Independent MMO CrimeCraft has been refused classification by the Australian Classificaion Board, which amounts to a total ban in the country, reports GameSpot.
HalloweenJack frantically switches his useless shotgun for an Uzi, replacing the first gun - which, unhelpfully, looks almost exactly the same as the second one - in its invisible holster. He begins firing at the two clowns in front of him (part of the Rogue gang) and is genuinely impressed as they duck, roll, and return fire. He aims for the chest with the first one, and he dies instantly - HalloweenJack, that is. There isn't enough time left to respawn. The seven-minute timer has expired, and he's booted out of the instance. HalloweenJack comes to a horrible realisation: he was outsmarted and outgunned by two MMO mobs, historically at the lower end of the AI spectrum. Our hero considers logging off and hanging himself, but then he has an epiphany...
To a certain extent, every MMO requires a bit of make-believe. We need to dip into that remarkable, childlike ability to construct fantasies out of the everyday, lest we lose interest in the DPS and the PUG and the bippin' and the boppin'. It's how we see a freakishly broad-shouldered Paladin rescuing a struggling postcard-village from banditry - rather than, say, Nige from Brighton trading hit-points with yet another identical cluster of instantly-respawning NPCs while his wife shrieks at him to scrub the shower recess.
It's a testament to the talents of their respective developers that all the art, music, world design and narrative that gets slathered over World of Warcraft, EverQuest II, Warhammer Online and associates is able to distract us from the sheer meaninglessness of the these games' underlying mechanics. In this regard, Vogster's CrimeCraft is no different - of course, this time it's more "Yeah boy" than "Have at thee" - but in order to really appreciate it, you have to go one step further: you have to pretend it's an MMO.
Vogster Entertainment has announced that you'll now be able to try out MMO CrimeCraft for free - and for an unlimited time.
Vogster has announced that its crime-themed MMO, CrimeCraft, will launch for PC on August 25th.
Vogster announced the game last year, and is calling it a "Persistent World, Next-gen Shooter (PWNS)", We see what they did there.
It's a third-person shooter with "community and role-playing elements", set in a near-future city where an ecological disaster has led to lawless streets. Console versions were originally planned but have since been put on the back burner.
Developer Vogster has whipped the wrappers off its real-life inspired MMO, CrimeCraft.
It's a third-person shooter for PC, PS3 and 360, and is down for a March 2009 release.
CrimeCraft will be free to download and play, bizarrely, and the idea is that you become a big crime figure in a city and maybe drive a Ford Escort with a spoiler.