Order & Chaos Online becomes the first Xbox MMORPG for Windows Phone 8
After a three week Xbox Windows Phone release drought, we certainly didn’t expect a new game this week. My bet had been on Halo: Spartan Assault being the one to break the drought, possibly next week. But it turns out that Microsoft and Gameloft had different, happier plans for us this week.
Yes, Order & Chaos Online, one of the 12 Gameloft games announced for Windows Phone 8 last year, is finally available! Finally, we have an Xbox-branded Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) to play on the go. So few of those exist even on Xbox 360!
Of course, the usual caveats with a big budget 3D game apply to Order & Chaos Online. It requires 1 GB of RAM and clocks in at 1012 MB file size, meaning you’ll need more than four gigabytes of space to actually download it.
First off, Order & Chaos Online has a free demo that allows gamers to play until they reach experience level 8. So as long as you have a device that can run the game and the space needed to download, you might as well create a character and give it a go!
The first part of character creation is selecting a race and gender. The following five races are available:
- Human: These average Joes are allied with Order, the game’s heroic faction.
- Elf: The Orlando Bloom race lives in the forest and sides with Order as well.
- Mendel: This hideous, Ewok-like race was added to the iOS game later in its life. They are neutral and get access to unique mounts to ride.
- Orc: Created by elfish experimentation, the warlike Orcs side with Chaos, the game’s evil faction.
- Undead: The result of necromancy, undead characters follow Chaos.
You’ll find the gender buttons at the bottom of the screen. Swipe horizontally on your character to rotate him or her.
Next you’ll choose from four classes. Each class can develop in two distinct directions.
- Warrior: Can be a DPS (Damage Per Second - high damage infliction) or tank (high damage resistance) character.
- Mage: Ranged DPS class that can develop either Skyfire (fire) spells or Permafrost (ice) spells.
- Monk: Can be either a healer or a DPS/buff character.
- Ranger: Can be ranged DPS as an Archer or melee DPS as an Assassin.
Then you’ll customize your features and choose one of three servers: America (where I’ll be playing), Europe, or Asia.
Role playing on the go
After creating your character, you can finally start playing. You’ll likely see other human players starting out – the game will teach you to chat and interact with them soon enough. Talk to an NPC (Non-Player Character) with a scroll over his or her head in order to accept a quest. The first few quests basically serve as a tutorial, instructing you how to move, jump, attack, use the map, and more.
In my brief time with Order & Chaos Online, it actually looks like one of the best games yet to come to Windows Phone. The frame rate is higher than Gameloft’s previous open world games, and well in line with PC MMOs. With real online multiplayer and thousands of quests to complete, this one should keep RPG fans busy for a long while. Speaking of MMOs, if you dig Order & Chaos, you’re sure to love Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online when it comes to Xbox One and PC next year.
Order & Chaos Online – Windows Phone 8 with 1 GB RAM – 1012 MB - $6.99 – Store Link
Thanks to Mark Tepper, Steve Frolleau, Marcel, Guilherme, and Sir Switch for the tip!
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So we can cross our fingers. The bigger issue seems to be storage. There really needs to be a solution to requiring FOUR TIMES the download size. Apps should at least be able to determine what their uncompressed size and other storage needs will be.
This is how we support more games for this thing, right? :)
but you know, some minutes playing it and Im sure battery will die fast fast, with nothing you can do more than close the game and hope it will last couple hours more.
still a good game, it would be nice to play it and all, but of course playing a mmorpg in a phone sounds like battery will die fast fast fast.
ok now im going back to play a real mmropg on my pc: Aion! still best mmorpg! ;D
If you are already into mmorpgs, Im sure playing it on a phone for couple of minutes wasting your battery like crazy, isnt worth it, because again, i can always have Aion and i dont have to use a phone mmorpg.
But for someone who casually play games and wants to try this since its available in their phones, well its good I guess.
and now you are now assumming i dont play games in a phone? becuase yeah i play games on my phone, BUT this kind of genre is not good for a phone. I loved playing HydroThunder which is a good game with nice graphics, and its really fun to play. and controls dont feel awkward.
and taking into accont that this doesnt look any different than some other mmorpgs out there i have played/seen, games that are mostly free to play on pc. why would I want to pay/play this game if i can play a better game when i get to a windows x86 system?
because again... while this game looks nice for a PHONE and its nice WP has it..., it doesnt change its not the best genre for a phone, because you cant just plug a xbox controller to the phone (like you do with a windows tablet), so you are tied to touch controls. and in the end to play a game on a phone, waste my battery, be limited to a small screen, and NOT having confortable controls, I would rather play a better game in my phone, and wait (if im not close to a windows x86 device) to play Aion and play a good game with confortable controls.
but I NEVER said it was bad for WP, because having more games its better. BUT it doesnt change the fact that IF YOU ARE into mmorpgs and you mostly play them over the years in a pc, you wont spend money on this.
