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Order & Chaos Online Thoughts and Impressions

By , on May 4, 2011

Seeing as this game is going to take some time to reveal its full scope, I thought I'd try out something new with a thoughts and impressions video. Consider this a mid-point between a preview video and a final review; there's more conjecture and personal thoughts, however it's condensed in to something that could be used as a launching point for those looking in to Order & Chaos Online.

Let me know what you think in the comments.


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rekz 3 years, 1 month ago

Cool review.  Neat ... *massive* ... game.  However, I'm not into it.  Not sure why this type of game is better than a super-duper rogue-like w/multiplayer & less emph on graphics.  I prefer the diablo vs the WoW type of thing.
Anytime there's a game like this, you kind of have to turn off all rational senses in terms of "yes, it makes sense that my guy got bitten by wolves, slashed with swords & shot with many arrows, and then he drank a potion is 100%" and so on.
I know, it's fantasy -- but why can't some elements that are rational come into play?  In fantasy books & literature, magical healing is a unique & rare experience.  In games, it's clicking on one of your 100 potions which you purchase for gold.  Loses a lot in translation -- which is more or less how I describe all these RPG's.
Maybe what I'm saying is I'd like a game developer to approach RPOL.net and redo their UI so it's easy to use and awesome on a phone/mobile device.  Regardless, rpol.net is *great*.
I'm not a hack & slash roleplaying gamer, I'm a 'role player' RPG'er.  There is a difference in face-to-face and also online, but in the video game world, there's almost zero examples of roleplay in these so-called RPG's -- a point of finesse among old-school gamers, perhaps, but there it is.
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rekz 3 years, 1 month ago

Cool review.  Neat ... *massive* ... game.  However, I'm not into it.  Not sure why this type of game is better than a super-duper rogue-like w/multiplayer & less emph on graphics.  I prefer the diablo vs the WoW type of thing.
Anytime there's a game like this, you kind of have to turn off all rational senses in terms of "yes, it makes sense that my guy got bitten by wolves, slashed with swords & shot with many arrows, and then he drank a potion is 100%" and so on.
I know, it's fantasy -- but why can't some elements that are rational come into play?  In fantasy books & literature, magical healing is a unique & rare experience.  In games, it's clicking on one of your 100 potions which you purchase for gold.  Loses a lot in translation -- which is more or less how I describe all these RPG's.
Maybe what I'm saying is I'd like a game developer to approach RPOL.net and redo their UI so it's easy to use and awesome on a phone/mobile device.  Regardless, rpol.net is *great*.
I'm not a hack & slash roleplaying gamer, I'm a 'role player' RPG'er.  There is a difference in face-to-face and also online, but in the video game world, there's almost zero examples of roleplay in these so-called RPG's -- a point of finesse among old-school gamers, perhaps, but there it is.
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rekz 3 years, 4 months ago

@ FalloutNewVegas -- iPhone install is 589mb, according to AppShopper.  Seems kinda cool.
@ Andrew, thanks for this review!  I'd like a video to show iPhone version, as I don't own an iPad (nor do I plan to at this point).  Interesting review, I was surprised that this makes me more interested in the game.
Game looks cool, far better than I'd imagined it would!  It's a biggie for iPhone!  Still, looks really polished, and I didn't install WOW b/c of the addiction factor -- I have friends who played for 4hrs a day for ... years.  To certain people, these kinds of things can be problematic -- and again, MMO's confirm that gaming can be truly addictive in a bad way for some people.  (There was an incredible WoW episode of South Park showing the problem -- in a funny way.)
Fine points -- initial $7 purchase, then $1/mo, or $2 for 3mo, $3 for 6 mo.  Reviews in AppStore are primarily 5 stars, but many ask for more content.  Lots of compliments. 
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andrew 3 years, 4 months ago

The video is from an iPhone - apparently the interface is much better on the iPad version (which is to be expected).
 
The biggest thing it has going for it is the quality of its initial release and the potential for solid updates extending its content. If people are curious, but unconvinced I'd say it's best to wait till the first content expansion hits to see what direction Gameloft are taking with the game.
 
Games, like any form of entertainment can be addictive, but that's a problem of the individual in question and their response to Skinner Box mechanics (along with other psychological tools). Some recoil naturally, others are pulled towards it. Fans of RPGs have to have some level of attraction to Skinner techniques, but as long as you're aware of it you can moderate things (me? I take care of my problem by blitzing RPGs asap so they don't interfere with my life :D)

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks!

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 4 months ago

How much memory does this take up (before installed on iphone/ipod)?