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MMORPG Brawler Games

Posted on: August 15, 2010

Some MMO genres are just more popular than others. That’s just a fact. We see tons of MMORPGs like Aika Online, Battles of the Immortals, Kingdom Heroes, and Heroes of Three Kingdoms. But another genre has been getting a ton of attention lately. That genre is the free to play MMORPG Brawler.

MMO Brawlers come in many shapes and sizes. Some are mainly fighting games like Rumble Fighter and Splash Fighters. Others have strong MMORPG elements, but more arcade style gameplay like Dungeon Fighter Online. Indeed it was Nexon’s DFO that sparked the latest trend in MMO brawlers. A Slew of similarly themed games have seen relase since Dungeon Fighter Online was first announced. First it was the 3D Dragonica Online by THQ Ice, then WarpPortal. Then it was Fists of Fu, by Outspark the same publisher behind Fiesta Online. Outspark is actually on a roll with brawlers since it also released the 3D Divine Souls. Now Divine Souls is a little different than Dungeon Fighter Online or Fists of Fu. It has fully 3D environments, plenty of combos, and a PvP arena where players can test their skills against one another.

There is one brawler even older than Dungeon Fighter Online and that’s Lunia: Record of Lunia war by ijji. Like so many other brawlers, it makes use of instanced stages filled with monsters with a boss waiting at the end. Lunia has anime inspired graphics and varied classes to chose from. Players looking for an anime inspired fighting MMO can try out the chibi inspired Mini Fighter Online. Think of it as a mix between MapleStory and Street Fighter. With plenty of characters to chose from, combos to master, and even a persistent world to explore, Mini Fighter Online by Netmarble has it all.

Even Cartoon Network is getting a slice of the action with Hero:108 Online. Based on the popular animated series, Hero:108 Onkline mixes instanced dungeons, persistent environments, and action packed gameplay all into a single package. It’s a fun game that can be played alone or with friends. With a fast experience rate and varied characters to try out, its one of the best free to play games of the year.

One of the latest brawles is OGPlanet’s Zone 4: Fight District. It has anime inspired graphis and makes use of real life fighting styles like Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, and Judo. It consists of a persistent world town with instanced cooperative stages and an area for lobby based PvP. Players can fight it out in team matches or free for alls. There are plenty of moves to master, including powerful special attacks that are capable of nearly 1-shotting opponents. It has more MMORG elements than Lost Saga, but the actually fighting gameplay is not as diverse. Remember, Lost Saga was filled with crazy classes like knights, and had an almost super smash brothers like feel.

The one free to play MMORPG Brawler everyone has been waiting for is Vindictus. Originally it was titled Mabinogi Heroes, but Nexon changed the name for its Western release. It has recently entered closed beta testing and is set to take the free to play market to the next level. Built on the source engine, it supports destructible terrain, versatile maneuvers, and great graphics. The action packed gameplay makes it appealing to a large audience that is generally put off by the slow paced nature of the MMORPG genre. I can’t wait to play Vindictus and I hope to see many of you join me.

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