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Updated: 29 Sep 2020 23:24
AD2460 (4X Strategy Game)
- Site: AD2460
- Genre: Space with PvP & GvG
- 3D Game: No
- Free To Play: Yes
- Premium Pay Option: Yes
UPDATE: This game was shut down in March of 2020. I've left my review up for historical purposes but first I will include the official message sent out to players to announce the closure of AD2460.
Invitation to join THE LAST cycle of AD2460
Greetings, old friends, players and fans of Sci-Fi! It is with some mixed feelings that we would like to invite you to The End, the LAST cycle of AD2460. We have failed in making the game commercially viable, and after a lot of consideration, we have decided it is time to end it. At least for now. No-one knows what the future might bring. Right now though, we do not have the time nor the resources to properly maintain it.
So, on December 6th, 16:00 UTC, we start The End, the last cycle of AD2460. You can sign up and login before that, of course, but that's when the clock starts ticking.
The cycle lasts until March 1st, with different goals for players and alliances along the way, spread out at different dates. This last cycle also features a gradual increase in production-speed and resource-output, bumping both by 10% every week.
We would be honored to have you as our guests on this final run, and we hope you drop by to check it out. If you have not played for a while, you might want to catch up on the changenotes for the last cycles, as there have been a number of changes and improvements.
Spinner & Chairman
This PBBG impressed me so much, that I'm breaking my own rules by including it as a top ranked PBBG, even though it's a strategy game instead of an RPG. In fact, this game kept popping up on my radar and I kept on ignoring it on the grounds that it's a strategy game and my focus is on walkable browser based MMORPG's. I took a look anyway and was pleasantly surprised. You might be surprised too.
The game is set in space. You control a Homeworld as a base of operations from which you can eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate your enemies. This is known as a 4X turn based game though I'm listing it as a strat.
Like most strategy games, your primary objective is to gather raw materials, grow stronger, and weaken your enemies.
This game is all about PvP and your primary motivation for growing stronger, is to eliminate threats from other players. Although the term eliminate is a misnomer because even though you can weaken and steal resources from other players, you cannot technically "eliminate" them, even if some players try their hardest to drive you away.
Combat against other players is common not only for individuals, but for alliances in alliance vs alliance wars too. You can also take outposts from other players, if you're strong enough to defeat their defending units.
The only criticism that I can offer regarding the GUI is that some of the portions of text are very small. This includes the main chat interface as well as the forum posts which are built seamlessly within the interface. However I was able to remedy this with a bit of my own custom CSS which is something I often do anyway in order to create a color-blind mode for myself, a benefit to playing browser MMO's.
While there are other segments of the interface that have much smaller text, I didn't find it as critical as the chat or forums simply because in most cases, you were only glancing at the information presented whereas the chat and forums contained more content and thus required far more reading, contemplation and focus.
One thing that I look for in a browser MMO is good content that has some depth to it. Less interesting games can be enjoyed, but I find that games with more content keep me playing the game longer than other games. I have literally managed to burn through some games in just a few days, meanwhile other games will keep my interest for months and in some very rare cases, years.
That being said, the complexity of the game can be a turn off for new players. But if you're accustomed to 4X games then you will probably feel right at home, once you have a grasp of the GUI. And if you happen to be new to 4X or strat games it wont take too long to get the basics down since the game includes a tutorial for new users.