Tabula Rasa - PC

Also known as: Tabula Rasa Collector's Edition

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Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Destination Games Soft. Co.: NCsoft Europe
Publishers: NCsoft Europe (GB/GB)
Released: 19 Oct 2007 (GB)
2 Nov 2007 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+


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Richard Garriott, the man behind the grandaddy of MMOs, Ultima Online, has returned to the genre he helped popularise. Tabula Rasa represents Garriott's vision of the next stage of the MMO, forsaking the more traditional sword and sorcery trappings that have characterised MMOs in favour of a sci-fi flavour.

The game puts players in the shoes of men who, after five short days, have been disenfranchised from the planet they call home by the ruthless Bane, a force bent on control of the universe under the supervision of the highly advanced Neph. All is not lost, however, as a band of humans scattered across the cosmos come to grips with the mysterious powers of Logos, techniques left to them millenia ago by the Neph's benevolent counterparts, the Eloh.

Tabula Rasa combines elements of role playing with first person shoot-em-up goodness. As players get to grips with Logos they'll learn to manipulate the very fabric of reality for healing, attacks, and more.

Tabula Rasa boasts what publisher NCSoft is calling a Character Cloning System, which allows players to explore different character classes without going through the rigmarole of levelling up. Also thrown in are ethical parables. That's right. It would hardly be a modern game set in a dystopian future without them. Decisions you make as you progress will affect the people and world around you.

The fate of the world is in your hands. Nothing new there, then, but Tabula Rasa should have enough about it to tempt (massively multi) players away from the likes of Oblivion, Warcraft et al.