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  • Summary: Vendetta Online is a massively multiplayer game, debuting this summer, which will permit thousands of players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heros, orVendetta Online is a massively multiplayer game, debuting this summer, which will permit thousands of players to interact as the pilots of spaceships in a vast universe. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heros, or outlaws. A fast-paced, realtime "twitch" style combat model gives intense action, coupled with the backdrop of RPG gameplay in a massive online galaxy. Three major player factions form a delicate balance of power, with several NPC sub-factions creating situations of economic struggle, political intrigue and conflict. The completely persistent universe and detailed storyline add to the depth of immersion, resulting in a unique online experience. [Guild Software] Expand
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  1. A decent sim that does things mostly right. It provides a solid framework for an online space sim, but it needs additional content to build and sustain its appeal.
  2. Early missions can be a bit of a grind, and you can't buy anything fancy right away, even if you have the cash. [March 2005, p.66]
  3. 65
    To the casual gamer though who just wants to be among a bunch of other players in the same game, almost every other MMO is recommended over this one.
  4. 60
    The Vendetta Online community, though small, is fantastically helpful and supportive. The VO forums are not filled with whiners. The game is not filled with jerks.
  5. The game succeeds too well in creating the emptiness of space—I want to feel the emptiness of space, not feel like the game is lacking way too much content.
  6. If you’re looking for a lot of polish here, you’re not going to find it. If you like space sims, and "Star Wars Galaxies" isn’t doing it for you, it’s worth at least downloading the free client and checking it out.
  7. A lot like "Freelancer," only boring and with a monthly fee. [May 2005, p.94]

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  1. Mono
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    Freaking awesome!
  2. SarahR.
    Oct 27, 2004
    10
    I?m a Beta tester for VO and I?ve been really pleased with the game. What I like about the game. The ships are customizable and there is new I?m a Beta tester for VO and I?ve been really pleased with the game. What I like about the game. The ships are customizable and there is new equipment available every time you earn a level. The first ship looks like a VWbus but it was explained to me that as a free ship it has to be ugly. When I got to level 1 combat I was able to buy a cooler looking ship. It doesn?t feel like a leveling treadmill because by level 5 you have access to a lot of ships and equipment. You can go higher in levels but you don?t have to. You can develop your character any way you want. I?m a trader who does some fighting on the side. I?m hoping to join a trade guild soon. The stations are all different and the sectors have special effects. In one area everything has a purplish glow because the nearby star is very dim. The asteroids ?rock!? some even spin slowly which is a nice touch. The server seems extremely stable which is very important to an on-line game. The developers seem to listen to our suggestions on the testing forum and are always giving us new stuff to try out. The players can develop their own ideas and you don?t have to stay on a scripted path. Expand
  3. DaveL.
    Feb 22, 2005
    10
    Best 3D flight in space ever. You can choose where you fly and fight or trade or mine. Game Dev's are always improving the game play and Best 3D flight in space ever. You can choose where you fly and fight or trade or mine. Game Dev's are always improving the game play and evolving it after release. The number of different ships you can fly is great and they all fly differant. Ship equipment is different as you go from station to station so you need to move about when you feel you can. All in all, its the best of elete / privater and Earth n Beyond all in one game. I see fantastic things comming into the game as the first year from release starts :) Expand
  4. Gargantula
    Mar 9, 2007
    10
    If you are looking for a great twitch (real time)based space game rpg so far, this is it! There are only 4 developers who made and are If you are looking for a great twitch (real time)based space game rpg so far, this is it! There are only 4 developers who made and are improving this game! The game is progressing nicely and they have listened to our suggestions on the forums and continue to do so. This game will constantly evolve into the best real-time space game in the MMORPG genre if it keeps going the way it is. Jumpgate is the competitor to this game and that game doesn't offer much. EVE Online is not a twitch-based game so it doesn't compare, although the graphics are nice. The critics should re-review this game when Version 2 comes out later in 2007. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    Vendetta Online remains a true diamond in terms of gameplay, survivability, and fun. There is no other gaming experience that has come closeVendetta Online remains a true diamond in terms of gameplay, survivability, and fun. There is no other gaming experience that has come close to reproducing the effect that Vendetta Online's multiplayer space twitch combat deftly inspires. The company Guild Software also deserves applause for their dedication and vision in bringing this experience to users in the face of overwhelming odds, and for their honesty and innovation in maintaining and developing their remarkable end product. I was fortunate enough to meet the lead developer, John Bergman, and this furthered my confidence that Vendetta Online will continue to grow and come into its own as the years continue. As a subscribed user since the Alpha stages of June 2003, I highly recommend this product to anyone with an interest in coruscating and intuitive combat in a rich and believable world, or to anyone with an interest in games in general. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Dec 25, 2007
    10
    The only thing more amazing than the great focus on intense gameplay exhibited by this MMO, is the fact that small-time company Guild The only thing more amazing than the great focus on intense gameplay exhibited by this MMO, is the fact that small-time company Guild Software managed to develop it, and is still pumping out new features and content every month in the shadow of huge MMOs with bigger publishers and enormous corporate backing. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2012
    10
    While considered to be in the broader MMORPG genre, VO is technically more of an MMOFPS. It has a strong focus on hands-on first-personWhile considered to be in the broader MMORPG genre, VO is technically more of an MMOFPS. It has a strong focus on hands-on first-person piloting and combat, with a slew of other activities like trading, mining, crafting, racing, and various player-organized events mixed in, with a minimal focus on grinding and roleplay. It is a community-oriented game with a small, close-knit and dedicated community of players that is slowly but steadily growing. The learning curve starts out a little bit steep, but it doesn't take long to grow adjusted, and it is a very fun, rewarding, and addicting game when you do. It is under constant development as it has been since 2004, by a small team of developers, and gameplay aspects are added or changed periodically. Expand

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