In this upcoming online game, you'll play the role of a citizen in one of the most highly advanced and dangerous cities in the world.
Hopefully, you know what a massively multiplayer online game is by now. It's one of those games that lets you create a single character for yourself, send that character into an online world, develop him or her by gaining skills and experience, and meet other players. But for the most part, many online RPGs are all about time--if you spend enough time with the game, your character is bound to get better. But what about a massively multiplayer game that involves actual player skill? That's what Reakktor Media's upcoming game Neocron intends to do. This intriguing sci-fi game will give you plenty of ways to develop your character, but it will replace the sometimes repetitive fights you usually have to sit through in other online RPGs with the action of a fast-paced first-person shooter.
So is Neocron just another Quake or Unreal Tournament? No--the game takes place in a fully fleshed-out, persistent sci-fi world. The game is set in and around the huge, futuristic metropolis of Neocron, one of Earth's last surviving cities in a dystopian future in which the human race has nearly drained the world dry of its resources and dumped so much toxic waste into the ecosystem that most of the planet simply can't support human life. Though human technology has advanced to the point that its survivors can augment themselves with powerful implants to increase their skills and abilities, these discoveries came at a price. The outskirts of the world's few surviving cities are inhabited by fearsome mutant creatures--the failures of technological experiments--and outdated guard robots that were judged to be inferior by the new breed of human security.
Neocron itself is perhaps an even more menacing than the wasteland. The angular, efficiently designed buildings of the city are lit with friendly-seeming neon signs, but they're patrolled by copbots and highly trained city guardsmen who have no qualms at all about gunning down unruly citizens. These guards are in the employ of the City Admin, one of the most powerful of the game's 12 political factions, all of which tend to be at odds with one another on matters of civic policy, illegal activity, and open conflict on the streets. Though some of Neocron's districts, like the posh Viarosso financial district, are "safe" areas in which no one is allowed to draw a weapon, the city also has less-reputable areas, like the run-down, graffiti-covered streets of Pepper Park, where players can draw their weapons and go at it in real-time player vs. player fights that resemble first-person shooter deathmatches.
But there's more to fighting in Neocron than just pointing and shooting. Though the game lets you carry various weapons in your inventory and switch to them using your number keys like a standard first-person shooter, you'll be armed only with the weapons and ammunition you've been able to buy, beg, borrow, or steal. At the beginning of the game, you won't have much, but you'll eventually be able to increase your skill with handling weapons and acquire powerful items like assault rifles, rocket launchers, and flamethrowers, to name a few. You won't be limited to guns, either, since all Neocron characters will have four ability scores (passive, aggressive, exotic, and resist) that pertain to psi powers, which are skills that let you perform spectacular feats of magic with your character's force of will. Neocron will let you play as one of four major character classes--the tank, the private eye, the spy, and the psi-monk--though each of these four classes will have different specializations, like soldier, bodyguard, and mercenary.