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Face of Mankind Open Beta

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the timesink dept.

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AaronH copies and pastes: "'Face of Mankind is an MMORPG set in the 24th century. You are invited to play out the ageless battle of good vs. evil, and witness all shades of gray in between. Role-playing and your real-life skills are the raw ingredients of game play. This MMORPG uses the first ever player-generated mission system, and combines it with sophisticated economics and complex player politics for a new kind of online experience. Only your ability to shoot, bargain, politic and otherwise duck and deal will advance your character's private or corporate agenda. The success of each and every mission will determine your rise to the top, or your fall into obscurity. Whatever path you take in this astonishing world, plan well: one day, one minute or a single second could bring you to your destiny as the true Face of Mankind. The first download mirrors for the open beta client have been put up. The servers themselves will be open for open beta testers on Monday.' Fileplanet has a few trailers while ya wait for the servers to come online."

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sounds good in theory (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11517327)

Just like communism I believe this game will fail. Aren't they supposed to be with elves? I would just think the game would lose its edge after a few hours.

Ugh. (4, Insightful)

Xaviar21 (790883) | more than 9 years ago | (#11517331)

Sorry for the double-post. But reading through this, I'm pretty disgusted with how commercial this "news" post is. Ew.

Re:Ugh. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11517367)

Aww, your underground sensibilities got offended at /.? Poor sucker...

Re:Ugh. (1)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11517667)

I like that it has "AaronH copies and pastes:" However, as clicking on AaronH's name leads to the home page for SS:2845, my favorite upcoming mod for any game, I for some reason find myself not minding it much. Hmmm.

Movie Mirror (2, Informative)

Propagandhi (570791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11517595)

Here [3dgamers.com] is a mirror for the trailers, so you can avoid the lines and registration of Fileplanet. No torrent, sorry.

Haven't found a torrent of the beta, either. Hopefully someone can dredge one up.

Re:Movie Mirror (2, Informative)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11517659)

Eh, the official page has a link to a torrent in its "downloads" page.

And that link is here [mmhell.com] .

Re:Movie Mirror (1)

Propagandhi (570791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11518249)

I am blushing, you can't tell because this is the internet and you can't see me.. but.. yeah...

My bad, thanks for the torrent (someone else snuck it in a couple posts up, too, so thanks to them as well).

Join message seems odd for some reason... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11517650)

You have successfully registered at the Face of Mankind Portal.

Thank you for your confidence !

A Slashdot Guild (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11517818)

Email me at vishus@gmail.com if you are interested in joining a Slashdot guild during FoM's open beta. I think it would be fun to game with fellow Slashdotters.

Looks familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11517824)

I took a look at the preview video, and it actually looks somewhat interesting. Reminds me a lot of neocron. I enjoyed neocron a lot and played for a long time, all the while hoping for a higher server turnout. Hopefully this one will have enough players to make it worth hanging around for.

Uninspiring Screenshots (2, Insightful)

TellarHK (159748) | more than 9 years ago | (#11518371)

The screens look... okay, but definitely lacking in some pretty major areas, like depth. There's nothing remarkable that I can see, and the site seems a little bit vague in several areas. So what's the game about? Can't tell. That's not really all that good then, is it?

I applied, we'll see how it is. I got into Planetside and Star Wars Galaxies because of a 10 day trial, and now getting into an open beta could be fun. (I'm laid off, so I have some time to kill.)

From what I saw though, I'm uninspired. Almost as uninspired after playing the free trial of Anarchy Online. Now that game just... well...

Friends don't let Open Source Developers design User Interfaces(tm). Though I'm sure the people at AO that designed it weren't into Open Source, they sure designed a shitty UI.

Re:Uninspiring Screenshots (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 9 years ago | (#11530242)

I was looking at it last night and it looks to be a cyberpunk FPS set in a persistant world. which is something I've wanted for awhile (no, Neocron doesn't count. I demand twitch action)

it seems pretty interesting and I wish I had registered last night, since now the site is slashdotted.

Windows Only? (0)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#11520242)

I guess I'll try running it under WINE...

No wonder there is so little interest.


Re:Windows Only? (1)

Deadguy2322 (761832) | more than 9 years ago | (#11522363)

Yes, because everybody knows the Linux market is what drives gaming, especially mmogs. Asshat.

Re:Windows Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11534723)

Right on! Linux is the future of gaming. Didn't you know that? Everybody is going to make games for linux!


Re:Windows Only? (1)

Bob_Robertson (454888) | more than 9 years ago | (#11535867)

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly an individual will revert to cussing when faced with something they cannot otherwise answer.

