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  • Summary: In the far off distant future, four homin races struggle for survival on the plant of Atys. Known as the 'living planet', Atys is growing and evolving on its own, sending tendrils into the sky and covering the lands with new life. This lush and vibrant world is the setting for The Saga of Ryzom, a multi-genre massively-multiplayer online game which is played out over a period of eight years during which players will be able to explore and adventure with thousands of others, in order to reveal the hidden mysteries not only of Atys, but of the entire Ryzom universe. Join the Saga, reveal the history and become the future. [Nevrax] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. With good graphics, great gameplay and concept behind the game, and overall decent sounds this one might be right for many of the MMORPG fans who have been waiting for a good title.
  2. 80
    Even tasks as trivial as harvesting can give hours and hours of joy as you tweak your actions to maximize your material take or your experience take. The community is welcoming and player progression gives you a constantly changing group of people around to play with.
  3. 80
    It seems like the beginning of a friendly, helpful community, and the world is so immense and full of life you'll want to see every inch of it.
  4. While The Saga of Ryzom is probably more simplistic then most MMORPG's its a lot more approachable to those new to the genre, however this is likely to deter those looking for something to challenge them.
  5. A slow starter. However, it's a huge world which is full of big ideas. Jump in now for a game that promises to be an interesting take on a staid genre - or hold fire a month or two to see how it lives up to its promises. [PC Gamer UK]
  6. The only thing missing from Ryzom's customizable battling, harvesting, and crafting systems is a lack of bothersome bugs. [Jan 2005, p.102]
  7. For a game with such amazing art direction, innovative game ideas, and a dedicated developer, it's a shame that it pimps you down unfairly and destroys your entertainment with double-digit deaths. [Feb 2005, p.69]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. K.Japhet
    Sep 28, 2004
    This is the most refreshing game to have come along in a long time. It sets the bar higher for all the MMOG's that have to follow in it's footsteps. Expand
  2. K.Sutich
    Jun 11, 2004
    This is an incredibly diverse game with new features that bring a decidingly fresh feel to the mmorpg genre.
  3. AndrewB.
    Sep 22, 2004
    The guy that gave Ryzom a 3 has no idea what a good MMO should be.
  4. EwandeD.
    Sep 20, 2004
    I found this MMORPG to be mostly a rehash of what others did before. It's mostly the same stuff as you'll find in any such game albeit with different graphics. Although they are quite nice and the universe is very original, the gameplay itself is intensely boring. Nothing to see if you've already played Everquest or DAoC. If you're looking for a change of setting as well as a dash of gameplay originality, you'd better move on to World of Warcraft or City of Heroes. Unfortunately, Ryzom doesn't have what it takes to make it. Expand
  5. JimD.
    Oct 10, 2004
    I wanted to like this game, I really did but I can't. The premise is great, the ideas and fresh approaches are great, but the actual implementation of those ideas are failures. While the grapics are nice they are not that great nor are they revolutionary in any sense of the word. On a scale of 1 to 10 the graphics rate a 6. The game is still raw and very unpolished. You will find code over many irtems and creatures in the game instead of the actual names, quit a bit of the interface is unfinished. Four races that are for all intents and purposes identical except in appearance. Mobs for each land again, for the most part identical. The actual game play is interesting foir only a short while. Then is becomes mind numbingly redundant. Very little to no interaction available with NPC. Yes there are missions but are the go get this for me types. Nothing new there. There are 2 patches planned at this time to fix and add content that are suppose to address many if the issues brought up here, I ask why I have to pay $50 for a game thats released to the public that already has 2 patches planned to addressed UNFINISHED aspects? I understand MMORGs are patched frequently, however these patches are not really fixes but things that should have been implemented before shipping. Another open beta released for $50 and dumped on the MMORG fans. Too bad really, I had high hopes and expectations for this game. With EQ2 and WoW right around the corner, save your money. Expand
  6. TomB.
    Oct 7, 2004
    One word: unfinished. more words: unbalanced, 4 races in game are the same - 4 graphically distinct homeworlds of races are same when comes to monsters. Generally - no one had time to think and code internals of this game - avoid for at least 1 year (if it survives this long). Expand