So I’ve been playing CoS lately- an impressive browser MMO, until R2Games (the publisher) announced it was shutting down. Mechanist Games, the developer, announced the game was NOT being shut down- the US servers were being bought back by Mechanist (a good decision, in my choice).
CoS: Arkadia, released today. It will be out on Kongregate in ONE DAY (tommorow), according to the website. After jumping into the newly released “version” today, I have to say:
This game has changed A LOT since its Alpha state (which I played in as a Gunner dual-wielding pistols: best combination ever). Some of those changes, in my opinion? Not good.
Let’s start with the positives:
-Beautiful graphics for a browser game. Truly remarkable.
-Interesting lore, cool classes, good combat.
-VEHICLES, PETS, and JETPACKS.
-No blatant PAY-TO-GET-EPIC-ITEMZZZZ…. yet.
Overall, the game was shaping out to be great. In its Beta and Alpha states. There are a multitude of things I dislike with this newly released version:
-Subscriber (bronze, silver, gold) perks for buying Electrum. WHY? WHY? WHYYYYY?
-A reduction in lore compared to the alpha and beta (There were supposed to be Avens, Heartlanders, and about 6 other races! It’s only Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Greenskins.)
-Removal of advanced game mechanics (The alpha had individual stats like firing speed, range, and damage for different weapon types. It seems to have been removed from the game entirely. This means your blunderbuss fires at the same rate with the same range as handcannons.)
And, some more minor gripes:
-When people catch “rare” fish, it’s announced throughout the server. I don’t care that “so-and-so” caught some fish.
-UI is cramped and takes up a good chunk of space (although it could just be my computer)
-Players automatically enter dungeons you go into (at least for the first few ones). What happened to solo mode?
-That “You have better equipment! Equip Now!” popup. It’s in almost all of R2Games’ games, and this just reminds me of the poor quality of their (R2Games) supposed “games” that are just reskinned versions of one another.
Anyways, this is not supposed to be a rant (hopefully), but I personally think CoS: Arkadia is two steps back from the potential it showed in the alpha and beta stages. What’s your opinion?