Fiesta Screenshot

The search for the best free mmo — Fiesta!

Fiesta has been around since 2007; it’s been a free to play MMO from the get-​​​​go, designed around micro­trans­ac­tions. The game suf­fers a bit from the pay to win issue, with pur­chasable items pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant com­bat boosts, how­ever, it is pos­si­ble to get sim­i­lar boosts with­out pay­ing, but you’ll have to work for them, and […]
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A "bionic" squirrel

Review scores

Bionic Squir­rels, like many review sites has decided that from this day for­ward it will no longer be using a starred review sys­tem, or pro­vide numeric scor­ing of any kind. It is our belief that the scores get focused on a tad too much, and the actual con­tent of the review is skipped in favor […]
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A screenshot from Wizard 101

The Search for the Best Free mmo — Wizard 101

Yes, it’s a kid’s game, and yes, I’m still review­ing it. While it is most def­i­nitely aimed at a much younger audi­ence than the other games I’ve reviewed, Wiz­ard 101 is still one of the bet­ter ones. Wiz­ard 101 eschews the typ­i­cal for­mula for MMO com­bat in favor of a card-​​​​based bat­tle sys­tem. Play­ers take […]
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TF2Action

TF2 now free to play forever!

Team Fortress 2 has gone free to play! After months of test­ing out their new “Mann-​​​​Co Store”; devel­oper Valve has finally decided to allow any­one and every­one to play TF2 free of charge! Trad­ing and craft­ing are pro­hib­ited until you spend any amount of money in the Mann-​​​​co store; how­ever this is hardly an issue […]
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Team Fortress 2 melee crit rate

After pok­ing around the TF2 wiki for a while I noticed that the crit rate listed for melee weapons says that the max­i­mum they can reach is about 25%; that didn’t seem right to me, so I per­formed a quick test. First I did a con­trol test, swing­ing at the air 100 times, and counting […]
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The engineer, playing his guitar

Team Fortress 2 — The Engineer (general strategy)

The engi­neer is often under­es­ti­mated in Team Fortress 2. His shot­gun can be deadly, and the pis­tol can fin­ish off an enemy at range, or dis­cour­age peo­ple from out-​​​​ranging your sen­try.  Now the engi­neer has a lot of fancy tools like mini sen­tries, the Fron­tier Jus­tice shot­gun (which deals extra dam­age for every kill your […]
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The search for the best free mmo — Mabinogi

This one is actu­ally a bit out of order, Vin­dic­tus is the sequel to Mabinogi, how­ever it was reviewed first. That’s because there’s really no pat­tern to which game will be reviewed next, there’s just a big list of games to be reviewed (in no par­tic­u­lar order). That being said, there’s no rea­son to skip […]
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Dungeons and Dragons Online screenshot

The search for the best free mmo — Dungeons and Dragons Online

This will be the first of quite a few games I’ll be review­ing that no longer requires a monthly sub­scrip­tion. DDO (Dun­geons and Drag­ons Online) has a unique game­play style — as you play your adven­tures are nar­rated. The nar­ra­tor tells you if your char­ac­ter can hear trolls in the next room for instance. A […]
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Minecraft — The ultimate sandbox

Minecraft is a game with blocky mod­els, low res­o­lu­tion tex­tures, only basic sound effects, and no plot. The AI is lim­ited at best, and inter­ac­tions are sim­plis­tic. You must play this game! Con­fused? Every­thing in the pre­vi­ous para­graph is absolutely true, Minecraft was devel­oped by a small team, orig­i­nally just one devel­oper (since expanded to a […]
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The search for the best free mmo — Vindictus

Vin­dic­tus is an MMORPG built by Nexus, the same folks behind Mabinogi, and Maple Story — in fact, in Korea Vin­dic­tus is called Mabinogi: Heroes. Vin­dic­tus was built using the Source engine, the very same game engine used to cre­ate such games as Half-​​​​Life 2, and Dark Mes­siah: Of Might and Magic. That piqued my […]
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The search for the best free mmo

Games already due for review include Dun­geons and Drag­ons Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Mabinogi, Maple Story, R.O.S.E. Online, Everquest 2, Karos Online, Entropia Uni­verse, Istaria, Loong, and Wiz­ard 101.
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Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Cute is the name of the game! Kirby takes on a new form in this action plat­former, the tit­u­lar pink puff­ball has been trans­formed into… Yarn.  Kirby’s sig­na­ture hoover­ing skills are ren­dered use­less in his yarn-​​​​like state, caus­ing the air to flow straight through him! (He’s become a mere out­line of his for­mer bulk.)  Fear […]
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