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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 Once in the real world, mission generators provide you with assignments...
Anarchy Online Windows At night
Anarchy Online Windows Cats
Anarchy Online Windows Party at disco

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 (9146) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Years later and Still Buggy. Scott Monster (924) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

The Press Says

Svenska PC Gamer Jul, 2001 92 out of 100 92
Game industry News (GiN) 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Imperium Gier Jun 18, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Oct 04, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Mana Pool Oct 17, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Jul 18, 2001 79 out of 100 79
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 28, 2001 14 out of 20 70
RPGFan Aug 09, 2001 63 out of 100 63

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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 (3653) added Anarchy Online (Windows) on Jun 13, 2001