Massive Multiplayer RPG'S

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  1. JzzTrump22 macrumors 65816

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    I'm new to mac and was wondering if there are any. I'm waiting for True Fantasy Live Online to come out for xbox at the end of the year and was wondering if there is anything out right now thats a lot of fun to play on the mac. And if you have to pay for the monthly please give details like the price and if it's really worth it. All help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. applekid macrumors 68020

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    EverQuest is the only major commercial one I know of. But it uses Mac-only servers, and I hear you'll only find about two people on at a time.

    Lineage 1 is also available. Don't know much details about that one. I hear it's fun though. I don't think the servers are Mac-only though. Lineage 2 will NOT be coming out. NCSoft said it wasn't popular enough or something like that.

    As far as fees go, they should be the same as the PC.

    MMORPGs aren't popular on the Mac, so don't expect to see any ports coming out anytime soon. The gamer population is small as it is on the Mac, and the MMORPG population on the Mac is tiny.
     
  3. howard macrumors 68020

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    WoW is coming out on mac that should be enough to satisfy any MMORPG player :)
     
  4. lost_n_mad macrumors newbie

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    There are a few

    There is Everquest, and as stated above, it has Mac only servers, better to get the PS2 version and play it IMHO. There is Lineage and it has tons of people (not Mac only servers as stated above). There is also Dungeon Siege, and Shadowbane. As well as WWII.
     
  5. aftk2 macrumors regular

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    Second Life has a Mac OS X client in beta. It's always sounded really neat, although I haven't been able to play it.
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    ClanLord is Mac only and has been around a while.
     
  7. smknappy macrumors member

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    Was googling lineage and came across an article on macworld. Check out this quote from NCSoft executive producer Richard Garriott:

    "Companies that do not release Mac versions of their games these days are making a giant mistake. The Mac and its super-modern operating system, Mac OS X, provide the ultimate gaming experience and there's a huge untapped market of gamers using this platform," said Garriott.

    Guess they changed their mind. :p
     
  8. howard macrumors 68020

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    has anyone tried this out? sounds interesting.
     
  9. CartoonHeroII macrumors member

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    Lineage

    I played Lineage for a few months and I really enjoyed it. The application is a free download and you get a free trial - two weeks if I remember right. The servers are not mac-only, so you can play with anyone and everyone. The monthly fee isn't too much, but as a college student w/o a job I couldn't afford it for very long. Most of the other players are helpful. The graphics aren't the greatest, but my little iMac wouldn't have been able to play it if they were :rolleyes: . I don't know how it compares to other MMORPGs, because I've never played any others (But World of WarCraft looks great). Check it out lineage.com

    Hope this helps!
     
  10. smknappy macrumors member

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    I tried earlier on today but download link wasn't working. :(
     
  11. gotung macrumors newbie

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    Shadowbane is your best bet until World of Warcraft comes out.

    It has had some very big problems in the past, but since UBI took full control over the game it has improved greatly.

    There is still a very annoying bug that causes some Macs to crash quite often while logging in, but after you get in it runs pretty well.

    Be warned though, it is all PvP oriented and you will need to join a guild in order to survive.

    If you like competing with other real people then this is a great game, but if you are looking for a more carebear oreinted MMORPG i would not recommend it.

    (The most fun I've ever had in a video game was a 3 hour epic battle defending our city in this game. I would say the same even if we had lost)
     
  12. Jigglelicious macrumors 6502

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    Don't even bother. Besides the fact that its NOT a fun "game", it runs at about 1fps, if you're lucky. At least, thats as fast as I was able to get it to run in the computer in my sig.
     
  13. LoadRunner macrumors member

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    I have an account on sl. The client has frame rate leave allot of room for improvement. On my dual 500 g4 it's bearly use-able, but still enjoyable. Who know if the client will ever improve. It's not like carmac coded the engine. But surprisingly the client is stable, unlike shadowbane. I signed up for the 9 dollar account, witch mean I do not pay any kind of monthly fee. So it's not like I can really get upset if the clients isn't perfect.

    SL isn't an rpg, but it's quite a refreshing change. Instead of spending hour killing monsters or worrying about pk, I get to spend my time socializing or building. SL has a full scripting language, and it's possible to sell or trade the objects built. There is a social event finder, and they have always one or more activities to go to. Oh and housing, it's just as simple as making a house. No one else can destroy it, and there isn't a upkeep fee.

    Hosting an event it's a good way to make gold, sl gold can even be used to pay accounts fee. (premium accounts come with more gold per week and free land)

    I could go on and on, but I won't. I'll just say I do not miss the mindless number crunching, and monster killing of shadowbane, clanlords, or everquest. Though I do plan on picking up a copy of wow when it comes out :)
     
  14. applekid macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm, sounds like Everquest is starting to gain some popularity on the Mac. Check out EQMac.com and the IMG Forums. A few posts lately about how there are now a few people online at a time.
     
  15. JzzTrump22 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Everquest looks cool. It seems like my type of game but it sucks that no one is ever on. How much is it per month/year?
     
  16. howard macrumors 68020

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    yeah, it LOOK intriguing, but i figured that would be the case.
     
  17. applekid macrumors 68020

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    Well, you do get one month for free when you buy the game for 30 bucks (at GoGamer.com, cheapest price from what I hear). But, like I said, interest is being re-sparked, so now may be a good time to try it out. And also remember, the Mac version comes with: EverQuest Classic, The Ruins of Kunark expansion pack, The Scars of Velious expansion pack, The Shadows of Luclin expansion pack, The Planes of Power expansion pack. It's $12.95/month after your first free month.

    Personally, I'm not an EQ fan (or MMORPG fan for that matter, but that might be the fact from how busy I am), but for those of you interested, I say you should at least try it. With your support, we will hopefully see some more MMORPGs on the Mac.
     
  18. GovornorPhatt macrumors regular

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    SL Info from a player

    I actually play this game and love it. It runs at about 4.5 fps on a 17" iMac (with very little RAM), and gets about the same on an eMac. That is with AGP graphics turnded off, however. There is a bug with AGP that the game's manufactuars are fixing. On my G5, it runs at an average of 15 + fps. The frame rate also depends on the lag in that paticular reigon of the game, for example, how many people are in that ceretain area. With AGP on, it used to crash every 15 minutes. With it off, it runs solidly for several hours.

    Essentially, Second Life is a game where you build things. You have 3d modeling tools, a scripting language with syntax similar to C or C++, and can upload textures made in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro for images and textures for your objects (my specialty is the textures). The world is huge (It recently doubled it's size) and great to explore. There are plenty of events (15 or so a day) that take place in-world. I't has a seven day trial, so give it a shot. It's one of my favorite games (can't you tell?) and I can highly recomend playing it.

    If you want, you can sign up via the referal link in my sig! :)
     

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