still skeptical that massively multiplayer online games can work on the iPhone? We're still pretty skeptical too. However, today we got at least one good reason to hold out hope for the mobile MMO genre. Gameloft announced today that it's WoW-alike Order and Chaos has made over $1 million in twenty days on the App Store.
Gameloft has been receiving a ton of flak for its highly ambitious upcoming MMORPG called Order and Chaos Online. However, today Gameloft has announced that they are forging ahead and have released the new iOS game, but only in Canada. Moreover, the game comes standard with three free months of play time for 99 cents.
Though initially shy about showing off video footage of their upcoming strategy MMO, the creators at Zarksoft have somewhat pulled the lid off of their very interesting new project. Empire of the Eclipse is an upcoming sci-fi MMO in which players co-exist in a galaxy that can hold up to 1000+ players. The players then vie for control of star systems and expand their empire across the galaxy.
Spacetime Studios has announced that they are working on a follow up to their well-known free iOS massively multiplayer game, Pocket Legends. Rather than a sequel to the successful fantasy game, they're switching genres altogether and crafting a whole new experience, with a science fiction theme. The game is dubbed Blackstar and is tentatively scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2011.