Anarchy Online: Shadowlands
A new world has been discovered. The world of Rubi Ka, for the most part controlled by the giant conglomerate Omni-Tek, was long ago split into different dimensions by the former masters of the planet. Now, scientists have discovered a way to visit this new, forbidding place. Will the scientific discoverers be able to hold on to their new discovery, or will Omni-Tek devour it? Or will other, more mysterious beings play their hand? Discover the fate of a world in Shadowlands!
Shadowlands, the latest expansion to the impresive Anarchy Online multiplayer experience, adds another layer of depth and richness to the complex, yet promising title. Tons of new items, skills, the new Jobe scientists area, and other options (along with the original game) are rolled into one simple package for hours of sci-fi gaming goodness.
AO's engine has been successfully overhauled, and it shows. While still lagging a bit behind their MMORPG counterparts, AO's graphics are crisper than earlier titles, and seem to allow more options than the previous version. Audio is a mixed bag, but for the most part adds ambience and mood where appropriate. Make sure to keep the control sheet out if you're a neophyte like myself, because there's a lot of different commands you'll need to have on hand before you can become fluent with the AO universe. The connections are crisp, and allow even 56k players to play the game with a minimum of lag and downtime.
With all that it has to offer, AO's crown jewel is, simply, its adherents. Anarchy Online is filled with a plethora of people, all of whom I came in contact with were friendly, willing to assist with any small problem I came in contact with. In fact, the entire gaming experience, other than a few minor grammatical issues in conversations with NPCs and the necessary huge patch downloads, was as close to flawless as I've seen. And another thumbs-up for offering both titles together so as not to gouge the consumer! Recommended to all MMORPG players, especially those looking to learn about multiplayer cooperative games.