Anarchy Online (Windows)

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Critic Score
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User Score
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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 (9140) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall User Score (30 votes) 3.3

Critic Reviews

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Now that Funcom has basically fixed a majority of the game’s problems, Anarchy Online proves that it is indeed the premiere online RPG. It also comes at a premiere price: it’s the most expensive monthly MMORPG on the market. Instead of the usual $9.95, it is $12.95 per month. It’s not much more, but noticeably so. Fortunately, if you sign up for 6 months, the price works out to $9.95 a month, making this a better deal overall. I must say that it is my honest opinion that the game is worth it. It has the addictive qualities of any online RPG, but with a very cool sci-fi motif and a polished feel. It’s finally a complete package; it took them nearly eight months to fix, but it’s done. Check it out and become an addict.
Svenska PC Gamer
Anarchy Online är egentligen en ganska enkel idé. Utförandet är dock mycket fräscht och nytt; det är snyggt och snabbt att komma in i och man får ständigt den där känslan av att vara en upptäcktsresande i ett främmande land när man hittar nya områden och prylar. Jag tror att detta spel kommer att hålla ett bra tag framöver, i alla fall för den som uppskattar rollspel, utforskande och att samla prylar till sin karaktär. Hur handlingen kommer att fungera i spelet kan man ju fundera över, men jag tror att konflikten mellan Omni-Tek och klanerna kommer att göra det hela ännu mer spännande och ge spelarna något att fokusera på. Om det nu behövs. Det här är bland det bästa och mest beroendeframkallande jag har sett online.
In acest moment Anarchy Online este insa singurul joc online cu tenta SF care s-a impus pe plan international si care, chiar daca a trecut printr-o perioada foarte dificila datorata unor buguri extrem de suparatoare si-a revenit, s-a pus pe picioare iar acum ofera utilizatorilor sai cea mai interesanta experienta si aventura online.
Game industry News (GiN)
Taken as a whole, Anarchy Online is a great way to spend an afternoon. The game world is huge and I doubt that any one character could possibly visit all the major locations, much less all the minor ones. The game gets 4 1/2 GiN gems for being a wonderful diversion that is sure to tantalize any sci-fi fan, and for having a friendly, steadily growing community of users just waiting to meet new players.
Imperium Gier
Anarchy Online zachwyca. Gra jest piękna pod kątem graficznym, ma rozległy wspaniały świat pełen najróżniejszych tajemnic (twórcy gry nie próżnują). Jeśli ktoś lubi klimaty trochę bardziej futurystyczne to oszaleje na punkcie AO. Jednakże miłośnicy magii też nie powinni się czuć zawiedzeni, gdyż cała nano technologia w zastosowaniu to taki rodzaj magicznych zaklęć. Gra ma tylko dwie wady. Pierwsza to taka, że jest onlinem. Niewiele osób w Polsce ma możliwość pogrania sobie w komfortowy sposób w Anarchy Online. Niestety modemy odpadają. Drugą wadą jest to, że oczywiście gra jest płatna. Za miesiąc zabawy należy zapłacić 13 dolarów. jednak na chwilę obecną Anarchy Online jest jednym z najlepszych MMORPG. Ultima Online umarła...
Just RPG
Overall, I would recommend this game to someone who has an older computer and does not mind the outdated mechanics and graphics. The price is fairly reasonable and Funcom gives a lot of specials on the expansion packs, should you be inclined to purchase those. If you are still not convinced, they are even offering a free playing time for one year for the original game (NOT the expansion packs). So if you are one of those who want to see a different MMORPG, or are just looking for one to fill time, you should give this one a shot.
Game Informer Magazine
The quest options aren’t limited to those poor, overworked programming pukes, either. You’re able to create your own quests, and assemble your own teams as you traverse the lands of this massive world. During team play, you’ll split each defeated enemy’s experience between you, but he with the fastest fingers gets the items from the bodies. I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles. This game has enough ins and outs where it will keep you interested for a long, long time – Funcom is hoping for about four years.
Just RPG
With what I've played, however, I can see why this game has been so popular. The communitiy is huge, the forums helpful, and there are no hunts for ennemies around a barren wasteland. While Anarchy Online might not be as ground-breaking as it was when it was first released, it's still an expansive MMORPG that still has lots of room to grow.
Game Captain
Wer schon immer auf ein Science Fiction Rollenspiel gewartet hat, Willens ist sich mit dem umfangreichen Skillsystem auseinander zu setzen und Spass hat mit mehreren zusammen durch eine Onlinewelt zu streifen, findet in Anarchy Online ein optisch ansprechendes MMORPG mit durchdachter Bedienung und umfangreicher Hintergrundstory.
