[stat=Publisher]Panzar Studios[/stat]
[stat=Developer]Panzar Studios[/stat]
[stat=Distribution]Online Download[/stat]
[stat=Free to Play]Yes[/stat]
[stat=Download Size]~3GB[/stat]
[/review]Panzar was another game that looked incredibly promising, right up to the point that I actually started playing it. On the surface, it looks like a winner. Though the graphics are admittedly a little rugged, it purports to offer a combination of well-designed, action-oriented combat, a beautifully and intricately detailed fantasy world, and a huge variety of player tactics and strategies; all tied together with a powerfully dynamic system of team-based PVP. 

The story of Panzar (which admittedly cribs a fair bit off the Warhammer franchise) involves a post-apocalyptic world surrounded by oceans of chaos, in which four distinct races wage war on one another in the name of a pantheon of cruel, uncaring gods. You’ve got your grim, determined humans, who rely on skill and faith; the brutal, violent orcs; the technologically advanced dwarves and the enigmatic and magical elves. All in all, it’s pretty vanilla, but it works well in the context of the game. 

On first logging in, you’ll be prompted to create a character from one of eight different classes. The character you select will grow in power as you play them, and can be equipped with an array of different items. Each class has its own distinct strengths, weaknesses, and style; a dwarven Sapper will play very differently from a human Inquisitor, who will have little in common with an elven Sister of Fire. Unfortunately, these differences all too often seem to take the form of glaring balance issues, which are only exacerbated by Panzar’s clear pay-to-win nature. Through the in-game cash shop, players are able to purchase just about anything in-game at a premium. That includes gear that would take weeks (and sometimes even months) to grind for otherwise. 

That’s not even the worst part, either. Panzar’s matchmaking system is, at the current moment, horribly slanted. By the time you reach tenth level, you’ll likely be going up against people who are twice that. If you’ve not splurged on better gear, there’s virtually no way you’ll be capable of winning such a match-up. While you theoretically could invest hours upon days upon weeks into the game to get yourself on even footing (fighting an uphill battle the whole time, I might add), there seems to be little point when there are so many better alternatives on the market. 

Stability was another huge problem I encountered while playing Panzar. During the tutorial alone, the game crashed twice on me; during my first match, it actually managed to overheat my graphics card and blue-screen my computer. In the year-and-a-half I’ve owned the system, it is the first and only game to have done so. Panzar looks pretty good, true…but not hardware-meltingly good.

On the topic of presentation, let’s talk for a moment about Panzar’s voice acting. It’s bad. Like, beyond B-Movie bad. Though the characters in-game give off an occasional believable line, most of the voice-work sounds very much like it was done on an extremely constrained budget. That doesn’t really have a huge negative impact on the gameplay, of course, but feels indicative of the larger problems with the game all the same. 

The combat’s the high point of Panzar, but it’s still not enough to save it from its poorly-conceptualized matchmaking system and obvious pay-to-win money-grubbery. As a result, while it might provide enjoyment for at least a few hours, it’s not exactly difficult to find better ways to spend your time. 

Angels Wrath – Starter Pack Giveaway

[keys id=129156]MMO ATK and Lekool have teamed up to offer our fans a special starter pack that will help them on their way for their latest ARPG, Angel’s Wrath.

Angel?s Wrath offers a diverse pet system, a huge vibrant world to explore, a unique line-up of playable characters including a monk, archer, dancer, and berserker, along with the usual clan systems, PvP, extensive questlines, and social features you?ll find in modern MMORPGs. The starter pack includes all of the following:

[heading]How to Redeem[/heading]1. Log in or Sign up for your MMO ATK account
2. Create your account and log in to Angels Wrath 
3. When the event icons pop up, click the “Gift Pack” option and enter your code from below
4. The items will be sent directly to your in-game bag

[heading]Angel’s Wrath Trailer[/heading]

Angels' Wrath - Best and Newest ARPG Game - Exclusive to Lekool

Soul of Guardian II – Newbie Card Giveaway

[keys id=129156]MMO ATK and Omprus Games have teamed up to offer players of their popular ARPG Soul of Guardian II Newbie Card Codes which grants access to a Newbie Pack containing several key items to help you along your journey.

[heading]Newbie Pack Items[/heading]Small Soul Essence x2
Flying Shoes x10
Little Candy x5
Strengthening Protection Rune x2
Rare Training Order x2

[heading]How to Redeem Code[/heading]1. Log in or Sign up for your MMO ATK account
2. Log in to your Soul of Guardian account and enter the game
3. Click “Gift Packs” icon in the upper right corner of the screen
4. Click the “Newbie Pack” Interface
5. Click the “Claim” icon and enter the code from below


[stat=Free to Play]Yes[/stat]
[stat=Download Size]NA[/stat]
[stat=Closed Beta]Spring 2013[/stat]
[/review] Everlight is a browser-based, fantasy action role-playing game that takes place in an ancient fantasy world where lost civilizations, myths and legends aren’t just hearsay, but an everyday reality.  

In the game you will take on the role of the forsaken offspring of the Titans.  Your journey will take you along the paths of Greek mythology and you unravel the myths and mysterious that the world has entrusted on to you.  You will come across many other mythologies like the Mayans and hack and slash your way through the lost city of Atlantis.  

Everlight will be available in the Spring of 2013 and players interested in participating in the closed beta can stay up to date with the latest in news and information via the Everlight Fan Page on Facebook.