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#1 Mar 07 2010 at 1:57 PM Rating: Good
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Not sure how many of you remember this game, but S-E released another MMORPG few years back but it was never translated/localized for the NA crowd. Apparently the developers they passed it off to have now done so, and it might be a good way to kill time until XIV comes out for those of you who are bored with XI. ^^ It's F2P, here's the link:

http://fez.gamepotusa.com/landing/index.aspx
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#2 Mar 07 2010 at 2:33 PM Rating: Decent
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has it gotten good reviews?
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#3 Mar 07 2010 at 2:46 PM Rating: Decent
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I actually just started playing, seems decent so far, especially if you're into PVP. Graphics are mediocre, but this means it can run well on just about any system. It appears the game is in OB until the 10th... but, I'd recommend trying it out and forming your own opinion. It doesn't take long to download/install.

Edit: graphics kinda crappy actually...

Edited, Mar 7th 2010 3:29pm by Onionthiefx
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#4 Mar 07 2010 at 3:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I tried to play it years ago but had difficulty with all of the Japanese. The game failed pretty quickly in Japan too, which didn't exactly pique my optimism.
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#5 Mar 07 2010 at 4:49 PM Rating: Decent
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I can't believe this is made by the same SE that makes FFXI. Just from looking at their site they are too customer friendly! I mean, look at some of the events they have listed on their homepage.

For Example:

GM War
03/03/2010 - 03/10/2010

Are you ready for war? The GMs of Fantasy Earth Zero are recruiting you to help conquer the world of Ecetia. Every day two GMs will be facing off to see who has the better army. To find out what location they will be fighting in check out the FEZeroGM Twitter. Locations will be posted 10 minutes before the event.

So, why can't SE let GM's have fun like this in FFXI. This has GM Dave written all over it!

Or This:

GM QUESTION TIME
03/03/2010 - 03/10/2010

Having trouble starting out? Don't know how to start a war? Don't worry, the GMs of Fantasy Earth Zero are here to help. During the event period, the GMs will be in the capitals of Netzavare and Yelsord helping out our new users. Check out below to see what goes on at the GM Question Time.
- Step by step on how to play directly from the GMs
- Additional questions and answers from the GMs

This is a great opportunity for all those who are having trouble!

So, let me get this straight. SE is actually allowing GM's to answer questions and are....let me get this straight....confident enough in their answers to set up a Q&A session!

Run for your lives everyone, the sky is falling!


Edit: And I even missed the best part.

BEST BUG REPORT
03/03/2010 - 03/10/2010

We are looking for bugs in Fantasy Earth Zero and we need your help. The 10 best bugs that are found will receive a prize.
Prizes
3 winners will receive $30 in potcash and a special Venomous Head
7 winners will receive a special Venomous Head
*All winners will be selected by the Gamepot USA staff and prizes will be awarded once the game goes live.

I thought the only prize SE ever awarded for reporting an issue was a free ban.

Edited, Mar 7th 2010 5:53pm by EklmForever
#6 Mar 07 2010 at 4:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Actually, I doubt that SE has much if anything to do with these events since they turned over their servers. The GMs are likely employed by gamepot, not SE.
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#7 Mar 07 2010 at 4:54 PM Rating: Good
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Kachi wrote:
Actually, I doubt that SE has much if anything to do with these events since they turned over their servers. The GMs are likely employed by gamepot, not SE.


Ah, that explains it. I thought I was losing my mind for a minute there.
#8 Mar 07 2010 at 5:10 PM Rating: Good
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I tried it... it's horrible.
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#9 Mar 07 2010 at 5:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Too bad, the art style is really nice.
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#10 Mar 07 2010 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
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The first MMO to fuse western game design with eastern graphic design will probably be hugely successful.
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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
#11 Mar 07 2010 at 5:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Don't remember how long ago it was but i used to play it on the Japanese servers. I really liked the game but I always got people telling me I was lagging in wars because I had to use a VPN. I was not seeing any lag but everyone else sees me lagging which basically made me quit the game. I'm excited that it came to USA so I can play the game with no lag. Not happy about leveling up another character all the way again but happy none the less.
#12 Mar 07 2010 at 5:51 PM Rating: Good
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@Eklm

For what it's worth. SE outsources it's NA Customer Service work to Sony Online Entertainment*. So theoretically your comparing Sony to Gamepot in spite of the Squeenix logos plastered proudly all over both games.
Isn't corporate interplay just grand? XD


*(or at least they did when I was still playing)



Edited, Mar 7th 2010 6:58pm by Zemzelette
#13 Mar 07 2010 at 6:09 PM Rating: Decent
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Kachi wrote:
The first MMO to fuse western game design with eastern graphic design will probably be hugely successful.


