Free-to-play 3D MMORPG in a massive industrial fantasy world! Steambikes, swords, airships, sorcery and steampunk science in a fully realized urban universe! A city of industrial wonders sits on the brink of collapse. A world of mechanical precision has been brought to the verge of war.
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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January 27

Server Migration and Maintenance

Dear players,

City of Steam: Arkadia will be temporarily offline beginning at 8:00PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 27th. This downtime includes the game, as well as the website and forums, in order to migrate the server and perform overall maintenance on the data to optimize your gaming experience.

Please understand that such a process can take a lengthy time to complete, and thus the maintenance team estimates that we will be offline almost the entire day.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause, and plan to send out a compensation package to all players.



The City of Steam: Arkadia Support Team

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January 19

MLK Day - Let the Freedom Ring

Hello everyone,

The third Monday in January marks a special day to celebrate the hard-earned diversity, it’s all for one freedom fighter and dream pursuer – Martin Luther King Jr, so make sure to make THIS DAY a day on, not a day off, and we’re pleased to announce that hosts of events have been planned for the annual MLK Day, let’s roll them out:

One-day 50% Recharge Bonus

Always the best opportunity to store up Electrum, the bonus is great! Starting from 00:00 server time January 19th, players who power their character up will receive 50% more E as bonus, no-strings-attached. As always, the bonus will be valid for all dedicated players of our platform partners. All Nexan citizens will have 1 day to enjoy the generous bonus!

Battling for the Paramount Shield


The Paramount Shield is definitely some awesome component for all CoS players. Missed out the chance to get the shiny and rare Golden Battlegear at the New Year Party? Here is the chance to shine with another one! All those who power up during the MLK Day will have the opportunity to boost everything up.

MLK Day Special Packs

In addition to all above great bonus, players on both US and EU servers will get a special pack to celebrate MLK Day, check out the item list:

5x Lucky Scrolls
5x Energy Stones
5x Miraculous Health Jab
200x Bound Electrum Bundle

The free pack will be mailed out before the events wrapped up on Tuesday.

50% Off for Electrum Goods

It’s some great opportunity to store up in-game resources. Players who purchase Resources, Cosmetics, Pets and other Consumables in the next 24 hours can save 50% Electrum or Bound Electrum. Be sure to grab anything you need before the chance slips away.

Always feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Make sure to stay connected for more news, updates and events from the CoS official website.

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Reviews

“The environments in City of Steam are as detailed as they are unique.”
Greenlit Gaming

“The beauty is in accessibility; I can be logged in and exploring this industrial-era fantasy world in under ten seconds.”
ZAM.com

“This game is already pushing some technological limits with just its existence.”
Blistered Thumbs

Feature List

  • So Much to Do!
Stunning variety of quests, goals and challenges.

  • Lightweight!
Play from any computer without bulky client installation.

  • Systems!
PvP, Company, Events, etc, features of an MMO and more.

  • Gameplay!
Hardcore or Casual, Ten Minutes or Ten Hours.

  • Graphics!
Sets a new audiovisual standard for a cross-platform web & client game.

  • Teamwork!
Go at it alone or adventure with friends.

  • Customization!
Augment weaponry with visible components.

About This Game

Free-to-play 3D MMORPG in a massive industrial fantasy world! Steambikes, swords, airships, sorcery and steampunk science in a fully realized urban universe! A city of industrial wonders sits on the brink of collapse. A world of mechanical precision has been brought to the verge of war. The New Epoch is ending, and what comes next will change the Great Mechanism forever.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 6800GT, ATI X800 XL or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 430, AMD HD 5570 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
110 of 119 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
This isn't the game that we have supported back in the day, with a deep background and steampunk themed hack'n'slash MMO. This is yet another Korean Grinding game with tons of illusions of choices, with lots of cheap rewarding systems that are actually other ways to make you pay. - This isn't the project that we've backed, loved and cared. This isn't the Great Mechanism that we've wanted to play on. This isn't City of Steam.

Something happened to City of Steam Project in its early days, when Mechanist Games gave their publishing rights to R2 Games. They issued a Regional Ban, caused serious problems in community and they couldn't maintain the game as it was. Eventually, Mechanist Games got the rights to publish City of Steam back and renamed the game as Arkadia; We hoped that it would end the nightmare and actually make this whole project something.

