MMOs you’ve never heard of: Helbreath, Luna M, Tower of Fantasy, and Sea of Dawn

    
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MMOs you’ve never heard of: Helbreath, Luna M, Tower of Fantasy, and Sea of Dawn

Think you’ve played every MMO that’s out there? There are more games, Horatio, than your mind could even conceive. And that’s why we have this sporadic column to highlight news and videos from the lesser-known online games.

We’ll kick it off today with Helbreath Olympia, which bills itself as “an old-school medieval fantasy MMORPG with large scale open PvP and relaxing PvM. Features include regular events, character build variety, enchanting, and crafting.” Looks like you’re in for some Diablo-esque isometric combat with this one. The dev team boasted back in spring that more than 400 players were online each weekend.

Here’s some gameplay if you’re interested:

And speaking of gameplay videos, the team at MMO Culture played 90 minutes of Luna M to give you an idea if the game is good or not. Unfortunately, the verdict is that this title is “a pale shadow of what a MMORPG should be, even for mobile devices.”

If the header graphic up there caught your attention, you might want to keep an eye out for a new title from Changyou (yes, Changyou is still alive) called Sea of Dawn. There’s no website for this one yet, but it sounds like this will be a pirate-themed MMO.

Changyou said that it’s still developing and running limited tests for this naval MMO. It is set in the 16th century and features 200 harbor cities “with evolutionary graphics.” The game is being positioned as a spiritual successor to the Uncharted Water games.

And since we can’t quite get away from mobile MMOs in today’s column, we’ll have to finish up with Tower of Fantasy. This mobile MMO was recently announced to be in development and will be published by Perfect World in China. The game has an attractive cel-shaded anime look and offers mix-and-match collectable class builds.

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Wow, Helbreath. That takes me back…

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Dean Greenhoe

Due to my extremely limited bandwidth, I am unable to “try” games. My downloads have to be scheduled and limited due to sharing of this limited bandwidth.

Starlink can’t launch soon enough. :)

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Winter

It’s not an mmo however it has multiplayer but Genshin Impact is definitely on my radar. The art style etc is just gorgeous.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Definitely on my radar too. Those devs’ prior title Honkai Impact 3rd is one of the very very few mobile titles that I would actually recommend as Good, Actually (if you can live with gacha ofc). Those guys know what they’re doing and they take noticeably more care in their Western localizations than most.

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Bruno Brito

The more i check asian imports, the more i ask myself why would anyone play them.

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Does not check email

There is great sadness in the world

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John Mclain

Desperation mostly. There is a serious drought of any “good” western mmos, so people are willing to try just about anything currently.

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Minimalistway

I’m waiting for a pirate MMO, Sea of Dawn looks nice but that’s just a screenshot i hope to see more soon, i thought Sea of Thieves will be the one but so far it’s not for me, there is Uncharted Waters Online, i need to test this one.

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Aord

Sea of Dawn looks promising but zero info about it. Definitely on my watchlist

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Nemui Byakko

UWO is still a great game, but its best days are in the past. Gamers population is low (and it is bad for many game’s mechanics), and mostly on high levels. Progression is slow and they actively nudge you to pay money (for example, inventory is very small, to get more space pay monthly fee). Still, it is real sandbox with incredibly big amount of content and things to do. As for now, PvP threat for new players is nearly non-existent (because low population). The game is very complex, be prepared to spend a lot of time surfing the web to know better its numerous original mechanics :)

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silverlock

If you do the tutorial for UWO and you should definitely do the tutorial make sure to not start as the class you want to play as as you change classes during the tutorial for free and you want to end the tutorial as the class you want to play as.

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Sorenthaz

Sea of Thieves comes close for me but it falls short because PvP has 0 consequences and there’s 0 PvE progression. That and the game world is a kiddie pool with some sand thrown in, and you can’t host private servers to play without worrying about randoms chasing you down. Ultimately it’s fun for a little while but unless you have others to play with it gets tiring fast and everything you earn in the game are ultimately just reminders of how much time/effort you sunk into the game for a title or cosmetic bit.

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Loopy

My issue with SoT is how dead the world feels. Pirate coves have a grand total of 10 pirates on them, mainly merchants and that’s it.. there is nobody else other than some random players that more often than not will just jump you as soon as they see your sails. All enemies are skeletons with some variations with an occasional sea monsters thrown in. I don’t mind the gameplay loop itself, but the world just feels completely devoid of any life or activity, and that’s what bothers me the most.