Tue, 20 Apr 2010 Vendetta Online 1.8 review
A brilliant online gaming experience, clearly influenced by classic space games Elite and Frontier
- Manufacturer: Vendetta Online
- Pros: Open ended; content constantly being added; cross-platform
- Cons: Slow to get going; lots to learn in first few hours
- Price: $89.95 per year (£5 per month)
- Star rating:
The last time we reviewed multiplayer game Vendetta Online was way back in 2005. While not much has changed with the basic gameplay, the client, the virtual world and its citizens have certainly moved on.
Billed as a space combat game, Vendetta Online is more like a multiplayer version of the classic space trading epic Elite. We reviewed the open source map port Oolite several moons ago.
You start your space-faring life as a lowly trader from one of three races: the peace-loving Itani, the Itani-hating Serco or the maverick Independents. Each has its own more nuanced traits.
Though it’s as complex a game as its inspiration (there are, for example, two completely different flight modes, galaxies to navigate through and completely separate commerce section), a series of gentle tutorials guide you gently towards competence. When you’re ready to be let loose in the universe, you’ll be able to take your pick of available missions.
Like Elite, Vendetta Online’s gameplay is very much up to the individual. You can choose to be a bit of a pirate, chasing other ships and looting their cargo, or you can be the intergalactic equivalent of a long-distance lorry driver – trundling between galaxies with your goods, admiring the (very pleasant) view.
The big difference is that Vendetta allows you to interact with others, form alliances and even battle other players. This brings a dimension to the gameplay that no in-game artificial intelligence can currently emulate convincingly.
Tue, 20 Apr 2010Reviewed by: lookforandrew
Duration of ownership: 0 days
Strengths: I have not yet fully reviewed this game.
Weaknesses: I have not yet fully reviewed this game.
Overall Evaluation: It is a lot like an an updated online version of Ambrosia Software's EV Nova (ambrosiasw.com) EV Nova was from 2002. Escape Velocity dates back to 1996. You could pick your path. Join one side or the other. Become a pirate. You traded cargo, accepted missions, or even took over entire solar systems. Vendetta Online looks to have really good graphics and game play.