Alicia Online: Step-by-step guide on how to run it on Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Home using Vistalizator

Alicia Online: Step-by-step guide on how to run it on Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Home using Vistalizator

Cat Cosplay Made Out of Grapefruit – There are more pics than everyone thought!

Cat Cosplay Made Out of Grapefruit – There are more pics than everyone thought!

Best Cat Cosplay Ever!

Best Cat Cosplay Ever!


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RIFT: Planes Of Telara – VIP Beta Keys Giveaway

RIFT: Planes Of Telara – VIP Beta Keys GiveawayGood news, everyone!© Those of you who wanted to see RIFT beta event but had no luck as of yet – you have your chance now, because I’ve got several VIP RIFT Beta Keys to give away! If you want one, just leave your email in a comment and i will send you your key. The keys shall be valid for all remaining RIFT Beta events (i believe, there are 2 of them left). So don’t miss your luck, leave a comment now :) (more…)

DC Universe Online: Another Epic Fail?

DC Universe Online: Another Epic Fail?DC Universe Online was released not a long ago – January 11, 2011 – and whoever of the gaming press were going to write a review on it… well, they did. And such reputable sites like Giant Bomb and Eurogamer give it only 2’s and 3’s.  Giant Bomb blames it for monotonous and loose  fights, and Eurogamer  (behind blaming DC Universe Online for the same thing) also adds that the game at the same time still might be good if only patched and going free to play. Geeks of Doom compares the game with WoW and praises the character creation system, but gives the game only 3 out of 5 and complains that DC Universe Online needs more content and some error correction. This doesn’t looks all bright and shiny to me, but can’t say i’m really surprised, though, and i also highly doubt they’ll make it free to play anyway. By the way, while i’m on citing other reviews, check out 3_KILLA_BYTES DC Universe Online video review, it’s pretty cool (the video is behind the cut). (more…)

Eve Online: Living Another Life (Rather A Personal Story Than An Actual Review)

Currently i was writing mostly about free to play games, recent betas and a few pay to play projects that aren’t exactly new to the gaming market. This is another post about a game that is not a newborn project – Eve Online. It’s rather a “Nostalgia, you’ve got me…” post than an actual review because i can’t review a game i’m not playing for over a year now (and i’m not going back just to look at it for the sake of doing the review post), but i spend several years of my life in Eve Online since 2006. Eve changes, yes, more new expansions come out every now and then, but the core structure of the game do not change – it’s about freedom, socialization and war (for me – in that particular order). When i come back, i see the technical details like ships and skills being changed, but the core is always there, all the same. This MMO was always more than a game for the most people who played it (not excluding me) – it was a lifestyle more than a game, a parallel world where we lived another life – and i never saw another online game that would make me form a bond strong anywhere near to that one. I’ve made real life friends in Eve Online, one of whom even came over from another country for a visit. And this is my story of living an Eve Online life. (more…)

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes – Tips & Tricks On Solving Isle Of Dawn Quests

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes – Tips & Tricks On Solving Isle Of Dawn QuestsThis post is here to provide a quick tips on handling quests in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes starter/trial area called Isle of Dawn. Since the last big wiki for Vanguard quest and crafting (Vanguard Crafters) had been taken down (November, 2010) with all the information that Vanguard players had been gathering (– thanks to the site’s owner who refuses to provide anyone else with the wiki’s copy to host on our own) it is now up to the players to figure everything on their own. As i have started to play Vanguard over again with a fresh character, I’ll try to write about those that i had problems with: how i found a solution and what should you do in case if a miracle happened and you started playing Vanguard. If you do not see a particular quest here, chances are it’s being covered in Part 2 of this post. (more…)

RIFT Planes Of Telara: Release Date Revealed And The Game Is Available For Pre-order Now

Rift Planes of TelaraThose of you who participated in beta events or had been subscribed to Trion mailing list, or just have been online on Steam yesterday – there’s no news for you. Everyone else, get out of under a rock and find out that
Trion has opened pre-order for RIFT: Planes of Telara! If you haven’t seen this game yet, here i posted RIFT’s introduction trailer not so long ago. RIFT’s release dates are March 1 for North America and March 4 for Europe, respectively. Right now pre-order is available for Digital Standard Edition ($ 49.99 / € 49.99 / £ 34.99) and Digital Collector’s Edition ($ 59.99 / € 59.99 / £ 39.99) – both available from Trion website itself, plus Steam and Direct2Drive. There’s also a physical Retail Collector’s Edition available in real-life stores, but i’m totally not interested in that because we don’t have GameStop shops in Russia. (more…)

