Otherland is an Unreal-powered action-MMORPG based on Tad Williams highly acclaimed novels. Embark on exciting adventures in a virtual multiverse where you fight the Red Queen's army in the medieval 8Squared, explore Mars, hunt on Bug World or socialize in the bars of futuristic Lambda Mall.
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“Otherland is a huge game which has been in development for many years and is now nearing completion. However, as a small developer we still need help from the community to give the game its finishing touches. After several CBTs we decided against doing a traditional OBT outside of Steam. Though this would have likely brought a huge user peak in the beginning, the feedback would not have been meaningful. Instead, we opted for an Early Access Program, since we hope to deeply involve the community in the final steps of this journey. Lastly, the revenues from Early Access purchases will be reinvested into additional development resources and more servers, providing an overall superior final product.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are currently planning for six months, however, Otherland being a big game, the duration of the Early Access phase will depend on community feedback. We may need additional time for balancing, debugging or simply to add other great features that our players come up with!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“It is in the nature of any MMO to never be complete and thus besides balancing, optimizing and bugfixing we will continue to work on additional features and content during Early Access. You can expect new worlds with hundreds of new quests, new enemies and new items before our official launch. Additionally, we are currently working on several game features that are almost done, but not yet implemented, such as Clan Land, Clan Wars and additional Battlegrounds. Our intention is to let clans grow and develop before implementing any further clan features. There may very well be more changes to come, depending on community feedback.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Feature-wise, Otherland is nearly complete. Most of the bugs we found in CBT are fixed and both client and server were performance optimized. The game should already have enough content to allow you to play for hundreds of hours and present you with many reasons to try out our PVP features. However, as a small developer there is only so much we can do. This means that you will certainly encounter previously unknown bugs and that we still need to adjust the balancing. As the community and server load grow, we will also need to make adjustments and work on further server optimizations.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The current pricing is aimed at players who are willing to support us and are ready to invest into great content and the creation thereof. Instead of an item shop - as originally planned - we will offer DLC that includes new content but is optional to buy. No Pay2Win! As for the pricing and business model after the official launch, this has not been decided yet and may differ between territories. Early Access Players’ benefits will however last throughout game phases.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are listening to the community on Steam and in the official forums. We count on them to provide us with feedback on new builds as well as to guide the general direction of the product. We cannot make every wish a reality but we promise to take all feedback into consideration!”
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August 21

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Dear Community,

A Server maintenance will take Place tomorrow morning at 9 am CET.
Unfortunately, we can't tell you right now how many hours this maintenance will
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We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you updated as soon as we receive new Information.


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Dear Community,

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Your Otherland team

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About This Game

Otherland is an action-packed Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game based on Tad Williamss highly acclaimed novels. Embark on exciting adventures in a virtual multiverse with several diverse worlds ranging from fantasy to sci-fi. Built on the Unreal-engine, the Otherland MMO features beautiful graphics, action-based combat with direct controls, PVE and PVP, a rich storyline and complex RPG character development with four classes and numerous skills. The game’s unique virtual reality setting brings several innovative features. The eDNA System, for instance, allows you to craft and clone both Items and NPCs to help you protect your virtual apartment or play a part in clan wars.

A unique virtual universe
Otherland is a network of virtual worlds with completely different graphic styles! This allows for an incredible variety in landscapes, NPCs, outfits and weapons. Shop, trade or just hang out in the Bars of the futuristic Lambda Mall. Fight other players in the Hacker Zone, join the medieval war of EightSquared, uncover secrets on Mars, fight fearsome creatures on Bugworld or explore the Chinese-themed FiveIsles... Each world is filled with numerous quests, connected by a rich backstory presented as a sequel to the novels.

Breathtaking Graphics
Visually stunning landscapes, gorgeous environments, smooth effects and incredibly detailed characters all created on Unreal Engine.

Action-based Combat
Combat in Otherland feels more like an fighting in an action game than in a classic MMORPG. Aiming directly, moving with WASD and using your mouse to look around and control directions contribute to that feeling. Yet, you need to use Skills and Items wisely to defeat your enemies.

Character Customization
Based on four classes, Otherland bursts with an astonishingly wide variety of character customizations. Heights from tiny to huge, morphologies going fromthin to muscular, and the ability to wear anything and everything you find will give you the chance to find your own truly unique look in the Multiverse.

