Raiderz is a new PC MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment, the developers behind the free-to-play MMOs Rusty Hearts, Star Trek Online, Champions Online, the Diablo-esque Torchlight and many other lesser-known titles, and Raiderz is the latest on the list of Perfect World Entertainment’s free MMOs. As a gamer who has hopped from free game to free game, finding that the majority are disappointing, whereas others have short lifespans die out because of a small playerbase or require payment for extra content, I know the feeling of apprehension when approaching a new free-to-play title. But having played Rusty Hearts, I also know that Perfect World knows how to produce an enjoyable game.
Raiderz is a game that makes some big promises, and as I read up on the game as the game client downloaded, I found myself hoping for a western version of Monster Hunter: Frontier (the PC/X360 version of Capcom’s Monster Hunter series), with the website boasting hunting parties chasing colossal beasts that knock players flying and can even eat them alive, and needless to say, I was excited. The game currently has four player classes: The Defender, a standard tank class, the Berserker and Sorcerer, the melee and magic damage dealer classes, and the Cleric, the healer/support class. These classes are fairly barebones for an MMORPG, but bear in mind Raiderz is still in alpha, so more classes are likely to emerge.
Although in the alpha stages of development and therefore a little buggy, RaiderZ is shaping up pretty well. After downloading the alpha and questing a little with some strangers online, I discovered that players won’t be disappointed, as graphics are beautiful, animations are smooth and look realistic and the combat itself is fun, if a bit of a clickfest. The creatures in RaiderZ are also part of the experience, with me facing lizardmen bigger than me from the start, and less than two hours in fighting a massive creature wielding what appeared to be a stone column, and later facing off against what looked to me like a giant frog. These creatures didn’t just knock me back or slap my character around a little, either, whilst fighting a lizardman my character was picked up with ease and slammed into the ground, and needless to say, I was a bit more careful from that point onward.
RaiderZ looks like it’ll be one of the better free-to-play titles available, so if you’ve got the free time and the PC to run it, I’d recommend keeping an eye out for its release.