But, they choose to become a Browser Game that has an Energy System to make you pay for almost everything. Don't know what has changed since then, but as I've played after about a year, I didn't see anything new, or at least something for me to care as I've cared about it before, but more fake rewarding systems.

You can play it, without playing it, by the way. You would just push a button and the game would play itself. - Point? None. I wish things would be a lot more different than this, Dave. Your universe had so much potential.

And, for god's sake, what happened to the Soundtrack Album? It was composed beautifully; Now, you have a fake Intro Music that is NOTHING compared to City of Steam's old Main Theme.
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55 of 58 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,732.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is in a huge make-over from a nice game to a heavily P2W game. Current features are being changed, just to lure people in spending more. Good example would be the mercenary system. The first one was unique, simple and works nicely. Right now they've copy+pasted a feature from R2Games (company that's only out on people's money), changed the looks, and that's the new mercenary system. Giving players the option to get a orange (best) mercenary for 3 dollars. While players that doesn't spend probably get that chance just once or twice a day. After that they changed the pet system. Now they changed Daily Goals.
Further every single patch they update, it contains so many bugs that it just makes anyone sick. Sometimes even leads to exploiting. Half of the time people get away with it. Other half people getting banned. The game is just being developed and run by amateurs. Probably interns/externs working on a game. Even lacking on simple math and logic.
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61 of 87 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
At least the uninstall works.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
The story line was way too linear. You had grind too much to get anywhere. The quest marking was pretty bad, once you left an area it was impossible to locate the missing quests for that area.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I started playing City of Steam: Arkadia mostly due to the fact that it was a Steampunk based MMORPG with the fantasy touch that I enjoy added in. The story at the start was interesting and easy to follow, and it held my interest long enough for me to get to level 20 something as one character - which depending on the MMO you play can range from super easy to down right difficult.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty...

/PROS/
* Steampunk, Steampunk everywhere. Glorious top hats, goggles, corsets, and a Steambike!
* The Story - It has a story, I'll give it that, and one that's actually interesting enough to keep me curious about the next chapter.
* Easy-to-get Costume Items - While they do give some perks, via set bonuses or on their own - they are easy to get with daily log on and your 5 free lesser items and your 1 free better item, and if you keep opening those, you eventually can open more boxes to get a chance at the rare set.
* Different Battle Options for Classes. I like this, but at the same time it doesn't really do much when half of your ability to kill things depends on your gear that you're actively using.
* Mercenaries. A good idea, pretty nice at low level.

/CONS/
* Graphics - They're not all that great, but considering it's a Free MMO, there's not too much you can do [aside from maybe polishing it up, I guess?]
* Music/sounds - Music makes a lot of the game for me, and if I have to turn off all sounds just so the game is remotely bareable, then that's a huge issue.
* Auto-Battle - While this could be a good thing, it's not. You can set yourself to AFK level and get through things [if you're high enough of a level and item-set] and never talk to anyone in the game ever. If that's your thing, go ahead.
* The amount of difficulty ramps up /quickly/. I'm all for a hard game, but when you have an auto-battle system in place, you're pretty much saying "Press button to win" and if you're not paying complete attention to how your gear is set up and when you're using potions, you will die pretty fast, even with things being done for you. The dungeons and other areas aren't marked off by level restrictions like most other games, but by item restrictions. If you don't meet them, even by a mere 20 points, you will be killed off.
* Limited Character Customization. This one is self explanitory, but even WoW has more customization in comparison to this game.
* Pay-to-Win - Like I stated about difficulty, it ramps up hard if your gear doesn't meet the requirements. Funny thing - If I remember right, Costumes add to that. You can buy really good costume armor and weapons and just glide your way through a good chunk of the game. This also includes Bike skins, pets that also give you stats, as well as mercenaries that can wreck things.
* Mercenaries - These guys can make or break you too, as /they/ are also figured into your relative ability to kill things fast so you don't die, even as a tank class.