Crafting
Every item and NPC in Otherland is made out of electronic DNA. After defeating opponents, players can extract their eDNA to gain unique recipes for items - or even NPCs themselves. This unique feature creates numerous options to customize players’ looks and interact with the world.

Player housing
Set in Lambda Mall, each player is given their own virtual home called USpace, which can be decorated and customized. USpaces are used to grow Soma, the game’s main resource, and can be attacked by other players, leading to PVP encounters. Afraid to go on vacation? Collect eDNA from creatures and clone them to protect the USpace in your absence.

Clans and Clan Wars
Found a clan with your friends!. Coming soon: Wage clan wars and choose to donate your eDNA creatures to your clan’s own world: the Clan|Space. Expand your Clan|Space, explore and defend it!

Classes

4 Classes are available to the players.
Warrior: This is as close to the classic tank as possible, specialized in strong close quarter abilities and high endurance.
Assassin: The second close combat class in the game. Massive damage but low endurance make this class a glass cannon.
Marksman: Their range advantage lets them keep their opponents away. A strong damage output with the safety of range makes this a survivor’s class.
Energizer: With its medium output of damage and average endurance, this class might not seem the best choice at first glance. But their healing abilities make up for all other shortcomings.

Business Model and Future DLC Plans
Otherland in Early Access is a Buy to Play game with optional free and paid DLC to be released over time. There are no micro-transactions at this point. The game features two currencies, bits and Credits. While bits are the main in-game currency which you can farm and earn through quests, credits are used for vanity items and currently in the game for testing purposes (given to players as a bonus). Again, the use of credits is optional, they can NOT be bought at this moment and you will be able to earn them through daily quests after the next big update.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible audio
    • Additional Notes: Otherland does not support connection over VPN if split tunnelling is disabled and does not support IPv6 connections.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 750Ti or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible audio
    • Additional Notes: Otherland does not support connection over VPN if split tunnelling is disabled and does not support IPv6 connections.
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Musstalini ༼ʘ̚ل͜ʘ̚༽
1.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Ripped off. Enjoyed it for the first ten minutes but now all I have been seeing is maintenance.
I want my money steam, these devs are scammers. Combat is boring the story is boring, it's just bad
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SophisticatedDonkey
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
Ok knowing this game is early access I'll go easy on it.............in saying that from my experince the worst game ever to be released as an 'early access game'.

Pros.
Graphically looks wicked as.
Sounds are pretty epic.
Customization for character looks is pretty good to, far from epic mmorpgs like BDO or GW2 but still in their.
Immersive. ( You actually do feel like your in this beautiful big VR something on the line of Accel world (Anime) which I thought was wicked. )
Good Trailers. ( Man the one thing they know to do is make frigin amazing trailiers. )

Cons.
Combat seems sluggish and unrefined. ( Like even if they wanted to do tab targeting at least let the player move around while attacking. )
Lag and server Issues. ( I am going to put this under early access problem )
Quest line seems absolutely soul crushing and boring. (No voice acting, no good cinematography and no diversity. + Quest are know to sometimes break while doing them enough said. )
Dungeons well lets just say NO NO NO NO NO NO. ( Lets leave it at that. To angry to comment on that topic. )
First time making character takes forever. ( A good 40 mins if you try out all the classes and abilities. )
Instanced gameplay. ( Which is terrible these days due to the facterino of LOADING SCREENS. )
Lack of direction. ( Most of the game you just feel lost mostly due to it being so hard to follow for a common gamer. Like wtf am I ment to do in this game? There is nothing to entice me to completing it. )
Character abilities. ( I only have one question are you gamers that are creating this game or old develpoers from the 90's? Yea the abilities could have been so good but they just dulled them so bad that it is mind numbing. )
World Creation. ( Where is it? This game was supposed to revolutionise the way we play mmorpgs where we could actually create maps the players just like everquest next I think its called, but no they cut that too. Well from what I played so far anyway. )
Be anything or anyone. ( When I first seen the trailer back 6 years ago I was so excited for this dream MMORPG, where you could be actually anyone you wanted to be eg. A god creating content and worlds for players, a tradesperson making their money in the market, a slayer battleing huge bosses and creatures for loot and glory, an assassin killing high value targets for lots of gold, etc, etc. Where is all that, where is this dream MMORPG what they advertised 6 YEARS ago. Although in saying that it has changed owners so the orginal game ideals will probably never see the light of day.)

