Legacy Online

a game by Sega
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
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As the success of online games continues to grow, developers are flexing their creative muscle in an attempt to take advantage of a largely untapped market. The biggest success so far has belonged to the RPGs as players become immersed in the game and can pick up where they left off without having to restart. Many have been looking for other genres to go online as well but creating a game that can survive when you're not playing can be challenging. In an effort to tackle this issue directly, Sega has created a real time strategy that takes the first step in addressing these design challenges.

Legacy Online gets around the problems of creating a lasting experience without being annihilated offline by taking aSim City approach and focusing on the economy. As a business owner, you set out to build an empire that would make even Walmart jealous. To do this you'll have to become skilled at building different stores, working with other business owners, and even running for different political offices. It gets significantly more complicated as a complex economic structure is used that closely emulates a capitalistic society. Many variables must be taken into account from location to the product you're offering.

Legacy Online begins by selecting a planet to place your business. This is critical when considering whether to begin on a planet with a well-established business base or on a planet with less competition. With a nest egg of $100 million, there are plenty of options to become successful even on planets with large amounts of business owners so the planet selection is more of a preference issue. Now you can start building your empire by putting structures in ideal locations while keeping an eye on the competition. You'll need to work deals with other players, collect prestige points by building civic centers and parks if public office is in your future, and keep a close eye on community trends to exploit any potential cash cow. You'll find communication with other players critical to your success. Brokered deals may significantly impact your ability to increase your fortune.

It can be slightly overwhelming at first but there are tutorials that help you get started. After a couple of hours, you should be comfortable with the basics of the game and start expanding your company. Although Legacy Online does adequately create an experience that can survive offline while being challenging and rewarding when online, the basis for the game isn't going to appeal to a broad audience. Economists and those interested in business development or even city development will probably be glued to and impressed with Legacy Online accurate reflection of a capitalistic society. The unique experience created, however, will probably have a difficult time keeping the interest of players who are more action-orientated and may even find running a business to feel more like work.

If you're not sure an economic simulator is up your ally, $10 for one month is probably worth the risk. If you don't like it, you're only out the $10 but you'll at least walk away with a better understanding of running a business.

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