Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion
Life is definitely not bliss on Rubi-Ka. While heading for your new life on the surface, your shuttle is attacked by an unknown alien race, and you barely survive an emergency crash landing. Emerging from the wreckage, you find yourself on a heretofore unknown beach, filled with even stranger creatures then you expected, and only one thing stands between you and the life you would choose for your future.
A horde of alien invaders, bent on destroying Rubi-Ka.
Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion, the latest expansion to my favorite Norwegian company's Anarchy Online, adds some new facets to the already detailed world of Rubi-Ka. Although there's not too much cosmetically new with this expansion, the new alien experience model and an already excellent online following make Anarchy Online: Alien Invasionworth a look.
As mentioned earlier, there's not too much new to the expansion other than some new items, the Aliens, and a small beginner's area. In fact, at first glance, the expansion was a bit disappointing compared to AO:Shadowlands. However, delving into this title showed quite a bit of exciting newness previously missing with other expansions. Fighting HORDES of Aliens as a group, for example, and defending large areas from waves of alien attacks, was a nice touch, bringing a feel of solidarity in a grand scale with other players. The in game music is simply some of the best of its kind in any title, delivering good nuance and mood to different scenes. Graphics aren't bad, but there's no real upgrade from earlier versions of the game.
If you're new to MMORPGs, Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion's a bit of a learning curve problem if you're trying to do it all on your own. Keeping the shortcut card out is a must. But this leads me to point to the strongest part of Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion: The players. There is a large contingent of players, almost all of which are helpful and friendly to relative neophytes like myself. I was able to get up to speed quite quickly with the assistance of some truly excellent gamers, which is the reason you're playing an MMORPG in the first place.
If you're looking for lots of new, flashy graphics or big updates to the original AO, this expansion might be a big disappointment. But for my money, Anarchy Online: Alien Invasion is an excellent addition to the Anarchy Online multiverse. A must-have title for AO fiends.