1 Star out of 5.
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Ban Madhatter
4.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 10
This game..... THIS GAME..... when games are bad they can still be fun and funny... this is just boring and ♥♥♥♥.

Class customization.....
You start you with a tutorial... that is... WAY TO FREAKING LONG...... u get to try the classes... great theres a few... 4 er 5? ... dono one was bugged and wouldnt work for me. It shows you no skill tree either.... so with so few classes theres no skill tree's? Ever seen rift... eso... both FTP..... even gw2... BTP.....

Visuals
Great..... but thats about all there is to it...

open world?
NO, instenced....

combat....
action combat? yay?
NO!
Turn based combat from old Final fantasy games is faster then this ♥♥♥♥. The skills are just..... bleh

events?
none

quests?
............... mostly kill ♥♥♥♥ and talk to people... no random events.

My experience?

Buggy character tutorial.
Followed by a buggy tutorial area... cool giant was walking around outside where I could go... ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off I couldnt fight it.

After this it put me into the main hub city................. could it be more buggy?

You can make your simuloid look like a human at this point... but by here, most people stop giving two ♥♥♥♥♥ and just wana find out if you can unlock a tallent tree or something decently fun so you can justify why you wasted your time.

After ALLOT of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t in the hub city.... long ♥♥♥ talk to this person... ect...ect... you get to see your player housing... a apartment where you bug out and cant leave... you can change the floor, walls, music... not much there.... oh and add rooms, but it kinda tells you what rooms u get. Like a lab to grow plants, or to grow clones of stuff you kill to make pets... was a bit interesting but the game did not actually let you do anyhting that actually sounded interesting....

Now you get to go to the first zone....... by now I was suffering. If you try it... you will know....
5isle.... wait.... ITS GOD DAMN WATER ISLE... there is no 5isle in the game... if your not going to name the dam zone 5isle done have the qust giver call it that, you stupid ♥♥♥♥♥.

5isle = place where people have you talk to people, scan boxes.... destroy boxes... oh and talk to more people. Its also all instenced... just like everything else in the game. I did find some stuff to attack, to try my skills, did 1 quest to kill stuff on water isle... however... omg was the combat painful and horrible.

Watch thelazypeon on youtube. I should have before I did this to myself...



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ritterkraft
10.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
This game has a great story and great concept. The combat system throws me off because it seems clunky. Fix that and you have an amazing game.

***** Added to review - 08-12-2016 ******
Since they migrated to better servers I can actually play the game now. My button clicks and key trokes register. Ther are still many bugs and the game still seems clunky. For instance, Pressing G locks on to a target, but sometimes this doesn't work. Locking on to a target made the combat tolerable. I really do want to like this game because it has a great story.

Pros:
1. Great concept and storyline.
2. Beautiful art design. I often find myself staring at the scenery.
3. Not a WoW clone. Different setting than most MMORPGs. The only other different one is The Secret World.
4. Not laggy anymore since they migrated servers.

Cons:
1. Combat system is clunky. I think they should incorporate an opnional Tab targetting system. There is an option to do this in-game but it doesn't work half the time (G is the default key and I change it to Tab).
2. Some abilities don't do anything. For instance, the Self Heal ability doesn't do anything at all even though I'm not at %100 health.

That's pretty much it. Only 2 Cons, but they throw the gameplay off. I will even overlook the graphical lag spikes when changing zones if they fix these 2 things. Overall the game seems unpolished.

But this game is in Early Access, so I will check back again later and give it a 3rd chance in a few months.
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28k
13.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 17
Ive spent most of the day playing this game and can honesty say there is simply nothing like it out there. Graphics are gorgeous and Ive yet to get less than 60FPS on high setting usually getting 85 to 100. Combat is complex and satifying with each weapon having two alt fires plus the all the skills you get with a normal MMO. I havent tried crafting yet but apparently its a huge part of the economy and just had a major revamp. The game world is HUGE and diverse. I have found a couple bugs one is that occasionally the interact option stops working and you have to relog, sometimes zones dont load and you have to log.

