"Guaranteed to take you back to the good ol' days of RPGS!"
I wish that was true, but unfortunately that didn't require a player to jump over to another site in order to get "gems" and other junk. Sadly, this is the way of online gaming and profit is the only way to keep the creative cogs moving.
Don't get me wrong, Fantasy Online is certainly fun. I think the best parts of it involve the additions of humor added to intricate descriptions of items and quest logs. Very much similar to that of the Mardek RPG series.
There are problems which need to be fixed, but that will come with time as always. In fact, playing the game with others just seems like more of a chore. If anything, I was hoping for something along the lines of creating your own back-up characters to aid you in battles. Instead I get barraged by "hey, you want to be my friend and party up" messages like crazy. I mean no disrespect to other players, but I want to experience much of the game by myself first.
Lag is another problem that always occurs when a game is played on crowded servers. I mean, these servers are filled to the top. A few extra servers will eliminate the problem for the gamers playing now. I don't expect to see new servers soon, but it certainly is an idea worth throwing out there.
Also, the fact that finding pocket, socket, helmet, and shoulder items is harder when first starting off just seems lazy. Creating a couple basic clothing for those categories would eliminate the problem. Nothing too fancy, but enough to make us gamers feel like we're fully prepared and equiped when going into battle.
Bottom line, the game is fun. That's a very important thing for a game. Without the basic function of making a player happy a game becomes nothing more than a chore. Big props here for keeping the level of fun always above par.
Everything else in this game has it's ups n' downs. There is nothing spectacular that makes this game stand up above the rest of RPG gaming out there. That and I hate when you have to purchase crap to get the full game experience. It feels like you're pulling what I refer to as a "Capcom". Hardcore gamers will understand that reference.
I look forward to future productions.
These server issues really ruined the game. Happens too often and takes forever to be corrected. Frustration is the only thing I feel right now. My rating would be WAY higher if it wasn't for this continuing problem.
A little too "borrowed"...
Befoe I start, don't take this review the wrong way. I am not hating on your work and I don't have a personal agenda against you. I'm just trying to give you the best output I can, so you can learn and improve from what I'm typing here.
That being said...
I thought I knew what to expect after reading the description of this game. However, it grew more and more unoriginal as the game continued on.
It basically seemed borderline copied from The Mist. The Silent Hill aspect was barely even sprinkled into the game.
1.) There was fog, which is taken right from The Mist.
2.) The place where everyone was hiding that had a complete glass window front, which is taken right from The Mist.
3.) Psychotic religious worshipper was present who loves reading excerpts from the bible, which is taken right from The Mist.
4.) Flying creatures that cling to windows and have stingers, which is taken right from The Mist.
5.) Main character leaves with other(s) to go find medical aid at a pharmacy, only leading to attack from more evil creatures that lay eggs, which is taken right from The Mist.
6.) Car runs empty on fuel and a person is shot to spare the person any form of pain, which is taken right from The Mist.
Those are only the most obvious points in the game that mimic Stephen King's The Mist almost exactly.
The bigger problem is the terrible ending to the game. I was actually enjoying myself and then was totally upset that I spent so much time just to find out that I was being served some sort of religious mumbo-jumbo at the end.
You basically let the bad guy win, even though he was mutilated near the end. Never let the bad guy win unless you make the bad guy seem more like a good guy at the end. For future example, I suggest you read the Watchmen comic or take about three hours to sit back and watch the movie version. Bad guy with bad guy agenda, but it turns out that the agenda was only to benefit mankind in the long run.
I can't be totally upset with what you did here. I did like the art and voice work. It was stellar!
The point and click aspect was great although the shotgun mini game was a little bit off. I'll tell you why. Sometimes when the enemies were further back I would shoot at them, but they wouldn't be hit by the gun blast. Still beat that part in one try, so at least you didn't make it too difficult.
Overall, I'm kind of split on whether I like this game or not. Too much of the game is taken directly from the "Stephen King's Guide To Making A Good Suspense Story" (made up title) without having a good ending, but the game did feature some amazing artwork, mini games, and point n' click work.
I'll have to rate this a 5 based on me being 50/50 on this game. Work a little bit more on originality and exciting, triumphant endings to games/movies. This will give you an even better rating here. I can promise you that.
