MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Exocraft, DK Online, Lord of Chains, and Defend the Night

    
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Welcome back to another roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve (probably) never heard of (or have totally forgotten about!).

Exocraft caught my attention because graphics are so dang glowy and colorful. Developer GoldFire Studios is calling it a “massively multiplayer action strategy” title, and the idea is that you’re running a space mining fleet through which you design ships and run a crew as you fight and harvest resources – or participate in competitive modes. “Exocraft is a true massively multiplayer online game where your progression is saved and everyone shares the same massive world,” the studio writes. “Instead of splitting the world between servers like most IO games, the game world grows and shrinks to match the online players, meaning you can always play with everyone and compete for the same resources in a truly unique gaming experience.” It launches March 12th.

DK Online is not a new game at all, having originally launched in the early twenty-tens, but it’s new on Steam this week thanks to publisher Masangsoft, which describes it as a “classic 3-D MMORPG” that “aims to realize the Middle Ages fantasy world realistically,” apparently with boob-window platemail and elf ears. “DK Online allows players to customize their characters by selecting the race and its specific classes,” the studio says.” Players can immerse themselves in PvP, transformation into diverse monsters, and item reinforcements for endless hours of entertainment. In-game guilds and massive castle siege battles are also available for those who prefer playing as a team.”

How about something free? Lord of Chains rolled out to Android at the end of February; the developer’s dubbed it an MMORPG with “hundreds of players in a virtual fantasy world,” where you’re customizing toons and “pillaging nearby kingdoms.” The catch is that it’s primarily played through a text-based interface – but it also runs in a web browser.

Finally, keep an eye on Defend the Night, a game developer Ninja Loot Games says is influenced by classic MMOs, with progression, PvP, events, and no pay-to-win. It’s apparently in pre-alpha and has been in development since 2017. Here’s the dev pitch: “We believe that the current MMORPG genre has left behind many of its fans and abandoned the principles that endeared classic MMOs to so many of us. Defend The Night is a return to classic, challenging gameplay without all of the hand-holding, cash grab schemes, and modern frills that ruin immersion and remove any sense of danger. The game will feature new and modern mechanics and art, but gameplay will bring back some classical elements of MMOs that have been left out or watered down in more recent games.”

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Neurotic

I see the words ‘DK Online’ and I flash back to ‘Knight Online’. :O :D

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P3lli

Just give us the freaking RaiderZ Masangsoft

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Hikari Kenzaki

DK Online was/is actually on my list of things to play, but I can’t see how green trolls, barely-there armor and ‘Dragon Knights’ is anything remotely authentic. It’s like they hired someone to pitch the game that had never seen it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Okay… having actually played DK Online, it might just be so bad that it swings back around to being good. There is a cow that when you hit it with a sword it says “Moo.” It actually sounds like a modulated voice actor saying the word.
And Lucas the Spider

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Akagi

I only managed to get past the tutorial island. The game feels so shallow, generic and mediocre that I couldn’t take it anymore.

I think there are cheap Asian MMOs made with some passion and this isn’t one of them. I’d go and say that:

Lineage 2, Sikroad Online, 9 Dragons, Aura Kingdom, Tales of Pirates and some more games are way better than this.

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Hikari Kenzaki

It’s a horribly translated, unrepentant L2 clone, make no mistake about it.
That’s my point. I spent an hour just running along and giggling at how bad it was. It’s a lot better than the hundreds of L2 clones that take themselves seriously.

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Mewmew

The top Steam review currently shown says it has one of those old frustration based cash shops and the PvP that it’s touting is basically wallet vs wallet.

Looking through the various reviews, this is one game that I need to stay far away from and wouldn’t be worth a try. That’s for my own personal tastes of course, I’m sure there are some people that would enjoy this kind of stuff for some reason.

Though maybe it’s worth a play because it would make you appreciate other games more after?

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Akagi

I fail to see any merit in this game.

There are WoW private servers, SWG private servers, L2 private servers… this game stands no chance with its shitness.

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Denice J. Cook

When I saw DK Online, just for a second I thought, “Did our own deekay_000 make a game?” :P

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Bruno Brito

classic 3-D MMORPG” that “aims to realize the Middle Ages fantasy world realistically,” apparently with boob-window platemail and elf ears.

Lol. And this is paid? Man, people will try to sell any garbage nowadays, eh?

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Dug From The Earth

I think more devs should really ponder the question, “just because I can put it on a mobile device… SHOULD i put it on a mobile device”

I can hook a u-haul trailer to a motorcycle… but should I?

Thats how I feel about 95% of the mobile games out these days. Companies cut costs be releasing on mobile rather than taking the time and resources to do a proper pc or console release.

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Denice J. Cook

Don’t forget the crazy monetization schemes involved versus PC and console game development, too. For some reason, the mobile crowd seems to take this more in stride than we do.