Anarchy Online (Windows)

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Description

In the year 29475 AD, mankind have settled the barren planet Rubi-ka, whose only resource is Notum, a power source for the ubiquitous nano-tech. The mega-corp Omni-Tek has an iron-clad hold on the planet, but there are underground guerrilla clans forming, hoping to overthrown the tyrants... You are the latest inhabitant of Rubi-ka... Would you join the mega-corp, the clans, or remain a neutral spectator?

Anarchy Online is a massive multi-player role-playing game set in a sci-fi universe in a full 3D engine. There are no fantasy races to be found here, but players still can choose between four different kinds of humans and twelve jobs with different skills and advantages, e.g. the nano-technician which is basically the equivalent to a mage. There is no ultimate goal to "win" the game; progression is simply measured by character advancement - earned experience points lead to level ups and then players can improve their skills. The cities are used to chat with other players, build groups and start quests. Missions and dungeons are randomly generated.

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Anarchy Online Windows AO can be played in 1st or 3rd person view.  1st person is excellent for exploring cities...
Anarchy Online Windows In a mission
Anarchy Online Windows ... that can be uploaded to your map reader for ease of hunting.
Anarchy Online Windows When you're ready to go planetside, you face a difficult decision.  Omni-Tek, Clan, or Neutral.

Alternate Titles

  • "混乱在线" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "AO" -- Informal abbreviation

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User Reviews

Great background story, but hardly any link to the single player Firefreak (5) unrated
Excellent, but not without it's bugs. JPaterson (9134) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Years later and Still Buggy. Scott Monster (922) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Imperium Gier Jun 18, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Captain Jan 29, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Just RPG 2003 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Oct 04, 2001 81 out of 100 81
GameSpot Jul 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 28, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Play.tm Nov 22, 2001 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) Aug, 2001 69 out of 100 69
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
WomenGamers.com Sep 21, 2001 5.1 out of 10 51

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Trivia

Business Model

At October 13, 2004, Funcom announced a new distribution model for Anarchy Online. The full version can now be downloaded for free and the tryout period has been extended from 7 to 14 days.

In December 2004, Funcom offered all new players who registered between 15 December 2004 and 15 January 2005 the full game for free until 1 January, 2006, without a subscription fee, to keep a steady user base. Of course, veteran players had to give up their characters for the free account and new players did not access to any of the three expansion packs.

This offer was extended on a yearly basis until early 2008 when Funcom introduced a new model with three subscriptions: free for the original Anarchy Online content, 5 USD/EUR per month for access to the Shadowlands expansion and 14,95 USD/EUR per month for all content. This goes along with the introduction of an item shop in October 2007 in which players can buy items for real money.

Information also contributed by Carlos Aquino and ClydeFrog

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Kasey Chang (3652) added Anarchy Online (Windows) on Jun 13, 2001