I'll add more to this review but just wanted to get a thumbs up for this game. Its really unique and I always here people talking about how they want to play something different. Well here it is.
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mrbelo
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4
Let me just say, I love the idea of this game, the setting, the lore, it has great potential. I would describe it as Tabular Rasa meets The Matrix. However, I do not think this potential will ever be realized. It is a buggy, unoptimized mess, and to make matters worse, despite multiple developer changes- the base game seems to have remained the same throughout. Looking at the updates you will notice that there has been new content added somewhat regularly. Don't be fooled. The developers either had that ready or that is all they know how to do (some have said its just old beta content from the other company). And frankly, I do not see how any reputable company would continue to push content with such fundamental and glaring performance issues. The game was coded poorly from the beginning, its that simple. But hey, that is the early access life for you I guess, but to me its just amateur hour.

But really this whole thing is probably a scam because of my experience with the DLC...I was so excited initially I bought one. Its been months and has never been delivered. If I had looked more deeply in the forums I would have seen that in fact, no DLC has been delivered ever to anyone! Bottom line: cash grab scam.

Though I like to think of myself as an optimist and hope this game gets released because it is different, and the genre needs more different. But I strongly recommend you wait for release and professional reviews before you give these guys money, if the game ever gets to that point.
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Ree_Vize
178.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10
May the developer's armpits become infested with the fleas of 1,000 camels and their crotches be tormented with the crabs of 1,000,000 w-hores.

I was a firm supporter of this this game since the Beta-testing days.
I immediately purchased the Collector's Edition, partly for the perks but also partly because is was the best way I could support the game and the developers.
I felt patience was needed for the developers to iron out the glitches and bugs, before tearing them a new one. Well, I've been patient. I feel I've been BEYOND patient.

The developers give empty words and broken promises.

Do NOT make the mistake of buying this game and expecting it to get better than it is.....it is as good as it will get, I think, and that is barely mediocre (IMO, some of the most recent updates really messed the game up beyond all hope).

Save yourself the money, time, and aggravation. Go find somethin that will work or at least that developers respond to when/if there is a problem......the developers on this game started strong in that department; they seem to go through phases of ULTRA-HELPFUL to the sound of crickets.
Lately...it's mostly been a roaring SILENCE from them.....though, it looks like some have taken a break from their cranium and anuses game, so they've been a bit more responsive, in recent days.
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S.S.C. R0N1N
5.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
its very different.. unpretentious so to speak... uses 3rd person/mmo controls... but most importantly depicts cyberspace with all the potential to expand cos its not pretending to be real world.... the directions for expansion are limitless cos of the setting

and the story so far is not so bad.... backgroud/istory tho is nicey paced and suitable to the setting.
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Axis
47.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 18
Before, I was recommending this title, now I definetly WOULD NOT recommend it. I was very hyped over the game in the beginning. But after getting into the game, if you ever get past the login bugs.... the game gets very repetitive and the mechanics are very buggy. After trying time and time again to give this game a chance, I have permantely decided to shelve this one. The games numurous issue and bugs got tiresome quick. Very disapointing.
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Manny
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 29
I have been following this game for years. And it has been YEARS. Otherland has a bumpy history, but as of 2016 I have renewed hopes for the game. The developers are new and are determined to make the project work. The news about a new publisher means new financing, always a good things for such a huge game. It has a long way to go, but all the negative reviews are pre-2016 and I think unfair to what the game is moving towards. I'm waiting for some more changes to really get into it, but for the first time in a long time, I have hope those changes WILL come.
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Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 4, 2015
Sadly I have to give this a bad mark. I love the graphics, I love the theme (though I never read any of the novels) but as many here said, this game still needs A LOT of work.

The combat is unsatisfying, the ui reacts slowly if at all and the server ping is, for me staying between 100ms and 150ms, frustrating. Wich is the word I would use to describe my experience so far with this game. Behind everything you do, there are some little frustrations. Some due to the Early Access state of the game - wich I would be willing to wait out - and some I can already smell being fixable with real money. An example of the latter being that you fail a quest if you die wich means you have to abandon it and return to the questgiver to reaccept it. Wich is little more than an inconveinience but to me just feels like bait.

