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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
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  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
  1. MikeB.
    Jan 9, 2008
    10
    Despite what a lot of the nay sayers may be posting i had more fun in this game than i have had in any game to come out in the past 10 years. Sure there are some bugs but those will surely be addressed. The new gameplay style is awesome compared to the boring old MMO style found in every single MMO. Now if you liked the way the older games played then this new system might not be for you, but that doesnt mean it sucks. It just means you like things the old way and this game isn't for you. But for those players that are looking for something more real-time and different then this game probably has something to make you happy. The graphics aren't the greatest in the world, but at least they used great colors and environmental effects to keep the world from looking bland. Overall I think this game was just super amazing to play. Any game that can get me back into video gaming (hardcore style) is worth a 10. I almost completely swore off games because of all the crap coming out (on the PC anyway.) Expand
  2. JackieJ.
    Nov 4, 2007
    10
    This game is like a breath of fresh air. I like shooters, but I'm not as super accurate as the people who eat, breathe, and sleep FPSes. With TR, I can have my cake and eat it to.... rpg and fps melded together! Expand
  3. CassieB.
    Nov 6, 2007
    10
    Beautiful graphics, engaging gameplay, fantastic UI.
  4. JamesR.
    Oct 12, 2007
    9
    Phenomenal fun, but suffers from memory issues, lag, and a very bitter MMO crowd, with very demanding tastes. It breaks so much new ground and does things so differently that it may be too much too soon for an audience who needs it. Expand
  5. HolyMoley
    Nov 7, 2007
    9
    There are sooo many things to consider when appraising an MMORPG. But most importantly, I'm having fun without it feeling like a job. I really have enjoyed the pacing so far in this game. I'd give the game a 10 if I couldn't think of any ways to improve it, so I gave this a 9 as I think there are a few MINOR graphic and performance issues. They don't get int the way of the game at all, but they're there and a little annoying. All in all, I think it feels new and refreshing when it comes to gameplay and character class. Oh, and the combat... You feel so much more engaged in it without the pointless cool downs. They balanced the weaponry out by adjusting the damage, not just making your toon stand there for three seconds, doing nothing in between attacks. Hey Richard Garriott... Nice game, man! Expand
  6. WillL.
    Nov 3, 2007
    7
    This game is not bad. Its a refreshing new approach from the typical sword/sorcery/D&D rehash that you see in 99.9% of MMORPGs out there. The RPG element is light, not hardcore like WoW or FFXI. The game could accomodate the casual gamer who are not usually into MMOs and/or RPGs. The concept and ideas are great, however the execution is less than WoW, pardon the pund. That is not to say its a bad game, but its just does not have the amazing "factor", not near the caliber as WoW or FFXI, particularly as a first impression during the beta. Two ways to describe this game as a critique: weak RPG with "fast 3rd/fps-like action" or Planetside on RPG-training-wheels. Again, good game, but not so great as to charge it $50 AND $15/month fee. IMO, either make this F2P or free to register and only have monthly fees. I think NCsoft's $$$ expectations are a little too high, i might just stick with RRO and Granado Espada until then. Expand
  7. joshq
    Dec 21, 2007
    0
    WTF... why is this game rated so high, it sucks. The combat is just like any other mmoe xcept tehres no changes whatsoever in the middle of a fight except like the 4 skills u have lol. the game's story couldnt compell a 5 yr old, the graphics are shitty even for an mmo, wows 4 years old kids and it has better so stfu if ur one of the ppl sayin the graphics are good in this game, i swear wen i first saw trees i thought they were a cliff and teh best part is u cant walk between the trees lol? anyway the little pvp tehre is sucks believe me, like i said ur gonna have like 8 active skills tops by the end of the game.. lets be real this game is autoassault with human models.. 100x worse pvp, worse storyline, id say worse graphics especially terrain wise and even more static (boring) environments, an hows auto assault doing o wait it closed down because it couldnt even make the profit that MMOs u laugh at make... if u think im makin up my comparisons between autoassault and this game, check it out urself, tehy run on NCsofts same engine basis similar to city of heroes. DONT FORGET THIS GAME COSTS LIKE 15-16$ PER MONTH Expand

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