A Good Sci-Fi MMO-Lite Game that can be much better with updates. Anarchy Online is it not though!
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If you are looking for moments like the one above, Tabula Rasa (TR) might be for you. TR's combat system is for the frantic player in all of us. TR plays a lot like the common third person shooter on consoles, but don't let that scare you away. During my first three days of playing Tabula Rasa, I have grown from "it's ok" to "very nice". It's the kind of game that grows on you over time, not unlike most MMO's on the market that requires a bit of time to enjoy. TR's combat system plays like it is in real-time, but many factors play under the hood. If you play TR like a common first/third person shooter, you'll die, a lot. You are suppose to use cover whenever possible, not only does this help you take less damage, you do more damage to your foes.
You are among the few humans that have the ability to use Logos; Tabula Rasa's version of magic. So far, Logo's are not much different than magic in other MMO's. Although, you'll spend a lot of time searching for new Logos to use that are hidden amongst the game's many caves and dungeons. The GUI which helps you organize all your logos and weapons is streamlined for ease of use and quick play. I do wish that the Items Equip section was separate from your character's overview menu.
Tabula Rasa isn't the best looking game in the world, but like my other favorite MMO, Anarchy Online (AO), looks aren't everything. TR's graphics aren't ugly, but they won't make you forget about Crysis and come running. I must mention AO because, not only does TR seem like a sequel of sorts to AO, but a lot of AO's players have migrated from that game to TR. Tabula Rasa does play like a friendlier version of Anarchy Online; whereas in AO you have total power over your abilities and character skills (so much so, that AO has possibly one of the highest learning curves of ANY MMO game on the market), in TR, you don't have a lot to worry about except three character skills. This brings me to what is starting to be a clear case; TR looks to be a bore at higher levels because of the MMO standard grind. The music in the game is good for what it is, but I expect some of you will lower the volume and play your own music.
Tabula Rasa doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other MMO's, not even the depth most new MMO's offer, but it will satisfy the shooter junkie in all of us. I expect TR to become better as the developers expand the game with updates and expansions. Until then, only get Tabula Rasa if you a willing to pay for the potential it has and not for what it is offering now.
P.S. If you are a fellow AO refugee and you are playing on the European server, look for Twinkiez. The same name as my toon in AO. I'll update this review with more information after additional time with the game.