RF Online invades new territories

East meets West as Codemasters' sci-fi MMO out of Korea heads for retail in the US and UK.

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Massively multiplayer online games are a huge part of Korea's $3.8 billion gaming industry, but the country's previous exports in the genre haven't generated quite the same buzz or fanbase as they enjoyed back home. Codemasters is hoping to buck that trend with this week's American and British releases of RF Online (Rising Force Online), a sci-fi MMO from Korea-based CCR, Inc.

RF Online is set in the far-off galaxy of Novus, where three factions are in a galactic struggle for supremacy. Players can choose from the mystical Holy Alliance Cora, the technology-centered robots of the Accretia Empire, or the Bellato Union, which lets players take control of mech units. The game will focus on large-scale player-versus-player combat, with support for battles involving thousands of players.

RF Online is rated T for Teen and retails for $49.99, with a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 (with the first month free). For more information on RF Online, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

Discussion

23 comments
avgbountyhunter
avgbountyhunter

I just started playing, after playing WoW for about a year. I like RFOnline alot more. It's just easier to jump into for me. I really love the scoring and art styles as well. That's probably just the anime freak in me though. Yes, there is alot of grinding, but nothing more than I had to do in WoW. Plus, with everything more futuristic, it feels fresh.

g-shocker
g-shocker

I played the beta and it was a little rough. There is not enough controll over the keys but if you are lucky enough to have the defaults be what you want you should have no problems. It is a nice change from the standard fantasy genre but not sure how long it will keep my attention. There are still lots of small niggly problems with it.

XenonHID_VQ
XenonHID_VQ

Crap...after reading these comments, i dunno if i'll be buying it. I already have it pre-ordered @ EBGames. If it was a regular game (non-MMORPG) I'd give it a shot and If i didn't like it I'd return it and get another game. An MMORPG has to be dead-on. After reading the posts about all the grinding...I'm not as psyched as I was before. I had enuff grinding from FFXI. I'm starting to miss WoW more and more each day. =(

pangitako
pangitako

Lineage II FTW!!!!!!!!!!! i_hate_pants - how can you say that about koreans? they're like the mmo gurus. and dont forget about ncsoft (korean company,) they've came out with lineage 1 & 2, guild wars, CoH, CoV.

alberto2045
alberto2045

WHAT THE HELL I DIDNT EVEN KNOW THAT GAME EXISTED LOL. GOOD THING THOUGHT KEEP ADDING MAPS TO ONLINE GAMES

NightRain
NightRain

I'm telling you.. I played the beta.. and I miss it!! :( I really enjoyed the game. I wish I could play more with my characters! Oh well.. but I don't know if i'll pay for this game.. I mean, it was fun, yeah.. but worth 15$ every month? I dunno.... But still it's great!

i_hate_pants
i_hate_pants

this game is a let down! Trust me! It's nothing like the trailers make it out to be. Koreans can't make a half decent MMO.

Oni
Oni

I downloaded the beta off Fileplanet. I could not stand this game at all. I really thought it had potential. Ugh .. I have this one pre-ordered too, maybe I can switch it to D&D, though that game isn't that great either :\

pastimegamer
pastimegamer

I like it and will be playing it for a while.

pimpmasterdaddy
pimpmasterdaddy

I can see lots of comments here is saying the game SUCK. I'll take your guys/gal word for it. Even though knowing the game SUCK, I'll must try it out cause Asian games tend to have more drama, passion etc into there games. That reminds me if its like "Final Fantasy 11" I"m never going back ever.

pimpmasterdaddy
pimpmasterdaddy

I can see lots of comments here is saying the game SUCK. I'll take your guys/gal word for it. Even though knowing the game SUCK, I'll must try it out cause Asian games tend to have more drama, passion etc into there games. That reminds me if its like "Final Fantasy 11" I"m never going back ever.

bountydog
bountydog

ya i was looking forward to this one till i tried the english beta. its going to fall flat on its face like every other korean mmorpg that comes out over here. they just dont seem to get it that most NA/UK players just are not interested in grinding any more.

MerxThis
MerxThis

This is a BAD game. Its actually shocking. 7 of us including myself, who have gone through many MMORPGS together all tried this out at once. It is hurrendous. Not 1 of us still plays. We thought the grind was dire, and we come from Lineage 2! Anybody who says the grind is not as bad as Lineage 2 is lieing. It dosent take as long, but it has no entertainment factor at all. Group hunting is pointless. Lineage 2 grinding at least has it moments. This has none.

ANU81SS
ANU81SS

Whats so bad about it seems pretty sweet with the giant wars and although it is a grind fest what mmorpg isn't. Besides this MMO seems to focus on the PvP aspect from what i see.

Benihana7
Benihana7

I was totally looking foward to this but the beta was an incredible letdown...shame because it could've been a really great MMO.

Giolon
Giolon

I tried the beta for this game about two weeks ago and thought it was one of the worst MMOs I've ever played. The controls are horrible and completely un-configurable, the character customization is practically non-existent, and the gameplay is lackluster. The one thing the game does have going for it is style, so if you want that in spades over actual gameplay substance, then this will likely be the game for you.

Chewedpenney
Chewedpenney

LOL I PLAYED THE BETA. This game is absolute joke its just a grind fest. It seems like a free downloadable mmo than a real game. The interface is clunk the controls are really messed and its questing system is terrible. If your expecting something as polished as WoW you will be severly disapointed!!!

darkxinos
darkxinos

The Korean beta two years ago was fun... I wonder how much has changed..

doomed51
doomed51

this game should be good...altho it is quite a high monthly fee...

emo_worm
emo_worm

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someguy99
someguy99

Hurray! Its finally coming!!!