Dead Frontier Online: Zombie MMORPG
A review of Neil Yates’ zombie apocalypse MMORPG.
When I saw the banner ad for yet another free MMO I almost ignored it, then I remembered spotting the beginnings of this game on a few free flash game sites about a year back. It was the artwork that reminded me of the game, which had some potential. There is a warning when you first log in that the game is in Beta stages still with many more functions to come. Since you are allowed to drop real cash in the game to buy stuff, I say it is no longer in true Beta. There is also a warning about violence and graphic images, but that just made me want to play more.
I popped over to the site and began registering for a new account, to my surprise they did not even have an E-mail validation system in place, something they had better look into in the near future if they don’t want to be spammed with tons of fake accounts. I was watching the intro of the game in less than five minutes. The intro was well done, a montage of newspaper clippings and artwork depicting the infection and resulting aftermath.
Character creation was simple, you build a themed look for your character, choose a gender and a class. The class selection needed some explanation as to what the associated skills actually did, as well as what made each class special. Some descriptive text about the class would have also been helpful.
You are immediately dumped into the game with a screen titled Nastya’s Holdout. This is the safe haven where your character starts out and can retreat if need be. There are a few options littered about the screen. Since I didn’t have much in the way of money I took the option in the lower left corner: Inner City. I was not disappointed; I exited the outpost and went out into the dangerous streets of “Fairview”, the city that your character currently resides in. Most of the commands were pretty simple, WASD or arrow keys to move, number keys to select between your weapons, and left click on the mouse to shoot.
I found you could search the burning wrecks of cars, shelves and of course bodies. Bad news though it seemed impossible to find anything. After making over a hundred looting attempts I found stuff a total of four times. A 4% chance to locate things makes looting VERY boring. I did however find plenty of zombies to kill. They swarmed me like I was a double bacon cheeseburger with extra cheese.