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  • Summary: Runes of Magic is a fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), in which words can create, but also destroy. Here you can explore and discover a magical world full of wonders and ancient riddles. Encounter arcane and dangerous creatures and solve the mystery of a long-perished kingdom. You have access to a dual class system which gives you the freedom to combine your main and secondary class, in order to build your character the way you want conceive it. Learn professions and special skills, to forge mighty armor and weaponry or to enhance them. Accumulate unique in-Game collector's cards, which provide you with information and data of all creatures you have already encountered. Relax after a hard day of labor in your own house, which you can arrange just the way you want to. On your long journey from a helpless novice to a proud hero you will always be accompanied by magical runes and potent oracles - fragments of the divine book Taborea. Use them wisely for they might also lure you on to destruction. Master their handling and do not repeat past mistakes. Legend has it, that he, who embraces the oracle and acquires its might, will garner absolute power over the future. It is now up to you, to write the history of the world! Choose from a flexible class system with six main classes and 36 combinations. In addition you have access to a dynamic item and rune system, as well as three gathering and eight crafting professions. Obtain your own house, which you can proudly show your friends and others. Fight against powerful monsters and obtain magnificent treasures and glorious titles. Be astonished by regular updates. [Frogster Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. By all indications, Runes of Magic is only going to get bigger and better. Although it's available for free, if you love the game, you should feel obligated to support the developers by visiting the Item Shop. If you're a purist, keep in mind that you can purchase items that are purely cosmetic. Consider that your price of admission to a wonderfully enchanted world.
  2. What's important is that Runes of Magic is an excellent starting point for players who haven't tasted MMOs before, thanks to its free2play model. Players who will most certainly move up to pay2play titles after they've seen and done all there is to see and do in RoM.
  3. Granted: This is not WoW, but Runes of Magic is the ideal entrance into the MMORPG world, since it's completely free.
  4. The MMORPG market is as wide as ever, although most of the public is monopolized by Blizzard, but there are alternatives for those who get tired of World of Warcraft and want to try another worlds, or prefer to join the online RPG world without spending a cent to try and see if they like the game.
  5. Certainly one of the most intuitive and easily enjoyable free to play MMO in the market.
  6. For me, Runes of Magic is impressive for a free MMO, perhaps even the best, but predictably it's nowhere near as good as its subscription-based rivals, WoW and Warhammer Online.
  7. A free MMO whose ingenuity does little more than simply streamline what we've seen elsewhere. [July 2010, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    10
    The games great. People may have had bugs n stuff but my game is working excellent. Had no problems with hackers or anything. Theres ALOT to do almost like WoW but its free Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2010
    7
    This game is just like WoW, of course, we all know that. But we also know that WoW is a 6 year old game, and Runes of Magic plays like a 6 year old game with the god awful grinding. Once you get past the cool world and atmosphere, the game will get boring. Oh yeah, the download is ridiculous too. I think it was 8GB or something for the first two chapters alone! And only a helpful disc from a magazine alleviated the time it took to actually get into the game for the first time. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2011
    7
    As far as free MMOs go, you won't find one better than this but when you compare it to retail quality MMOs, it just feels like a watered down version of WoW with graphics made purposely bad to look like it. It's obvious their target audience were people who said "I want a game like WoW but I don't want a monthly fee"