Sadly many little frustrations add up to one big one. Therefore I have to recommend to save your money at this point in time and just buy that fancy new Blizzard store mount you know you want.
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Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 29, 2015
To be fair, this review is written after only 46 minutes into the game. The reason I didn't get further is the game mostly did not work.

I have been following this game on and off since 2008. Off mainly because I never received any emails about the game for seven years now (same email address). I figured the game had just ceased development. I noticed it on Steam recently and I guess they had some development issues and it changed hands. I thought I'd give it a try.

First of all, I have a pretty decent setup:

Intel i7-2600K, ASRock Extreme 77 motherboard
32GB G-Skill 2566 MHz RAM
500GB SSD
Zotac 6GB 980Ti Amp! Edition graphics
Benq XL2420L 144Hz monitor
Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

The game is apparently capped at 60Hz, which is what it showed in most of the setup and tutorial areas, except when passing through the portal gate to get to the class testing areas. These don't even appear to be instances. All it seems to do is change your appearance for the class you're trying. FPS dropped to about 3-4 fps for several seconds.

First I tried to change the key binds because I'm left-handed and always do in games. The key bind options did not work. They would appear to change when you selected them (except 'Left Ctrl', which exited the window) but they would not take and went back to the defaults when you closed the window (after pressing 'Apply'). So finally I decided to move on using the default keys. I faired no better.

I went into the Warrior area first and I could use basic swing attackes by left-clicking mouse but none of the skills would reliably function. I occassionally got a couple to work but eventually they just stopped doing anything. I left that area and went to Marksman. My avatar did not change to Marksman but remained a Warrior, but I could not use the sword even. I left the area and came back, still a Warrior. After three or four times exitng and entering, I finally changed to a Marksman. None of the skills worked, not even the basic ones.

I did not try the other classes because, by that time, I could see no point. I realized I was never going to play this. Now people may claim this is happening only to me and there must be a problem with my system, but I assure you there is not. I've played hundreds of games and have never found one I cannot play. After seven years of development, this game should be far beyond this point. I don't know how it got Greenlit.

Another thing that is odd in the design you may want to be prepared for: The VERY FIRST thing you must do in creation of a character is choose their name, which is totally backward. You have no idea what the avatars look like, the classes, the customization options, etc. I don't know about you, but when I play an MMO a lot of the name choice is decided on how the character looks. Every MMO I've ever played saves the naming to the very last. And by the way, the customization is very very limited. I don't know if they plan to improve this but if they don't, everyone will look exactly the same, save for their gender.

I'm sorry, I wanted to like this game and recommend it. But I'm only telling you my experiences. I cannot recommmend Otherland.
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Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 31, 2015
Literally the worst MMO I have EVER played, 1 hour and some to get through the tutorial, most features are locked until then, the pics and vids of the game are nothing like it at all. "Customization" to begin with is a neat feature but honestly this game is so bland, quests are SOOOOO boring, the most UNfree Mmo ever made. DO NOT waste money on it.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 2, 2015
First off before i start I want to say that Yes I understand that this game IS in Early Access with that said.

The games servers are up and down it seems. Which I can kind of understand so not a huge deal but it is an issue nonetheless. Tutorial: Try out the classes? More like wait for the lag to end while we switch the class for you. Im not running a whimpy rig which makes it all the worse. I could understand if i was trying it on a potato. Ive been around many an mmo and while this one looked pretty and the worlds interesting (At least from the trailers) The game itself from what i saw (Which wasnt much mind you from my play time) didnt look bad at all. The gameplay even in the tutorial left much to be desired and a sour taste in my mouth. Do others enjoy it? Probably and thats fine im glad people like it I personally however cannot. If things get fixed in the future and it isnt as laggy, the servers stabilize etc I may give it a shot again if it goes on sale or free to play (Not saying all f2p games are good or amazing most are trash)
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Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 29, 2015
The character classes are dull and borning; the gameplay is old and tired; just another mmo.

If you are a fan of the books, don't buy this game expecting to be dropped into otherland world. If you haven't read the books, then this is just a mediocre game and not worth the entry fee with so many other choices for free to play out there.
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Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12, 2015
First impressions. I wish there was a fence between yes and no. Because I would be sitting on it! Overall though I would not recommend the game at this stage of EA.