Vanguard. Saga Of Heroes: The Famous Fail Beginning And End – Part 1

Vanguard. Saga Of Heroes: The Famous Fail Beginning And EndPreviously i wrote the Famous Fails tag for those games that look famous and popular, but in truth – if you look closely – they are actually a pretty bad choice to play. Now, this is a different story. A story of the fail that really was famous in it’s days, the story of a game that was pretty much fail at the beginning of its life – but got fixed, patched and in time became a real gem that would shine if this game was released, say, last or this year – but not many people know about it. Because if you fail once, it’s almost impossible to avert the damage (and Square Enix is learning this lesson now too, i bet). It’s the story of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. So, we all heard it was a big fail, right? But how and why did it happened in the first place? And why now I’m calling this game “a gem” when you probably heard no one plays it now? Let’s find out! (more…)

Cities XL: Online Game Surviving In Offline World

Cities XL: Online Game Surviving In Offline WorldCities XL 2011 (my MonteCristo) is out and already selling on Steam Store, I’ve got myself a 50%-off copy and then i thought: wait there, this is an interesting example for my blog! The thing is, that Cities XL was released back in 2009 as the first online city building game. The easiest way ever to describe this game is to say “it’s like SimCity, just online” – which isn’t a very detailed description, indeed. Also, this is one of the first examples of how a game can combine offline gameplay with an MMO part (yes, i do remember about Conan – that’s why i said “ONE of the first examples”). The game’s success is somewhat doubtful, because it worked in online mode for only half a year, but they released 2011 version, which indicates that the game sold well enough to continue it. So, how did it worked? (more…)

Fallen Earth: November State Of The Game Published Today

Fallen Earth: November State Of The Game Published Today Fallen Earth is a Pay to play Sci-Fi PVP MMORPG by Fallen Earth, LLC (a division of Icarus Studios), set in a Fallout-like post-catastrophic world where Earth became a wasteland after a devastating world-wide virus epidemic and several nuclear strikes. The game had a pretty rough time lately, involving several design flaws and declining player base, and part of the development/management team were discharged from their positions.So, November State of the Game was published today at the Fallen Earth forums (you can read it here), where developers talk of the upcoming changes to the game. Besides a new area they’re going to open soon, they mention “noticeable upgrades to graphics”, “new lighting and terrain changes” and also about remake of the tutorial. I think, it a good sign! (more…)

Famous Fails: Lineage 2 Review

Famous Fails: Lineage 2 ReviewSome of you probably picking up stones to throw at me right now… or maybe not. I have a long story related to this game. I remember when Lineage II was going to be released, everyone i knew were crazy about it, we would cut its concept-art pictures for avatars, but i couldn’t get it to play – i had a dial-up back then and would spend a month downloading 200mb file so i had to wait several years until i could try it. A friend of mine burned it on several CDs and shipped to me over 1000+km, i still had dial-up and had no credit card so i went to play on some free Russian shard. I thought it was broken, because it was extremely buggy and had almost no quests, so i dropped it. Five years had passed and many Lineage II chronicles had been released since then, and i came back to official Lineage 2 servers to see what this game was really about. I really shouldn’t have done that, because this game, no matter for how long it stays alive, is pure FAIL. (more…)

Vendetta Online: Fresh HD Trailer Is On!

Vendetta Online is a 3D space combat MMORPG for Windows, Mac and Linux. This MMO permits thousands of players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws. (more…)

Unusual Games: Faunasphere – an MMO + Facebook crossover

Unusual Games: Faunasphere – an MMO + Facebook crossoverBetween all of the endless Korean and Chinese, umm – let me put it straight – grind feasts, there are some unusual games that are trying the uncharted waters of niche MMO market And by an MMO i mean here a game, that has graphics and some basic structure, where many players can interact at the same time. By this criteria the game by Big Fish Games (a well known developer of casual Facebook games) is an MMO indeed. By any other means… it’s a mix of MMO, casual and artificial life genres (and a-life genre haven’t been seriously played with since Creatures series by Creature Labs/Mindscape), so this is quite a special game i’m going to look at – and it’s called
Faunasphere. (more…)

Lord of the Rings Online: How f2p Coexists With p2p

Lord of the Rings Online: How f2p Coexists With p2pI believe, many of us gamers who read sites like Massively or Gamesradar already heard early this month about how successful turned out Turbine’s venture into F2P market. According to Turbine, 20% of the former players came back to play and also over a million of new accounts was created during a month after LOTRO went Free to Play, resulting in 300% increase in concurrent users and 400% increase in active players overall. While Turbine bosses are busy bathing in cash checks, looks like it’s safe to say for me that Free to Play clearly wins over Pay to Play business model (okay, there HAD been an mmorpg that went down no matter getting on F2P rails, but that was Acclaim’s fault – we’ll speak of it another time). Now, is that really so? (more…)

A short thought on mmos market state by eyes of a gamer

A short thought on mmos market state by eyes of a gamer I’ve spent a lot of time looking all up and down online games lists like, and even more time i invested in taking a look at those most popular games, reading their player community reviews and seeing the games with my own eyes. There are some basic tendencies i have spotted in the process, they are all well worth their own posts (i totally should write them sometime), but here comes the summary first. (more…)

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