RaiderZ Closing Its Doors On August 10th

RaiderZ News

Perfect World Entertainment today announced via the new Arc portal that the long-running free-to-play action MMORPG, RaiderZ, will be officially closing its doors on August 10th. Perfect World Entertainment have published the game here in the West for many years but the developers, MAIET, either has or will shut down development of the game. Without … Read more



In all honesty, the fact that this game is called “RaiderZ” should have been the first warning sign. It should have been the first indication that this was a game to be avoided. But no, I chose to ignore it, to soldier on in hopes that I’d find a few redeeming qualities mixed in with the digital offal. Surprisingly enough, I did find a few – though they weren’t anywhere near enough to rescue the title from itself. As I so often do, I’ll start with the good – slim though it may be. 

The strong point of RaiderZ is definitely the combat. Mechanics are crisp and responsive, animations are relatively smooth, and the leveling and loot system are relatively unique, allowing players to build their characters through whatever means they see fit. Wanna be a greatsword-wielding sorcerer who rains down holy fire on his foes? You can do that. Thinking of being an assassin who happens to hit like a ten ton truck? Yeah, that’s definitely possible. All of this taken together is a welcome change from most traditional MMOs, where you’re more or less stuck along a class tree once you’ve selected everything. 

Also of note is the musical instruments system, where players can learn to play instruments such as guitars and join with other players to create impromptu orchestras and weave together beautiful songs. It’s an awesome mechanic, and I feel as though more MMOs should at least attempt to incorporate it. More music is always grand, right?

Alright, we’ve dealt with the good. Now for the bad. Fair warning, there’s a lot of it. 

First of all, the aesthetics of the game somehow manage to toe the line between blandly generic and eye-poppingly gaudy. Everything about the title is animu to its core, right down to the grossly impractical and skimpy female armor. Not only that, character customization options as far as appearance runs the whole gamut of cliched anime protagonist, from the square-jawed samurai to the droopy-eyed, sarcastic thug. The monsters admittedly look really cool, but that’s nowhere near enough to save the game from its own visual fumbles.

Oh, but it gets worse. Both the writing and voice acting in RaiderZ basically feel like they were outsourced to a bunch of bored teenagers hanging out by a 7/11; there’s absolutely no pride behind any of it – it feels like it literally exists just to make money (more on that in a moment). Character voices are painfully acted, the text is poorly written, and the whole thing demonstrates an almost vehement distaste for quality. Not surprisingly, everything about the narrative and the world is boring. I did find a bit of humor in the fact that there were Christmas trees and lights decorating the entire game world…in February. 

What’s more, the game is so poorly optimized that even high-end systems might encounter framerate issues, and the lovely inclusion of nProtect GameGuard as a piggyback program means that, while you’re playing, any other processes on your system will be effectively unusable. Toss in a few borderline pay-to-win elements, server instability and botters and you’ve got yourself a surefire recipe for failure. 

As an action-MMO, RaiderZ had a great deal of potential. Unfortunately, it’s abundantly clear that the developers don’t give a fig about either the game or its players beyond how they can use them to line their pockets. Long story short? Avoid the hell out of this game. If you want a good free-to-play action MMO, go play Tera. If you want a good monster-hunter game, wait for Monster Hunter Online.

As for me, I think I need a stiff drink. 

Kingdom Under Fire II Western Beta, RaiderZ, Nether and more! | The Daily XP January 16th

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Perfect World Entertainment has one of the most impressive MMO arsenals on Steam, with titles like Neverwinter, Star Trek Online and Blacklight Retribution and Forsaken World.  Now we can add the action RPG RaiderZ to that list with its inclusion to the massive Steam audience.  RaiderZ has been available on the PWE portal for some time now, and despite the lack of marketing, the game has proven to be quite popular.  But with its inclusion on Steam we can be sure a new batch of players will be joining the game as that’s what typically happens when a game joins GabeN’s Master Race Empire.

The internet was treated to footage from a localized version of Kingdom Under Fire II in Thailand yesterday, but today English speaking fans finally got the confirmation we had been longing for. revealed that an ‘experience beta test’ will be coming to the West next week.  In seven days from now, January 23rd through January 26th players will get a chance to try out the game.  A few minor details are that the beta test will run each night from 18:00 to 00:00 +8 GMT, which is 5:00am to 11:00am EST and 2:00am to 8 am PST, and we’re not exactly sure yet if it’s a closed or open event.  But you can sign up with the link provided below.

The latest patch notes for Phosphor Studios Nether were released today and with it comes many new features that were requested by the community.  Most notably were the group content and dirt bikes.  Yes dirt bikes, thank you community, and Phoshor Studios of course.  Dirt bikes are the first vehicles added to the world of Nether, they will be find at random locations throughout the world and will help you traverse the world louder than ever.  The new grouping feature allows you to form traditional parties with friends and allies, which open new channels of communication and visual location information via the radar.

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Grand Theft Auto Online, Atomic Wonder Woman, Nether and more! – Weekly Loot Ep. 65

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Grand Theft Auto Online Revealed To The World | [timer]41[/timer]
Atomic Wonder Woman Makes Her Way To Infinite Crisis | [timer]71[/timer]
Phosphor Games Announces Survival Horror MMORPG Nether | [timer]97[/timer]
Aura Kingdom Announced At Otakon | [timer]128[/timer]
Starcraft Universe MMO Seeks Kickstarter Support | [timer]128[/timer]
RaiderZ Getting Shut Down In Korea | [timer]128[/timer]
Dogs of War Online Website And Closed Beta Revealed | [timer]128[/timer]
War Thunder Gets Launches On Steam | [timer]128[/timer]
SMITE Undergoes Major Art Update For Conquest Map | [timer]128[/timer]

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Dogs of War Online, RaiderZ, FFXIV and more! – The Daily XP August 14th

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RaiderZ Gets Shut Down In Korea, U.S. Next? | [timer]75[/timer]
FFXIV Epic Promotional Trailer Released | [timer]106[/timer]
Neverwinter’s Child Play Marathon | [timer]133[/timer]

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