Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has
finally hit the shores of Australia that promises fans of this
universe which was originally a game of miniatures the chance to
explore this rich and diverse gaming universe thanks to developers
Mythic Entertainment and EA Games.
Let's kill some Elven bastards!
The story of Warhammer revolves around
an endless war between Order and Destruction. The followers of Order
include the Dwarves, High Elves and the Empire of Humans, whereas
the followers of Destruction are led by the Greenskins, Dark Elves
and the Chaos humans who constantly battle.
Although the game is your classic MMO
that is reminiscent of Dungeons & Dragons with a healthy dose of
science fiction added, the inclusion of Pvp, RvR and PvE really
makes this title stand out from the crowd. It's a mixture of the
best elements of traditional MMO's and more!
Players can also create their own
characters and also modify their looks, however where the title does
shine is through the armors which is quite customizable. Match that
with around 20 different classes and subclasses and you're ready to
take on the world of Warhammer.
The different game modes of Warhammer
allows players to complete traditional quests or engage in some
brilliant scenarios with other players which is Player versus Player
battles. As briefly mentioned, you can even engage in RvR struggles
which truly adds an epic scope to the game.
The developers have also successfully
brought the world of Warhammer to the online gaming world and as
soon as you step forward into this universe, you immediately know
that you are in the world of Warhammer. Each of the areas in the
game are also quite diverse, whether you are in a town controlled by
Order or one controlled by Destruction, it’s perfectly implemented
and lends itself well to this genre.
Assaulting a town with players and the
NPC’s almost makes you feel like you are always wary as war is
raging everything in this world. Moving around the gaming
environment is also quite entertaining, especially when you are
trying to avoid an NPC mob that is hell bent on your factions
With that said, the gameplay is broken
up into two distinct gameplay modes which include PvR and Pvp/Rvr
areas which all add to the longevity of the title and match that
with the ability to compete mini-quests such as dungeon raids and
you can safely play this game for a 15 minute session, rather than
hours upon hours.
As you progress in the game, the
merging of the different gaming modes will become blurred as you
battle both NPC’s and other players, whether it’s a city siege or a
public quest. Joining a scenario based PvP is quite easily and all
you need to do is click on “Join Scenario” and it offers for some
great entertainment such as King of the Hill or good old fashioned
An interesting design element to the
tiered structure of the game world is how races from both realms
will share each of the maps in the progression. One side of a large
formation of mountains could be the Empire's starting area, while
the other side could be Chaos' starting area. Each map splits the
PvE and RvR areas so that both sides can have access to both without
the two interfering.
As players level, they'll be asked to
take part in more elaborate scenarios that will require more
coordination and planning but even the simplest scenarios in the
game offer a huge variety of play styles and a host of ingenious
play mechanics. The other part of Warhammer Online's PvP system is
the Realm vs. Realm combat which consists of PvP areas within the
larger PvE zone and you have a set objectives that must be
Time to party!
Needless to say, the variety is quite
endless. With that said, Warhammer also supports an Australian based
server which means “lag” and lost connections are almost a thing of
the past and through our 2 ˝ weeks of play, we had only a few issues
with the server but it’s definitely one of the best online
experiences we have had the pleasure of enjoying.
For those wishing to specialize, the
game's guild system treats guilds almost like players with their own
system of levels and bonuses and prizes that players can work to
unlock. Definitely another enjoyable element to the game.
In conclusion, Warhammer Online is one
of the best MMO experiences that we have experienced with great
options for players, an Australian based server, great graphics that
go hand-in-hand with the gameplay and best of all, it’s set in the
world of Warhammer.
With a variety of different classes,
some truly entertaining Player versus Player challenges, this is one
game that even people not familiar with Warhammer should check out
because it is accessible to a wide variety of gamers.