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Anarchy Online - PC

by Funcom
Windows 98 / Me / 95
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • It is the year 29,475 AD, and mankind has come to colonize the tiny planet of Rubi-Ka
  • The Omni-Tek Corporation has staked a claim to Rubi-Ka's natural resources, and colonist humans have organized into Clans to oppose them. The stage is set for anarchy!
  • Choose what breed of human you want to play & choose a side
  • Work with Omni-Tek to crush Clan resistance, or side with the Clans and blow some Omni-Tek stooges away!
  • Incredible weapons and nanotechnology are at your disposal, for amazing & powerful enhancements

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000053UJ2
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 27, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,407 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Anarchy Online takes you 30,000 years into the future, as you battle for your right to claim a place in a planet's future in this incredible multiplayer experience! Battle mutants and alien creatures as you fight for what-s right -- or for good money! Anarchy Online is full of the multiplayer battle, strategy, and hardcore destruction you crave!


The year is A.D. 29475, and the place is Rubi-Ka, a brave new world on the outer fringes of known space. As a new citizen and colonist, you are propelled into perilous and unfamiliar territory, and you will soon have to decide where your allegiance lies. Whether you sympathize with the rebel clans or with the corporate behemoth Omni-Tek, your decision will affect everyone. On this world, the future is in your hands.

Anarchy Online is a massively multiplayer Internet role-playing game featuring thousands of players simultaneously in a persistent, living universe. Players can customize their characters in a number of different ways, including choice of breeds, character classes, skin color, clothing, equipment, and more than 40 different social animations.

Inhabiting an alien planet in a distant future, players--in groups or on their own--are free to explore a stunningly detailed sci-fi environment, converse and socialize with other players, solve numerous quests, and battle strange and otherworldly creatures!

