Click here for the same image without viewer enhancements (shadows and ambient occlusion disabled)
The city opened in early June as an urban role-play environment with a touch of rural roots–which can be observed with their cottage style homes, and dirt back-roads leading to a small ‘farm country.’
Look and Feel (2 – OK Quality):
The environment reminds me of a long-gone City of Richmond during one of their many re-builds. The roads which are lined with a heavily used freebie road texture, mix-matched intersection asphalt textures and a light colored brick texture for sidewalks are reminiscent of one of the re-builds of the City of Richmond. The environment goes as far as to use some of the builds that were utilized in the City of Richmond long ago, whether this was intentional or not–I don’t know.
The look and feel is admittedly dull and feels thinned out with its mixture of urban and rural styling. The environment is lined with a few commercial buildings, and ample rental homes, including a questionably-infringing “Wall-Mart” building along with a McDonalds® buildings as seen in the images below–the latter also used prior in the City of Richmond.
A downside I found immediately upon visiting the environment was the extravagant use of local lighting in the region where many of the items appear to have the local lighting intensity on max (1.0) which washes out much of the area. With shadows and ambient occlusion enabled this issue is made worse to the point that I had to disable local lighting to take some of my snapshots.
Local lighting was disabled to take this image as it washed out most of the image due to its intensity.
Telehub when one first teleports to the region.
The telehub as seen in the above image looks drab and uninviting. When visitors first see the region this is what they will see, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Unfortunately, the current telehub design fails to deliver in this respect and leaves a poor impression as soon as you enter the environment.
The Role-play (2 – OK Quality):
The quality of role-play is less than what would be found in a typical casual role-play environment. Much of the role-play consists of ‘chat speak’ which precludes much of the detail found in similar environments. In addition to the ‘chat speak’ genre of role-play, it appears many of the players also partake in meter-based role-play and voice role-play. These may or may not be a positive attribute to you and as such, it’s recommended you visit for yourself and try the role-play out if you’re curious or unsure.
The Management (2 – OK Quality):
On one occasion when I visited the environment I noted estate managers using the region-wide dialog message to have a discussion with each other in the region along with shouting across the region to get others attention. For a first time visit my impression was notably poor. It’s a distraction to role-play and to those visiting the region.
Apart from the immature usage of region-wide dialog messages to carry out conversations, the management appear on-par with other role-play environments. Much of the applications for the city are note-card based, not including the drivers license application form which is Google Docs based.
Overall (2 – OK Quality):
All-in-all the environment is below the quality level of similar casual role-play environments and fails to provide a unique role-play environment to players. Improvements could be made to the look and feel, role-play and the management. The addition of a usable online presence would also be useful to players and could help consolidate information.
Region Ratings: Adult
Roleplay Style: Casual Role-play, Meter-based Role-play, Voice Role-play
by Caitlin Phenomena
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