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Video Game Review: "MMORPG Tycoon 2"

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The "MMORPG Tycoon 2" official logo.

The "MMORPG Tycoon 2" official logo.

Quick Info

Developer: VectorStorm Pty Ltd
Publisher: VectorStorm Pty Ltd
Genre: Simulation, strategy, and business management
Released: January 6, 2020
Availability: On Steam, in early access

What Is “MMORPG Tycoon 2”?

MMORPG Tycoon 2 is a strategy, simulation, business management game where you create your very own MMORPG from scratch, you create levels, quests and manage the network for your game, trying to earn money from subscriptions and microtransactions. Can you make an amazing MMORPG or will your game be a failure?

The Graphics Are Stylized and Fun!

The graphics are simple but very nice to look at, the graphics are low polygon count but that’s understandable when you can have up to 1 million subscribers running all over your map.

The graphics are nice and the art style is very fun and everything is very nice. The art style of the in-game items you can place down all have a unique art style for a theme that each of the buildings has.

The items that you can use to beautify your world with various decorations and set dressing buildings look really nice and you can decorate however you want.

The "world map" of your MMO, it's customizable so you can raise or lower land before you even start creating your game.

The "world map" of your MMO, it's customizable so you can raise or lower land before you even start creating your game.

MMORPG Tycoon 2 Greenlight Trailer

The Creativity Is Endless!

You can create your level the way you want, I have seen some amazing creations on the Steam Community page for this game and I’ve made some pretty neat levels myself, they aren’t as cool as some of the levels I’ve seen other people make but mine are a lot of fun for what I can come up with.

You can create your dream MMO game levels and do whatever you want. Although all the features haven’t been implemented, the ones that make the game fun, it’s understandable if you want to wait for the full release before buying it.

The Gameplay Is Simple to Learn but Complex to Master

I played through the tutorial and watched some YouTube videos after I bought the game to learn how to play, learning how to play it is only complicated when it comes to figuring out everything and managing your budget. There are a lot of YouTube video guides for getting started and they can help you, but the tutorial is pretty good at explaining most of how to play the game.

But I still don’t understand how to use capacitors in the Network aspect of the game so I just don’t use them.

The Game Will Stay the Same Price During Early Access and After Launch

Sometimes, when games are in early access, they start out inexpensive but then they jack the price up the longer it stays in early access, fortunately, the developers have said that they will not raise the price for the game so even at $24.99, it’s still a good price for the game, some games that are still in early access are double that price, but it is still a decent amount of money for an early access game, so it’s understandable to wait for the full release.

vikrant.doma's custom level featuring Minas Tirith from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" movie.

vikrant.doma's custom level featuring Minas Tirith from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" movie.

The Game Has Bugs

I’ve seen the game do weird things that appear to be bugs and I asked about one of them on the Steam forums, the developer told me I could upload my save and tell them what happened so I did that, they were very quick to answer my questions on the Steam forums, they replied within an hour of me posting my thread. They also patched the bugs I reported within a few days so it was nice to see that they're listening to the community.

However, despite the bugs, the developers at Vector Storm Pty Ltd are very good at keeping up with player questions in the Steam forums, I started a thread about a bug I found in my game where players would socialize and run continually in the mountains, the next day I had a patch download in my game and I haven’t seen that problem again.

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The developer explained that you can instantly send them your game save along with a message about any bug you found by clicking on back up and uploading your save to the developer. This is a nice way to show them what your problem in the game is rather than just writing text threads on their forums or the Steam forums.

The bugs that are currently in the game right now might be too annoying for some gamers so it’s understandable to wait for the full release rather than buy the game in early access right now.

The Music Is Nice but I Wish There Was More

I liked the music in the game but it didn’t seem like there was a lot of it, maybe as the game continues in early access they can pay for more composed music for the game. They have added music tracks that can be played on Twitch without any copyright issues and that is a nice accommodation for Twitch streamers.

My customized NPC "Arturia Pendragon" from the "Fate" franchise.

My customized NPC "Arturia Pendragon" from the "Fate" franchise.

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The Game Is Still in Early Access

MMORPG Tycoon 2 has a lot of potential but it’s still in early access. The roadmap the developers have includes events you can have for your players, tech trees, employee management where you can allow employees to do tasks, dudgeons, faction and world PVP for players, world raid bosses, Steam Workshop, Steam integration for Twitch streamers, and more.

While all these features are amazing ideas they are not implemented into the game yet, so if you’re interested in the game, but you want to wait until either the full release or when these are implemented, there’s no shame in waiting for more updates before purchasing MMORPG Tycoon 2.

If You Want It Now, Buy It, if Not, Wait for the Full Release

MMORPG Tycoon 2 is a lot of fun to play already with plenty to do and if you just love designing levels you’ll have a ton of fun with the game. Some of the more interesting aspects of MMOs that players expect in real-life are not implemented into the game yet.

If you love video game design and a management simulator, and you’ve always wanted to see if you could make an MMO that could make a lot of money, you should try MMORPG Tycoon 2.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great concept, fun graphics and gameplay

Players will have bizzare bugs sometimes.

The creativity is endless

Players take too long to do things but this might be patched out later

There's a lot of customization for every aspect of the "game" you create

Not all the features are implemented into the game at this time

My Rating: A-

MMORPG Tycoon 2 is an unfinished game, but it’s still a lot of fun to play even in the state it’s at now. But should you buy it now? I’d say wait unless you just want to build levels and go crazy designing them.

Is this game worth your money right now? Maybe, I paid full price and I love it as it is, and I can’t wait for the upcoming content to be implemented into the game, but I completely understand waiting for more features to be implemented into the game before you buy it. I would recommend waiting for the full release if you want to play the game with all the neat features that the developer has planned.

If you are contemplating buying it now I would look for recent videos of MMORPG Tycoon 2 to see if it looks like something you’ll want to buy right now.

I love this game but I would recommend waiting for the full release because it will have all the features the developers and the gamers that love MMOs and would like to “run” their own MMO in a game like this, want.

It’s a great game, but it’s not at its full potential, so I recommend buying it, but buying it at full release unless you don’t mind playing it while it’s in early access.

I’ve put over 100 hours into the game and I’m having a lot of fun, but if you want the best experience, my recommendation is to wait, because it will have all the features the developers have planned out, it is fun if you play it right now, but it will be even better later on down the road.

It’s worth your time and money, but waiting isn’t a bad decision either, I recommend the game, but only if you don’t mind it being in early access, I highly recommend waiting for the full release if you want the best experience because it will be a fully-featured game release with everything the developers want the game to have.

My Rating

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