In short - Play at your own risk, this game has more Cons than Pros.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
click auto combat
and AFK

7/10 would AFK again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,429.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
1: Total P2W
You can ignore it if you are not going to PVP compete, but then you are stuck killing the same 2 bosses and doing the same 5 dungeons every day.
Example: there is event twice a day, everybody fighting big boss. Who deals more dmg to him wins (first 10 places with rewards). The hilarious thing is you can buy blessings and ressurcections during the event so who spends more wins :D
2: Lack of matchmaking: strong ones allowed to fight weak ones. Basically most of arena tourny etc fights otcome are determined before the start. You cannot influence it. Very boring regardless on whiih end u are.
3.: You are unable to catch up with players who started playing earlier. If you started to play on new server expect to be merged to the old one in 3 months.

I could write really more, but I dont think there is a point.

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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
962.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Crap and Pay2Win

Trust me, look at my playtime, even I that spent real money on the game still suck on it.

Not recommended, at all.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I will be honest, when I heard the name of this game and knew it was steampunk, I thought it was going to be just amazing! Sadly I was wrong, it's an ok game but I would not recommend playing it for a two reasons alone. 1. I felt like I, as the player, didn't have any decisions of what to do for myself or to do stuff the way I wanted to, everything was just laid out in front of me. My own path already chosen before I had anything to say about it. 2. All you need to do to complete the next objective was to click on it in the right side of the screen, and your character will go there for you or do whatever they need to in order to either go there or complete the task.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
First day of play:

Simple to pick up and play. Almost too simple and too automatic. Overall-Fun, engaging, great for passing time. Look forward to the progression of improvements and additions that will be added over time.

Respawns in Dungeons are pretty fast. Once XP objective is met, killing additional enemies beyond the objectives provides nothing but wasted items and possible death {if you decide to walk away thinking auto-attack continues endlessly (it deactivates once the objectives are met).

PVP needs an overhaul. Sucks having to choose from the top 7 ranked players in beginning stages of PVP and suffer utter defeat 5x's a day to just earn the daily reward.

Don't quite understand the lmiitation on Fishing/Mining allowing only 5 successful tries in each per day (I could be missing something here...).

Being disconnected from servers while in an instance will cause you to respawn outside of the instance. Electrum (In-game, paid or bound-earned currency) can be lost or wasted if used to revive in an instance then being disconnected either from network issues (player) or service issues (company).

The game is still new and many changes\updates\improvements are constantly being added to fix bugs and implement overall game balance. The statements above are a quick assessment of gameplay from a first time player perspective.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This lightweight game is a typical F2P MMO, with the "Chinese MMO" style that was so popular in the late 00's/early 2010.

Based on The New Epoch Tabletop RPG (which sadly crashed in flames and ran out of... steam), City of Steam is less Steampunk and more Steam/Rune Fantasy. There's a more ethereal vibe to a majority of the quest hubs (which look radically different from the normal areas of the game).

The game reminds me a lot of Forsaken World and while I feel that game has a better art style (besides being a Steampunk myself), I think City of Steam is more worth playing due to it's accessibility and mechanic features.

Mechanist Games is based out of China, New Zealand and the United States, but the playstyle and art quality greatly resembles MMORPG's you saw in 2008 out of Korea/China.

City of Steam's worth playing if you're looking for a time killer or inspiriation in the Steampulp world.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
just click auto, and finish... LOL
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
takes to long to load for what it is
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I don't even want to bother making a review. This used to be an awesome MMORPG with a promising future in beta. Then they destroyed everything to make ♥♥♥♥.

I have to admit they did make some efforts to try and make it better, but they didn't really.
I don't know if I'm just blinded by the memories of the greatness that it was before, but what's sure is that I saw a lot of stuff that would make any MMORPG bad.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Nice and wonderfull but its boring
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
Did not like any aspect of the game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
991.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Has potential but the grind is horrible
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
It had a severe lack of nail polish
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This game had me for the first couple of hours. Then it hit me, its to easy. The game gives you the great weapons and armor from the begining, and every time you get something new, its not as good as the stuff you already have, making you feel unacomplished. It aslo hands out cosmetics, and special cash that you normally have to but, for free. If you want a good time, dont use any of the epic gear, and use the crappy stuff. And I almost forgot the magical floating island, were
you hit a rosk with a pickaxe, and level up. Or you can fish, and get some otherstuff. And lets not forget the daily gold giveways so that you have millions of gold coins, but nothing to buy!
2/10
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361 of 388 people (93%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
The Good:

It will satisfy your RPG thirst... for a while (about 20-30 hours until you hit a grind wall or a realization of a huge game flaw which will be explained later in this review). The story is decent. It isn't your cliche cookie cutter story out of a rpg recycling bin, and is good enough to come back for more.

