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  • Summary: Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes the player into lush forest planets, volcanic moons, and exotic alien civilizations. Face off against powerful alien soldiers, armored mechanoids, and vicious creatures! Use a wide range of weapons and unique alien powers to help the Allied Free Sentients (AFS) in their desperate fight against extinction. Tabula Rasa combines a vast, persistent game world and ongoing storyline with fast-paced action, resulting in a new approach to the design of multiplayer online games. Richard Garriott’s Signature Creative Vision – Features a rich storyline with culminating experiences, immersive tactile environments and a persistent plot. Take Role-playing to the Battlefield – Fast-paced action involving skill, stealth, and strategy combines with character growth and development (RPG) on a massive multiplayer scale. Unleash the Power of Logos – Alien technology allows you to harness the very fabric of the cosmos for healing, attacks, and more. Ethical Parables – Encounter ethical decisions while attempting to complete goals or missions that affect the people and environments around them. Battlefield Control Points – Entrenched positions on a given battlefield can change hands over the course of a battle and affect spawn points of both enemy and friendly characters. Character Cloning System – Innovative class system allows you to explore different character classes without leveling up a new character. Crafting & Economy – Participate in crafting and selling items. Player-vs-Player – Challenge other players in voluntary PvP mode. Integrated Voice Chat – Allows hands-free communication on the battlefield. [NCSoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. This is a game that's worth immersing yourself in. There may be a few bugs now, but they'll inevitably be fixed in a patch soon, and there's more than enough here to keep you coming back for more Thrax-spanking action.
  2. A promising FPS-flavoured MMORPG, which suffers from some bad lag and minor design flaws, such as lack of proper auction house and a bit useless crafting. [Jan 2008]
  3. It has a fantastic atmosphere, a good backstory, and a combat system that, when stable, is more fun than other MMOs'. It fails to break the MMO Quest/mission structure though. [Jan 2008, p.70]
  4. After all, if the creator of many popular videogames can’t stop playing his own titles, that’s probably the best statement that they are worth your time as well.
  5. Deliver on your promises, Mr. Garriott, and it'll be a winner. [Feb 2008, p.100]
  6. 75
    The original sci-fi story also helps distinguish it from others of the genre, but rather than obliterating the old dirt road and starting entirely from scratch, Tabula Rasa takes what has been laid out and travels a little further.
  7. A slightly better than average example of the MMO's out there, and brings a lot of the breadth of play from World of Warcraft along with some gameplay that is similar to City of Heroes. Despite my general disdain for chewing on my feet, I have to give this game two detached toes up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 56
  2. Negative: 7 out of 56