BUT of course its different if you are NOT into mmorpgs, and you only buy and play this because its not bad quality and is avaiable for Windows Phone. because welcome to the world where some players like to be competitive in games like mmorpgs that have alot of pvp and its about being fast and kite and smart, while using correct skills.
for example, do you remember Universe at War: Earth Assault?, it was available for PC and 360, and it even was cross-platform so you could play with more people. do you think that was a game meant for a console with a control? it SUCKED on 360. yeah it was nice to have but a serious RTS player, wouldnt have enjoyed or liked it. of course some people played it for the achivements or gamescore, others because it was crossplatform. but you should accept there are some genres that are not meant for some platforms, and a mmorpg in a phone, while nice to have, its not the great thing either. and again, not a great thing especially for someone who plays other mmorpgs on pc (not just me of course)
take care Paul.
now the long answer:
Aion never had bad graphics, maybe you confused it with WoW? ;D Aion even has 2 engines, difference? one engine supports AA, while the new engine doesnt but give you good graphics but of course its heavier.
of course Aion doesnt have the best graphics anymore like when it was released, there are better looking mmorpgs, BUT that means nothing in mmorpg space as you should know. the features and classes it has, well they are nice :). and Aion also has graphics for the kind of low hardware that can run it. since it was developed using Cryengine 1 (modified to the extreme). but graphics are cool if you have a really good nice GPU and you set everything to max. or use the new engine if you dont mind about AA.
Also like i said before now Aion is free to play, with a mainly cosmetic store (sometimes they can release some stuff like they give you enchantment stones or they sell you keys so you can open boxes that give you bad or good stuff). so in theory, it doesnt affect most of the gameplay pve or pvp (in other words its not pay to win).
4.0 was just released and it got 2 new classes: gunner and bard. some classes have gotten worse i admit, being Cleric is worse and worse after 2.x, and SM is ok, but not great, not much dps, and some skills like fear has been nerfed, so while still useful not that useful anymore. but Bard is nice, Gunner too, and sorc OP as always, chanter has gotten nice as well. the other classes havent changed much, they are still good, gladiator, templar, sin and well ranger is still OP :P.
BUt it has the best PVP available today, sometimes it can make you angry. but sometimes its fun. being PvPvE thats the price you have to pay. of course its ruined by Zerg, but you can avoid it.
and its not that grindy anymore, of course you wont get to 65 in 3 hours. but in 2 weeks you can get almost there, I did it in 3.7, getting to 60 in 2 weeks. of course I know the quests so i know how to do it fast. but still people can level up fast, you only need to do worth exp quest, not like every single quest. and alwys look for the higher level quests. while doing high level campaigns.
it has now a non pvp server called Fast Track Server, you can move there if you want, so you can level up, dont be annoyed by other race attacking you, and you get double exp in haunt and gathering. and people from other servers move there too, so its easier to find parties and stuff.
the next big mmorpg comes from Ncsoft as well, Blade and Soul looks really really good! but it will take sometime to hit NA. and it will be probably pay to play. so still at the moment, Aion pvp is the best out there.
like you go pvp zones, you can rift, you can go to Arena/coliseum which is fun playing 3v3... (1v1 is boring as always)
oh also Arena is done in Fast track server, so you get to pvp with people in other servers. so there wont be anymore like you fighting your own race in your server in arena.
but yeah yeah, it has changed alot, its really good. and its free in EU and NA. so if you are from there, you should try it. of courser now we get gold sellers but you just block them ha! ;P
Also high level non pvp areas can become pvp sometimes during the night, so you can have fun with people in those zones if you wish. also you can go and get fortress, like in tiamaranta, if you owned 2 fortress, you could go to eye, but you can also block or get blocked from going to eye for alot of hours, so its more dynamic, sometimes annoying of course if you are not pvp geared. but i can be fun as well.
of course in 4.0 now we got a new pvp area, so more posibilities to go and pvp around aion world.
and also you get Dredgion, which is a pvp instance, something like that. and it happens 3 times a day, and you compete against the other race for points, so the more points you get, the better AP you get. but you can just AFK and wait some minutes and get "alot" of AP as well. but it can be fun, especially if there is good pvp involved for points. and sometimes you rush to win. not so bad.
but well I like you see, i like Aion, and its been my favorite mmorpg, especially since it became free to play. ;)
but yeah is its better, and so different than when it was released 4 years ago. if you wanna try a really nice mmorpg, go ahead and download it, anyway its free to play now :P nothing to lose, only time.
and talking about ajvanbreen GW2 suggestion. well its not that great in my opinion, GW1 was amazing, but not 2. and you got to buy the game, which is not that great if you just want to play casually which means you would choose a free to play over a buy to play or pay to play.
so in my opinion GW2 is not better than Aion. not only for not being free but for the features Aion has. too many instances, pvp zones, I wont say its the most balanced game... because i have played private servers like NotAion and everyone has the same gear and then you feel how unbalanced each class is, but in retail servers you wont feel that much. so it can be fun solo or with friends.
and 4.0 was just released it got new zones and classes, gear, wings, and skills/stigmas, etc etc so its even better than 1 year ago :)
anyway, thats all i got to say, now time to go and eat my lunch! take care :)
What is the goal and the point of this kind of game? Is there any kind of definite ending to the game? Can you "finish it"? Or are you constantly walking, fighting, and talking? Does it ever end? Is there ever even a main goal to the game, or is it just doing a whole bunch of mini quests over and over and over?
I've never gotten into the RPG realm and not sure if I want to even give it a shot. I don't think I can handle a game that you cannot defeat.
Is there a way to import my android account to windows phone account, I have 3 level 60 toons