The Eternal City is a game I've been playing off and on since 1998,
and one that anyone who enjoys Roman Themed games and role-playing
games in general should try. The strongpoint lies within its unique
combat system. Instead of automated attacks where you input skills,
you choose how, when and where you want to attack. All skills use a
skill-based system, controlling the difficulty of the skills making
way for strategic approaches to fights.
But the detailed combat system isn't all that the game has to offer
skill-wise... The game also has detailed non-combat playability. Aside
from role-played non-combat abilities, which the game provides for
with its plethora of essential items and free emote commands, the game
has skills for hunting, outdoor survival, pickpocketing, sneaking
around the streets, tailoring, and healing. All of these skillsets are
just as, if not more, detailed than the combat structure of the game.
The gameworld is very expansive, and includes many different
environments and cultures within in. It is loosely-based on Roman
times, which is shown through the equipment in the game, as well as
the technology available. The main location, Iridine, is even based
off of Rome itself.
The game itself is free to play and you get a free month to try the
paid service. Come on by and give us a look, you might be surprised
with what you find!
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