SilkRoad MMORPG

My latest personal time sink has been SilkRoad. While it isn’t World of Warcraft, I don’t feel guilty that I’m not spending time playing a game where I’m forced to pay a subscription. WoW players would laugh at my ignorance in shelling out $15 a month, but that’s an annual cost of $180 that I can push towards something else. Practically all Asian MMORPGs last on micropayments. These are basically “gimmie” type items where you pay money for and is consistent with what is considered RMT (Real Money Trade). There are multiple games that initiate this, including an old favorite: Gunbound.
SilkRoad is a Korean MMORPG built by Joymax. Joymax has affiliations with Yahoo, and has been around the Asian multiplayer gaming world since 1997. Since then, hits such as Final Odyssey and Age of Wanderers has propelled it to the frontlines of Asian MMORPGs. SilkRoad is no different from those with a fascinating storyline and tremendously well done artwork.
Based in the time when China and the Romans were trading along the silk road, western China and what was the eastern Roman empire is laid out in a magnificent 3d realm, displaying monsters and heroes of all sorts. The trade guilds make it interesting where you can set up trading caravans for vast amounts of gold runs. The twist is throwing in a thief guild where you act as bandits and take on those caravans.
That alongside the usual MMORPG quests and battles makes the game an amusing suck from the usual boring and stale lives where there is no spiritual powers and big weapons where you can take on giants, bandits, thieves, and whatever else. Playing SilkRoad gives you a chance to experience the new exciting roles of Asian MMORPGs and not having to clean your wallet unless you really feel like doing so. Also, there is a tremendous amount of world play considering the times you log into the servers. I have met with those from Malaysia, Thailand, to Australian guilds, and as close as a guy in Durham County playing on the same server.
Definitely worthy of play if you’re into MMORPGs.
Designed for Windows based PCs due to DirectX constraints. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to run wine, or Cedega to emulate for this game due to GameGuard (anti-cheat tool implemented in most Korean based MMORPGs).

  • my roommates got me hooked on lineage2 (www.lineage2.com)
    same deal, $15 a month, but it keeps me occupied during the times i should be studying 🙂

  • my roommates got me hooked on lineage2 (www.lineage2.com)
    same deal, $15 a month, but it keeps me occupied during the times i should be studying 🙂