There are lots of quests to do, besides the main story line. In fact, later on, most of the leveling will occur from doing sidequests rather than the main questline. At any time of the day, there will be a global event for you to participate in and earn gold or gear.

There is a guild system and a PVP system. There are 2 types of PVP, which I find pretty ingenious. The first is your regular PVP combat... the more powerful character wins. The second is where the game equalizes the playing field for both characters. In other words, a lvl 50 character vs a lvl 10 haracter will have the same exact stats. This helps newbies become acclimated to the combat system.

THe PVP system is also implemented in a variety of ways. There are 2v2, 3v3, 1v1 equalized PVP duels. There are guild wars. There is a regular 1v1 pvp based on the strength of your character with the AI controlling the opponet.

The Bad:

It's... yes, you guessed it, a godamn pay to win. I have added a few of the top players (ranked in PVP and level) how they attained their current statuses. One told me she paid $1000 (no I counted the zeroes correcly) and the top 2 paid over $2k. The items that are purchasable only with electrum (the in game currency only obtainable through cash) are ultra end game gear that have no level requirement. It takes about a little over $100 USD to gather most of it. (If you want all of the gear, itll be an upwards of 200, excluding armor upgrades which can become very costly.)

What's worse is that this gear is unobtainable anywhere else. You MUST pay. While other games may offer xp boosts, temporary gold gain boosts, or a sweet aesthetic item (like leagues of legends), this game falls within the very definition of pay to win: exclusive ultra gear for those who drop money. (Even Leagues lets you eventually buy champions if you grind hard enough. This game doesn't.)

Sadly, it rewards this type of behavior. Those who pay money, even get to claim more rewards for charging their credit cards.

Consequently, this Pay to Win encouragement totally destroys the guild PVP system out of the water due to the higher tier companies having members who have paid their way to glory.

Aside from the major pay to win flaw, there are other faults with the game. Item customization is very lackluster. While there are color rankings for rarity, there is no INHERENT customization of stats. E.G. Diablo 2 had great item customization in terms of different rare items providing alternate stats to skills and even helped characters gain abilities. For CoS, the rarer the weapon, the stronger the stat. Each item adds one stat. (Yes, just one stat... different pieces of gear add different stats) Item customization is minimal.

SO is the skill system. Over the course of your gameplay your character will receive 5 more skills on top of 3 default ones. You unlock a skill every 5 or 10 levels. When you do unlock a new skill: you are given a choice of 3 different skills that do different higs. You pick one and level it up as you progress. This means, the game has 15 different skills for each character.... as I said, builds are not very diverse. This is not like D2 where there are vastly different builds... a different build varies by 2 skills. THATS IT.

Gameplay is unresponsive and at times, is severely handicappd by lag. Lag is a reocurring problem as there are only 2 servers.. both located in the US.

As you begin playing, the pay to win problems will be masked by the fact that there are just so many evets abvailable for you to do. However, as you begin to gain a decent grasp of what the game offers, you slowly realize the huge, lingering grind wall in front of you. The novelty wears off, and the tedium of grinding begins. Main quests are the same: dungeon clearing with a boss at the end. This is when you start searching for alternate methods of lveling faster, as it begins increasingly difficult to reach the next level.

This is where you fall trapped to the pay to win scheme. You begin to think bout spending real cash on offers such as"brand new ultra gear!" "Tired of being ♥♥♥♥♥? SPend 200 dolars and become awesome!"

Bottom Line: The game is pure pay to win. Unbearably and horribly pay to win. Stay away. It encourages the behaviour with rewards for those who spend money. Not worth your time. Spend your time elsewhere looking for another RPG. Not here.
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