The Good:
- I like the fact that character customisation is something that happens throughout the game, rather than something that is frontloaded. You give a basic bodyshape at the beginning. However the rest happens ingame. Beards, hair, accessories and all sorts are something you obtain ingame, and the look of your character is fluid.
- The fact you can actually try out various classes ingame at the beginning. Although the current presentation is pretty awful and does little to show off the class differences.

The ambivalent:
- Text is kept to a minimum. You don't have a wall of generic text to read upon recieving a quest. This is good in terms of keeping the flow going. However at the same time it makes the game very shallow. There is not much grabbing me to continue playing for hours on end yet here. I think here just a touch of extra narration and VA work, would really improve this. Overall though I like the way text is kept to a minimum.
- Combat, I like how smooth character movement and jumping is. And combat can look decent, it just currently gives poor feedback. I find ranged characters play better in this regard.
- Graphics, they are passable. At the same time however certainly not good. Particularly skyboxes and backgrounds often look horrible. And at the moment there is a lot of pop-in going on. Given how small the areas are, broken up by loading, there should be far less problems, particularly huge variation in fps. I expect optimisation to improve over time though. I hope textures and backgrounds do as well.

The bad:
- Story is so far shallow and poorly executed. Cutscenes are largely pointless and could have been done away with. Even a minimum of voice acting might do just enough to make it more engaging.
- Quests are highly linear and must be completed. There is no way to progress in the game without doing quests in order so far. Some quests that should be skippable are required. For example you must customise your character to progress. You must decorate and do the USpace (Player home) tutorial to progress. There is no reason that USpace should be required for story progression.
- So far, so MMORPG, and unfortunately I don't see this changing. I think there was a unique opportunity to do something different using Williams properties. Williams describes a cyber world of simulations, and importantly social interaction. A world going beyond simple quests and combat. I think a game that didn't strictly take from Williams work and instead acknowledged the current world would have been interesting, a place not just to game, but to socially interact. Where you could jump into sims with friends and do various activities that weren't all simple combat.

To be sure I expected a typical MMO. At the same time however I hoped they would at least begin to explore different possibilities. So far there is zero evidence of them doing so. In fact socially the game so far is a wasteland. There are very few tools to interact with others. It is generic sci-fi fetch quest MMO. Very much so at the moment I am reminded of the disappointing Matrix Online.
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Not Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 13, 2015
My gameplay hours are the result of trying to immerse myself enough to write a fair review for a German game review website. TL;DR at the bottom

Plot/Intro

Otherland is based on the saga of novels of the same name by Tad Williams. In the novels, technological advances have created a virtual world accessible to humans through “surgically implanted bio-port interfaces.” The user is able to travel anywhere and experience anything in a virtual paradise. But paradise comes at a cost – a sinister entity exists in the virtual world and its presence causes a disease known as the “Tandagore Syndrome,” leaving its victims in a mental coma.

The game begins in a frantic rush to calm the destruction of the Virtual Reality (VR) world, Otherland. You are met by a mysterious man named Sellars who has summoned your help in stopping the destruction caused by some devious mogul named Felix Jongleur. After deciding whether you are Bruce or Caitlin Jenner, you are given an opportunity to test each of the 4 classes: Assassin - Energizer - Marksman - Warrior. All classes have 3 weapons they can store which mimic specializations in other MMOs. You are told that the only way to save Otherland is to destroy a throne beneath a gigantic winged Egyptian looking creature that I can only assume is the virtualized embodiment of Felix. You succeed in destroying the throne and the world explodes, presumably destroying everything in it. Seven years later, you awaken in a VR holding zone aptly titled limbo and the story continues with your uncovering of dark conspiracies surrounding Otherland.

Otherland is a bit of a conundrum as least as gameplay is concerned. Everything expected from an MMO is present in some fashion or another, but there was an unnerving number of issues that forced the opinion that Otherland was rushed. Tutorials, interface options, user friendly menus, polished mesh’s and textures, efficient quests, targeting systems, etc., were all either noticeably lacking or missing entirely. Add to that list; absurd mob respawn times, random eternal loading screens, and a deleted character, and the frustrations associated with this release are glaringly obvious.

