As gamers ourselves, we at MMOGames like to play a lot of games. Each month, we bring together our favourite 5 from all genres — fantasy, action, sci-fi and more — so that you can try them too.
This month we found ourselves playing a lot of games in a browser. Most of all, Crystal Saga, a Fantasy MMORPG that makes up for its lack of innovation by offering a stack of content without any download or install. We also went back to Battlestar Galactica Online, and it still our favourite browser sci-fi MMO.
In the high-quality range we spent forever playing the new Vindictus XE from Nexon, which serves as a constant reminder of what Free-To-Play games can do when they’re in the right hands. Age of Conan made a re-appearance with its new expansion pack: The Savage Coast of Turan, offering a nice batch of new content for level 50 players and above, and Jade Dynasty too, as a stern example of standard quality from the Asian market.
Take a look.
#1 Crystal Saga
We’ve been having a lot of fun playing Crystal Saga this month; it simple, yet addictive MMORPG nature and gorgeous hand-drawn visuals make for a nice place to land when you [Alt-Tab] out of work for a quick break.
The auto-leveling and AFK systems, which we’re normally against, also seem to have a place here. As much as it pains us to say it, it really handy when you’re called away for a meeting; simply set up the auto-grinding and when you return you’ve gained a level and a bunch of loot. Not something we’re normally keen on promoting, but in the browser world, its place is finite.
#2 Vindictus XE
We‘ve managed to rack up a collective 160 hours of Vindictus XE gameplay this month, with most of us now sitting comfortably at level 44. What a game. Gorgeous and addictive, packed with story, action and fast progression; Vindictus XE is a game all Europeans should be giving a try.
Not to be confused with the US Vindictus, Vindictus XE takes an action-orientated approach, offering fast-paced and awesomely addictive gameplay from beginning to end. What it lacks in variety it makes up for in design and innovation. You can take our word on that, but you don’t really need to. This one a no-brainer.
#3 Age of Conan: Unchained
Age of Conan is a regular member of our Top 5 list, as it a game we‘re basically always playing. I‘ve personally been playing it on/off since release and now have 3 level 80 characters (an Assassin, Ranger and Bear Shaman, in case you were wondering), and constantly find myself impressed with its standard of excellence and quality.
Only recently entering the Free to Play market, Age of Conan continues to sit at the top. Its beautiful visuals and environments, ripped right from Robert E. Howard imagination, and brutal PvP and siege gameplay continue to impress even today. And the inclusion of the Savage Coast of Turan has only made it stronger.
#4 Battlestar Galactica Online
It been a while since we last played BGO, and we thought it was high time we gave it another shot. It still very impressive; remember, this is a browser MMO that looks like a client. It a Sci-Fi game, but not like most others.
You’ll control your own ship and battle it out in real-time space wars with enemy players, and complete PvE missions to upgrade and improve your ships. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a quick look and see what you think. If nothing else, it a good indicator of the future of browser gaming.
#5 Jade Dynasty
With Age of Wulin on the horizon, the time of the ‘average’ Asian MMORPGs might be coming to an end, and Jade Dynasty is a good indicator of the potential quality to come. Essentially a martial-arts MMORPG, Jade Dynasty continues to draw crowd in the millions with its addictive and innovative nature.
Things like character customization, which begin quite limited but age and change over time, and it continually stunning, yet subtle, graphical style keep us coming back time and time again, if only for a day or two, for a glimpse at the future of the Asian MMORPG.
And that about all we have time for today; after all, we’ve got games to play. And so do you. Get in there and remember to come back and let us know what you think. Your suggestions and criticisms will ultimately decide which games we play in November, and which make it to our list.
Thanks for reading MMOGamers, see you next month!
Cody ‘NerA’ Hargreaves
Managing Editor, MMOGames.com