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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain horrible, in every regard September 19, 2001
I was in the beta...well...I never actually played in the beta because I could never get the game to work. Then I was dumb enough to buy the game...lol. After about a week of hair pulling, countless crashes to desktop, a few re installs, I actually got into the game and played..for about 10 minutes at a time or until I zoned and crashed to desktop. But these problems are covered in other reviews, let's get to the real problems.
1. BORING: Once you get past all the bugs, (if you can), you find out what the game is really all about. Well...not much. One of the main selling points for this game, is that camping would be eliminated by the "random missions generators". The key word here is RANDOM. Everything about this game is random and generic, and that's it's biggest downfall. There is no sense of purpose, no sense of direction, and no sense of accomplishment.
The missions all start to look the same after about the 10th one, and you'll be on hundreds of them if you ever want any cash. This also ties in to the lack of boss mobs, and lack of dungeons.
You fight mostly outdoors, or in the "missions". Which are randomly generated "dungeons". The implementation of which is absolutely horrible. Mobs are spawned with no ryhme or reason, some dungeons have ZERO mobs in them, some have 5 that will all rush you at zone it.
2. SERIOUS coding and engine problems: Not even going to go into all of these as they alone would take up the 1000 word limit on reviews, needless to say it's overwhelming.
3. Crashing, crashing, and more crashing: Self explainatory.
4. Character creation: Suppose to eliminate cookie cutter characters, but it doesn't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WHY WAS IT RELEASED? July 17, 2001
By A Customer
Most of you couldn't wait for this game. I am amazed that while I was testing the BETA software for this game I had fewer problems than I did when I started running the purchased game. I guess that they didn't learn from Verant's mistakes.
I was online for an hour the other night and only played for about 15 minutes. I was stuck in lag spikes the size of Mt. Everest. I kept fought the same critter for 25 minutes, I timed it.
Take care in buying this game until you hear positive stuff from these reviews. You will suffer more frustration than enjoyment at this point. The servers lag is unacceptable, the support is non-existent and the gameplay is for the extremely patient.
Good luck...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a game for grownups! January 3, 2003
By Meryse
One of the drawbacks of most MMORPGs is the immense time amount of time they eat up. It's often necessary to take weeks or months of daily play to establish a character that can do anything useful or fun. Not so in Anarchy Online. This game is very friendly to the casual gamer. Do a mission when you get home, have a good time, and log off. Amazingly, you can advance reasonably rapidly in that fashion.
Say goodbye to forced teaming with strangers or obnoxious guildmates. It is possible to play and enjoy the game entirely solo. While there are many opportunities for trade and hunting with others, you are not forced to do so. Funcom has taken the tactic of encouraging players to team rather than penalizing those who do not. While a few nice items only drop in team missions, they are generally purchasable from other players with ease.
Anarchy Online was released to blistering reviews because of lingering bugs. Those bugs have been squashed. I frequently play the test server, and even the test material is surprisingly stable.
Others have mentioned the stunning graphics, music, and updated plotlines. However, to me the biggest distinguishing feature of AO is the designers have eliminated most of the annoying features of earlier MMORPGs. Dying is slightly annoying, but never devastating or time-consuming. Your items can be reclaimed at the nearest reclaim terminal and you're back in business as soon as a brief "resurrection shock" wears off. No more dying 3 times trying to loot your own corpse! The worst thing that can happen is you will lose experience if you haven't saved before your mission or hunt. Saving is inexpensive and highly recommended, although mission settings are so thoroughly customizable it is not hard to get a mission uniquely suited to your taste and abilities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Funcom=OmniTek? July 17, 2001
The world of Rubi Kai has enormous potential, unfortunately serious technical problems keep Funcom's effort from being a great game, and has reduced my gaming experience to frustrating reinstalls, constant disconnects, severe lag, and unplayable game features. To say the game was released prematurely is an understatement. Not to mention the ... minimum requirements on the box lable. Do not even consider purchasing this game is you are running less than a 450mhz processor and 256K RAM (not 64, or 128). Even with those stats you'll still have to set visual setting options in the game to zero (yes zero) and turn off all the lovely graphic details to get decent frame rates (this has even been reported in high end machines, so if you want decent frame rates you'll need 512RAM and at least a PIII 1 ghz). Even with that, Funcom has advised players to avoid cities(yes, avoid cities, I'm not kidding), because P4 users with 512 RAM and 64mb video cards still report frame rates in the 10-15 fps range with visual settings at a minimum. Won't even get into all the bugs, characters trapped in downed zones, shooting through walls, horrible (and I mean horrible lag) even with cable/dsl, patch crashes, install bugs, CD id bugs, login bugs, frequent disconnects, etc., etc. Funcom says their working on it, but that the game is 100% playable. I have to laugh. It's been seven days since I tried to patch from version 11.5-12.1 and now after wasting countless hours reinstalling and repatching I cannot even play. No word from Funcom "support" yet (although I was given an ID number for my support e-mail). My advice is to wait a month or two and check the boards to see if there's been any improvement. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars last reviews i saw was april & may 2001 lots changed since
upon log in enjoyed toon creation and spending points how i wanted them to be spent.
i enjoyed the transport to the planet
newebe playground was usualy over camped over... Read more
Published on March 24, 2003 by "birchna"
4.0 out of 5 stars If you got the money, honey...
OK, so I jumped on this game when it came out in the summer of 2001. At the time, Funcom was dealing with all kinds of data issues, bandwidth problems, leaks, you name it... Read more
Published on January 5, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, great RP and great design
Anarchy Online came out after the trilogy of Ultima Online / EverQuest / Asheron's Call. It learned from many of their mistakes and right out of the gate presented a fun, immersive... Read more
Published on December 16, 2002 by Lisa Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and Engrossing
AO is a beautiful, detailed game of incredible complexity. It encompases the world of Rubi-Ka, a world colonized by humans because of the presence of "notum", a... Read more
Published on December 5, 2002 by R.J. Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and fun
AO has a lot to offer MMO gamers...detailed backstory, evolving world, continually improving quality, many social aspects, and some of the coolest sci-fi weapons and... Read more
Published on October 22, 2002 by Zanthyna
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright, I'm gonna review this game for what it is...
Going onto the topic of graphics, this game is visually stunning. Buff effects are quite pretty, and sunsets are just as beautiful as they are in real life. Read more
Published on September 3, 2002 by "ms_maul"
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