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Atlantica Review: Pretty Cool MMORPG

I’m a big MMORPG fan, although there are very few that I enjoy as much as Atlantica Online. That doesn’t mean I think Atlantica is perfect (far from it) but it’s pretty darn good.

Best of all, it’s free to play.

For your reading enjoyment, I’ve compiled some neat links you can browse, took some screen shots of my character in action and I’ll give you my personal take on the game itself.

Starting Out

It’s decision time – what sort of character do you want to be? You can choose from nine different characters.

Here are the starter classes:

  • Archer
  • Cannon
  • Gunner
  • Sword
  • Staff
  • Saw (after you have one character that is at least level 100)
  • Spear
  • Axe
  • Instrument

My character is a gunner. I’ve also played using a saw and sword character. I’m told that the cannon is very useful later on in the game. But the choice is yours. You need to figure out what character class fits your gaming style.

You can also recruit mercenaries to help compliment your main characters strengths and weaknesses.

Confused yet?

Don’t be. Atlantica is fairly simple to play and I’ll be hitting you with some useful links very soon. I’ll also show you what I mean by ‘mercenaries’ with a screen shot. Hell, why don’t we get that out of the way right now?

Me whooping ass

There’s me whooping some ass. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll be able to see my party. I have the party limit of eight mercenaries. If you factor in my main character, that makes a total of nine killing machines. The party at the top of the screen didn’t know their time was up. By the end of this battle, they were in need of a soother.

Anyhow, there’s the beginning.

How It’s Played

Atlantica is a turn based game. In other words, when you fight a group of baddies, your group gets a turn, then their group gets a turn and so on. If you’ve ever played the old school Final Fantasy games, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I grew up playing FF so that might be part of the reason I’m so fond of this game.

Basically, you’ll get quests and you fulfill them, earn experience points and level up your main character as well as your mercenaries.

Pretty simple and a lot like every other MMORPG out there.

You can equip your characters with different armors and weapons, and your main character can equip things like wings or costumes. You can also buy yourself a nifty mount to carry your carcass around. All of these things add to the statistics of your main character, which is important. You can either buy them from the Item Mall or use in-game gold to buy them from other players.

Here’s a picture of my rockin’ rhinoceros mount.

Don’t mess and I won’t have to use those horns on you

Market System

Probably my favorite part of this game is the market system. The market is pretty much entirely player driven. At the beginning, you can buy basic supplies at fixed prices but as you move up, almost everything is sold by the players in the market. The prices fall and rise based on player demand, pretty much just like real life.

Very cool in my opinion.

Of course, there are towns all over the world and top-tier guilds ‘own’ them, which means they can set the tax rate in that town etc.

The world is huge. Here’s a screen shot of the world map.

The world is at your fingertips!

If you look at the upper right corner, you’ll see this is only one portion of the world map. There are other maps and tons of places to explore and pick up quests.

As for the towns…here’s another screen shot to give you an idea about what they look like.

All clumped together

Bad Stuff

I promised to be honest about the game and I’ll deliver right here. There are a number of things I think could be improved on. Here’s a short list.

  • Like most MMORPG’s, the quests can become tedious, especially at higher levels.
  • I hate starting over if I want to make a saw character.
  • When you get a new mercenary they start at level one, even if the rest of your group is level 100+.
  • I hate the Item Mall system. In most online games, you can simply buy what you want. In Atlantica, you buy boxes that randomly give you an item. Big time sucks!
  • There are quite a few areas where you have to team up. Usually this is easily accomplished if you belong to a guild. However, I like solo play.
  • I like the market system but because a lot of the item mall stuff comes in those annoying random boxes, things like mounts are very, very expensive to buy with in-game gold. It can be done but it’s frustrating.
  • There are some bugs that need to be worked out.
  • Sometimes the server boots me out and I have to load the game again. This sometimes happens on weekends. It doesn’t happen all that often though.
  • I wish they had some sort of in-game voice chat system. Most guilds use vent or programs like Raid Call. Hey! My fingertips are delicate.

So there you have some of the bad stuff about the game. Overall, it’s a very good game but if you decide to give it a try, you’ll invariably find your own ‘bad stuff’.

Link Me Up, Baby!

I promised to share a few links to help you do more research. Here they are.

  1. The Atlantica Online Wiki page is full of articles, art and tips. You’ll want to check it out.
  2. If you want to know about the games history, check out the other wiki page on it.
  3. If you want to download the game or visit the forums, click this link and be magically transported to the official Atlantica site.
  4. Here’s a nifty blog that holds many Atlantica secrets. Maybe that’s why they called it ‘Secrets of Atlantica‘.