Like... an MMO-version of Kingdom Hearts...? <3
#14 Mar 07 2010 at 6:20 PM Rating: Good
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Edit: And I even missed the best part.

BEST BUG REPORT
03/03/2010 - 03/10/2010

We are looking for bugs in Fantasy Earth Zero and we need your help. The 10 best bugs that are found will receive a prize.
Prizes
3 winners will receive $30 in potcash and a special Venomous Head
7 winners will receive a special Venomous Head
*All winners will be selected by the Gamepot USA staff and prizes will be awarded once the game goes live.


FFXI had a best bug contest also about a year ago first place was a perma ban
#15 Mar 07 2010 at 6:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Like... an MMO-version of Kingdom Hearts...? <3


I don't know how much of the gameplay of Kingdom Hearts is by western invention... I wouldn't assume that the licensing rights to use Disney characters entailed any heavy degree of western gaming involvement.

But of the few hours I've actually played it in addition to its reputation, my impression is that it's a very solid game. Probably not conceptually targeted well enough to this generation of MMO gamers, though. I was thinking more along the lines of original concepts.

Though I do feel that SE tends to embody the successful integration of gameplay and graphics better so than any other company that comes to mind.
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Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
#16 Mar 07 2010 at 6:41 PM Rating: Default
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i saw cell shaded and immedietly closed it.

I like very few cell shaded games, they have to be done properly. a fantasy game that is cell shaded... i will never like
#17 Mar 07 2010 at 7:15 PM Rating: Decent
It could be fun, for a F2P MMO, but right now it is far to laggy to really enjoy. Can't even add my skills to the action bar, ping is so high in the game.
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#18 Mar 07 2010 at 8:43 PM Rating: Decent
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I tried it and wasn't impressed. Granted it IS still in Beta, but c'mon its been released in Japan now for a long time. Aside from localizing the client, there shouldn't be much "beta" involved.
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#19 Mar 07 2010 at 9:01 PM Rating: Good
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Allods online is probably the best f2p MMO I've ever played (which doesn't actually mean much)...I doubt this would compare.
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It could be fun, for a F2P MMO, but right now it is far to laggy to really enjoy. Can't even add my skills to the action bar, ping is so high in the game.

On that note, I find it kind of funny that they list the recommended connection speed as FTTH 50Mbps or Faster:
fez.gamepotusa.com/landing/content/download.html

More shocking would be if Square-Enix actually designed the game to make good use anywhere close to that amount of bandwidth. The only way such a thing would be possible would be streaming all their textures/models/maps instead of storing it client-side.

There is a better chance that Gamepot (being a Japanese company), just forgot to change the system requirements when they brought the game to the USA. Not to say you can't get a 50Mbps+ here, just that it is no way as common as Japan where 50Mbps+ is the norm.

On the subject of lag, I really hope FFXIV requires at least a 1.5Mbps broadband connection and Square-Enix does some major server hardware upgrades along with widening each server's pipe to the internet. I hated that everybody lagged in FFXI (which was designed to be playable with a 56K connection) when a lot of people gathered in one place.
#21 Mar 07 2010 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Allods online is probably the best f2p MMO I've ever played (which doesn't actually mean much)...I doubt this would compare.


My uncle has been playing a ton of F2P MMOs lately (I think he must have played about 50 by now) and he said that Allods is the best he's played too. I think he was similarly optimistic about Aika, which is in beta, but my memory isn't so great-- maybe he was just talking about the graphics for a F2P. He did say however that Allods is basically a WoW clone with better graphics and a cash shop (and a rather unkind death penalty). Presumably less content as well.

