Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings
Despite being a rather peculiarlooking game with an indifferent online community, the original Asheron's Call gained a large and loyal following. The sequel is now just around the corner, and from what we've seen in the beta test it's going to be absolutely brilliant. Far from a mere upgrade, the entire game has been rebuilt from the ground up, from the stunning graphics engine right through to the gameplay mechanics and a whole new approach to how players relate to each other. Microsoft has rectified everything that was lacking in the original game, as well as adding a host of new features never seen in any game before.
Upon entering Asheron's Call II: Fallen Kings (to give it its full name), you discover that the world of Dereth has been destroyed by unknown forces, and its many cities laid to waste. You're responsible for rebuilding the towns and repairing buildings so they can be used once again to produce valuable items.
This is unique in the world of online RPGs, and is certain to inspire a very strong player community. Everyone will have to work together to build forges to produce weapons and armour, and generally restore towns to their former glory. Needless to say, control of the towns will be hotly contested when some strong guilds appear.
The standard routine of kill some monsters, get experience' still applies, but Microsoft will be monitoring what players are doing in the game, and if they see certain areas where people are killing the same things over and over to get a valuable item (as happens in all online RPGs), they'll introduce new buildings of interest in the vicinity to encourage players to branch out into new and different quests.
From our experiences with the game thus far, Asheron's CallII looks to have got everything right. It has all the necessary tools to provide a living, breathing world that pleases both casual players and power gamers, and while EverQuest II may be in the works, AC2 is perfectly set to get the jump on it.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode