Archive for March 2010

MMORPG Info Logo PvP on the Offensive

Part Three of our series on PvP in Evony. Be sure to read the PvP overview and Alliances in PvP before you go on the offensive!

Summary: Find out the enemy play times, don’t telegraph the attack, use waves to clear their layers and defences. Finish off opponent’s archers with a mass of cavalry. Co-ordinate with allies against tough nuts. Use cavalry waves to reduce your opponent’s loyalty (which takes at least 90 mins). You can’t capture your opponent’s last city. If it is not their last city, you can capture it but you need a spare city slot.


MMORPG Info Logo Pretty vampires, with cloaks, lots of cloaks

I’m lusting over this YouTube clip of simulations from CCP, who are developing White Wolf’s World of Darkness into an MMORPG. CCP are best known for Eve Online and they look to be breaking new ground with these simulations of very natural looking clothes and hair:

The game is a few years away but this is another MMO that I’ll be awaiting with interest.

Thanks to Phungi for bringing the video to my attention ūüėČ


MMORPG Info Logo Secret World : Official Trailer

Last October, I wrote about Funcom‚Äôs New MMORPG: The Secret World. It’s been a bit quiet since then but now Funcom have released a trailer on giving us the first public glimpse of gameplay.

The Secret World is getting a lot of attention, with these reviews posted out with the current newsletter:


MMORPG Info Logo Alliances in PvP

Part Two of our series on PvP in Evony. Be sure to read the PvP overview first to make sure you don’t miss a trick!

Summary: Keep your play times and ‘online’ status quiet, even from your own alliance. Get into a good alliance with experienced players. Use your army to defend others. Communicate to set up traps.


MMORPG Info Logo PvP overview

This is the beginning of the PvP section of our series on how to succeed at Evony without paying money.

Be sure to read the previous posts in order to maximise your chances of success at these strategies: City Placement, Evony Heroes, Production and Playing the Market, Leveling heroes and farming medals and Combat.

Summary: Play towards the long game, build up strategically. Get into a decent alliance. Avoid getting honor.

You probably just started playing Evony because it is advertised everywhere, but you’re probably still playing it because it’s like a multiplayer ‘Civilisation’. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Mini Reviews

2010 has been packed with new games but thank goodness we have Wukung to help us wade through the titles. His recommendations at last year sorted out the bulk of my Christmas shopping and I asked him if he would be happy to share his views of current games with subscribers to MMORPG-Info. These are predominantly single-player games with a bias towards the Xbox.

A group of reviews balanced against each other can be much more useful for making a decision and we’re hoping to see regular updates from Wukung on games as they are released throughout the year.



Zelda-style exploration with God of War inspired combat though nowhere as good as either in those respects. The pacing of upgrades is off and the games style won’t be to everyone’s taste, though I enjoyed it. Darksiders is decent adventure while it lasts but entirely forgettable.


Bayonetta has the over-the-top combat of Devil May Cry combined with the precise control of Ninja Gaiden. In game flow Bayonetta is the pinnacle of its genre, though I can’t quite get past the extremely silly set dressing which brought down the experience a bit for me.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

I’ve not spent as much time as I would like with this game yet, but there is so much depth I feel I could play it for months and barely scratch the surface. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom feels very much like the successor to the Marvel vs. Capcom series and delivers the same over the top action. Though superficially simplified for example gone are separate punch and kick buttons with simply light, medium, heavy attacks, the system has so many quirks to learn that it doesn’t really fit the quick-to-learn, slow-to-master paradigm any where near as elegantly as Street Fighter IV. Still enjoyable fun and quirky. You will need either Game Cube controllers or classic controller to play this.

Mass Effect 2

Strong plot, great presentation, great game play. I loved the first game, Mass Effect 2 succeeds in improving on it and upping the stakes in the story. While I am a little disappointed with how heavily streamlined the RPG advancement aspect has become, overall the game play is much improved.

Dante’s Inferno

I’ve not spent a great deal of time with this game so I might revise my opinion a bit. It pretty much plays as God of War. I think it has been unfairly compared on occasion: overall I found the handling much sharper and responsive than the first two God of War games. The main selling point seems to be the Horror of the vision of Hell itself. It’s not bad but it doesn’t really do anything special either.

BioShock 2

There is a line in the game about how a joke told the same way won’t be quite as funny. That is pretty much BioShock 2‘s problem. BioShock’s story wasn’t really the one that unfolded as the game played, it was the story of Rapture that you discovered through the environment. BioShock 2 just doesn’t recapture that feeling and it feels very much like it is shoe horning its back story into an already self contained story. What BioShock 2 does improve on is the game play, for example by allowing you to use a gun and plasmid at the same time. The ADAM collecting sub game that goes with adopting a Little Sister is played out too often and adds a lot of busy work that drags the pace down. However setting people on fire, covering them with bees and then hitting them with a drill is a lot of fun.

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

I have to confess I am an Ace Attorney fan boy. If you have enjoyed the series so far then there is no way you will want to miss AAIME (I’m not typing out the full name again). If you have yet to experience the Ace Attorney series this is not a good jumping off point. Despite the apparent departure in structure AAIME is incredibly close in format to the other games, to the point of having the same problems.

Heavy Rain

Basically the same game as Fahrenheit minus the Mayan wizards and crap, so pretty damn good. Heavy Rain sets a new standard in interactive story-telling and even puts Mass Effect 2 to shame on the digital acting front. Where it falls flat is the game part, but that’s not what Heavy Rain is about.

It’s still not the end of March and there is run of promising titles: Blaz Blue, Final Fantasy XIII, God of War 3, Yakuza 3, Red Steel 2. Sadly it looks like No More Heroes 2 has been pushed into April.


MMORPG Info Logo Brewday Events

Brewday is back with a new quest, a limited collection and new crafted items. This year the live event will last until the 22nd of March. [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Knife and Candle

I was on my way to my flat, lost in a daydream of a steaming porcelain cup filled with freshly brewed Rosie, when I heard a scratchy voice. It sounded something like “Oi you,” a disturbing phrase at the best of times. I kept walking, hoping that perhaps I’d imagined the hiss in the general rumble of the ‘Neath.

“Pssst, over here.”

There was a gloomy silhouette leaning against a pillar, only just visible in the half-light of the arches. I looked behind me. A rat scurried across the pavement. I could hear the hiss and groan from the Underground station. A tendril of mist curled around my feet. There was no one on the street but me and my unseen assailant.

“Yeah, you,” the shadow whispered. “Is that a mandrake in your pocket?” [More…]


MMORPG Info Logo Combat

This is Part Five of our series on how to succeed at Evony without paying money.

Be sure to read the previous sections in order to maximise your chances of success at these strategies: City Placement, Evony Heroes, Production and Playing the Market and Leveling heroes and farming medals.

Summary: Archers are key troops, they need to be layered to be effective. Try to fight a lot and scout so you know you’ll win. Develop “combat technology” and “hero attack” for an advantage. Ballista is a key troop for farming.

Archers are the best troop type in most circumstances. Whoever designed the combat in this game seems to think that the Battle of Agincourt was typical.

The main combat strategy is to layer (or rainbow) one of each infantry troop with a mass of archers (exceptions detailed below).  Valleys ranging from level 1 to 3 never have archers in them: you can guarantee a win with 50 archers and rainbow (1 warrior, 1 pikeman, 1 swordsman and 1 worker) and probably much less.


MMORPG Info Logo Leveling heroes and farming medals

This is Part Four of our series on how to succeed at Evony without paying money.

Be sure to read the previous sections in order to maximise your chances of success at these strategies: City Placement, Evony Heroes, and Production and Playing the Market.

Executive summary: Attack each valley you can every hour. Attack often to level heroes. Scout L8 to L10 valleys for easy targets. Capture valleys to stop them changing on server restart.

Once you have the maximum number of valleys captured you can continue to attack valleys – this gives experience, loot, resources and (rarely) a medal. Each valley can drop a medal once per hour. If you do not have a target rich environment (e.g. you can only attack low level valleys) then you can release a captured valley to refresh the troops and loot. However, this does *not* refresh the medal drop chance, that is fixed hourly.

It works like this:

  1. Attack a valley (‘A’) and capture it.
  2. Attack another nearby valley (‘B’). It is now¬†empty.
  3. Release the valley ‘A’
  4. Attack the valley ‘B’ again and capture it
  5. Now attack ‘A’ which is full of troops (exp) and loot
  6. Release valley ‘B’
  7. Attack valley ‘A’ again and capture it.

Repeat the whole sequence again to get lots of exp and some lumber, stone or whatever.

Troops¬†in a valley refresh on a server tick so it is worth sending a modest force to recapture an ’empty’ valley unless you know when the server ticks and are not at risk of a respawn. In that case, capture the empty valley with 1 scout. [More…]