Is it worth playing? That depends, if you are willing to support a growing project. Like many games financed through crowd funding, Otherland will take time to perfect. The absence of Scrooge McDuck gold vaults typically saved for AAA titles, means developers like Drago will have to piecemeal their work. The unfortunate product of an enormous game and gradual funding is that some elements are postponed.

Problems
Tutorials – At the onset you are given the option to test a fully leveled version of each class before choosing your own. “Ok cool, familiarization of the classes, right?” No. This premise is great but lacks context. The player is placed in front of enemies and left to sort out the system, which without a framework ends up being nonstop left clicking and random button pressing. Including a talent tree with skill explanations, or mouse-over popups for action bar icons would have vastly improved this introduction.

Interface Familiarity – It’s important for players to feel oriented early in gameplay. Where to click, what to press to bring up a shield or heal, essentially what the symbols on the screen represent. As mentioned in the tutorial grievances, this was not present. Additionally, certain keys did not function at the onset (when most people attempt to familiarize themselves) but unexplainably became usable down the line. For example if you select the player equipment key “P” during the intro and first missions, nothing happens. A likely assumption is that there is no ability to view the items you have equipped. But an hour or so into gameplay suddenly “P” accesses the equipment screen. Another issue is that certain keys don’t always work. For instance, the PVP battleground menu is opened with “T,” but hitting “T” again does not dismiss the menu. You have to hit “Esc” and bring up the options menu to close it.

User Friendly Menus – Quest's “Submit” and “Accept” buttons were off to the left rather than at the bottom. Scrolling your mouse-wheel to access the hidden text was futile. Instead, the player has to find a faint white scroll tab and drag it down to see the remaining quest description. Sometimes multiple menus would overlap and complicate legibility as there was no way to move them. As mentioned in the interface section, certain menus would not even close.

Efficient Quests – The quest tracker is actually well done and the quests were simple enough. The issue here is more about camera movement and NPC selection. Acceptance of a quest generally requires selecting the quest giver two or three times for the final acceptance of the quest. Completion of a quest is the same. Often times you will think you accepted or completed a quest and start running off only to realize the quest doesn’t exist or hasn’t been completed. This wasn’t so terrible except that there is an over-the-shoulder zoom that occurs each time the quest giver is selected which can become nauseating with Otherlands bright ambiance.

Targeting – Unlike other MMO’s where a mouse icon is present, or where tabbing between friendlies/enemies is available, Otherland opts for an “orient the camera in the right direction to target” system. Not only is this a faulty targeting system, but it compounds an issue with indistinguishable NPC selections. You can’t tell if you are targeting the right thing, this will become an issue in end-game content.

Bugs/Respawns/Loading Screens/Eradicated Character – All there. Did you get your player stuck? Well there’s no way for you to port out so I guess just wait until an admin shows up or start over with a new character. Did you just kill that group of bad guys 30 seconds ago? Yep, they missed you. Ready to enter the binary bar? Too bad, you have to wait forever. Did you just get your character to level 15? Congratulations, he’s been eliminated from our servers!!

Redeeming Qualities
Despite the above issues the game is in fact functional and loaded with content. The shading in Lambda Mall, one of the hub areas of the game, is strikingly similar to a steam punk version of Hong Kong. The glare of advertisements and television screens obscures your vision when viewed from certain angles. In 5-Isle, the land of the elements, the feel that you have entered a VR rendering of a Chinese farmland is comfortably fake. Otherland’s launch screen is beautiful and, when accompanied by some smooth synthetic jazz, is reminiscent of the garden ponds from the citadel in Mass Effect. The music was always suited to a region and appropriately complimented the ambiance. Sound effects were properly implemented, helping to enhance immersion. Quests are plentiful and intuitive. Most importantly the designers made sure not to have players running in circles, rather quests advance players through each zone without tiring them with unchanged scenery.

TL:DR
Otherland is loaded with content, but it lost me. In its current state it simply feels rushed...like they stepped up to the plate hoping to knock out a present day AAA MMO. Too many frustrations will distract you from the game. If Early Access addresses some of these issues then player satisfaction will rise. There is a gem inside that hunk of rock, Otherland just needs a few rounds of polishing
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Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 11, 2015
Where to start....where to start... I would say that the reason that I decided on picking this up was because the concept/setting sounded interesting enough to check out. I started up by logging into the tutorial and everything seemed alright. The explanation about the different classes needs to be way better however. I also believe that there could be a pop-up window or something that explains button layout and what does what.

