Empire of Sports
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Empire of Sports is an online multiple-sport MMORPG developed by the French company F4, that advertises itself as the first ever of that style. It was first demo-ed at the Leipzig Games Convention in August 2007 and is currently in a so-called Prologue phase which objectives are similar to a beta testing. It's downloadable and playable for free, although one can already spend money on the title. The release date hasn't been confirmed yet.
Currently in its "Prologue" phase, Empire of Sports combines role-play and competitive sports games in a persistent world. The player controls a single character, or avatar, which they play with through the game. This is capable of increasing in ability with playing.
The following sports are currently available for competitive play (friendly and official mode): football, tennis, skiing, basketball, bobsleigh and track & field. There is also a series of training/fitness games. There are plans for this list to be expanded post-launch.
Players are able to compete against AI (artificial intelligence) controlled characters or other players. For team sports they can team up with AI or other players as well. Players are able to form their own teams and clubs, and tournaments and competitions are organized.
Eurogamer examined the Empire of Sports preview and found it prone to bugs, with a sluggish interface and unfinished NPCs and shops. However, the sports events themselves were considered slick and playable.
- Welsh, Oil (4 April 2008). "Empire of Sports First Impressions". Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
Empire of Sports is a genuinely light, throwaway, quick-fire and accessible sports MMO, and that makes it quite unique. The best of its sports are simple, addictive, and offers satisfying progression. It has a very, very long way to go before it's polished enough to be unleashed on the general public - but we remain optimistic that Empire of Sports can bring a much-needed dash of Eurotrash to the po-faced world of MMOs.