Odds are good I'll end up trying it out with my girlfriend. She was getting me into WoW but I don't want to drop good money on a game that I'll probably not touch after XIV comes out. ****, probably won't touch once I start playing XIII.
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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

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Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
#22 Mar 07 2010 at 10:12 PM Rating: Decent
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I played on the Japanese servers a few years back it is actually a really fun game and will help you kill time if you are into pvp. With this development of it finally hitting usa I'm quite happy. Over all it is a nice game to kill time and PvP in 50v50 battles are really fun.
#23 Mar 07 2010 at 10:42 PM Rating: Decent
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I have been having fun with it. The game is still in Beta and there are a ton of things that have not been added. I haven't had any issue at all with lag though. Been participating in 50vs50 battles like they boast and it has been wonderful. A lot they can improve on, but again the beta just went live less than a week ago.
#24 Mar 07 2010 at 11:29 PM Rating: Decent
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What Yog said, lol.
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#25 Mar 08 2010 at 5:37 AM Rating: Decent
I tried it, and it's somewhat addicting. The PVP aspect of it anyway. I also have been checking out the F2P market lately. I'm kind of liking N.E.O a little better. If you want to check it out Here is the link.
#26 Mar 08 2010 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
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i saw cell shaded and immedietly closed it.

I like very few cell shaded games, they have to be done properly. a fantasy game that is cell shaded... i will never like


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#27 Mar 08 2010 at 11:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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The only good thing about this game is the Kenji Ito soundtrack.
#28 Mar 08 2010 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
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Hmm... I can think of quite a few cel shaded Fantasy games that are real good. The tales of Series. No More Heroes (not much of a fantasy game but its good cel shading. Valkyria Chronicles (Absolutely beautiful game) Games that gave cel shading a bad name. Legend of Zelda the Windwaker and a few other that were just awful.

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#29 Mar 09 2010 at 9:34 PM Rating: Decent
It seems ok as a game, theres not a whole lot to do right now other than pvp tbh so i cant say it kept my attention for too long. The Character design and artwork really reminded me of Vagrant story.
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#30 Mar 09 2010 at 11:09 PM Rating: Decent
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what is F2P?
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#31 Mar 10 2010 at 12:10 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
#33 Mar 10 2010 at 8:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Kachi -

Allod's died the minute their item store came online. Don't board a sinking ship. This article sums it up rather well:

http://www.massively.com/2010/03/01/allods-online-announces-changes-to-cash-shop-pricing/

The pricing were downright insulting. A little bit of research and you find that once you get into the meat of the game (PvP, raiding) you will die .. a lot. That's fine. Death is an integral part of every MMORPG. In Allod's, however, there is a stacking, severe death penalty. A single stack gimps you, and at 5 stacks you're almost completely useless for 50 minutes. Yes. FIFTY minutes. To get rid of the debuff, you need "perfume." You guessed it- that costs US$. At the originally listed prices, it would cost you about $13.50 for 10 hours of debuff free gameplay. For a weekend of raiding, or one night of hardcore pvp, you spend what a P2P MMO costs for a month.

If that isn't bad enough, you only get an 18 slot bag. Want 24? That'll be $20. Yes. $20. Finally, perhaps it was a bug, but interestingly the best enchantment-like-thing you could get for a piece of armor cost $600. Someone calculated that at that price, it would cost $42,000 or so to gear up. Probably a bug, but in lieu of all the other prices, it was the cherry on the cake.

I uninstalled the game minutes after seeing the prices. Ragequit? maybe ... but I have my principles. I'm exactly the crowd they are after - "Westerners are all rich, let's overcharge!" (the game costs a fraction of the US prices in Russia). I am not "rich" but I have enough disposable cash ... but my principles steer me clear of foreign companies trying to exploit me.


As for "Western gameplay w/ Eastern art" there is Runes of Magic. Fail.

Sorry to be the party pooper, but the MMO landscape sucks in general right now. I'm still subbed to WoW, but basically don't play ... because it's the best of the worst. My hopes are all wrapped up in FFXIV. It's not for lack of trying. I've played almost everything on the market to some extent, and it's all just the same **** in different piles.
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#34 Mar 10 2010 at 9:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I actually had already heard that about Allods, but I had also heard that they recently adjusted it to make the perfumes much more affordable.

Whether or not it's still reasonable enough that I'd want to play with such a severe penalty, particularly when I don't intend to spend a dime on the game (but then I don't really care about reaching end game that much either), well, I don't know.

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As for "Western gameplay w/ Eastern art" there is Runes of Magic. Fail.


I wasn't really talking about F2P. The graphics are obviously not that impressive on F2P, not that I think Runes of Magic has a particularly eastern-style graphic design anyway.

Edited, Mar 10th 2010 7:16pm by Kachi
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Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...

Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.

Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.
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