Online games have been around for several years. There are some really great browser-based games but also some really great client side games as well (games that can be played online, but require a download). The first online games that came out were strictly 2D games, and most of those were side scrolling, action, adventure, or strategy games. Over time, web based technology evolved to the point where a 3D world could be created within an online game. More and more online games are coming out on the market, some free, some pay to play. With all the new games coming out on the market, here are a few things to keep in mind whenever you are testing out a new online game:
- Check out the graphics of the game. You can have splotches due to internet lag time, but if graphics are constantly overlapping each other, or if they fade in and out, then you may want to let the game organizers know.
- Since most games are fairly new, it will be understandable if there aren’t a lot of people playing at one time. Use this time to get familiar with the game world. Also, if you like the game, tell your friends about it, and invite them to check it out.
- Be sure to understand if you playing on a PvP, or a PvE, or a combination so that you don’t upset people for killing them off when they were looking just to play around the game environment.
- Learn how to level up before you get too far into a game so that you don’t spend too much time doing quests or fighting battles that won’t help you advance to the next level.
- Have fun! Don’t take whatever game you play too seriously. You want to get things done, but at the same time enjoy the experience while you’re there.
Here are some great online games that you should check out. Please note that there is a mixture of both browser based, and client side games.
Batheo is a browser-based strategy game, set in ancient Greece, where players govern cities of various sizes, and command armies that engage in wars on medium to large scales. Unlike most strategy games that focus mostly on planning, managing populations, and dealing with city politics, Batheo puts a strong emphasis on developing your character through combat, although managing and growing a city is also very important in order to be successful in this game. Players have the option of either exploring the terrain of this online world alone, or amongst the ranks of a chosen league.
During combat, players can create formations for their soldiers to march in, as well as, choose which soldiers will lead the formation, and what weapons will be used by the formation. Players will find this feature very useful, although care should be taken to not over think what formations, and weapons to use during combat.
The building system is unique in that buildings are created, and upgraded instantly. This helps immensely in regards to how much time would be wasted trying to fight a war while constructing buildings at the same time (something that was an issue in the 2D versions of Blizzard’s Warcraft series). Conquering neighboring cities, and capturing farmland also add an element of chaotic intrigue into the fascinating fantasy world that is Batheo.
Wizard101 gives you a chance to be a wizard in training as you go through the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts. Although this game was inspired by the Harry Potter books, it does have a style and character all its own. With Headmaster Ambrose providing you guidance as you journey through this game, players can go through wizard training either alone, or with other training wizards.
The combat scenes are well done, and provide many visuals for players to take in. During the combat scenes, training wizards are pulled into a magical ring where the combatants duel by using spell cards previously chosen by the combatants. The types of spells available to combatants are numerous consisting of Fire, Ice, Storm, and Balance, just to name a few.
Although the game centers around a magic theme, Wizard101 is kid friendly, and has several safeguards in place that covers every aspect of the game in order to ensure that game play remains somewhat G-rated (including naming the characters, discussions, and the chat room). Even with the safeguards in place, this game still has the ability to hold a player’s interest and attention. Fun cartoon style characters and a helpful voiced over tutorial adds much to the overall look and feel of Wizard101.
Runes of Magic
Runes of Magic is set in the fantasy world of Taborea, and comes equipped with a vast array of eye-catching 3D graphics. With an ever expanding player base of over 2 million, those who choose to venture into this fantasy world will find many well developed areas to explore. Players will also find the over 600 quests to choose from both intriguing and mentally stimulating. Other key features of Runes of Magic are an innovative multi-class system, player housing in-game, distinctive player customization, and well evolved dungeon encounters.
Players have the ability to choose between eight different character classes and two character races when creating their character for this game. An unusual characteristic of Runes of Magic is that characters get to keep their skills even if a player switches character classes. Another noteworthy feature is its dual-classing system, which allows players to pick a second class when their game character reaches level ten. With character classes such as warrior, rogue, and priest to choose from, players of this game will be able to find the right kind of character for their playing style.
This game focuses mainly on PvP combat, and has a “monster card” system where players can pick up skill cards from defeated enemies. Runes of Magic also allows players to have magical pets that can travel with the player, and even participate in battles depending upon the pet’s characteristics.
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Online games are great to play, and one of the best things about them is that they are not machine specific – you can play them wherever you have internet access, and a web browser. The easiest way to find out what game is right for you is to play around on some of the games above. But most importantly, relax, enjoy the moment, and HAVE FUN!!!