Hello Destructoid community members, nice to meet you. I won't spend too much time introducing myself, as I already have on the forums, but a bit of history perhaps before we get on to the game I wanted to talk about. Over the last few years, me and some friends and roommates tried our hand at a video game blog. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun, learned how stressful it was just keeping up on the news every morning, and, well, we learned quite a lot of other things. Now, however, because of certain life events, and a general lack of time or want to do anything, it is no longer updated (at least not by me).
And that's why I am here. I was the only one that was still updating the older site, at first still trying to do all the news, reviews, and various videos; but then deciding that it was just taking way too much of my time. It is now defunct, and will be opening shop up here, doing pseudo reviews or just posting on news or things that I find interesting relating to video games.
So that leads us to Realm of The Mad God, a free to play indie game I came across on Steam, and quite a good one at that. Of course there are still the things that you would associate with a free to play game, the ability to sink money in it to get what you want faster, a lot of spammers, and some just plain old assholes. But, it is also a fun game to play, especially if you are into bullet hell shooters.
You start out your game by creating a character, which at this point is limited to the wizard class. Bare with it though, once you get your wizard to level 5 (which will take you about 15 or so minutes your first time) you unlock a priest. Then when that priest gets to level 5 you unlock an archer and so on, so forth. The game contains a total of 13 classes, each with different requirements to unlock.
So, you are a wizard. You are dumped into a realm, with up to 85 other characters, and along with them, start the slaughter. After you are up to your waist in blood, everyone on the realm is transported to the Mad God's keep to take down some final boss enemies and then the Mad God himself. He drops fairly good loot, if you are not with dickbags that ninja it all (the first two times I beat him...).
There are a few things that I dislike about it, besides the free to play issues that I mentioned above. The worst one is when you die, you die permanently. Now this is nothing new to video games in general, but in a game where the goal is to become geared and enhance your stats to be the most powerful, it can be infuriating to die. It's pretty much like rolling a 'Hardcore' type Diablo 3 character. The good news is though, you can get to the level cap of 20 in about 45 minutes to an hour, so it is not slit your wrists devastating.
All in all, for being an indie game, and a free one at that, it was a pleasant way to spend my day off work. I really recommend that you take a look at it. I checked it out, and there was only one official post about it on Destructoid, and that was on a Friday at 10 pm, so I figured it could use a bump or two.