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  • Summary: ArchLord is the creation of NHN Games, one of the biggest Korean MMO developers and publishers. ArchLord delivers a unique competitive premise to MMO gamers: the opportunity to rise to become the game world’s supreme ruler. Every month, one player takes control of the world and with it the opportunity to wreak havoc on their cowering enemies as the player gains control of supreme global Archlord powers. The game's world, Kantra, is fantastically realised with stunning visuals, created using Renderware, and the game features incredibly atmospheric in-game audio recorded by the world famous London Symphony Orchestra. ArchLord also introduces one of the most advanced and complex PVP combat systems ever in any MMO, which utilises sprawling free battle areas and special guild battlefields that enables players to battle in fearsome guild versus guild battles. With an ever-evolving storyline of conquest and betrayal, ArchLord presents an epic adventure in which players band together as they quest for the ancient relics of the Archons. Each relic bestows incredible power on those who possess it and when relics are combined they deliver ultimate mastery over the fundamental forces of creation for there can only be one Archlord! [Codemasters] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 11 out of 15
  1. It ends up being a fun MMO romp for casual players and a rich PvP hamster wheel if you're sitting out there with an axe to grind. [Christmas 2006, p.84]
  2. Given a year or so, Archlord might be a solid title. Right now though? It's not worth the money.
  3. The game has some rubberbanding (where you bounce back a dozen yards or so while running) but that does not occur all that often.
  4. 40
    Other than the exclusive ArchLord gimmick, we're left with a dated-looking game with limited classes and a lot of grind, and a miniscule chance of something cool at the end if you really throw yourself into it. Not exactly our cup of mead.
  5. I personally wouldn't recommend ArchLord to anyone; there are much better games out there and much better ways to waste a few hundred hours or so.
  6. The art design is solid, though technologically, the graphics don't impress at all. At press-time, the chat is nightmarish, and the user interface a pale shadow of other MMOs' well thought systems.
  7. Don't play this game. Its boring, its repetitive, and all of the elements in it that are supposed to hook you and draw you in have been executed before and far more effectively in other games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. StevenC.
    Nov 24, 2007
    Best online-game for codemasters, grafic:9 even better than wow, gamplay7:camera to sensetive.
  2. NickB.
    Jan 28, 2007
    My experience with this game comes after is was dropped to $30 and went to free-to-play, so I had no monthly investment to consider. Essentially, Archlord is a fun MMO with elements similar to WoW and GW. It's strength is in ease of play, excellent PvP (better than WoW imo) and the fact that it looks very nice on my mid to lower end system (in fact, I expected it to look and run badly on my system based on the reviews, but not so). The downsides I have seen so far: the controls are slightly awkward at first (but I figured them out), and the character building options are severely limited. You have three races, each race is limited to two or three classes, and each glass is gender-based (i.e. all orc hunters are female). Not sure if this changes and more options open up later....but it's closer to Diablo or Sacred in terms of what your character choices are than WoW or GW. Some observations: despite what others say, there's a system in place to limit PvP kills against low level characters; doesn't ewlminate it, but penalizes those who engage in it. The class dynamics are pretty diverse, but initially the game is very simpole an dstraight forward for the first several levels; later on it gets very detailed. And finally, PvPers will find a lot to enjoy here; later levels and guild battles can get really exciting and involve some real strategy and skill. Overall, I prefer Archlords over EQ2 and DDO, but it's still just a notch below GW and WoW.....although those who just want a change of pace could do worse than to check this out, especially now that it's free. Expand
  3. WelshT.
    Aug 3, 2007
    Lots of bashing of this game but if you want a free-to-play MMO then it's more than worth a look.
  4. MartynC.
    Oct 1, 2006
    A terrible game, Innovative idea, but seeming as though you are more likely to get hit by lighting then be the Archlord its hardly worth the price, The graphics are horrible, even on the highest settings you can still see individual pixels on the floor, Flawed chat system, repetitive grinding for levels, Unoriginal character design and awkward movement make this the flop of 2006, Such a great idea wasted, And for the money their asking each month? Go buy World of Warcraft, City of heroes or Eve Online. The game also favours those who have more money, as the people on the higher monthly amount get benefits over those paying less. Noone can champion such a poorly designed, Programmed and thought out game. Expand
  5. MarkH.
    Oct 24, 2006
    The initial section of the game is generic grind-em-up, and with higher level players obviously camping the starting city for easy kills. The game didn't hold my attention for longer than a few hours. Expand
  6. RMcAuley
    Oct 20, 2006
    Nothing really new here. Another Korean'esque mouse click fest. If it wasn't for open pvp you could fall asleep at the keyboard and still lvl. Expand
  7. ChirsW.
    Feb 11, 2007
    I give this a one because it actually qualifies as a game, unfortunately you can get better ones in every way free from DL sites the elements it has similair to GW and WoW is its an MMO just imagine everything implemented well by these two games and replace the word "well" with the word "awful" you start to get the idea I really cant see how anyone who has played any other game of the genre could score this with over 5. Expand

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