Eternal Lands Overview
Eternal Lands is an independently developed MMORPG created by Radu Privantu. Set in a classic medieval fantasy world, Eternal Lands has a wide range of playable races and a skill based progression system. Players can level up any of the twelve skills by using them. There are no racial differences, instead players can specialize their character anyway they want as they progress through the game. Eternal Lands has the look and feel of classic PC RPGs. Movement and combat are point and click, but many of the models are rendered in 3D. It’s not the most exciting MMORPG, but players looking for an oldschool experience with plenty of role playing potential may enjoy Eternal Lands.
Races - Human, Elf, Dwarf, Gnome, Orchan, Draegoni
Skills - Harvesting, Attack, Defense, Alchemy, Magic, Potion, Summoning, Manufacturing, Tailoring, Ranging, Engineering, and Crafting.
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Eternal Lands Review
Stepping into Eternal Lands is like going to grandma’s house. Her curtains are floral, china ornaments are neatly co-ordinated on the fireplace, and there’s a constant smell of baking coming from the kitchen. It’s a comforting place that really feels like its been lived in. This rings true for Eternal Lands, which feels like it came straight from the classical age of MMORPGs, with its simple (but pleasant) 3D graphics, harvesting skills and robotic combat, despite being released in 2003. This is by no means a slur against the game; in fact, it’s this retro charm that makes Eternal Lands feel like a true MMO – your daddy’s MMO.
A Community Forged World
The basic nature of the game can be forgiven, not that it requires forgiveness, due to the fact that it was originally developed by just one guy. Since he made it open source players have been able to add to the world with the use of a license, making it a successful grass-roots endeavour with a small but thriving community.
Set in a familiar realm of fantasy, Eternal Lands offers freedom through character development. Players are not pigeon-holed into classes as in most other games; rather, it is up to the player how she wants to play the character by assigning attribute points which can be redone if the players feels they need to swing towards different stats in order to reach their potential in whatever role they have chosen. There are three free races: Humans, Elves and Dwarves, but splashing out a little real world coin allows you to choose from a further three: Gnomes, Orchans and Draegoni, each race beginning with a certain stat configuration. Although playing it loose with the attribute system allows for tailor-made characters, new players may find it difficult to know what they need to focus on.
Eternal Lands graduated from the MMORPG school of hard knocks. There aren’t many popular MMOs out there that still require you to eat by digging up vegetables and cooking food, but here you will have to feed yourself regularly or your health won’t regenerate. Although this will no doubt annoy some players who want to just run off, smack down some orcs and return with loot, this feature adds depth to the game, making you feel like you’re really living in it.
Opportunity for Roleplay
Production is also a big part of the game and includes six of the full twelve skills a character possesses: alchemy, crafting, engineering, manufacturing, potion making and tailoring. As you can tell, you’re going to be making a heck of a lot of things in Eternal Lands, so it’s a good job that it’s a straightforward affair. Item creation requires mixing materials you have collected in your manufacturing window. Sometimes you will fail which means that you could lose material, but if you succeed you will gain the item and experience towards the skill in question.
Unlike many other games, Eternal Lands utilises an experience system whereas experience points are gained in various skills which in turn contributes to your overall level. This brings some interesting options for character development to the table and wonderful opportunities for roleplay. Perhaps you don’t want to just kill things for gold and glory, maybe you would prefer to be an alchemist. In this case you could focusing on levelling your alchemy skill more than others to become an adept alchemist. Again, it’s not for everyone, but for those who prize roleplaying in their MMORPGs Eternal Lands is a great way to scratch that itch.
Hey There, Ugly
However, it’s one thing having the mechanics to create a good environment for roleplaying, it’s another to present it well. Unfortunately here we find Eternal Lands’ main drawback; the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. The bar where the main buttons used for play, such as the inventory and action buttons is plain ugly. It’s as if you have two strips of mud-smeared balsa wood stuck onto the screen with a row of nasty little buttons carved on. This is where the game needs to take a page out of modern MMOs’ books, since they usually have clean, dynamic buttons.
A Game Worth Your Time
Of course, Eternal Lands contains all the usual MMORPG goodness that we so love such as quests, PK areas and chat features. There are 14 main maps in all, spanning over two continents: Seridia and Irillion, the latter being the place where the more experienced players choose as their hunting ground.
Final Verdict: Good
Eternal Lands is a solid, free community-driven game that harkens back to the days of yore when men were men and caves were littered with gold carrying spiders. The presentation may be sorely lacking, but once you’ve got past the wrapping inside you will find an ever-evolving MMO that lets you play how you want, enabling you to create your own destiny.
Eternal Lands System Requirements
OS: Windows XP
CPU: Intel Pentium 3 700 Mhz
RAM: 128 MB
HDD: 200 MB Free
Graphics Card: 32 MB
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2000
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 512 MB or more
HDD: 900 MB Free
Graphics Card: 64 MB