Except you did answer it, and well, yet you felt you had to be beligerant as well. Were you un-loved as a child, that you cannot merely be "right" but also need to feel extra-superior to those around you? It's not working.

I was very pleased when S2 games released Savage in both Widows and Linux versions at the same time. Quite refreshing. You may not have heard of it, http://www.s2games.com/


Re:Windows Only? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11559586)

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly an individual will revert to cussing when faced with something they cannot otherwise answer.

Bob, it's because Deadguy2322 is a worthless [lp.org] product of our worthless Public Education [lp.org] system.

Could be good, could be bad (1)

8tim8 (623968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11520821)

This MMORPG uses the first ever player-generated mission system...

It'll be interesting to see which way it goes with the player-generated missions. On the one hand it could make for richer content, and on the other hand it could be that the company just isn't budgeting much for content ("Hey, let's have the players make up the content! Just think how much money we'll save!").

Fileplanet (2, Informative)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#11523492)

Here's a tip for any idiots who are making a startup game and want to release it to large numbers of people who probably will need some incentive to be interested in your game since it isn't mainstream and wellknown:


Gamers hate it, but are forced to use it because everybody gets their files hosted their. The waits are a pain in the ass. Why use anything OTHER than bittorrent now that it has become mainstream, would really help your server load, and would get it to a lot more people a lot quicker since people could simply copy/paste the torrent link to their friends.

Re:Fileplanet (1)

gamerdave (757845) | more than 9 years ago | (#11524231)

I've used both, and I still find Fileplanet faster, even with the wait.

Re:Fileplanet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11525214)

I never find Fileplanet faster. Downloads go up to about 1 megabit/second (which is the same as 128 megabytes/second, which every other downloader on the internet uses to measure speed), while bittorrent always gets me to 200 kb/s and higher. Add in the wait, and the prize goes to the torrents.

Re:Fileplanet (1)

gamerdave (757845) | more than 9 years ago | (#11525942)

Interesting - I wonder if it's my location. I consistently get 150+ kb/s from Fileplanet (Gamer's Hell also seems good), while with bittorrent, the download starts at about that speed, but then it gets slower and slower as the download goes on, often dropping to less than 50 kb/s.

Re:Fileplanet (1)

LordPixie (780943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11541132)

Are you forwarding BitTorrent ports through your firewall/gateway/PAT ? It sounds like you're getting dropped off other clients' upload lists because their connect requests aren't getting through.

And speaking of download speeds...FilePlanet subscribers have incredibly fast speeds. I, uhh..."borrow" my friend's account, and I can consistently get 300-400Kbps, with zero wait time. The limiting factor is literally the size of my pipe to the Internet.


Re:Fileplanet (1)

dmneoblade (848781) | more than 9 years ago | (#11525359)

I, and a lot of other gamers, don't want to have to pay Fileplanet in order to join a beta. Why should we pay a third party to participate in a "free event?"

Re:Fileplanet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11581005)

lol dude u must be cheap pay the cash and get on the no wait lines.

game crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11524004)

the game is crap.
had an account since beta 3.
game is crap.

Anarchy Online meets Neocron meets Planetside (1)

Moo Moo Cow of Death (778623) | more than 9 years ago | (#11527296)

It's quite obvious someone thought up "Hey, let's make a game where AO meets Neocron meets Planetside and make it our own MMO!"

This concept DOES NOT WORK. You cannot directly (and poorly I might add) rip off other games ideas directly and expect "Profitt?!?!". All you had are poor outdated graphics, badly rendered tracers (doom 1 did better) and people make horribly mutilated movements as if most of their tendons had been severed from their bodies. To boot, it looks like the characters slide across the floor, you have intense lag issues and your polygonal faces are super-glued onto your models.

My suggestion? Don't a release a game 2 years before it's ready...

Re:Anarchy Online meets Neocron meets Planetside (1)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | more than 9 years ago | (#11527444)

Depends. I'm playing Neocron myself, and while I like the concept and the atmosphere, it still suffers from serious bugs years after launch.
Major memory leak, frequent crashes and a somewhat unreliable processing of damage effects on mobs.

If FOMK can do the same but in better quality, I might switch. Gonna check out the open beta...

Re:Anarchy Online meets Neocron meets Planetside (1)

forgotten_my_nick (802929) | more than 9 years ago | (#11527560)

It was the level of bugs and unfinished feeling to neocron that eventually made me quit. Well upping the price of the game and still expecting people to live with the same bugs was the push.

If NC was a more polished, less bug ridden game I would be back to it in a heartbeat. It is the only thing it has going against it.

Re:Anarchy Online meets Neocron meets Planetside (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11581023)

harsh and have u even played the game. but are u one of those dumasses who flame before they even try it. if u don't like leave for all i care.
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