Wizardry Online
Basic Information

Wizardry Online is a free-to-play, fantasy, hardcore MMO based off the rich history of the popular Wizardry series of computer RPGs from back in the 80s. Wizardry Online enters as the next chapter by adding a modern MMO experience to the Wizardry legacy. Dubbed a hardcore MMO by SOE, it aims to be the ultimate challenge for even the best RPG players in the world.

Sony Online Entertainment
Gamepot
Free to Play
January 30, 2013
released
Unlimited
Yes

  • A hardcore MMO with no auto-regeneration, no auto-leveling, no safe zones. Enemies respawn faster than you can kill them.
  • Countless dungeons to crawl, puzzles to solve and traps to disarm
  • Four character classes, three alignments and five races. Each class can be combined with the others to create hybrid classes. Each of the races has unique advantages, all the way down to different speeds of attacks with different weapon types.
  • Permadeath: If you fail to prepare properly, your character may be lost forever upon death.
  • Server-Wide PVP in which it's kill or be killed. Team up early to discourage opportunistic players - or form your own roving gang of murderers and thieves.
  • A sophisticated crime system means that when you kill or steal from other players, you become a criminal. Watch out for the guards, or you may end up in prison!
  • Bounty Hunters Only the best players can survive with a price on their heads. Will you live in infamy, hiding in the slums? Or will you bring people like that to justice?
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About the Game

This MMO is not for the faint of heart. For one, your character can actually perish permanently in Wizardry Online - with no level of resurrection spell able to resuscitate you. Add to that all the old-school dungeon-crawling goodness and a crime system ruling over player killing, and Wizardry Online might just be the modern MMO that will bring back actual roleplaying to massively multiplayer games.

On permadeath, it's not as bad as you think. When your avatar dies, you can come back to life at a recent landmark - once. Subsequent times you die, there's a chance you won't be able to come back ever. Of course, you have the opportunity to sacrifice some of your precious items to increase the chance and the developers cleverly allowed you to spend real money on further increasing your resurrection possibility. Ok, given that last bit, perhaps this permadeath business is pretty bad.

Wizardry Online offers a comparatively smaller batch of races, with Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes and Porkul available. If you're unaware of what a Porkul is, don't be alarmed, they are a diminutive elfling thing that's excellent at being a Thief. The other non-human races also have class restrictions, with the Dwarves great warriors and priests, and Elves specializing as mages and priests.

The old D&D system of alignment is important in Wizardry Online too - theives can't be Lawful Good, for instance. PvP is completely open and on all the time, any player can kill another and loot their stuff. If you perform a casual murder multiple times, however, you'll be flagged as a criminal and guards will hunt you down. What's more, your victims or their friends can put a huge bounty on your head for high level characters to come after you too. Coupled with the permanent death system, and there's a horrific sort of balance applied to PVP in Wizardry Online.

In addition to paying Sony Station Cash to increase your chances of coming back from the dead, there's a robust store where you can buy stuff from extra bag space to the healing potions you need to recover any health in Wizardry Online. You can even buy a talisman that prevents your items being looted from your corpse when you die. In fact, it looks like Sony used a lot of the "hardcore" qualities of this MMO to fuel it's free to play business model.

System Requirements
Minimum
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7(SP1)
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6000
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce 8600 GT
  • Resolution: 1024*768
Recommended
  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7(SP1)
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8400
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTS 250
  • Resolution: 1680*1050 wide-screen
Wizardry Online
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