A famous R&B group once solemnly sang about how difficult it was to say goodbye, which is a sentiment we gamers are so familiar with. As we continue to look back at the golden age of MMORPGs, there are fans out there who are not willing to let the online games of the past die. We have seen well done simulation versions of Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes and Warhammer: Age of Reckoning not only beautify the virtual landscape, but even thrive with new content. Here is a list of 5 games that haven’t been fully emulated, but they deserve it.
Emulated MMORPGs are a difficult subject sometimes. They are unofficial versions, run on private servers, and are developed by fans who are generally prohibited from taking advantage of their efforts in running and developing an emulator, by charging for the services they provide. However, many players look back at some of their favorite games that are no longer running and yearn for those universes. We currently have some great emulators, of some of our favorite MMORPGs, but here’s a list of games that I wish we could see as fully emulated versions.
Marvel Heroes is a game that many gamers feel is dead just as it is finding itself. Marvel Heroes Omega just started rolling out on consoles after a rough couple of years on PC. Things started to work out, until Gazillion lost its license, which many speculated was due to some trouble with the CEO. Marvel fans have been disappointed, as the MMO ARPG has an ever-growing roster of characters and is slowly building towards a better endgame.
Definitely a long way from seeing a simulated version of Marvel Heroes. Guaranteed, Star Wars is now the property of Disney, and Star Wars Galaxy running you don’t need to bother with the SWG code, but any kind of simulation, stuff, characters, and code can seem like a short walk. Marvel Heroes is a much tighter tie than some of the others on this list because of the way Trion (now Gamigo) bought old Gazillions code and Marvel ARPG games still in development, dashing any hopes The hope for Disney is simply to look the other way for a revival of a once-popular MMORPG that will be a direct (and free-to-play) competitor to games currently on the market. However, a Marvel fan like me can still hope!
Many people probably won’t be looking forward to the return of Online Matrix, and honestly, you asked me a few years ago, would I be one of them. One of the best things about Online Matrix it was a way for the story to continue to live, after the popular trilogy ended. Players are led through a storyline that ends with Morpheus’ fate, and they eventually become part of “The Matrix” in a way that only an online game allows.
Unfortunately, the game is terrible. The kung-fu-esque combat system never felt right. The random quest system was fun on paper, but the lack of distinction between quests got boring after a while. Most importantly, the story feels like it has nothing left to offer the universe the movie has created. However, now with Matrix Recovery recently released, looks like there’s still some air left in the tank and I’d love to go back Online Matrix and be part of the world again.
Tabula Rasa needed a clear blocking vehicle of its own with a brand new emulation version. Many people out there may not remember Tabula Rasa, but it still leaves me confused about how quickly the game will close, despite its unique gameplay and exciting world. Even though the battle used more of a soft aim system, I vividly remember jumping over hills and shooting aliens in the face with an advanced shotgun-style weapon. The use of checkpoints was ahead of its time, as they were a major game feature that was a precursor to what would now be seen as something like Guild Wars 2’s dynamic events or rifts of Guild Wars. RIFT.
Then crazy things started to happen. Renowned developer Richard Garriott (AKA: Lord British) planned a space flight to promote the game, which was somehow terminated upon completion of the flight by NCSoft. This led to some major lawsuits between Garriott and NCSoft, and of course, when there was a big public fight between parents, it was the children who suffered and soon after. Tabular Rasa no more. There are still a lot of unknowns about what happened to Tabula Rasa But one thing’s for sure, there’s a lot going on in the game that I wish I had time to learn more about.
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
Adventurous adventures in a massive, seamless, dangerous world, just some of the features Vanguard: Saga of Heroes means must have. It has delivered on some of its promises. A unique hands-on crafting system has really spoken to players who really look forward to fighting their smithy to craft powerful weapons. A unique system of diplomacy, and a host of seductions, different from the usual classes are just some of the other features that make Vanguard: Saga of Heroes a really fun game.
On the other hand, the performance was disgusting. It’s not just launch day madness, but Vanguard: Saga of Heroes happened, but it was the constant “segmentation” of regions, bugs, and monotonous systems that terrified players for years, until the game finally closed. The main problem is, the game started a lot better before it drifted into the river. Complex systems inside Vanguard: Saga of Heroes are pieces of MMORPG history that I really appreciate and they need to live on in an emulator.
Is it weird, or wacky, or simple? Wild star? I remember the first time I jumped in Wild star I smiled because it was so weird. The voice of an over-the-top announcer, that flashy ability, and the silly character design caught my attention. Sure, I’m a weird personified animal, so what? Wild star there are many, let’s say, personalities, and that’s the kind of personality that we don’t see very often in MMORPGs, because developers are sometimes afraid to get over that fourth wall. It also doesn’t affect the combat system, which uses telegraphs to shoot and dodge abilities, which is easy to learn and a lot of fun.
It’s hard to say why Wild star not quite catching up. I know I’ve stopped playing it because there’s not much left to do in terms of story or an ongoing endgame that makes me happy. Wild star it’s not bad, nor is it inherently doing something so wrong that it caused a massive wave of player migration. Instead, it faded and never really figured out how to bring players back. Wild star is an intergalactic circus. It’s fun to visit, but you don’t want to live there. That’s why a simulator is going to be perfect, so players can revisit the best parts of the game, again, when the mood is up and down.
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Here is a list of emulator MMORPGs that I would like to see. Do you play simulator games? Is there a game that you missed, that you would like to be emulated or resurrected? Let us know in the comments section!
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