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THE GRINDSTONE TRIBUNAL:
We may have been waiting a good long while to look at this game, and knowingly saving it for Halloween for several months now, but at the very least most of our attitudes haven’t vastly shifted since we did. Dreskar, Izanagi009, MrAnnoyus, Mister Bright, Jackyoh and myself give our more in-depth thoughts on the little shooter that tries to do everything.
THE GRINDSTONE TRIBUNAL:
Three different levels of investment, a mega-fan, a casual fan, and someone who’s usually pestered by others to play these kinds of games. I’ll let you guess who is which. Dreskar and I are once again joined by Karochi. Pay-to-Play titles with 4 player rooms don’t really get us to offer up much feedback. Well… we’ll see if I add in something by Karis later.
As was warned at the end of last year, I’m kinda… out… of Horror MMOs to look at, as it’s not exactly a common genre, and that World of Darkness MMO is still in development Limbo.
That doesn’t mean I’m completely out of potential MMOs to look at in the genre, but it does mean I have to broaden my definition a bit.
So I figured, “Here’s three MMOs I’ve heard of that I have an interest in, but not enough to make a decision.” So guess what’s back after 2 years of nothing? It’s poll time!
But before I put up said poll, let me describe the three and what I feel from nothing more than their websites and trailers.
I was a big fan of the original F.E.A.R. game, but never followed through with the sequels. I’m really not sure how this game could translate to “MMO form” as it seems to be either a PvP shooter, or a squad based multi-player thing that takes you through a story.
+: Based off a franchise that could actually be scary.
-: Based off a franchise that people grew tired of. Still in Beta.
I’m pretty sure I’ve been getting suggestions for Dead Frontier for AGES, but something about it made me keep putting it on the back-burner. Maybe because I kept confusing it with another game with a similar title that was actually a Graphical MUD. As for this game, it seems to be a top-down ARPG like Diablo, but with guns.
+: Closest to the true horror aesthetic. Established.
-: Blah, dull color scheme (even for a Horror game). Market sick of zombie anything. Just did an ARPG with Marvel Heroes.
ZMR! (Zombies, Monsters, Robots!)
ZMR is a bit of a stretch. It’s really more of a tongue in cheek action shooter with emphasis on it’s ridiculous premise, but out of the options given, it might have the potential for being the most fun. Bosses in this game look amazing, and what other game can you take on Anubis with an AK-47? (TSW doesn’t’ count. That was Akhenaten.)
+: Most different of the three. Looks like mindless fun.
-: Least “horror” of the three.
These will be the only options available UNLESS, someone suggests something more suited, and there’s a general presence of players interested in a review of the suggested game. In the event that happens, the poll will be reset with the new options in October. Feel free to suggest something Halloween related, even for the sake of a future review, but make sure to at least vote on an existing option in the poll, even if you have another suggestion. Results will NOT be viewable to the public to discourage blatant upvoting of the poll leader.
DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE HERE FROM SOME FORUM OR WEBSITE THAT LINKED THIS POLL AND ASKED YOU TO UPVOTE THEIR FAVORITE GAME OF THE THREE, PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS POLL IS NOT “WHICH GAME IS THE BEST” BUT MERELY A WAY FOR MY AUDIENCE TO DECIDE WHAT GAME I LOOK AT FOR THE HALLOWEEN EPISODE OF MMO GRINDER.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT MMO GRINDER IS, TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE SITE AND READ THE ABOUT AND FAQ SECTIONS BEFORE BLINDLY VOTING ON THE POLL. I KNOW WHERE MY TRAFFIC COMES FROM, AND I WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER CITY OF HEROES FIASCO ON MY HANDS.