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  • Summary: Funcom's massively multiplayer science-fiction online role-playing game, referred to as a "sci-fi Everquest" & fraught with bugginess and stability issues upon release, caused some critics to lose sleep over whether to review the game out of the box or after the release of routine patches.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. The communitiy is huge, the forums helpful, and there are no hunts for ennemies around a barren wasteland.
  2. There is nothing wrong with this game universe or the adventure within it, if only we all the had the time to enjoy it properly without the need for work, study or sleep getting in the way!
  3. The game has stability now to rival the games that have been on the market for years. While a few minor bugs and the occasional graphical glitch still exist, the game tends to play quite seamlessly.
  4. If you can brave being part of this polish stage in exchange for being part of something that’s new and a little bit of a break from the norm, then give AO a try.
  5. If it can conquer its technical problems, Anarchy Online will be the very best online role-playing game around.
  6. 72
    It's a brilliant, engaging, profound MMORPG, but with enough atrocious technical problems to make you scream more obscenities than a French truck driver.
  7. It features great graphics, a slightly modified version of "EverQuest's" gameplay model, and lots of frustrating problems. True to its theme, you should only consider playing it in the future.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. RachelL.
    Dec 12, 2004
    It's definitely got a bunch of mistakes, but the game has enough patches to fix them. It's graphix are so beautiful that I can't bare to give it a 9 and the content is extroadinary! It'll keep you on your toes all day by whatever interests you may have! Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2014
    My second favorite game of all time.

    There is no other game out there like AO. Nothing comes close.

    I'd get into its pros and cons, but
    suffice it to say that its the most atmospheric and otherworldly gaming experience I've had in an MMO. I still love it after 10 years of play.

    Be warned: It does have a steep learning curve and its not for the impatient. But, on the flip-side it has the most intelligent and mature playerbase of any online game in the world. Trust me on this.

    The best part? Its free to try up to the first 200 levels (out of 220). However, I HIGHLY recommend spending 5 dollars for the shadowlands expansion at least.
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    only reason its a 9? graphics are older, but new engine is getting close now, as they are advertising it. with new engine, this game would be an 11/10. no mmo in existence is as big, has as much content, as many classes, and as much character customization as Anarchy Online. plus, its Sci-fi done right. the only downside? its a game designed for above-average and higher IQ's (which is often what sci-fi attracts in the first place). that is not an insulting statement, it is just a fact I've learned from playing AO for 8 years, with a break here and there. the learning curve is steep, and takes months, possibly years to experience the whole game. the difference between AO and newer mmo's, is that you must use your brain. putting on the best gear or equiping gear twice your level requires laddering implants, backpacks of gear swapping to temporarily ladder your skills to equip something that you should not be able to, which in turn bumps up skills to equip something else even more ridiculous to be wearing at your level. In any other game this would be exploiting. in AO it is the bread and butter, and is called "twinking" in AO lingo. no game in history has done this, or done it successfully to the scale that AO does it. when the new engine and starter areas are implemented, this game will be in a league of its own, and a perfect rating will not do it justice. until then, get some friends together and try the game. its definitely worth it. Expand
  4. Trajan
    Jul 5, 2002
    This is a pretty good and addictive game. As of July 2002 the bugs are gone and the game plays smoothly. One remaining problem is the lack of content for higher level characters. But since it takes a month or so of continuous playing (not powergaming!) to reach level 100 (out of 200) you can waste many weeks of your life before you get bored. Plus you can always start a new character with a different race and class and play for another month. Overall the game is worth the cost of admission and will get even better once the storyline begins. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2011
    I tried it out for a while but it just couldn't hold my interest for that long. It's not a horrible MMO, but it's just not quite as good as some of the other titles out there. The gameplay was just a bit too generic. I haven't tried playing it in years though, so my review is solely based on my experiences when the game was relatively new. Expand
  6. AnonymousMC
    Aug 13, 2001
    Sets the bar lower than ever before for MMORPGs, both for the despicable launch and the incredible number of high priority bugs that are still in the game a month and a half after retail release.

    Then, if you are lucky enough to get past the superficial bugs and actually *play* the game, you'll discover a load of _fundamental_ bugs underneath:

    -lack of content,
    -generic architecture in the missions,
    -lack of unique items, etc.

    This game is eye candy alone. Don't buy it.
  7. Mar 4, 2012
    must say that this game realy sucks lots of bugs and stupid things
    like kan target self with hostile nanos, kant move forvard with mouse
    buttons, move slowly when strafeing, controls bad, opens new chat window with eveyone u speak, missions are reperitive and boring and sends u very far away, aggro is junk, empty zones, classes broken unbalanced, map is junk doesnt show vendors, hard to find ppl for dungeons, stupid way to find new nanoskant change gui, nothing says where to go next, graphics are horrible, every mission place looks the same and enemies, bad music, bad minimap, too long cooldown to get inside yalmaha, invisible walls, cant fly over romes walls have to go down to the door and get teleported to next zone, jobe doesnt have a map, kant fly in shadolands and have to pay to get there and cant teleport Expand

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