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[Preview] City of Steam: Diving into the Closed Beta

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City of Steam is a clear entry into what we like to think of as a new sub-genre of MMOs, steampunk. We offer our readers a brand new hands on preview of City of Steam. Check it out and then leave your reactions in the comments.

Whenever I hear the phrase “web based MMO” I instantly think of either MMOs for kids such as Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Online and Wizard 101 or turn based “social games” which require you to save up turns or energy while offline so you can play in tiny chunks of time. Don’t get me wrong, me and my kids are big fans of MSHSO and the 101 games, but the phrase never makes me think of a “full-fledged” MMO experience. So naturally, when I got an invite to take a tour of City of Steam’s upcoming beta build, I wasn’t expecting much. But I was intrigued based primarily on the setting and the idea that there could be a solid MMO experience in a browser. It has been one of the promises of the Unity Engine for a while now; someone has to eventually knock one out of the park right?

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  • TorvalTorval Posts: 12,154Member Legendary
    I'm am looking forward to this so much.  The game is a lot of fun with great lore weaving through it all.  There was a great community in the alpha testing and I'm looking forward to rejoining them and all the new people as well.
    Centuries ago, in primitive times, before the dawn of civilization, there were things that would be inconceivable to us today; such things as poverty, disease, violence, senility, and love.
  • SircaSirca VeveyPosts: 110Member Uncommon
    Really worth checking
  • eddieg50eddieg50 Tolland, CTPosts: 1,729Member Uncommon
    I playedin the beta a couple of months ago and it was a lot of fun
  • CedwenCedwen MoenchengladbachPosts: 1Member Uncommon
    They had running an so called Alpha-Version on Kongregate. I really like that game. Was really a fatastic game experience and that without download. :)

  • NL-RikkertNL-Rikkert schagenPosts: 124Member Uncommon

    It's a fun game, especially if you play to enjoy story and music. The setting and the way the lore is told sets itself apart from other games. 


    -  Great music

    - Original lore and story telling (near poem like cutscenes)

    - Very accesible due to it being browser based

    - Distinct setting (area)

    - NPC's aren't all clones (yes they exist but not as much as most MMO's)



    - Lower quality graphics (obviously due to it being browser based)

    - Slightly slowpaced due to lengthy text and slow cutscenes (great for RPers though)

    - Tutorial isn't very useful at all (IMO) 

    - (accidently) unequipping your gear just after character creation leaves you unable to              re-equip until you level up ( you start with lvl 2 gear on lvl 1, for whatever reason?)

    - (as of yet) almost non existent customisation

    When someone does something so utterly moronic that it kills your brain cells at the very thought of it.

  • ablindpoetablindpoet austin, TXPosts: 1Member
    Only con I am experiencing is reading the text in it's location. I don't know what it's like on a smaller TV or Monitor, but the text from NPC's or story related content on my TV is seperated way too far apart from my character's dialogue. Just kind of extreme.
  • bbbb42bbbb42 none, FLPosts: 297Member Uncommon

    The games textures look good. The camera takes a little getting use to, it reminds me of playing games on the xbox. So far i like what i have seen,  alot of hard went into making this game and it shows.



  • orionblackorionblack Wichita Falls, TXPosts: 493Member Uncommon
    I really enojoy this game. Been playing off and on since alpha (real life stuff sux) but over all I was pleasently surprised by the game and graphics. A definite check it out game , espcially since there is only the unity download.
  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 8,280Member Rare

    I think you are going to see more and more good browser games.   Certainly beats the huge downloads of client based games these days, nothing worse for me when I look at an all day download just totry out a game.

    To the guy above, don't see cutscenes as being a plus, even in story telling.

  • NL-RikkertNL-Rikkert schagenPosts: 124Member Uncommon
    @Ozmodan I personally enjoy lore alot in games and they way its being presented differently than most games. the quality and writing is great IMO. the idea was just to list the most important basics of the game.

    When someone does something so utterly moronic that it kills your brain cells at the very thought of it.

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