Shroud of the Avatar is playable for free right now

    
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Beware, beware, beware.

If you haven’t been aware of it, Shroud of the Avatar is currently running yet another extended trial for the remainder of the month. That means that even if you haven’t purchased the game, you can still jump in and try it out between now and August 30th.

Of course, it is to be expected that a trial will come with limitations, and Shroud of the Avatar’s program is no different. There’s a long list of restrictions that freebies will have to accept, such as being denied trade privileges, property ownership, and open PvP flagging. Trial users also cannot play in the game’s offline mode and are limited to the Path of Love for the game’s story.

It should also be noted that if you get attached to your trial character, you’re going to want to pony up some money to keep it: “Character data may be deleted after free trial test is over if not upgraded to a paid account.”

MOP’s Eliot is exploring Shroud of the Avatar in this month’s Choose My Adventure series.

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Tizmah
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Tizmah

This game is more akin to Two WorldsGothic 3 quality and I really don’t see it getting better than that. It’s just a mediocre game to tide you over until the real RPGs arrive. Don’t waste your time unless you literally have no other rpg to play.

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MesaSage

I still won’t buy it at free.

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Charles Dodge

You had me at “Free”

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CasualSlacks

The biggest problem I’ve had with SoTA is not knowing what to do that’s fun. I played the trial a couple months ago and I just couldn’t find any compelling gameplay. I wanted to because I thought the roleplaying aspect of the game you encounter in character creation was interesting, but I didn’t see anything significant in the way of diverging paths or character building choices. From the Developer comments I’ve read, they’re still sort of crafting the new player experience (isn’t everybody), but I don’t know when or how anything pays off. I don’t really want to keep trying to get into the game because I have no indication that anything that I’m doing matters for my character’s progression.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The game is nowhere near finished. People should stop treating games that are still in the heavy building stage like they would be finished products; companies carry blame for pushing out games that need much more work, but as this has become an industry standard, gamers should also adapt their expectations. Living in a half-build house means lacking a lot of comforts.

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CasualSlacks

The first episode of SoTA is supposed to launch this year, in less than 5 months. Also, if it’s too early for me to see what’s great about the game, why do they want me to play it now? I’m not a pessimist or a naysayer; this is my genre and I want the games to all be awesome for the audience it’s made for. I’m comfortable with unfinished games; for example, I’ve backed both Star Citizen and The Repopulation and follow both patiently through their individual journeys. But if you’ve played the SoTA, can you tell me about something that you found entertaining or compelling?

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Raimo Kangasniemi

I have played it; would I buy it now? No.

It’s far from finished. There are a lot of, a lot of games that currently do better what it is trying to do. What I find compelling is not the game itself, but the promise of what it could be.

Could be – the most entertainment I have gotten out of it is just that most typical in this genre: Exploring and seeing new places for the first time.

There’s the kind of… aura that I have felt in other games I’ve liked. But it has a long way to go.

Why do they want you to play now? That you would see something worth buying it in it – or at least of passing a positive word to others.

I have defended the game and its developers against the tide of constant negativity, not because I think the game is the best thing since sliced bread, but because even in its unfinished state I can see that it’s not the kind of wreckage and scam people make it out to be.

Down the road it will be at least an average / mediocre (which one you prefer) game. It might be a good game, eventually. Great? Probably not.

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Greaterdivinity

At this point, are they just going to make it free? These free weeks/months seem so frequent that it makes them appear desperate, rather than generous : /

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

How old school does this game feel? 2004? 2010? Older? Do I have it all wrong and it feels modern? Is it a new take on old school?

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Nick Smith

Can’t do the free trial through Steam can you? :(

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CasualSlacks

Nope, you can’t get it on Steam unless you buy it on Steam. You have to make an account on their site and download their installer/patcher.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Which really isn’t a big deal – or at least shouldn’t be.

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Veldan

In the entire history of this game, from when I first heard about the kickstarter till now, I’ve never found it interesting. Still don’t. Whatever the future of the MMO genre is going to be, it isn’t this.

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CasualSlacks

I read this as saying more about you and your tastes that the game itself.