I wont nitpick too much however because you kind of just get a grasp for everything on your own eventually after about twenty minutes. The class choices need to have some sort of explanation though before you walk into each area to test them (Like what they do, healer,dps, etc, etc,). I don't like the little fade in/fade out small print box on the side about 10 seconds before it ask you to walk into the portal to pick your class. This section needs to pop up as you test each class instead.

I ran into some latency issues as well. My ping was sitting anywhere from 205 up to about 700+. I understand that this is early access, however I have to mention this. I imagine that this will be fixed with time. The servers are probably being hammered. Optimization also needs work. (This fix will also come in time I am sure).

The print is a bit small when you have a conversation with an npc to grab a quest. I shouldnt have to squint my eyes to be able to read what is being said.

The credit system: So, this is iffy to me. I understand that you need to make money, however the first thing that I want to see when I walk into the Mall area and I get a quest to customize my avatar is not to be bombarded with a whole list of stuff you have to buy to be able to customize lol. I mean, really? I just bought your game for $17.00 and not even two hours in and you want me to pay you more to customize? The least you should do is to include a few free options to make your I-robot guy look human. I understand that a lot of games have an in-game shop now days and it is a fair system when done right.

If you want an example, look at Guild Wars 2 system for motivation. The system that they have in place works because you never feel forced to buy anything. The difference here is, unless you want to look like another generic assembly line robot 101, than you have to pony up some extra cash. This is not the best thing to put right after the whole begining area folks.

The overall feel of the game I liked. The setting is...interesting and unique. The combat is different enough..but something feels off about it. I can't pin-point my finger on it..but it needs tweeking or something. I wouldn't call it bad, however it could be better. I feel like it needs to be more responsive or something. Maybe it was my ping bouncing but it felt off.

The questing feels typical but not too bland. Average at best as far as I could tell.

I wish that I could recommend this title because it has the something that kind of has an allure to it in my opinion..but just the things that I mentioned and a few things that I have not are keeping me back from voting yes. Maybe in time this could change.
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 13, 2015
The game has potential but atm i don't think it will live up to it My concerns derive from the fact that they waited till the last sec to set up a NA server which lead to a completely untested unstable server i feel this should have been done months ago. also I want to point out that i do know that it is an EA but to me it feels like it should still be in closed beta,alpha as quite frankly i feel there are too many debilitating issues for it to be a Paid Beta at this point, The game is running on unreal Engine 3 which i think they should of just scraped it and started it from scratch on Unreal Engine 4 i feel it would of given better end results given that the game has been in dev for 6 years, and we don't know how many of those years it has been in Dragos hands.

The game does indeed feel dated but it does have some nice aspects about it, the game could very well be a Diamond in the rough but it will need alllllllllllot of polish and spitshine to come full circle. I also feel personally that a lack of Marketing,PR is a lack of effort and reflects poorly on the game as nobody or very few ppl know or will know about the game. There are few ppl who could of brought Otherland into the light infront of thousands of ppl but chose not too because the social medias sites have not been uptkept very well i believe one of the big time streamers who was gonna give it a try said "This Twitter looks like it was made by a 5 year old" not my words but that of one who holds weight and there for it does hurt because word of mouth is the best thing for a new ip and or new company or it can be the kiss of death. With the tons of competiton facing Otherland one has to think will it survive? ? only time will tell

Simply put i am not saying it's a terrible game or a fantastic game if there was a option to give it a sideways thumb i would it is worth the buy simply because it's 16$ and despite whathappens you atleast will always have thegame
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Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 18, 2015
The premis of the game seems pretty tight!, after logging in creating a charicter the the lame side of the game comes out.

Talk to this guy this guy and this guy, the problems come when you talk to this guy do the quest don't rush off to the next guy without talking to the first guy again for a possible other quest or 5 or 7... Then ther is the huge problem i've run into with placing a room before a quest was given, yeah the room cannot be removed, the quest dont see that you have the room completed, and you cannont place over the room to complete it, only option is to drop the quest and now a dead end to your quest line...
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