City of Phoenix has developed into a moderately popular role-play environment, averaging out at around 20 avatars during daytime and peak hours. The environment began after City of Decatur closed, and opened in late May 2012 when many of the owners and managers for Decatur transferred over.
Look and Feel (3 – Mediocre Quality):
Utilizing many prefabs with what appears to be a lack of planning, the city feels poorly conceived. The layout is completely different than what I’ve seen previously, and if more time went into using higher quality prefabs (or better even, custom buildings) the city would look a whole lot better. Many of the textures are unrealistic and don’t help in immersing one to the environment.
The Role-play (3 – Mediocre Quality):
Role-play in the city is casual, but not metered-based, which for some will come as a benefit. Role-play is on par with other casual role-play environments, providing a mix of light paragraph role-play, and ‘text-based’ role-play.
The Management (3 – Mediocre Quality):
Unlike many other environments, the City of Phoenix management appear to be more open to critique and suggestions, and take these into consideration more so than similar environments. In one YouTube video, Kolby Nissondorf, an estate manager for the City of Phoenix boasted the cities “community feel” and “family” as being something that they provide to the role-play community and something that other environments fail to provide in a Q&A video. I disagree that a community feel, and family is something new to the role-play community as it’s something that I’ve seen people doing many times over–that said, it’s interesting to see a role-play environment take a more open approach. I look forward to seeing if they keep that up in the future.
Online Presence (2 – OK Quality):
City of Phoenix’s online presence stretches through an online forum (which at the time of this review is down), a Twitter feed, and a YouTube page. The management appear to be less active on these social mediums as they were when the city was initially opened.
Overall (2.7 – OK to Mediocre Quality):
All-in-all, the City of Phoenix is providing what many environments have provided in the past, a casual role-play environment, struggling to find their place between casual and paragraph-based role-play. It’s nice to see the management take on an open approach and would be promising to see them take on the task of improving the look and feel of the environment.
Regions: Vingolf, Nordhaven
Region Ratings: Moderate (Mature)
Roleplay Style: Casual Roleplay, Paragraph Roleplay, Turn-based Role-play
by Caitlin Phenomena
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