|–||–PUBLISHER: Joybit | DEVELOPER: Joybit | GENRE: MMORPG
–THEME: Fantasy | PLATFORM: Browser | STATUS: Open Beta
Chaos Online is a free-to-play isometric 2.5D MMORPG which, according to the developers, is “based on the classic Dungeons & Dragons theme and western myth.” While Chaos Online looks a lot like hundreds of other browser-based MMORPGs, it has a few features that will please the casual player and, later on, the veterans who like to battle for the top rankings.
While the game begins at the usual fast pace to keep players feeling rewarded and invested in the game – it has the common auto-pathing and auto-fighting mechanics, but you can turn them off if you wish -, things get a bit more difficult later on. The open beta has a level cap of 80, something that will provide quite some gameplay time, especially with distractions such as the arena, where you can challenge other characters for fame and fortune.
Chaos Online looks simple at first, and it doesn’t have anything particularly original about it, but the visuals are decent enough and there’s some depth to it thanks to the tactics and strategies for combat that you can choose for your character and allies. You can even choose which role each character plays, such as fast healer or attacking ranged enemies.
Chaos Online is a decent time waster, although later on it can turn into the kind of pay-to-win MMORPG that we’ve all seen more than we wanted too. On the other hand, the artwork clearly pushes the sexy factor a bit too much, even going a little further in the risky loading screens than League of Angels ever tried to. Definitely not for the younger players.