Earthrise Review

Posted By | On 10th, Feb. 2011 Under Reviews | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508


MMOs are very often disappointing, because it’s very hard for a developer to build such a large game without any hiccups. The recently released Final Fantasy XIV showed us that even the best of developers can build the crappiest of MMORPGs. When I has a look at Earthrise, though, it seemed different to me. It showed a lot of promise to me. While the premise of the game- a game set in a post-apocalyptic world after the catastrophe caused by The Third World War- was nothing new, it just seemed like a highly polished MMO that would take up a lot of my time.

When I got my review code for Earthrise,  was very excited. I immediately downloaded and installed the game and started playing it. From the very first moment, the game gripped me and immersed me. It seemed I would finally find an MMO that was good enough to give fierce competition to the legendary World of Warcraft. The world of Earthrise was beautifully constructed, with the city of Sal Vitas, Exodus Island and The Nest being my favourite areas in the game. Climbing the social ladder was a gratifying process, character progressions was deep, and Player vs Player was definitely one of the highlights of the game.

The world of Earthrise is huge…

Earthrise is a very deep game. It’s combat tends to shift towards the shooter genre sometimes, but the overall gameplay is very RPG-centric. The gives us freedom on almost everything. Firstly, there are no classes in Earthrise. You get the freedom to develop your character in any way you want to- side with any of the forces at any given time, switch from one specialization to another… it’s all up to you. The character progression is basically interlinked with combat and crafting skills.

You also have the freedom to customize your weapons and armour. You can change it’s look, change some of it’s parts. Basically, everything in Earthrise can be bought or sold- you never get awesome weapons, armours or upgrades at the end of a boss battle or a dungeon. This also means that the game has its own economy, which you have to build. You have to buy everything, and almost everything you buy is customizable.This leads to what is called “Crafting” in the game. Crafting is extremely fun. You can assemble entirely new weapons with the equipment you buy. While this technique can get extremely difficult to master, it produces gratifying results. I spent a lot of hours creating my own equipment with all the stuff I had bought or gather throughout the game.

Another great addition in the game is Player vs Player. The PvP mechanics in Earthrise are heavily interlinked with the in-game economy and itemization in an enormous open world. Players have to cooperate with one each other so that they can coordinate and acquire crafting stations. They  also have to conquer bases to gain access to better crafting options and resources, and to participate in story based missions.

… and beautiful.

What is most impressive about this game, though, is the world. The world of Earthrise is literally huge. It took me hours and hours on end to explore every nook and cranny of the world, and I still don’t think I’ve explored the world thoroughly enough. I think it’s just one more reason for me to keep coming back to play Earthrise.

The world and its inhabitants are really well developed, with rich, deep back stories that make the world ever more believable and immersive. The world and the history the developers have created here feels like a lot of time has been spent on it, and I would like to commend Masthead for this feat.

The story of the game, though, is pretty standard stuff. While it is rather well presented, and immersive enough to keep us thinking about what will happen next, it’s not any different from other cliched post apocalyptic stories we have seen in other games. You definitely expect something better from an RPG, especially one that has such a well developed world and characters. The visuals also aren’t perfectly polished. There are some jagged corners, bland textures, pop-ins and other minor hiccups that might annoy some gamers.

Overall, Earthrise is a really addictive and immersive game. The amount of freedom it offers, and the complexity and depth of its gameplay will definitely attract all RPG fans. The world is really well developed. I think Masthead studios have done a great job with finally delivering an MMO after a long time that is actually worth playing.

This game was reviewed on the PC.

THE GOOD

Player vs Player rocks; Crafting is extremely fun; Creating your character's future is a fun process that encourages huge amounts of playing hours; Really addictive

THE BAD

Predictable story; Visual glitches; Combat isn't really all that innovative

Final Verdict

Earthrise is an extremely fun game. Rarely do we ever get MMOs that are as engaging as this is. Some few bugs and storyline stutters aside, Earthrise is a great game.

A copy of this game was provided by developer/publisher for review purposes. Click here to know more about our Reviews Policy.

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  • Azev

    So how much did the Masterhead Marketing team pay gamingbolt to post this abomination. The reviewer could not even post his own screenshots? He remained vague about everything. He talks about features that are not ingame and have only been mentioned in interviews.

    Go take a look at http://forums.play-earthrise.com/ and see for yourself. The game is nothing like what is described. I waited 3 years for this game and was in beta. It is a year from where it needs to be. I could go on for hours but check the official forums and see for yourself .

    • noxtics

      lol wow i checked out that link to see what you’re on about and i checked one section and there in all caps… “for the love of god restart the server” ….i lol’d happens to be about memory leaks on the servers.

  • The Poster ever played the game? This sounds like a PRE-View, not a RE-View 😉

  • SERIOUSLY?
    Where did this review come from?
    This all might be true if the game was stable enough. I’ve tried to play for 3 days now and the constant stuttering and lag gives me a headache after an hour. Maybe after they fix server stability and lag, this MAY be true.
    So again I ask, WHERE did this review come from? COMPLETELY INACCURATE.

  • this review is a fucking joke…The “game” is barely playable. It lags and stutters and lacks the most basic of features. The concept is good, but the actual game is atrocios. Its a steamilng pil of shit atm and not ven the extra month is enough to give it any value

  • aquaman22

    Fellas take it easy may be his code was a better built or something who knows. But I must say reading the review may be i’ve missed it but is this game gonna be out for all consoles? I love jungle environments, so those screen shots look amazing. Aqua Out

  • Thatruth86

    I never liked mmos but im heearing and reading a lot about the ones coming or out already they kind of catching my interest.. This game looks pretty good. Im going to look more into this one even though i might not not even play it ..

  • This game is shit. This review is a fraud.

    It would be more enataining to take 50 bucks and burn it than it is to give to Masthead for this steaming pile. Calling it a beta isn’t fair to beta tests. Horrible lag, horrible optimization, horrible grind, can’t remap your keys, constant server crashes, game crashes and did I mention the lag?

    PVP is two or more people exploting the lag by spamming the jump button and holding down mouse 1 until one or the other dies. I’ve been playing games since you bought a silver box that had 5 different versions of pong on it and plugged that into your TV and I’m having a hard time thinking of a game worse than Earthrise, I can think of some that are nearly or equally as bad but this is truly one of the worst games I’ve played in over 30 years of gaming. STAY AWAY, SAVE YOUR CASH.

  • This review is total BS. The game looks interesting, but I could have written the exact same article about any mmo. If you take out the words “earthrise” from the review, it could be absolutely any game. I do not believe the reviewer played the game at all.

    Plant.

  • The review is garbage and ER is a steaming pile of trash. MH must have paid some good money to buy the review.

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  • Musser64

    Looks amazing! added to my list of games to play.


 

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