Two Great Free to Play Browser Based Mmos
Browser based doesn’t always mean boring. Check out these two great browser based MMO games!
Many a gamer find themselves sitting at a computer searching for a new game to play, whether it be for lack of anything better to do, boredom with a previous game, or simply a taste for something new. However, people who constantly download the best MMO’s might not have the RAM to run a new game. Plus, the risks of downloading and installing a game from an untrusted source on the internet are terribly high, and increase every day. So, when downloadable MMO’s fail us, we turn to the only other option available: browser based. While browser games often don’t have the capacity for detailed, beautiful graphics like the downloadables, the storylines are often just as good, and may browser games come from the developers of your favorite downloadable games. Here are two of the best that I’ve personally played.
Crystal Saga is a relatively new free to play browser based MMO released by Aeria games, the maker of some of the world’s most popular download MMO’s such as Grand Fantasia and the highly acclaimed Eden Eternal. While the graphics obviously aren’t breathtaking like it’s downloadable counterparts, Crystal Saga offers a fantasy-themed storyline similar to that of it’s siblings. The battle system is very similar to that of Eden Eternal and Grand Fantasia, and the quests and dialogues are roughly equivalent. There is virtually no customization when you first start off, giving you a cookie-cutter character that looks just like the next guy from your class, but if you don’t really care about your character’s dashing good looks and prefer to focus more on the gameplay, then Crystal Saga might be right up your alley. You have your five typical classes: knight, ranger, rogue, mage and priest. The game allows you to capture pets, which help a great deal in battle, taking come hits and pretty much doubling the damage you inflict (I was personally weirded out when I found out that you could capture certain human-type monsters as pets). Despite it’s few shortfalls, Crystal Saga is a fairly popular game, and pretty fun, as far as browser games go.
I’m sure you guys have seen AT LEAST one ad for this one. Pockie Ninja is a fan-made free to play browser based that incorporates characters and ideas from Naruto, Bleach, and now, One Piece. However, you in no way have to be a fan of any of these anime to play this game and enjoy it. The graphics are surprisingly good for a browser based game, and the characters are presented in an adorable, chibi-style. Again, there’s barely any customization, but as far as games go, it’s a good casual game to play. It’s fairly easy to level up five or ten levels within the span of half an hour or so. While you don’t HAVE to be a fan of Naruto, Bleach or One Piece to enjoy the game, it adds a certain level of amusement to see two of your favorite characters from two different shows duking it out. It was developed by a Chinese company, so some of the English is a little shaky, but still entirely understandable. The game offers a story mode, where you play through quests and level up, and an arena, in which you battle PvP with other players. I just started playing this game today, and I have to say, it’s one of the best browser based games I’ve ever played. It’s really fun, really casual, and you don’t have to know the shows at all to understand and enjoy the game.
A common misconception is that browser based games aren’t as fun as those games you download. The graphics may not match up, but the gameplay is around the same level, depending on what game you play. I hope to play a few more browser based MMOs as I search around (as soon as I get bored with Pockie Ninja!), so I’ll be writing much more on the subject!