Just RPG
With their new expansion "Shadowlands" slated for release in late July, 2003 Funcom can definitely be proud of the hole they've begun to dig themselves out of. Shadowlands promises two new professions and a vast number of new play areas as well as interesting new features such as profession specializations and of course, what would an MMORPG expansion be without more loot! While not quite an "Everquest killer", Funcom has brought AO a long ways and it is definitely well worth taking a look at!
PC Zone Benelux
Het enige grote minpunt dat we kunnen noemen, betreft de aanwezigheid van bugs. Het spel liep tijdens onze speelsessies verschillende keren vast. Genoeg geschreven. Mijn digitale vrienden zitten in de kroeg op me te wachten. Op naar een nieuw avontuur.
Die Debatten um 'Anarchy Online' sind nach wie vor in vollem Gange. Es bleibt ein Spiel, das zum einen mit diversen technischen Tücken zu kämpfen hat und zum anderen durch die überaus durchdachte Spielmechanik und die hervorragenden Ausführungen in den Bereichen Grafik und Sound zu begeistern weiss. Das Gute daran ist, dass Funcom sich der Probleme durchaus bewusst ist und fast kein Tag vergeht, an dem das Support-Team nicht in irgendeiner Form an der Behebung der Probleme arbeitet und Lösungen liefert. Gerade bei Online-Rollenspielen dieser Dimension ist das enorm wichtig. Auch wenn das Spiel Kinderkrankheiten hatte und teilweise immer noch hat, kommt man um einen Kauf nicht herum. Bei der bevorstehenden Evolution des Spieles solltet ihr schliesslich alle mit dabei sein.
PC Action
Was lange währt, wird endlich gut: Dieser Leitsatz passt auch aufs Endzeit-Rollenspiel Anarchy Online, das sich bis zum Erscheinen der deutschen Verkaufsversion zu einem eindrucksvollen Online-Spiel gemausert hat.
PC Games (Germany)
Will ich Everquest spielen, muss ich mir viele Stunden Zeit nehmen: Um auf die Regeneration meines Manas zu warten, oder aufs Auftauchen meines Wunschgegners. Anarchy Online macht es mir einfacher. Wenn ich für ein halbes Stündchen ins stimmungsvolle Zukunftsszenario eintauchen will, kann ich das tun: Missionen lösen, Monster bekämpfen, den Charakter aufwerten, Spaß haben - alles geht wunderbar zügig vonstatten, ohne dass ich stundenlang auf Ereignisse hoffen muss.Dass Anarchy Online trotzdem nicht gerade einsteigerfreundlich ist, liegt an seiner Komplexität: Bis man das umfangreiche Fähigkeitensystem durchschaut hat, sorgen ein Überangebot an Menüs und eine teilweise verkorkste Steuerung für Frust. Wäre das Interface besser, hätte ich mich durchaus zu einer höheren Wertung hinreißen lassen - dennoch bleibt Anarchy Online unterm Strich das derzeit beste Online-Rollenspiel.
Mana Pool
Anarchy Online despite its flaws mentioned above is still a very fun and addictive game. I started playing it when there were no expansions and Rubi-Ka was the only place to explore but even then with the ambient lighting and the music and effects, it was a wonderful place to just explore and admire the scenery. Then Shadowlands came out, and although I preferred the scenery and beauty of Rubi-Ka the monsters and fun to be found in Shadowlands was really good. I again spent hours running around exploring caves, killing Cripplers and finding groups to play with. It has a easy learning curve and is great fun to play. Luckily I found a great Clan to play with and have been re-visiting the game over and over for the last 7 years. My advice, give it a go even if you only play the free version. It is good fun with plenty of possibilities.
All Game Guide
While catering too much to the whims of a vocal minority, especially on the Internet, can be a bad idea, Funcom seems to know where to draw the line. As a result, their product keeps improving. Anarchy Online provides an important alternative to fantasy MMORPGs, and is designed well enough to warrant a look from anyone interested in the genre.
Super Play
Det kan med andra ord vara svårt att komma in i spelet. Men när man väl har gjort det blir det riktigt roligt. Och man får vara beredd på att offra de närmaste 1000-2000 timmarna på detta berondeframkallande spel.
