Warrock: Open BETA
Written by Shigamoto   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006
Warfare online has been popular the last couple of years. It all started with the Battlefield series, Warrock is an independent attempt to create a new online FPS warfare game, will it succeed?

Ever since the release of Battlefield 1942 the hobby soldiers around the world has been blessed with games like Battlefield 2, Joint Operations, SWAT 4 and many others. However there have been few independent games in this popular sector.

Warrock is still in BETA so you will have to take this review with a grain of salt. Our policy is not to grade BETA-games. We gave the game a test drive for about 2 months. The game is based on a story where Derbaran Military and the NIU Mercenaries are at war.

The story needs work as the background is more unclear than a Sunday morning after a night out. Needless to say the developers managed to create some interesting missions which have a purpose. It could be securing a road or a harbour. In theory this works great, in practice online players run around not giving much attention to the mission.

What I would have wanted is a way to incorporate the purpose of the missions in the game play. For example if you are to secure a highway for a convoy include the convoy travelling through the streets forcing the online players to protect it.

Warrock isn’t exactly the game to look at if you want blistering graphics. However they do the job and they don’t look that old. The computer specs for Warrock is really low, a Pentium III 800 MHz will do. However the more processing power you got the more beautiful the game will get.

As always with online games the experience is tied to the other players on the server. But the general gameplay is quite addictive for a couple of weeks. After that time you will often find the game boring and put it away. However you often return to it and continue to play.

Warrock isn’t as realistic as you may want it to be. If you ever done some shooting you know that taking a shot standing with a sniper rifle and hit the target far away is nearly impossible. In Warrock this happens all the time, the sniper rifle is also unbalanced as its way to easy to use it with good results. If you fire an AT-rifle into an enemy soldier he will in most cases survive, not very realistic. The game is filled with these kind of problems, it is something that probably will be tweaked, keep in mind that we are writing about a BETA version of the game.

The game includes a similar promotion system as Battlefield 2. During each game you will earn a certain amount of points and increase your percent towards the next promotion. When you get promotion you get resources so that you can buy new shiny weapons. There are a couple of interesting weapons in Warrock, for example; UZI, Colt Assault Rifle,
Glock, MP5 among others. If you don’t like running around with puny assault rifles you can always take a ride in a tank, helicopter, plane or boat.

Warrock is currently a free game, it is meant to go commercial sometime soon. I must say that Warrock measures up well to the Battlefield series; it’s not as fun as Battlefield 2 but close. If you like online warfare you have to give it a test.


Related: Battlefield 1942, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, Alien Arena 2006, America’s Army
Developer: K2 Network
Website for Game: http://www.warrock.net
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Linux
Where to get: Download Here!
Year of Release: 2006

Requirements:
Pentium III 800 MHz, 512 MB RAM, Geforce MX400 or ATI Radeon 8500 LE or better.
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.




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1. 05-05-2007 07:33
 
No idea but I know ppl who managed to get it working using Cedega (cedega.com).
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Daking
2. 05-05-2007 07:32
 
Does it really run on Linux? How?
Does it run on Linux, how did you get it to work?
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LinuxDude

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