As is made evident by the projected revenue stream of PC gaming by 2017, there is a lot to be said about this topic. Not only that, but there’s a lot to be played, and that’s especially true in the ever-evolving genre of MMOs, also known as massively multiplayer online games. Quite frankly, it become overwhelming to simple even consider looking into the number of titles out there, because there are simply so many.
That being said, I decided to whittle them down to a few that have caught my attention as of late. It’s not necessarily that they are so remarkable or phenomenal that they deserve to be played—it’s the fact that they’re so unique and flat-out intriguing. They also made me realize that there may just be an MMO for everyone, no matter how weird their interests may be. Let’s get started.
The Endless Forest
In doing my research on MMOs, I first sought out games that one would describe as “different” or “strange,” leading me to this post on that very topic. While many of the titles listed are indeed rather bizarre, something was particularly out there about The Endless Forest. The way you play it is deceptively simple, and by that I mean it appears easy and straightforward but is actually increasingly difficult.
Basically, you control a deer with a human face—what?!—and move through a forest where you interact with other deer with human faces. Sounds crazy, right? It kind of is. But here’s the thing: You don’t communicate through text or voice chat; your deer must make its proper sounds and motions to communicate with other deer. Yes, you bleat, stomp, and scratch the ground, among other things, to get your point across. If this sounds like something you’d like to get into, just head to the official site to download the game and get started. After playing it for a bit, you’ll understand why it’s also dubbed a “social screensaver.”
CasinoRPG, which you can play in your browser, is exactly what you’d expect from a game with a name like that. It kind of resembles The Sims and Second Life in its appearance, as you control a human character in a giant world where you’re in control of your destiny (sort of). Where this game differs, however, is in what you’re actually tasked with doing, which is creating and maintaining a presence in a virtual casino. You work your way up from a janitorial position to head of the casino all while getting the chance to play some of the games (poker, blackjack, etc.) in your downtime.
It’s those side-games within CasinoRPG that are actually quite similar to what you can experience elsewhere in an equally niche setting. Betfair, an online gaming platform based out of the U.K., is home to a wide variety of games that range from poker and baccarat to slots, and it can all be done interactively with other users through chat. The biggest difference, however, is that they allowing users to play with actual money. And in doing so, the company knows how to draw in new players, as there are numerous welcome bonus options at Betfair. In using those, you can get the full experience of the aforementioned MMO with a little less emphasis on the social aspect, though you can still interact with other players.
Love is what happens when someone combines the ideas of, say, Minecraft and Second Life with a first-person shooter. Sounds interesting, right? It is. You are essentially tasked with creating a settlement on a planet, where you quickly learn you’re not alone in doing. There are other tribes spread out across the land who will become hostile with you if you decide to provoke them. This can lead to an attack and/or imprisonment, which sounds bad, obviously, but makes the game that much more enjoyable.
What makes the game exceptionally intriguing is how much it changes as you play. Over time, the planet you’re living on will morph considerably, meaning mountains will grow, fields will appear, and you may even run into a glacier or two that wasn’t there earlier. It all makes for an immersive and, if you’re into it, addictive gaming experience that’s above all unique. You can download Love for free here.