For anyone new to this series, I cover games listed as featuring some significant form of multiplayer (ranging from shared/split screen local co-op to PvP-centric MMORPGs and everything in between) offered for sale on Steam to determine what is and is not worth purchasing. Steam is notorious for asset flips, scams, abandonware, and all sorts of riff-raff. I love riff-raff and obscure games, so I’ll sacrifice myself for some cheap entertainment and for the public good!
Top Tier: 4.20 to 5.0
Recommended: 3.2 to 4.19
Borderline/Neutral: 2.5 to 3.19
Not Recommended: Below 2.5
For a game to achieve…
We have lots of games to get caught up on today, but are any of them worth the price of admission? We’ll see. Let’s get started with the first one we checked out: Medieval Towns.
Medieval Towns markets itself as a survival MMO in a medieval (obviously) setting. Diplomacy, town construction, conquests, guild creation, and fighting for glory are all listed as key gameplay aspects. However, the game’s peak population all-time on Steam is 6 and when we played, the population was 1 (me). This was even during a free playtest period. …
We checked out a variety of multiplayer and MMO games this month. The pool of games includes random games that we just finally got around to playing, donated games, new releases, titles we play tested, and games that announced their impending closures.
Range: 0 to 5
S: 4.75-5.0 — These are all-time classics. Highly recommended titles that are a a must-have for any collection.
A: 4.00-4.74 — Highly recommended titles. Very few issues and quality design.
B: 3.00–3.99 — Recommended titles. May have a few issues but the core design of these games is still solid.
C: 2.25 to 2.99—…
The options for multiplayer free-to-play titles accessible from the U.S. is quite limited. Dragon & Home released to the Chinese market to mostly negative reviews. We’ll check up on this title when it’s released in our market.
Three titles came out during this period that (mostly) worked when we tried to play them. These titles include the following:
Let’s take a quick look at each one to see if there’s anything worth your time.
Super Nova Stadium is a competitive FPS released on August 21st, 2021 by Boneless Chicken Game Studios. I ended…
Let’s finally finish off our rankings of the games we checked out in July 2021.
Best in the West is a single developer Western-themed first person shooter. The maps are fairly well-designed, and I love how you start off on the train at the beginning of the match. Gun mechanics could use some work, and the game suffers from the typical optimization issues of Unreal Engine 4 and Unity games with realistic 3D environments, especially single developer projects like this.
The developer, Curtis Ashford, seems to be a legitimately decent person who cares about making the best possible game he…
We have two titles for you today, and neither are “massively multiplayer” despite being listed as such on Steam. The Searcher Wild West Adventure has a maximum of four players on player-hosted servers and The Last Front is capped at 16 players. The “massively multiplayer” tag for The Last Front is a user tag, so it’s not the developer’s fault here, but the tag for The Searcher Wild West Adventure appears to be yet another attempt to draw in customers to scam by Ghost_RUS. Neither game has an active player base and even if they did, I don’t recommend either…
Blackberry 10 is an attempt of the Blackberry company to bring their phones into the modern era. It’s a QNX-based operating system designed specifically for their post-Blackberry Classic line of phones. Blackberry continues to offer QNX solutions for specific purposes, including automobile electronics and other special purpose technologies. Partial compatibility with Android applications was a partial selling point, given the user would have access to many of their Android apps as well as Blackberry-specific apps. Blackberry 10 did not seem to make a significant difference in shifting market share back to Blackberry. A subsequent attempt to utilize Android on certain…
We checked out a few random mobile games on a few random platforms. How did each fare?
City of Chaos Online is a relatively popular MMORPG starting in a middle school setting and branching out to the larger city. It’s relatively popular, with nearly any area of the game being well-populated. It’s PvP-focused which can create some initial frustration until you are adequately geared up. The cash shop and ads aren’t too out-of-line for a mobile app but are still too frequent and predatory for those used to console and PC gaming.
Blocked and Loaded is currently available on for $1.99, listed as “single player” and “MMO”. Chris Antoni has 10 games for sale, five of which have listed multiplayer features but none have “MMO” listed except Blocked and Loaded. This game fails the hundreds to thousands or more simultaneous player capacity definition of an MMO but we will go ahead and cover it anyway. If I were to classify this title, I would classify it as a multiplayer online roleplaying game with first person shooter elements: an MORPG-FPS.
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We have lots of multiplayer games closing soon, with many more leaving without even a prior notice. A few that we noticed had been taken down without any notice include:
Cronous — Closes August 20th, 2021
You probably can’t create an account any more for this one. It’s an early action RPG MMO that clearly shows it’s age and has…