Nightfalls, the new free-to-play, browser-based MMORPG from 37Games, is fantastic for experienced role-players and casual gamers alike.
Set in a fantasy world devoured by darkness, human beings live in desperation and turmoil. Like every MMORPG on the face of the Earth, evil forces have risen once again and demons are looking to retake the world that was once theirs. As a fallen angel that can either be a busty babe with minimal armour or a male warrior that’s so covered in iron that you can’t help but think he’s got body image issues, players work with and recruit champions to restore peace throughout the land, slaying every monster dumb enough to rear its ugly head along the way.
If the concept sounds familiar, i.e. monster slaying with a party made up of various medieval classes that combine magic, brute strength and range attacks, that’s because it is. Nightfalls is a cookie cutter MMORPG in every sense, but is there anything wrong with that? This game knows what it is: a solid free-to-play MMORPG. It’s not preoccupied with ultra realistic physics or an award-winning story that will make fans speculate when it’s getting a major motion picture adaptation or big budget graphics and sound design. It’s just plain fun, auto-pathing and all.
- Fast-paced progression.
- Turn-based combat inspired by classic RPGs.
- Cash shop and cooldowns rarely get in the way of gameplay.
- Repetitive, uninspired soundtrack.
- Generic story.
- No tactical control of attack targets.
- No control of companions in combat.
Despite being a fun game, Nightfalls is not without its problems. The ones that come to mind are:
- Attacks are random. There is no option to manually select a target. You just have to hope that the computer will choose the right target.
- Minimal tactical control over companions/party members.
- The soundtrack is super repetitive.
And while these three aspects of the game can be frustrating, Nightfalls is saved by its impeccable sense of pacing. 37Games has no doubt learned from past experience producing free-to-play MMORPGs like Felspire and Siegelord how to games like these as you’re never left to your own devices. With auto-pathing enabled, you can cruise to and from objectives with ease while reaping a steady stream of loot and level-ups. Speaking of the game’s great sense of pace, it’s aided by minimal cooldown times and cash shop grabs that typically spoil free-to-play MMORPGs. It’s almost as though 37Games has given up trying to entice every user to adopt the pay-to-win model, preferring to let people just play and pursue paying for bonuses if they want. Making progress is easy in Nightfalls with minimal cash shop distractions and a steady stream of leveling up that will make you keep wanting to play it.
Overall, Nightfalls is a solid free-to-play MMORPG that deserves at least one look.
Minimum System Requirements:
- Up-to-date web browser.