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Tibia Review
Tibia offers nothng striking despite afford-ability
By: Blair Morris | Game Data | 4:07am, April 16, 2006
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Launched on January 7, 1997, Tibia, developed by CipSoft, was a quick success with online gamers. Throughout the years, Tibia has become one of the leading European online role-playing games (RPG) around the world. Today, Tibia still thrives as it sees tens of thousands of players logging in each day. So what is Tibia all about, and how does a game that was launched almost a decade ago compare to the newer games of its genre?

In the world of Tibia, you’ll explore a vast world filled with adventures, monsters, enchantment, and items to collect. Hosting 70 servers to support over 100,000 players, Tibia still boast one of the larger free gaming communities in the world. With it’s age, Tibia has became a game that not only those with limited budgets can play, but those with older machines can enjoy since the game remains one of the less demanding downloadable games in terms of system requirements.

The core features of the game includes four basic character types (knight, paladin, druid, and sorcerer), customizable outfits for your character, character skills, multiple spells, barely any limit to character development, huge game world, and much more. Premium subscribers to the game will receive some extra features into the game, though not having a premium account will not affect the game too much for those playing for free. Premium accounts start at 19.95 EUR for three months.

Gamplay: More of a Chore than Fun
When looking at Tibia today, the game really doesn’t separate or stand out from others. Even at the time of it’s launch, the game would be comparable to other’s out at the time, and the only thing sellable to separate itself would be the pricing (free of charge). Sure you have some intriguing quests, a large selection of spells, items and equipment to seek out and gather, but most everything you do in Tibia feels slowly paced and meaningful to any sort of story.

As a marketed RPG, you would think there would be more of an in-game story toward all things, but you get nothing to support the back story you’ll find on the game’s website. I’ve never been able to understand why most multiplayer RPG seem to lack an incorporated storyline into the game when the true nature of the genre calls for an eventful and detailed tale to capture the player into the game. Tibia is a game that is centered toward leveling and collecting than anything else.

The fighting system is straight-forward hack-and-slash, allowing you to escape a near death quickly and avoid any monsters that may be superior to you in strength and level. The guild and party system does come in handy in this game with completing certain quests or quickly leveling your character to take on more challenging feats.

Tibia
is a quick and easy game to learn and get use to. You can instantly enter the game and know your purpose, familiarize yourself with the features, and start leveling your character. Exploring the outer regions of the game will take some time because some areas are blocked due to your characters level. For those that don’t want wonder into certain death, you’ll be pleased to know that the Tibia gods have put these roadblocks throughout your path, but for those that are adventures at heart, you must be patient in discovering new lands since leveling is very time consuming.

The game play in general is not groundbreaking, even at the time Tibia was launched, and can become a dull and repetitive frequently. There is no story that can capture you and draw you deeper and deeper into the game. The quests are plentiful, but do not offer many new experiences, just new areas to explore. The fighting system is easy to learn, much like the entire game, and you won’t be spending much of the time trying to figure everything out, so more time will be available to spend on leveling your character to explore challenging areas. Overall with the game play, if you’re not pushing yourself, you’ll start to feel the game is more of a chore than any sort of fun. Grade: 5

Replayabiltiy: Nothing to Continually Draw You Back
Aside from pushing yourself to level and exploring a world that is vast, you’ll quickly forget you’ve even downloaded the game if you’re currently involved with others on your browser or hard drive. Tibia does offer many features to try to draw you back, but you’ll find the same things in many other games today. The game doesn’t offer too many features that can be considered unique anymore (if even at the time of launch) and doesn’t emphasize anything you haven’t seen before. Regardless of if the game doesn’t offer anything unique, what is offered is something that won’t catch your attention to long, and after a day or two, you may not find yourself venturing into the world much.

I really found myself looking and pushing for something to keep making me excited about playing Tibia over the past few weeks, but nothing surfaced. The most disappointing thing about Tibia is the lack of any excitement to keep coming back and playing everyday or even week. That’s not to say Tibia won’t appeal to anyone and no one will continue playing this game after a day or two, if you’re the kind of person that must play ever free game out there, or looking for a large community from around the world, Tibia just may be up your alley. Grade: 4

Interface: A blend of Old-School and No-School
Tibia sees a control system using the mouse and keyboard. It was great to experience a game that still caters to the keyword command to get responses for non-playable characters (NPC). For those that haven’t venture too far outside of modern day point-and-click to communicate with NPC, in Tibia, you’ll need to find the right keyword and order of wording to complete task with an NPC, almost like you’re communicating with other players in the game.

The game is slow (not in server lag or loading terms) and shows no fast-pace action or movement. The visuals are not groundbreaking but isn’t something to base the quality of the game on. You won’t find any audio, or hint of it, period. With the absent of audio for a downloadable client game, you really feel blocked to feeling or putting yourself in the game’s world.

The controls are easy to learn and offer an enjoyable experience to its simplistic ways. The keyword commands may seem like a hassle to learn and become accustomed to, but this is not the case. Once you’ve become familiar with what keyword to use in situations, the website has a manual to help you along as well. Enter battle with the interface is just a matter of point-and-click along with giving chase or running away.

The interface of the game blends several feeling and experiences compared to others in the genre. You’ll find some things you like, and some things that causes headaches when trying to just feel “at one” with the game. Though despite what you like or don’t like about the interface in general, the resources/features of it is one of the games more enjoyable offerings. Grade: 6

C
ommunity: The Best Experience in Tibia
Without a doubt, the community of Tibia is the biggest sell-point of the game. With over 100,000 players, and at least tens of thousands being on at once, you will not be alone in the game’s world (unless choosing a less populated server out of the 70). Not only do the great numbers of the game help you find players to team up with, or guide you throughout the game, you’ll experience a very diverse type of gamers loyal to the game no matter what one says. Though with the larger numbers, you’ll frequently run into those that play games for the purpose of ruining it for others, and doesn’t seem to comprehend how to refrain from being an annoyance.

No matter which corner of the world you’re from, or what language you feel comfortable in speaking, chances are there are others in Tibia that you can relate with. These bring strong bonds between players, parties, and guilds that are not seen too frequently in online gaming. The more experienced players tend to be willing to aid newer ones in learning the game and giving advice on leveling quicker. The community is one big reason that keeps people coming back time after time to the game. Grade: 8

Overall: Free, Low Requirements, but Not Enough
Tibia offers some of your basic and expect experiences in an online RPG, but doesn’t offer anything you can find else where. At its launch, Tibia biggest draw to hook in a loyal base of players was it pricing, free to play. Now, so many other games are out there that offers the same, making Tibia just another average game. However, for those that might be gamers on a restricting budget or just doesn’t have a machine that you can experience anything outside of browser-base games, Tibia is a game that literally anyone can experience.

Aside from the pricing, system requirements (if it’s a concern) and the community, Tibia just doesn’t offer anything striking. You will find the many things that just make Tibia dated, but even in its day, the game doesn’t offer much in its game play and interface to be referenced to being one of the top games in its genre. I can’t honestly recommend the game with so many other ones out there at the same price that offers a little bit more, but if you are on a low performance computer, you may want to try the game.


5.4 Gameplay 555 5
Replayability 444 4
Interface 666 6
Community 888 8
Reviewer's Tilt 444 4
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