Runes of Magic Impressions - What There Is to Do, What's New

We take a look at this free-to-play online fantasy game at E3 2009.

E3 2009 is almost over, but there's still time to cover games like Runes of Magic, a free-to-play online fantasy game being shown at a booth in the back of West Hall. Runes of Magic is a fantasy-themed game that lets you explore a colorful fantasy world, ride a creature as a mount, engage in player-versus-player arena battles, and craft items.

Who's Making This Game: German studio Frogster Interactive.

What the Game Looks Like: The game bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain world in which war is crafted. It's bright, colorful, and goes easy on the polygon count, presumably to help the game scale across a range of different computers.

What There Is to Do: Fight monsters, fight other players in arena PvP battles, craft items, ride mounts (which you can either get temporarily from the world or purchase permanently from the "cash-op" online store), and invest in player housing in the form of your own personal house at a "capital city" location, or in the form of a pricey guild hall with your guild mates.

How the Game Is Played: You play as one of six basic character classes (warrior, scout, rogue, mage, priest, knight), though at a certain point in the game, you can "dual class" your character to one of the other character classes and gain levels there. You can also use your character's housing as a location to completely change to a different class, so you can fill out other roles in your adventuring party if, for instance, your healer logs out. You'll also gain talents with each experience level to invest into various character skill lines. Currently, the game has a level cap of 50.

What They Say: Runes of Magic has a lot to offer, and its reasonable cash-op store will not let you buy anything that will make you more powerful than another player; rather, it will carry convenience items and vanity stuff, such as housing furniture or costumes.

What We Say: Runes of Magic is free, but it's not clear whether the game will remain competitive with the cancerlike growth of new free-to-play online games that constantly try to outdo each other with customization, combat, and gameplay options. The game was launched in March and will have its next major content update in September.

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Discussion

15 comments
razorback187
razorback187

@yazoo155 - These treadmill games tap into a primal need for advancement. That's why people play them even when they stop being fun. Its the difference between a hobby and an addiction. Hobbies are fun. Addictions aren't.

Foebane
Foebane

Downloading it now! Hope it will keep me busy for at least a couple of hours :)

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I've been playing the game for a day or two now and i love it!

scarface_psp
scarface_psp

i play the game and its an insane game but hard to lvl up once your lvl 20 really really really hard seriously

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

undone, not balanced.. few overpowered class combos rule RoM world, other class combos almost no one play , only masochists play unique classes like scout combo, equipment upgrade system is too complicated and take too much time, this is what i dont like in game most. very boring and you need to remember alot , i wish to quit when i start to think about that, pvp battles in arena almost no one play also, 3 vs 3 is max ,too little and pvp not balanced like nerfed class skills and equipment ,time to time game have new bugs, after each patch almost always, game have good events time to time, tonns of quests.. for now few instances unplayable, coz there fps almost at zero.. they add new contents and new events but i prefer to balance the game first, other stuff can wait

yazoo155
yazoo155

i don't get it how some guys can play only mmorpg like wow(ok that is cool cuz game is great) cabal,shaiya,perfect world and things like that isn't that a little boring just running around and making you character better and better it's allways the same you growe stronger they gorwe stronger what is the big deal you will never be the strongest

Sportsnumber8
Sportsnumber8

I think WoW just killed all other competition so badly, the generation of MMO's isn't really dead it's just that basically the entire generation is on WoW. I want to try this out just because I'm tired of paying 15 a month.

DBZknight1
DBZknight1

Wow, only 7 comments and that news has been released for 5 days. I guess the generation of MMO's really is almost dead.

samsungx360
samsungx360

it's really great, at least from my point of view, i have a mage lvl 28 and as subclass a scout lvl 25, sometimes it gets a bit boring but there is always new stuff to discover. the daily quests are a nice part of the game that can either raise your main class very quickly or a good way to raise your subclass. i've only seen a bug in the whole playing time and it was minor. i suggest trying this game, plus it's free

apsalar
apsalar

@AOldDog, naa...its probably my stupid router....bought a Belkin N1, keeps crashing for no reason from time to time...while sometimes it would be ok, i can go and watch stuff without any problems...lol anyway its a stupid thing....still having fun on RoM... hope i stick with it as much as I can...

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

I'm looking for a new mmo, but to be honest they didn't really make it seem like there was much to do in their review. Tried to play warhammer online, but man that thing is bug ridden. Guess i'll just stick to WoW until The old republic comes out

AOldDog
AOldDog

its really great, and it's free. u gotta try it to judge it. i have lots of fun with it. @apsalar: u probably lag because your connection is bad ... ?!

apsalar
apsalar

@ shockG707, probably or everybody is looking at the new games at the E3 :D, whatever it may be, i kinda like Runes of Magic. Its not amaizing, but its ok. its satisfactory in all aspects.. only bad point...i get loads of lag sometimes..hope they update their servers at some point. wander what the two new classes would be in september....

ShockG707
ShockG707

First I guess? Wow the interest for MMO's have really wained, even for free ones.