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Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (Windows)

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Description

It appeared out of nowhere. Life was normal on Earth when a big shadow appeared on the sky and blocked the sun. Soon after small pieces broke off and flew down on the planet - drop ships carrying thousands upon thousands of soldiers. When they unloaded their content, hell broke loose. The invasion started right away and without mercy the Bane and Thrax-troops mowed through every living thing. Once humanity learned that those aliens wouldn't even take prisoners, resistance began to form and the enemy was driven back into the orbit.

But it was no victory for planet Earth. Realizing that they couldn't overcome the resistance, the Bane set their ultimate weapon in motion: the shardship. Slowly moving towards earth it's mission was simply to crash on the surface and unleash it's deadly biological innards.

Unable to stop the ship, a top-secret organization began to evacuate the best of the surviving rest through wormholes created and hidden on Earth by unknown forces. But instead of fleeing to safety, the survivors joined other aliens in the fight against the Bane directly at the front line. Meanwhile Earth's fate is unknown but it is presumed that it doesn't exist anymore in the way we knew it.

After you've created a character you join the AFS and enter the game. When you create a character you can't select a class. Instead at the levels 5, 15 and 30 you need to choose between one of the available career paths. Each career paths gives you access to different abilities. At level 5 you can for example choose between being a soldier or a specialist. While the soldier can learn to use machine guns, the specialist acquires the knowledge to use tools like Healing Discs or Field Repair Tools. You get the points you need to unlock these new abilities at each level up including some points you can allocate into your basic attributes body, mind and spirit.

Also the decision of your career path is final for your character, you can use clone credits to make an exact copy of yourself at any time (preferably before you choose the next path). This copy will share the same last name as you and will also share the same allocation of attribute points up to this point but will loose all equipment. This way you can try out every possible path without going through all the hassle of leveling up to that point again.

There's another catch in the whole unlocking skills-mechanic. For some skills it isn't enough to just invest points but you also need to find the corresponding logo shrine which are scattered all over the land. Once you touch them, they'll transfer the knowledge directly to you and from that moment on you are free to use every skill that is associated with that logo.

The combat system is slightly also different from games like World of Warcraft. To hit an enemy you need to keep him in the focus or lock onto him and then shoot while keeping him in your sight. Depending on your current state (if you move, crouch or something like that), the distance to your target and the weapon you chose to attack with, you'll make more or less damage. The enemies are also particular vulnerable to different kinds of ammunition which you have to buy in the camps. Weapons like the shotgun also have spread damage which is of a good use when fighting a group of enemies.

The combat also features a few tricks like melee combat and finishing moves. If you made a serious amount of damage to a target it won't just fall down and die. It'll remain standing for a few seconds and allow you to make a finishing move. If the move was successful or you killed many enemies in a short order, you'll gain a temporary experience boost.

As in Ultima Online, Richard Garriott is represented by his very own unique character in the game. He's known as General British and acts as the leader of the AFS-forces.

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Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa Windows Your available characters.
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa Windows A good old chest.
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa Windows If I kill 200 Thrax I gain a new title.
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa Windows I did a damage overkill to him and know he's waiting for the finishing move.

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The Press Says

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Dec 05, 2007 A- 91
Strategy Informer Nov 19, 2007 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Dec 03, 2007 83 out of 100 83
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 2008 80 out of 100 80
GameSpy Nov 09, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2008 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Nov 20, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamingExcellence Jan 21, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Vgames Dec 25, 2007 77 out of 100 77
IGN Nov 20, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

Kill General British

In reference to the famous assassination of Lord British during the beta phase in Ultima Online, there was an official in-game event with the goal to kill General British, the avatar of Richard Garriott. The event took place in 2007 towards the end of the beta phase.

Shutdown

At 8:00PM on February 28th, 2009 the final Bane assault, led by the powerful and technologically highly advanced Neph began. Although the AFS troops fought for every piece of ground, in the end the force was so overwhelming that Penumbra had no other choice than to push the red button with the consequence of destroying every living thing on the two planets Arieki and Foreas. So as of midnight that day contact to all remaining worlds of Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa has been lost.

But humanity prevails as some made it back to a devastated earth and once again begin their fight for survival.
Sicarius (61025) added Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (Windows) on Nov 28, 2007