    The game does have a few nice touches like Siege Wars PVP, dual class system, housing, and leveling up is done by completing quests rather than aimlessly killing enemies with no real goal in mind. The game can be great fun when playing socially with other people but alone the "get x amount of y" fetch quests get tedious
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  4. Feb 6, 2011
    1
    I played this game for several months before the hackers got to be too much. All over the ROM forums are complaints about how hackers have gotten into accounts and stolen gear, money, and gift shop items. Also all over the forums is the lack of help or interest from the company itself. I too experienced a hacker of my high level gear and found out first hand that the forum complaints are correct. After over a month of either generic or no responses I found the game to not be worth the time unless you are a hacker who can fight back for your own gear.
    Game interface - okay, a lot of lag and the guild wars are still beta after over a year
    Character selection - only 2 races, has duel classes, but must switch between the two, very limited on the spells which crossover
    Play - Okay as long as you stay out of high lag areas, which includes most busy towns.
    Customer service - is none, do not expect any help
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  5. Apr 2, 2012
    1
    A good game that sins for having a terrible support or assistance. Many bugs, serious problems that do that this game is very frustrating to play or impossible to contact technical service if you have some doubt or problem. A pity because it's a good game (RoM) with a pathetic assistance (Frogster). Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2012
    1
    When the game was first released it was great, however at this time it greatly suffers from still using the first version of the World of Warcraft engine causing endless memory leaks and bugs. Right now it feels like the game is a large band-aid from all of the quick fixes and work arounds for the several segments of the game that do not function correctly.

    Graphics are like how World of Warcraft was back in 2004-2005, however that is if you are ever able to run for max settings without crashing. Most people who play this game can handle this game at its max graphics settings with little trouble, however the higher graphics settings in the game causes a large number of memory leaks and crashes the game every 10 minuites. Dont even think about going into main cities most of the time, even if it is empty, it will almost crash your game every time you walk into one or teleport around to other zones down to the point that everyone who has played to this game until max level is now "used to it", THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!.

    There are 3 classes you can choose for each character, this is a nice idea however you only have the quests available to level 1 class to max level and are forced to use the 10 repeatable per day quests in order to level up the other 2 classes for the character. If you want to try out another build or change roles, it is faster to play an alternate character up to max level in order to do so, otherwise you will be waiting for months until you are able to do so.

    For being a free game you cannot get anywhere with it still remaining free, right now they increased the level cap to 72 from the release of 50 and try to make people use the in-game shop just in order to level. The way this is done is having a large gap of quests, in addition making the later zones unreasonably unforgiving with experience dept that is makes it no longer fun to play at a very early portion of the game.

    The translations in this game as well are good up until the point that the game was initially released, you will see quests become so vague or even just descriptions are so far past being incorrect that it just confuses people who are doing them. The is mod support for helping with the quests, however, the mods for them end after the initial release zones and the second half of the game you are left to fend for yourself. This game also has next to no up to date databases, making this equally as hard as well.

    The community in this game is one of the worse that I have ever seen in any game to date. It is not easy to get assistance from people anywhere, in addition to that there are some events and or locations on maps that people will fight over using any and every thing at their disposal (this includes exploits and hacks), While Frogster states that they do care about this, they will not do anything to solve this problem or punish the ones who do it, making this game on top of the other problems it has, significantly worse.

    Player vs player in this game is another of the worse designed aspects that any game has ever had. PVP is fair until people begin to get a little bit geared and quickly turns into a game of whoever hits the button first wins (you deal over 100k hits to people with 30k hp and scales up from there). The in game Guild vs Guild or "Siege" as its named in this game suffers from the same if not worse problems that the rest of the PVP has. Players can go into the Siege at any level, however all player made stationary targets (Wards/Towers) are all max level, making all lower level players unable to even hit them. A Single person at max level can take on a full team of people 10 levels under him/her due to this very reason as well.

    Overall this game is no longer made for new people to start playing, enjoy and believe that it is still free. But only for people who have everything in the game to further enjoy each of the expansions that come out for it.
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  7. Dec 23, 2010
    0
    Positive sides: - Nice graphics - Fun to play at beginning. Negative sides: - It's grind fest when you reach end levels. - More and more cheaters in pvp and sieges every day. - Scammers all around. - No dia/gold trade since 6 months. - Game crashing all the time. - Bugs everywhere which aren't fixed. - Warden is a broken class since the release. - Unbalanced classes - Bots everywhere. (including GM's) - Goldsellers still at the bridge of Varanas. - Crappy customer support. - Balance between F2P and P2P players is no more. - They sold publishing licenses of some countries, and without a fore warning, they put an IP-Ban to all related countries. - Lack of communication between Players, Publisher, Developer. ... The list goes on. Expand

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