Game Description and Comments
Darkwind is a 3D strategy car combat MMO set in the future. It should be noted that high profile car-related MMOs such as Motor City Online and Auto Assault have not exactly set the MMO genre on fire. In fact Motor City Online was shut down and Auto Assault will meet the same fate on 8/31/2007. However it should also be noted that neither of those games were free and neither one employed strategy the way that Darkwind does. For starters the most obvious difference between Darkwind and past car MMOs is that Darkwind is turn-based instead of being a straight action or racing game. Darkwind also uses gangs like one of its inspirations the Mad Max movies. Owning your own punk gang allows for more immersion in the world than simply driving through it and blowing stuff up like Auto Assault. Strategy is extremely important in the game because your choices have major consequences. For example it can take days or weeks for characters to heal from an injury. In addition training skills like driving can take months of in-game training to become an expert. That said Darkwind goes for depth over instant action so not all gamers will be captivated by it. The gamers that will really enjoy Darkwind will be the ones that are looking for incredible depth and want to experience a game world similar to the Mad Max movies.
- Free to play.
- Players control their own gangs instead of just one vehicle or character.
- Vehicles include muscle-cars motorcycles vans and trucks.
- Players can customize the armor weapons and engines of vehicles.
- Racing and combat leagues in all major towns.
- Economics are affected by trade starvation and piracy.
- Uses a schedule when attacking player or NPC installations.
- NPC gangs are controlled by both the game’s AI and GMs.
- NPCs can be hired as bodyguards.
- Some players can be mutants.
- Wide variety of trainable skills including driving mechanics scouting and gunnery.
- Fame and reputation system.
- Real-world time scale where it takes considerable time for healing repairing vehicles and even traveling.
- Players own various properties such as warehouses production facilities and camps. (being developed)
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Comment: A very good game if you don’t have a lot of time to do alot of things. This game is guaranteed to be easy yet challenging at the same time. DW is a very well thought out game that is good for most people but not for everyone.
Comment: It’s a turn-based game which means it won’t suit everyone. However this leads to very competitive and socially active encounters. The game has racing combat and more coming.
Darkwind is free to play but you can pay a subscription for access to more features.
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Graphics is kind of bad, especially the overworld with the textured graphics. But the concept of this game is pretty cool since it features cars. I don’t know any other turn-based game with tactical car combat, so this game is unique, and you have tons of vehicle customization. But overall, I’d rate this game a 4/5; only thing that would make this game stand out more is improving graphics.