Sword 2 is a mistress of many different names as the game was originally called Sword of the New World: Granado Espada before it was renamed to Sword 2 for western audiences in 2012. Besides the name change, the game also didn’t start out life as a free-to-play MMORPG, initially having a monthly fee, the developers quickly dropped the idea and switched to the free-to-play model with in only a few months of launching the game.
It allegedly brought great graphics, diverse class selection with great fine tuning options, and a PVP centric experience to the MMORPG genre. A purportedly great crafting system was also included, which is usually of my favorite past times in MMO games. I’m going to start right away by not beating around the bush and saying that I was very disappointed with my experience. Continue reading
Say what you will about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the new Action RPG from Big Huge Studios, but you can’t deny that something great is going to come from the collaboration of three great artists – Oblivion and Morrowind lead game designer Ken Rolston, Artist and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and Forgotten Realms author R. A. Salvatore. Kingdoms was developed by Big Huge Games, mostly known for a few real-time strategy game titles.
So did the small game developer with big intentions spawn a hit, or create another box destined to hit the bargain bin? Continue reading
I had only heard a few tidbits about Mabinogi here and there, so I decided to take one for the team and try this game out. I’ll never get those few hours of my life back. However, if I can save one person from not wasting their time with it, then I’ll have no regrets. The game is one of Nexon’s many “free to play” MMORPGs. Nexon has an extensive hit and miss history with it’s games… mostly misses. I figure that they pick up the games that most publishers wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. That sometimes means we might get a great underdog, but most of the time it means we find out why no other publisher wanted to supported it. Now, Mabinogi is an older game which came out first in Japan around the same time as World of Warcraft about 8 years ago. However, it seems like the developers sort of forgot that the game still exists as it’s as clunky and unpolished as a I assume it would have been when it came out. The screenshots I posted were from the site, I sorta forgot to take some in my haste to cleanse my hard drive of this pile of rubbish. Continue reading