One little problem, otherwise an awesome game!
I encountered a little problem on one part of the stages. I wasn't able to continue through the game because a door wouldn't open for me even after it said a new area opened. I killed everyone in the room and was left with nobody else to take out in order to open the door. I think it was just a small little glitch you might need to check in to.
Okay! Other than that the game was great. I do have to agree with MercenaryQ, though. The game is rather hard to see with the hazard symbol turning darker with the more damage taken. The lag gets pretty bad during this too. However, that didn't stop me from liking the game. I've encountered lag plenty of times while playing the Thing-Thing series and have gotten pretty good at timing jumps and shots while experiencing it. You may need to fix it for people that haven't mastered that though.
Way to go on a great game! Keep up the great work! Adios! *poof*
There's nothing better than Jack French!!!
Once again you prove to everyone that you make the best detective games ever!!! Trust me when I say that Jack French needs to be around for new episodes. He just can't die!!! My suggestion is if you make more Jack French games, you could have Yuki run an errand for Jack at one point in each game (a little detective work of her own). Then she'll have an even bigger part in each case!!!
The game was fantastic and did present somewhat of a challenge. It truly is a shame that the police officer was involved because I'm studying to be one! XD!!! Well, some cops are a little bit more on the dirty side than others.
The voices were once again great! The scratchy yelling has to be fixed, but other than that you have a great team of voices helping you with the stories!!!
In closing, this game throws out a certain chill of Dick Tracy due to the suspense and style of detective work. It has and always will be one of my favorite series on Newgrounds and I hope to see more of them!
Also, here's something I give to anyone that thrills me...a GOLDEN MILKSHAKE!!! Enjoy the delicious taste and 24 hour golden grill!!! Now with streak free technology, to keep those gold teeth shining!!! XD
Thanks to ALL the reviewers for the kind comments. It is appreciated and I read them all.
Oh! are you really studying to be a police officer? :) Remember not to grow a 'stache. It would be too cliché.
Thanks again for the good words. this is truely rewarding after all the effort, time, energy put into the games.
Also, I want to give you a GLOWING WATERMELON MARTINI !!! Enjoy the delicious nectar that will keep you energized during cold autumn nights.
Jack French is a great crime solving series...
I seriously think there is no other crime solving series as good as this one. Even though you have made only two so far, I can't wait for the next one to pop up on Newgrounds.
It would be great if you could let your fans know when the next part is coming out. I do so want to find out who killed the other doctor. Good luck with your work! Adios! *poof*
I really liked it!
This was a very intense game! It really made me think hard about certain items and objects. I did beat the game after a while, but it does get hard. Very good job and I really can't wait for part two.
I think there should be a person that pops up and scares the crap out of you in the next one. I kept getting that feeling in this part that it was gonna happen, but it didn't. Definitely try to make it a little scary.
It needs improvements...
I'm really not one to judge many games based on difficulty, but this one became way too hard. Yes, the weapons did become more handy the higher they cost, but what the weapons lacked was the ability to kick some serious A$$!!!
I never saw a game where the enemies always had the upper hand until this one. I'm sure if I had a chain gun or the ability to knock people all the way across the screen with a swing of my weapon, think this would be more exciting. The game just got more and more boring as the levels dragged on. No new enemies and an impossible amount of the ones that are in the game.
Time to put some upgrades and the weapons or even new ones that could kick later enemies on their good ol' tooshies! lol!
Nice attempt, but this didn't provoke me to stop playing the better fighting games that are out there.
I speak for a majority of the people in saying...
YOU HAVE TO FIX THIS GAME!!! I've been having the same problem on my two computers. I used IE on my laptop (which didn't work), then I went on my Dell computer and tried IE and AOL (still didn't work). What I mean by not working is that the stupid "purchase item" button is stuck, frozen, or too busy taking a crap to notice us players who are trying to buy items for our bots.
However, there is a reason I gave this game a perfect rating. I've played your Bot Arena 2 and liked it very much and I know that if you work the kinks out on this game, it will be even better than the last Bot Arena. I hope you can figure out what is wrong soon because I really want to play it. Good luck =: )
I liked it!
This was a very good game. Although it was short, it was interesting and enjoyable. I can't wait for the next entertaining conclusion!
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