Average User Score: tbdApr 13, 2013Top Eleven is being developed by the Serbian indie developer Nordeus and today is considered to be the best manager game in Facebook with 6,6 million active users per month. It's designed to apply in both those that like Football Manager and want to try a free-to-play MMO manager or casual football lovers as well.
First of all Top Eleven is very easy to learn (even women play it). You begin by creating your team (Name, Logo, Home-Away shirt). After that you have the tutorial guidance of..Jose Mourinho to learn the game's basics.
You always start with Level 1 at the point of season where everyone else is. At the end of season the top 7/14 teams will level up and the top 4 will gain access to the Champions League. There is also a Cup draw with other users, similar to your level.
You can have a maximum of 22 players (starting 11 7 subs). Each player has 15 attributes divided to 3 categories: Defence, Attack and Physical & Mental. You can level up them as you wish after each match. Considering tactics, you can play any system you want with in-depth characteristics about mentality, pressing, focus passing etc.
Transfers are being made by auctions using in-game money tokens. For every bid you lose a token. So in order to enter each bidding round you must lose a token. At the end, the manager that bids (loses) the most tokens will win the auction and the money of his bid will be reduced from his total balance. If your tokens end you must buy them using credit/debit card or try to earn free tokens through some methods being given occasionally by developers.
Another method of spending tokens is boosters. You have health, morale and fitness boosters. You can spend them to reduce injury time, give higher morale to players or improve their fitness after a training to be ready for the next match. If your boosters end you can spend tokens to add more.
Top Eleven has the most smart game engine among all other manager games in Facebook. A stadium's attendance gives 0-5% possession depending on whether the stadium is full or not. When you watch your game live you earn +8% possession for your team plus boosters. But the most important thing is that you can invite your friends in the game and have them as supporters with each of them giving 2% possession. Game engine is being shown only with match commentary and possession bar (like Championship Manager 3 series) but this might change in the future with a 2D pitch with dots, like Championship Manager 4, or even game sounds in major events, like goals, chances and cards.
The most negative thing with Top Eleven is that when tokens end you have to spend real money to earn some (14 Tokens cost 1.55 euros) and you will definitely need them to get more players, outbidding other managers. Of course you can be very careful and bid to players early in the morning ot late at night so that you have more chances of getting them. Some other minor issues that have to do with servers (mostly players not supporting each other due to being in different server) are about to be solved by Nordeus in the future. Generally, it's a very addictive experience which will keep you for many years to have.
Signed: A Top Eleven level 23 manager.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Oct 4, 2012NBA 2K had some good tradition, but this time it just goes down. Jay Z might have deep Basketball knowledge, but that doesn't mean that he can be a good managing director. User interface is really really bad (it never was the best in series, especially if we compare it to Fifa 13 or Football Manager). Each screen has very few menus which keeps you lost, the loading screens gets you nuts and even the start of the game pushes you to fill a lot of information before you can play. Sorry I'm not here to fill my CV but to play basketball. One of the new features is that when you create your player you can pay credits and buy Adidas clothes, shoes and various other accessories. The more matches you play, the best for you to earn credits. That reminds me of Fifa 13 tactic with the Shop. Basically Konami started it with PES, and all the others followed.
In terms ot gameplay, NBA 2K13 does well. It has realistic defending (manual to be honest), shoots must have accuracy in jumping and counter-attacks by pressing the buttons corresponding to players are a good way to score. All rules are strictly applied like 3-second violation under the basket so pure realism here.
But in terms ot graphics NBA 2k13 gets a merely 7/10. Textures have a bad design, dynamic lighting doesn't even exist, physics might seem ok, but anti-aliasing is awful. Moreover, career mode gets boring due to the number of questions asked which need reply (and can't be avoid) among with events which can't be skipped, like the Draft event.
About Online, good news is that you can play without lag (especially one on one) with the well known online modes. That's one of the biggest tweaks this year. But in overall, NBA 2K13 fails to fullfil the needs of an experienced basketball players. It's more than an overall change to the "Jay Z pattern" then a serious change to the series.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jan 23, 2011Darkfall is a PvP oriented sandbox MMORPG, based in real-time combat system (like Oblivion). Developer is Aventurine S.A., a small independent greek company. The game has gone retail only in Greece, as no official publisher has announced a worldwide retail version for up to date. Thus, the game is sold online through DarkfallOnline.com.
In Darkfall, players can choose from 6 races: Humans, Dwarves, Mirdain (Elves), Orks, Mahirims (Werewolves) and Alfars (Night Elves). The game has an open world where PvP is allowed anywhere outside NPC city limits. Graphics have a realistic appearance, with handmade buildings and beautiful looking ships. Character models lack anti-aliasing, while the sound itself is ok with some environmental sounds missing. Gameplay
The gameplay is the strong part of the game. An open world means that you can actually move your character to dive into water or climb any mountain. Combat system is balanced, as there are no levels. Players only improve their skills from a 1-100 range. When they reach 50 and 75 in Melee and Archery masteries, they can buy new skills. Plus, when their magic skills reach 25, 50 and 75, they can unlock new magic schools and buy magic efficiency upgrades. In general, Melee, Archery and Magic combat can be combined all together as there are no limits on how to battle, cast spells or heal. Besides the open PvP, Darkfall is also a crafting based game, as all basic in-game items are crafted by players themselves. Differences between races only have to do with unique skills. For example, Dwarves can have durability bonuses to their items, Alfars and Humans can increase their maximum mana, Orks can increase their maximum health etc. A.I. of all mobs is also high, plus there are no clues of where mobs are hiding, which means players have to trust browser-based maps like the famous yourmom map (http://feylines.net/yourmom/compatible.aspx) to be able to find their desired farming spots and city locations.
Darkfall combines three genres in one: MMORPG, First-Person Shooter and Strategy. Camera is permanently in third-person view, but it switches to first-person when a staff or bow is equipped. Strategy elements only exist in Player Cities, where Generals can build buildings, upgrade them or build cannons. Clans and Sieges
Darkfall Online has two servers, European and US, both holding up to 10.000 players on each. There are about 100 player cities which can be captured by Clans. Sieges can take part in any time, 22 hours after the attacking clan has declared a siege. Battles are vast, with hundreads of players fighting all together. This also causes some server lag in certain areas. By collecting a vast amount of resources, players can create Ships Warhulks and Artillieries, which they can use in sieges to take advantage of their firepower. Naval battles usually take place during sieges or sea fortress sieges (Sea fortresses are captures temporarily for some days). Ships differ from small boats with 1-3 cannons, to huge frigates with dozens of cannons and floors on them. During battles, players can use cannons to fire, cast spells, swim across the enemy ship or dive and fight in the open sea.
With the largest and non-instanced world that has ever been created, Darkfall is perhaps the most competitive next-gen MMORPG. The fact that itâ… Expand