In terms of gameplay and setting, Anarchy Online definitely has great stuff to offer the MMORPG fan. The technical issues can be annoying and sometimes extremely frustrating -- if you plan to play the game now, be prepared for some extensive patching and, even after that, potentially frustrating problems that could make you wonder why you're paying $13 a month. But MMORPGs are unique in that they are designed to evolve and this must be taken into consideration, and while these problems are certainly a poor reflection on a game's release, they will likely be fixed. Anarchy Online is a promising game with some big technical flaws, but in a few week's time it's sure to replace your EverQuest addiction.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Wanneer de technische problemen van de baan zijn, wordt Anarchy Online pas echt het spel dat het had moeten zijn! Afwachten!
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Zonder al die vervelende technische mankementen zou deze Anarchy Online probleemloos het beste online rollenspel van de komende jaren worden.
It's safe to say that Funcom's online role-playing game, Anarchy Online, has been one of the most widely and eagerly anticipated games this year. After all, it's the first so-called next-generation online role-playing game and the first to be released after its groundbreaking predecessors--EverQuest, Asheron's Call, and Ultima Online--and it should be the first to improve upon them. Up until Anarchy Online's release, press coverage of the game discussed its unique science-fiction setting, its intriguing playable characters, its innovative solutions to common gameplay problems, and its enormous and colorful gameworld. But when the game was released, it caused an uproar. Unsatisfied customers flooded the game's official Internet message board with angry complaints about severe problems, such as insecure registration, CD key errors, and in-game bugs and stability issues.
PC Gamer
The next great massively multiplayer RPG is just around the corner, but right now it's more Anarchy then Online.
A brave foray into the sci fi genre of MMORPGs, hampered by lack of content and long term goals. Doesn’t satisfy hardcore role-players, and provides a sometimes lag-ridden, single player online game, randomly interspersed with meeting other players. However, for the low, low price of free – this game is worth checking out.
Un titre au fort potentiel, reste à savoir s'il résistera à la déferlante de MMORPG en préparation dans la mesure où cette catégorie semble être devenue une dimension incontournable dans le monde du jeu vidéo. A.O signe une bonne performance en dépit de ses quelques défauts et de son côté particulièrement obscur au début.
GameStar (Germany)
Selten habe ich bei einem Spiel so viel Zeit totgeschlagen. Allerdings mit einem guten Buch, während mein Charakter langsam heilt. Oder durch endlose Städte zum Zielort rennt. Oder ohne mich gegen Feinde kämpft. Nicht gerade das, was ich mir wünsche – schon gar nicht, wenn im Hintergrund die Telefongebühren hochtickern. Zugegeben, Funcom hat sich Mühe gegeben, eine schicke Welt und ein vielseitiges Talentsystem auf die Beine zu stellen. Im Gestrüpp tausend unterschiedlicher Gegenstände und immergleicher Zufallsmissionen mangelt es aber schnell an Abwechslung. Was bleibt, ist eine futuristische Karriere-Simulation. Für die happigen 30 Mark im Monat erwarte ich aber deutlich mehr Atmosphäre und Wir-Gefühl.
Game Revolution
Currently, there are still enough bugs here to warrant concern. If they eventually fix the bugs (like the other online games have), AO will definitely be a winner and more than just "Everquest in space." Right now, however, it can be frustrating to play. Still, if you don't mind doing a little beta testing for the designers, Anarchy Online is your ticket.
Anarchy Online was released at least six months early. Only time will tell if it'll be fixed in the future, and I hope for Funcom's sake that they are able to fix Anarchy Online - they've spent too much time on it. Sadly, though, the public may not be as forgiving, in a market with several dominant games already out (and working), and a variety of other MMORPGs on the way. At this point, it's just not worth it, and I can't recommend it to any gamer at this point in time.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Even with all these problems, there is a lot that works in AO. Unlike the equally troubled WORLD WAR II ONLINE, AO has all of its features in place and has a strong design. The world is large and rich, and the different careers and skills, various regions, and hostilities among Omni-Tek and the clans will make for a deep role-playing experience. A four-year narrative arc is already planned. When it becomes fully functional, ANARCHY ONLINE will be the MMORPG by which others are measured.
As someone who grew up reading not just J.R.R. Tolkien, but also Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, I was quite excited by the launch of the first science fiction MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game): the release day of Anarchy Online was finally here! My pre-ordered box had arrived a few days ago. I had already read the manual several times, and it didn't give much away. I anticipated congestion at the servers and registration sites on the opening day of an online game, and thus set out on my installation and registration mission very early in the day.
The large number of professions and other interesting features don’t save Anarchy Online from its dated graphics and limited free content. Those looking for an old-school MMORPG that favors open-ended gameplay over linear progression should give this game a try. If you’re into sci-fi games, RF Online, Ace Online and Megaten are also worth checking out.