Check This Out

Last but certainly not least, if you decide to play, feel free to seek me out. I’d love the opportunity to hang out with you.

I’m on Sikyon server and my character name is Reebeki.

I hope you found this review interesting and helpful. I also hope you decide to give Atlantica a try. You might enjoy it as much as I have so far. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you. Actually, if you’re reading this, go ahead and leave a comment anyways. I don’t bite. Promise.

This is a close-up of my character. Who says that death can’t lurk in a bunny outfit, right?

 
 

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Which Video Game Console is the Best?

A video game console like the Wii, Xbox or PS3 is a major purchase. You can easily drop a few hundred dollars on the console, game and extra controller. Many people struggle with the decision of which game console to buy.

Hold on a second…I’m just slipping into my form-fitting superhero costume because I’m about to come to the rescue.

It’s a bit hard to breathe with these spandex tights on, but I can still manage to type. So on with the show!

In this post, we’ll have a look at all three consoles and compare them. I’ve owned all three and while I have a favorite, all three have something to offer, depending on your gaming needs.

The Wii

The Wii is my least favorite video game console.

However, it’s great for children and there are a few games that adults can enjoy. For example, lots of adults (including myself) like Wii Fit and Zelda. Kids go absolutely ape-shit over the Wii. It’s not as powerful a gaming system as either the PS3 or Xbox but it gets the job done.

The Wii has a few other selling points. Some people really enjoy the controllers. One of the selling points that Wii likes to promote is that the controllers make you ‘get off the couch’ and get active. Personally, I think it’s a bit of a gimmick. Sure, you will have to get off the couch to play something like Wii Fit, but most of the games can be played sitting on the couch while waving your arms around.

You can stream Netflix through your Wii and you can buy the console plus a game on the cheap. In other words, if you have small children, like uncomplicated games and/or money is a concern, you will want to go with the Wii console. It’s still a great system, even though I’m not a huge fan.

But all that means is that it doesn’t suit my gaming needs. It might suit yours.

PS3

I’m a big fan of the PS3. Like its predecessor – The PS2 – it’s sturdy as hell. I’ve played it a lot and it’s never let me down. The PS3 has two main selling features in my opinion; it’s free to play online games and it comes with a built in Blue Ray player. It’s more expensive than the Wii and Xbox but the Blue Ray player makes it worth it, especially if you love watching movies.

PS3

I also like the PS3 controllers better than the Xbox or Wii controllers. I know that’s a personal thing, but there it is. I know a heck of a lot of people who like the Wii or Xbox controllers better.

Maybe I have small hands and am too lazy to swing away while playing?

To sum it all up, the PS3 is a great system with a lot to offer. It’s more expensive than the other two systems, which can be a huge factor when it comes to choosing a console. It comes with a Blue Ray player and it’s has free online play. Like the Wii, you can stream things like Netflix through the PS3 and you can also stream movies from your computer. It’s sturdy and stands up well under regular game-play.

It’s a pretty sexy gaming console.

Xbox 360

I used to play my PS3 the most…but slowly but surely, the Xbox 360 has begun to take over. I used to resist the pull of the Xbox because like I said above, I don’t like the controller as much and I absolutely hate the idea of paying for online gaming.

Small hands, lazy and now I’ve admitted that I’m a cheapskate. Not cool.

Xbox

I’ve also owned two Xbox consoles and my first one broke down three times. After that, I was pretty pissed. Granted, Xbox replaced my broken device but it still aggravated me. The second one that I bought is holding up well though. It streams movies from my computer and plays games seamlessly. So far, I’ve had no problems with it.

I mentioned that I didn’t like paying (ad nauseam?) for online gaming, but I have to admit that there is far less lag associated with online Xbox gaming compared to the PS3. I suppose that’s to be expected when one is a paid service and one is a free one. Like my mom always said, you get what you pay for.

So if you can do without a Blue Ray player and don’t mind paying $60 a year for the privilege of playing online, then the Xbox might be the console for you. It looks stylish, has lots of features and a funky looking controller.

However, if you decide to go with the Xbox, I’d advise you not to buy used. Go with the newer ones, since the older ones seem to overheat.

There’s my take. All three gaming consoles have something to offer. For right now, I give a very slight edge to the Xbox, although not by much and the PS3 is still near and dear to my heart. Also, if you want some specs, here’s a neat link to a site that compares the specs of all three systems.

If you like gaming, what’s your favorite gaming console?

 
 

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