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.
User reviews: Mixed (1,057 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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October 20

Mercenary Time - Aetherlord the Fallen Lord

Hello all CoS players,

Let’s talk about the Lord today. He is really the noble lineage among all those Orange Mercenaries. Wriggling with the snake-like “leg”, the one-eyed green skin Aetherlord looks pretty scary even when he is quite clam. The entwined heavy gear, the chained-up body and mutant hands are just telling people a lot has happened to the fallen Lord.


Ability: Melee Attack
Ability: Whipslash VII - Hit a single enemy, deals x% damage, has a y% chance to pull target several meters.

Now everyone has a chance to win an Orange Mercenary Aetherlord FOR FREE, just let us know the torn-apart past:

1. Write up your thoughts on what he is capable of, appearance, etc, everything related to this cursed Lord under this post;
2. Or regain him the glorious history, that’s something most of us never know;
3. Or write and post whatever you can think of, leave the word “beauty” alone.

Basic Format:

Playing Server: US1/US2/US3/EU1/EU2/EU3
Character Name: xxx
Comment: “Can he beat Hulk….”

Be sure to get post up your comments or stories here by next Monday, after the event is wrapped up, we will select 10 best from all the comments, each of the winners will receive a Mercenary Card – Aetherlord!

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October 16

US Servers to be Merged!

Hey our US fans,

We have now taken the next step in our ongoing server consolidation process. The US server mergence has been discussed on the forum for months, and finally the time has come:


Tuesday, October 21st 2014, 22:30:00, PDT

In order to provide more consistent gameplay experience for our US players, we decided to merge all 3 servers this time (including the West Coast, Central and East Coast), and this will be able to offer a larger number of engagement chances and make events more fun. Considering the data volume of all US servers, the server merge will take at least 4-5 hours to complete. In addition, the merged server will be based upon Central timezone to balance the in-game events.

All US players can still access the game via normal server icons. In order to avoid the name repeat problem, all characters on the destination server will have a server-specific tag added to the characters to distinguish the original servers.

We know players on Central and East Coast servers fell behind for several months due to our server launch schedule-list. To help them catch up a bit and better prepare the far more intense fights just around the corner, starting from today, all players on US2 and US3 will receive a special Server Consolidation Package everyday (excluding the one-time Subscription) until the servers get merged! Each of the guaranteed package contains the following items:

US2 Server Consolidation Package

x1 30-day Subscription (one-off item)
x50 Metal
x20 Alloy
x20 Revamp Gem
x20 Vehicle Parts
x3 Lucky Scroll

US3 Server Consolidation Package

x1 90-day Subscription (one-off item)
x80 Metal
x40 Alloy
x60 Revamp Gem
x50 Vehicle Parts
x5 Lucky Scroll

As for the merged EU server players, we do want to express our sincere apology for missing out the chance to prepare you the packs. But all players of EU2 can email or post under the forum to request the package. Be sure to include your character name as well. A full package with a week’s items in total will be delivered within 2 days after the info is verified (the pack will be identical to the one of US2).

Please note that as the merged server can only host up to 5 characters, if you have more than 5 characters in total on all 3 servers, the mergence will consume characters that being long-time inactive or low-leveled comparing to other characters.

Thank you for your continued support and we do look forward to a more consolidated and vibrant US server!

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“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.”

“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

    • 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
    • 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
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record

City of Steam: Arkadia is a steampunk MMORPG. While it is an interesting concept,it also had to be the worst MMORPG games available in steam. There is many reason why.

The character creation is one of the worst i seen in a MMO games. Barely any customization at all and preset choice is extremely limited. You basically can choose 3 races with different appearance and 4 classes. These 4 classes would be your typical gunner,warrior,mage & alchemist.

The game also present a lot of loading screen to you and you need to wait extremely long to load to the next area. I believe the reason for the loading screen because the game itself download some parts of the area while in the loading state since it only took 50 MB to download this game. I don't mind loading screen but boy does this game have a lot of them.

Combat is just laughable cause it so poorly done and the skill progression is very weak. Not to mentioned the game has auto battle mode. Yes a game that can play itself...... While the auto battle mode is optional,i prefer turning it on since the combat is extremely dull.

Oh and don't get me started on the level progression. At first leveling is easy but once you reach like level 20,boy does it get super grindy. The developer also think it a good idea to LOCK SOME OF THE FEATURE UNLESS YOU REACH A SPECIFIC LEVEL !!!

You can recruit mercenary too but it pointless since they don't die ( at least from my 3 hour of gameplay ) and they deal little damage.

There is a pet you can get by completing a quest but it only last for one hours......Seriously...

You can collect a bunch of collectables too. From there you can rank you individual collectables that you can find and this give you bonus stats ( felt really unbalanced )

There is a talent you can upgrade but it seems OP since you can gain talent point easily just by completing a bunch of quest.

You can craft,smith,mod your equipment and other things but it is locks until you reach a specific level.

There is a mounts you can get earlier on and you able to upgrade it too. Upgrading your mounts also change the appearance so that a plus.

There is a quest trackers that automatically moves your players to the quest destinations. It poorly done i would say. Even Fiesta had better quest trackers.

There is a emotes system but it just make me faceplam. Barely any expressions from your characters.


The graphics on this game look dreadful since the Unity engine is capable in making a great looking game.

Texture details is ugly,the atmosphere in this game seems bland,character details look like it came from a 2004 games and environment is uninspired.

The monster you faces against look like it comes from your everyday generic MMORPG.

Animations is just laughable and you can clip through a lot of objects too.

AUDIO : 4/10

Soundtrack is pretty ok nothing spectacular.

However almost all of the character in game doesn't even have voice ( only in cutscene they do ). Your character don't even grunt or scream when he/she get hit.

Sound effects is pretty bland too.


While the game offer a lot of event. Most of it invovled in killing mobs so the event is no different from the others. Just the rewards.

PvP is really crap considering the game is Pay 2 Win

While the quest felt rewarding at times,you pretty much done the same thing over and over again but with horrible combat system.


Stay far away from this game. It is heavily pay 2 win and the loading times between small area is just unbearable.

This game is basically MMORPG for lazy cause of the auto-battle mode and inconherent quest trackers.

Those who have patient to reach to level 30+. Kudos to you.

GRADE : U ( Catastrophe )
Posted: June 4
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18 of 27 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
- Junk
- Pay to win
- Zero character customization
- Horrible graphics
Posted: May 10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
I can't recommend this game basically because I didn't like MMORPG actually but more disappointing it is when you see so much "recharge" or "p2win" like it is. I must admit that I prefer to pay MMORPG subscription with all than a f2p with p2win.

Good and original in his theme (steampunk world) but 3D very poor, lags and so many p2win and lottery, and recharge, etc.

You will be boring in less than 1 hour when you beated the intro at begin (good introduction with Delton attack btw).
Posted: October 14
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Opinons, I myself was disaponted by this game, from the unsatisfing gameplay, cheep grafics and models, anoing hud. this game macs me sad, espeshly sens i love this art stile
Posted: June 13
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
3D MMORPG situated in a steampunk universe can't be bad. What a mistake! The game seems that has so much to offer but it's only a first impression. You can find yourself repeating the same activities over and over again. The game is filled with "buy for real money" adverts and gets boring quickly. I can't recommend it even though I love steampunk.
Posted: May 23
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360 of 387 people (93%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
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 ♥♥♥♥t? 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.
Posted: April 20
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