Monday, March 23, 2009

Playing Free is the Way to Be

Part of my move towards value-based gaming includes keeping a keen eye on the Open Beta market. Open Betas are often a chance to play a full-featured game for free, and sometimes they can last quite a while.

The Chronicles of Spellborn, an MMO long in production, has finally hit Open Beta.
To gain access to the Open Beta simply download the game here and login with your Acclaim User ID and password. If you don't have an Acclaim User ID you can register for free by clicking here.


  1. Playing for free sounds great on paper, but I keep trying various free titles and they always seem to be turds. Runes of Magic is the closest thing I've seen to being an exception to that, so I'm curious how it will develop.

    Playing in free betas sounds great along the same lines, but the games are frequently a buggy mess. So you may be playing what will soon be a full-featured MMO but putting up with a lot of crap that people paying for something that's been around a while don't have to fret over. For the record, I'm in the Spellborn open beta as well and liking it so far. It at least offers a fresh feel.

  2. Shame it only lasts for 7 levels before you have to fork money over to get into the rest of the beta/launch.

  3. Anonymous5:18 PM

    Level 7 is a bit short, around level 10-12 would be a better limit I think.

    Chronicles of Spellborn is in Acclaim beta, but the game has been released in a few countries here in Europe since early December.

    Put population has been quite low, so it has probably not stressed the servers enough to see high load issues.

  4. Anonymous1:34 PM

    I, too, feel the level 7 cap sucks. RoM is definitely a solid f2p game from what I've played so far, though I feel that PvP will get unbalanced quick with the Cash Shop giving a pretty strong advantage to players via gear. I suppose that is to be expected, though.


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