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  • Summary: After a millennium of strife, toil, and struggle, the world of Aerynth suffered a massive catastrophe from which it has yet to recover. You must choose how to survive in this new and treacherous land. Whether the path is to quest alone, build a city, rule an empire or siege enemy kingdoms, you are empowered to follow your calling. Only in Shadowbane, can you truly change your world. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Wolfpack's idea of a MMORPG is unique and wonderful, and in some areas they delivered perfectly; in others, the delivery was a big letdown.
  2. Shadowbane has jolted much-needed new life into the massively multiplayer genre - a genre that was showing every sign of being drowned in a flood of derivative games. It's a brave attempt at something new, and it succeeds. [July 2003, p.70]
  3. Has the most ambitious plan for post-treadmill play of any MMORPG released to date. [July 2003, p.71]
  4. Disappointing. Not for newbies or those looking to jump into established worlds.
  5. In Shadowbane, the players get to remap the world, and that's something that just hasn't been done before. It's a significant achievement, and an engrossing gameplay experience that should be applauded, albeit cautiously.
  6. The combat and chat systems seem to be adequate, and the experience apparatus will satiate the level-hounds out there; but all told, Shadowbane is decidedly average. [June 2003, p.117]
  7. While it’s simple and easy to get into, Shadowbane seriously lacks the depth and long term appeal of titles like "EverQuest" and "Star Wars Galaxies."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    Such a great game once they got their servers stable. Was a rough release with the servers not able to handle the player load in large sieges. When it went free went back to it and had insane amounts of fun. Collapse
  2. KyleH.
    Apr 25, 2003
    I love this game. It really feels much more alive with player driven cities, guild combat, etc...
  3. mishforest
    Nov 13, 2006
    FREE FREE FREE- Now that the game is completely FREE its amazing!!! Try it what do you have to loose now that its Free. Overall great game if you like PvP, which who shouldn't, it gives you reason to really want to come back because it makes it much more fun. If you dont know what PvP is go download the game for Freee. Expand
  4. Shadowbaner
    Mar 24, 2003
    Good game overall, has its flaws like any other.
  5. AaronS.
    Jul 12, 2003
    Several patches later, the game is much better shape. The lag isn't as bad, it actually plays on Radeon cards better now, and errors aren't as common. If you like PVP or buildings cities, give it a try. If you left earlier because of technical problems, it's worth another look. Expand
  6. WoodyC.
    Apr 18, 2003
    A lot of fun! A great burnout buster for EQ, DAoC, and AC fans alike.
  7. eXtReMeGaMeR
    Aug 29, 2003
    This game is just another crappily slapped together sandwitch of sh.t. This doesn't even deserve a 1. I haven't met anyone who's been able to keep the game running stable for more than half-an-hour without the game crashing so hard a complete "flip-power-switch" ordeal was needed. Seriously, if you ever manage to get it to work, this crap is practially unplayable due to the lag. Save your money. Go get ANYTHING besides this. I should make my own crappy pc games, slap a nice label on them, a little high-budget promo from a big company, and then release a 10% complete pile of crap. Teachers always tell us that we should always complete our work. Guess these idiots flunked high school or some crap and got their friends-in-high-places to give them their jobs. Don't bother with this crappy game. Expand

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